Since 2014, the iVote-jeVote stage has hosted prominent Canadian practitioners, politicians and academics from across the political spectrum to debate Canadian policy.

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Climate change and health: What we know, what we don't, and what you can do
October 1st, 2019
Panel discussion

Panelists describe the the effects of climate change on human health, both directly from increases in temperature and the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, as well as indirectly from effects on potable water, food security and increased exposure to pathogens and infectious diseases.

Electoral Integrity:
Current challenges, future opportunities
September 9th, 2019
Armchair discussion with Sam Jeffers, co-founder of Who Targets Me?

In conversation with CTV's Sarah Turnbull, Sam Jeffers discusses transparency and accountability of political advertising online. 

Economics, Trade and the Business Outlook: Views from the Richmond Fed
June 25, 2019
Armchair discussion with Thomas Barkin, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

In conversation with the Toronto Star's Heather Scoffield, Thomas Barkin discusses the U.S.-Canada business relationship, its outlook, and related matters of economics and trade.

Open government: The confrontation with politics, money and democracy
May 27, 2019
Panel discussion

Panelists describe the realities of open-government and discuss how money, politics and institutions confront and shape governance and open-government in the real-world of power and incentives.

Democracy: non-violent struggles for recognition
May 13, 2019
Panel discussion

Drawing from examples in Canada, South Africa, and India, panelists reflect on non-violent movements, describe the tools they leveraged to change their democracies, and discuss future challenges in rights recognition.

Journey to Running in a Federal Election
March 20, 2019
Panel discussion

Panelists describe the candidacy experience, including motivations, challenges and opportunities involved in running as a candidate in federal politics.


The Future of Canada
December 10, 2018
Armchair discussion with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin speaks with IFSD president and CEO Kevin Page about the future of Canada and the importance of investing in education and Indigenous youth.

Opportunities, Barriers & Motivations: Women in Municipal Politics
September 18, 2018
Panel discussion

A panel of first-time women candidates running in the City of Ottawa's municipal election discuss their experiences of entering politics. 


The Next Generation of Political Engagement
December 17, 2017
Keynote Jagmeet Singh

In a town hall-style discussion with students, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks about the next generation of political engagement and how his leadership campaign broke the mould.


Youth and Political Engagement
April 16, 2016
Keynote Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

As the Minister for Youth, Prime Minister Trudeau visits the University of Ottawa to host a forum on youth affairs with students.  

Electoral Reform
April 14, 2016
Keynote Hon. Maryam Monsef

In its first Speech from the Throne, the Liberal Government promised consultations on electoral reform to make the 2015 federal election the last under the first-past-the-post system. Panelists discuss the principles of electoral reform.


Health Care Funding and Sustainability in Canada
September 23, 2015
Keynote Hon. Roy Romanow

Panelists discuss the state of Canada's health care system, how the system can be adjusted or redesigned to maximize its outcomes, and the most critical issues facing the system that should be addressed by the next government.

The State of the Canadian Economy
September 22, 2015
Keynote Hon. Tom Mulcair

Economists address factors such as macroeconomic stability, productivity and innovation, and income growth and disparities and debate which economic policy options should be adopted by the next Canadian government to promote economic stability and improve economic performance. 

Science, Public Policy and Decision Making
September 21, 2015
Keynote David Suzuki

Panelists discuss and debate how science and evidence should be applied in public policy and decision-making, and whether access and transparency in government scientific evidence has changed. 

The Politics of the Environment
May 6, 2015
Keynote Hon. Tom Mulcair

The environment occupies significant space and attention in political spheres. Reconciling competing interests and narratives on the severity of the world’s ecological systems, like its water and air, can appear complex and challenging. Can environmental sustainability be reconciled with political interests and economic realities? 

Politics, Public Policy and Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities
September 16, 2015
Keynote Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A panel discussion on infrastructure and municipal affairs as it relates to the 2015 Federal Election. A researchers panel frames the discussion by analyzing and debating the key issues surrounding public infrastructure in Canada.

Women in Politics
March 5, 2015
Keynote Hon. Kathleen Wynne

A panel of expert academics and practitioners debate the levers for women in politics and how they can be used, including: the importance of grassroots pressure; reform of the nomination process; Aboriginal women’s leadership; and media and voting behavior.


Constructive Dissent: A relic of Canada’s Parliamentary Past?
November 25, 2014
Nik Nanos, Hon. Michael Chong, Craig Scott, Hon. Stéphane Dion, Manon Cornellier and Stephen Maher

Is constructive dissent in caucuses and in parliamentary debate necessary for a healthy democracy?  If so, how can such dissent be fostered within the current system? 

Youth and Political Engagement
March 25, 2014
Hon. Michael Chong, Hon. Justin Trudeau, Hon. Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May

Federal political leaders discuss how to motivate more youth participation in politics.