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Manning Conference attendees to network, talk election strategy

Attendees say networking and the chance for informal conversations with ministers, MPs, MPPs and party workers is increasingly a central attraction, and Preston Manning says this year there are even more opportunities to talk shop.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Preston Manning, pictured at previous Manning Centre Conferences in Ottawa, told The Hill Times the Manning Networking Conference is to float potentially controversial policy ideas, rub elbows with policy-makers and connect with conservatives from across the country.

Political staffers, lobbyists, business leaders, activists, and politicians alike will gather at the Manning Networking Conference this week to debate policy, hear from speakers and get campaign training, though the chance to rub elbows and talk shop with influential people from across the country—including corridor conversations with an eye on 2015—is increasingly the main draw, attendees say.

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Manning Conference attendees to network, talk election strategy

Attendees say networking and the chance for informal conversations with ministers, MPs, MPPs and party workers is increasingly a central attraction, and Preston Manning says this year there are even more opportunities to talk shop.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Preston Manning, pictured at previous Manning Centre Conferences in Ottawa, told The Hill Times the Manning Networking Conference is to float potentially controversial policy ideas, rub elbows with policy-makers and connect with conservatives from across the country.

Political staffers, lobbyists, business leaders, activists, and politicians alike will gather at the Manning Networking Conference this week to debate policy, hear from speakers and get campaign training, though the chance to rub elbows and talk shop with influential people from across the country—including corridor conversations with an eye on 2015—is increasingly the main draw, attendees say.

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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