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Fireside Chat with former Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick – Registration Now Closed

November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fireside Chat with former Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick

On November 18, join GRIC for a fireside chat with Michael Wernick on his newly released book, “Governing Canada: A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics”.

Moderated by Paul Wilson, Associate Dean of Public Affairs and Associate Professor at Carleton University, Wernick will speak to his close to four decades of experience as a career public servant and as an individual “in the room” with Canada’s top politicians.

Fresh off the naming of the new Cabinet, he will share his insights on what goes into picking a Cabinet. how to get the most out of the team, and the ways in which a government works to stay on track.

WHEN: Thursday, November 18th

TIME: 12:00 pm EST – 12:55 pm EST

COST: Free for GRIC members I $20 for non-GRIC members

Join us and have a one in four chance of winning a free copy of the book!


Michael Wernick served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from January 22, 2016, to April 18, 2019.

He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1981, working in various departments and agencies, including the Department of Finance Canada, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada and the Privy Council Office.

Mr. Wernick assumed several senior leadership roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister at Canadian Heritage in 1996, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, at the Privy Council Office in 2003, Deputy Minister at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in 2006 and Senior Advisor at the Privy Council Office in 2014. He was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet later that same year.

Mr. Wernick also served on the Board of Governors of Carleton University from 2010 to 2017. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He currently works as a Senior Strategic Advisor Associate at MNP Ltd and Fellow at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration.


Paul Wilson currently serves as the Associate Dean of Public Affairs and Associate Professor at Carleton University.

He joined Carleton under the Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management in 2011 with over a decade of experience as a senior political advisor both in government and opposition. He served as director of policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada from 2009 to 2011, with responsibility as acting chief of staff to the prime minister during the 2011 election campaign.

From 2006 to 2009 he worked as director of policy for the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the President of Treasury Board and the Minister of Justice.

Mr. Wilson’s research interests include political advisors, including ministerial exempt staff and parliamentary staff; machinery of government, including cabinet structures and advisory systems; and, parliamentary procedure and parliamentary caucus management.

Thank you to our event sponsor the Canadian Canola Growers Association!



November 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virtual Event


Government Relations Insitute of Canada