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Parliamentary Calendar

Friday, April 28, 2017

Understanding the Indian Act

The federal government recently announced it would review the laws and policies related to indigenous peoples, and it has struck a cabinet working group to lead the task. Of these laws, the 141-year-old Indian Act stands out as one of the most complex and most reviled. What is the history behind this colonial law? How does it function? Is there any hope we will be able to remove it from the books and replace it with a framework that better reflects a nation-to-nation relationship? This workshop, presented by Policy Options magazine (a digital publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy), will bring together three leading experts to help answer our basic questions about the act, with the aim of building knowledge around this key policy question facing our country. Friday, April 28, 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets and information available at: http://irpp.org/irpp-event/understanding-the-indian-act/.

Monday, May 1, 2017

House Sitting

The House resumes sitting after a two-week break. It’s sitting weekdays from May 1-19. The Senate sits from May 1-May 19 (with the first fixed sitting day on May 2).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Annual Doug Finley Dinner: ‘Even Finley-er’

The 3rd Annual Doug Finley Dinner is taking place Tuesday, May 2, 6-9:30 p.m. Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St., Ottawa. Tickets are between $85 and $100 and will cover the meal, adult beverages, live entertainment, Conservative fellowship and a contribution to a scholarship fund. This is an adults-only, 19-plus event. No tax receipts will be issued. Register via eventbrite.ca/e/3rd-annual-doug-finley-dinner-even-finley-er-tickets-31952287151.

Big Thinking on the Hill with Stephen Toope

The next Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Big Thinking on the Hill lecture features Stephen Toope speaking on Canada: A ‘nice hat for America?’ Toope is the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He will be joined by moderator Gabriel Miller, the federation’s new executive director. It is admirable to be humble and self-effacing, but that is not what the world needs from Canada right now. The world has changed fundamentally since the heyday of Pearsonian internationalism. Toope will discuss how a refreshed foreign policy for Canada will require tough-minded focus, and stronger and more diverse relationships. A hot breakfast will be served on Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-8:45 a.m. in the Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block. Free for Parliamentarians and the media; $25 for all others. For more information and to register go to ideas-idees.ca/big-thinking or call 613-238-6112 ext. 310.

Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on May 2. For more information, call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555.

Canadian Vintners Association Lobby Day: Vintners on the Hill

CVA’s board of directors from across Canada will be on Parliament Hill May 2 to discuss our wine industry and ways to grow it.

CBC and Netflix Parliamentary Reception and Screening of Anne

Join Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, Parliamentarians, and staff in celebrating the stars and creators of the acclaimed co-production Anne on Tuesday, May 2. National Arts Centre. RSVP: rsvp@cbc.ca. Further details TBA.

CCSPA Government Breakfast Reception

The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association invites all MPs, Senators, and staff to their Annual Government Breakfast Reception. May 2, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent St.). Please RSVP to Nancy Hitchins at hitchinsn@ccspa.org.

Chicken Farmers of Canada Hosts Chicken Tailgate Party

Parliamentarians, their staff, and industry friends are invited to come celebrate Canadian chicken with the farmers who raise them, and share local craft beer. Tuesday, May 2, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sir John A. Macdonald building, 144 Wellington St.

Ottawa Press Freedom Luncheon

Ann Telnaes, The Washington Post's Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist and president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, will be the keynote speaker at the 19th annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon and awards presentation. Telnaes will speak on "Donald Trump's Dysfunctional Relationship with the Press: A Cartoonist's View." The annual luncheon, hosted by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, recognizes the ongoing struggle for journalistic freedom by honouring winners of the annual Press Freedom Award and International Editorial Cartoon contest. Tuesday, May 2. 11:30 a.m. Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel ballroom. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/19th-annual-world-press-freedom-day-awards-luncheon-tickets-32899334796.

Party under the Stars

The annual Party under the Stars will be held on May 2 at City Hall in Ottawa with multi-Juno Award winner Charlie Major and Indigenous Award winners Twin Flames. Join CTV's Don Martin as master of ceremonies, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Andrew Leslie, Candice Bergen, Mayor Jim Watson, and councillor Jody Mitic as they join forces to raise funds for PTSD wellness. Tickets: $30 available online: tothestanandback.com or at 149 Confederation Bldg. Contact Cheri Elliott for more info. 613-240-5582.

Vision Forum

May 2. To celebrate the launch of Vision Health Month, visit the Vision Health Forum for some light refreshments, interactive displays, and mini vision expo. The Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Council of the Blind, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind will be hosting the Vision Forum. 4-8 p.m., Room 256-S, Centre Block. For questions or to RSVP, contact Laurence Therrien: optometrists@tsa.ca or 613-241-6000, ext. 226.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bloc Québécois Caucus Meeting

The Bloc Québécois caucus will meet from 9:30 a.m. in the Francophonie room (263-S) in Centre Bock, on Wednesday. For more information, call press attaché Julie Groleau, 514-792-2529.

Conservative Caucus Meeting

The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada at coryhann@conservative.ca.

Liberal Caucus Meeting

The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at media@liberal.ca or 613-627-2384.

NDP Caucus Meeting

The NDP caucus will meet from 9:15-11 a.m. in Room 112-N Centre Block, on Wednesday. For more information, please call the NDP Media Centre at 613-222-2351 or ndpcom@parl.gc.ca.

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

The alliance will be hosting its 15th Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala, recognizing the work of Canadians across the country who have helped to advance the mental health agenda in Canada. The event will be hosted by the Bruno Guevremont, Team Canada Captain at the 2016 Invictus Games. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. on May 3, taking place at Canada Hall 1 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit camimh.ca.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering presents a talk, ‘Next-Generation Technologies for Tomorrow’s Crops: Getting to the Roots of Global Food Security’ with Leon Kochian, University of Saskatchewan. Thursday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block. No charge to MPs, Senators, and media. All others, $25. Pre-registration required by Monday, May 1 by contacting Donna Boag: pagse@rsc-src.ca or call 613-991-6369.

Diplomatic Hospitality Group

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event, with the theme Bountiful Canada. It will feature a visit to the Canada Food and Agricultural Museum and the Experimental Farm. 901 Prince of Wales Dr., and 960 Carling Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

First 100 days into the Trump Administration

Charles Doran is one of the most influential American commentators on Canada-U.S. relations. On May 4, he will discuss the first 100 Days into the Trump administration. 5:30 p.m. Social Sciences Building, Room 4007, 120 University, University of Ottawa campus. To register or for more information: https://www.uottawa.ca/alumni-week/content/faculty-social-sciences-lecture-0.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Seeing Human and Climate Trauma as One

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental, cultural, and human rights advocate, is known for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights—especially in the Arctic. She will give a talk on “Seeing Human and Climate Trauma as One.” Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Shaw Centre, Canada Hall 2 – 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. To register or for more information: https://www.uottawa.ca/alumni-week/content/alex-trebek-distinguished-lecture-series-0.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Parliamentary Reception

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) will be holding its 3rd annual reception on May 8. The event will be held in the Commonwealth Room, 2nd floor, Centre Block. All MPs, Senators, and parliamentary staff are welcome to attend to learn about how CCSA's member companies connect Canadians generally living outside urban markets to the internet, to television programming, and to other telecommunications services. Live music and catering by DISH. Please RSVP to Cynthia Waldmeier at cynthia@impactcanada.com or 613-233-8906.

House Sitting

The House is sitting every weekday this week and next. It breaks May 19 for a week and returns again on Monday, May 29. It is scheduled to sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but it could adjourn earlier.

Our Whole Society: Religion and Citizenship at Canada’s 150th

May 8-9, St. Paul University, Ottawa. At Canada’s 150th, we need to discover a new way of talking, thinking, and acting together so that Canada’s religious diversity can become a resource for our collective advancement. Building on years of experience in interfaith and religious-secular dialogue, this conference will convene a range of fresh perspectives around the themes of Reconciliation, Immigration & Refugees, and Solidarity in Diversity. Speakers include: John Ralston Saul; John Borrows; Rita Chahal; Andrew Bennett; Douglas Sanderson; Ingrid Mattson; Howard Adelman; Karen Joseph; Bishop Mark MacDonald; Palbinder Shergill; and Martin Mark. To register: interfaithconversation.ca/2017.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

3M Canada

3M Canada invites you to an interactive reception showcasing Canadian science and technology on Tuesday, May 9. The reception will be held at the Wellington Building (180 Wellington St.) in Room 330, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All Parliamentarians are invited. Guests are asked to use the 197 Sparks St. entrance. Please RSVP to 3MReception@hkstrategies.ca before Friday, May 5.

An Evening with the Canadian Dental Association

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) invites you to its annual parliamentary reception for friends of the dental profession, Parliamentarians, and staff on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m., Room 238-S, Centre Block. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please contact Bonnie Kirkwood at bkirkwood@cda-adc.ca.

Canadian Council for International Co-operation Leaders’ Forum

Featuring a panel of former international co-operation ministers Don Boudria, Aileen Carroll, Maria Minna, and Christian Paradis. May 9-10. National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa. globaldev150.ca/2017-leaders-forum.

Egg Farmers of Canada Eggscellent Breakfast

All MPs and Senators are invited to come meet Canada’s egg farmers at the 2017 Eggscellent Breakfast. It happens in the Parliamentary Dining Room between 7:15 and 8:45 a.m. and enjoy a dish made with Canadian eggs. Please RSVP by May 2 to rsvp@blueskystrategygroup.com.

Global Impact Soirée by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation

On the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation is hosting the Global Impact Soirée, an inspiring social event to highlight the achievements of our colleagues, community, and country. May 9, Museum of Nature, 4th floor gallery. Tickets, early bird special $50 until April 15, include gourmet food and one drink ticket. Regular price $65. Attire: cocktail/black tie. globaldev150.ca/global-impact-soiree.

Inside The Song

The JUNOs and the Canadian Music Publishers Association are inviting Canadians to get ‘Inside the Song’ with some of the country's world-renowned creators and songwriters of today’s biggest hits. Canadians, politicians, and artists will get the chance to explore the behind-the-scenes journey of song writing with multi-platinum, award-winning producer/songwriter Rob Wells (Justin Bieber), Toronto songwriter Naomi Shobha (Tyler Shaw) and award-winning Quebec singer-songwriter Sally Folk who will debut a new song in celebration of Canada. The evening will be hosted by award-winning publisher Vince Degiorgio. May 9, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Riviera (62 Sparks St.) in downtown Ottawa. For more information, please email rsvp@compassrosegroup.org. By invitation only.

The Canadian Dental Association’s (CDA) Days on the Hill

May 9 and 10, CDA’s Days on the Hill will connect leaders from Canada’s 21,000 dentists with Parliamentarians to discuss important issues pertaining to oral health. The CDA is the national voice for dentistry in Canada and is dedicated to the promotion of optimal oral health for Canadians. For further information, please contact Bonnie Kirkwood at bkirkwood@cda-adc.ca.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Politics and the Pen

Politics and the Pen, the annual fundraiser that brings together federal politicians, writers, diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders to support the Writers’ Trust’s mandate to advance and celebrate Canadian writers and writing will happen Wednesday, May 10, at the Chateau Laurier hotel. The evening will end with the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner for the best political book of the year. Nominees: Kamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone); Christie Blatchford for Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting – Or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges); Ian McKay and Jamie Swift for The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War; James McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election; and Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 National March for Life

Campaign Life Coalition is hosting its annual March for Life on Parliament Hill on May 11. A rally on the Hill will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. and march 1:30-3 p.m. marchforlife.ca.

Emergency Preparedness in the 21st Century

The Economic Club of Canada presents this talk by Canadian Red Cross CEO Conrad Sauvé, with the subtitle “how to foster a collaborative approach to recovery and resilience.” Concluding remarks by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Thursday, May 11. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr. Lunch will be served. $89 per seat for members; $110 for non-members. economicclub.ca.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Science Odyssey Funfest

Science Odyssey Funfest is a celebration and learning experience to spark youth’s interest in science and technology. Join in on family-friendly fun with hands-on science and research activities led by federal government departments, universities, and external partners. Hosted by Natural Resources Canada, the event will take place across the street from Dow’s Lake, which is also where the Canadian Tulip Festival will be held. 580 Booth St., Ottawa. Saturday, May 13. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: free.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Donner Prize

The award for the best public policy book by a Canadian will be announced in Toronto at the Donner Prize’s Gala evening. The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians and the winner receives $50,000 while the other nominated authors receive $7,500. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner on Monday, May 15. Last year’s winner was Donald Savoie’s What Is Government Good At? A Canadian Answer. For more information, contact the Donner Prize manager Sherry Naylor at 416-368-8253 or sherry@naylorandassociates.com.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada

The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) invites all Parliamentarians and staff to come celebrate Canadian music talent at a reception on May 16 on Parliament Hill. 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will showcase music performances from English and French top-chart artists.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Canada Grows On Trees: Celebrating Canada’s Sustainably Managed Natural Resource, Forests

The Forest Products Association of Canada will be hosting a cocktail reception on May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Laurier Room at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. For more information or to RSVP, please contact nleboeuf@fpac.ca.

China-Taiwan Relations: Challenges of Pushing Canada’s Agenda

On May 17 at 7:30 p.m., view this presentation by Ron MacIntosh, on China-Taiwan Relations: Challenges of Pushing Canada’s Agenda. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. Free for members of the Canada China, $5 for non-members.

ITK’s A Taste of the Arctic

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will host its A Taste of Arctic May 17, 6 to 9 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. Experience Inuit food and entertainment including uniquely Arctic ingredients like seal, caribou, Arctic char, Arctic berries, Arctic shrimp, and muskox. The event also showcases Inuit culture and talented performers who demonstrate the modern conservation of Inuit traditions that keep Inuit culture strong.

The Council of Ontario Universities Pop-up Research Park Reception

On Wednesday, May 17 from 3-5 p.m., in the House Speaker’s Salon on Parliament Hill, House Speaker Geoff Regan will host the Research Matters Pop-Up Research Park reception in collaboration with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The reception will showcase a number of innovative research projects occurring at Ontario universities and will bring together researchers, students, and industry and community partners from across the province. This year, COU’s theme will focus on Canada 150 by showcasing how research has helped shape Canadian identity over the years. All Parliamentarians and staff are invited to attend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

U.S. Tax Reform and Canadian Competitiveness

The Ottawa Economics Association (OEA) invites you to a luncheon event featuring Jack Mintz, president's fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, and national policy adviser, EY Canada. Jack Mintz will present his views on U.S. tax reform, Canadian competitiveness, and what needs to be done to improve private investment in Canada. Members: $50 prepaid on-line/$80 at the door; Non-members: $75/$100; Student members: $25/$30 (online prices are exclusive of HST). Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:45 a.m., Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier Room. Details and registration via cabe.ca.

Monday, May 22, 2017

House Not Sitting

The House is not sitting this week, May 22-May 26, but resumes sitting on Monday, May 29, and will sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but the House could adjourn earlier.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Diplomatic Hospitality Group

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event, with the theme Historic Ottawa. It will feature a visit to the Billings Estate Historic Site, 2100 Cabot St., Ottawa. 10 a.m.-noon. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

Prime Minister Trudeau to attend NATO Leaders’ Meeting, G7 Summit, and TraveI to Italy and Vatican City

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in the NATO Leaders’ Meeting on May 25. Following the NATO meeting, he will visit Taormina, Italy, from May 26 to 27, to participate in the 43rd G7 Leaders’ Summit. He will then go to Rome and Vatican City. It will be his first official visit to Italy. In Vatican City, he will have an audience with Pope Francis for the first time. For more information, news media members may call PMO Media Relations, 613-957-5555.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Conservative Party Leadership Convention

The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

NDP Leadership Debate

The party will hold a debate in Sudbury. 2-3 p.m. Cambrian College. In order to vote for the leader, you need to become a member of the NDP no later than Aug. 17. Online voting begins Sept. 18 and a leader will be announced no later than Oct. 29.

Monday, May 29, 2017

House Sitting

The House resumes sitting on Monday, May 29, and will sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but it could adjourn earlier.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Business Council of British Columbia Parliamentary Reception

Members of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) including leaders from business, First Nations, and academia invite all Parliamentarians to join them at a reception on Tuesday, May 30, 5-8 p.m., Renaissance Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Please RSVP to Hunter Doubt at hdoubt@globalpublic.com or 613-783-3452.

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s Hill Day Breakfast

Parliamentarians are invited to come hear how CFHI is turning innovation into action that is having a direct impact on the health of Canadians. Health leaders and family members will talk about a nationwide collaboration that successfully reduced the inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications and is now being implemented in every nursing home in New Brunswick. The breakfast is by invitation only. Parliamentarians can drop in between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Speaker’s Lounge, 216-N Centre Block, Parliament Hill. For more information, contact Graeme.Wilkes@cfhi-fcass.ca.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5G Huddle

On May 31 and June 1, the Wireless World Research Forum will host the Fourth Annual 5G Huddle at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa, as part of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, a move supported by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association; Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada; the Information Technology Association of Canada; and the Radio Advisory Board of Canada. The 2017 5G Huddle will focus concretely on the transition from 4G to 5G, in other words on what needs to be done to lay the groundwork for widespread 5G adoption and ensure that we are prepared to capitalize on the opportunities and benefits ahead. For more information and to register, please visit 5ghuddle.com.


This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.

Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala

Taking place on the shore of the Ottawa River at Lemieux Island (1 River St.), the gala is a chance to eat, drink, and groove to live music, while helping to protect the watershed. Featuring 2017 honorary riverkeeper Sen. Murray Sinclair, host Evan Solomon, and musician Kathleen Edwards. May 31, 6 p.m. riverkeepergala.com.

Polytechnics Canada Annual Policy Conference

The theme is "Building Canada through Skills and Innovation." Speakers include Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation; Martha Hall Findlay, Canada West Foundation; Kevin King, CAE Healthcare; and Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Ottawa Bureau. The one-day conference ends with a dinner at NAIT's culinary school, Ernest's in Edmonton. Until June 1. Edmonton, Alta. For more information visit: polytechnicscanada.ca.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Collaborative Roadmap for Canadian Parliamentary Reform

Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart, will launch their book at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St., on June 1 in Toronto. The book is called Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy. Author proceeds will go to Samara Canada.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner

Press gallery members are urged to bring their favourite Parliamentarian to this annual event. Saturday, June 3. Canadian Museum of History. The evening will begin with a reception in the River View Salon at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will be held in the Grand Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets: $113 per person. Part of the ticket price will go to a donation to a charitable organization to further journalism. Tickets will be limited to a total of four per active member.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Diplomatic Hospitality Group

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event, with the theme Canada’s First Capital. It will feature a visit to Kingston, including a bus tour, cruise, and lunch. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.

Great Canadian Debates: The Government Must Act to Save Journalism in Canada

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute presents this debate between former Toronto Star publisher John Honderich (for) and Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne (against). 7 p.m. June 6. Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl., Ottawa. Tickets: up to $20. macdonaldlaurier.ca.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

APEX Symposium 2017: Celebrating Leadership, Innovation, and Diversity

APEX, an association representing the interests of the 6,400 federal executive community across Canada, is holding its flagship annual professional development and networking symposium. Speakers include: Salim Ismail, a Waterloo grad and global ambassador at Singularity University; Zabeen Hirji, chief human resource officer with the RBC, who will participate in a panel discussion on diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace; and Michele Maheux, chief operating officer from the Toronto International Film Festival, who will participate in a panel session on what it takes to be a top employer in Canada. The symposium invites participation from the public, private and academic sectors. June 7 and 8, Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa. For more information: apex.gc.ca/en/services/symposia

Saturday, June 10, 2017

NDP Leadership Debate

The party will hold a debate in Halifax. 3:30-5 p.m. Mount St. Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy. In order to vote for the leader, you need to become a member of the NDP no later than Aug. 17. Online voting begins Sept. 18 and a leader will be announced no later than Oct. 29.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Conference of Montreal: International Economic Forum of the Americas

This annual conference has the theme A New World: Managing Change. Speakers include: European Commission chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Power Corporation chair Paul Desmarais Jr., Transport Minister Marc Garneau, International Organisation of the Francophonie secretary general Michaëlle Jean, and more. June 12-15. Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, 900 de la Gauchetière W. http://forum-americas.org/montreal/2017.

Friday, July 7, 2017

G20 Leaders’ Summit in Germany

Germany holds the G20 presidency in 2017 and will host the Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg on July 7 and 8. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to attend.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

NDP Leadership Candidate Showcase

Leadership candidates will have one last chance to pitch to voters before voting begins tomorrow. Toronto, Ont.

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Online Voting Begins in NDP Leadership Race

The first ballot results announcement will take place Oct. 1, and subsequent ballot results each following week until a winner is determined. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

The NDP Leadership

The race officially begins on July 2, 2016, and a new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 29, 2017.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Bank of Canada Release

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Liberal Party National Convention

The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Conservative Party National Convention

To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018.