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A list of GRIC’s latest submissions and other items of interest is presented below. Tous les textes ne sont pas disponibles dans les deux langues officielles. Nous nous excusons de cet inconvénient.
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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Celebrate the Holiday Season
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s (GRIC) Board of Directors cordially invite you to raise a glass and enjoy appetizers with friends and colleagues! This event will be co-hosted by the Canadian Advocacy Network (CAN) whose members will be available to discuss their mandate and opportunities for GRIC members to volunteer their time and government relations expertise to worthwhile charities and not-for-profits. More information can be found here.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
5:00 to 7:30 pm
WHERE: Moscow Tea Room
527 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
TICKETS: A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa.
GRIC Members: $25.00 + $3.25 (13%) HST = $28.25
Guests: $40.00 + $5.20 (13%) HST = $45.20
A special thank you to our event sponsors: the Canadian Dental Association, Global Public Affairs and the Royal Bank of Canada.
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.
Post-Budget Panel Networking Event
Thank you to everyone who joined us for some insightful analysis following the 2017 federal budget. Our expert panelists were Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer and Research Chair at uOttawa, David Coletto from Abacus Data, Brian Kingston from the Business Council of Canada, and Susan Delacourt, political columnist for iPolitics, who moderated the discussion.
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
Event Sponsor Summa Strategies
Back to Parliament Networking Event
We kicked off the New Year with another Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) networking event! Thank you to everyone who joined us for a reception at The Shore Club in Ottawa as we start to gear up for the winter parliamentary session.
A special thank you to our event sponsors CropLife Canada and Impact Public Affairs.
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