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Post-Budget Panel & Networking Event, March 21, Ottawa
Join the Government Relations Institute of Canada for some insightful analysis following the 2019 federal budget, and connect with your peers in government relations.
Our expert panelists will be Sahir Khan, Executive VP at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy and former Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer, Sarah Anson-Cartwright, Director, Public Affairs at CPA Canada, and Ihor Korbabicz, Executive Director and senior researcher from Abacus Data. Samantha Wright Allen, reporter for The Hill Times, will moderate the discussion.
WHERE: Métropolitain Brasserie Restaurant
700 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K4
WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:00 PM Doors Open
5:30 PM Panel Discussion
6:30-7:30 PM Networking Reception
EVENT FEE: GRIC Members $30.00 | Guests $50.00 (plus applicable taxes)
Click here to reserve your seat today! Tickets must be purchased in advance and registration is only available through the online form. Requests will be processed until event capacity has been reached. For assistance with registration for this event, contact the GRIC Secretariat.
Carleton University’s MPM Program
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) is pleased to endorse the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. This program is Canada’s first graduate degree of its kind: an intensive master’s degree designed to provide a professional foundation for individuals who aspire to leadership roles in political offices or parties, non-governmental organizations, or firms that specialize in government relations, communications, or public opinion research.
The full-time degree looks to equip its graduates with an essential grasp of democratic processes and an understanding of the institutions through which they are administered. It aims to cultivate a set of professional skills required to work as a political manager and strategist, and in the process, contribute to a more constructive kind of politics and more well-informed policy decisions.
Through a one-year course of study, students will be exposed to a range of programs in applied political skills and analysis. The degree culminates with a 10-week practicum that places students in a political office or government relations firm, where they will learn by observing and participating in the process, complementing their coursework with practical experience.
Seneca’s GR Program
Seneca’s Government Relations program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Endorsed by both GRIC and the Public Affairs Association of Canada, the program features specialized, practical, government relations courses that prepare you for a career as a government relations/public affairs professional in the dynamic public policy, political and public affairs environments.
Seneca’s Government Relations Graduate Certificate program provides the education and training that better enables you to build constructive relationships between government organizations, elected representatives, public servants and political staff at all levels of government.
The program curriculum consists of courses from Seneca’s Public Relations – Corporate Communications program as well as specialized Government Relations subjects. As a graduate, you’ll be part of select group of individuals with the formal training to set you on a successful career path in government relations and public affairs
Prince Edward Island Lobbyists Registration Act: Overview
For PEI lobbyists, the Lobbyists Registration Act and Regulations are scheduled to come into force April 1, 2019. Read more on the Department of Justice and Public Safety webpage at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/justice-and-public-safety/prince-edward-island-lobbyists-registration-act-overview
Back to Parliament Networking Event
Get ready for the upcoming fall with another Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) networking event! Join us for cocktails and connect with like-minded professionals as we head into another parliamentary session.
WHEN: Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tavern on the Hill, 1223 Alexandra Bridge, Ottawa, ON
(Major’s Hill Park)
Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lobbying
The Commissioner of Lobbying Canada, Nancy Bélanger, tabled her 2017-18 Annual Report. The report covers the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and is the first Annual Report from Commissioner Bélanger since her appointment on December 30, 2017.
You can find the Commissioner’s Annual Report here: https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/01462.html
Signature Event Featuring Adama Iwu
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) proudly featured an exclusive event with TIME Person of the Year and “Silence Breaker”, Adama Iwu, together with Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu.
Adama is head of government relations for VISA in the western United States and joined us to tell her story about battling harassment and the opportunities for a positive path forward.
Minister Hajdu is the sponsor of Bill C-65 – legislation currently in front of Parliament which is aimed at curbing workplace harassment and misconduct.
Vassy Kapelos, an award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, moderated the conversation and subsequent Q&A.
A special thank you to our event sponsors.
Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for British Columbia News Release
The Province of British Columbia announced today that an amendment to the Lobbyists Registration Act will come into force on May 1, 2018. For more information please visit https://www.lobbyistsregistrar.bc.ca/publications/news/
Update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
For Ontario lobbyists, an important update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner: Guidance for Lobbyists on Political Activity. Read more here http://www.oico.on.ca/home/lobbyists-registration/guidance-for-lobbyists-on-political-activity.
Prime Minister nominates new federal Lobbying Commissioner
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of Nancy Bélanger as the next Commissioner of Lobbying.
Ms. Bélanger currently serves as Deputy Commissioner, Legal Services and Public Affairs, with the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada. Her legal career with the federal Public Service spans more than two decades, including six years as General Counsel for the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. In the past decade, she has served in the offices of two Agents of Parliament. In 2007, she joined the senior management team as General Counsel at the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. In July 2013, she became General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for the Office of the Information Commissioner, a position she held until August 2017 when she became Deputy Commissioner, Legal Services and Public Affairs.
Ms. Bélanger’s nomination will need to be approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. She is being nominated for a term of seven years.
GRIC has had a productive working relationship with Commissioner Karen Shepherd over the years, which we have greatly appreciated. We look forward to pursuing the same with Ms. Bélanger following approval of her nomination by Parliament.
We will continue to keep GRIC members updated as the nomination process unfolds.
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