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Dec 12, 2017

Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 Conference

December 12, 2017

Join us on December 11-13, 2017 in Toronto for a policy conference, hosted by the Mowat Centre, to assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future.

The conference will mark the 50th anniversary of the Confederation of Tomorrow conference, a landmark event convened by the Premier of Ontario to allow political leaders from all ten provinces to share perspectives on the country’s promising future and to identify priorities for change.

More info on the Confederation of Tomorrow website

Conference Sessions

  • Political leaders’ panel: Confederation of Tomorrow – 50 years later
  • The path towards reconciliation
  • Who leads on climate change? The role of provinces and states in the aftermath of the Paris agreement
  • The role of provinces in negotiating international trade agreements
  • Province-building and the future of social programs
  • Where do cities fit in 21st century confederation?
  • Canadians and federalism: New public opinion data
  • Federalism: What’s next?
  • Toward a maximum Canada: The challenge of preparing for population growth

View the full agenda


Confirmed Speakers

The Hon. Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario
Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs

The Hon. Philippe Couillard

Premier of Québec
Minister responsible for Youth Issues

Grand Chief Abram Benedict

Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Leslee White-Eye

Consultant, Facilitator and Speaker
Former Chief of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Deborah Richardson

Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

The Hon. Bob Rae

Senior Partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Jennifer Winter

Scientific Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

David M. Hart

Professor and Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Governor of Connecticut

Mtre. Pierre Marc Johnson

Québec Chief Negotiator for CETA
Counsel to Lavery Lawyers (Montreal)

Mireille Paquet

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at Concordia University
William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Sunil Johal

Policy Director, The Mowat Centre

Dr. Kumanan Wilson

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Jay Pitter

Author and Placemaker

Gabriel Eidelman

Associate Director, Teaching Innovation at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Shauna Brail

Associate Professor; Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement and Director of the Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto

Martha Hall Findlay

President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

Jennifer Wallner

Associate Professor, School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa

Félix Mathieu

PhD candidate, Université du Québec à Montréal

Andrew Parkin

Director, Mowat Centre

Donna Dasko

School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Doug Saunders

Journalist and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Steve Paikin

Anchor, TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin 




December 11-13, 2017


Ticket includes admission to all conference sessions on December 12th & 13th. Please note that the December 11th Opening Reception is now full. A wait list is in effect.

Opening Reception
*waitlist only

December 11
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TD Tower, 54th Floor

December 12
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

December 13
9:00 AM – 12 PM

Design Exchange