2018 Testimonial Dinner & Awards
Thursday April 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St W
Rosemary Barton, co-host of The National on CBC, hosted PPF’s 31st annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards, held April 12 in Toronto, which honoured Beverley McLachlin, Mark Carney, Mary Walsh, Michael Donovan, Richard Dicerni, Francine Pelletier and Caitlin Tolley. The dinner is a yearly reunion of Canada’s “who’s who” in public policy and attracts leaders from all sectors of society to pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy and good governance. Watch the entire event on CPAC or the highlights here:
Watch the speeches
See the photos
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5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Emerging Leader Award
Hyman Solomon Journalism Award
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is served!
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Networking dessert bar!
8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Wonk Prom begins when the Testimonial Dinner ends—extending the biggest night in Canadian politics and welcoming Public Policy Forum guests and others for a night of networking, dancing and good cheer. Join policy leaders, senior politicians, journalists as well as young policy players in celebrating public leadership and emerging policy talent!
The charismatic central banker charged with bringing two G7 economies through extreme turbulence. Mr. Carney is the former Bank of Canada Governor now serving as the head of the central bank in the United Kingdom.
The pioneering justice whose critical rulings and leadership redefined post-Charter Canada. After nearly 18 years, Chief Justice McLachlin retired from the bench in December 2017.
A veteran public servant who sagely advised the federal government and two provinces. He personifies what it means to be a public servant, having served for three different political parties.
Mr. Donovan, the Academy Award winner and children’s programmer
Ms. Walsh, the East Coast warrior princess
The Quebec feminist journalist is receiving the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.
Ms. Tolley, 27, is Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan-Zibi, Quebec, and has used her voice on growing platforms to advocate on behalf of Indigenous issues. She will be receiving the Emerging Leader Award.