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UPDATE: Signature Event, April 26
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) is proud to feature an exclusive event on April 26 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 will join 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 new host of the CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, will moderate the conversation and subsequent Q&A.
Tickets are going quickly – don’t miss out! Register today.
WHERE: iPolitics, 17 York Street, Ottawa
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2018
11:00 AM – Doors Open
11:30 AM – Networking Luncheon
12:00 to 1:30 PM – Keynote Presentation
EVENT FEE: GRIC Members $35.00 | Guests $60.00 (Plus HST)
Click here to purchase your ticket(s) today. Kindly note that advance registration is required 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.
A special thank you to our event sponsors.
Annual Meeting of Members
This is preliminary notice that the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) will hold its 23rd Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) in Ottawa on May 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT, in accordance with the organization’s by-laws.
Nominations are currently open to fill Board member positions at the 2018 AMM. Any GRIC member in good standing may file a self-nomination in writing. The deadline for receipt of such notification is Friday, April 20, 2018.
The AMM package will be made available to members electronically 21 days prior to the meeting. Only members, paid in full, as recorded on the final register of members compiled seven days prior to the AMM date will be entitled to vote at the meeting. If any further assistance is required, please contact the GRIC Secretariat.
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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Update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
For Ontario lobbyists, an important update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner (OIC): Guidance for Lobbyists on Gifts & Benefits.
Lobbyists should be cautious about offering a gift to or paying for a meal for a public office holder. Offering a gift or benefit may lead to the individual being placed in a real or potential conflict of interest, either at the time or in the future. If that happens, a lobbyist could be found to be non-compliant with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998.
The OIC has prepared a resource to assist lobbyists on the issue of gifts. Read more here http://www.oico.on.ca/home/lobbyists-registration/resources/guidance—gifts
Submission to the Treasury Board Secretariat
On October 29, 2017, the Treasury Board Secretariat wrapped up their consultation on the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management.
The Government Relations Institute of Canada took this opportunity to reiterate our view that there should be improved regulatory alignment between the Conflict of Interest Act and the Lobbying Act, to ensure clarity and address ongoing confusion.
You can find our submission posted at http://open.canada.ca/en/appendices
GRIC Lunch & Learn – Navigating NAFTA
Thank you to everyone who joined us for some insightful remarks on the dynamics around the current negotiation process and challenges that lie ahead for all three countries. Our expert panelists were the Hon. James Moore, member of Minister Freeland’s recently announced NAFTA Advisory Council, H.E. Dionisio Pérez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood, CEO, Canadian American Business Council and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg reporter on Parliament Hill, who moderated the discussion.
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our event sponsors for their support.
Back to Parliament Networking Event
Thank you to everyone for helping us kick off the fall with a Government Relations Institute of Canada networking event as we begin the parliamentary session. Mark your calendars for our next event, Navigating NAFTA on October 5th!
GRIC Summer Send Off
As the Parliamentary session drew to a close, we raised a glass to another year of legislative fun gone by. Thank you to everyone who joined their Government Relations Institute of Canada colleagues on a patio to celebrate the season in style!
A special thank you to our event sponsor.
Professional Development Session
Lobbying Do’s and Don’ts: Clearing up the Rules
Have you ever wondered if you can buy a Designated Public Office Holder a cup of coffee at a pre-arranged meeting? Are you offside if you pick up lunch? This year’s Government Relations Institute of Canada Annual Meeting of Members featured a professional development session on the “ins and outs” of the Lobbying Act.
GRIC’s legal expert, Scott Thurlow and former Member of Parliament, the Hon. Joe Jordan provided good insight on a topic that is central to our political engagement.
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