The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) to Honour Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan at Annual Award of Distinction Luncheon

TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - The Public Affairs Association of Canada will honour the 2015 recipients of the PAAC Award of Distinction, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, at a luncheon to be held during the PAAC Annual Conference on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at The National Club, Toronto.

Since 2001, PAAC has presented an Award of Distinction to a member of the public affairs community who, over their career, has made a significant contribution to public affairs in Canada.

Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan are the co-founders of Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics. Samara's work was used to develop federal legislation on democratic reform, improve politics curricula, the orientation of newly elected MPs and initiatives to improve citizens' participation in politics.

Past recipients of the Award include:

  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian
  • Steve Paikin
  • Carol Wilding
  • John Weir
  • Robin Sears
  • Tom Axworthy
  • Honourable Hugh D. Segal
  • Allan Gregg
  • Dick Pound
  • Charles Coffey
  • Angus Reid
  • Bill Neville
  • Elyse Allan

2015 Award of Distinction Details:




Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Registration: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Luncheon and Presentation: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The National Club
303 Bay Street, Main Dining Room
Toronto, ON

Members and Non-Members: $80 + HST = $90.40
Click here to Register


PAAC's Annual Conference: The Art & Science of Public Affairs – The Election Year, is a full day event and features leading experts from across the country who will explore topics pertaining to the federal election. Speakers and topics include:

The Pre-Election Landscape - Darrell Bricker – CEO, Ipsos Public Affairs

Lobbying for Associations & Non-Profits - Huw Williams – President, Impact Public Affairs & Catherine Swift – Spokesperson, Working Canadians

Government Lobbying Government - Hershell Ezrin – Senior Counsel, Global Public Affairs

Working Through Platform Development - Rick Johnson – Senior Consultant, Capitol Hill Group & Chris Froggatt, Managing Partner – National Public Affairs

The Pundit Panel - Tasha Kheiriddin – Columnist, National Post/iPolitics & Lawrence Martin – Public Affairs Columnist, Globe and Mail




Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Conference: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Award of Distinction: 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Borden Ladner Gervais
40 King Street West, 44th Floor
Toronto, ON

Click here to Register

About PAAC
The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1984. Our principal objective is to help public affairs professionals succeed in their work by providing them with forums for professional development, the exchange of new ideas, and networking.

SOURCE Public Affairs Association of Canada

For further information: contact Constance Wrigley-Thomas, PAAC Managing Director at (905) 336-8929 or (289) 259-9623 or


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