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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.


Peterson Leadership Speaker Series: Yasir Naqvi

January 1, 1970Join us on February 6 for our next Peterson Leadership Speaker Series event, where we invite leaders in the policy community to speak to their experiences, insights, and advice. Read More

In Conversation with Julie Green, Member of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly

January 1, 1970MPP STUDENTS: Join us on Monday, February 24 to hear from Julie Green, MLA and Chair of the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly. Read More

In Conversation with Michael Sabia

January 1, 1970MPP STUDENTS: Register now to join us in conversation with Michael Sabia, the new Director of the Munk School. Read More

Dani Rodrik: The Cadario Visiting Lecture in Public Policy

January 1, 1970Join us on Thursday, April 18 for the eminent Harvard professor's talk on "Globalization's Wrong Turn." 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

Professor Antje Ellermann: The Comparative Politics of Immigration Policy

November 1, 2019Join 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

November 1, 2019Join 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

September 20, 2019Join 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

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