IT’S BEEN A LONG PANDEMIC. We are excited to bring people together for an in-person evening that will emphasize the importance of trusted research and constructive dialogue in an increasingly complex policy environment. The primary purpose of the gala is to celebrate the IRPP’s 50th, allow an opportunity for networking, and to raise funds for a dedicated fellowship.

The gala festivities will kick off with a late afternoon panel discussion among prominent Canadians on whether the federation is equipped – from fiscal and governance perspectives – to face major national challenges like public health emergencies, the transition to a net-zero economy and public safety threats. A networking reception will immediately follow the panel, and lead into the gala dinner.

Over the course of the evening, we will award a prize to recognize a Canadian researcher who has done an exceptional job in increasing the public’s understanding of a key public policy issue. Another award will go to the post-secondary student who wins our public policy op-ed writing contest.

Funds raised from the dinner will go toward establishing an annual fellowship for a researcher who identifies as Black, Indigenous or of colour. One of the IRPP’s strategic priorities is to foster a more inclusive public policy dialogue in Canada. This fellowship will help us to encourage early-to-mid-career racialized researchers and amplify their work and profiles. Partners will be recognized annually for their support of the fellowship.

To book your tickets, and to discuss customized visibility agreements and individual opportunities please contact Suzanne Ostiguy McIntyre at 514-787-0740 or For more information, download the IRPP 50th Anniversary gala sponsorship matrix (PDF).

Date and time
November 23, 2022
Late afternoon until the wee hours...
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
Event Type
$1,050 per regular ticket
$8,000 per table of 8