2018 Testimonial Dinner & Awards

Date & Time

Thursday April 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St W

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The Testimonial Dinner is a yearly reunion of Canada’s “who’s who” in public policy. The Dinner attracts more than 1,200 leaders from all sectors of society who pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy and good governance. See highlights from the unforgettable 2017 dinner.

Our 2018 emcee is Rosemary Barton, co-host, The National on CBC and former host of Power & Politics.


Mark Carney

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.

Beverley McLachlin

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.

Richard Dicerni

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.

Michael Donovan

Mr. Donovan, the Academy Award winner and children’s programmer

Mary Walsh

Ms. Walsh, the East Coast warrior princess

Francine Pelletier

The Quebec feminist journalist is receiving the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

Caitlin Tolley

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.

April 12

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration & Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Welcoming remarks

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.

Testimonial Awards

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!

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