Testimonial Dinner and Awards 2019

Date & Time

Thursday April 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Toronto
255 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 3L9

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For information regarding ticket sales for Testimonial Dinner & Awards 2020 on April 2, please contact Kelly at kcyr@ppforum.ca

Highlights of the 2019 #PPFawards: Inspiring speeches from our honourees

Watch the Testimonial Dinner and Awards 2019

Lisa LaFlamme of CTV News hosted our celebration of great leadership with more than 1,200 others at our annual can’t-miss dinner.

This year, we honoured Rona Ambrose, Alan Bernstein, George Cope, Pierre-Marc Johnson and Farah Mohamed. We also recognized emerging leader Maayan Ziv and the winner of the Hyman Solomon Award for Public Policy Journalism, Karyn PuglieseRead more about these great Canadians.

Keynote: Turing Award winner Dr. Yoshua Bengio


Yoshua Bengio, artificial intelligence pioneer and director of Mila, the machine learning lab at University of Montreal gave a keynote. He just won this year’s Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize of computing.

He also appeared on our AI panel at Canada Growth Summit 2019, also on April 11.

About the event

Each year at the Public Policy Forum’s Testimonial Dinner in Toronto, people from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and good governance. More than 110 outstanding Canadians have been honoured since 1988.

The official after-party: Wonk Prom

Canada Growth Summit 2019

PPF’s Canada Growth Summit has fast become a Canadian institution, a can’t-miss event on Canada’s economic policy calendar that brings together 400+ of the top minds in policy, business, investment and government. Last years highlights included Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who spoke on “Going the Distance on Inclusive Growth” and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England in conversation with PPF President & CEO Edward Greenspon.

In 2019, the Growth Summit will again focus on some of the big challenges and opportunities confronting the Canadian economy: strategies for big data and IP, the future of work, the economics of cyber attacks, and the diversification of trade.

more on Canada Growth Summit


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