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Engage with leading policy scholars & experts

SPPG allows audiences to engage with leading policy scholars and practitioners through lectures, symposia, and conferences. SPPG’s 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.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2017 Open House at the School of Public Policy & Governance

October 3, 2017The School of Public Policy & Governance's Fall 2017 Open House will take place on October 25th Read More

Featured Past Events

2016 David Peterson Leadership Lecture: Stability and Growth in an Age of Disruption

Featuring Dominic Barton

On October 6th, 2016 SPPG hosted the 2016 David Peterson Leadership Lecture featuring Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey.  

Dominic Barton’s lecture was titled “Stability and Growth in an Age of Disruption”. Following the lecture, Director of SPPG Peter Loewen, took part in a discussion with Dominic Barton.

Please see below for an abstract of the lecture, a bio of Mr. Barton and some photos from the event.


We are living in extraordinary times. The next twenty years will be some of the most disruptive and exciting we have ever seen – driven by a number of global forces transforming the world economy and society-at-large. At the David Peterson Leadership Lecture, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, will describe the forces creating some of the most monumental challenges in generations for society – as well as the leadership traits that public sector leaders must have to navigate this new environment.

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Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Dominic is the Co-Chair of the ‘Focusing Capital on the Long Term’ initiative along with Larry Fink (BlackRock), Andrew Liveris (Dow), Cyrus Mistry (Tata) and Mark Wiseman (BlackRock). The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.

Dominic has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked. In February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore). He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Past Events

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

September 22, 2017On Sept. 25 Katie Telford visits SPPG on "Politics and Policy: the Best Job in Ottawa" Read More

SPPG Event: Populism in the United States

April 25, 2017Join SPPG on May 11 for a talk on Populism in the United States featuring speakers Nick Carnes, Justin Gest and discussant Chris Cochrane. Read More

SPPG City Hall Task Force Event

April 6, 2017The fourth meeting of the City Hall Task Force will take place on April 18th from 1-4pm. Sign up to get your tickets! Read More

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