Prime Minister Series 2020 - Featured Speakers and Panelists
- The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
- Margaret Bloodworth
- Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon
- Peter Donolo
- Ron Fonberg
- Paul C. Genest
- Edward Goldenberg
- Claude Laverdure
- Tonda MacCharles
- Hon. John Manley
- Carissima Mathen
- Anne McIlroy
- Jacline Nyman
- Pierre Pettigrew
- Martha Piper
- Bob Plamondon
- Hon. Allan Rock
- Taki Sarantakis
- Jeffrey Simpson
- Daniel Watson
- Hon. Wayne Wouters
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E., served as the 20th prime minister of Canada from November 4, 1993, to December 12, 2003.
Mr. Chrétien was elected Member of the House of Commons in 1963. During his career, he also served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and Minister in charge of Social Development.
Mr. Chrétien completed his law studies at Université Laval and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1958. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar. He was awarded an honorary degree in law by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (1981), as well as honorary doctorates from Laurentian University in Sudbury and from University of Western Ontario in London (1982), from the Glendon College of York University in Toronto (1986), from Alberta University in Edmonton (1987) and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (1988). Mr. Chrétien was also the recipient of honorary doctorates from Ottawa University (1994), Meiji University in Japan (1996), the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland (1999), the Michigan State University (1999), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2000), Memorial University in St. John’s (2000), Université Catholique Pontificate Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic (2003), Queen’s University in Kingston (2004), McMaster University in Hamilton (2005) and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine (2007).
In 2007, he was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 2008, he became co-president of the InterAction Council.
In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty Elizabeth II.
In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business as well as an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal in 2011
Margaret Bloodworth completed her distinguished public service career as National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet, a post she held from 2006 to 2008.
Prior to that she was Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Deputy Minister of National Defence and Deputy Minister of Transport. Currently she is a member of the boards of the Hospice at May Court, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, World University Service of Canada and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.
A member of the Order of Canada, Margaret has been awarded the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award, the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, as well as honorary degrees from the University of Winnipeg, and the Canadian Coast Guard College.
The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon
Madame Jocelyne Bourgon is the President of Public Governance International (PGI), the leader of the New Synthesis Project, an international research effort aimed at modernizing public administration, and the President Emerita of the Canada School of Public Service.
Madame Bourgon has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian public service, having served as Deputy Minister of several major departments, Secretary to the Cabinet for federal-provincial relations, and later as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet. Possessing vast international experience, she has served as President of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), and Canadian Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Madame Bourgon has published extensively on the subject of public administration. She is the author of A New Synthesis of Public Administration: Serving in the 21st Century (2011) and The New Synthesis of Public Administration Fieldbook (2017).
Madame Bourgon is the recipient of six honourary degrees. She was summoned to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 1998. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of France.
As one of Canada’s most experienced communications strategists and a veteran adviser to leaders in corporate Canada, and at all three levels of government, Peter brings more than 25 years of experience in communications and government relations.
Using his understanding of both the rapidly changing currents of public opinion and the complex decision-making processes of government, Peter is a senior adviser to H+K’s senior management and to its clients—focusing on strategic communications and public engagement.
Peter has in-depth knowledge to provide counsel to clients facing major transformational challenges when it comes to the economy, the way we now engage audiences, and how we live together in society. He appreciates the importance of developing the right strategy and putting together the best team to achieve measurable results.
Peter is a director of G(irls) 20 and a former director of Pathways to Education Canada, the Toronto Board of Trade, and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Peter was most recently special adviser to the Ontario government on intergovernmental affairs and communications. He is the longest-serving prime ministerial director of communications in Canadian history (to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien), served as a senior executive in the private and public sectors, and represented Canada abroad as a senior diplomat.
Rob Fonberg was a long-serving Deputy Minister (DM) in the Government of Canada. First appointed DM in the Privy Council Office in 2000, he went on to serve as DM at International Trade and, from 2007–2013, the Department of National Defence.
As Deputy Minister of National Defence during the most intense operational period for the Canadian Armed Forces since the Korean War, Rob was involved in all aspects of the deployments of the Canadian Forces, from planning to policy to international defence relations, and multi-billion-dollar procurements. He partnered closely with three Chiefs of the Defence Staff during this time.
As a core and senior member of the Government of Canada’s national security team during this period, Rob developed a unique perspective on domestic, regional and global security and threat issues, including cyber security. He continues to speak on public policy development, defence, civil-military relations, security, leadership and governance issues.
Since 2013, Rob has been active in the academic and think-tank community as a Fellow with Global Solution Networks, a Mentor with the Trudeau Foundation, and an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.
Rob has been an executive advisor to the Wesley Clover group of start-ups. Currently, he provides strategic advice to a variety of clients on a range of challenging and timely issues.
Paul C. Genest
His background includes stints in government, academia and the business world. He has served as a deputy minister in a number of portfolios, in the Ontario Government, including Intergovernmental Affairs, Francophone Affairs, and Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015. He served in the federal government as Director of Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Ontario Universities and as Assistant Vice-President of Bell Canada. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Glendon College, York University.
Currently, Mr. Genest is a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. He is an active volunteer with the Pine River Institute, which provides residential rehabilitation for teenagers, and Vice-Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region. He is a board member of Business for the Arts, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Foundation for the National Gallery of Canada. A champion of diversity, Mr. Genest has been honoured for advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Genest holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and a PhD in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, he has completed the Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors Education Program.
Co-Head of the firm Bennett Jones’ government affairs and public policy practice, Edward Goldenberg has a corporate practice, advising clients on governance issues, public policy and government relations in Canada and abroad.
Mr. Goldenberg has a distinguished background working with the government of Canada, having been the Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (1993-2003) and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff (2003). During his long involvement with the Prime Minister's office, he was heavily involved in the preparation of 10 federal budgets, meetings between the Prime Minister and the provincial premiers, meetings with the heads of government of numerous countries, including all of the G-8 countries, Team Canada trade missions and cabinet committee meetings.
Prior to these roles, Mr. Goldenberg acted in various capacities in the federal government, including in all the major economic departments and as Special Constitutional Advisor to the Minister of Justice (1980-1982). He is one of the authors of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Mr. Goldenberg was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University in 2004.
In 2006, he authored the best-selling book The Way It Works: Inside Ottawa.
In Ottawa and abroad, Claude Laverdure played a significant role in Canada’s foreign service. notably as Canada's Ambassador to France from 2003 to 2007., He previously served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy in addition to being Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the G8 Summit in 2002 and 2003.
Claude also served as Ambassador to Haiti, Zaire and Belgium and as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Claude graduated from the Université de Montréal in political science.
Tonda MacCharles is a Newfoundland native and a senior reporter in the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau, where she has covered federal politics and public policy for 20 years.
Her 35-year journalistic career includes nearly 10 years in broadcast journalism with CBC's The National and The Fifth Estate.
Her beats have spanned coverage of all major political parties, legal affairs and public safety issues.
The Honourable John Manley
For over a decade, the Honourable John Manley served in the Federal Government as Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister and Industry Minister. More recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada (formerly the Canadian Council of Chief Executives), representing the CEOs of leading Canadian corporations.
In his current role of Senior Business Advisor at the firm Bennett Jones, Mr. Manley advises clients and helps them succeed through his years of leadership and experience in government and business, and his tremendous understanding of where strategic business opportunities lie.
Mr. Manley is Chair of the Boards of Directors of CIBC and CAE Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors of TELUS. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and is active in the not-for-profit sector. He is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and past-Chair of the Canadian branch of the Trilateral Commission. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution and the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council.
Carissima Mathen is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. A graduate of McGill University, Osgoode Hall Law School and Columbia Law School, she is an expert in constitutional and criminal law. From 1994 to 2001, she was Counsel and later Director of Litigation, for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), undertaking equality rights litigation before the Supreme Court of Canada and other courts. She was involved in some of the most formative Charter cases of the [Antonio] Lamer court in areas including sexual orientation equality, judicial bias, reproductive autonomy, and sexual assault.
In recent years, Professor Mathen has developed a keen interest in the reference function of Canadian courts. Her groundbreaking book, Courts without Cases: The Law and Politics of Advisory Opinions, was released by Hart Publishing (UK) in 2019. A new book, The Tenth Justice: Marc Nadon, Judicial Appointments and the Supreme Court Act Reference, co-authored with Dr. Michael Plaxton, is forthcoming in 2020 as part of the UBC Press “Landmark Cases” series.
Professor Mathen is a noted media commentator, appearing in all forms of print and other media, both nationally and internationally. In 2018, in recognition of her long-standing commitment and contribution to public discourse, she was awarded the University of Ottawa’s Excellence in Media Relations Award. She is also a 2018 recipient of the Law Society Medal, one of the highest honours bestowed by the Ontario bar.
Anne McIlroy is the Executive Director, Strategic Engagement at the University of Ottawa. She joined uOttawa in 2012 after a distinguished career in journalism, including more than a decade writing about environmental issues.
She worked for the Globe and Mail for 16 years as a national correspondent and science reporter and was the first woman in the paper’s history to hold the position of parliamentary bureau chief. She has won numerous awards, including two National Newspaper Awards, and has reported from across Canada as well as Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, she began her career at the Ottawa Citizen, where she reported on environmental issues out of the national bureau. She was also the environment reporter for Southam News.
Jacline Nyman took office as Vice-President, External Relations, at the University of Ottawa on August 13, 2018, for a five-year term. She is responsible for the activities of the Development Office, the Alumni Relations Office, the Communications Directorate, Language Services, and Advancement Services, ensuring these areas are consistent with the University’s mission.
Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Jacline was President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada. She engaged with stakeholders through donor, government and media relations, participating in public policy development and driving the United Way mission forward. Jacline was at the forefront of a bold transformation of one of Canada’s oldest and most trusted brands.
She also worked as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations in the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, serving as principal gifts strategist and chief development officer.
Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa); a Master of Business Administration (University of Calgary); a doctorate in Business Administration – Marketing (Cranfield University, United Kingdom); and the ICD.D [Institute of Corporate Directors, Director] designation from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
Pierre Pettigrew has many years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently, Mr. Pettigrew is executive advisor, International, at Deloitte Canada. Until recently, he was the Government of Canada's special envoy for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and regularly arbitrates international trade disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
His public sector accomplishments have been substantial at both the federal and provincial levels, where he was a strong advocate for international trade and multilateralism. He was elected as a member of Parliament in March 1996 and held many ministerial portfolios during the following 10 years, including minister of Foreign Affairs, minister for International Trade and minister for International Cooperation. Additionally, Mr. Pettigrew is the author of The New Politics of Confidence, a book on globalization and the art of governing.
Dr. Martha Cook Piper was the Interim President and Vice Chancellor of The University of British Columbia from 2015-2016. She also served as the 11th President of the University of British Columbia from 1997 to 2006.
Dr. Piper has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart, TransAlta Corporation and Grosvenor Americas Ltd. She has also served as a board member of CARE Canada, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. She was Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Nanotechnology and served as a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Dr. Piper, received her B.Sc. degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, her M.A. degree from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She has served as Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (’79-’85), Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta (’85-’93) and Vice President, Research and External Affairs, University of Alberta (’93-’97).
The recipient of 17 honorary degrees, Dr. Piper is an officer in the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia. She was named Educator of the Year by the Learning Partnership in 2004, was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University in 2007 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.
Bob Plamondon is a board member, consultant, historian and author with expertise in the fields of governance, organizational transformation, finance, as well as risk and performance management.
He currently sits on the boards of OPTrust, the Canadian Portrait Gallery, and the advisory committee of the Digital Academy of the Canada School of Public Service.
He leads multiple programs for the Institute of Professional Development at the University of Ottawa, including the Prime Ministers Series. He is also the author of five best-selling books about Canada and its history, including The Shawinigan Fox: How Jean Chretien Defied the Elites and Reshaped Canada.
The Honourable Allan Rock
Allan Rock is President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa, and a Professor in its Faculty of Law, where he teaches International Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict in International Law.
He practiced in civil, administrative and commercial litigation for 20 years (1973-93) with a national law firm in Toronto, appearing as counsel in a wide variety of cases before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was inducted in 1988 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Ontario.
Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1993, and re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He served for that decade as a senior minister in the government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, in both social and economic portfolios. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1993-97), Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Infrastructure (2002-03).
He was appointed in 2003 as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York during a period that involved responding to several complex regional conflicts, including those in Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur. He led the successful Canadian effort in New York to secure, at the 2005 World Summit, the unanimous adoption by UN member states of The Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing and other mass atrocities. He later served as a Special Envoy for the United Nations investigating the unlawful use of child soldiers in Sri Lanka during its civil war.
In 2008, Allan Rock became the 29th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, a comprehensive university of 50,000 students, faculty and staff. The University of Ottawa is ranked among the Top Ten in Canada for research intensity, and is the largest bilingual university (French-English) in the world. He completed two terms as the University of Ottawa’s President in 2016.
Allan Rock was subsequently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, associated with the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.
Taki Sarantakis is the President of the Canada School of Public Service, a position he assumed in July 2018.
Mr. Sarantakis came to the School from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where he was the Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board from 2016 to 2018. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Sarantakis was Assistant Secretary, Economic Sector, where he was responsible for providing ongoing support and advice to 28 departments and agencies, 15 Crown corporations and a number of port and airport authorities. In this role, he also provided advice directly to Treasury Board ministers on issues related to science and technology, environment, venture capital, regional economic development, infrastructure, natural resources, transportation and agriculture.
Prior to his tenure at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Mr. Sarantakis was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada. During his time there, he played a major role in the policy design and program implementation for the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Border Infrastructure Fund, the Municipal-Rural Infrastructure Fund, all program initiatives under the $33 billion Building Canada Plan and $5 billion of stimulus programming announced in Budget 2009, including the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
In 2011, Mr. Sarantakis was awarded Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence in Policy, and in 2013 he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Sarantakis was a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and he also holds a B.A. (Specialized Hon., 1992) and a Master of Arts (1993) from York University in Toronto. He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors Director Education Program, holding the ICD.D designation.
One of Canada's leading journalists, Jeffrey Simpson was national affairs columnist at The Globe and Mail for nearly three decades.
The author of eight books, he has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes -- the Governor-General's award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism.
His latest book, Chronic Condition : Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century, won the Donner Prize in 2012 for the best book on public policy by Canadians.
Mr. Simpson has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Manitoba, l'Université de Moncton and Queen's University.
Daniel Watson is a proud public servant who is passionate about the role that public institutions play in shaping Canada and the lives of Canadians. His appointment at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs is his fifth appointment as a Deputy Minister, having been Deputy Minister (and previously Associate Deputy Minister) of Western Economic Diversification, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada.
Much of his career has focused on work with Indigenous peoples and issues, having been the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategic Direction at the former Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at the federal Department of Justice, and Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at INAC’s Northwest Territories Regional Office. With the Government of British Columbia, he was Director of Treaty Implementation and Settlement Legislation where he led the development of the Nisga’a Final Agreement Act (British Columbia) among other major initiatives and, with the Government of Saskatchewan where he was responsible for first negotiations between provincial Department of Education and what was then the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
In the context of these positions, he played key roles in the negotiation of modern treaties, specific claims and many other agreements and processes. He was also the lead for several key legislative initiatives, litigation files and alternative justice programs. He has worked with Inuit, Métis and First Nation governments, communities and entities in every jurisdiction across Canada, and has lived in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
Beyond this experience, Daniel has significant background in economic development and innovation issues, federal-provincial-territorial relations, labour relations and human resources issues, and cultural and ecological heritage matters. He has represented Canada on numerous issues at forums around the world and has represented the federal government in several national federal-provincial-territorial forums.
Daniel is a pilot, sang for a time with the Regina Philharmonic Choir, has taught firearms safety and hunting courses, and has represented Canada in French, English and Spanish. His record for riding a Harley-Davidson from Ottawa to Edmonton is 46 hours and 10 minutes, one he intends never to repeat or beat.
The Hounourable Wayne Wouters
The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters is a strategic and policy advisor with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and head of the Public Service of Canada. Appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mr. Wouters served from July 1, 2009, until October 3, 2014, at which time he retired from the public service.
From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Wouters served as deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Labour Canada.
From December 2004 to June 30, 2009, Mr. Wouters was Secretary of the Treasury Board.
In 2012, Mr. Wouters received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 2016 he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba. In 2014, Mr. Wouters was inducted as a Member of the Privy Council of Canada by the Prime Minister. Mr. Wouters was recently made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Mr. Wouters has been a longstanding and committed volunteer, chairing the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign in 2004, and the City of Ottawa’s United Way Campaign in 2007. In 2013, Mr. Wouters received the André Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement, United Way Canada’s highest distinction. He currently sits on the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees.