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50th anniversary fundraising gala

Trusted research → Sound decisions

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, we are excited to gather for an in-person evening that will emphasize the importance of trusted research and constructive dialogue in an increasingly complex policy environment. We hope you will join us for our fundraising gala on Wednesday, November 23 in Ottawa.

The gala festivities will kick off with a provocative panel discussion on race and policy-making in Canada, moderated by Nana aba Duncan, Carleton University’s Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies. Nana aba will be joined by panelists Debra Thompson (McGill University), Akwasi Owusu-Bempah (University of Toronto), and Fahad Razak (St. Michael’s Hospital).

A networking reception will immediately follow the panel and lead into a dinner emceed by Concordia University’s Aphrodite Salas.

University of Toronto law professor Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii), will deliver the keynote address, “Public policy in Canada from an Indigenous perspective.” Douglas is the co-author, with Andrew Stobo Sniderman, of the new book Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation.

Over the course of the evening, we will also present the IRPP’s Knowledge Mobilizer Awards – one to a Canadian researcher who has done an exceptional job in increasing the public’s understanding of a key public policy issue, and another to a post-secondary student who wins our public policy op-ed writing contest.

Limited tickets are still available! To get yours, and to discuss customized visibility agreements and individual opportunities, please contact Suzanne Ostiguy McIntyre at 514-787-0740 or

For more information, download the IRPP 50th Anniversary gala sponsorship matrix (PDF). 

A strategic priority for the IRPP is helping to foster a more inclusive public policy dialogue in Canada. Funds raised from our gala will go toward establishing an annual fellowship for a researcher who identifies as Black, Indigenous or as a person of colour.

Date and time
November 23, 2022
4:30pm panel; 5:45pm reception
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
Event Type
$1,050 per regular ticket
$8,000 per table of 8
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