Coinciding with the Mowat Centre’s Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 conference, The Agenda discusses the challenges of Canadian federation, and the concerns of the various provinces, territories, and Indigenous groups.
Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 Félix Mathieu reflects on the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference and its resonance today.
Key documents from the original Confederation of Tomorrow Conference. Five theme papers on the major themes of the conference, prepared as background materials for conference sessions, and Remarks by John P. Robarts to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in support of holding the conference.
The history books will say that the Confederation of Tomorrow conference was about the Constitution, the Quiet Revolution, official bilingualism, or the expansion of provincial powers. But at its heart, the conference was really about two things: leadership and dialogue.
On The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec minister for Canadian relations, joins The Agenda to discuss the government document: “Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadian.”
With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country.
The original Confederation of Tomorrow conference was held on November 27 to 30, 1967, on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower. The Conference was convened by Ontario Prime Miniser John Robarts and attended by premiers from nine of the ten provinces. The event laid the foundations for a stronger federation amid the energy and excitement of the country’s centennial, enabling political leaders from across Canada to share their perspectives on the country’s promising future and identify priorities for change.
Fifty years later, political leaders, policy-makers and thought leaders, and business and community leaders will gather in the same location to celebrate the commitment to constructive and forward-looking political dialogue that underpinned the event. A number of former officials associated with the 1967 conference will attend the reception as special guests.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
The Mowat Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the TD Bank Group as the sponsor and host of the opening reception.
Fifty years after the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference, the need for provincial leadership in Canada is stronger than ever. From equipping citizens with the skills needed in a society increasingly driven by advanced technologies, to building liveable cities, to providing health care, child care and care for the elderly in a sustainable manner, to transitioning to a post-carbon economy, to building a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, to responding to shifting global patterns of migration, the issues that are shaping Canada’s future are ones that necessitate a visionary response from provincial governments.
With this in mind, Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 will assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future.
Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier.
Since taking office in 2013, Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include balancing the provincial budget for the first time in a decade, making record-breaking infrastructure investments in Ontario’s roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems, and securing a historic national deal to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.
Premier Wynne’s plan for building Ontario up focuses on creating new opportunities for people and businesses, and ensuring a fairer, more secure future for everyone in the province. Under her leadership, as Ontario has regained its place as the economic engine of Canada, the Premier has worked to ensure the benefits of growth are shared evenly. To this end, her government is making tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students, raising the minimum wage for workers and creating 100,000 new child care spaces.
Earlier this year, Premier Wynne introduced a ground-breaking plan for the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation. OHIP+ will provide free prescription medication for young people in the province, from birth until they turn 25. The Premier also received international attention for launching a basic income pilot project in three Ontario communities.
At a time of global change and uncertainty, Premier Wynne is unwavering in her support for a fair and open society, and has increased her advocacy for free trade and open borders. She has led international business missions to countries including China, India, Mexico and the United States. To ensure the interests of Ontario’s workers and businesses are represented as NAFTA is renegotiated, Premier Wynne has increased her U.S. engagement, focusing on building partnerships and deepening ties with the U.S. states that rely on free trade with Canada.
Premier Wynne was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West in 2003, and has served as Minister for five departments and been re-elected three times. When her three children were still in school, she was motivated to run for office by her passion for publicly funded education and her desire to give every child in Ontario the best possible start. Before becoming an MPP, Premier Wynne served as a trustee on the Toronto District School Board. Prior to that, she led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer, facilitator and mediator.
Premier Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill, where she learned to question the status quo at a young age. In high school, she joined with her friends to challenge the rule that prevented girls from wearing pants to school. She has lived with her partner, Jane, in North Toronto for more than 25 years. She has three children and three grandchildren.
Philippe Couillard is the 31st Premier of Québec. He is also responsible for the youth file, the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and he is the Member of the National Assembly for Roberval. He holds a diploma in neurosurgery and he practiced and taught medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke and the University of McGill. He also worked as a consultant and strategic advisor in the field of health and life sciences.
For the Premier Philippe Couillard, Québec must fully occupy its role in Canada and the world. Quebecers helped to shape and advance Canada and it is a united nation, strong in its origins and has a desire to increase its presence and engagement with other partners in the Federation. It is in the spirit of collaboration, affirmation and openness that the government launched in the spring of 2017 its first policy for Quebec’s Affirmation and Canadian Relations: Quebecers, our way of being Canadian.
Since taking office, Québec has transformed into one of the strongest economies in Canada. The excellent results on the management of public finances have given the government the ability to reinvest massively in the major priorities of Quebecers: education, health and economic development across all regions. It has also permitted Québec to transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities.
Philippe Couillard est le 31e premier ministre du Québec. Il est également responsable des dossiers jeunesse et de la région du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean et député de Roberval. Titulaire d’un diplôme en neurochirurgie, il a pratiqué la médecine, a enseigné à la Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Sherbrooke et à l’Université McGill, puis a travaillé comme consultant et conseiller stratégique en santé et en sciences de la vie.
Pour le premier ministre Philippe Couillard, le Québec doit jouer pleinement son rôle au Canada et dans le monde. Les Québécoises et les Québécois ont contribué à la formation et à l’avancement du Canada. Ils forment une nation unie, forte de ses origines et soucieuse d’accroître sa présence et son engagement auprès de ses partenaires de la fédération. C’est dans cet esprit de collaboration, d’affirmation et d’ouverture que son gouvernement a lancé, au printemps 2017, la toute première politique d’affirmation du Québec et de relations canadiennes : Québécois, notre façon d’être Canadiens.
Depuis son entrée en fonction, le Québec s’est transformé en l’une des économies les plus performantes au Canada. Les résultats exceptionnels sur le plan des finances publiques donnent à son gouvernement les moyens de réinvestir massivement dans les grandes priorités des Québécoises et des Québécois que sont l’éducation, la santé et le développement économique de toutes les régions. Ils permettent également au Québec de transformer les défis du 21e siècle en opportunités.
Born and raised on Kawehno:ke – Cornwall Island his entire life. Son of the Late Edwin Benedict and Elizabeth (Phillips) Benedict (picture above) Grandson of the late Elijah & Angus (Jacobs) Benedict & Abraham and Susan (Hemlock) Phillips. A single father to Havana Benedict (picture above) Abram began his political career being elected a District Chief in 2006.
Abram Benedict also serves as a volunteer board member as the Aboriginal Representative to the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) board which is a member based agency representing the 47 CAS’s in Ontario which includes the 9 Aboriginal Agencies. In position of Grand Chief Abram would like to ensure our youth have a prosperous future, such as his 13 year old daughter Havana.
Abram Benedict previously served three terms as District Chief of Kawehno:ke. His goals for his first term as Grand Chief include providing greater accountability and transparency mechanisms, greater engagement with community through social media to encourage instant community member feedback, meaningful job creation, increased economic development, and relationship building.
Leslee White-Eye is the former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the nation’s 1st elected woman chief. She is Anishinaabe Ojibwe from the Great Lakes region. She is currently providing education and Indigenous consulting services as the Structural Readiness Coordinator for 8 First Nations in Ontario seeking jurisdiction over education.
For the past 2 years Leslee, as Chief, has brought local, regional and national attention to the environment, the importance of water and how these important issues go hand in hand with First Nation treaty and Aboriginal rights and title. Prior to being Chief, Leslee was an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education where she was responisible for writing the revised Native Studies curriculum and leading provincial feedback for the Native Language curriculum. In addition, she was also responsible for the coordination and project oversight of the first two Native Studies textbooks to be made available to Ontario secondary schools.
Leslee was recently honoured to receive a Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Western University. She earned her Political Science and Master of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and her teaching degree at Nipissing University in North Bay. She has served as a trustee on Chippewa’s Thunderbird Trust for eight years. She currently sits as a Board member of Kings’ University College in London, Ontario and as Chair of the Board of the Wuulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge at Munsee-Delaware First Nation.
Deborah obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Law from Carleton University and completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 1996.
Deborah began her career in the finance industry where she worked in business banking before becoming the Manager of Diversity for the Royal Bank of Canada. In 1999, she was appointed Executive Director of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and then served as Director of Operations and Business Development for the OI Group of Companies.
In 2004, Deborah was recruited into the federal public service as Associate Regional Director General for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada. In 2007, she was appointed Regional Director General responsible for the federal department’s largest regional organization.
In 2008, Deborah was recognized as a Top Leader under 40 and selected for the Governor General’s Leadership Program. In that same year, she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for the Aboriginal Relationships and Ministerial Partnerships division of the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
In 2012, Deborah served as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ring of Fire Secretariat at the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. In 2013, Deborah took a leave of absence from the Ontario Public Service to work on an assignment with Ishkonigan Inc. as a member of the Executive team. Together, Deborah and her husband Bob have five children: Jasmine, Fiona, Katherine Faith, Griffin and Miigwans.
Bob Rae is a senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator. He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011- 2013. He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Council of Canada in 1998, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. In addition to his legal practice, Bob teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), and as Distinguished Professor at Victoria College. He is also a Fellow at the Forum of Federations, and consults internationally on governance issues. He has also written five books, most recently “What’s Happened to Politics”. He writes and speaks regularly on public issues and also does ADR work with ADR Chambers.
Dr. Jennifer Winter (PhD, Calgary) is an Assistant Professor and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Jennifer also directs the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis. Her research is focused on the effects of government regulation and policy on the development of natural resources and energy, and the consequences and trade-offs of energy development.
Jennifer has published academic and policy papers, including two examining the efficiency of carbon taxation, three examining Canadian energy literacy, two on the safe transportation of crude oil, and a paper on the idea of “green jobs.” Other projects she is currently working on are the prospects for Canadian LNG exports to Europe, social impacts of hydraulic fracturing, and comparing provincial emission-reduction policies.
Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award and being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016. Prior to joining The School of Public Policy, Jennifer worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, researching Canadian labour markets. Dr. Winter also serves on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group.
David M. Hart is Professor and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Prof. Hart holds appointments as senior fellow on clean energy innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, non-resident senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution, and co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum of the National Academies. Professor Hart served as Senior Associate Dean in 2013-2015 and as assistant director for innovation policy, with a focus on advanced manufacturing, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, in 2011-2012. Hart’s books include Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, co-authored with Richard K. Lester), The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy (Cambridge University Press), and Forged Consensus: Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in the U.S., 1929-1953 (Princeton University Press).
Dannel P. Malloy has served as the Governor of Connecticut since 2011. His administration’s top agenda items have included creating jobs, improving public education, stabilizing the state’s finances, making long-overdue investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure, and protecting the environment.
The Governor has focused his efforts on strengthening initiatives that help small businesses create and maintain jobs. He has been a strong proponent of establishing Connecticut as a major center of innovation in growth industries that are leading 21st Century advancements, including in bioscience, digital media, engineering, manufacturing, and other fields. He has made education a focus of his economic development efforts, investing in schools at every level.
Under Governor Malloy’s leadership, the state has ushered in a series of policies aimed at addressing income inequality and he has been a proponent of helping his state’s uninsured population obtain quality, affordable healthcare through the state’s health care exchange. Governor Malloy has continually recognized that affordable housing is a key component of getting Connecticut moving again – one that helps individuals and families find stability and employment, and creates communities with a strong workforce that will attract employers. The Governor has also focused efforts on ending chronic homelessness among U.S. veterans, implementing programs that are aimed at ensuring veterans have access to decent housing, quality health care, education, and career opportunities.
Governor Malloy has made unprecedented investments that will modernize Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. The Governor has also taken every opportunity to preserve and protect Connecticut’s environment. Recognizing that energy and the environment are inextricably linked, the Governor created the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and charged the agency with implementing the state’s first ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy.
In 2016, Governor Malloy was named the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his defense of the U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees amid security concerns following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and personally welcoming a family of Syrian refugees to New Haven after they had been turned away by another state.
Governor Malloy is the youngest of eight children. He was born and raised in Stamford, where he served as the city’s longest-serving mayor from 1995 to 2009. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continued on to Boston College Law School. After graduation, he became a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an Assistant Attorney and winning 22 convictions in 23 felony cases. He has received honorary degrees from several higher education institutions, including the University of New Haven, the University of Saint Joseph, the University of Bridgeport, and Nichols College.
A Former Premier of Québec (1985), Maître Pierre Marc Johnson is an Attorney and Physician by training.
He is Counsel to Lavery de Billy Attorneys of Montréal. He has been, since 2009, the Québec government Chief Negotiator for the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (the CETA).
He has carried out international negotiations for Québec, Canada, and United- Nations Secretariats in talks related to International Conventions on Environment and Sustainable Development (1992-2005). Mtre. Johnson was formerly a Professor of Law at McGill University’s Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law (1988-1998). He has authored, published and edited articles and books on international governance in environmental policy making.
In the past 20 years, has sat (or sits) on commercial corporate boards or advisory groups in Québec, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.
He has accomplished State mandates for Québec, including Negotiator for its government in the Canada-US Softwood lumber dispute (2001-2007), chaired a Public Enquiry Commission on the failing of the Concord Bridge (2007). Mtre. Johnson advises the Québec Government on international trade negotiations including NAFTA; he serves on Advisory Committees to the Government of Canada on Canada-US relations and of the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Mtre. Johnson is the son of Daniel Johnson Sr., who became Premier on June 16, 1966 and died in Office on September 27, 1968. He is also the brother of Daniel Johnson Jr., Premier of Québec from 1993-1994.
Mtre. Johnson accompanied his father in many political activities in the 1960’s, including the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference.
Mireille Paquet is an an assistant professor of political science at Concordia University and is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow of the Canada Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She also co-directs Concordia’s Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation (CIPE) and is a 2016-2017 Concordia University research fellow. She conducts research on immigration politics, with a focus on settler societies, public administration and Canadian federalism. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Politique et Sociétés and Policy & Society. Her first book, La fédéralisation de l’immigration au Canada (PUM, 2016), is forthcoming in English at the University of Toronto.
Sunil Johal is Policy Director at the Mowat Centre, School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He leads the Centre’s research activities, manages the research team and teaches a variety of executive education courses. He has a broad range of public policy expertise across economic, social, intergovernmental and regulatory fields.
Previously, he was a Director with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation where he led the government’s efforts to modernize its regulatory environment and forge a more productive relationship with the business community. He has also held senior management and policy roles with the Cabinet Office, Ministries of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs and federal Treasury Board Secretariat. He joined the federal civil service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders initiative in 2003.
Sunil has been a lecturer with Ryerson University’s Department of Politics and Public Administration since 2009 and holds degrees from the London School of Economics, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Western Ontario. He is frequently invited to speak about technology and policy issues at conferences and in a variety of media outlets, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Radio and Television, CTV News, the Guardian, Maclean’s and the Ottawa Citizen.
Dr. Kumanan Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and holds a Research Chair in Public Health Innovation.
Dr. Wilson’s current work focuses on blood safety, immunization, newborn screening and digital health. He created Canada’s national immunization app CANImmunize and leads the Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab which uses Big Data and mobile technology to improve health care. He also studies health ethics, law and policy.
Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-nominated author and placemaker whose work has consistently resulted in co-creating more inclusive and vibrant cities. She has spearheaded large-scale, institutional, city-building processes—rooted in neighbourhood knowledge—that address growing divides in urban centres. Most recently, she collaborated with Westbank to increase community engagement in the Honest Ed’s redevelopment process; consulted on Edmonton’s new heritage plan; and led a professional development process for the City of Toronto’s Shelter, Support and Housing staff team. While Jay has worked on a diverse portfolio of initiatives, housing has evolved as a key focus. Advocating for dignified, safe, and affordable housing is not just a professional mission for Jay; it is personal. Her city-building values are informed by her childhood experience of growing up in social housing. She has also been influenced by the long-term mentorship of her 2nd grade Irish Canadian teacher who modelled the power of reaching across racial, class, and gender differences. In addition to housing, Jay also focuses on democratizing urban design, social urbanism, and story-based public engagement. She regularly sparks important conversations on these topics through media platforms such as the Agenda with Steve Paikin, CBC Radio, Maclean’s, and Canadian Architect; and through educational institutions like Ryerson University where she has taught an urban planning course. Moreover, Jay co-edited Subdivided, a Coach House anthology exploring inclusive city-building. She is now working on her second book Where We Live, which will be published by McClelland & Stewart at Penguin Random House Canada.
Gabriel Eidelman is Associate Director for Teaching Innovation and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, where he teaches classes on urban governance and public policy. He earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto, and held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Western University. His research focuses on cities and urban governance in North America, and has been published in the journals Cities, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. His work has been profiled in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and National Post, and he has appeared in news coverage by the New York Times, The Canadian Press, CBC News, and Maclean’s. Most recently, he led the University of Toronto’s City Hall Task Force to improve the quality of deliberation and decision making at Toronto City Hall.
Professor Shauna Brail is Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement at the University of Toronto and Director of the Urban Studies Program. As an economic geographer, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social and cultural change. She has led the development of academic internships and community engaged learning in the Urban Studies Program for over a decade, working with students, university administrators and partners at urban-focused organizations across the city. In her capacity as Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, Shauna works both within and outside of the university to develop partnerships and support initiatives which enhance the university’s strategic priority of leveraging our location(s).
Martha Hall Findlay joined the Canada West Foundation as President and CEO on September 1, 2016.
Martha is a thought leader whose insight on issues such as pipelines, international trade, foreign investment and foreign affairs, energy and the environment, and supply management have framed the debate for decision-makers and everyday Canadians. Her career has been diverse, spanning law, technology, politics and public policy.
Previously, Martha was the Chief Legal Officer of EnStream, a Rogers/Bell/TELUS mobile payments joint venture. As a lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as startups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.
As an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, Martha focused on Canadian economic, social and environmental prosperity in a global context.
She was a member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, and served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport; Government Operations and International Trade.
Martha has served as a board director and executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs; the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; the Georgian Bay Association and Alberta’s CKUA not-for-profit radio network. She is currently Chair of the Board of Alpine Canada and a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy project.
Jenn Wallner is an Associate Professor with the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on intergovernmental relations and public policy in a comparative context, with a particular emphasis on education policy, fiscal federalism, and institutions. Jenn has published multiple academic and policy papers, been a contributing co-editor of two books with UBC Press, and written a book on federalism and education policy in Canada published by the University of Toronto Press.
Félix Mathieu is a PhD student in political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a student member of the Canada Research Chair in Québec and Canadian Studies. His research focuses on multinational federalism, nationalism and multiculturalism, and has been published in the scientific journals Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Ethnicities, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Politique et Sociétés, and Recherches Sociographiques. In 2017, he also published Les défis du pluralisme à l’ère des sociétés complexes (2017), at the Presses de l’Université du Québec.
Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Mowat Centre. Andrew has previously held a variety of positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada.
Donna Dasko is one of Canada’s best known and respected survey researchers and pollsters. She is currently Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, and teaches in the Master’s program. During her career as Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group, she played a crucial role in building the firm into one of Canada’s leading research organizations, and she took a leadership role in bringing opinion analysis to bear on some of this country’s most important public policy and communications issues.
She is co-founder and Past National Chair of Equal Voice, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to public office in Canada. In December 2015 she founded the Campaign for an Equal Senate for Canada, pressing for a gender-equal Senate. She has served as director of several non-profit organizations.
She is a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and provides ongoing advice on the Canadian census and all of its social surveys. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto.
Doug Saunders is an author and journalist of Canadian and British citizenship. He is the author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World (2011), The Myth of the Muslim Tide (2012) and Maximum Canada (2017) and is the international-affairs columnist for the Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail. He served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper’s Los Angeles bureau, and has written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions, as well as the Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory, the Donner Prize and the National Library of China Wenjin Book Award.
Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the gold standard for in depth of analysis and thoughtful debate in Canadian media. In more than 30 years in the business, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates. Earlier in his career, Steve worked at CBC News as an anchor and correspondent, a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI radio, as well as radio and television stations in Boston and reported from two different war zones.
Along with his latest book, Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All, Steve also authored a book on John Robarts called “Public Triumph, Private Tragedy” and produced a one hour documentary on Robarts with TVO. In October 2013, Steve became an educational ambassador beginning a five-year term as Chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Steve also has honorary degrees from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, McMaster University in Hamilton, and an honorary diploma from Humber College.
In December of 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist who engages, informs and educates viewers on a broad range of public policy issues, and was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2014.
In November 1967, the Prime Minister of Ontario John Robarts convened the landmark Confederation of Tomorrow conference. The event allowed political leaders from all ten provinces to share their perspectives on the country’s promising future and identify priorities for change. The conference laid the foundations for a stronger federation amid the energy and excitement of the country’s centennial.
Fifty years later, the need for provincial leadership in Canada is stronger than ever. From equipping citizens with the skills needed in a society increasingly driven by advanced technologies, to building liveable cities, to providing health care, child care and care for the elderly in a sustainable manner, to transitioning to a post-carbon economy, to building a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, to responding to shifting global patterns of migration, the issues that are shaping Canada’s future are ones that necessitate a visionary response from provincial governments.
On December 11-13, 2017 in Toronto, the Mowat Centre will mark the 50th anniversary of Confederation of Tomorrow with a policy conference to assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future. The event will refresh the discussion of Canadian federalism by focusing on emerging national and global challenges and the advantages that provincial leadership offers in addressing them.