Past Events

May 2018

Event Starts Wednesday May 23, 2018

2018 Governor General Innovation Awards – Discussion Panel and Reception

Meet the Faces of Canadian Innovation

Watch the video of the newly minted 2018 Governor General Innovation Award laureates having a candid discussion about their challenges, their triumphs, and what Canada needs to do to grow as an innovation nation.

  • When

    Wednesday May 23, 2018
    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Where Global Centre for Pluralism
    330 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C7

Event Starts Monday May 14, 2018

Breaking the News: How Bots, Trolls and Other Media Manipulators Threaten Our Politics

An Evening Panel Discussion

Activists, politicians and partisans compete intensely for attention and influence online. Today, malevolent actors seem to have the upper hand. They push disinformation and hate using fake accounts, bots and algorithms designed to keep us scrolling through the latest outrage. News organizations and social media platforms struggle to deal with these media manipulators, particularly after major tragedies or during heated political campaigns like the current one in Ontario.

  • When

    Monday May 14, 2018
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Where University of Ottawa Desmarais Building Room 1160
    55 Laurier Ave. DMS Building, Room 1160

Event Starts Friday May 4, 2018

Keeping Up With the Speed of Disruption: Session 3

A Public Policy Forum Seminar Series

The Public Policy Forum is offering a professional development opportunity for public service executives to better understand disruptive technologies and the way they are challenging policy and governance approaches. Government reactions often lag long behind technological changes; how can governments not only catch up, but reorient their organizations to reliably keep up in the future?...

  • When

    Friday May 4, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Where Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards
    7 Bayview Road, Ottawa, ON, K1Y2C5

Event Starts Thursday May 3, 2018

Putting Reconciliation into Practice: Session 2

The Public Policy Forum is offering a professional development opportunity exclusively for public service executives to explore in-depth how reconciliation with Indigenous peoples can be put into practice. The sessions will be facilitated by a team of experienced moderators and involve presentations by leading experts including Indigenous leaders, discussion, critical thinking and interactive learning. The...

  • When

    Thursday May 3, 2018
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Where The Wabano Centre

April 2018

Event Starts Thursday April 26, 2018

Canada Next: Workshop

The Canada Next Workshop will convene experts on the economy, the future of work, and governance to confront challenges posed by emerging and disruptive technologies. The workshop will draw on the insights of experts with experience in both the machinery of government and in disruptive technologies to identify and engage in candid and creative discussions...

  • When

    Thursday April 26, 2018
    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Event Starts Friday April 13, 2018

Canada’s Agri-Food Moment

A Breakfast Symposium Focused on Growth How can we best ensure Canada’s agri-food sector achieves its ambitious growth targets? What are the potential disruptors – both positive and negative – that could affect growth in the agri-food sector? How can we ensure we keep public trust and prioritize increased sustainability as the sector grows? Those...

  • When

    Friday April 13, 2018
    7:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

  • Where RBC
    40th Floor, 200 Bay Street

Event Starts Thursday April 12, 2018

2018 Testimonial Dinner & Awards

Watch all the speeches

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...

  • When

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

  • Where Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    255 Front St W

Event Starts Thursday April 12, 2018

Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance

How Canadians can prosper in a rapidly changing and disrupted global economy

See Mark Carney's keynote, conversations with Katie Telford and Dominic Barton, and our panels on superclusters and the labour market.

  • When

    Thursday April 12, 2018
    7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Where Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
    222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto ON M5V 3L9

Event Starts Friday April 6, 2018

Keeping Up With the Speed of Disruption: Session 2

A Public Policy Forum Seminar Series

The Public Policy Forum is offering a professional development opportunity for public service executives to better understand disruptive technologies and the way they are challenging policy and governance approaches. Government reactions often lag long behind technological changes; how can governments not only catch up, but reorient their organizations to reliably keep up in the future?...

  • When

    Friday April 6, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Where Bayview Innovation Centre

Event Starts Thursday April 5, 2018

Putting Reconciliation Into Practice: Session 1

The Public Policy Forum is offering a professional development opportunity exclusively for public service executives to explore in-depth how reconciliation with Indigenous peoples can be put into practice.

  • When

    Thursday April 5, 2018
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Where Akwesasne

Event Starts Wednesday April 4, 2018

Social Media and Democracy: What Can be Done?

A panel of top digital media thinkers

Watch the April 4 panel on the role digital platforms play in our democracy. The issue has dominated the news, sparked public outcry and become a priority for governments around the world. Jonathan Albright and other leading thinkers on digital media and democracy take a deeper look at the issue and whether anything should - or can - be done.

  • When

    Wednesday April 4, 2018
    4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Where National Arts Centre Pacific Room
    1 Elgin St

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