Transition in Government, June 5, 2019, Ottawa
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 Scotiabank and Earnscliffe Strategy Group for their support.
Our expert panelists were Anne McGrath, Public Educator and Advocate; Andrew Treusch, Retired federal Deputy Minister and former Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency; Elizabeth Roscoe, Senior Vice-President and National Practice Leader in Public Affairs, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada; and Paul Wilson, Associate Professor, Carleton University. Vassy Kapelos, an award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s Power & Politics moderated the conversation and subsequent discussion.
Post-Budget Panel & Networking Event, March 21, 2019, Ottawa
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.
December 19, 2018: Holiday Social
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.
September 13, 2018: Back to Parliament
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 Graduate Program in Political Management). John and Stephen joined our event to mark GRIC officially endorsing both the Seneca and Carleton programs. It was fantastic to see alumni and current students out amongst the crowd. GRIC is very proud to support these programs, which have set themselves apart as training grounds for smart, ambitious, politically-engaged young people – many of whom turn to careers in government relations and represent the next generation of our industry. We look forward to seeing these partnerships continue to develop into the future.
April 26, 2018: Signature Event Featuring Adama Iwu
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 of Parliament which is aimed at curbing workplace harassment and misconduct. Vassy Kapelos, an award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, moderated the conversation and subsequent Q&A.
Special thanks to the Canadian Bankers Association, iPolitics and the Canadian Dental Association for their support.
December 20, 2017: Holiday Social
We would like to thank all those who attended our Holiday Social at the Moscow Tea Room last December. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate $2,000 to the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa on behalf of GRIC. That is the equivalent of over 40 snowsuits to deserving youth within our community! It was a great way to close off a busy fall and celebrate the holiday season together.
October 5, 2017: NAFTA Lunch & Learn
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a top-notch panel discussion. Our expert panelists were the Honourable James Moore, a member of Minister Freeland’s recently-announced NAFTA Advisory Council, His Excellency Dionisio Pérez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada and Scotty Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg’s reporter on Parliament Hill, who moderated the discussion.
September 20, 2017: Back to Parliament
It was fantastic to see so many friendly faces at this event. As luck would have it, we ended up on the patio at Tavern on the Hill on one of the nicest evenings of the whole summer!
June 21, 2017: Summer Send Off Networking Event
(The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright)
May 31, 2017: Lobbying Do’s and Don’ts: Clearing up the Rules
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.
March 23, 2017: 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.
January 26, 2017: Back to Parliament Networking Event