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Project Overview:

Debate on issues critical to Canada has become polarized, leading to ‘wedge solutions’ and difficulty reaching shared agreement.  This is a challenge for the government and the public service as they try to find answers to complex problems that unite rather than divide. 

To respond, the IOG is launching a four-part, constructive debate series that addresses complex challenges faced by the government. The series will explore four divisive issues and give public servants and their stakeholders new knowledge, techniques and skills to reframe issues as win/wins. The four topics include: Immigration; Balancing the Environment and the Economy; Western Alienation; and Political Divisiveness and a Polarized Electorate. Participants are invited to sign up to as many sessions as they would like. 

The objectives of this project are to: 

  • Discuss issues central to the new mandate – including political divisiveness, Western alienation, the environment vs. the economy, and immigration; and
  • provide public servants and their stakeholders with the tools to develop, facilitate and execute dialogue and engagement strategies to work with opponents to find shared solutions.

IOG’s goal is to support the ability of all Canadians to find win-win solutions in a way that unites us, rather than divides us.  

Target Audience:

Public servants at all levels. This initiative will help the public service support the government’s efforts to reach out to Canadians in ways that unite rather than divide.  Public servants will also want to attend to learn how these issues can be addressed and to gain insights into how to reframe issues as win/wins.


$99 per debate or $299 for all four debates. As a not-for-profit, IOG does not collect HST. 

Register and join us!

Read more about each session or register to attend by clicking the session titles below (Looking to register for all four? Any link will work)!

In light of COVID-19, we have pushed the series start by 1 month. At this time we hope to start the series on April 28th (the original date of the 2nd session), but this date is tentative and may need to be further adjusted as events unfold.

Have Questions?

To learn more about this project, please contact Laura Edgar by email at ledgar@iog.ca or by phone at 613-562-0090 ext. 226.