PM series with the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney


The Prime Ministers Series 2020

Delivering Results for Canadians with
the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien

The Prime Ministers Series—a partnership between the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of Public Service —highlights transformative policy initiatives of Canadian prime ministers. The purpose of this annual day-long event is to inform, educate and inspire policy makers and public service leaders to conceive and deliver change. The series began in 2019 with the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney and the 2020 event will highlight the accomplishments and challenges faced by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. 

Event information

This special event is offered to all public servant groups and levels and to the general public and includes lunch.

Date and time:         March 3, 2020 | 8:45 am to 4:30 pm (EST)
Location:                        Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Trillium Ballroom, Ottawa, Ontario
Language:                     Bilingual
Registration:                Coming Soon 

Please see below for more information about the inaugural event in 2019. 

The Prime Ministers Series 2019

Delivering Transformative Change for Canadians with
the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney
(Video - Conversation with a Prime Minister

The 2019 conference interactively explored four nation-building initiatives with those who were close to the action, facing not only tough choices but fierce resistance:

  • Tax Reform: Replacing the Manufacturers’ Sales Tax with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other tax measures
  • A Green Canada: Environmental leadership in challenging fiscal circumstances
  • Canada–U.S. Free Trade Agreement: From idea to agreement to implementation
  • North American Free Trade Agreement: Securing a place in the hub of the continental trade wheel


2019 Panels:                

Economic/Fiscal Challenges and Tax Reform: Replacing the Manufacturer's Sale Tax with the GST
  • Peter Daniel, Recently retired as Executive Vice-President, Communications and Marketing for BCE Inc. and Bell Canada; former assistant deputy minister of communications at the Department of Finance Canada, and other public sector executive positions
  • David Dodge, Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP,  former Deputy Minister of Finance and Governor of the Bank of Canada
  • Barbara McDougall, Chair of Global Panel America, former Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Privatization, Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Secretary of State for External Affairs
  • Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Former Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet of the Privy Council Office and Director General of Tax Policy 
    at Finance Canada
  • Hon. Wayne Wouters, Strategic and Policy Advisor with McCarthy Tétrault LLP; former clerk of the Privy Council
A Green Canada: Making the Environment a Priority in Challenging Circumstances
  • Elizabeth May,  MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands and former Policy Advisor to the Minister of the Environment during the Mulroney administration
  • Anne McIlroy, Director, Principal Gifts, University of Ottawa, former Parliamentary Bureau Chief for the Globe and Mail
  • Hon. Pauline Browes, Chair of the Friends of Rouge National Urban Park; former minister of State for the Environment and minister of Indian and Northern Affairs; and former member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy
  • William Pristanski, Founder and Principal at Prospectus Associates and Chair of the Terry Fox Foundation, former Executive Assistant to Brian Mulroney and Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment
  • Dr. Robert Slater, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Policy and President, of Coleman, Bright and Associates and Former Senior Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada
Conversation with a Prime Minister
FTA: From Idea to Agreement to an Election
  • Derek Burney, Senior Strategic Advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright, former Canadian ambassador to the United States
  • Thomas d'Aquino, Chief Executive, Intercounsel Ltd. and former Chief Executive of Chief Executives (1981-2009), and Distinguished Lifetime Member, Business Council of Canada
  • Dr. Laura Dawson, Director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute
  • James McIlroy, Lead and founder of McIlroy & McIlroy, Counsel on Public Policy; former senior policy advisor to the Minister for International Trade on the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement
NAFTA: The Wheel and not a Spoke
  • Derek Burney, Senior Strategic Advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright, former Canadian ambassador to the United States
  • Meriel Bradford, President, Snowberry Investments Ltd., former member, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and Services Negotiator for FTA, GATT and NAFTA
  • Donald Campbell, Senior Strategy Advisor at DLA Piper Law Firm, former Deputy Minister of International Trade
  • Reverend Canon Laurette Glasgow, Special Advisor Government Relations to the Anglican Church of Canada; former Canadian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and Trade Negotiator
Leading Transformative Change and Delivering Results for Canadians - Key Principles and Lessons Learned


Concluding Remarks

Masters of Ceremonies
  • Serge Blais, Executive Director, Professional Development Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Annie Champagne, Acting Vice President, Canada School of Public Service


The Prime Ministers Series 2019

Delivering Transformative Change for Canadians with the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney

March 5, 2019 (8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
$395 (plus tax)

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