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Dec 11, 2017

CoT Conference Recap: Opening Reception

December 11, 2017

The Mowat Centre’s Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 conference examined the key issues and emerging challenges that are shaping Canada’s future, and the advantages that provincial leadership offers in addressing them.

It marked the 50th anniversary of the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference, a summit of provincial leaders hosted by Ontario’s John P. Robarts which played a crucial role in the evolution of Canadian federalism. The opening reception took place on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, where the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference was held on November 27 to 30, 1967.

Master of Ceremonies

  • Steve Paikin
    Anchor, TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and author of Public Triumph Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts


  • Call to Order
  • A Special Message from The Honourable Alexander B. Campbell
    Former Premier of PEI and original Confederation of Tomorrow conference participant
  • The Honourable Frank McKenna
    Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group
  • The Honourable Deborah Matthews
    Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • H. Ian Macdonald
    Former Ontario Deputy Minister of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and organizer of the 1967 Confederation of Tomorrow Conference
  • Mtre. Pierre Marc Johnson
    Ad. E., Of Counsel to Lavery Lawyers Montreal, former Premier of Québec and Québec Chief Negotiator for CETA
  • Jean-Marc Fournier
    Québec Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie
  • Peter Loewen
    Director, University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Andrew Parkin
    Director, The Mowat Centre




The Mowat Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the TD Bank Group as the sponsor and host of the opening reception.


Confederation of Tomorrow main page



December 11, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
TD Tower, 54th Floor