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A public policy forum dedicated to exploring
evolving ideas in public policy and public administration

Designed for Public Servants

The Administrators’ Colloquium is a discussion forum where books on public policy and guest experts and speakers have been selected to stimulate thought and generate dialogue to explore evolving ideas in public policy and public administration.  Designed for public servants, and others interested in public policy issues, the Colloquium provides an excellent informal setting to discuss subjects of mutual interest with peers and experts. Some of the policy issues discussed by the Colloquium include:

  • defence procurement
  • health policy
  • immigration issues
  • voting behaviour
  • security and intelligence problems
  • Aboriginal and northern matters
  • international politics

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the format for the 2020-2021 sessions will be changed to ensure the safety of participants. At least until the Spring of 2021, evenings will be conducted as Zoom webinars and will start at 7:00 p.m. on the dates specified. Registrants will be sent instructions and pass words for each session about a week before the event. To encourage open discussion, all sessions, whether in person or online, will continue to be conducted under Chatham House rules: participants are free to use information from the discussion, but are not allowed to reveal who made any comment.

When University of Ottawa protocols and public health rules permit, we will return to face-to-face sessions at the excellent facilities at the University of Ottawa – Social Sciences Building (FSS) at 120 University Private. Under the traditional Administrators’ Colloquium format, each in-person session begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is introduced at about 7:45 p.m., and by 8:00 p.m. the participants are engaged in an open, lively exchange. Evenings under the in-person format usually end by 9:15 p.m. We will return to this format as soon as it is safe to do so.

Recent News

Robert Calderisi, author of Quebec in a Global Light, will be the Discussion leader for the May 25 meeting discussion

Robert Calderisi, author of Quebec in a Global Light, will be replacing Michael Behiels as Discussion Leader, Tuesday May 25, 2021. Here is a brief profile of Mr. Calderisi – An economist, writer, and Rhodes Scholar, Robert Calderisi studied at the Universities of Montreal, Oxford, Sussex and London. He worked at the Department of Finance and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Ottawa, as well as at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Follow up to March 30th discussion

Follow up to March 30th discussion:  A deeper dive into fiscal federalism….Professor Jennifer Wallner mentioned the following resources in her discussion at the March 30th meeting on Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada, a book written by Daniel Boland and others: the October 2020Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) report by Kyle Hanniman, “Strenthening Canada’s Fiscal Resilience”  Trevor Tombe, University of Calgary.  Great source of research and analysis on fiscal federalism, including recent

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