About the Event
This year we are pleased to be hosting What's at Stake? The 2019 Federal Election and the Challenges Facing Canada. A panel discussion with three of Canada’s leading journalists: Rex Murphy (National Post), Chantal Hébert (Toronto Star) and Andrew Coyne (National Post). All three are also weekly participants on CBC's The National.
With a federal election in October, Canadians will be asked to render judgment across a host of critically important policy issues, including pipelines, national carbon pricing, tax levels and competitiveness, and the efficacy of balanced budgets. The panel will discuss these, and other important policy issues at stake for Canada.
Luncheon registration and reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:00 noon in the British Columbia Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
We encourage you to invite friends and associates who you feel may be interested in attending the luncheon.
Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Registration and reception: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch and Lecture: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, (British Columbia Ballroom), 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W6
To purchase tickets or tables please register online or download the purchase form.
Speakers & Instructors
Canadians are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he was the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions.
As a keynote speaker, Rex radiates intelligence and trustworthiness. His endearing style brings forth a sarcastic intellect and deep insight into issues affecting individuals and businesses.
Audiences can expect to be simultaneously informed and entertained by Rex’s provocative commentary. He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. Rex makes us important and reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating.
A Rhodes Scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. He went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?close
A National Post original, Andrew Coyne’s journalism career has also included positions with Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and the Southam newspaper chain. He has been a regular contributor to The National’s At Issue panel since 2005. Andrew is a Fellow of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
With topical and timely presentations, Andrew is sure to ignite discussion with every audience. He is thoughtful, intrepid, and never afraid to speak his mind. He has established himself over the last two decades as one of this country’s most passionate and articulate commentators on political and economic issues.
Though he claims he to have a distaste for politics, Andrew considers himself an optimist and believes that there is a better politics out there – and that it is the role of the media to help bring it out. He has contributed to a wide range of other publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Time and Saturday Night.close
Topic: What's at Stake? The 2019 Federal Election and the Challenges Facing Canada.
Ms. Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse. Ms. Hébert is a graduate of Glendon College, York University. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and holds honorary doctorates from Bishop’s,York University, the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University. She is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowships (Malaysia and Japan). She is the 2005 recipient of the APEX Public Service Award.
In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy, as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award. Ms. Hébert’s second book titled The Morning After was published in September 2014. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award (gold) for her political column in L’actualité. She is an officer of the Order of Canada.close