11 Mar 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Registration and Breakfast – 7:30 a.m., Presentation 8:00 a.m. Register for this Event

Good Politics Versus Bad Policy: The Fallacy of Value-Added Industries

Join The School of Public Policy for the release of a new report by author Trevor Tombe that, perhaps for the first time, analyzes whether Alberta should be trying to create more value-added industries rather than simply exporting our raw goods. The logic from Thomas Mulcair and others is elegant, and tempting – if we keep our raw products in Canada and make something with them, we make more jobs and add more value to the economy.

The trouble is, it doesn’t work that way. Find out why by joining us at this breakfast presentation.

19 Mar 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hotel Arts

Calgary, AB

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The Canada-US Relationship in a G-Zero World

Over the past two decades there has been a significant shift in global power dynamics. The world has witnessed the economic transformation of Asia, the emergence of other globally significant players such as Brazil and the relative economic decline of the European Union. Within this evolving landscape, America has become increasingly distracted, war weary, and, some would say, no longer willing to provide global leadership. This matters a great deal to Canada. Although Canada’s trade relationships are slowly diversifying beyond its southern neighbour, Canada’s relationship with the United States will always be an enormously important fact of international policy from a Canadian perspective.

Ian Bremmer, author and President of the Eurasia Group, will set the stage for the morning’s discussions on the state of affairs in Canada-U.S. relations. If the world is indeed lacking predictable and steady U.S. leadership, what does this mean for Canada? In the short-term, what do the next 2 years of Obama administration suggest for Canada-U.S. relations? In the medium term, what might we expect in the next decade in terms of U.S. leadership?  What are some of the challenges and opportunities this presents for Canada? Following Ian Bremmer’s keynote, the symposium continues with two panels featuring distinguished Canadian and American experts, adding their unique perspectives and insights into Canada-U.S. affairs.

27 Mar 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015

Fairmont Château Laurier

Drawing Room

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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Financial Challenges of an Aging Population

Canada’s population is aging – fast.  Is Canada headed towards a demographic freight train that will derail balanced budgets, a sustainable health care system and dependable retirement income?  What are the trends that we should be most worried about, and what are the public policy fixes, if any, that can get Canada’s social programs back on track without stealing from future generations?

Please join Jack Mintz as The School of Public Policy and Cirano host a symposium that seeks to answer those questions.  The stakes are high.  Join us in a search for solutions.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Louis Adam, School of Actuarial Science
  • Yves Carrière, University of Montreal
  • Michael Decter, LDIC Inc.
  • Alain Dubuc, La Presse
  • Herb Emery, The School of Public Policy
  • Martha Hall Findlay, The School of Public Policy
  • Malcolm Hamilton, C.D. Howe Institute
  • Pierre-Carl Michaud, ESG Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Moshe Milevsky, Schulich School of Business
  • Jack Mintz, The School of Public Policy
  • Claude Montmarquette, CIRANO
  • Fabrice Morin, McKinsey & Co., Montreal
  • Norma Nielson, The School of Public Policy
  • Henri-Paul Rousseau, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Fred Vettese, Morneau Shepell
  • Tim Welsh, McKinsey & Company


Please click here to view the program.

Please click here to view the French program.

15 - 16 Apr 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015untilThursday, April 16, 2015

Reform of the Personal Income Tax in Canada

Take an in-depth look at the Canadian personal income tax (PIT) system and ideas for reform.  This symposium will provide a platform to explore options for reforming the largest single source of revenue for Canadian governments.  Specific aspects of the system including the progressivity of the PIT, unit of taxation, treatment of retirement savings, delivery of social benefits as well as the history of PIT and previous reforms will be examined.  The School is pleased to partner with the Canadian Tax Foundation on this event.

03 - 05 Jun 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015untilFriday, June 5, 2015

Government Relations Executive Education Program

The School’s popular Executive Program in Government Relations returns June 3-5 in beautiful Banff, Alberta.  Spend 3 days networking with peers, and learn from some of the best GR practitioners in Canada, including Guy Giorno, Ian Brodie, Scott Reid and Jack Mintz.

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