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Held on Mondays of most months, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW.

Public Policy Issues is quickly becoming a must-attend CALL speaker series.

It features prominent speakers on a wide variety of current and timely topics with a national and international focus, followed by a lively Q and A session.

Free for CALL members; no registration required; non-members $5 at the door.

Free Parking.

All welcome.  We look forward to seeing you.

Coordinator: Audrey Doerr PhD

Join us for the

2020 season of Public Policy Speaker Series

DATE: Monday, January 20, 2020 




1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Varsity Acres Church, Scott Hall,

4612 Varsity Drive NW, Calgary

What Lies Ahead: Alberta's Energy Future

Alberta’s oil and gas sector is facing fundamental change. 

How can we shift the dialogue to problem-solving, rather than polarizing positions? 

Can we achieve a national understanding of Canada's economic and environmental needs? 

What steps are needed to move forward?

SPEAKER: Former MLA and Cabinet Minister Gary Mar, QC

Gary Mar is currently the CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in Calgary.  

He was an Alberta MLA from 1993-2007 and held portfolios in Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations, in Ralph Klein's cabinet.

He has also served as Alberta's envoy in Washington, D.C.,  and the province's representative in Asia.

FEBRUARY: No event

MARCH:  Join us for a special, three-part mini-series presented by Audrey Doerr, PhD

Canadian Federalism in 2020

Dates: March 11, 18, 25
Time: 1:00 - 2:30PM
Where: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Wed. March 11: Canada in Question: Canadian Federalism in the 2020s

  • How events and political issues have shaped Canadian federalism.
  • The ongoing challenge of balancing regional interests among many competing demands.
  • Some thoughts for the future

Wed. March 18: Is Alberta the lone cowboy of Confederation?

  • How provincial politics and economy and national policies have generated political protest movements and parties in Alberta
  • Alberta has been trying to get a "fair deal" in Confederation for a long time. What would be a fair deal for Alberta?

Wed. March 25: How does Indigenous government fit in Canadian federalism?

  • The main constitutional and policy initiatives supporting indigenous self-government, from the 1980s to the present
  • Current forms of indigenous government across Canada
  • Ongoing legal issues and political developments

Past Presentations

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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