Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Type||Public policy think tank|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
President & CEO
The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is an independent, non-profit Canadian think tank for public-private dialogue. The organization's stated aim is "to serve as a neutral, independent forum for open dialogue on public policy."
The Forum was founded in 1987 by Shelly (Sheldon) Ehrenworth, Geoff Poapst and a group of public and private sector leaders. The inaugural board meeting took place in Toronto where members endorsed what became the Forum's credo: that the business of government is too important to leave in the hands of government alone.
In its early years, the Forum brought together leaders from business, the trade union movement, academe and the not-for-profit sector for meetings in cities across Canada. The idea was to share perspectives on public sector management questions and discuss ways to build a more collaborative approach to policy making.
The PPF functions primarily as an independent, non-partisan facilitator of multi-sector dialogue.
In conjunction with members and partners from all sectors, the PPF convenes dialogues aimed at producing actionable outcomes in key policy areas, such as: innovation, public engagement, public service and governance.
The PPF regularly produces and publishes research and reports in areas related to its policy dialogues. The Forum also conducts original research in areas such as public service innovation, government leadership, and media.
Throughout the year the PPF hosts gatherings of senior leadership from all sectors to celebrate excellence in public policy leadership. Four events run annually across Canada:
Since 1988 the Testimonial Dinner Awards pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management. As of 1992 the Hyman Solomon Award is giving to an outstanding journalist and in 2005 the Emerging Leaders Award was introduced. These Testimonial Dinner Awards are adjudicated by the PPF, based upon submissions by member organizations.
|Year||Testimonial Award||Hyman Solomon Award||Emerging Leaders Award|
|2019||Rona Ambrose, Alan Bernstein, George A. Cope, Pierre-Marc Johnson, Farah Mohamed||Karyn Pugliese||Maayan Ziv|
|2018||Mark Carney, The Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Michael Donovan, Mary Walsh, Richard Dicerni||Francine Pelletier||Caitlin Tolley|
|2017||Louise Arbour, Yaprak Baltac?o?lu, Dominic Barton, Johann Koss, Margaret MacMillan, Naheed Nenshi (30th Anniversary Event)||--||Alika Lafontaine (Indigenous Emerging Leader)|
|2016||Francoise Bertrand, Jack Mintz, Robert Prichard, Wayne Wouters||Peter Mansbridge||Taylor Owen|
|2015||Ed Clark, Peter Herrndorf, Roberta Jamieson, Michael Sabia||Serge Chapleau and Aislin (Terry Mosher)||Hannah Godefa|
|2014||Annette Verschuren, Mary Simon, Sheila Fraser, Heather Munroe-Blum||Susan Delacourt||Erin Freeland Ballantyne|
|2013||Honouring former Clerks of the Privy Council of Canada: Kevin Lynch, Alex Himelfarb, Mel Cappe, Jocelyne Bourgon, Paul Tellier||--||--|
|2012||Honouring former Prime Ministers of Canada: The Right Hons. Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Joseph Clark, Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney, John Turner||--||--|
|2011||William G. Davis, Gordon Nixon, Monique F. Leroux, Jim Stanford||André Picard||Victor T. Thomas|
|2010||Tony Dean, Phil Fontaine, Preston Manning, Carole Taylor||Bernard Derome||Gabriel Bran Lopez|
|2009||Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis, L. Jacques Ménard, Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz||Craig Oliver||Sara Ehrhardt|
|2008||David A. Dodge, Gerri Sinclair, Sheila Watt-Cloutier||Alain Dubuc||Peter MacLeod|
|2007||20th Anniversary Event||Eric Reguly||Parker Mitchell and George Roter|
|2006||Georges Erasmus, Louise Frechette, Bob Rae||Chantal Hébert||Alison Loat and Andrew Medd|
|2005||Monique Bégin, Bob White, Michael Wilson||Don Newman||Taylor Gunn|
|2004||Rita Burak, Denis Desautels, Roy Romanow, Allan Shaw||Mary Janigan||--|
|2003||Guy Colombe, Purdy Crawford, Henry Friesen, Chaviva Hosek, Don Mazankowski||Jim Travers||--|
|2002||Nellie Cournoyea, Pierre Lortie, Monica Patten, Milton Wong||Edward Greenspon||--|
|2001||Al Hatton, Hon. Peter Lougheed, Eric Newell, Manon Vennat||Madeleine Drohan||--|
|2000||Allan Blakeney, Raymond Garneau, Margaret Norrie McCain, Lynton "Red" Wilson||Bruce Little||--|
|1999||Jean Bernard, Thomas Edward Kierans, Donald Savoie, Thomas Shoyama||Jim Meek||--|
|1998||Jim Gray, Gaetan Lussier, Jean Pigott, Hon. Gordon Robertson||Vaugn Palmer||--|
|1997||Sheldon Ehrenworth (10th Anniversary Event)||Claude Picher||--|
|1996||A.W. (Al) Johnson, Guylaine Saucier, James D. Fleck||Jeffrey Simpson||--|
|1995||Jean-Claude Delorme, Claire Morris, Bill Blundell, Leo Gérard||Jason Moscovitz||--|
|1994||Allan Taylor, Louise Roy, Reg Basken, Bruce Rawson||Andrew Coyne||--|
|1993||Bertin Nadeau, Mickey Cohen, Judith Maxwell, James McCambly||Giles Gherson||--|
|1992||Guy Saint-Pierre, Chris Evans, Huguette Labelle, Arden Haynes||Graham Fraser||--|
|1991||Trevor Eyton, Claude Castonguay, Sylvia Ostry, Jack Munro||--||--|
|1990||Gordon Osbaldeston, Edward Stewart, Gérard Docquier, Michel Bélanger||--||--|
|1989||Arthur Kroeger, Robert Carman, David Golden, Jean de Grandpré||--||--|
|1988||Allen Lambert, Robert Bryce, Ted Newall, Paul Tellier||--||--|