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Annual Meeting of Members, Ottawa, May 31, 2017
This is preliminary notice that the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) will hold its 22nd Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) in Ottawa on May 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT, in accordance with the organization’s by-laws.
Nominations are currently open to fill Board member positions at the 2017 AMM. Any GRIC member in good standing may file a self-nomination in writing. The deadline for receipt of such notification is Friday, April 21, 2017.
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. For more information or assistance in any of these matters, please contact the GRIC Secretariat.
Fourth Annual Canada 2020 Conference, June 14 to 16, Ottawa
Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Canada 2020 Conference. The Canada 2020 Conference is Ottawa’s premier event for smart, inspiring, and forward-looking conversation about government, policy and Canada’s future. Themes this year include: A.I., Automation & the Future of Work, Women in the Economy, Canada’s Place in the World, Open Government, Diversity & Inclusion, State of the Media, and more. Registration information and event details can be found here. Members of the Government Relations Institute of Canada can purchase five conference passes for a discounted rate with a promotional code.
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.
U.S. Election Viewing Party
Thank you to our sponsors and to GRIC members, who came out to our U.S. Election Night Party hosted in partnership with Equal Voice National Capital Region. The event saw record attendance with approximately 400 people, including many elected officials and political staffers. It was also featured on the broadcast of CBC’s The National and covered extensively by our valued media partner, iPolitics.
Catching Up, Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: Pundit Panel Dives In – Networking Event, October 6, Ottawa
Thank you to everyone who joined us for us for a lively discussion regarding the Trudeau government’s first year in power and a look to the future. Our expert panelists included: Greg MacEachern, Environics Communications, Kathleen Monk, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Consultant and Tim Powers, Summa Strategies Canada. Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent, Global Television moderated the discussion.
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our event sponsors Environics Communications and Janssen for their support.
Online Lobbyist Registry Now Active – Government of Saskatchewan
The Lobbyists Act for Saskatchewan was proclaimed today. The Lobbyist Registry is an important part of maintaining public knowledge on lobbying activities in the Province of Saskatchewan. Lobbyists based inside or outside Saskatchewan have 30 days to register their activities. More information on the Registry and the legislation can be found on the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists’ website.
Once lobbyists begin registering information, the Registry, which is accessed through the website at www.sasklobbyistregistry.ca, will include names of lobbyists, the public office holders they are communicating with, and the activities they are engaging in to attempt to influence decisions. Citizens and other stakeholders are able to search the Registry to see what issues or subjects may be the object of lobbyists and which public office holders have been lobbied.
Summer Networking Event: Lunch and Learn
Many thanks to those who joined us at our sold out event at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel for an insightful conversation about the Government of Canada’s innovation priorities.
TOPIC: “Navigating the Innovation Agenda” with Mr. Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Thank you to our event sponsors the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, Google Canada and Shaw Communications for their support.
New Lobbying Rules Coming to Ontario
Amendments to Ontario’s lobbying rules are set to come into force July 1, 2016. These are the significant changes to Ontario’s Lobbyists Registration Act which received Royal Assent in late 2014. The Lobbyist Registrar’s Office has published some news articles detailing what you need to know. For more information on the Ontario’s Lobbyist Registry and how it might affect you, please visit www.oico.on.ca.
GRIC’s Events Committee organized a networking event in Ottawa following the 2016 federal budget. Thank you to everyone who joined us for some insightful analysis from our panel of seasoned Ottawa professionals.
Theophilos Argitis, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News
Sarah Bains, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hendrik Brakel, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Velma McColl, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Many thanks to our event sponsors, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada and Summa Strategies for their support.
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