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2017, Democracy, Summit Who Needs Canada?

What does a Trump presidency mean for Canada? We know that Canada needs the United States, but do they need us? These questions are on the minds of many as our country’s most important political and economic partner begins an unprecedented and unpredictable transition.

Join pollster Nik Nanos as he presents his latest research on how Canadian attitudes toward the United States have shifted in recent months. Laura Lynch will moderate the evening. Nanos' presentation will be followed by brief interventions from three respondents: Professor Mark Pickup (SFU Dept of Political Science) as well as Mike Meneer (Democrat) and Jeff Peterson (Republican, though not a Trump supporter) from CBC Radio's 'American Panel'. Following the presentation, we invite you to take part in a moderated discussion with Nanos on how people-driven movements in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom have major implications for Canada’s role in the world.

This event is presented in partnership with the Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation with the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (PT)

SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings Street

About Who Needs Canada?

The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a critical opportunity to think and engage on Canada’s role in the world. At the same time, global trends show a growing divergence between the values Canada upholds and events taking place outside of our borders.

In light of the possible futures before us, what role does Canada need to play on the world stage?

What risks might Canada face as a result of this shifting political landscape?

What value can Canada offer to the world?

Is Canada needed? If so, why?

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Nik Nanos

A trusted researcher and strategic advisor, Nik Nanos has the most distinguished and consistent track record of reliability in the Canadian public opinion research industry. He is regularly called upon by senior executives to provide counsel on a wide range of issues including corporate mergers, public advocacy campaigns, reputation management and regulatory issues and leads Nanos Research. The Nanos Research Group of Companies includes Signal Leadership Communications, a social public relations firm with images to create, issues to manage, relationships to build and reputations to protect in a digitally disrupted era. It also includes Nanos-dimap Analytica, an analytics and targeting research practice which is a joint venture with dimap, one of Germany’s top research organizations. In addition to his weekly Nanos Power Index which charts the strength of the federal political parties, Nik leads the team behind the weekly Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, considered a must-have resource for senior executives and streamed to Bloomberg subscriber terminals globally every Monday. He is the pollster of record for CTV News, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, the Globe & Mail, Canada’s national newspaper and Bloomberg News in Canada.

Mark Pickup

Mark Pickup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford.

Mark is a specialist in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. Substantively, his research primarily falls into four areas: political identities and vote choice; the economy and democratic accountability; conditions of democratic responsiveness; and polls and electoral outcomes. His research focuses on political information, public opinion, political identities, the media, election campaigns and electoral institutions within North American and European countries. His methodological interests concern the analysis of longitudinal data (time series, panel, network, etc.) with a secondary interest in Bayesian analysis.

Jeff Peterson

Born and raised in the U.S., Jeff Peterson is a regular commentator on U.S. politics.  As a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Jeff has organized, chaired and spoken at numerous AmCham programs on U.S. politics.  He’s also half of CBC Radio’s “American Panel” and has spoken to many groups on U.S. political matters.  Jeff is a partner in the U.S.-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and has been practising U.S. business law in Vancouver since 1994.

Michael Meneer

Michael Meneer has two decades of experience in journalism, fundraising, government relations and public relations in the United States and Canada. He is also a film and television actor and media commentator on U.S. politics based in Vancouver, British Columbia, serving as the Democrat half of the “American Panel” on CBC Radio’s Early Edition with Rick Cluff.

Michael has been vice president for development, communications and marketing at the Pacific Salmon Foundation since 2009. Before moving to Vancouver in 2007, he worked for seven years in Washington, D.C. as an association executive director, journalist and communications officer for two NGOs. This included stints at the ABC News affiliate in the nation’s capital, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.

Michael earned a Bachelor's degree in History from The Ohio State University in 1997 and a Master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in 2004.


Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch has covered Canada and the world for more than twenty years, being recognized both at home and abroad for her work. 

She has been the CBC's correspondent based in London and in Washington DC . In both posts, she covered stories that marked crucial moments in world history: the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and their aftermath, the invasion of Afghanistan, the fallout in Pakistan, the bombings of transport systems in London and Madrid. In Africa, Laura went undercover to report on what was happening inside Zimbabwe at a time when journalists were barred from the country. She has also spent time in the Middle East, most recently in Syria and Iran. 

Since her return to Canada in 2012, Laura has been a regular guest host on The Current, As it Happens and The Sunday Edition. 

She has won many awards for her work, receiving the prestigious Nieman fellowship for Harvard University, an award from the British Bar Association for a two part documentary series that aired on the BBC World Service, as well as recognition from Amnesty International, the Overseas Press Club in New York and the Gabriel awards. 

Laura earned a law degree from the University of Victoria and holds a journalism degree from Carleton University. 

(Excerpted from CBC)


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