• October 29, 2009 12:23 PM
  • - General

Public Affairs Association of Canada's 10th Annual Conference - The Art and Science of Public Affairs - November 4 & 5, 2009 - Toronto Board of Trade

TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) is pleased to present its 10th Annual Conference - The Art and Science of Public Affairs - in partnership with Campaigns & Elections' Politics Magazine.

In a new 2-day format, the Public Affairs Association of Canada will reflect on the last 10 years in public affairs and look forward to what the coming decade will bring.

The international line-up of expert speakers includes:

Speakers of Note:
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    Kevin Bertram, Distributive Networks - The Architect of the Obama Text-
    Messaging (SMS) Campaign shares insights and best practices for
    harnessing next generation communications as the keynote speaker at the
    Networking Lunch on November 5, 2009. Kevin will also participate in the
    session entitled: Winning Political and Public Affairs Battles on the
    Phone, also on November 5th.

    Andrew Coyne, Maclean's Magazine - The National Editor of Maclean's
    Magazine joins our closing plenary panel as they discuss New Decade, New
    Issues? and look ahead to the issues that will shape Public Affairs over
    the next 10 years.

    Angus Reid, Angus Reid Strategies - A household name in Polling and
    Opinion Research, the CEO of Angus Reid Strategies joins our panel of
    pundits to discuss New Decade, New Issues?

    Robin Sears, Navigator Ltd. - The 2009 PAAC Award of Distinction
    recipient joins us for lunch on November 4, 2009 to accept his award and
    to share his experiences as a seasoned Public Affairs Professional. Robin
    will also join our closing plenary panel, New Decade, New Issues?

    John Tory - The former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of
    Ontario opens this year's conference with a keynote speech sure to
    provide insight and an insider's prospective into nearly 20 years in the
    backrooms and at the helm of both the Federal and Ontario wings of the
    Progressive Conservative Party.

    Four Campaigns and Elections, Politics Magazine - Rising Stars:
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    Daniel Gotoff, Lake Research Partners - Polling.; Julie Germany,
    Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, George Washington
    University -Social Media: Best Practices and Finding the Right Metrics &
    ROI Measurements for your Organization; Alex Lundry, Target Point
    Consulting & Amy Gershkoff, Changing Targets Media - Microtargeting.

    Sessions will cover a broad range of public affairs and campaign related
    subjects;

    Crisis Leadership: with Terry Flynn - Professor, Communications
    Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

    New Media: with James Klatell - Managing Editor, Campaigns and Elections
    Politics Magazine; and, Larry Ward - Political Media, Inc

    US Advocacy Campaign Innovations: with Joe Slade White - Joe Slade White
    & Company.

    The Role of Government Relations in the Canadian Policy Process: with
    Tony Dean - Former Secretary of Cabinet, Government of Ontario; Richard
    Joy - Vice-President, Policy and Government Relations, The Toronto Board
    of Trade; and, Brett James - Principal, Sussex Strategy Group.

    Diplomats on the Global Public Affairs Stage: Jonathan Dart - U.K. Consul
    General to Toronto; and, Kevin Johnson - U.S.A. Consul General to
    Toronto.

    How to ensure you hire the right consultant: with John Duffy - Principal,
    StrategyCorp; Jason Grier - Hill & Knowlton; and, Barbara Fox - CEO - OEB
    Enterprise.

For further information: or to register for this event contact: Andrea Freitas - Public Affairs Association of Canada Conference Coordinator, 301-250 Consumers Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2J4V6, e-mail: afreitas@baseconsulting.ca, phone: (416) 367-2223, www.publicaffairs.ca; Paul Burns - Public Affairs Association of Canada Conference Chair, Phone: (416) 579-3922