Latest News & Events
GRIC and IPAC-NCR present Transition in Government
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) and the National Capital Region (NCR) group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) hosted an exclusive and non-partisan panel discussion on Transitions in Government. This joint event aimed to provide a comprehensive examination on the planning, preparation, and delivery of a government transition, whether it be a transition between the same political party with a new mandate or an entirely new government.
Specials thanks to our sponsors for their support.
Anne McGrath – Lifelong public educator and advocate. Most recently served as Executive Director for Southern Alberta to the Premier of Alberta. She has deep roots in the NDP federally and provincially. She served as Jack Layton’s Chief of Staff and also as National Director of the federal NDP, and was a key part of the team that managed the party through its transition to Official Opposition in 2011.
Andrew Treusch – Retired federal Deputy Minister. Former Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency, and former career public servant with various federal departments. A past president of IPAC.
Elizabeth Roscoe – Senior Vice-President and National Practice Leader in Public Affairs, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada. Former federal public servant, former Chief-of-Staff to former Ministers Hon. Barbara McDougall and the Hon. Michael Wilson, and member of the 2006 (Harper) transition team. A past president of GRIC.
Paul Wilson – Associate Professor at the Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, Carleton University. He served as director of policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada from 2009 to 2011.
Vassy Kapelos – An award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s Power & Politics.
Opening remarks by:
Andre Albinati – Managing Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group. 20+ years of experience in government and the private sector, and member of the 2004 (Martin) transition team. A past president of GRIC.
The Right Honourable Herb Gray Lecture 2019 featuring Ali Velshi
On Monday, May 6, Carleton University’s Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, a valued Government Relations Institute of Canada partner, will be hosting this year’s inaugural lecture at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News has been invited to speak about The Weaponization of Culture: The Rise of Identity Politics. Read more here https://payments.carleton.ca/advancement/the-right-honourable-herb-gray-lecture/.
Tickets are only $10/person. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. with the Lecture starting at 7:00 p.m.
We hope to see you there!
Guidance – Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct
Today, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (OCL) released several new guidances related to the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists. The updated guidances replace the current documents and cover important topics including political activities (Rule 9), gifts (Rule 10) and conflict of interest resulting from preferential access (Rule 7 & 8).
There are no major shifts in policy in the new guidances. Overall, we are pleased to see brevity and more clarity in the new guidances and believe this will make them easier to understand and enforce. While the new versions do not address all issues raised by members in the past, they do take significant steps in the right direction addressing several of the key pain points previously identified by the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC), on behalf of our members. After several years without change, we appreciate the Commissioner’s efforts to undertake these revisions at this time.
The OCL consulted with both government stakeholders and industry, including GRIC, in developing these updated guidances. On behalf of GRIC members, we were able to affect change in several areas during the consultation which we feel has resulted in clearer, simpler and more useful guidance on these rules for the benefit of the government relations community. GRIC collaborated with our partners at the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) to inform our recommendations to the OCL.
You can access the new guidance documents here https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/h_00015.html
Post-Budget Panel & Networking Event, March 21, Ottawa
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s Events Committee delivered another fantastic outing with our post-budget discussion panel.
Our expert panelists were Sahir Khan, Executive VP at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy and former Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer, Sarah Anson-Cartwright, Director, Public Affairs at CPA Canada, and Ihor Korbabicz, Executive Director and senior researcher from Abacus Data. Samantha Wright Allen, reporter for The Hill Times, moderated the discussion.
A special thank you to our event sponsor Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
Carleton University’s MPM Program
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) is pleased to endorse the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. This program is Canada’s first graduate degree of its kind: an intensive master’s degree designed to provide a professional foundation for individuals who aspire to leadership roles in political offices or parties, non-governmental organizations, or firms that specialize in government relations, communications, or public opinion research.
The full-time degree looks to equip its graduates with an essential grasp of democratic processes and an understanding of the institutions through which they are administered. It aims to cultivate a set of professional skills required to work as a political manager and strategist, and in the process, contribute to a more constructive kind of politics and more well-informed policy decisions.
Through a one-year course of study, students will be exposed to a range of programs in applied political skills and analysis. The degree culminates with a 10-week practicum that places students in a political office or government relations firm, where they will learn by observing and participating in the process, complementing their coursework with practical experience.
Seneca’s GR Program
Seneca’s Government Relations program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Endorsed by both GRIC and the Public Affairs Association of Canada, the program features specialized, practical, government relations courses that prepare you for a career as a government relations/public affairs professional in the dynamic public policy, political and public affairs environments.
Seneca’s Government Relations Graduate Certificate program provides the education and training that better enables you to build constructive relationships between government organizations, elected representatives, public servants and political staff at all levels of government.
The program curriculum consists of courses from Seneca’s Public Relations – Corporate Communications program as well as specialized Government Relations subjects. As a graduate, you’ll be part of select group of individuals with the formal training to set you on a successful career path in government relations and public affairs
Prince Edward Island Lobbyists Registration Act: Overview
For PEI lobbyists, the Lobbyists Registration Act and Regulations are scheduled to come into force April 1, 2019. Read more on the Department of Justice and Public Safety webpage at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/justice-and-public-safety/prince-edward-island-lobbyists-registration-act-overview
Back to Parliament Networking Event
Get ready for the upcoming fall with another Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) networking event! Join us for cocktails and connect with like-minded professionals as we head into another parliamentary session.
WHEN: Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tavern on the Hill, 1223 Alexandra Bridge, Ottawa, ON
(Major’s Hill Park)
Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lobbying
The Commissioner of Lobbying Canada, Nancy Bélanger, tabled her 2017-18 Annual Report. The report covers the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and is the first Annual Report from Commissioner Bélanger since her appointment on December 30, 2017.
You can find the Commissioner’s Annual Report here: https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/01462.html
Signature Event Featuring Adama Iwu
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) proudly featured an exclusive event with TIME Person of the Year and “Silence Breaker”, Adama Iwu, together with Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu.
Adama is head of government relations for VISA in the western United States and joined us to tell her story about battling harassment and the opportunities for a positive path forward.
Minister Hajdu is the sponsor of Bill C-65 – legislation currently in front of Parliament which is aimed at curbing workplace harassment and misconduct.
Vassy Kapelos, an award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, moderated the conversation and subsequent Q&A.
A special thank you to our event sponsors.
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