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Engage with leading policy scholars & experts

The School allows audiences to engage with leading policy scholars and practitioners through lectures, symposia, and conferences. Flagship annual events are: The Peterson Leadership Lecture, The Cadario Visiting Faculty Lecture, and Big City, Big Ideas as well as many students-led events and many others.


Professor Antje Ellermann: The Comparative Politics of Immigration Policy

January 1, 1970Join us on November 7 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM to hear UBC's Professor Antje Ellermann present a framework for the comparative study of immigration policy-making Read More

Professor Donna Murch: America’s Carceral Landscapes – Rethinking the Carceral State in the Era of Authoritarianism

January 1, 1970Join us on November 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM as she seeks to historicize, map, and challenge the proliferation of carceral landscapes in the contemporary U.S. Read More

Dr. Danielle Martin: From Big Ideas to Big Action – Universal Pharmacare

January 1, 1970Join us from 6:30 - 8:00 PM on October 3 to hear from the EVP and Chief Medical Executive of Women's College Hospital Read More

IASI’s End of Year Event: Bringing Our Children Home

January 1, 1970Attend the Indigenous Affairs Student Initiative panel on Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm in the Grad Room. Read More

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An Evening with Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada

Recently Katie Telford visited SPPG to to give a talk on: “Politics and Policy: the Best Job in Ottawa”. This was the first event of this year’s new Woman and Leadership series sponsored by the David Peterson Leadership Fund.


Photo of Katie Telford in Conversation on Stage at SPPG (Photo by Lisa Sakulensky)

Maclean’s magazine has called her the “most influential woman in Canadian politics”; Prime Minister Trudeau described her as “hard-working, tough, honest, and wicked smart”. In this standing room only event, Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and top strategist, shared what it’s like to have the toughest – and best – job in Ottawa.

If you couldn’t attend in person, you can watch it now on demand now. Don’t miss her insights into politics and policy today – and her mission to get more women into positions of power.

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Past Events

Equity in Action: How do We Bring Equity to the Forefront of Policy?

April 1, 2019Gender, Diversity and Public Policy presents its end-of-year conference featuring MPP Mitzie Hunter on April 15. Read More

Taylor Owen: What is Behind the Techlash?

March 12, 2019Come learn about the "techlash" from Taylor Owen on Friday, March 15 at 5 pm at 315 Bloor Street West. Read More

Women and Leadership Series: Cindy Blackstock

March 7, 2019Join us on Thursday, March 14 as Dr. Cindy Blackstock speaks about the unique challenges for Indiqenous women and leadership. Read More

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