Latest News & Events
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.
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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