The Macdonald-Laurier Institute Confederation Dinner

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Start your celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday right, with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Confederation Dinner: A Celebration of Canada on Feb. 16, 2017 at the beautiful Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC.

Panel discussion: Canada @ 150: So much done, so much left to do

When better than this sesquicentennial year to take stock and make plans to ensure Canada remains one of the best, freest and fairest counties in the world?

MLI has assembled a panel of distinguished Canadians who will help us all define the challenges and opportunities Canada faces, whether it is welcoming and accommodating new Canadians, achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, building new relationships with the US and the rest of the world, or finding new economic opportunities for Canada at a time of great change and upheaval.

Our panel will be moderated by award-winning biographer and historian, Charlotte Gray, who has published most recently The Promise of Canada. Panelists include Mark Dockstator, President of First Nations University, a powerful voice for an opportunity agenda as the basis for reconciliation with Indigenous people, Ujjal Dosanjh, who, born in a small village in Punjab, India, went on to became Premier of BC, a federal cabinet minister, and an outspoken opponent of Sikh extremism, and Doug Black, an elected Senator from Alberta, Senior Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP, and former chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Alberta.

MLI’s Confederation Dinner will be co-hosted by Raven Smith, entrepreneur and member of the Carcross-Tagish First Nation, and Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

The evening will include entertainment, food, mingling with Ottawa’s leaders in business, media and politics, and an opportunity to pay tribute to our great country. Ralitsa Tcholakova will play the violin.

Come revel in what has made this country great and discover the opportunities Canada has to offer in its next 150 years.

Besides, what better way to celebrate Heritage Day?

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Tickets are on sale now: Click here to get yours!

For sponsorship and/or corporate table/ticket inquiries, contact Connie Lebrun, Primary Consultant and Facilitator at CLA Events and Fundraising:

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Canada’s Constitution sponsor


Heritage sponsors





True North sponsor

Logo (CGA + Ottawa 2017)

Macdonald-Cartier sponsors

Basic CMYK



George Brown sponsor


Event sponsor


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