A federal minority government holding for a full four-year term is a strong possibility. In this environment, government relations and public affairs officials must reassess their strategies and messaging when engaging decision makers.

On February 25, join a power panel of former chiefs of staff and strategists for an engaging discussion on how politics might shape the next four years.

Included will be a refresher on: confidence motions, the role of the Senate, the power of legislative committees, and the increased importance and influence of opposition critics. A range of issues will be debated as well: Western developments, provincial majority influence on a federal minority government, and other industry-specific issues including national pharmacare viability.

The Panel

Tim Murphy, Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Martin and current Co-Chair, Project Finance, Infrastructure & Energy at McMillan

Guy Giorno, Former Chief of Staff to Premier Mike Harris, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and current Partner & Leader, Political Law at Fasken

Yaroslav Baran, Former Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader, Communications Chief for former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership campaign and current Partner & Managing Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Ottawa.

Omar Khan, former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and current Vice President & National Cannabis Sector Lead, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Michele Cadario, Former Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Martin and Premier Christy Clark, current CEO of VANGUARD Strategy

The Moderator

Laura Stone, The Globe and Mail's former Ottawa Parliamentary bureau reporter and current Queen's Park bureau reporter.


8:00 am -  8:30 am - Registration/Light Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am - Panel Forum & Discussion

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