ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

What policies have been truly transformative over the last 50 years? Which will be transformative over the next 50?

Panelists will trace the past, present, and future of Canadian policymaking, focusing in on the country's most critical challenges: the renewal of the federation, managing diversity, Canada's relations with Indigenous peoples, the environment, intergenerational equity, global economic integration, and Canada's role in the world.

What are the great political and policy transformations that will occur over the next 50 years? Canada’s last big anniversary—its centennial—coincided with a period of “big picture” policymaking that fundamentally reshaped the country.

Canada’s modern welfare state were established; the federation was re-energized in a project of “cooperative federalism” and province-building; the accommodation of diversity was embraced through the institutionalization of bilingualism and multiculturalism; and a commitment to the protection of individual and collective rights was captured in the project of a “just society.”

The challenges facing Canada as it approaches its sesquicentennial anniversary require a re-thinking of policy akin to that of the 1960s—a renewal of the federation and its social and economic policy frames. Are we on the verge of another transformative moment in Canadian policymaking?

Speakers include: Kevin Milligan, Michelle Alexopoulous, Antje Ellermann, Emmett Macfarlane, Marva Wisdom, Christa Scholtz, Sheryl Lightfoot, Carol Anne Hilton, Joe Heath, Daniel Béland, Jennifer Winter, Deborah McGregor, Kathryn Harrison, Jeremy Webber, Matti Siemiatycki, Stuart Soroka, Francois Pétry, Lisa Birch, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Aisha Ahmad, and Stéphane Paquin.

The conference’s audience will be composed of eighty opinion leaders in the academic, public, private, third and media sectors. All panel presentations will be followed by a Chatham House Rule discussion, providing for a frank discussions about the policy challenges facing Canada in the future.

The conference is hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance, in partnership with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, the University of Laval’s Centre d’analyse des politiques publiques, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and Massey College.

The conference is without charge and meals will be provided throughout. This is a by invitation-only conference. It will take place at the University of Toronto’s Faculty Club on November 17th and 18th.