Current Projects

Keeping Canada Competitive

Canada needs a clear, new program for competitiveness that accounts for classic economic challenges and a new set of disruptions such as intellectual property, data and labour participation.

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Poisoning Democracy

Social media platforms provide unprecedented opportunities for citizens, political candidates, activists and civil society groups to communicate, but they also pose new challenges for democracy. One key problem is the rise of harmful speech online, which can undermine democratic participation and debate. Harmful speech refers to a range of forms of problematic communication, including hate...

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Sustainable Finance

The Government of Canada's four-person Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance will travel across Canada to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary for five half-day roundtable discussions on the importance of sustainable finance. PPF and the Ivey Foundation are organizing these roundtables in partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Environment & Climate Change Canada, RBC Royal Bank and Suncor. The goal of these roundtables is to better understand the importance of factoring sustainability into investment decisions and capital flows, an area which Canada needs to develop relative to its G7 partners.

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Keeping up with the Speed of Disruption

Back by popular demand, the Public Policy Forum’s professional development seminar series Keeping Up With the Speed of Disruption is being offered for a third time. The first of four sessions will take place on December 7, 2018. Who should attend The series is for executives, policy directors, and practice leads in the Government of...

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Public Policy Leadership Program

Offered jointly by the Public Policy Forum and the Telfer School of Management, the Public Policy Leadership Program (PPLP) is for practicing policy professionals interested in expanding their capacity to navigate the complexities of contemporary government policy development and provide breakthrough policy responses using team leadership, engagement and collaboration. Telfer and PPF have joined forces and leveraged our...

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Democracy and news: A local and regional landscape

About the project: The Public Policy Forum is greatly interested by the links between journalistic content and democracy. In 2017, PPF published The Shattered Mirror, a major report on the state of the media industry with concrete public policy recommendations. PPF is continuing the exploration of the state of the industry, this time with a focus...

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Reconciliation and Corporate Canada: Advancing Progress on Call to Action #92

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is working with its partners to identify corporate champions of reconciliation. These Canadian champions will help develop a knowledge base which the Canadian government, government partners and corporate Canada can use to implement call to action #92, in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) report. Call to action #92 identifies a number of goals including consent, economic development, equitable jobs, and intercultural training.

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Indigenous Changemakers Initiative

As part of her PPF PM Fellowship, Karen Restoule's project will bring together 15-20 highly engaged, Indigenous thought leaders to co-create a vision for what Indigenous nation-building, Indigenous leadership and a renewed nation-to-nation relationship look like—and what is needed to achieve concrete change.

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Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-based Sport

The Public Policy Forum, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, held five roundtables in locations throughout Canada. The goals for these sessions was to raise awareness of emerging issues and deepen our understanding of what values-based sport is; to bring out compelling examples of where values-based sport is already making a difference; to expose the barriers to values-based sport; and to identify the pivotal levers of change, in policy and practice, that will cement values into every aspect of Canadian sport.

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Energy Regulator Dialogues

The Energy Regulator Dialogues, a pilot project, will initially run for three years beginning in Fall 2018. The objectives of the initiative are to connect representatives of Canadian regulators and to create a space in which regulators can share best practices and learn from one another.

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Local News & Democracy

At the start of 2018, PPF, with the support of our six partners, decided to dive deeper into the state of local and community news media. We set out to examine how, exactly, journalistic coverage of communities across Canada has changed over the past decade.

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Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for Indigenous Peoples and Canada

This project will involve Inuit, Métis and First Nations people in helping translate the impetus for economic reconciliation into actionable policy recommendations to break down barriers and open greater economic opportunity. The Inuit conference will be in Inuvik in November 2018. The events bring together community leaders, Indigenous business leaders, academics, policymakers and young people.

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Canada’s Public Service Digital Leadership

Digital transformation in government raises unique challenges due to its size and structure, and PPF and Amazon Web Services Institute are collaborating to recommend how government can ensure it has a digitally skilled workforce and leadership with the skills to implement transformational technologies. This project builds on the priorities that were identified by a past roundtable of senior leaders, two workshops, and will result in a report on digital skills and leadership, including a focus on equity and inclusion, by Dr. Wendy Cukier of Ryerson University. Findings will be validated at a roundtable of leaders from government and industry in early 2019.

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Canada-U.S. Border – Technology and the Global Context

About the project: Canada’s border policies need to adjust to a rapidly evolving global context. Expediting the global movement of both people and goods without sacrificing security is a key challenge for a country like Canada, an open economy with a heavy dependence on trade. New approaches to trade facilitation are demanded. Moreover, as with national...

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Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Key Sectors of the Canadian Economy

About the project:  We know the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will have far-reaching implications for our world, but we know very little about those implications. Researchers and business leaders are moving quickly to explore and exploit an ever-growing field of AI advantages and opportunities. Policy makers, recognizing the profound importance, seek an appropriate framework,...

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