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Nov 08

The Divide Between Policymakers and Those They Serve

Toronto ON, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300

Tom Kierans Lecture 2023 with Peter Wallace and Paul Wells

The C.D. Howe Institute's Annual Kierans Lecture has been made possible through a generous donation from Tom Kierans and Mary Janigan.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register. 

Member $150 | Guest $250| Table $600

Peter Wallace, Former Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada

Peter Wallace is a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group and a Fellow at the Munk Institute of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Peter is an experienced public policy practitioner, with 40 years of service at all levels of government. Key roles include Secretary of the Treasury Board for the Government of Canada, City Manager of the City of Toronto and Secretary of Cabinet and Head of the Public Service for Ontario. Earlier senior roles in the Government of Ontario include Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of Energy, and Associate Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister, Policy. He is an independent trustee for the University Health Network. He is past Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority, Great Lakes Fishery Commission and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and Masters of Public Administration.

Paul Wells, Award-winning Journalist and Former Lead Political Columnist at Maclean’s

For 19 years, Paul Wells was the lead political columnist at Maclean’s magazine. Prior to this, he was the national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star and has also written for the Globe and Mail and The National Post. Wells has won three gold National Magazine Awards and a National Newspaper Award, and has filed stories from 17 countries around the world covering the war in Afghanistan, the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, and three US presidential election campaigns. 

Today, Wells is a regular political commentator on both the French- and English-language CBC networks. He has also launched a subscription newsletter, which is already one of the most widely read political newsletters in Canada. In fall 2022, as the Munk School's inaugural journalist-in-residence, Wells launched his podcast The Paul Wells Show, which represented a partnership between Wells, the Munk School, Toronto Star and Antica Productions. 

A bestselling author, The New Yorker magazine called Wells “Canada’s foremost Harperologist” with the release of his book on Stephen Harper, The Longer I’m Prime Minister. It is the only book to have ever won three major non-fiction book awards: The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize, and the Ottawa Book Award. 

Wells studied at the University of Western Ontario and the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs.

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