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UToday HomeNovember 28, 2012

From left: David Mitchell, president and CEO, Public Policy Forum; Arlene Strom, vice-president, communications and stakeholder relations, Suncor; Hugette Labelle, chair, Transparency International; and Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary. From left: David Mitchell, president and CEO, Public Policy Forum; Arlene Strom, vice-president, communications and stakeholder relations, Suncor; Hugette Labelle, chair, Transparency International; and Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary. Photo by Monty NicolOn Monday, Nov. 26, the university proudly hosted the Public Policy Forum’s 25 Anniversary Lecture Series in its award-winning Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building.

This lecture featured Huguette Labelle, chair, transparency international, and past recipient of the Public Policy Forum's Testimonial Award, addressing Stewarding our natural resources: Best practices from around the world.

The evening began with Elizabeth Cannon, university president, expressing her congratulations to the Public Policy Forum for reaching this its 25th anniversary, recognizing the quality and breadth of events, publications and membership activities.

“The public policy forum was born here in Calgary 25 years ago. This is our silver anniversary year; that’s why we are so excited about this 25th anniversary lecture series culminating in this lecture here in Calgary,” said David Mitchell, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. “Our connection with the University of Calgary is profound because our connection to faculty members and members of leadership is strong and inspiring. It makes us feel awfully proud to be here for this lecture.”

Labelle’s presentation emphasized how companies working in the natural resource industry can build trust within the communities they work in.

“Companies can compete and co-operate at the same time,” Labelle said. “Transparency builds trust and it is the best antidote for corruption and extortion for companies to have.”

After the presentation, Mitchell conveyed how important it is to involve universities in serious policy discussions.

“They need to be at the table with business leaders, with government leaders, with leaders of other non-profit organizations to help develop the policies that are shaping our province and our countries,” he said.

The University of Calgary is proud to be selected as one of four Canadian universities chosen to host the Public Policy Forum’s 25th Anniversary Lecture Series.