The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, in partnership with the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, iAffairs Canada, and Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs is organizing a one day event evaluating the Trudeau government’s foreign policy agenda during its first 100 days. Students, academics, policy-makers, and members of the public are invited to reflect upon the government’s current agenda and future commitments.

The event will take place on February 1, 2016 in the Atrium of the River Building at Carleton University.

Panels will evaluate the government’s performance in key areas including refugees, climate change, youth, defence and security, and trade and development. Panel participants will highlight government priorities and make recommendations on Canada’s foreign policy.

The event will be opened with the presentation of a Report Card grading the government’s commitments and its performance so far.

Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute, former NDP foreign policy critic Paul Dewar, and Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute are among the featured speakers.

This special event is open to the public.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register here



Opening Session (8:30-9:30 am)


Report Card Summary

Dr. David CarmentEditor, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal


Climate Change and Environment (9:30-10:40 am)

Nancy Coulas – Director, Energy & Environment Policy, Canadian Manufacturers and Exports

Dr. James Meadowcroft – Professor of Science and Environmental Policy, Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Dr. Inger Weibust (Moderator)Professor of International Affairs, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University


Coffee Break (10:40-10:50 am)


Security (10:50-12:00 pm)

Dr. Elinor Sloan – Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University; Defence Analyst, National Defence

John Adams, Maj. Gen (Retd)Former Chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada, and Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence

Dr. Brian Lee Crowley – Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Dr. Alex Wilner (Moderator)Professor of International Affairs, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Buffet Lunch and Discussion Panel (12:00-13:00 pm)


Paul Dewar – Canadian educator and politician, NDP

Dr. James Milner – Co-Director, Protracted Refugee Situations, University of Oxford; Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Peggy Mason – President, Rideau Institute

Dr. André Plourde (Moderator)Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University


Youth Panel (13:00-13:50 pm)

Sean TwyforDirector of Youth Strategies Branch, Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Service

Lorriann GardenVice-President of Social Affairs, NPSIA’s Student Association

Alannah JamesVice-President of Academics, Carleton Graduate Student Association

Aditya Rao – National Board for the World University Service of Canada; The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University 

Mauricio Blanco (Moderator) – The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University


Coffee Break (13:50-14:00 pm)


Development and Trade (14:00-15:10 pm)

Fraser Reilly-King – Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Council for International Co-operation 

Aniket Bhushan – Principal Investigator, Canadian International Development Platform; Adjunct Research Professor, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Cam VidlerDirector, International Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Dr. L. Pauline Rankin (Moderator) Professor and Associate Vice-President (Research and International), Carleton University



Concluding Remarks (15:10-15:30 pm)

Dr. David Carment Editor, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal


You May Also Like
Read More

Election 2021: The Conservatives’ Foreign Policy Vision

Mainstream issues like China and foreign interference dominate the agenda, but more esoteric issues like NORAD and hybrid threats also pop up, demonstrating that the party—at least on the surface—is committed to seriously thinking about Canada's precarious and uncomfortable place in the world.