Parliamentary Calendar



Catherine Clark to moderate panel discussion on future of retail Dec. 19



Broadcaster Catherine Clark, pictured left, is moderating a panel discussion on the future of retail Dec. 19 at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Canadian Club of Ottawa is hosting a panel discussion at the Chateau Laurier Dec. 19 on the future of retail in the digital age.

Broadcaster and communications specialist Catherine Clark will serve as the moderator for the lunchtime talk discussion, which will feature Mad Radish co-founder David Segal, co-founder and CEO of RentfrockRepeat.com Lisa Delorme, and Farmboy CEO Jeff York.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and single tickets cost $65. A corporate table of eight runs $550.

The pace around the Hill should be quieter this week, what with the House adjourning for the traditional holiday break last Wednesday. It will resume sitting in late January.

Here are more upcoming political happenings:


MONDAY, DEC. 18

The House is Not Sitting—The House of Commons is not sitting this week after adjourning for the traditional holiday break on Dec. 13. The House is scheduled to resume sitting Jan. 29, 2018.


TUESDAY, DEC. 19

The Future of Retail—Join the Canadian Club of Ottawa and prominent members of the local retail community for lunch and a panel discussion on the future of retail in the digital age. Moderated by Catherine Clark. Panelists: Jeff York, CEO of Farmboy, David Segal, co-founder of Mad Radish, Lisa Delorme, co-founder and CEO of RentfrockRepeat.com. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Chateau Laurier. For more, visit www.canadianclubottawa.ca


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

Government Relations Institute of Canada Holiday Party—This event is in partnership with Canadian Advocacy Network. Moscow Tea Room. 5-7 p.m. Celebrate the holidays and network with GR professionals and CAN volunteers. A share of proceeds will go to the Snowsuit Fund.


FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

Seminar: Social Media and Parliament—The Canadian Study of Parliament offers this seminar. It will bring together technical, parliamentary, and academic experts to explore the ubiquitous presence of social media in the parliamentary milieu and how the presence of various social media platforms has changed the way Parliamentarians interact and perform their respective function. Includes breakfast and buffet lunch. $150 members; $200 non-members; $25 students/retirees. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2018

NAFTA Negotiations—The sixth round of negotiations is set to be held from Jan. 23 to 28, in Montreal, Que.


THURSDAY, JAN. 25, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. January's topic is taxes and banking. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018

Saskatchewan Party Elects New Leader—The next premier of Saskatchewan, taking over from Brad Wall who announced his resignation in the summer, will be elected today by party membership at a convention in Saskatoon. saskparty.com.


MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

The House Resumes Sitting—The House of Commons begins the winter and spring session today after returning from the traditional holiday break. The House is sitting every weekday until Feb. 16. It will then take a one-week break from Feb. 19-23 before returning Feb. 26. The House will break again on March 2, and take a two-week break from March 5-16. After returning March 19 and sitting every weekday for the next two weeks, the House will again break from March 30 to April 13. It will resume sitting April 16 and sit every weekday until leaving for a one-week break from May 14-21. After returning on May 22, the House is scheduled to sit every weekday until adjourning for the summer break in late June.


SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2018

British Columbia Liberal Party Elects New Leader—Voting will take place online, with a telephone option, on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The party will hold a leadership convention for the announcement of the new leader on Feb. 3.  For more info: bcliberals.com/leadership.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7, 2018

The Home Depot Canada Foundation's Parliamentary Reception—Assistant Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes and The Home Depot Canada Foundation are hosting a cocktail reception raising awareness of the Orange Door Project and Canadians’ active role reversing the cycle of youth homelessness in their communities. 5:30 p.m. (or after votes) to 8 p.m. Speaker’s Salon, 216-N Centre Block.


THURSDAY, FEB. 8, 2018

Manning Centre Networking Conference—This annual conference for conservatives and libertarians will take place in Ottawa, Feb. 8-11. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr. manningcentre.ca/manning-networking-conference.


TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 2018

Macdonald-Laurier Institute Canada-U.S. Dinner—The MacDonald-Laurier Institute is hosting is annual dinner, 5:30 p.m. at the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. Buy tickets via macdonaldlaurier.ca.


FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018

NDP Federal Convention—The party is set to hold this policy convention Feb. 16-18, 2018 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., in Ottawa. To become a delegate or for more information, visit ottawa2018.ndp.ca.


THURSDAY, FEB. 22, 2018

Conference on Security and Defence—The Conference of Defence Associations Institute presents this annual conference Feb. 22-23. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. cdainstitute.ca/events/2017-annual-ottawa-conference.

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. February's topic is housing. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

Seminar: Members and their Constituency—The Canadian Study of Parliament offers this seminar. It will bring together Parliamentarians, academics, parliamentary staff, and journalists who will look into the nature of constituency representation and engagement, while also exploring competing ideas about what the “constituency” is and how it may differ for some Members. Includes breakfast and buffet lunch. $150 members; $200 non-members; $25 students/retirees. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or info@cspg-gcep.ca.


THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. March's topic is the job search. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention—The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

[caption id="attachment_94054" align="aligncenter" width="711"] Liberal Party President Anna Gainey, left, Leader Justin Trudeau, centre, and president of the Young Liberals Mira Ahmad, right, at the party's Winnipeg convention in May 2016. The Liberal Party will host its next convention in April 2018 in Halifax. PMO's Adam Scotti photograph[/caption]


THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. April's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. May's topic is OC Transpo. 2:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

Community Liaison Officers' Group Ottawa—The CLO Group is hosting a 2017/2018 series of information sessions for foreign diplomatic missions' personnel responsible for welcoming new embassy staff members and their families. The group involves networking and sharing information essential for a smooth transition and settlement of new families to Ottawa/the National Capital Region. This month the meeting will be a social event. 3:30 p.m. To join the group or participate in the meeting, please contact andjelka.vidovic@embassyservices.org.


FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que.—The 2018 G7 Summit will be held at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que., located in the province's scenic Charlevoix region. The summit will take place from June 8-9. Canada holds the presidency of the G7 in 2018. It rotates annually.


MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

Conference of Montreal—The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring speakers typically including heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, and global economic decision-makers. June 11-14, 2018.


THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention—To be held in Halifax, N.S., until Aug. 25, 2018.


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