Events

Speakers:
Tom Allison, Bruce Davis, Suzanne Van Bommel, Jonathan Espie, John Duffy, Chad Walsh, Lise Jolicoeur, Omar Khan

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:00 am

The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What it Means for Our Future.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, March 25, 2013, 8:15 am – 9:30 am

With Roxanne Cramer, President, Cramer and Company

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

2013 PAAC Summer Social

At: Toronto
When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:00 am

The Public Affairs Association of Canada is pleased to invite you to our Award of Distinction Luncheon. Join friends, colleagues and fellow PAAC members as we honour the recipient of the 2012 PAAC Award of Distinction, Steve Paikin.

At: Sheraton Centre Toronto
When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, - Friday, September 20, 2013, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) and the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) invite members of both associations to an open house discussion on the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct, and related issues.

At: Ottawa Convention Centre
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Political Speaker Series: “Priorities of the Ontario Government”

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, December 2, 2013, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

An invitation for PAAC Members and Guests to attend PAAC’s 2013 Holiday Social

At: La Société Bistro
When: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Government Relations Institute of Canada is pleased to invite you to a pre-budget panel in Ottawa in the lead up to the 2014 federal budget.

At: Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant
When: Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) invites all to join us in welcoming back the Ontario Legislature for the 2014 winter session.

At: Ontario Legislature, Room 230
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join PAAC on March 28 to hear Greg Lyle, Managing Director of Innovative Research Group, discuss the potential roads to victory for the Liberals, PCs and NDP as we enter a possible spring election cycle.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Due to extenuating circumstances, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, May 5, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Permanent Campaign
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:45 am – 7:00 pm

Mingle with fellow members, guests and your Board, hosted by PAAC, while enjoying beverages and appetizers at one of Toronto’s best wine bars.

At: Crush Wine Bar
When: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) for a special post-election breakfast panel on Tuesday, July 8, at BLG’s office, 40 King Street West, 44th Floor, Toronto.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Please join PAAC on Monday, September 8, to hear Greg Lyle, Managing Director of Innovative Research Group, deliver a post-provincial-election presentation on the election results and what they mean for all three political parties.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us for an inspirational morning of conversation with one of Canada’s most successful women in public affairs, Jennifer Keesmaat.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:30 am – 9:30 am

PAAC is pleased to invite you to our Award of Distinction Luncheon to honour Dr. Ann Cavoukian.

At: Arcadian Loft
When: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Please join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) on Wednesday, October 29th for an exclusive post municipal election panel.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

An invitation for PAAC Members and Guests to attend PAAC’s 2014 Holiday Social

At: La Société Bistro
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Notice of PAAC Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, December 15, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS IN THE 24/7 SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 am – 10:00 am

The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) will host an event in the lead up to the 2015 federal budget. Please join us for some insightful analysis and spirited debate with a high profile panel of seasoned Ottawa professionals.

At: Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant
When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

March 25, 2015 – Metro Vancouver Transit Plebiscite: Who’s Connecting With Voters and Why

At: Borden Ladner Gervais Law Offices
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Register Now for PAAC’s Annual Queen’s Park Reception

At: Queen’s Park Main Legislative Building
When: Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Canadian Bar Association Webcast Event

At: Webcast
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

How do you develop and sustain your relationships? How is the media landscape changing that will impact your media relations strategies and results?

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

What are the key insights from the leadership race? What does the outcome of the election mean for the Ontario PC Party over the next four years?

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada on Tuesday, May 12th for a special panel of those close to the leadership campaigns.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

REGISTER for PAAC’s annual conference – The Art and Science of Public Affairs.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:45 am – 7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate and honour excellence in public affairs.

At: The National Club – Main Dining Room
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Annual PAAC Summer Social – June 11, 2015 at CRUSH Wine Bar

At: Crush Wine Bar
When: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In November 2014, Campbell Strategies launched a pro bono campaign for Canada’s remaining thalidomide survivors. Although for many a forgotten issue, the campaign publicly raised the plight of Canada’s Thalidomide survivors, achieved a unanimous vote in the House of Commons (in just eight days), and resulted in a $180 million funding package for Canada’s remaining 94 survivors.

How did it all happen?

This panel presents the “inside story” of the campaign – from stem to stern – including the strategy, tools and tactics to build the public case for government action. From direct government outreach to opposition engagement, from creating a broad-based media campaign to focusing coverage on one major news champion, the panel will share their experience and lessons that are applicable for all GR practitioners.

Join Barry Campbell, Chris Holz, Natalie Dash and Ted Griffith of Campbell Strategies as they share the “inside story” of this positive outcome for a survivor group, delivered through government relations expertise and stakeholder collaboration.

Date: June 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM (lunch will be provided)
Location: The Offices of Blakes, 199 Bay Street, 40th Floor
(South-east corner of Bay and King Streets)

Click here to register

At: Blakes
When: Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Election 2015 is shaping up to be the first time ever that all three major national parties have a chance of winning. Greg Lyle will be sharing Innovative Research Group’s work for the Hill Times and the Globe and Mail on the campaign.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais Law Offices
When: Monday, September 28, 2015, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Election 2015 is shaping up to be the first time ever that all three major national parties have a chance of winning. Greg Lyle will be sharing Innovative Research Group’s work for the Hill Times and the Globe and Mail on the campaign.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, October 5, 2015, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join The Public Affairs Association of Canada for breakfast on Tuesday, October 27 for a panel discussion on the election, key turning points and what the results mean for Canadian public policy and your organization.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Please join us on Monday November 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm as we present the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. 

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, November 23, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

PAAC Holiday Social – Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Drake One Fifty, 150 York Street, Toronto

At: Drake One Fifty
When: Thursday, December 17, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Presented by the Simon Fraser University Institute of Governance Studies, Public Affairs
Association of Canada-BC Chapter and the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for British
Columbia:

At: SFU Harbour Centre
When: Friday, January 22, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Public Affairs Association of Canada BC Chapter (PAAC-BC) invites you to attend our 2016 annual meeting on January 22, 2016, 12:30 – 1:00 pm.

At: SFU Harbour Centre
When: Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for an inspirational morning of conversation with one of Canada’s most accomplished and fascinating not-for-profit leaders.

At: Office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

At: Queen’s Park Main Legislative Building, Committee Rooms 228 & 230
When: Monday, February 22, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) for a breakfast and panel discussion that will focus on how organizations can advance their advocacy efforts with the new Federal government.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Toronto)
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

On May 18th our expert panelists will discuss the risks and opportunities related to climate change that may exist for your organization, as well as how it may shape future policy development by government on all levels.

At: The National Club (Toronto)
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

2016 Annual Conference – The Art & Science of Public Affairs

At: Toronto Region Board of Trade
When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, All Day

Join us as we celebrate and honour excellence in public affairs.

At: Toronto Region Board of Trade
When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada BC Chapter (PAAC-BC) for a lunch-time panel discussion on the role of communications and the importance of advocacy in BC’s environmental assessment process.

At: The Charles Room, Bentall Centre II
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for our annual summer social in the city!

At: Frings Restaurant – Toronto
When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

SEATING IS LIMITED – REGISTER TODAY TO AVOID DISAPOINTMENT

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, July 25, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

As summer fades and calendars fill with meetings, take a couple of hours to connect with colleagues and PAAC-BC board members at this networking event. We look forward to seeing you there!

At: Lions Pub at Terminal City
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Public Affairs Association of Canada presents: Breakfast with… Steve Orsini
Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The Public Affairs Association of Canada presents Breakfast with … Steven Del Duca
Ontario’s Minister of Transportation.

At: The National Club – Main Dining Room
When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Please join us for a special breakfast presentation featuring Greg Lyle, Managing Director of Innovative Research Group where he will discuss how and why the 2016 U.S. election unfolded the way it did and what the results mean for public affairs professionals across Canada.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
When: Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

On December 13, 2016 Mingle with fellow members, guests and your Board hosts while enjoying beverages and appetizers at one of Toronto’s trendiest venues. We look forward to seeing you there.

At: Montecito Restaurant
When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On May 9th, British Columbians go to the polls to choose who will lead the province for the next four years. Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada’s BC Chapter for an exclusive lunchtime discussion with Mike McDonald and Mira Oreck to hear insights and predictions about how next six months will unfold and what to expect during the 28-day writ period.

At: Oceanic Plaza 1066 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC
When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) on March 3, 2017 for a breakfast panel that will focus on key compliance and registration issues facing lobbyists across federal, provincial and municipal Jurisdictions in Canada.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
When: Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for PAAC’s annual Queen’s Park Reception. Network with fellow members and key provincial decision makers. Attendance is free* to PAAC members who have renewed for 2017. Members may bring one guest.

At: Queen’s Park Main Legislative Building
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) for an exciting panel discussion on the current state of Ontario politics, and the key policy issues that are currently top of mind in Ontario and will continue to be so until Election Day.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
When: Monday, April 10, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Our conversation with Minister Thibeault will explore how the Fair Hydro Plan was developed, as well as some insight as to how he and his ministry navigated the complex nature of Ontario’s electricity policies along the way. Please join us for this exciting session.

At: Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. W. 33rd Floor, Toronto
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us for dynamic discussions covering a variety of topics such as career path recommendations and moves, work-life balance, experiential requirements to name but a few.

At: Samara Canada, 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) on Tuesday, June 6th for its annual Arts and Science of Public Affairs Conference.

At: St. Andrew´s Club, Sun Life Financial Tower 150 King St. W.
When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 7:00 am – 4:30 pm

Since 2001 the PAAC has presented an Award of Distinction* to a member of the public affairs community who, over their career, has made a significant contribution to public affairs in Canada.

Join us this year as we present the 2017 Award of Distinction to:

Barb Fox, CEO at Enterprise

* Please note, if you have registered for the Annual Conference you do not need to purchase Award of Distinction tickets, as this event is already included in your conference registration.

 

Date:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Agenda:
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Location:
St. Andrew´s Club
Sun Life Financial Tower
150 King St W
Toronto, ON
M5H 1J9

Fees:
– Award of Distinction Luncheon Single Ticket – $100.00 (CAD) + HST

– Award of Distinction Luncheon Table of 8 – $725.00 (CAD) + HST

>> REGISTER HERE

At: St. Andrew´s Club, Sun Life Financial Tower 150 King St. W.
When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

PAAC Presents: Post Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Panel

What are the key insights from the leadership race? What does the outcome of the election mean for the Conservative Party of Canada in the lead up to the 2019 Election?

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada on Wednesday, June 14th for a special panel of those close to the leadership campaigns.

Register here>>

The Conservative Party of Canada held their Leadership Convention on May 26th and 27th in Toronto. A few surprising developments took place and there were many twists and turns along the way. Because of the leadership race, the party’s membership increased and there is now a lot of buzz as to what the future holds for the party.

Join us for this special panel of those close to the leadership campaigns. Hear their insights and tactics while gaining unprecedented access to the strategies that make a candidate victorious. They will go into detail as to what took place behind the scenes and comment on what they believed were the key moments and lessons learned from this campaign.

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible. Please note that this panel is “Off The Record”.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Hamish Marshall, Campaign Manager, Andrew Scheer Campaign

MP Alex Nuttall (Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte), Membership Chair, Maxime Bernier Campaign

Richard Ciano, Senior Advisor, Kellie Leitch Campaign

Bram Sepers, Campaign Manager, Michael Chong Campaign

Melanie Paradis, Director of Communications, Erin O’Toole Campaign

Russ Kuykendall, Deputy Campaign Manager, Brad Trost campaign

Chris Rougier, Campaign Manager, Kevin O’Leary campaign  

* Some other campaign representatives have been invited and may confirm their attendance before June 14th.

Date:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Agenda:
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 AM –Panel Discussion with Q&A
10:00 AM – Adjournment and Networking

Location:
Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 4E3

Registration Fee:
PAAC Member: $55 +HST
Non-Member: $85 + HST
Students: $25 + HST

Register here>>

At: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Come to exchange ideas and connect with women passionate about advancing and developing their public affairs careers. This is a unique opportunity to discuss applying our panelists’ inspiring and valuable insights to your career.

At: Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the PAAC BC Chapter for our summer social.

Catch up with friends or network with new people in the industry! 

When: Thursday, July 20th, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Where: The Mezzanine, Elephant & Castle Pub
385 Burrard St, Vancouver 

This is a free event  – appies provided but participants are responsible for their own drinks.

Click here to register >>

 

At: The Mezzanine, Elephant and Castle Pub
When: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fall Networking Social

20thSeptember, 2017


Summer’s almost over, but patio season continues into September! Join your PAAC Board, Members and Guests for social networking while enjoying light appetizers and drinks at the classic Le Select Bistro.

Where

432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON

When

Wednesday, September 20th

5:30 to 7:30

Tickets

Members: No charge

Student Members: No Charge

Guests: $35.00

Non-Member Students $20.00

Register Here >>

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At: Le Select Bistro
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

NAFTA: What does it mean for Canada? 

The renegotiation process for NAFTA is now underway and much is at stake for Canada as the discussions continue to unfold. The renegotiation is placing a focus on several key policy issues, including: Labour, Supply Management, Procurement Rights, Rules of Origin, Environmental Standards, and much more.

While the Government of Canada continues to promote the value of the trade agreement to its neighbours south of the border, the outcome of the renegotiations and the impact they could have on Canadians are uncertain.

Join our panelists as they discuss the current state-of-play with Canada’s largest trading partner, the major public policy implications and what this renegotiation may mean for trilateral relations between Canada, the United States and Mexico and the agreement itself.

Panelists:

Dr. Bill Anderson, Director, Cross-Border Institute Ontario Research Chair, Cross-Border Transportation Policy

Daniel Ujozo, Of Counsel and Cross-Border Business Development Director Dickinson Wright

Andrea Van Vugt, Vice President, Policy, North America Business Council of Canada


Moderator:

Joy Nott, President Canadian Importers and Exports Association (I.E. Canada)

Date:

Monday September 25th, 2017

Agenda:

8:00am to 8:30am: Registration and Breakfast

8:30am to 10:00am: Panel Discussion

10:00am: Adjournment and Networking

Location:

Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)

East Tower, Bay Adelaide Centre,

22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400

Toronto, Ontario, M5H 4E3

Registration Fee:

PAAC Member: $55 +HST

Non-Member: $85 + HST

Students: $25 + HST

Register Here >>

At: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
When: Monday, September 25, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

A Roundtable Discussion on Housing Affordability: Should government be more or less involved?

Surging home prices. Fast-rising rents. Uncontrollable bidding wars. These all describe Canada’s hot real estate markets and prompted sweeping action by governments to support housing affordability.

First, there was the foreign buyers tax in British Columbia. Then, the Ontario Government announced its Fair Housing Plan to make housing more accessible for homebuyers and renters. The Federal Government also introduced measures to increase affordable housing investments across Canada with more announcements expected soon.

Should Government be more or less involved when it comes to affordable housing? What is the role of the private sector? What needs to happen moving forward to ensure Canadians have access and options for affordable housing? Join us as our guest panel explores these questions and others during our Roundtable discussion.

When: Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Where: The National Club, 303 Bay Street.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Tim Hudak: CEO at Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA)
  • Harvey Cooper: Managing Director, Co-Op Housing Federation (Ontario Chapter)
  • Jim Murphy: CEO, The Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO)
  • Kelly Harris: Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs, First Ontario Credit Union
  • Sylvia Patterson, Interim Executive Director, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association

Moderator

  • Geoff Zochodene, Reporter, Financial Post

Event Agenda:

8:00am to 8:30am: Registration and Breakfast

8:30am to 10:00am: Panel Discussion

10:00am: Adjournment and Networking 

 

Register Here >>

At: The National Club
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The BC Chapter of the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC-BC) invites you to a lunch-hour panel discussion with Elizabeth Cull, former NDP cabinet minister, Kevin Falcon, former BC Liberal cabinet minister, and Matt Toner, one of two deputy leaders of the BC Green party, as they break down what happened in the 2017 BC provincial election and lay out what’s next in provincial politics.

Panelists:

Elizabeth Cull is a Senior Associate with Hill+Knowlton Strategies and was the minister of health, finance minister and deputy premier in the NDP government of Mike Harcourt

Kevin Falcon is an Executive Vice President with Anthem Capital and was the minister of health, transportation and infrastructure, finance and deputy premier in the BC Liberal government of Gordon Campbell

Matt Toner is one of two deputy leaders of the BC Green party and an active member of Vancouver’s tech landscape.

Moderator: Tamara Little, Owner and Chief Client Advisor, Coast Communications and Public Affairs; President, BC Chapter of the Public Affairs Association of Canada

Platinum Sponsors: The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists and Air Canada

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

Light lunch provided

Location: Hastings Room, Oceanic Plaza, 1035 West Pender, Vancouver

Registration fee:

PAAC Member: $25

Non-Member: $50

Student: $15

Register Here >>

 

At: Hastings Room, Oceanic Plaza
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Fall Speed Mentoring Event

On November 8th PAAC will host its second speed mentoring event for students and emerging professionals (our first event was a hit!). This is a unique opportunity to meet with a successful and diverse group of professionals working across the public affairs industry. Those currently working within the public affairs industry are also welcome to attend this event as an opportunity to network amongst peers.
Join us for dynamic discussions covering a variety of topics such as career path recommendations and moves, work-life balance, and experiential requirements to name but a few.

Mentors

David Arbuckle

David Arbuckle is currently the Manager of Strategic Public Policy, External Relations and Outcome Based Planning and Budgeting at the Region of Peel. Prior to joining the municipal sector, David served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. His work experience also includes legislative and stakeholder relations within the Ontario Government in addition to private sector consulting in the areas of strategic communications, government relations and issues management.

Vanessa Dupuis

Vanessa is the Strategic and Operations Advisor to the Auditor
General of Ontario. In this role, Vanessa advises the Auditor General
on strategy for the Office, in response to inquiries, and for public
engagements and press conferences.

Prior to working for the Office of the Auditor General, Vanessa was
one of ten candidates selected from across Canada to participate in an
internship program at the Ontario Legislature. Her work experience
also includes eight years as an entrepreneur with her own sports
training business and summer employment positions in the sports
training field. These positions included her appointment to the
position of Manager and Interim General Manager of a $10 million
business. Vanessa’s management and training skills also led to her
appointment as Head Goalie Instructor for an International Men’s
Hockey Team training camp.

Stewart Kiff

Stewart Kiff advises his clients on important social, legal, economic and government questions. With nearly three decades of direct working experience in Ontario public affairs, Stewart previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter. Stewart is a founding board member of the Economic Club of Canada andhas also been an active volunteer with the Toronto Métis community and with numerous political campaigns. Stewart regularly writes and speaks about public affairs. His articles have been published in daily newspapers such as The Ottawa Citizen and Le Droit d’Ottawa and weeklies such as L’Express de Toronto.

Peter Landry

Peter is a skilled facilitator who has a deep understanding of how government works and how to affect public policy.  Having held senior roles in the civil service and politics, he oversees Enterprise’s government relations and research arms, using his unique insight to advise clients how public opinion can affect government policy.

Andrew Pask

Andrew is the Principal of AP Public Affairs. He has 30 years of public policy, campaign management and political experience gained while working as; a Special Assistant to a Cabinet Minister on Parliament Hill, an Assistant with Provincial Government Ministers and Members and Political Staff at Toronto City Hall. His private sector service includes being Manager of Municipal Affairs for Bell and as an Account Director of Public Affairs and Vice President of Municipal Affairs for Government Relations firms.

Justin Rangooni

Justin is a lawyer in the energy sector. After being called to the bar, Justin worked in the Ontario Government for the Ministers of Government Services and Energy.  He then entered the energy sector as a policy advisor with the Canadian Wind Energy Association and is currently serving as Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs for the Electricity Distributors Association.

Patrick Sackville

Patrick is the Policy & Government Relations Lead for the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, an association representing the interests of Ontario’s 80,000 professional engineers and more than 250,000 engineering graduates. Prior to this role, Patrick held a variety of policy and stakeholder relations positions at Queen’s Park. He currently sits on a number of regulatory and industry advisory committees and is a fellow of the London Institute. A campaign manager, political contributor on Newstalk1010, and a craft beer aficionado. His advice: don’t mix all three.

Michael Westcott

Michael’s experience has included work in the gaming, retail and consumer packaged goods industries. He has worked on political campaigns at the national level in Canada, as well as provincially in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick, and municipally in Toronto and Hamilton. Globally, he has worked on major projects in Australia and Trinidad and Tobago. Michael currently works with Rothmans, Benson & Hedges.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Location: Samara Canada – 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto

Agenda

5:00pm – 5:30pm Registration and networking

5:30pm – 5:40pm Opening comments and introductions

5:40pm – 6:00pm Welcoming remarks from special guest speaker

6:00pm – 7:30pm Short discussions will be conducted on a rotational basis

7:30pm Closing comments and continued networking until 8:00

 

Members $25

Student Members $25

Non-Members $35

 

We Thank our In Kind Sponsor:

 

Register Here >>

At: Samara Canada
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cannabis in Canada

Medical & Recreational: Policy, Patients and Retail

As Canada counts down to next year’s legalization of marijuana, policy progress and business plans are heating up in preparation for this controversial Liberal government promise. Join PAAC on November 15 for a special half-day event focusing on medical and recreational marijuana use.

We will begin the morning with a Keynote Address by Will Stewart, Managing Principal at Navigator where he will provide an overview on the current government, public and industry landscape as it relates to both medical and recreational cannabis.

Following the keynote address, we will then discuss how medical use of marijuana is a turning point for patients. This panel will assess, analyze and take audience questions on the impacts and implications of a post-legalization on medical marijuana patients, physicians, producers and government. Panelists include:

  • Philippe Lucas, Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council
  • Allan H. Malek, Executive Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, Ontario Pharmacists Association 
  • Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, CCFP
    Medical Director, Canabo Medical Corp.
    Physician Lead, Toronto, Cannabinoid Medical Clinic Student Health, Seneca College
    D11 Treasurer, SGFP Rep. – Ontario Medical Association 
  • Janet Yale, CEO of the Arthritis Society
  • Jonathan Zaid, Executive Director & Founder, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana
  • Moderator: Jessica Smith Cross, Editor, QP Briefing

From medical use, we’ll turn to recreational use of marijuana. What happens when a $9 billion industry becomes legal? Listen to and engage with a panel of experts in discussing how everything from taxation to retail will influence the future recreational market in Canada. Panelists include:

  • Cameron Bishop, Director of Government Affairs at Privateer Holdings/Tilray
  • Tony Coulston, Group Vice-President, Environics Research
  • Jean-François Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Teresa Reguly, Partner, Tory’s LLP
  • Moderator: Ginny Movat, Senior Consultant, Crestview Strategy

Seating is limited for this engaging and topical event. Register early to secure your space.

 

Location:

Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. W. 33rd Floor, Toronto

Agenda:

8:00 to 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 to 8:40 Welcome from PAAC President

8:40 to 9:00 Keynote address

9:00 to 10:15 Medical Marijuana Panel

10:15 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 11:45 Recreational Marijuana Panel

11:45 to 12:00 Key takeaways & Closing Remarks

Registration Fee:

PAAC Member: $55 +HST

Non-Member: $85 + HST

Students: $25 + HST

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At: Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. W. 33rd Floor, Toronto
When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

PAAC is pleased to present a breakfast conversation on November 29th with Chris Ballard, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.  Minister Ballard was appointed to this position on July 31, 2017. With the challenge of implementing a number of key policies, including those under the Climate Change Action Plan and the Ontario Waste-Free Ontario Act. These actions cover a variety of policy areas across government, which adds further complexity to his role.

Key to the implementation of these policies will be communicating, both inside and outside government, the ministry’s objective and overarching motivation of the policies: to mitigate the impacts of climate change to our environment and economy.

Please join us as we discuss these important and timely topics with Minister Ballard, and get his insight as to how he intends to address these complex challenges.

We would like to thank the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) for their generous sponsorship in support of this event.

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Location: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP , Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400

Agenda:

7:30am – 8:00pm Arrival and Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am Presentation with Q&A
9:00am – Adjournment

Registration Fee:

PAAC Member: $55 +HST
Non-Member: $85 + HST
Students: $25 + HST

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At: Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) LLP
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join the PAAC BC Chapter for our holiday social.

Catch up with friends or network with new people in the industry!

This is a free event – with appies and a drink ticket provided.

Date:    Monday, December 11, 2017

Time:    5:30 to 7:00PM

Location:  Lions Pub, 888 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A7

 

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At: Lions Pub
When: Monday, December 11, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Borden Ladner Gervais, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400, Toronto

The Public Affairs Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at the office of BLG, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400, Toronto

At the AGM, elections will be held to select the 2018 PAAC Board and Executive. Each year half of the positions on the PAAC Board (5 in total) are open for election. All PAAC members in good standing are entitled to run for one of the five (5) board positions. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting held December 13, 2016
4. Reports
4.1 President's Report - John Capobianco
4.2 Treasurer's Report - Paul Yeung
4.3 Events Report - Alex Greco / Jennifer Dent
4.4 Advocacy Report - Stephen Andrews
4.5 Membership Report - Harvey Cooper
5. Elections
5.1 Board of Directors
5.2 Executive Committee
6. Other Business
7. Adjournment

 

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At: Borden Ladner Gervais, 22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400, Toronto
When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The year is almost over, but the holidays are upon us! Join your PAAC Board, Members and Guests for social networking while enjoying light appetizers and drinks at the renowned Cactus Club Café in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Where: The Cactus Club, First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C1

When: Tuesday, December 12th: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Why Attend?

  • Network with Senior-Level Public Affairs Professionals;
  • Meet your PAAC board for 2017-2018; and
  • Learn more about what the association has planned for 2018.

Tickets:

Members: No charge

Student Members: No Charge
Guests: $35.00
Non-Member Students $20.00

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At: Cactus Club
When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm