Public Policy Forum events tackle Alberta’s economy and celebrate Western leaders



Public Policy Forum events tackle Alberta's economy and celebrate Western leaders

The PPF hosts first Alberta Growth Forum in Calgary on June 15, followed by its annual Western Dinner, honouring four Western Canadian policy leaders and featuring Premier Rachel Notley.

OTTAWA, June 12, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum’s June 15 events will feature the insights of Alberta business and innovation leaders, including Laura Kilcrease, Brad Zumwalt and Dawn Farrell. Premier Rachel Notley will help celebrate the contributions of four Western leaders including Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake, labour leader Barbara Byers, former MP Chuck Strahl and Suncor’s Steve Williams.

Alberta Growth Forum

When: June 15, 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 120 9th Avenue SE

The Alberta Growth Forum will explore ideas to propel Alberta’s economy through innovation, transformation and diversification, and will identify how the province can build on its natural advantages to  build a solid economic foundation for generations to come. The lineup of accomplished and forward-thinking speakers will discuss the risks and opportunities unique to the Albertan business ecosystem:

  • Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, will share lessons for Alberta learned from more than 25 years as a business leader and venture capitalist, and from her role in transitioning the struggling economic landscape of Austin, Texas to a resilient commercial environment.
  • Brad Zumwalt, President, Zinc Ventures. For new things to emerge, grow and evolve, control won't work. Having spearheaded several thriving companies, Brad will discuss the invisible infrastructure that enables new technologies and business models to succeed in an untamed innovation climate.

Panel: Innovation, Transformation & Diversification

  • Breanne Everett, CEO, Orpyx, Governor General’s Innovation Award 2016 recipient
  • Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and CEO, Field Upgrading, Public Policy Forum Fellow
  • Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
  • Elizabeth Cannon (MODERATOR), President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

Western Dinner and Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy

When: June 15, 2017, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Drive NE

The Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy honour exceptional Western Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy in their province, region and country. This year’s recipients all represent the motivation and ability to work across partisan divisions and functional silos to arrive at the best policy approaches for Canadians:

  • Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Chuck Strahl, Former MP of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, B.C. and former cabinet minister

The celebration will feature remarks from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and other notable Western leaders.


The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

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