Tansley Lecture

Named in honour of Donald D. Tansley and his remarkable career as a senior civil servant in Canada, this lecture highlights the various organizational approaches which have been used to implement innovative and often contentious policy decisions by governments. Each lecturer is selected on the basis of knowledge of, or experience with, using or adapting the machinery of government or the non-profit sector to achieve an ambitious policy objective or better serve the public interest. At times, this requires a major restructuring of government and its agencies or a reorientation of the public sector relative to other sectors in society.

2017 Tansley Lecture
Canada and President Trump: How do we manage?
Colin Robertson, former Canadian diplomat. Download speaking notes.

Post-event publications

Featured Lecture Series

2013-14 Technology and Governance

From President Obama’s digital fund-raising campaign to the Liberal Party of Canada’s social media organizing efforts and technology-enabled movements from Idle No More to the Arab Spring, it is clear that digital communications is transforming political and public life. Are governments in Canada capitalizing on the latest communication technologies for internal operations and to engage more comprehensively with the public? With citizens becoming digitally savvy, governments must respond to the realities of the communication revolution in order to stay connected and relevant in the lives of Canadians.

The 2013-14 Technology and Governance Lecture Series featured:

  • John Wilkinson, Former Ontario Cabinet Minister and President & CEO of Wilkinson Insight Incorporated, Watch video
  • Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus, Watch video
  • Jeffrey Roy, Professor, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Watch video
  • Jocelyn Bourgon, Former Clerk of the Privy Council and President, Public Governance International, Download publication

The Public Consultation Lecture Series will explore the growing expectation that public opinion be woven into policy formulation. What constitutes sound methods of consultation for the purposes of modern governance? How do the tools of the Internet combine with traditional modes of participation to channel policy ideas and determine whose voices are deemed legitimate? Under the theme of Public Consultation, this series seeks to provide answers to questions like these in the context of modern democratic expectations and active citizenry. 

The 2012-13 lecture series featured:

  • Kathleen McNutt, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Associate Member, Department of Political Studies, University of Regina Watch video Download slides
  • Peter MacLeod, Principal and Co-founder, MASS LBP Watch video Download slides
  • John Wilkins, Executive in Residence, Public Management Program, Schulich School of Business, York University Watch video Download slides
  • Stuart Soroka, Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar, Graduate Program Director, Department of Political Science, McGill University Watch video Download slides

The Policy Change Lecture Series features renowned speakers who address questions of change in substantive policy areas and in the manner in which policy is devised and implemented on a wide array of topics.

The 2011-12 lecture series featured:

  • Bryan D. Jones, J.J. “Jake” Pickle Regents Chair in Congressional Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Director, Policy Agendas Project Watch video
  • Jennifer Klein, Professor, Department of History, Yale University; Co-director, Initiative on Labour and Culture Watch video
  • Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Simon Fraser University Watch video
  • Maarten Hajer, Professor of public policy, University of Amsterdam; Director, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

Conferences

The Best Interest of the Child (BIC) Conference brought together academics and professionals from across human services sectors with citizens to explore issues, challenges and initiatives associated with the best interests of the children.The conference facilitated the exchange of knowledge and experiences of participants to gain a better understanding of how conceptions and applications of the BIC influence decisionmaking, promising practices and policy outcomes for children.

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Generation West provided a high-level overview of the sector and discussed the contributions that leadership, new technologies, engagement and complexity will play in managing the risks and meeting the challenges. The conference debated the possibilities of a coordinated provincial response, and discussed whether the time has come to look at the larger picture of power in the West.

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This symposium brought together a cross-section of groups, organizations and individuals who can make a difference in fostering safer communities.

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Featuring significant national and international participation, this conference addressed some of the most pressing questions facing decision makers in the Canadian health care system.

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At this timely conference, leading scholars and policy specialists from across Canada examined the constitutional monarchy in Canada from a variety of viewpoints.

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Lecture Presentations

April 20, 2017 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Learning Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: A Thought Experiment on Future Debates Over Negative Emissions Technologies. Presented by Dr. David M Reiner, Deputy Director, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Cenre. Moderated by Dr. Margot Hurlbert, JSGS.  Watch the video. View the PowerPoint presentation.

March 21, 2017 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Canada through Electrification of Energy Services.  Presented by Mr. Allan Fogwill, President & CEO, Canadian Energy Research Institute.  Moderated by Dr. Margot Hurlbert, JSGS.  Watch the videoView the Power Point Presentation.

February 16, 2017 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Health Care Zombies:  Evidence and Values in Canadian Health Care Policy.  Presented by Dr. Danielle Martin, Author, Family Doctor and Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions.  Moderated by Dr. Daniel Béland, JSGS.  Watch the video.  Information about Dr. Martin’s book, BETTER NOW:  6 Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians, can be found online.

January 31, 2017 ~ JSGS Public Lecture - Successes and Challenges:  Aboriginal and Northern Engagement in Environmental Remediation Projects.  Presented by Dr. Joe Muldoon, Saskatchewan Research Council and Vice-Chief Joseph Tsannie, Prince Albert Grand Council.  Moderated by Jennifer Ehrmantraut, JSGS Watch the Video.  View the Power Point Presentation.   View SRC's Videos on the Aboriginal Mentorship Program and Community Leaders visit the Gunner Mine and Mill Site.

May 5, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Towards a Canadian Climate Strategy:  Avoiding the Hammer.  Presented by Trevor McLeod, Director of the Centre for Natural Resources Policy, Canada West Foundation.  Moderated by Jim Marshall, JSGS.   Watch the video.  View the Power Point Presentation.

June 21, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Innovation and Change: Forging the New Canada-Indonesia Partnership. Presented by Len Edwards Distinguished Fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Moderated by Michael Atkinson, JSGS. Watch the video.

September 21, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ The 2016 American Election:  Is this any way for a democracy to choose a leader?  Presented by Dr. Paul Finkelman, Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights, University of Saskatchewan.  Moderated by Dr. Ken Coates, JSGS.  Watch the video

November 2, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Citizen Energy":  Social Innovation, Public Policy, and the German Energy Transformation.  Presented by Dr. Brett Fairbairn, Professor and Graduate Chair, JSGS, and Fellow, Centre for the Study of Co-operativesModerated by Jeremy Rayner, JSGS.  Watch the video. View the Power Point Presentation.

November 9, 2016 ~ JSGS Roundtable ~ After the Political Storm: Assessing the Effects of the 2016 US Elections. Featuring Dr. Daniel Béland, Professor Cheryl Camillo, Dr. John. C. Courtney, and Dale Eisler, Policy Fellow. Moderated by Dr. Murray Fulton.  Watch the video.

February 1, 2017 ~ JSGS Public Lecture, the third installment of the University of Regina's Deliberation and Debate Lecture series:  Carbon Pricing in Saskatchewan?  Featuring Chris Ragan, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission & Associate Professor, Economics, McGill University, Dale Eisler, JSGS, and Margot Hurlbert, JSGS. Moderated by Jeremy Rayner, JSGS.   Watch the video.  View the Power Point Presentation.

April 5, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Land of the Living Political Skies:  Perspectives on the 2016 Election.  Presented by Daniel Béland, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy (Tier 1), JSGS; Jim Farney, Associate Professor, Department of Poltics and international Studies, University of Regina; Tom McIntosh, Professor and Department Head, Department of Politics and International Studies and Associate Director, SPHERU, University of Regina; Haizhen Mou, Associate Professor, JSGS.  Moderated by Michael Atkinson and Giselle Marcotte. Watch the video.

March 16, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Nuclear:  the other clean energy that needs to be part of the climate change conversation.  Presented by Dr. Neil Alexander, Executive Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.  Moderated by Dr. Jeremy Rayner, JSGS Watch the video, Download PowerPoint slides, Watch the Bill Gates video.

February 24, 2016 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Traditional Indigenous Governance in Contemporary Society.  Presented by Marily Poitras, Vice President of Indigenous Governance, Institute on Governance.  Moderated by Cassandra Opikokew Wajuntah, Associate Director, IPHRC. Watch the video.

December 4, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ Governance Matters:  How is it Working for Canadians?  Presented by Kevin Lynch, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council, and Jim Dinning, former Treasurer, Province of Alberta.  Moderated by Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Watch the video.

November 27, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Evidence Based Policy Development" Presented by Munir Sheikh, Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.  Moderated by Dr. Kathleen McNutt, JSGS. Watch the video.

November 24, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Small Modular Reactors:  Energy Opportunities and Regulatory Views"  Presented by Neil Alexander, Executive Director, Sylvia Fedoruik Canadian Centre for nuclear Innovation, Marcel de Vos, Senior Project Officer, Regulatory Operations Branch, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Kevin Lee, Senior Regulatory Policy Officer, Regulatory Affairs Branch, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.  Moderated by Dr. Jeremy Rayner, JSGS. Download PowerPoint slides - Neil Alexander. Download PowerPoint slides - Marcel de Vos and Kevin Lee. Listen to audio.

November 17, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Women in Public Sector Leadership"  Presented by Louise Greenberg, Ph.D, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Saskatchewan, Clare Isman, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of Saskatchewan, and Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Saskatchewan.  Moderated by Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina. Watch the video. To continue the conversation or to find additional information about gender equality and gender equity in the workplace, please view the resources listed at the end of the recorded presentation.

November 5, 2015 ~ JSGS / La Cité Public Lecture ~ "Between Science and Politics:  How are Negotiations shaping up for the Paris Conference on Climate Change?"  Presented by Steven Guileault, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Equiterre, Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver, Jean Lemire, Biologist and Filmmaker, David Sauchyn, PhD, Professor and Researcher, PARC.  Watch the video.

October 21, 2015 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Election 2015:  Economic, Political and Policy Consequences"  Presented by Michael Atkinson, Professor, JSGS; Daniel Béland, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy, JSGS; John Courtney, Senior Policy Fellow, JSGS; Haizhen Mou, Assistant Professor, JSGS.  Moderated by Jeremy Rayner, JSGS Watch the video.

May 13, 2015 ~ JSGS/GIFS Public Lecture ~ "Why Food Security is Determined by Elites: Price Spikes and Vietnam's Rice Policy" Presented by Murray Fulton, JSGS Professor and Director, Centre for the Study of Co-operativs. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides.

May 7, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Changing Politics? Breaking down Alberta's provincial election and what it means for the rest of Canada" Presented by Daniel Béland, JSGS Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy; Rose Olfert, JSGS Professor Emerita and John Courtney, JSGS Policy Fellow. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides.

March 30, 2015 ~ JSGS/Edwards School of Business Public Lecture ~ "Why you don't understand American politics anymore - and why they don't either" Presented by David M. Shribman, Pulitzer Prize Award-Winning Journalist. Watch the video.

March 6, 2015 ~ JSGS Public Lecture ~ "The Future of Nuclear Energy in Saskatchewan" Presented by Duane Bratt, Chair and Professor, Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University. Watch the video. Download the slides.

February 10, 2015 ~ JSGS/ICNGD Public Lecture ~ "Evidence Based Policy Making in the North: A Chief Statistician's View on Data, Policy and Impacts" Presented by Greg Finnegan, Principle, Changing Climate Consulting. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides - New Northern Borders  | Labour Migration in the Canada Territories, 2004-2009

November 26, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Patterns of Climate Policy Performance Or: Exactly how bad is Canadian Climate Policy" Presented by Sebastien Sewerin, Post Doctoral Visiting Scholar, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Download the PowerPoint slides.

October 30, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "India at the Crossroads: the Meanings of Modi's Victory" Pesented by Vivek Dehejia, Professor of Economics, Carleton University. Listen to the lecture

October 15, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "You Can't Just Be A Little Bit Pregnant: A system's view of midwifery policy and practice in Canada" Presented by Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Professor, Telfer School of Management and Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides.

September 17, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategies in Canada: Policy or Window Dressing?" Presented by Charles Plante, Policy Director, Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society. Download the PowerPoint slides. PovertyCosts.ca Watch the video 

May 21, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Health Technology Appraisal (HTA) and the Establishment of Health Policy in the UK: Working in the NICE Appraisal Process" Presented by Rumona Dickson, Professor, Health Services Research, Institute of Psychology Health and Society, University of Liverpool. Download the PowerPoint slides. Watch the video

March 11, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Reducing Poverty: Moving Forward on Alberta's Social Policy Framework" Presented by Heather Collier, Acting Director of the Strategic Policy Unit with Alberta Human Services, Government of Alberta. Download the PowerPoint Slides.

March 4, 2014 - JSGS Public Lecture ~ "Saskatchewan First Nations and the Province's Resource Future" Presented by Chief Bellegarde, Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Watch the video. Download the PowerPoint slides.                

September 16, 2013 Public Lecture - "Facts are Stubborn Things: Readjusting Saskatchewan's Federal Electoral Boundaries in 2012-13" Presented by John Courtney, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Watch the video

April 10, 2013 Public Lecture - "Increasing Inequality is Unbalanced Growth: Evidence from North America" Presented by Lars Osberg, McCulloch Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Dalhousie University. Download the presentation slides. Download his research paper. [icon youtube} Watch the video.

March 6, 2013 Public Lecture - "Implementing Immigration Policy: Provinces and States in Comparative Perspective" Presented by Richard Vengroff, Fulbright Research Chair, Carleton University and Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University. Download the presentation slides. Watch the video.

February 21, 2013 Public Lecture - "20 Years Later: Renewing Understanding of the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement" Presented by Trisha Delormier-Hill, Dwayne Johns and Harry Lafond. Watch the video. Download the presentation slides    

February 8, 2013 Public Lecture - "Prosperity at Stake: How to Save Our Oil Industry and Why We Should" Presented by Dylan Jones, President & CEO, Canada West Foundation. Listen to the presentation. Download the presentation slides. Download Pipe of Perish: Saving an Oil Industry at Risk.

February 1, 2013 Public Lecture - "Magnified Disagreement: the Media Coverage of Biotechnology Policy-Making Versus Its Practice" Presented by Éric Montpetit, Department Chair and Professor, Political Science, Université de Montréal. Watch the video

November 27, 2012 Public Lecture - "An evolutionary approach to innovation: learning how to be stronger and smarter" Presented by Michele Mastroeni, Innogen Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, and Diefenbaker Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Read article published online in the Oxford Journals. 

November 26, 2012 Public Lecture - "Asia’s Challenges: Ensuring Inclusive and Green Growth" Presented by Mr. Rajat N. Nag, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank. Watch the video from the presentation. This event was organized in partnership with the National Conversation on Asia.

October 19, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture Series - "Stay the Course, Minor Concessions, or Radical Change: What Do the Next Ten Years Hold for Canadian Universities?" Presented by Ken Coates, professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Ian Clark, professor, University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. Watch the video from the presentation. Download storyboard.

April 30, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "The Effectiveness of Balanced Budget Legislation: Lessons from Western Canada" Presented by Wayne Simpson, Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba. View Watch the video from the presentations. Download the PowerPoint presentation.

April 12, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "Rio+20: Choosing The Future We Want" Presented by Stephen Stec, Fellow, Institute for East European Law and Russian Studies, Leiden University and Adjunct Professor, Central European University. Download the PowerPoint presentation.

March 6, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "Sovereign Default: Thinking the Unthinkable" Presented by Dr. Robert F. Lucas, Professor of Economics, University of Saskatchewan. View Watch the video from the presentation. Download the PowerPoint presentation.

February 27, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "Does Foundation Giving Stimulate or Suppress Private Giving? Evidence from Canadian Charities" Presented by Iryna Kryvoruchko, McMaster University. Download the PowerPoint presentation

February 9, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "School Choice and Student Sorting by Ability" Presented by Phil Leonard, McMaster University. Download the PowerPoint presentation.

January 24, 2012 JSGS Public Lecture "Ethical Leadership for Sustainable Development in Africa" Presented by Professor Keith Walker, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Download the PowerPoin presentation and background paper. Watch the video from the presentation.