Session Information

Premiers' Armchair Dialogue

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Format: Panel Discussion

Canada’s provincial governments have made a clear and unequivocal commitment to acting on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This high-profile GLOBE 2016 session will have Premiers from key provinces share how alternative approaches to climate action are viable within a Canadian national framework. Premiers will also delve into how climate action can be a catalyst for economic development, clean technology, job creation, trade through impact, and targeted investment. The session will offer insight into national discussions which would be just concluded.

Topic Speakers

Rachel Notley leads Alberta's first New Democratic government, with a strong majority and a diverse caucus including the highest percentage of women of any government in Canada. She was sworn in as Alberta's 17th Premier on May 24, 2015.

Rachel was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Fairview, Alberta. This area was part of a constituency now named after her father, Grant Notley, a long-time and well-respected MLA who served as the leader of the province’s first NDP Opposition. Her mother, Sandy, also had a strong political influence, taking Rachel to protest marches before her tenth birthday and shaping a social conscience that continues to guide her.

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta, and earned a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her legal career focused on labour law, workers' compensation advocacy, and workplace health and safety issues. She has served as an advisor to BC's Attorney General.

Rachel was first elected as an NDP MLA in 2008, serving the constituency of Edmonton – Strathcona. She was re-elected in 2012 with the highest share of the vote of any MLA in the province. She became party leader on October 18, 2014 and on May 5, 2015, led the party to a historic win that swept the Progressive Conservative party from office after almost 44 years.

Rachel Notley’s New Democrat party ran on a platform that promised to support economic diversification and job growth, restore honest and open government, preserve and build the health care and education systems, and rebalance government revenues to make them more fair. This vision that offered a balance between a strong economy, environmental responsibility and social justice, was welcomed by Albertans who elected NDP candidates in 54 of Alberta’s 87 ridings.

Rachel and her husband, Lou Arab, live with their 2 teenage children in Edmonton.




Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier.

She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West. Wynne was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014. She became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.

In addition to her role as Premier, Wynne currently serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. She has also served as Minister of Agriculture and Food. Some of her key achievements as Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food include a new Youth Jobs Strategy, record investment in transit and transportation, a jobs plan to attract and keep businesses in Ontario, and a Local Food Act.

Prior to becoming Premier, Wynne served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education. As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, she finalized a new funding agreement with the federal government to improve access to affordable housing.
In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Wynne worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development and First Nations land claims, and improving the quality of life for aboriginal peoples living off-reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs.

As Minister of Education, Wynne led the government’s efforts to reduce class sizes, implement full-day kindergarten and provide more opportunities for high school students to reach their full potential.

During her tenure as Minister of Transportation, she secured a new transit expansion plan for Toronto, including the Eglinton-Scarborough LRT. Wynne also oversaw Ontario’s largest highway investments, including the Highway 407 East Extension and the Windsor-Essex Parkway.

Before becoming an MPP, she served as a trustee with the Toronto District School Board. And prior to that, Wynne – who has lived with her partner, Jane, in North Toronto for more than 25 years – has led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer and facilitator.

Wynne has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren.

Allan Gregg is among Canada’s most recognized and respected researchers, strategists and social commentators. He has played a central role in dozens of campaigns over the last thirty years. His unique talent is to develop research-based strategies and then translate them into all aspects of campaign management – from policy and speeches to media relations; from communications and advertising to targeted grassroots campaigns. He developed his reputation first as a pioneer in political polling and began applying his skills to private sector clients, associations and agencies. Allan has a talent for helping clients get to the heart of any issue – and then find an effective way forward. 

Allan adds depth to Earnscliffe’s research offering and brings his expertise to an already diverse national team. He will assist clients on a full range of issues whether they are looking to respond to a crisis, reframe a public debate or manage their brand or reputation over the long-term. 

He founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was the Chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. A founding shareholder of Canada's children's network, YTV, he also served as chair of Toronto Film Festival and the Walrus Foundation. Allan sits on General Motors of Canada's Advisory Board and is a past director of the Public Policy Forum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Writers Trust. 

From 1993 to 2013 he hosted the TVO talk show “Allan Gregg in Conversation with…”, and for over a decade was a regular participant on CBC's “At Issue” panel. 

Allan is a recipient of the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction. In October 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and the same year, he was named as Adjunct Professor to Carleton University’s Schools of Public Administration and Political Management.