Government Relations and Public Affairs professionals arguably vie for the most precious of all commodities: time and attention. In an era of digitalization and instant communication, it has become increasingly difficult for advocates to cut through the noise and prove the value of their proposals. Practitioners must be constantly on the ball, staying on top of political, societal and organizational changes that shift the tides of their business.

The Government Relations and Public Affairs Practitioners Forum offers these individuals the opportunity to engage with each other, across industries, to exchange best practices and advice. The forum strives to provide a trifecta of information practitioners require in their day to day work: access to political decision-makers, case studies with lessons learned from peers, as well as contextual discussions of the risks and opportunities of macro-political events.

  • ENGAGE with key political decision-makers and hear first-hand their preferences for being approached  
  • DEVELOP strategies that address the most common challenges faced in campaigns: media communications, crisis management and general trouble-shooting  
  • MANAGE grassroots campaigns to create awareness for files and causes
  • WORK collaboratively with politicians, people and businesses to affect political change
  • DISCUSS the impact of the political changes south of the border: How is GR/PA work with media changing in the post-truth era? How are organizations in Canada influencing NAFTA renegotiation and mitigating potential fall out?

Join us in March for two days of interactive learning and problem-solving to optimize your GR/PA strategies moving forward so you can secure the time and attention your projects need to succeed.


VPs, Heads of, Directors, Managers of Government Relations

VPs, Heads of, Directors, Managers of Public Affairs

CEOs of Industry Associations

Members of the Media

From across industries including,but not limited to:

  • Energy
  • Mining and Resources
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunication
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing


Network with peers and government officials and develop advocacy relationships you can leverage on your next proposal
Understand how political change such as the elections in Ontario and watershed events like the Trump presidency can influence GR/PA work and how to adjust accordingly 
Identify your most effective advocate and find new avenues you can explore by approaching Senators, MPs as well as Ministers or their staff 

Venue Information at a Glance

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

150 Albert Street, Ottawa K1P 5G2