Susan Delacourt to receive 2014 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Journalism

OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Veteran political journalist Susan Delacourt will receive the 2014 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. The award will be presented at the Public Policy Forum's 27th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards in Toronto on April 10, 2014.

"Susan has kept a sharp eye on decision-makers and the democratic process for more than 20 years," said David Mitchell, the Forum's President and CEO. "Her insight, wit, and clear analytical focus contribute immensely to the quality of public discourse in Canada around public officials, governments, and the causes and effects of their decisions."

Ms. Delacourt is the Toronto Star's senior writer in Ottawa. She was previously the senior political writer at the National Post, a columnist and writer at the Ottawa Citizen, and a parliamentary bureau correspondent and editorial board member of the Globe and Mail. She has written four books about Canadian politics, including, most recently, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them.

The Hyman Solomon Award is presented to a journalist whose work provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect them individually and collectively. The Hyman Solomon award is supported and presented by Open Text.

The 27th Testimonial Dinner will also honour Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc. and former President of Home Depot Canada and Asia; Mary Simon, Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education, former President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Canada's first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs; Sheila Fraser, former Auditor General of Canada; and Heather Munroe-Blum, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University

Alberta Premier Alison Redford will co-chair the dinner. In the coming weeks, the Forum will also announce the recipient of this year's Emerging Leader Award.

Each year, the Forum's Testimonial Dinner & Awards recognizes distinguished Canadians who have made lasting contributions to the advancement of public policy and good governance in our country. For more information on this year's event, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ppforum.ca/events/testimonialdinner2014

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors.

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For further information:

Natasha Gauthier
Director of Communications, Public Policy Forum
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Tel.: (613) 238-7858, ext. 220