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16 May

A Glance Back at SPPG’s Year in Events

May 16, 2018 | By |

From the prime minister’s Chief of Staff to student workshops to the Cadario Lecture, SPPG had a busy year of spectacular guests and events.

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Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicked off the Women and Leadership series on September 25, 2017. Watch her lecture here and read about the event in The Public Policy and Governance Review: Growing Diversity in Politics and Policy – SPPG Welcomes Katie Telford to Kick Off the Women and Leadership Series.

MPP Class of 2019 in front of Parliament

MPP Class of 2019 in front of Parliament.

An Incredible #SPPGOttawa Trip

Our First year Master of Public Policy students return from a whirlwind trip visiting the PMO, the Public Policy Forum, TBS Canada, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and more.Annually our MPP first years visit Ottawa to connect with SPPG’s program partners and network with potential future employers. Check out some highlights from the trip here.

Image Credit: Lisa Sakulensky. The winning team poses with event organizers Barry Goodwin and Janet Mason; judges Virginia Hatchette, Craig McFayden, Jamie Romoff, and Mary Ann Triggs; and team coach Rhonda McMichael.

Case Thinking Rewarded at the SPPG Case Competition

This year’s innovative proposal for battling child obesity won SPPG’s top prize at the annual Case Competition. On November 3rd, some of the most eager students of the MPP programme at UofT’s School of Public Policy and Governance participated in the highly anticipated second annual Case Competition. The winning team, composed of MPP students Marvin Ferrer, Tom Piekarski, Rupinder Bagha, Clare Macdonald, and Melissa Nicholls, stood out for its creative and unconventional approach to the case. Read more here.

David Eaves

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David Eaves Delivers Thought-Provoking Keynote on Digital Governance

On November 16th, SPPG kicked off a weekend of public policy innovation events with a highly-anticipated panel on digital governance with public policy entrepreneur David Eaves.

The event, Citizens, Surveillance, and the Public Good also featured Rachel Curran, former Director of Policy to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Ontario Deputy Minister for Digital Government Hillary Hartley. It was moderated by SPPG Director Peter Loewen. Read more here.

Spectrum event

George Smitherman and Kristyn Wong-Tam with the Spectrum team.

Spectrum’s LGBTQ+ Leadership Series

Spectrum hosted two prominent members of the LGBTQ+ communities at SPPG on January 15, 2015 to highlight successful LGBTQ+ leaders in the field of public policy: Kristyn Wong-Tam and George Smitherman.  Kristyn Wong-Tam is a Toronto City Councillor representing Ward 27.  George Smitherman is Ontario’s first elected openly-gay MPP and Cabinet Minister, and also served as the Deputy Premier of Ontario. Read more here.

Kim Campbell

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Highlights From Blazing Trails for Women and Leadership With Kim Campbell

Canada’s 19th Prime Minister visited SPPG to share her unique insights as part of our special event series on Women and Leadership.

When it comes to blazing the trail for women, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell’s career includes many milestones. From the age of 16 when she became the first female student body president of her high school, until 30 years later as the first female prime minister of Canada at the age of 46, Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Read more here.

MPACC Competition Winners with Judges

The winning team of Alexander Wreford, Rachel Vickerson, Sacha Forstner, and Sarah Caicco poses with the judges.

MPACC 2018: Affordable Rental Housing in the City of Toronto

On January 19, 2018, graduate students from SPPG and the Department of Geography and Planning took part in the 2018 Municipal Policy Action Case Competition (MPACC) at the University of Toronto. MPACC is an annual student-led case competition geared towards tackling problems in municipal policy. This year, 46 students making up 11 teams took part in the competition with the aim of solving the City of Toronto’s difficulties with affordable rental housing. Read about the event in The Public Policy and Governance Review here.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Fix Capitalism: A Lecture by Muhammad Yunus

On February 3, 2018, Nobel laureate and micro-finance pioneer Dr. Muhammad Yunus spoke on the topic of inclusive growth where he suggested that “social business and the entrepreneurial spirit will repair our broken capitalism.” Read more about the lecture in The Public Policy and Governance Review here:

Michael Wolff with Peter Loewen

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Facts Stranger Than Fiction: An Afternoon With Michael Wolff

SPGG held a much-anticipated event with Michael Wolff, the best-selling author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Convocation Hall. A rapt audience listened to the fireside chat between Wolff and Peter Loewen, Director of SPPG. which was followed by a discussion including special guests, Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for HuffPost Canada, and Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy and Ethics. Read more here.

Ford+SPPG conference

Participants at the Ford+SPPG conference.

SPGG Hosts the Ninth Annual Ford+SPPG Conference

On Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018, the School of Public Policy and Governance hosted the 9th annual Ford+SPPG Conference, a student-led case competition organized in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. This year’s theme, Disruptive Technologies: (AI)ding Transitions into a New World of Work, brought students together to create innovative policy solutions to manage the inevitable change that emerging technology will bring to transportation and post-secondary education. Read more here.

Deborah Stone lectures

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Deborah Stone Asks: What Does Counting Have to Do With Ethics?

This question was at the heart of Deborah Stone’s opening keynote of the Walter Gordon Symposium, an event co-sponsored by the SPPG and Massey College.

Deborah Stone, a Professor Emerita at Brandeis University and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University in Denmark, is a renowned political scientist whose classic text Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making has featured on public policy curricula for three decades through four editions. She has received the American Political Science Association’s 2017 James Madison Award, a lifetime achievement award for distinguished scholarly contribution to the field. Read more here.

Transportation panel

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Talking Challenges in Urban Transportation Policy in the GTA

On March 22, 2018, a stellar panel of transportation “thinkers and doers” came together to speak about the challenges of transportation policy in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond. Co-hosted by the SPPG’s Jonathan Hall and the Rotman School of Management’s Nathaniel Baum-Snow, the event kicked off a conference on issues in transportation. The discussion centred around the transportation implications for the Toronto region’s rapid population and economic growth. Read more here.

Talk Is Cheap event

Panel participants: Farah Ahmed, Jo Flatt, Farah Huq and Fahmida Kamali.

Talk is Cheap: Whose Role is it to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Canada?

On Friday April 6, 2018, the Gender, Diversity & Public Policy Initiative hosted their annual conference, Talk is Cheap: Whose role is it to advance diversity and inclusion in Canada? This conference brought together 80+ policy practitioners, non-profit groups, politicians, employers, students and researchers and engaged them in a critical discussion about diversity and inclusion in the Canada. The conference featured the Honourable Ratna Omidvar as the keynote speaker, followed by two panel discussions: Grassroots to Government: Diversifying our institutions, and Generations of Change: Diversity in Leadership.

Daniel Trefler

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The Cadario Lecture: Daniel Trefler on Populism and Globalization

A captivated audience at the Isabel Bader Theatre was eager to hear the University of Toronto’s own Daniel Trefler, the last minute replacement for Harvard political economist Dani Rodrik. The theme of the 2018 Cadario Visiting Lecture remained the same, Populism and Globalization, but with an added twist – From the Rialto to Wall Street. He drew parallels between the rise and decline of economic, political and social mobility of Venice and that of contemporary United States. Read more here.