Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Case for Cross-sectoral Collaboration

Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 25, 20189:00am - 1:00pm


We are launching a new research initiative - Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Challenges, Opportunities & the Case for Cross-sectoral Collaboration - on Thursday, October 25 at our offices at 60 George Street from 9:00am - 1:00pm. The goal of the event is to seek insights from senior representatives of civil society, government and the media on the changing civil society context and its impact on engagement and collaboration with governments, and to inform the key research questions to be explored through the research initiative.


1. What do we mean by the term ‘civil society’, and why does the term and its role matter?

2. What are the main drivers impacting civil society and governance?

3. What are the challenges and opportunities to strengthening cross-collaboration in civil society?


There is no cost to attend and a box lunch will be served.

This event is by invitation only. Please contact Cory Campbell at if you are interested in attending.

If you are interested in reading the short discussing paper to set the context, click here.


  • 09:00 – 09:15 Introductions & Welcome
    • Toby Fyfe, President, Institute on Governance
  • 09:15 - 10:00 Looking at the Evidence: How Canadians Really Feel
    • Jane Badets Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health & Labour Statistics Field Statistics Canada
    • Ms. Badets will present the findings by Statistics Canada on Canadians’ views of government and its institutions
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Roundtable Discussion on Civil Society
    • Dr. Don Lenihan, President and CEO, Middle Ground Policy Research
    • Dr. Lenihan will facilitate a discussion around the 3 questions.
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Boxed Lunch

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Institute on Governance
60 George St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1J4