Announcements & News Releases

PPF and Action Canada introduce the 2018-2019 Fellows

OTTAWA, JUNE 8, 2018 – The Public Policy Forum and Action Canada are proud to announce the 2018-2019 Action Canada Fellows. Over the course of the year, the 16 Fellows will have a transformative experience by participating in five study tours and producing an in-depth policy report on an important issue to Canada.

This year’s cohort benefits from a new three-year partnership that combines Action Canada’s nearly 20 years of experience in leadership development and PPF’s more than three decades of expertise in public policy. This partnership will strengthen the fellowship program in its mandate to increase civic engagement and knowledge of Canada among some of the country’s most promising future leaders.

“The Public Policy Forum is proud to be associated with this amazing group of emerging leaders, and delighted to play a part in their leadership development and policy education,” said Edward Greenspon, President & CEO of PPF. “This year’s Action Canada theme will be the future of food. The Fellows will examine policy questions around agri-food, supply and trade, food security in Canada, innovation and technology in the agriculture and agri-food sector, food and human health, and sustainability. We look forward to learning from the fresh ideas the Fellows will generate through their deliberative process.”

“Since 2003, Action Canada has selected our country’s most promising emerging leaders and introduced them to every region of Canada — and to each other — through an immersive, year-long fellowship experience,” said Adam Goldenberg, a 2010 Action Canada Fellow and Chair of Action Canada’s Board of Directors. “This year’s cohort of Action Canada Fellows boldly continues that tradition of building leadership for Canada’s future. We are excited to welcome these extraordinary Canadians to our network.”

This year’s Action Canada Fellows are:

Zakaria Abdulle Matthew Klassen
Dr. Tahara Bhate Petros Kusmu
Dr. Masha Cemma Anna Laurence
Geneviève Chabot Madeleine Lyons
Sophie Gagnon Charlotte-Anne Malischewski
Shawn Grover Anne-Marie Rouleau
Sally Guy Karl Schwonik
Umang Pooja Khandelwal Julien Valmary

The Fellows will meet for the first time in Ottawa for the initial study tour between June 20 and 23. Read the Fellows’ full biographies on the Action Canada website.

PPF creates team to support Fellowship

To support the Fellows over the course of the year, PPF has brought together a team of leadership development experts under the direction of Anna Jahn, its new Director of Learning Programs and Action Canada Fellowship. The team also includes Jonathan Perron-Clow as Project Lead and Katherine Chirke as Program Manager and Coordinator.


About PPF

The Public Policy Forum builds bridges among diverse participants in the policy-making process and gives them a platform to examine issues, offer new perspectives and feed fresh ideas into policy discussions. We believe good policy makes a better Canada.

For more information and media inquiries

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Project Lead, Learning Programs and Action Canada Fellowship
Public Policy Forum
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967




Creative Disruption - 2016 Fellows' Public Policy Presentations



8:15 am Continental Breakfast and Welcome   Cathy Beehan, Founding CEO

8:45 am Barriers to Belonging: Paving a Smoother Path to Immigrant Inclusion

10:00 am Open Innovation: Canada Inc. in a Collaborative World

11:15 am Our Groundwater, Our Future

12:15 pm Buffet Luncheon


Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Rideau Room, 150 Albert Street, Ott.

This event is free. Please pre-register at: www.acpresentations2016.eventbrite.ca

For additional information email  actioncanada@actioncanada.ca or call 778.881.7961

Cathy Beehan of Action Canada named a WXN 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

Action Canada’s founding CEO joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders

Vancouver, B.C. — November 25, 2015

Action Canada is pleased to announce Cathy Beehan, founding CEO, has been named among the Women’s Executive Network’s 2015 Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

The Top 100 Awards, initiated in 2003, celebrate the accomplishments of Canada’s top female executives as well as their organizations and networks. Beehan will receive the Sun Life Financial Trailblazer and Trendsetter award for her work building leadership for Canada’s future. She will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.

Beehan took on the role of Action Canada founding CEO in 2002 and has grown the not-for-profit organization into Canada’s premier leadership program for emerging Canadian leaders.

Each year, Action Canada recruits and selects Canada’s top emerging leaders, nurturing their leadership skills through a national fellowship program that enhances their understanding of Canada and its public policy choices for the future. Since 2003,186 emerging leaders have joined the Action Canada network.

“Action Canada Fellows are bound together and committed to contributing to Canada because of the work and vision of Cathy. She is the driving force behind one of the most powerful and influential networks this country has ever seen” says Action Canada Fellow Sadia Rafiquddin.

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Beehan joins a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

About Cathy Beehan

As the founding chief executive officer of Action Canada, Cathy Beehan plays a key role in designing and implementing the country’s premier leadership development program. A former senior public servant, Cathy received the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service Excellence—the highest award for persons holding executive positions in the federal public service. Cathy was the first Canadian head of the NAFTA Secretariat and has expertise in NAFTA dispute settlement. She has also served as senior policy advisor to a federal Minister. She holds degrees in law and music, graduating with distinction in both. She was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her work with Action Canada, building leadership for Canada’s future.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

More information and details are available at www.wxnetwork.com or www.top100women.ca.

Action Canada Public Dialogue

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Join the dialogue as Action Canada Fellows, panel experts and members of the public explore three public policy issues important to supporting future economic and societal innovations in Canada.

8:15 – Open Innovation: Canada Inc. in a Collaborative World
9:30 – Our Groundwater, Our Future
11:00 – Barriers to Belonging: Are we doing enough to help newcomers integrate?

David Helliwell, ’03 Fellow, Vice President of Utility Solutions, EnerNOC

UBC Robson Square, Theatre, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

This event is free. Please pre-register at: vancouverpublicdialogue2015.eventbrite.ca

Registration and Coffee Reception 7:45 AM
For additional information email actioncanada@actioncanada.ca

You can also take part in the conversation on Twitter at #actioncanada

10th Anniversary Symposium

To mark Action Canada’s 10th anniversary, Fellows and guest specialists reflect on Canada’s North, our national flag, and the economy.

Read their commentaries

Action Canada Public Dialogue

Registration and Coffee Reception 9:00 AM | Light lunch served at noon

Bert Riggs, Independent Researcher, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Barbara Doran, Director/Producer, Morag Loves Company
Dr. Margot Duley, Professor Emerita of History, Eastern Michigan University, and Dean Emerita of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Springfield
The Honourable Edward Roberts, CM, ONL, QC, former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador

Admiral’s Green Clubhouse, Pippy Park
460 Allandale Road

This event is free, however seating is limited.
Please pre-register at: NLpublicdialogue.eventbrite.ca

For additional information email: actioncanada@actioncanada.ca

Action Canada Public Dialogue

Canada has a proud history of invention. New ideas in science, technology, education, government, public and private enterprise have informed the last 150 years. Drawing on lessons from these past creative disruptions, what policies does Canada need to support future economic or societal innovations?

Natalie Chapdelaine, Program Officer, Innoweave, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Allyson Hewitt, McConnell Senior Fellow, who rethinks and develops social innovation at MaRS Discovery District
Mark Pauls, Energy Engineer, Manitoba Hydro, who designs and constructs facilities for tomorrow’s changing climate
Dr. Frank Plummer, Recipient of the Prix Galien, who brought Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory to new levels of international science excellence

University of Winnipeg
Convocation Hall
515 Portage Avenue

This event is free. Pre-register by 24 June at winnipegpublicdialogue.eventbrite.ca Registration and Coffee Reception 8:30 AM
For additional information email: actioncanada@actioncanada.ca

2015 Fellows' Public Policy Presentations

8:15 am – Continental Breakfast and Welcome Cathy Beehan, Founding CEO

8:45 am – Financing Future Communities: Innovative Finance for Urban Spaces and Places

10:00 am – A Wider Circle: Aboriginal Voices in Canadian Cities

11:15 am – Empowered Cities: A New Path to Collaborative Federalism

12:15 pm – Buffet Luncheon


Laurier Room, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

This event is free. Please pre-register by 4 February at: http://acpresentations2015.eventbrite.ca

For additional information email actioncanada@actioncanada.ca or call 778.881.7961

You can also take part in the conversation on Twitter at #actioncanada

Upcoming Vancouver Event

Asia Pacific Hall, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

7:45 AM – Registration and Coffee  

8:15 AM – Empowering Our Cities:  The Road to Canada’s Success in the 21st Century

9:30 AM – A Wider Circle:  Aboriginal Voices in Canadian Cities

11:00 AM –  Financing Future Communities:  A Dialogue about Urban Spaces and Places  

This event is free.
Pre-register at:  vancouverpublicdialogue2014.eventbrite.ca
And join us on Twitter #actioncanada


Fellows In Action, August 2014 Newsletter

First Action Canada Alumni Conference

In the latest Action Canada Fellows Newsletter: Alumni reflect on their visit to Washington for a study tour of US and international finance issues, Founding CEO Sam Belzberg shares a message – plus Fellows enjoy memories of the first Alumni conference and Action Canada’s trip through the history of the Northwest Passage.

Read All About It!

Public Dialogue

September 16, 2014

Noon Free Buffet Lunch
12:35 Opening Remarks, Jodi White, Co-chair, Action Canada Board of Directors
12:40 Welcome, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Elder
12:50 Yukon’s Education System Structure, a 360° Perspective
1:20 Break
1:25 Yukon’s Resource Sector, a 360° Perspective
1:55 Break
2:10 Evolution of Yukon’s Aboriginal Law and the Goal of Reconciliation, a 360° Perspective
2:40 Summary comments and general Q&A
3:10 Closing by Mayor Dan Curtis and Thank You by Action Canada Fellows


This event is free. Registration is recommended. Please RSVP at http://actioncanada-yukon-dialogue.eventbrite.com.

For more information contact Elodie Jacquet at 778.861.2977 or elodie_jacquet@actioncanada.ca.

An Action Canada Public Dialogue - Anticipating the nation’s 150th anniversary

July 4, 2014

Public dialogue explores three Labrador policy issues

September 12, 2011

VANCOUVER, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ – Labrador faces challenging policy options and opportunities related to mining, Lower Churchill development and Aboriginal governance and land claims.

Some of Canada’s most inspiring young leaders, the Action Canada Fellows, will be in Goose Bay to learn about these issues and to discuss their findings with the community on Friday, 23 September 2011, noon – 3:30 pm at the Labrador Friendship Centre.

Action Canada is a national fellowship program for promising young Canadians. The program enhances Fellows’ leadership skills, broadens their understanding of Canada and its policy choices, and builds an exceptional network of leaders for our future.

The Fellows are visiting Labrador from Sept. 21-25.  For their biographies, visit www.actioncanada.ca/en/fellows/fellows/20112012-fellows.  To arrange a media interview, contact: Helen Augustin.

For further information: Helen Augustin
Tel: 778.239.6158
Email:  helen_augustin@actioncanada.ca


Public dialogue in Winnipeg explores new ideas for Canada’s economic future

November 1, 2011

VANCOUVER, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ – On Friday, Nov. 4, some of Canada’s most impressive young leaders, the Action Canada Fellows, will host a public dialogue in Winnipeg, MB on ideas for advancing Canada’s economic future.

The dialogue will be focused on three issues: how inequality and poverty are jeopardizing our human capital, how to develop a creative workforce for tomorrow, and financing Canada’s low-carbon energy future.

The Fellows will host the public dialogue on Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm in Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg. This event is free. Registration is recommended. Please RSVP to TFwinnipeg2011@actioncanada.ca.

The dialogue will feature presentations from leaders in government, business and academia. They include John Curtis, Founding Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Professor, Queen’s University; Tom Rand ’07, Lead Advisor, Cleantech – MaRS Discovery District; Founder & Director, Vci Green Funds Inc.; and Alan Freeman, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manitoba.

Action Canada is a national fellowship program for promising young Canadians. The program enhances Fellows’ leadership skills, broadens their understanding of Canada and its policy choices, and builds an exceptional network of leaders for our future.

Hailing from communities across Canada, the 16 Action Canada Fellows are visiting Winnipeg to learn more about Manitoba’s identity, economy and current cultural and political perspectives.

The Fellows are visiting Winnipeg from Nov. 3-6, 2011. For more information on the public dialogue, the Action Canada program and the Fellows’ biographies, visit www.actioncanada.ca.

For further information: Janet Webber
Director, Communications and Government Relations
Action Canada
Tel : 778-881-7961, email : info@actioncanada.ca