School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Public Policy & Canada's 150

In 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our country's reliance on well-crafted public policy has never been more important.

Over the past century and a half, Canada has evolved into the unique social and economic union that we enjoy today: a dynamic, resilient, integrative and inclusive, well-functioning democracy with a significant international presence.

At the heart of that development has been our distinctive approach to public policy and all that it entails: the decisions, institutions, processes, policies, programs and services, the public infrastructure and the public service.

Canada’s public policy provides the very foundation for the way governments at the municipal, provincial and federal level serve Canadian citizens.

Drawing on Queen’s policy strengths and expertise, Public Policy & Canada’s 150 will help generate important national conversations on emerging policy challenges affecting Canada’s future. Looking beyond the Canadian Sesquicentennial, this initiative considers not only the challenges that that have shaped our country since 1867, but also the ones that continue to influence the Canada of the present and future, including: social and economic policy, health, federalism, foreign policy and international development, national defence and sovereignty, and energy and the environment.


Public Policy & Canada's 150 Events

The Economics of Sustainability and Green Accounting
October 20-21

The John Deutsch Institute is bringing together some of the world's leading researchers in the areas of economic sustainability, and environmental and development economics. Presenters will discuss the current state economic and environmental sustainability policy, will provide a look back at the history of the issue, and will consider the most important challenges going forward. Among other topics, the conference will highlight Canada's role as a leader of sustainability research and policy. The conference marks the 40th anniversary of the Hartwick Rule for sustainability, and will include an evening in honour of Professor John Hartwick, who has spent his remarkable career at Queen's.

Presented by: The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy

For more information and to register, please see the JDI events page...

Queen's Policy Forum

The academy and the policy world:
How can universities help respond to Canada¹s complex policy challenges?

November 4

Most public policy problems are complex, with interdependent aspects requiring a collaborative approach to policy development and implementation. Some problems have come to be called “wicked” because their shape keeps shifting depending on the perspectives of multiple stakeholders: each aspect seems to be a symptom of some deeper problem, and solutions seem impossible. How can policy research be useful in the face of such “wicked” problems?

Presented by: School of Policy Studies
For more information and to register, please see the Policy Forum page...

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Public Economic Group
November 3-4

The Department of Economics and the John Deutsch Institute are hosting the Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG) annual meeting, which brings together economists working in all areas of public economics and policy research. The conference is expected to attract leading researchers from across Canada and internationally, and to include presentations and discussion of research in the areas of public finance and tax policy, education and social policy, and political economy, among other fields. CPEG is an affiliated group of the Canadian Economic Association.

Presented by: The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy

For more information and to register, please see the JDI events page...


Recent Events

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism
January 18-20

This workshop features presentations and working group discussions with participants from government, think tanks, industry and academia. The aim is to bridge the gap between research on countering violent extremism and counterterrorism, and to address challenges linked with program evaluation.

Presented by: Centre for International and Defence Policy

For more information, please see the CIDP website...

Gender Dimension of Veteran Training Workshop
April 21

The purpose of this workshop is two-fold. First, stakeholders across Canada and the United States will be brought together, as this workshop seeks to bridge the gap between government and non-governmental actors. As a result of four panel discussions, a special edition volume will be submitted to the Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health (JMVFH) by CIMVHR. Second, the workshop will connect a number of transitioning or recently transitioned female CAF personnel to mentors stemming from business, academic, service, and military backgrounds who have successfully transitioned into civilian life. As one of the first workshops of its kind to take place in Canada, this opportunity stands to be a valuable asset to service providers, government officials, military personnel, academic researchers, and most importantly, female veterans in transition. The results of the mentorship pilot program will be consolidated in the form of a toolkit which will be developed to aid in transition initiatives. Additionally, an outcome report for the mentorship pilot outlining successes and future steps will be provided to aid in the ongoing development of this useful service.

Presented by: Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP)

For more information and to register, please see the CIDP website...

Canada at 150 and Beyond
April 27

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?’

Registration is FREE

Presented by: School of Policy Studies - Queen's Policy Review (QPR)

For more information please see the QPR website...

Conference on Financial Intermediation and Regulation
May 10

The workshop will bring together researchers interested in developing a deeper understanding of the industrial organization of financial markets, financial design and regulation. The focus will be on using model-driven empirical approaches to learn more about the structure of banks, banking markets and their interactions.

Presented by: The John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy in conjunction with the Bank of Canada

For more information, please see the JDI website...

Between Deterrence and Assurance: Understanding Canada's Role
May 11-12

This workshop will gather scholars, policy experts, and practitioners to assess the evolving role and force posture of Canada, the United States and its allies with regards to conventional deterrence, missile defence and nuclear deterrence. The Canadian Defence Policy Review (DPR) exercise which was carried out in the Spring and Summer of 2016 took account of the new security environment and corresponding deterrence requirement. During DPR roundtables and related events, there was a clear realization that deterrence was back in the Canadian defence policy lexicon. Even with Canada’s prominent role as part of NATO’s forward presence, it is not yet clear what deterrence will entail: is it a return to the Cold War or will deterrence in a more hybrid conflict environment be fundamentally different? What is the respective importance of conventional forces, nuclear weapons and missile defence in upholding deterrence and reassurance?

Presented by: Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP)

For more information and to register, please see the CIDP website...

Kingston Conference on International Security 2017(KCIS)
Developing the Super Soldier: Enhancing Military Performance

June 12-14

The 2017 edition of the Kingston Conference on International Security will examine how best to advance soldier performance to maintain a competitive advantage. Achieving sustainable outcomes in operations relies on sound military strategy and weapons, but also on individual service members performing effectively across multidimensional roles.

Presented by: Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP)

For more information and to register, please see the CIDP website...

State of the Federation
​Canada at 150: Federalism and Democratic Renewal

June 16-17

Canada’s 150th anniversary provides an occasion to celebrate, take stock of, and critically reflect on the political institutions that serve the country’s people and provinces and territories. The Trudeau Liberals have overhauled the Senate appointment process, and re-engaged provinces after a decade of “open federalism”. This government has committed to formally extending intergovernmental relations to include Aboriginals, a change that may help repair relationships with Aboriginal peoples and honour the fundamental right to self-governance, and has put municipal governance ion the reform agenda too. We are also witnessing attention to institutions with critical implications for federalism and the representation of provinces and territories, focusing on the Supreme Court and the electoral system.

Presented by:Institute of Intergovernmental Relations

For more information and to register, please see the IIGR website...

Queen's International Institute on Social Policy
Inclusive Economy, Inclusive Society: Canadian Social Policy in an age of Disruption

August 16-18

Presented by: School of Policy Studies

In recent years, Canada and other OECD countries have experienced multiple disruptions - shifting patterns of global commerce, demographic change, the digital revolution and new security risks.   Many Western countries have also experienced rising income inequality and social polarization, as economic growth has increasingly become decoupled from social outcomes. The consequences are being felt across many OECD countries – social fracturing, political upheaval and a crisis of policy and institutional legitimacy.

For more information and to register, please see the QIISP webpage...

Envisioning a Low Carbon Energy Future:
The Role of Nuclear and Renewables


Presented by: Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy

More information to come.

Queen’s Annual Institute on Trade Policy:
Toward a new model for North American economic Integration

October 15-17

Canada is at a risky crossroads in its commercial policy. The prosperity and growth of its small open economy depend on international trade and investment, but we face unprecedented challenges with a new American President who decided to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate, or “modernize”, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to put Americans first. The potential global ripple effects of a U.S. retreat from a rules-based trading system bring considerable risk for Canadians. At the same time, some citizens in the advanced economies think that trade has not worked for them. Developing an inclusive or progressive trade agenda will require expanding trading opportunities to reach and benefit broader groups who previously have not been the focus of trade policy. 

Presented by: School of Policy Studies

For more information and to register, please see the Institute on Trade Policy page...