Y4C: YEAR 4 CONFERENCE Tying up loose ends, Nov 26

The Year 4 Conference….Y4C


We want to invite you to be part of an important conference this fall – one that focuses on Year 4 of the current Parliament. What do you want to see the government and opposition parties accomplish?  Join us on November 26 in Ottawa.

This November is the third anniversary of the current federal government, which means one more year till the next election.

Depending on your perspective, this Parliament has been very productive or not productive enough, on the nose or off the mark. This conference will begin with a review of the past three years, but spend most time on Year 4. What needs to happen? What projects need completion? What loose ends need to get tied up. It’s less about the politics and more about the policy.

Ministers, MPs from all parties and Senators are being invited to talk about what they plan to do in the year ahead. Business, labour academia, NGOs and others are invited to put forward their top priorities for the year ahead.


Agenda outline (Draft) November 26


8:30 The Political Climate

  Name Affiliation Topic
  Kevin Bosch Vice President, Hill + Knowlton; Former Deputy Director, Liberal Research Bureau Liberal achievements
Marie-Danielle Smith National Reporter, post Media/National Post Current political climate
Others TBC    


9:45 What is Year 4 about?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty Former Premier of Ontario What is Year 4 about?


10:00 Economic Priorities

  Brock Carlton President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities The needs of cities
  JP Gladu President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Economic advancement of Indigenous Peoples
Prof. Ian Lee Sprott School of Business, CarletonU National debt
  Corinne Pohlman Senior Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships,   Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Small Business agenda
  Toby Sanger Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness (C4TF) Tax policy

11:30 Priorities of the Political Parties and the Senate

All-party panel of MPs and one Senator

– Ruby Sahota, MP

– Nathan Cullen,  MP

– Elizabeth May, MP

– Sen. Yuen Pau Woo + a Conservative Party tbc

12:30 Working lunch

Conversation with Honourable Catherine McKenna

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

1:30 The Private and the Public Sector

Perrin Beatty President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Debi Daviau President, Professional Institute for the public Service of Canada


2:00 Economic and Social Innovation

Pamela Fralick President, Innovation Medicines Canada
  Kerry McCuaig uToronto Early childhood education
  Adam van Koeverden Athlete, Gold medal kayaker
  Carl Nicholson (tbc) Executive Director, Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa
  Dara Wawatay Chabot Activist, student Indigenous youth
  One more TBC

3:30 The Environment and the Economy

Dr. Marion Barfurth Researcher and Scholar Innovation
Mark Cameron Executive Director, Clean Prosperity
  Elizabeth Macdonald Environment and Energy Efficiency Advisor Mainstreaming climate change
  Craig Stewart Insurance Bureau of Canada Climate adaptation; Sustainable finance
  Stephane Tywoniak Associate Professor of Complex Project Management, Telfer School of ManagementUniversity of Ottawa Getting mega projects done
  One more TBC




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