Past Events

Symposia of the Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy: Tackling Ontario's Challenges

On October 17, 2013 the Council of Ontario Universities and Glendon College presented the symposium on Sustainability.


Symposia of the Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy: Tackling Ontario's Challenges

On September 24, 2013 the Council of Ontario Universities and Glendon College presented it's second installment of its symposia series on Health. Discussion centred around modern epidemics and the issue of primary care reform in  Ontario.


Symposia of the Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy: Tackling Ontario's Challenges

On May 23, 2013 the Council of Ontario Universities and Glendon College presented the symposium on Education. The first topic of discussion dealt with how Ontario could improve the performance of its institutions and better support our students' achievements, while the second explored the specific educational need of Ontario's Aboriginal and Francophone communities.


Understanding the Student Mobilization in Quebec: What Lessons for Ontario?

The Centre for Global Challenges and the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs presented Understanding the Student Mobilization in Quebec: What Lessons for Ontario? on November 8, 2012 at the BMO Conference Centre. The issues that surrounded the conference included tuition and access, student mobilization in response to tuition fee increases,  and why this mobilization has happened in Quebec versus  Ontario.

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Prison Crowding and its Implications for Human Rights

The John Howard Society of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Centre for Global Challenges, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice presented Prison Crowding and its Implications for Human Rights.

This one-day symposium was held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the University of Ottawa Campus from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.


Le Conseil de la Fédération se réunit à Halifax

Radio interview given by Alexandre Brassard to the French CBC morning show: "Y'a pas deux matins pareils" on July 24th, 2012.


Funding organizations that disagree with government policy

Listen to Alex Himelfarb with Evan Solomon on CBC's The House.

Aired on Saturday, June 9, 2012.


Left Behind

Listen to Alex Himelfarb on CBC's Ideas. This 3-part series discusses the origins, implications, and repercussions of the rise in inequality.   Re-broadcasted May 2012.


 


Breaking Barriers: New Directions and Strategies in Aboriginal Governance

The Centre for Global Challenges and the graduate students of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs hosted their annual student-led public exchange among specialists, students, and activists at Glendon, April 12, 2012.

Watch the symposium here.


How Did Taxes Become a Bad Word?

Presentation by Alex Himelfarb on TVO's Big Ideas, November 12, 2011.

Click here to view video.


Shifting Gears Symposium: The Future of Public Services in an Age of Fiscal Restraint

Symposium organized by the Centre for Global Challenges and the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, November 7, 2011. Panelists included Tony Dean, Alex Himelfarb, and Matthew Mendelsohn.

Watch the symposium here.


Making Multi-Level Governance Work: Cases from Europe and North America

Conference organized by Professor Ian Roberge (Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University) in collaboration with the European Centre of Excellence at York University at Glendon College, June 16-17, 2011.

Program here.


Canadian Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century

Conference organized by Professor Ian Roberge (Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University) at Glendon College, May 13-14, 2011.

Program here.



People Power and the Age of Social Media: Can Canadians Mobilize?

Public dialogue presented by the Centre for Global Challenges and the graduate students of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at Glendon College, April 7, 2011.


Age and Generations in Migration Contexts

Workshop organized by Professor Christina Clark-Kazak (Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University) in partnership with the Centre for Global Challenges at Glendon College, April 27-28, 2011.

Program here.



Immigration and Pluralism: Trends, Options, Management

Conference presented by the Centre for Global Challenges, the Trudeau Foundation and the École nationale d'administration publique (ÉNAP) in Québec City, January 27, 2011. Read accounts by Paul Wells and by Chloé Bourguignon and Jonathan Picavet. Watch videos of the panelists here.


Cabinet shuffle: will John Kent take climate change seriously?

Radio interview given by Alexandre Brassard to the French CBC morning show: "Y'a pas deux matins pareils" on January 5th, 2011.


2010 in Toronto: social inequalities, G20 and Rob Ford

Radio interview given by Alexandre Brassard to the French CBC morning show: "Y'a pas deux matins pareils" on December 20,2010.


On the Vaughan By-Election

Radio interview given by Alexandre Brassard to the French CBC morning show: "Y'a pas deux matins pareils" on December 20, 2010.


Rising India: Why should we care?

Watch the lecture of David Malone, the director of IDRC and former Canadian high commissioner to India.
The lecture was given at the Centre for Global Challenges, Glendon College, York University, Toronto, November 29, 2010.


Multilevel Citizenship

Workshop organized by Professor Willem Maas, Chair holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at Glendon, in partnership with the Centre for Global Challenges and the European Union Centre of Excellence at York University at Glendon College, October 29, 2010.

Program here.

List of participants here.


Making Public Management Work in the Global Economy: Lessons from Europe and North America

Conference at Central Michigan University organized by the Griffin policy Forum and Academic Conference, September 23-25, 2010. Participation of the Director and a Fellow of the Centre for Global Challenges. A) Opening Panel. Moderator: Dr. Alex Himelfarb, Director, Centre for Global Challenges. Panelists:

  1. Mark Gaffney, President, Michigan AFL-CIO
  2. Frederick W. Hoffman, Former Vice-President of Government Relations, Chrysler
  3. Greg Main, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corp.
  4. Hon. Marco Nobili, Consul General of Italy in Detroit
  5. Hon. Roy B. Norton, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
  6. Rich Studley, President and CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

B) Panel on Governance and Accountability in the Global Economy. Panelists:

  1. Denita Cepiku, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  2. Alex Himelfarb, Director, Centre for Global Challenges and Glendon School of Public and International Affairs
  3. Stanley “Skip” Pruss, 5 Lakes Energy, LLC
  4. Ian Roberge, Glendon College, York University, Fellow of the CGC.
  5. J. Cherie Strachan, Central Michigan University

Read accounts by Alex Himelfarb and Ian Roberge (in French). Download conference abstracts and papers.


Health Care Transformation and Sustainability

Public Panel with Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Centre for Global Challenges, Annual Conference of the Canadian Medical Association, Niagara Falls, August 22, 2010. Read account in The Montreal Gazette.


Watershed Moment or Wasted Opportunity?

Summer Conference, Couchiching Institute for Public Affairs, August 6, 2010.

  1. Angela Redish, Professor, UBC. Watch highlights (from 00:35 to 03:45)
  2. Nicholas Le Pan, Board Member, Canadian Public Accountability Board. Watch highlights (from 03:45 to 05:20)
  3. Ann Golden, President, Conference Board of Canada. Watch highlights (from 05:21 to 07:11)
  4. Tom Jenkins, Chair, OpenText Corp. Watch highlights (from 07:12 to 07:46)
  5. Tom Flanagan, Professor, University of Calgary. Watch highlights (from 07:47 to 09:09)
  6. Armine Yalnizyan, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Watch highlights (from 09:10 to 10:34)
  7. Alex Himelfarb, Director, Centre for Global Challenges. Watch highlights (from 10:35 to 12:41)

Read accounts of the event by Alex Himelfarb and by the Globe & Mail.


A Liberal-NDP Merging?

Television Interview given By Alexandre Brassard, Coordinator of the Centre for Global Challenges, Le Téléjournal de l'Ontario, CBC, June 9, 2010.

Watch the interview (from 29:33 to 33:18)


This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Economic Folly

Lunch-talk organized by Canada 2020 in partnership with the Centre for Global Challenges, Château Laurier, Ottawa, June 11, 2010. Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Economics Professor at Harvard University and former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund. Read accounts of the event by Alex Himelfarb, Jeffrey Simpson or Alexandre Brassard (in French).


On The Justice System

Panel at the Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, May 27-29, 2010.  Panelists:

  1. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Centre for Global Challenges.
  2. Janice Stein, Professor, University of Toronto.
  3. John Richard English, Professor, University of Waterloo.

Pre-departure Integration Tests in the EU: Supporting Integration or Immigration Control?

Talk organized by Professor Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chairholder, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, May 13, 2010. Guest speaker: Dr. Kees Groenendijk, emeritus Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Nijmegen, Chairman of its Centre for Migration Law, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law.

Listen to the talk


After the Meltdown: The Limits and Possibilities of Economics

Inaugural Conference, Centre for Global Challenges, Glendon College, York University, 24 March, 2010. Welcoming Remarks:

  1. Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. Watch
  2. Alex Himelfarb, Director, Centre for Global Challenges. Watch
  3. Chaviva Hošek, President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Watch

Presentations:

  1. Eugene Lang, Moderator of the panel, Vice-President, Bluesky Strategy Group.
  2. George Akerlof, Nobel Prize in Economics Laureate, University of California, Berkeley: "Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism". Watch it
  3. Pierre Fortin, Professor of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal: "The Recession, Demographic Change, and Economic Growth: What to do Now ?". (in French). Watch it
  4. Tim Besley, Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics: "After the Meltdown: Policy and Political Economy". Watch it

Concluding Remarks by Alex Himelfarb. Watch it Questions and Answers with Irvin Studin, Editor in Chief of Global Brief. Watch it Read accounts by Alex Himelfarb, Alexandre Brassard, Gabriel Sekaly, Vincent Muller, Marika Kemeny or Dominique Millette.


On The Federal Budget

Television panel, CTV Question Period, March 7, 2010. Panelists:

  1. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Centre for Global Challenges.
  2. Carole Taylor, Senior Advisor, TD Bank.
  3. Tom Flanagan, Professor, University of Calgary.

Watch the panel


Transformational Leadership for Today's Public Service

Panel, National Leadership Conference and Awards, The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Ottawa, September 23, 2009. Moderator: Gabriel Sekaly, CEO, Institute of Public Administration of Canada . Panelists:

  1. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Centre for Global Challenges.
  2. Tony Dean, former Ontario Secretary of the Cabinet, Fellow in residence at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.
  3. Shirley Hoy, former City Manager, City of Toronto, CEO of Toronto Lands Corp.

Read an account from Gabriel Sekaly.


Framing the Context of Federal-Provincial Relations

Talk given by Alex Himelfarb to the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Deputy Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs, Toronto, January 7, 2009.

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