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February 2020

Advocacy in the Digital Age: Tips, Tools and Techniques

February 19 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Embracing a digital mindset when strategically considering an advocacy campaign is becoming almost an essential in today's digital age. Traditional advocacy efforts are often now bolstered with digital tools – social media, earned advertising, owned media, etc. – helping stakeholders strengthen and add value to their message, while also remaining competitive. Learn how to make the most of digital advocacy in your GR campaign. Hear from Perry Tsergas, President & CEO, spark*advocacy and Dennis Matthews, Vice President, Marketing and Communications,…

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December 2019

2019 Holiday Social

December 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We would like to thank everyone who joined us at our annual holiday gathering on December 18. We were able to raise $750 for the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa through our raffle. A special thank you to our event sponsors the Canadian Dental Association, Global Public Affairs, and Royal Bank of Canada. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

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November 2019

First Professional Development of the 2019-20 Season!

November 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Métropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant, 700 Sussex Dr
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K4

GRIC and IABC Ottawa, the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) are partnering on a special networking and professional development event designed just for our members. We will welcome a panel of government relations and communications experts to discuss tips and tricks on how to strategically engage and navigate the newly elected minority government. No matter what industry you're from, you will gain several key takeaways from this event. Thank you to our event sponsors the…

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October 2019

2019 Debate Viewing Party & Political Panel

October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Join us to watch the federal election English-language leaders' debate. Exchange ideas, intel and opinions. Engage in our post-debate panel discussion. This is a FREE event for GRIC Members!    

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September 2019

2019 Welcome Back Event

September 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Many thanks to everyone for a memorable 2019-2020 season kick off event. It was a great time with great people at the Queen St. Fare! A special thank you to our event sponsors, Conway Baxter Wilson LLP and spark*advocacy.  

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June 2019

2019 Networking Event: Transition in Government

June 5, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thank you to everyone who attended our joint event with the National Capital Region (NCR) group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) that aimed to provide a comprehensive examination on the planning, preparation, and delivery of a government transition, whether it be a transition between the same political party with a new mandate or an entirely new government. Special thanks to our event sponsors Scotiabank and Earnscliffe Strategy Group for their support.  

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March 2019

2019 Post-Budget Panel & Networking Event

March 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

GRIC's Events Committee delivered another fantastic outing with our post-budget discussion panel. Our expert panelists were Sahir Khan, Executive VP at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy and former Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer, Sarah Anson-Cartwright, Director, Public Affairs at CPA Canada, and Ihor Korbabicz, Executive Director and senior researcher from Abacus Data. Samantha Wright Allen, reporter for The Hill Times, moderated the discussion. A special thank you to our event sponsor Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

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December 2018

2018 Holiday Social

December 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

We would like to thank all those who attended our annual holiday social in Ottawa. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate $1,200 to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Special thanks to the Royal Bank of Canada for their support.

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September 2018

2018 Back to Parliament

September 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our “welcome back” event took place at the beautiful Tavern on the Hill and served as an opportunity for those in the GR community to catch up after their summer break. A highlight of the evening involved remarks from our friends John Capobianco (Advisor to Seneca College’s Post-Graduate Certificate program in Government Relations, as well as President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada) and Dr. Stephen Azzi (Associate Professor at Carleton University and Director of its Clayton H. Riddell…

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April 2018

2018 Signature Event Featuring Adama Iwu

April 26, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Government Relations Institute of Canada proudly featured an exclusive event with TIME Person of the Year and "Silence Breaker",  Adama Iwu, together with Canada's Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu. Adama is head of government relations for VISA in the western United States and joined us to tell her story about battling harassment and the opportunities for a positive path forward. Minister Hajdu is the sponsor of Bill C-65 – legislation currently in front…

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