It was so great to see many of you this week at PAAC's annual conference, the Art and Science of Public Affairs! As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation, this conference provided public affairs professionals with an opportunity to reflect on how government relations has evolved and what the future looks like for our industry.
This year we've had another amazing line up of speakers. The day began with a workshop for attendees to discuss the problems and potential solutions to several issues currently impacting our industry. We then continued with a panel discussion where several experts shared practical lobbying tips.
There was a lot of buzz in the room at the award of distinction luncheon! Barbara Fox, CEO of Enterprise Canada received this year's award of distinction and gave a great acceptance speech.
The afternoon continued with an inspiring session featuring several accomplished women in public affairs. The pundits panel then looked at how media and covering public affairs has changed in recent history and forecast the future of the industry.
Steve Paikin gave a moving talk on the role Bill Davis played in the first 150 years of Canada, focusing on his indispensable role in repatriating the Canadian Constitution with an accompanying Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We wrapped up the day with our summer social! The atmosphere was incredibly fun and everyone had a chance to sip on some wine and network with their peers.
Thank you to all the speakers, moderators, conference organizers and attendees for making this event another successful one! See you on June 14 at the post-conservative elections discussion!