Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (Ontario Chapter) on Friday, March 26 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for an expert panel debrief on what the 2021 Ontario Budget means for Public Affairs professionals and their clients. Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to debrief with your peers from 11:00 am to 11:30 am in zoom breakout sessions.

Ontario’s Finance Minister & President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy, will table the provincial government’s 2021 Budget on March 24, in what is expected to be another record-spending plan due to unprecedented circumstances brought on by the pandemic.

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It has been over one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway, Ontario’s economy is forecasted to enter a period of recovery in the year ahead. However, discussion of a third wave and ensuing future lockdowns, leave communities, businesses and Ontarians feeling uncertain about the future.

What will a budget one year into the crisis mean for Ontarians? What will paving the path to reopening and recovery look like? What sectors, communities, and demographics will be prioritized? What lies ahead for Ontario’s economy?

On Friday, March 26, join PAAC Ontario’s 2021 Budget event to hear from a diverse panel on how Ontario plans to protect people’s health and jobs, and the budget implications for Public Affairs professionals and their clients. Click here to register.

Debrief with your peers! Following the presentation, we are pleased to invite you to debrief with your peers from 11:00 am to 11:30 am in zoom breakout sessions. We hope you can join us!


Dawn Desjardins, Deputy Chief Economist, RBC

Dawn Desjardins joined the RBC Economics team in January 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the U.S. and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries. Dawn delivers economic analysis to RBC’s clients through a variety of publications and presentations. She is often interviewed by media from across North America to discuss developments in the economy and financial markets.

Prior to joining RBC, Dawn worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadian bond market strategist for a major U.S. bank for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

Wes Hall came from very humble beginnings in Jamaica to become one of the most influential business people in Canada. He has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations. Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers,” Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful business people” in 2016, Toronto Life magazine voted him among the “50 most influential Torontonians in 2020,” the International Association of Business Communicators (Toronto) named him their “2020Communicator of the Year,” and Maclean’s magazine ranked him number16 on their 2021 Power List of the “50 most powerful people in Canada.”

As the Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Wes has delivered an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including: Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Ovintiv, Goldcorp, Talisman, and Suncor. He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and activist campaigns in North America. They include Enbridge’s $37 billion merger with Spectra Energy, Agrium and Potash Corp.’s $36 billion merger, Tim Hortons’$12.5 billion merger with Burger King, Pershing Square Capital Management’s campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, and Petro Canada’s $19 billion merger with Suncor Energy.

Wes is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environmental and industrial services provider with over 450 employees; Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil and gas, construction and transportation sectors; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts.

In 2020, Wes was one of five individuals appointed to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, an advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province’s capital markets regulations. In 2011, Wes received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.

Tim Hudak, CEO, Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA)

Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 79,000 REALTORS®.

Tim joined OREA after a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Since becoming CEO in December 2016, he and his OREA team have focused on transforming OREA into Ontario’s most effective professional association that delivers high-impact advocacy on behalf of REALTORS® and consumers, and provides quality services to members.

During his first year as OREA CEO, he was named one of the most powerful people in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 2017/18.

He is married to Deb Hutton and together they have two daughters, Miller and Maitland.


Laura Stone, Reporter, Globe and Mail's Queen's Park Bureau

Laura Stone is a reporter for The Globe and Mail's Queen's Park bureau. She joined the Globe in February2016, reporting on federal politics in the Ottawa Parliamentary bureau until October 2018. Before that, she was an online and TV reporter for Global News in Ottawa. Laura was the first recipient of the Michelle Lang award at the Calgary Herald, where she wrote a national series about women’s prisons. In 2015, she won the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Greg Clark Award, which allowed her inside the RCMP’s Senate investigation. Most of all, Laura likes to profile politicians over lunch. She always picks up her own tab.

WHAT? The Path to Reopening & Recovery: Ontario’s 2021 Budget

WHEN? Friday, March 26 | 10 – 11:30 AM

WHERE? Join us at home ! Zoom link to be provided in advance on the presentation.


Members Free

Non-Members $15.00 + Tax


10:00am – 10:45am, Panel Discussion

10:45am – 11:00am, Audience Q&A

11:00am – 11:30am, Optional Networking Session


PAAC is excited to announce the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) as the title sponsor for the Ontario 2021 Budget event. As one of Canada's largest professional associations, OREA advocates on behalf of their 79,000 Realtor members on matters such as home and property ownership, property rights, and building prosperous communities. Thank you, OREA, for joining PAAC for this exciting event!



Thank you to Seneca Government Relations for partnering with us on our 2021 Budget event. Endorsed by the Public Affairs Association of Canada and the Government Relations Institute of Canada, the Seneca Government Relations eight-month graduate certificate program features specialized practical government relations training that will prepares students for careers in government relations.


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