Couchiching Connects: June 2015

In this Issue:

Couch News

The President's Message

Summer Conference




Couch Community News


Alumni in the News

Our Members Write

Calling All Readers!


News Flash!

Sanjay Khanna and Karen Carter are confirmed as the closing keynote speakers at the 2015 Summer Conference completing a truly stellar lineup!

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The President's Message
Adam Redish

Last month I wrote about having my shorts and sandals packed for the Summer Conference. What a great lineup of speakers, great topics, and great events, too. And now I learn that we have landed a brilliant pair of closing keynote speakers: Karen Carter of Museum of Toronto and Sanjay Khanna, the resident futurist at Massey College! Together they create an exceptional combination of looking forward to where we are headed and looking back to where we have come from, both searching to understand how our past shapes our future. What a delightful way to end a conference on Intergenerational issues! Now if I could just find my swimming trunks...


The 2015 Summer Conference
Are We Failing Our Future? Time for a New Deal between Generations
August 7th to 9th, 2015
Conference Co-Chairs Heather Keachie, and Helen Tewolde

Mark August 7 to 9th, 2015 on your calendars and join us at the lake for a discussion of the generation(s)!

We are delighted to announce our two closing keynote speakers: Karen Carter and Sanjay Khanna. Formerly the executive director of Heritage Toronto, Karen now heads Myseum Toronto, a new kind of museum that inhabits the whole city and promises to pop up in different neighbourhoods, collecting artifacts and stories from all Torontonians ( Sanjay is a futurist, inspiring organizations to adapt to the future. He is an expert in megatrends that will shape public policy and public consciousness. We are so pleased to have such a Janus-faced closing session, at once looking both forward and back. Both speakers will provide their reflections on the weekend and deliver, from their own perspective, what lessons we may have learned from the panels and what questions the participants in the conference will take home with them.

Check our website for updates on the Summer Conference.

Early Bird Rate Extended

The Early Bird Rate has been extended to give you the chance to register before the summer holidays begin. Register before June 21st to save on conference registration Register Now!

Couchiching thrives because of the participation of people like you. See you at the lake!

Introducing Three Remarkable Leaders Who Will Speak at the 2015 Summer Conference

Léo Bureau-Blouin was president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec Bottom of Fduring Quebec’s student strike in 2012. He was the elected as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Laval-des-Rapides at the age of 20, becoming the youngest MNA in the assembly’s history. Léo was Premier Pauline Marois’s parliamentary assistant for youth issues from 2012 to 2014. He is now a student at Laval University Law School in Quebec City. His main interests are politics, youth engagement, and law.

Mike Moffatt is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey Business School at Western University where he teaches courses in international trade and firm-level strategy. He also serves as the Chief Economist of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank located at the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. An economist by training, Mike’s interests relate to the intersection of public policy, economic growth, and business strategy for exporting companies.

Mike, his wife Hannah, his daughter Marguerite, his son Mats, and his dog Robbie Burns, and two cats all live two blocks from where Mike was born: St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario. Mike is a passionate defender of Southwestern Ontario, where his family has lived for generations. He developed an interest in public policy through witnessing the economic decline of the region. Mike has a Ph.D. in Management Science from Ivey, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester, and a Combined Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Western University.

Deborah Yedlin has been covering the energy sector as a business columnist and radio commentator for almost 20 years, from which she has witnessed several downturns. Born in Edmonton, Deborah completed her degree in economics at the University of Alberta followed by an MBA from Queen’s University. She refers to herself as a lapsed investment banker, having worked on Wall Street and Bay Street before making the switch to journalism in 1996. She is currently a business columnist with The Calgary Herald and a regular commentator for CBC Radio.

For bios of speakers Adwoa K. Buahene, Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, David Dodge, Jane Hilderman, Paul Kershaw, Jim Leech, and Armine Yalnizyan, go to

Scholarship Applications Now Open for the 2015 Summer Conference

Are you interested in being part of a conversation on Canada's future? It's your future at stake. Students and youth are keys to the success of every conference, especially this one, and Couchiching is proud to offer generous scholarships to successful applicants. If you're a student or under the age of 25, we welcome your applications for a scholarship to this year's conference.

Young Professional Rates Available

Are you one of those "young Canadians" who feel disadvantaged in this current job and housing market? Saddled with debt with no hope of a pension? Or maybe you're a successful entrepreneur having seen opportunity where your peers saw only challenges? We need your voice at the Summer Conference. If you're less than five years into your career, you may qualify for the young professional rate, and you may be eligible for a partial scholarship. Check out our website for more information and register now to take advantage of the additional early bird discount!

Click here for the Scholarship Application Form. And check out our website for more information about other available scholarships. Deadline is June 21st, 2015.

Fund-Raising! Are We Failing Our Future? Time for a New Deal between Generations
Co-chairs Karen Hamilton and Ross Anderson

“The Couchiching Challenge Continues!

Couchiching in all its facets is about challenge; challenging speakers and one another to think more deeply about the nature of democracy ‘one conversation at a time’.

The Gala has happened and was an enormous success, the Conversations engaged a wide variety of constituents, and the countdown has begun to the Summer Conference.

Fund-raising for these facets of the Couchiching reality is a creative and interesting challenge and there has been some very good response from corporate donors to date.

It is now time though to challenge ourselves…..

The Couchiching Challenge is for each of us reading this edition of Couchiching Connects to donate $100 to The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs

Donate Now!

Some of you have taken up the ‘Challenge’. Who is next? Let the Challenge Continue!”

Call for Board Nominees
Chair Gwen Burrows

On behalf of the Couchiching Institute Nominating Committee, it is my pleasure to invite nominations to the Board of Directors for election at the Couchiching General Meeting of Members, to be held at the Summer Conference, Geneva Park, on August 8th, 2015.

I encourage all of you who are not currently members of the Institute to become a member so you can participate in the selection of the Board. Membership is $75, for which you get a charitable tax receipt. The funds support the vital work of the Institute, including covering costs of the Summer Conference, supporting students to attend, and supporting our year-round programming.

If, as a member of Couchiching, you wish to nominate a candidate for election to the Board, please make the nomination in writing and send it to Your nomination letter must include your own signature, the signature of a seconder (who must also be a member of the Institute), and the name of your nominee, plus a brief biography of the nominee and a certificate from the nominee confirming that he or she (a) is willing to serve as a Director of the Institute for up to three years and (b) is, or is willing to become within 10 days of being elected, a member the Institute.

Nominations will be accepted until the end of June, 2015.

I look forward to seeing you at Geneva Park for the election — and for what promises to be another terrific Summer Conference!



Couchiching Community News



June 4th: As a long-standing member of The Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy, Karen Hamilton was awarded a ‘Command Commendation’ by the chief of Military Personnel. (Watch for the trio of subtle silver maple leaves on her lapel.)

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The Agenda, May 21st: “Former finance minister and the 21st prime minister of Canada, Paul Martin, along with two of his chief budget advisors from the 1990s, Terrie O'Leary and Scott Clark, shed some light on crafting a first budget and discuss the recent federal and provincial budgets.” Mr. Martin was a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference, “Coming Together as One: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous People and Canada” ( ).

The Agenda, May 20th: Idil Burale, urban affairs columnist, Spacing Magazine, was a panelist for a discussion on how Mayor John Tory has taken on Toronto. She is a member of the Institute’s Marketing and Communications Committee.

All episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin are available on-demand in streaming video and audio and video podcasts at

The Hill Times, May 11th: Board member Velma McColl of Earnscliffe Strategy Group moderated a panel on the implications of $50 oil. The panelists included Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada, a speaker at the 2014 Summer Conference, “More than a Game: The Politics and Potential of Sport” (


Alumni in the News

The Globe and Mail, June 6th: Author John Ralston Saul wrote: “There are good and bad things in our society, successes and failures. But there is only one fundamental reality that remains unaddressed. That is the situation of indigenous peoples.” He presented his new book, The Comeback: How Aboriginal’s are Reclaiming Power and Influence, at a recent Couchiching Conversation.

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The Globe and Mail, June 6th: BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet told Rudyard Griffiths, chair of the Munk Debates, that the international response to the Syrian crisis is out of sync with reality. Lyse was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Summer Conference, “The Arab Spring: Implications and Opportunities for Canada” ( ).

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The Globe and Mail, June 6th: Associated Press reporter Lynsey Chutel wrote: “A South African newspaper on Friday published a 2007 letter linking the country’s chief World Cup organizer to a $10-million (U.S.) payment made to projects linked to Jack Warner, then a FIFA executive and now a suspect in a corruption probe.” She quoted Dick Pound as saying that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced” in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games corruption scandal”. He was a speaker at the 2014 Summer Conference, “More than a Game: The Politics and Potential of Sport” (

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The Globe and Mail, June 2nd: Bob Rae wrote: “This week Canadians will be reminded once again about what the Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin last week called ‘the greatest stain on our human rights record,’ the ‘cultural genocide’ that dates back to the colonial period and that has persisted for far too long.” He was a table host at the 2015 Couchiching Gala ( He is a former premier of Ontario, a former member of parliament, a partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend, a law firm that acts for First Nations across Canada, and teaches at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance.

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The Hill Times, May 25th: Former Progressive Conservative MP and cabinet minister David MacDonald has received the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians Distinguished Service Award. He was a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference, “Coming Together as One: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada” (

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Canada’s Public Policy Forum honoured four Canadians for their outstanding contributions to public policy and governance, at its signature event in April. Among those recognized was Roberta Jamieson, a speaker at the 2013 Summer Conference.

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The Guardian, May 13th: Richard Pound said the World Anti-Doping Agency was too quick to let Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom off the hook for a failed test at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Pound, who caused a stir in 2005 when he estimated a third of NHL players used banned substances, expressed disappointment ... that an athlete who had a positive test could walk around wearing a silver medal. He was a speaker at the 2014 Summer Conference, “More than a Game: The Politics and Potential of Sport”, (

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Our Members Write

Our Community, Our Vision: Cornerstone Housing for Women, a history by Sheila Robertson of one of Ottawa’s most respected and durable community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, was launched in June 7th. The launch was held during Cornerstone’s Annual Garden Party and Fashion Show, the organization’s popular fund-raiser. Long-time Couichiching supporter Carol Burrows plays a key role in Cornerstone and is featured in the book (

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2016 Summer Conference

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Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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