Queen's Policy Review

Queen's Policy Review

2017 QPR Conference Image - Canada at 150 and Beyond

April 27, 2017

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
138 Union Street, Queen's University, Kingston, ON

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

To celebrate the upcoming Canadian Sesquicentennial, the Editorial Board of the Queen’s Policy Review (QPR) is proud to announce this special Policy Conference.  We will be discussing pressing policy issues that have, and will shape, Canada’s present and future. Both the conference and subsequent publication will be focused on the following two questions: 

  • ‘What are the policy challenges that have shaped and continue to impact the Canada of today?’
  • ‘What are the emerging challenges facing public policy in Canada; and how do we begin to develop solutions to these challenges?’

Admission is FREE but Pre-Registration is recommended.


 8:30 - 9:00


Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15


Welcoming Address

David Walker
Executive Director and Stauffer-Dunning Chair, School of Policy Studies

9:15 - 10:00


“Lesbian Invisibility in Quebec’s Domestic Violence Policy”

Leanne Letourneau
Concordia University, Department of Political Science, MA Graduate

Moderator: Jamshed Merchant, Visiting Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

10:00 - 10:45


“Postnationality: A Rhetorical Fallacy that Conceals Canada’s Unconventional Nationhood Construction?”

Thibault Biscahie
York University, Department of Political Science, PhD Candidate

Moderator: Eugene Lang, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

10:45 - 11:00


Networking Break
Light Refreshments

11:00 - 12:00


Keynote Address

"Culture Wars, Culture Policy: Experience and Challenges in Canada"

Victor Rabinovitch
Adjunct Professor and Fellow, School of Policy Studies
President Emeritus, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:30


“Making Lyme Disease Law: the Role of Patient Advocacy in Health Law and Policy”

Melanie McPhail
Western University, Faculty of Law, LLM Candidate

Moderator: Rachel Laforest, Associate Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

1:30 - 2:15


“The Waiting Game: How the Interim Experiences of First Nations Communities Waiting for Housing Can Inform Planning Policy and Practice”

Catriona Moggach
Ryerson University, Master of Urban Development, MA Candidate

Moderator: Robert Wolfe, Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:30


Keynote Address

“Canada 150: the End of Progress”

Frank Graves
Founder and President, EKOS Research Associates Inc.

3:30 - 3:45


Closing Remarks

Rachel Laforest
Associate Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

5:30 - 9:00 PM


Post-Conference Networking Session

The Grad Club

162 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON
Queen's University