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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.
New Guidance on Rule 10 Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct – Gifts
The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (OCL) has posted a new Commissioner’s Guidance for lobbyists regarding the application of Rule 10 of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct – Gifts. The Guidance can be found here: http://www.ocl-cal.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/01183.html. If you have further questions about how to avoid creating a conflict of interest for a public office holder, please contact the OCL.
Post-Election Pundit Panel & Networking Event
Many thanks to those who joined us at our sold out event at the Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant in Ottawa, for some insightful analysis from our panelists around what to expect next from Canada’s new federal government, and to connect with their peers in government relations. We gratefully acknowledge and thank our sponsors: Agrium, the Canadian Dental Association and Janssen (Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J).
Moderator: Tom Clark, Global News’ Chief Political Correspondent
Katlyn Harrison, Summa Strategies
Ian Capstick, MediaStyle
Carlene Variyan, Indivior Canada
New Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct Comes into Force on December 1, 2015
The Commissioner of Lobbying has published the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) in the Canada Gazette. An Annotated Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) and guidance for lobbyists are available on the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying website. Information sessions will be organized to help lobbyists understand the requirements of the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. Given that this is the first time in almost 20 years that the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct has been changed, you are encouraged to share this information with others in your organization who may be lobbying or have an interest in the federal lobbying regime. The 1997 version of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct remains in force until it is replaced on December 1, 2015.
Globe and Mail Leaders’ Debate 2015
GRIC’s Events Committee organized a fall networking event in the lead up to the October federal election. Thank you to everyone who joined us at D’Arcy McGee’s in Ottawa to watch the Our Economy. Our Future. The Globe and Mail Leaders’ Debate 2015. We gratefully acknowledge and thank our event sponsor, the Royal Bank of Canada.
Annual Meeting Policy Session
Thank you to everyone who attended our panel discussion session with Karen Shepherd, Commissioner of Lobbying, following the business portion of the Government Relations Institute of Canada’s 20th Annual Meeting of Members.
GRIC President Andre Albinati, and John Capobianco, President, Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) also participated in a discussion that focussed on the changes to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct, which will be formally published in the Canada Gazette in the near future. The panel was moderated by Joe Jordan, Senior Consultant, Capital Hill Group and former Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville.
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our annual meeting sponsor, Shaw Communications.
Women at all levels of government
The Government Relations Institute of Canada and Equal Voice National Capital Region hosted a dynamic discussion on the important role that women play at all levels of government at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. Our keynote speakers included:
- Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, MPP (Ottawa-Vanier)
- Lisa MacLeod, MPP (Nepean-Carleton)
- Councillor Diane Deans, Ottawa City Council, Ward 10 Gloucester-Southgate
- Councillor Catherine McKenney, Ottawa City Council, Ward 14 Somerset
- Sandra Schwartz, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee, Zone 12 Innes/Beacon Hill-Cyrville
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our event sponsors:
Canadian Dental Association, CropLife Canada and the Royal Bank of Canada
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