Public Policy Forum

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The Public Policy Forum
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Abbreviation PPF
Formation 1987
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Key people
Edward Greenspon
President & CEO

The Public Policy Forum (PPF), is an independent, non-profit Canadian think tank for public-private dialogue. The organization's stated aim is "to serve as a neutral, independent forum for open dialogue on public policy."[1]

The Forum was founded in 1987 in Calgary,[1] based upon the belief that good government cannot be left to government alone. The Forum was created to bring private sector business leaders together with senior public servants to discuss how they could work together more effectively. The PPF has now grown to more than 180 members from business, federal and provincial governments, academia, organized labour and the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, each dedicated to building better government in Canada. In 2012 the Forum marked its 25th anniversary.[1]

Its President and CEO is Edward Greenspon.


The PPF functions primarily as an independent, non-partisan facilitator of multi-sector dialogue. The Forum has more than 180 member organizations drawn from business, labour, academia, government, the voluntary sector, and the media who help to shape the organization's objectives and policy priorities.[1]


In conjunction with members and partners from all sectors, the PPF convenes dialogues aimed at producing actionable outcomes in key policy areas, such as: innovation, public engagement, public service and governance.


The PPF regularly produces and publishes research and reports in areas related to its policy dialogues. The Forum also conducts original research in areas such as public service innovation and government leadership.


Throughout the year the PPF hosts gatherings of senior leadership from all sectors to celebrate excellence in public policy leadership. Three events run annually across Canada:

  • The Testimonial Dinner (Toronto, April)
  • The Western Dinner (Various western cities, September)
  • The Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture (Ottawa, November)

Awards given at these events are adjudicated by the PPF, based upon submissions by member organizations.


The PPF Testimonial award pays "tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management in our country."[2]

Year Recipients
2011 William G. Davis, Gordon Nixon, Monique F. Leroux, Jim Stanford, André Picard, Victor T. Thomas
2010 Tony Dean, Phil Fontaine, Preston Manning, Carole Taylor
2009 Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis, Jacques Ménard, Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz
2008 David A. Dodge, Gerri Sinclair, Sheila Watt-Cloutier
2007 20th Anniversary
2006 Georges Erasmus, Louise Frechette, Bob Rae
2005 Monique Bégin, Bob White, Michael Wilson
2004 Rita Burak, Denis Desautels, Roy Romanow, Allan Shaw


  1. ^ a b c d "About". Public Policy Forum. 
  2. ^ "Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards". Public Policy Forum.