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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.


Peterson Leadership Speaker Series: the Hon. Karina Gould

January 1, 1970Join us as the federal Minister of Democratic Institutions speaks on Women in Democratic Development on January 9. Read More

The Indigenous Affairs Student Initiative Presents an Evening with Bob Rae

January 1, 1970The November 29 talk will focus on Indigenous child welfare and the legacy of Residential Schools. Read More

Spectrum: A Conversation with Leaders in LGBTQ+ Policy

January 1, 1970On November 27, Spectrum hosts Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo and Dr. Nick J. Mulé to talk LGBTQ+ issues in government. Read More

Human Library for the Sustainable Development Goals

January 1, 1970Join the Gender Diversity and Public Policy Initiative on November 22 for a unique event: the human library. 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

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

November 9, 2018Join us on November 15 as the Mexican Government Elect Deputy for NAFTA renegotiation addresses the 2018 North American Colloquium. Read More

2018 Fall Prof Talk: Wicked Policy Problems

November 5, 2018The Master of Public Policy Student Association presents Dr. Steven Bernstein and Nathan Alexander Sears on November 12. Read More

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

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