The 2015 Gala: The Institute’s Signature Fundraising Event

Monday, April 13, 2015

Archeo Restaurant, 31 Trinity Street, Toronto

6:00 – 9:00pm

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Visit the 2015 Gala Photo

2015 Couchiching Gala, led by Honourary Gala Chair –

David Peterson

The Hon. David R. Peterson, PC, QC, OOnt

The Honourable David Peterson PC, QC,  OOnt., serving as the honorary Chair. Peterson was the 20th Premier of Ontario from June 1985 to October 1990 and served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2006-2012. In September 2013, he was appointed chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games Organizing Committee.


The Couchiching Gala brings the spirit of the storied Couchiching Summer Conference to downtown Toronto, and emphasizes small, intense discussion. Tables are limited to eight people, each led by a prominent individual known for posing tough questions and provoking change. Engage in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter! 

The Gala features the presentation of the Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership proudly sponsored by:


Meet Our Distinguished 2015 Gala Table Hosts

The Couchiching Gala offers a rare opportunity where each table is its own conversation and participants engage in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter.  We are thrilled to have seven of Canada's finest as our distinguished table hosts at the 2015 Gala.


Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown
Host of the popular podcast Canadaland

Michael Chong

Michael Chong, PC, MP

Represents the Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills.

Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis

Author, The Best Laid Plans

Jane Farrow

Jane Farrow

Director, Participation and Learning at MASS LBP

Diane Flacks

Diane Flacks

Emmy, Gemini and Dora nominated writer/performer

Rob Rae

The Hon. Bob Rae PC, OC, OOnt, QC

Former Ontario Premier; former Interim Federal Leader and Foreign Affairs Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada & Senior Partner, OKT LLP

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh

Community activist at the neighbourhood level on social housing, land use planning and heritage preservation.

 Tabatha Southey

Tabatha Southey

Writer and weekly columnist at The Globe and Mail


Click here for more details on the table hosts.


2015 Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership

The Institute pleased to announce that the annual Award for Public Policy Leadership will be awarded at the 2015 Gala. 

The Hon. William G. Davis, PC, CC, OOnt, QCThis year Couchiching is pleased to recognize

The Hon. William G. Davis, PC, CC, OOnt, QC

for his inspirational and principled leadership.

As Premier, Mr. Davis combined a business‑like approach to the running of government with a sensitive understanding of the needs and aspirations of the people it serves. Social services were greatly expanded at the same time as the process of government was reorganized and streamlined. Technological initiatives, the key to Ontario's future prosperity, were fostered during his Premiership.



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