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The past decade has seen dramatic developments in political ideologies, diplomacy wars, redrafted trade agreements, the rise of populism and disruption, and shifts in how technology is being used as a political tool or weapon. As we approach a new decade, what are the challenges we will have to face as a country? How can public affairs professionals be equipped to leverage them?

On October 7, several experts will share their visionary insights and practical guidance for the challenges of the 2020s, and the policies or advocacy approaches for which we should prepare.

See conference brochure for full details.

Keynote Speakers

  • Greg Lyle, Manager Director of Innovative Research Group (@LyleGreg)
  • Bruce Heyman, Former US Ambassador to Canada (@BruceAHeyman)

Award of Distinction Luncheon

Award of Distinction Luncheon with remarks by our 2019 recipient the Hon. Perry Beatty, PC, OC

Canada’s Place in the World


  • The Future of Advocacy Campaigns in Canada
  • A New Era: Lobbying a Populist Government  
  • Approaching Inter-Jurisdictional Dynamics in Public Affairs
  • Public Affairs Evolution: Emerging Practices
  • The Future of Work for Public Affairs Professionals
  • The Political Pivot: How to Manage Rapid Policy Change
  • Democracy under Threat: Risks and Solutions in the Era of Big Data, Privacy and Misinformation

Pundits Panel - A conference tradition!

Date: Monday, October 7

8:30 am to 9:00 am    Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am to 11:45 am  Morning Conference Sessions

11:45 am to 1:00 pm  Award of Distinction Luncheon

1:15 pm to 5:00 pm    Afternoon Conference Sessions

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm    President's Reception


Borden Ladner Gervais, Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower,

22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400

Registration Rates*

Student $120.00 (CAD) + HST

Member Regular $395.00 (CAD) + HST

Non-Member Regular $495.00 (CAD) + HST

CPRS/CSAE/GRIC/CCT Member $395.00 (CAD) + HST

Award of Distinction - Luncheon Only $100.00 (CAD) + HST

*Conference registration fee includes a copy of the book “The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty” by Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman.

Thank you to our sponsors:

BLG:Venue Sponsor

OMERSInfrastructure:Supporting Partner

Coca-Cola:Beverage Sponsor

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