Public Policy Forum Announces Winners of the 2010 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism and the Emerging Leaders Award

03/08/2010

Ottawa – The Public Policy Forum (PPF) today announced that Bernard Derome, Former Host of Radio Canada’s Le Téléjournal, will be awarded the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism, and that Gabriel Bran Lopez, Executive Director of Montreal-based Youth Fusion, will receive the 2010 Emerging Leaders Award. 

The Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Journalism is presented annually to a journalist whose work provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress.  “For over 30 years Bernard Derome informed French Canada about every significant political, social and cultural event that impacted their world.  His authority, integrity and humanity make him an icon in Quebec, and set him apart both as a journalist and a cultural figure,” said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Forum.

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service.  “Gabriel Bran Lopez has worked to help at-risk youth at home and abroad” said Mitchell.  “His work with Youth Fusion encourages young people to stay in high school through unique partnerships with Universities and the private sector.  His efforts certainly fall in the category of ‘making a difference.’”

The awards will be presented at the 23rd Annual Testimonial Dinner in Toronto on April 29th.  This year’s Dinner will be co-Chaired by Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, and Toronto Star Columnist Chantal Hébert.  The previously announced Testimonial Award honourees for 2010 are Tony Dean, Phil Fontaine, Preston Manning and Carole Taylor.

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, non partisan organization dedicated to improving the quality of governance in Canada.  For additional information about the Testimonial Dinner, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ppforum.ca.

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For further information:
Linda Kristal
Public Policy Forum
(613) 238-7858 ext 229
linda.kristal@ppforum.ca