World’s Top Business Thinker Roger Martin to Warn of Efficiency’s Effects on Democratic Capitalism

Date: Tuesday December 5, 2017

OTTAWA, DEC. 5, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum’s annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture will be presented by acclaimed business thinker Roger Martin, who argues that our obsession with efficiency is a danger to democratic capitalism. This will be his first public speech on the topic after two years of research on the issue.

What: Democratic capitalism: Rethinking the altar of efficiency

When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa

Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. 

Since 2006, the Public Policy Forum has hosted the annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture to explore the critical role the public service plays in preserving a democratic and vibrant Canadian society.

Economist panel to kick off the evening

The lecture will be preceded from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. by a panel of distinguished economists discussing the confluence of economic anxiety, labour market changes caused by technological developments and growing populism.

Economists Panel: Technology, work and populism – what gives?


  • David Dodge, former Governor, Bank of Canada
  • Armine Yalnizyan, President, Canadian Association of Business Economics
  • Jonathan Rothwell, Senior Economist, Gallup

Moderator: Jennifer Robson, Assistant Professor, Carleton University 

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.



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