We’re excited to welcome you back for the first time in two years for the PAAC Annual Conference: Advancing Public Affairs in a Time of Change presented by:

Conference program & logistics outlined below.


We’re looking forward to catching up over a glass of wine and passed hors d'oeuvres at the Bisha Hotel.

When: Wednesday, November 9 | 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: Bisha Hotel, 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON

Dress Code: Business Cocktail


When: Thursday, November 10, 8 AM – 5 PM

Location: NATIONAL Public Relations, 16th Floor - 320 Front Street West, Toronto, ON

Dress Code: Business Attire


8:00 AM | Registration opens

8:15 – 9:00 AM | Breakfast and registration

9:00 – 9:05 AM | Opening remarks

  • Taleesha Thorogood, President, PAAC

9:05 – 9:10 AM | Welcoming remarks

  • Gillian Smith, Managing Partner, NATIONAL PR

9:10 – 9:40 AM | Keynote address

  • Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Former Member of Parliament, author and equity advisor

9:40 – 10:40 AM | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Public Affairs: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

  • Mandy Silverberg, Women in Public Affairs Mentorship Program, PAAC Ontario
  • Shanice Scott, Steering Committee Member, Equal Voice Toronto
  • Lea Trotman, Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Corus
  • Sunira Chaudhri, Founder, Workly Law
  • Moderator: Christina Marciano, Membership Chair, PAAC

10:40 – 11:30 AM | Digital Tools and Trends in Government Relations and Advocacy

  • Marty von Wuthenau, Vice President, Crestview Strategy
  • Jennifer Babcock, Senior Director, Canadian Cattle Association
  • Farhaan Ladhani, CEO, Digital Public Square
  • Moderator: Alexis Easton, Events Chair, PAAC

11:35 AM – 12:25 PM | Building Profile in Public Affairs: How to Become a Thought Leader in our Industry

  • John Capobianco, Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard Highroad
  • Sharan Kaur, Political Commentator and Senior Advisor, SK Consulting
  • Chris Rougier, Partner, MPH Agency
  • Barbara Fox, CEO, Enterprise Canada
  • Moderator: Elliott Silverstein, Vice President, PAAC Ontario

12:25 – 12:30 PM | Award of Distinction

  • Introduced by: Andrea Chrysanthou, Vice President, PAAC

12:30 – 1:30 PM | Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 PM | Speed Networking

2:00 – 3:00 PM | Lobbying Regulations: How New Updates are Impacting our Industry

  • Kyle Morrow, Lawyer, Fasken
  • Cristina De Caprio, Toronto Lobbyist Registrar
  • Moderator: Kyle Larkin, Secretary/Treasurer, PAAC

3:00 – 4:00 PM | Crisis Communications in an Era of Distrust

  • Luc Levasseur, Senior Vice President, NATIONAL Public Relations
  • Rachael Wraith, Director, Global Public Affairs
  • Lisa Covens, Vice President, Leger
  • Michelle Eaton, Vice President, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Moderator: Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun

4:00 – 5:00 PM | Curse of Politics Podcast – LIVE

  • David Herle, Host, Curse of Politics and The Herle Burly podcasts
  • Scott Reid, Principal-Owner, Feschuk
  • Kory Teneycke, Co-Founder and CEO, Rubicon Strategy
  • Jordan Leichnitz, Ottawa-based Consultant
  • Introduced by: Dennis Matthews, Partner, Enterprise Canada and President, Creative Currency

Panel introductions: Ceara Copps – Edwards, Communications Chair, PAAC

Questions? Please contact PAAC President, Taleesha Thorogood

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