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Engage with leading policy scholars & experts

The School allows audiences to engage with leading policy scholars and practitioners through lectures, symposia, and conferences. Flagship annual events are: The Peterson Leadership Lecture, The Cadario Visiting Faculty Lecture, and Big City, Big Ideas as well as many students-led events and many others.


Keynote: The Future of North American Trade by Dr. Jesús Seade

January 1, 1970Join us on November 15 as the Mexican Government Elect Deputy for NAFTA renegotiation addresses the 2018 North American Colloquium. Read More

Fall Open House: Tuesday, November 20

January 1, 1970Interested in a Master of Public Policy? Come meet staff, students and alumni to learn more about the MPP program at the University of Toronto. Read More

2018 Fall Prof Talk: Wicked Policy Problems

January 1, 1970The Master of Public Policy Student Association presents Dr. Steven Bernstein and Nathan Alexander Sears on November 12. Read More

Research and Policy: Why Knowledge Exchange Really Matters

January 1, 1970Join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Ron Saunders on facilitating knowledge exchange between the research and policy communities on November 16. Read More

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An Evening with Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada

Recently Katie Telford visited SPPG to to give a talk on: “Politics and Policy: the Best Job in Ottawa”. This was the first event of this year’s new Woman and Leadership series sponsored by the David Peterson Leadership Fund.


Photo of Katie Telford in Conversation on Stage at SPPG (Photo by Lisa Sakulensky)

Maclean’s magazine has called her the “most influential woman in Canadian politics”; Prime Minister Trudeau described her as “hard-working, tough, honest, and wicked smart”. In this standing room only event, Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and top strategist, shared what it’s like to have the toughest – and best – job in Ottawa.

If you couldn’t attend in person, you can watch it now on demand now. Don’t miss her insights into politics and policy today – and her mission to get more women into positions of power.

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Past Events

An Evening with the Hon. Gordon Campbell

November 1, 2018Join us on November 5 as we welcome the former premier of British Columbia who introduced North America's first broad-based carbon tax in 2008.  Read More

Unravelling the Politics of the US Midterm Elections

November 1, 2018Dr. Graeme Boushey will provide a "view from behind California's orange curtain" on November 6. Read More

Peterson Leadership Speaker Series: Marie Henein

November 1, 2018Join us on November 6 for a conversation on "What It Takes" by one of Canada's most prominent lawyers. Read More

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