Webinars

Webinar Series

The School of Public Policy’s Webinar Series is designed to demonstrate The School’s expertise on relevant and timely issues of interest to the public and our constituents (policymakers, business). These webinars will give an overview of recent research and knowledge of pressing issues, with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the experts.

Upcoming Events

What's the Beef About Beef?

As consumers wander through the grocery store purchasing their food items, they are faced with thousands of decisions. Today, as the quality and choice of goods in our food stores continue to increase, so does the complexity of our choices. This webinar will engage a panel of experts to help answer some of the most…

A House Divided: Results of the 2021 Federal Election

We don’t yet know what the outcome of the 2021 federal election will be, but we do know that there is no shortage of priorities that will define the next decade of Canadian politics. Polarization, economic recovery, foreign policy, climate and of course COVID are all issues that the Canadian government will have to address.…

Strengthening Canada’s Food System by Reducing Food Waste

Canada’s food supply chain is of vital importance to all Canadians. Recent research has shown that there is more than 40% wastage over that supply chain; that is a huge proportion of lost resources between the farm and our tables. Food supply is also subject to major disruptions, especially in this era of COVID-19, which…

Policy and a Pint - How will Alberta fare post-COVID?

When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, governments and policy makers were forced to make drastic decisions and enact emergency measures designed to keep our populations safe and our healthcare system functioning. From “two weeks to flatten the curve” to nearly 18 months later, those decisions have had massive impacts on business, healthcare, and…

Recent Events

Measuring Food’s Environmental Impacts – A Starting Point

Watch the Webinar Measuring Food’s Environmental Impacts – A Starting Point Watch Now Alberta is a big agriculture producer, and with that comes GHG emissions and other environmental impacts. Join us as we explore Alberta’s agriculture production and its accompanying GHG emissions, and then consider a global comparison. Learn more about how Alberta wheat and…

Urban and Rural Farms: Marrying Sustainability and Efficiency

Watch the Webinar Urban and Rural Farms: Marrying Sustainability and Efficiency Watch Now Alberta is a major agriculture producer, exporting more than half of what it produces. With that production comes GHG emissions – but where are they actually generated? As farmers continually adapt to emissions regulations, there are tradeoffs to be made between sustainability…

Alberta's Future: Pathways Forward for Energy and the Environment

Watch the Webinar Alberta's Future: Pathways Forward for Energy and the Environment Watch Now There are multiple forces of change having a deep impact on the (largely Albertan) Canadian energy sector. There are also significant opportunities for Alberta in the shift towards net-zero as the province works toward achieving emissions reductions consistent with Canada’s international…

Indigenous Businesses and Procurement: Transforming Industry Engagement

Watch the Webinar Indigenous Businesses and Procurement: Transforming Industry Engagement Watch Now Procurement policies that promote Indigenous businesses have been an important part of the economic growth many Indigenous communities are currently experiencing. Mining, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects have led the way, spending billions of dollars on Indigenous procurement every year. This panel…

SMEs in the Asia-Pacific Region: Recovery and Internationalization Connecting Research to Policy-Making

APEC Co-Sponsors: Peru, Japan and Global Affairs Canada Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are important economic drivers in most countries, employing large shares of the workforce in developed and developing economies. Furthermore, there is evidence that SMEs promote diversity and inclusiveness, including the participation of women in the workforce and as entrepreneurs. What is the…

Alberta Futures: New fiscal territory, anchors and addressing the debt

Watch the Webinar Alberta Futures: New fiscal territory, anchors and addressing the debt Watch Now Alberta finds itself in new territory as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising debt levels, falling natural resource revenues, and structural changes to the economy due both to the pandemic and the imposition of environmental policies provincially, nationally and…

Sustainable Ag Leads the Way: Economic Recovery for Alberta

Watch the Webinar Sustainable Ag Leads the Way: Economic Recovery for Alberta Watch Now Join us as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Simpson Centre for Agriculture and Food Innovation and Public Education with remarks from the leaders and founders of the Centre, followed by a panel discussion of how the agriculture industry can…

Pipelines and Indigenous Peoples: From Opposition to Ownership

Watch the Webinar Pipelines and Indigenous Peoples: From Opposition to Ownership Watch Now The building of pipelines has become a lightning rod issue in Canada, often centred around whether Indigenous peoples support them on or near their territories. While the media has mainly focused on groups that oppose pipelines, in the past ten years there…

Carbon Credits Systems for Farmers – Value Added?

Watch the Webinar Carbon Credits Systems for Farmers – Value Added? Watch Now Alberta farmers and ranchers can make extra income by selling carbon credits – credits earned through changing their production practices. Who buys the credits, what changes have we made in Alberta ag practices through this policy, and are there more to come?…

Implications of an Infrastructure Corridor for Alberta’s Economy

Watch the Webinar Implications of an Infrastructure Corridor for Alberta’s Economy Watch Now The benefits of increased pipeline access for Alberta’s economy are well known. The benefits of infrastructure corridors, however, go far beyond pipelines. By reducing interprovincial and international trade costs, multimodal infrastructure corridors of road, rail, utilities, and communications can potentially create large…

Constraints in the Canadian Transport Infrastructure Grid

Watch the Webinar Constraints in the Canadian Transport Infrastructure Grid Watch Now Transportation infrastructure corridors have the power to increase Canada’s competitiveness and access to regional and global markets — especially for communities in northern and remote areas. However, physical, geographical, political and financial constraints threaten the ability to realize them. Join Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue as he…

Implications of UNDRIP Bill C-15

Watch the Webinar Implications of UNDRIP Bill C-15 Watch Now The federal government has reintroduced legislation to make the laws of Canada consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), as Bill C-15. It follows in the footsteps of Bill C-262, which died on the order paper before the 2019…

Connecting Canadian Farmers to SE Asia Markets: Now and in the Future

Watch the Webinar Connecting Canadian Farmers to SE Asia Markets: Now and in the Future Watch Now Grain exports are what helped build Western Canada in the 1900’s. Our railways across Canada made that happen, and they are key to our export future. What are the choke points, and what is the competition? Can our…

Canadian Grain Export Capacity for the Future: Silos and Red Tape

Watch the Webinar Canadian Grain Export Capacity for the Future: Silos and Red Tape Watch Now Canada plays in the big leagues with its agri-food exports. Canada’s agri-foods safety and sustainability regulations are exemplary, but can be needlessly burdensome on farmers - and that costs time and money.  Join our expert panel as they discuss…

The Future of Canadian Agribusiness

Watch the Webinar The Future of Canadian Agribusiness Watch Now Canada feeds the world with its agrifoods exports, and Canadians care about our environment, sustainability, and keeping Canadians employed. With the backdrop of a year of COVID-19, join us for an introduction into Canada’s key agriculture challenges, and the important work of the Simpson Centre…

The 15th James S. Palmer Lecture Series

James S. Palmer Lecture Series Professor Esther Duflo 2019 winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel The School of Public Policy is proud to announce that the 15th James S. Palmer Lecture Series will be held online on December 16th, 2020 with our distinguished guest and winner of…

Is hydrogen really a fuel of the future? And how can Canada benefit?

Watch the Webinar Is hydrogen really a fuel of the future? And how can Canada benefit? Watch Now Is hydrogen really a fuel of the future? And how can Canada benefit? Remember the 90’s? When hydrogen fuel cells were the next big thing? Well, hydrogen is back in a big way, with federal and provincial…

Carbon on Your Plate

Watch the Webinar Carbon on Your Plate Watch Now Do you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your dinner? As Peter Drucker said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” The carbon footprint of various foods is becoming a topic of sometimes heated debate. Join us for a preview of a soon-to-be-released Simpson Centre…

MPP Information Session: Change the World with a Master of Public Policy

The University of Calgary Master of Public Policy program is a 13-month integrated program that gives you the skills and understanding to create and impact policy in both the public and private sectors. Learn more about the Master of Public Policy program by attending our upcoming information session. Register today for your opportunity to connect…

Cross-Canada Infrastructure Corridor, The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and 'Meaningful Consultation'

Watch the Webinar Cross-Canada Infrastructure Corridor, The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and 'Meaningful Consultation' Watch Now The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility…

Canadian Agri-foods and Temporary Foreign Workers: Inextricably Linked

Watch the Webinar Canadian Agri-foods and Temporary Foreign Workers: Inextricably Linked Watch Now Are TFW’s a big deal in Canadian agriculture? School of Public Policy author Robert Falconer says yes. Our temporary foreign workers in Canada are not so temporary, and Canada relies on them, especially in agriculture. Join us to explore the reasons for…

Financing and Funding Approaches for Establishment, Governance and Regulatory Oversight of the Canadian Northern Corridor

Watch the Webinar Financing and Funding Approaches for Establishment, Governance and Regulatory Oversight of the Canadian Northern Corridor Watch Now The Northern Corridor Webinar Series The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the Program is to provide…

Climate Change and Implications for the Proposed Canadian Northern Corridor

Watch the Webinar Climate Change and Implications for the Proposed Canadian Northern Corridor Watch Now The Northern Corridor Webinar Series The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary…

Policy and a Pint – U.S. Election Results and Ramifications. What Lies Ahead?

Watch the Webinar Policy and a Pint – U.S. Election Results and Ramifications. What Lies Ahead? Watch Now The last four years have been tumultuous for Canadian industries that trade with the U.S. From the shredding and rewriting of NAFTA, to steel and aluminum, Canadian industries have been on edge wondering ‘what’s next’ for our…

Big Beef

Watch the Webinar Big Beef Watch Now Canada plays in the big leagues with its major agri-food exports, among them Alberta beef. To compete, 75% of our beef production goes through only three plants in Canada. Explore the risks, benefits, and reasons behind this situation as we preview a soon-to-be-released Simpson Centre paper by Dr.…

The Canadian Northern Corridor Concept

Watch the Webinar The Canadian Northern Corridor Concept Watch Now The Northern Corridor Webinar Series The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of…

U.S. Election Webinar Series: Post-Election Expert Panel

Watch the Webinar U.S. Election Webinar Series: Post-Election Expert Panel Watch Now Two days after the official U.S. election, the results may or may not be in. A clear winner may have been decided, or the results may be heading to court. Americans may be celebrating a peaceful transition of power, or the world might…

Value-Added – Can Canada Globally Compete?

Watch the Webinar Value-Added – Can Canada Globally Compete? Watch Now Do you search for “made-in-Canada” foods when grocery-shopping? The road to putting a processed food product on the shelf is hard in Canada: from federal and provincial regulations, to trade agreements, to competition in global markets, many hurdles stand in the way of value-added…

U.S. Election Webinar Series: Pre-Election Expert Panel

Watch the Webinar U.S. Election Webinar Series: Pre-Election Expert Panel Watch Now All previous language about the importance of an election now sound like clichés. After four years of a tumultuous Trump presidency, U.S. cities are on fire, COVID has killed 200,000 Americans, and debt and deficit now seem out of control. The U.S. seems…

MPP Information Session: Change the World with a Master of Public Policy

The University of Calgary Master of Public Policy program is a 13-month integrated program that gives you the skills and understanding to create and impact policy in both the public and private sectors. Learn more about the Master of Public Policy program by attending one of the upcoming information sessions. Register today for your opportunity…

MPP Information Session: Change the World with a Master of Public Policy

The University of Calgary Master of Public Policy program is a 13-month integrated program that gives you the skills and understanding to create and impact policy in both the public and private sectors. Learn more about the Master of Public Policy program by attending one of the upcoming information sessions. Register today for your opportunity…

Does Alberta Have Enough Water to Grow? Expert Panel Discussion

Watch the Webinar Does Alberta Have Enough Water to Grow? Expert Panel Discussion Watch Now We all know Alberta – especially southern Alberta – can be a very dry place. And as the population and industry continues to grow, the pressure on our water supply keeps mounting. The Government of Alberta recently announced support for…

The Future Global Agri-foods Market for Canadian Products: High Tech and High Demand

Watch the Webinar The Future Global Agri-foods Market for Canadian Products: High Tech and High Demand Watch Now Canada’s agriculture and agri-foods export growth has been remarkable. Today, Canada’s major markets include India, China, and other countries in SE Asia, with large opportunities for future growth. Canada’s technical expertise has shone – higher crop yields,…

Governance Options for a Canadian Northern Corridor

The Northern Corridor Webinar Series The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of the Canadian Northern Corridor: a network of multi-modal rights-of-way across…

Barriers and Benefits to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Government: Part Two

Watch the Webinar Barriers and Benefits to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Government: Part Two Watch Now The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The School of Public Policy are proud to invite you to a two-part online discussion on the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurial thinking in government. Part two of the series will examine…

From Farm to Table: The Culinary Connection

Watch the Webinar From Farm to Table: The Culinary Connection Watch Now Never has understanding where, exactly, our food comes from been as critical as it is now. Starting with farmers and producers, we will explore the food supply chain and how it affects local businesses who rely on it. Three well-known chefs will share…

Barriers and Benefits to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Government: Part One

Watch the Webinar Barriers and Benefits to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Government: Part One Watch Now The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The School of Public Policy are proud to invite you to a two-part online discussion on the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurial thinking in government. The first part of the event is a live online…

Beefing Up the Post-COVID Economy – Livestock as a Driver of Growth

Watch the Webinar Beefing Up the Post-COVID Economy – Livestock as a Driver of Growth Watch Now Because of COVID we’ve all become very aware of supply chains - especially for food.  Some items are in short supply – some are more expensive.  Beef is one of those items.  The supply disruption has shown us…

Grown Locally, Harvested Globally: The Role of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canadian Agriculture

Watch the Webinar Grown Locally, Harvested Globally: The Role of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canadian Agriculture Watch Now 2019 marked a new record for the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) working in Canadian agriculture. Approximately 64,000 foreign workers arrived to work in a variety of agricultural industries, including seafood-packing plants in the Maritimes, orchards…

Canadian Agri-food Export Opportunities in a Covid-19 World

Watch the Webinar Canadian Agri-food Export Opportunities in a Covid-19 World Watch Now COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented shock to agri-food supply chains. It’s critical that policy solutions be found to help the sector rebound. Quite simply; there is no more important sector than food. Overseas, some domestic supply chains are struggling, creating opportunities for…

Grains: Essential and Sustainable, Looking Forward

Watch the Webinar Grains: Essential and Sustainable, Looking Forward Watch Now The Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education is launching a summer webinar series. This is the first, and we look forward to sharing more topics shortly. As policymakers focus on the prospect of empty grocery store shelves, they also view…

Canada’s Beef Sector: Essential and Sustainable – Looking Forward

Watch the Webinar Canada’s Beef Sector: Essential and Sustainable-Looking Forward Webinar with Nichole Neubauer, Jill Harvie, Bob Lowe Watch Now In 2017, the report from the Advisory Council on Economic Growth entitled “The Path to Prosperity” pinpointed initial focus areas that could help grow Canada’s economy in an exceptional way. Agriculture and agri-foods was at…

Antibiotics in animals – improving Canada’s meat supply and exports

Watch the Webinar Antibiotics in animals – improving Canada’s meat supply and exports - Webinar with Dr. Hoelzer Watch Now Antibiotic resistance is among the top 10 threats to global health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  So it’s no surprise that consumers and experts alike are lobbying for fewer antibiotics in farm animals.…

Shrinking the Hoofprint of Canadian Beef: The Future of a Sustainable Industry

Watch the Webinar Shrinking the Hoofprint of Canadian Beef: The Future of a Sustainable Industry - Webinar with Dr.Tim McAllister Watch Now Consumer preferences, climate change, competition within global markets, health and food safety threats, as well as the emergence of alternative protein sources, have threatened the sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. Benchmarking of…

System approach for efficient policies: lessons learned from antimicrobial resistance and health management

Watch the Webinar System approach for efficient policies: lessons learned from antimicrobial resistance and health management - Webinar with Dr.Lhermie Watch Now There is no simple and ready-to-use way for implementing successful health policies since it means considering several competing objectives such as public health, economic and societal dimensions. Creating an evidence-based health policy accounting…

Canada’s Food Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Watch the Webinar Canada’s Food Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Webinar with Dr. Holland Watch Now Sporadic food shortages and supply disruptions that Canadians experienced in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic could be worsened without substantial government support to the agriculture sector, a foundational part of the Canadian economy. Beef and pork…

Economic diversification – model, myth or mischief?

Watch the Webinar Economic diversification – model, myth or mischief? - Webinar with Trevor Tombe Watch Now We’ve heard it all before – for more than a generation now – Alberta needs to diversify its economy. We hear that most often during downturns. The thinking is that if we just attract business other than extractive…

Political Communications in the Face of a Pandemic

Watch the Webinar Political Communications in the Face of a Pandemic- Webinar with Kristin Anderson, Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Morten Paulsen Watch Now The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique event for politicians and policy-makers. Join us on Tuesday, May 19 for a panel discussion exploring how the pandemic differs from other types of crisis, how…

What Have We Learned so far about ETFs in the COVID-19 Crisis?

Watch the Webinar What Have We Learned so far about ETFs in the COVID-19 Crisis? - Webinar with Ryan Clements Watch Now Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are at the heart of the COVID-19 financial crisis. Over forty percent of the trading volume during the mid-March selloff was in ETFs (multiple times the percentage in January), making…

Canada, China and Covid-19: Threat or Opportunity?

Watch the Webinar Canada, China and Covid-19: Threat or Opportunity? - Webinar with Hugh Stephens and Margaret McCuaig- Johnston Watch Now Canada's relations with China have been strained for some time – even before COVID. First came the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. China then seemingly retaliated by arresting Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael…

Leading Through Crisis – Lessons for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Watch the Webinar Leading Through Crisis – Lessons for COVID-19 Response and Recovery - Webinar with Marcia Nelson Watch Now The Government of Alberta, like governments around the world, has undertaken an unprecedented response to the COVID crisis. Next will come the recovery response. How can we get it right? The stakes have never been…

ERGP Webinar Series

These webinars are free of charge, and will bring together decisions-makers from both government and industry from all over the world. You can choose which weekly lecture you would like to participate in throughout the 4 weeks, dependent on your interests. We do, however, recommend that you participate in the series in its entirety as…

MPP Information Session: Change the World with a Master of Public Policy

The University of Calgary Master of Public Policy program is a 13-month integrated program that gives you the skills and understanding to create and impact policy in both the public and private sectors. Learn more about the Master of Public Policy program by attending one of the upcoming information sessions. Register today for your opportunity…

Best For Who? Farming Best Management Practices

Alberta is a major agricultural producer, and with that comes various environmental impacts for our farmers to consider. They are adapting their practices to reduce these impacts while at the same time navigating current regulatory policies and programs – much the same as farmers across the globe. In this webinar, we will discuss Alberta’s current…