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The Authenticity Paradox: Is the Public Losing Faith in Experts?

Does Canada have an authenticity problem? What does “authenticity” even mean in today’s complex landscape of ‘sound bite democracy’ and face-value understanding?  Further, in a post-factual world has the demand for expert opinion from governments and leaders changed and what does this mean for the fields of research, communications and policy development?
 
In the past few years, we have been witness to a raft of examples of citizen support for individuals and policies that have taken the world by surprise – whether pleasant or unpleasant.
 
Four of Canada’s most experienced professionals from the fields of media, public policy, strategy and social science will share their perspective on the phenomena that appears to be propelling unconventional individuals to positions of influence, challenging fundamental beliefs and placing pressure to bring about sometimes dramatic policy reform.

Location: Rideau Club, 99 Bank St 
Time: 4PM – 6PM
Price: $50
Registration: Through the
MRIA Portal

 

 

Does Canada have an authenticity problem? What does ‘authenticity’ even mean in today’s complex landscape of ‘sound bite democracy’ and face-value understanding? Further, in a post-factual world has the demand for expert opinion from governments and leaders changed and what does this mean for the fields of research, communications and policy development?

In the past few years, we have been witness to a raft of examples of citizen support for individuals and policies that have taken the world by surprise – whether pleasant or unpleasant.

Four of Canada’s most experienced professionals from the fields of media, public policy, strategic communications and social science will share their perspective on the phenomena that appears to be propelling unconventional individuals to positions of influence, challenging fundamental beliefs and placing pressure to bring about sometimes dramatic policy reform.

 

 

Meet the Speakers

Allan Gregg – Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
 
Allan Gregg is among Canada’s most recognized and respected researchers, strategists and social commentators. He has played a central role in dozens of campaigns over the last thirty years. His unique talent is to develop research-based strategies and then translate them into all aspects of campaign management – from policy and speeches to media relations; from communications and advertising to targeted grassroots campaigns. He developed his reputation first as a pioneer in political polling and began applying his skills to private sector clients, associations and agencies. Allan has a talent for helping clients get to the heart of any issue – and then find an effective way forward.

He founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was the Chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. A founding shareholder of Canada's children's network, YTV, he also served as chair of Toronto Film Festival and the Walrus Foundation. Allan sits on General Motors of Canada's Advisory Board and is a past director of the Public Policy Forum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Writers Trust.

From 1993 to 2013 he hosted the TVO talk show “Allan Gregg in Conversation with…”, and for over a decade was a regular participant on CBC's “At Issue” panel.
 
Allan is a recipient of the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction. In October 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and the same year, he was named as Adjunct Professor to Carleton University’s Schools of Public Administration and Political Management.

Susan Delacourt - Political columnist | Toronto Star; iPolitics

Over her career, she has worked at some of the top newsrooms in the country, from the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail to the Ottawa Citizen and National Post. Author of four books, her latest — Shopping for Votes —was a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Canadian non-fiction in 2014.  A frequent political panelist on CBC Radio, Global and CTV, Susan also teaches classes in journalism and political communication at Carleton University.  She is the winner of the 2011 Charles Lynch Award, an annual award presented to a Canadian journalist in recognition of outstanding coverage of national issues as selected by their colleagues in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, and the prestigious 2014 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Journalism.

Neil Macdonald - Senior Correspondent | The National, CBC

Neil Macdonald is a Senior Correspondent for CBC News, currently based in Ottawa. Prior to that he was the CBC's Washington correspondent for 12 years, and before that he spent five years reporting from the Middle East. He also had a previous career in newspapers, and speaks English and French fluently, and some Arabic.

Nancy Jamieson - Public Affairs Consultant and Event Moderator

Nancy Jamieson has been a leading public affairs consultant for four decades, providing public policy and strategic communications advice to leaders in the political and business community throughout Canada. 

She began her career on Parliament Hill where, she served as Legislative Assistant to Prime Minister Joe Clark during his tenure as both Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister. 

She later joined the staff of Ontario Premier William Davis, where she served as Policy Co-Coordinator and Principal Speechwriter. While at Queens Park, Ms. Jamieson was a delegate to federal-provincial meetings, including that which resulted in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution. 

Ms. Jamieson was appointed Executive Director of the Ontario Task Force on Financial Institutions, a landmark study reviewing the regulation of banking, trust, investment industries, insurance and credit unions within the province. 

She left government in 1985 to become a senior executive with Canada’s largest public affairs consultancy. There, she provided advice and counsel to a range of clients within the financial institutions, telecommunications and broadcasting.  

Creating her own consulting enterprise in the 1990s, Ms. Jamieson has provided strategic communications advice, branding and policy counsel to the most senior levels of government and the private sector. She was a senior advisor to the Minister of Finance during the development and implementation of the GST and the Expenditure Review Process; and the Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations during the Meech Lake Accord and Referendum. She continues to offer counsel to a wide range of private sector clients. 

In addition to these responsibilities, she is involved in a wide range of philanthropic and volunteer activities, including initiatives to support parliamentary internships for young Canadian students, refugee resettlement and childhood literacy. She has served on a number of the boards, including that of Telefilm Canada.  

Ms. Jamieson holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


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