Prime Ministers Series: Delivering Results for Canadians, with the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien

The Prime Ministers Series—a partnership between the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of the Public Service—highlights transformative policy initiatives of Canadian Prime Ministers. The purpose of this annual event is to inform, educate and inspire policy makers and public service leaders to conceive and deliver change.

This year's event features the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, who will reflect on his experiences as Prime Minister of Canada. The daylong conversation about "Delivering Results for Canadians" will further offer exclusive insights from speakers who were close to the action, share lessons learned for the modern public service and explore 4 nation-building themes that evoked tough choices and fierce resistance:

  1. Panellists: From Deficit to Surplus
  2. Panellists: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain
  3. Panellists: National Unity: From the 1995 Referendum to the Clarity Act
  4. Panellists: The Chrétien Doctrine and the Decision to Keep Canada out of the Iraq War

Event information

This event is offered to all public servants at all levels, academics and to the public. The early-bird registration price is $395 per person (plus HST). Effective February 1, 2020, the price will increase to $450 per person (plus HST). Both prices include lunch.


Date and time:

March 3, 2020 | 8:45 am to 4:30 pm (EST)

Language:

  • Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages
  • Sign language interpretation (American and Quebec) will be provided
  • CART speech-to-text transcription services will be provided

Location:

Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario – FULL

Hosts:

  • Jacline Nyman, Vice-President, External Relations, University of Ottawa
  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Serge Blais, Director, Professional Development Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Annie Champagne, Director General, Government of Canada and Public Sector Skills, Learning Programs Branch, Canada School of Public Service

Panellists by initiative:

From Deficit to Surplus

  • Peter Donolo, Vice Chairman at Hill+Knowlton Strategies; former Director of Communications to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
  • The Honourable John P. Manley, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP; former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister, and Industry Minister; former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada
  • The Honourable Wayne Wouters, Strategic and Policy Advisor, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Moderator: Tonda MacCharles, Senior Reporter, Ottawa Bureau, Toronto Star

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain

  • Paul C. Genest, Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada; former Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Ontario Universities and former Director of Policy and Research to The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
  • Edward Goldenberg, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP; former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff
  • Martha Piper, former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Moderator: Anne McIlroy, Executive Director, Strategic Engagement, University of Ottawa; former Parliamentary Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail

Conversation with a Prime Minister

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada

Moderator: Bob Plamondon, Consultant, independent director and author of The Shawinigan Fox: How Jean Chrétien Defied the Elites and Reshaped Canada

National Unity: From the 1995 Referendum to the Clarity Act

  • Edward Goldenberg, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP; former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff
  • The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Executive Advisor, International, at Deloitte Canada and Government of Canada's Special Envoy for the Canada–European Union Trade Agreement; former Minister for International Cooperation, former Minister responsible for La Francophonie, former Minister of Human Resources Development, former Minister for International Trade, former Minister responsible for Official Languages, former Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, former Minister of Health, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • The Honourable Allan Rock, President Emeritus, University of Ottawa, and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations; former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health and Minister of Industry

Recorded observations from: The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon, President, Public Governance International; President Emeritus, Canada School of Public Service; former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Moderator: Carissima Mathen, Full Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; author of Courts Without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions and co-editor of Women, Law and Equality: A Discussion Guide

The Chrétien Doctrine and the Decision to Keep Canada out of the Iraq War

  • Margaret Bloodworth, Honorary Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa; former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet; former Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Deputy Minister of Transport
  • Claude Laverdure, Honorary Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa; former Canadian Ambassador to France; former Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy
  • The Honourable John P. Manley, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP; former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister, and Industry Minister; former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada

Moderator: Jeffrey Simpson, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa; author, and former national affairs columnist, The Globe and Mail

Looking to the Future

  • Margaret Bloodworth, Honorary Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa; former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet; former Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Deputy Minister of Transport
  • Rob Fonberg, Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; former Deputy Minister in the Privy Council Office, Deputy Minister at International Trade, and Deputy Minister at National Defence
  • Daniel Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

Moderator: Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service

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