Manning Networking Conference & Exhibition 2009

Ottawa, ON
Thursday, March 12, 2009


Manning Networking Conference & Exhibition 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception - Westin Ottawa

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fundraising Dinner with Rick Hillier - For tickets, contact Gurpreet Lail ( or (403) 213-3136).

Friday, March 13, 2009

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Registration

Exhibition open

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Conference Kick-off

Preston Manning (Why are we here? What are we going to do?)

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Regional Dimensions of Canadian Conservatism

Chair: Cliff Fryers
- Michel Kelly Gagnon, Montreal Economic Institute(Quebec)
- Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development and Minister of Agriculture, Nova Scotia (Atlantic Canada)
- Tom Long, Manning Centre (Ontario)
- Link Byfield, Citizens Centre for Freedom and Democracy (Prairies)
- Gordon Gibson, Fraser Institute (British Columbia)
- Brad Cathers, Yukon MLA (Northern Canada)

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Morning break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ideological Dimensions of Canadian Conservatism

- Karen Selick, National Post (Libertarianism)
- Peter Stockland, Reader's Digest (Social/cultural conservatism)
- Hugh Segal, Senate of Canada (Traditional/progressive conservatism)
- Deb Grey (Democratic conservatism)
- Terence Corcoran, Editor, Financial Post (Fiscal conservatism)
- Coalition Building (working together) - Preston Manning

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch break

1:00 pm  3:00 pm

New Directions for Conservatives in Britain
- Tim Montgomerie, former Chief of Staff to Iain Duncan Smith and founder of Conservative Home
- Matthew Elliott, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Alliance

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Afternoon break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A conservative response to economic downturn
Chair: Gwyn Morgan
- Bill Robson, C.D. Howe Institute
- Ken Boessenkool, GCI Canada
- Andrew Coyne, Maclean's

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Social Evening: Metropolitan Brasserie, 700 Sussex Drive

Saturday, March 14, 2009

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Registration

Exhibition open

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Next Generation

For those new to politics, particulary students and young people - Imagine what could be, imagine what you could do.

- Bernard Lord

- Senator Patrick Brazeau, Senate of Canada

- Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament

Organizer: Fraser Macdonald, Manning Centre

Practical Politics:

For campaign managers and grassroots activists: campaign management, Voter ID, GOTV, information management.

- Frank Schubert, Campaign Manager for "Yes Proposition 8" in California and President, Schubert Flint Public Affairs
- Jaime Watt, Chair and Senior Partner, Navigator Ltd.

Organizer: Richard Ciano, Manning Centre

Conservative Intellectual Capital:

New conservative ideas
Addressing the defiencies in Canadian conservative intellectual capital.

Chair: Tasha Kheiriddin, Manning Centre

Scott Reid, Member of Parliament
- John Turley-Ewart, National Post
- Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary

Special Guests: Matthew Elliott and Tim Montgomerie.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Political applications of social networking technologies
- Stephen Taylor, Blogging Tories
- Liz Mair, New Media Strategies
- David All, The David All Group

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Interfaith Discussion regarding Navigating the Faith-Politics Interface Chairman - Reg Petersen

Contact for a registration form.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Afternoon break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Moving Forward: Building a conservative movement

- A conservative vision to serve Canada's purpose: Nicholas Gafuik, Managing Director of the Manning Centre
- Summation: Building a conservative movement: Preston Manning

More to be announced


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