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February – March 2014

Feb
27
Thu
Registration (Level 2)
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Reception (Trillium Ballroom, Level 4)
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sponsored by AMGEN and the Canadian Real Estate Association

WESTJET ticket winner to be announced

Feb
28
Fri
Registration (Level 2) & Coffee (Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 7:30 am – 8:45 am

Coffee sponsored by Sustainable Development Technology Canada

(Plenary) BRAD WALL, PREMIER OF SASKATCHEWAN (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am

“Canada: Food and energy superpower. We should start acting like it.”

Featuring:

CHAIR: Chuck Strahl, Manning Centre

Sponsored by Brandt Group of Companies

Coffee (Level 2 & 3)
Feb 28 @ 9:45 am – 10:15 am

Sponsored by the Canadian Health Food Association

►(Breakout) Conservatives and the City (Room 207, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

How conservatives can succeed in the last bastion of the left – City Hall.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Monte Solberg, Strategist

►(Breakout) JAMES MOORE, INDUSTRY MINISTER (Room 205, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

“From Railways to the Digital Highway”

Featuring:

CHAIR: Cliff Fryers, Manning Centre Board

Sponsored by Canadian National Railways

►(Breakout) JASON KENNEY, MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURALISM (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
►(Breakout) Recapturing popular culture and the arts (Room 209, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

On the political impact of popular culture and how conservatives can recapture it.

Featuring:

Chair: Fred Litwin, Free Thinking Film Society

►(Breakout) TRAINING: An introduction to NationBuilder (Room 204, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

An introduction to NationBuilder, a leading online political campaigning platform. (Repeated on Saturday)

Featuring:

Chair: Mike Martens, Manning School of Practical Politics

►(Breakout) Who generates ideas – think tanks or government? (Room 206, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Determining where the next big policy ideas will be developed.

Featuring:

Chair: Michele Austin, Government Relations Advisor

(Plenary) DEMOCRATIC REFORM 2.0 (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Democratic Reform 2.0: Restoring the influence of Members of Parliament.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Preston Manning, Manning Centre

Lunch (Canada Hall 1, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Sponsored by TransCanada

Networking Roundtables (Canada Hall 1, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

All roundtables are held in the lunch area (Canada Hall 1, Level 3). Want to add your own? Ask at the registration desk.

FRIDAY:

  • JOBS & TRAINING – A follow-up to Minister Jason Kenney’s talk. Hosted by Nobina Robinson of Polytechnics Canada.
  • CONTRABAND TOBACCO – Contraband tobacco is a serious problem in Canada. It funds organized and facilites youth smoking while costing the govt billions in lost taxes. Hosted by Jacqueline Bradley of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.
  • LIBERTARIAN MEET-UP – Liberty lovers connect. Hosted by Matt Bufton of the Institute for Liberal Studies.
  • POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY CHARITIES – What should be allowed, and what shouldn’t? Hosted by tax and charity lawyer Adam Aptowitzer.
  • THE EUTHANASIA DEBATE – Laws against euthanasia are been challenged across the country. What should we do about it? Hosted by Derek Miedema of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.

SATURDAY:

  • HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS – A discussion on Canada’s controversial HRCs. Hosted by Barry Ceminchuk.
  • BITCOIN & CRYPTOCURRENCIES – What is Bitcoin and what does it means for liberty, inflation, and restraining the growth of government? Hosted by Anthony Di Iorio of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada.
  • CONSERVATEURS QUEBECOIS - Venez nous voir! Avec Marc-Olivier Fortin.
  • WOMEN IN POLITICS - Equal Voice Canada is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada. Hosted by Lynne Hamilton.
  • INCOME SPLITTING - A look at the debate over income splitting. Hosted by Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.

 

 

Youth Lunch: Hon. Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board (Room 204, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Serve yourself and bring your lunch down to level 2.

Featuring:

(Plenary) JIM PRENTICE (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

“Taking back the environmental debate”

Featuring:

CHAIR: Dan Nowlan, Manning Centre Board

►(Breakout) Film Viewing: “Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives” (Room 209, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
A documentary from the Free to Choose Network, shows how entrepreneurs from Zambia to South Korea, and from Slovakia to Chile are improving their lives and communities with the help of economic freedom.

►(Breakout) Northern Hope: Aboriginal economic development (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

On the huge potential of northern resource development with Canadian First Nations.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Blair Nixon, Manning Centre Board

►(Breakout) Public opinion poll: The pulse of the movement (Room 207, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The results of our annual national poll of Canadians’ political views.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Thompson MacDonald, Manning Centre Board

►(Breakout) Should we be afraid of foreign state investment? (Room 206, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

On state-owned enterprises and Canada’s natural resources.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Rick Anderson, Manning Centre Board

Sponsored by the In situ Oil Sands Alliance

►(Breakout) The future of political training in Canada (Room 205, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
►(Breakout) TRAINING: Case studies in democratic innovation using technology (Room 204, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Learn about the latest in administering elections with Scytl’s leading edge software platform.

Featuring:

Coffee (Level 2 & 3)
Feb 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Coffee sponsored by the Mining Association of Canada

(Plenary) DANIELLE SMITH, TIM HUDAK, BRIAN PALLISTER & JAMIE BAILLIE (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sussex Strategy Group Hospitality Suite (Room 202, Level 2)
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier public affairs consulting firms, and a leader in government relations and strategic communications, for refreshments and free-flowing conversation on public policy important to Canadians. Joining Sussex to host this event are UPS Canada, the Babcock and Wilcox Company, and the Amalgamated
Transit Union.

Social Event: Manning Rocks the Capital (National Gallery of Canada)
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:45 am

Featuring:

  • The Claytones

Sponsored by Merit Canada. Music sponsored by i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.

Mar
1
Sat
Registration (Level 2) & Coffee (Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am

Coffee sponsored by Manulife

(Plenary) THE SENATE: REFORM OR ABOLISH? (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Coffee (Level 2 & 3)
Mar 1 @ 9:45 am – 10:15 am
►(Breakout) Film Viewing: “Transcending Fear: The Story of Gao Zhisheng” (Room 209, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Gao Zhisgheng is a human rights attorney in China known for defending activists and religious minorities and documenting human rights abuses. He has been disbarred and detained by the Chinese government several times, and severely tortured. He last disappeared in February 2009 and was unofficially detained until December 2011, when it was announced that he has now been imprisoned for three years. His commitment to defending his clients is influenced by his Christian beliefs and their tenets on morality and compassion.

►(Breakout) Is Canada ready for new prostitution laws – or none at all? (Room 205, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Different takes on how we should address the “world’s oldest profession”.

CHAIR: Stella Ambler, MP

►(Breakout) The journalists’ perspective (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Prominent political journalists look at the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian conservatives.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Jim Armour, Strategist

►(Breakout) The marriage gap between rich and poor Canadians (Room 206, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

How Canadians are split into haves and have-nots along marriage lines.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Kelly Block, MP

►(Breakout) TRAINING: Introduction to NationBuilder – Repeated from Friday (Room 204, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

An introduction to NationBuilder, a leading online political campaigning platform. (Repeat)

Featuring:

►(Breakout) What’s getting in the way of school choice? (Room 207, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

A look at the debate over various education models: charter schools, vouchers and other alternatives.

Featuring:

CHAIR: Leah Costello, Writer, filmmaker, and event host

(Plenary) NEXT STEPS FOR AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch (Canada Hall 1, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Roundtables (Canada Hall 1, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

All roundtables are held in the lunch area (Canada Hall 1, Level 3). Want to add your own? Ask at the registration desk.

FRIDAY:

  • JOBS & TRAINING – A follow-up to Minister Jason Kenney’s talk. Hosted by Nobina Robinson of Polytechnics Canada.
  • CONTRABAND TOBACCO – Contraband tobacco is a serious problem in Canada. It funds organized and facilites youth smoking while costing the govt billions in lost taxes. Hosted by Jacqueline Bradley of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.
  • LIBERTARIAN MEET-UP – Liberty lovers connect. Hosted by Matt Bufton of the Institute for Liberal Studies.
  • POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY CHARITIES – What should be allowed, and what shouldn’t? Hosted by tax and charity lawyer Adam Aptowitzer.
  • THE EUTHANASIA DEBATE – Laws against euthanasia are been challenged across the country. What should we do about it? Hosted by Derek Miedema of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.

SATURDAY:

  • HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS – A discussion on Canada’s controversial HRCs. Hosted by Barry Ceminchuk.
  • BITCOIN & CRYPTOCURRENCIES – What is Bitcoin and what does it means for liberty, inflation, and restraining the growth of government? Hosted by Anthony Di Iorio of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada.
  • CONSERVATEURS QUEBECOIS - Venez nous voir! Avec Marc-Olivier Fortin.
  • WOMEN IN POLITICS - Equal Voice Canada is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women in Canada. Hosted by Lynne Hamilton.
  • INCOME SPLITTING - A look at the debate over income splitting. Hosted by Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
Youth Lunch (Speaker TBD) (Room 204, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
(Plenary) PRESTON MANNING: The state of the conservative movement (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
►(Breakout) “La Charte”: The debate (French with simultaneous interpretation via cell phone) (Room 206, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Hear both sides of the contentious debate on Quebec’s “Charter of Secularism”.

Featuring:

FOR THE QUEBEC CHARTER: Mathieu Bock-Côté, Sociologist and Columnist

AGAINST THE QUEBEC CHARTER: Tasha Kheiriddin, Commentator

CHAIR: Luc Gagnon, Journalist

►(Breakout) Grassroots mobilization using social media and new technology (Room 207, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The VP of one of the most innovative online platforms for political campaigns shares his insights on how new technologies are revolutionizing the way we organize the grassroots.

Featuring:

►(Breakout) Short film contest (Room 209, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Short videos that promote free markets and conservative values. Watch our contest finalists.

Judges:

Sponsored by CIBC

►(Breakout) The authors’ perspective (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
►(Breakout) TRAINING: Advanced targeting techniques: Using data to reach your voters (Room 204, Level 2)
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Industry leader Mitch Wexler will teach you the secret skills that major companies have been using for years.

Featuring:

Coffee (Level 2 & 3)
Mar 1 @ 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Coffee sponsored by Summa Strategies

(Plenary) MARK STEYN (Canada Hall 2, Level 3)
Mar 1 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

“Conservatism and the Facts of Life”

Featuring: