• National Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • May 13, 2015 - 19:00

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With Canadians headed to the polls no later than October, are voters looking for news stories on the horse race or detailed reporting of policy platforms? Has coverage of the 41st Parliament educated the population or led voters to disengage? What’s the cost of covering campaigns when the growing power of social media is making mainstream media increasingly less popular? This discussion will examine how parties develop media strategies, how journalists counter the spin and the impact the resulting coverage has on voters.

Join this discussion with Susan Delacourt (top left), author and columnist for the Toronto Star; (left to right) Frank Graves, president and founder of EKOS Research Associates; David Herle, principal partner with The Gandalf Group; and Adam Radwanski, political columnist with The Globe and MailTom Clark, chief political correspondent for Global National and the host of The West Block with Tom Clark, moderates.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Registration: 6:30 p.m.  |  Discussion: 7:00 p.m.  | Reception  8:30 p.m.
National Arts Centre (Salon), 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa


Susan Delacourt is a political author and commentator, who has been writing about Canadian politics since the late 1980s. Currently a weekly columnist with the Toronto Star, she’s also been a reporter with The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and the National Post, as well as a regular political panelist  on CBC and CTV. At Carleton University’s Riddell School of Political Management, Delacourt is a senior fellow and an instructor in political communication. Author of four books, Delacourt’s latest was Shopping For Votes -- the story of how marketing  and consumerism have changed Canadian politics. The book was a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Canadian non-fiction in 2014, as well as for the Dafoe prize in Canadian history. Delacourt has also won two honours for her career in political reporting: the 2014 Hy Solomon award from the Public Policy Forum and the 2011 Charles Lynch prize from her parliamentary-press-gallery colleagues.  She has also been a finalist in the National Newspaper and National Magazine awards for her work through the years. @SusanDelacourt

Frank Graves is president and founder of EKOS Research Associates Inc. Graves is one of Canada’s leading public opinion, social policy and public policy experts as well as being one of its leading applied social researchers. In 1980, he founded EKOS Research Associates Inc., an applied social and economic research firm. Under the leadership of Graves, EKOS has earned a reputation for creative and rigorous research in the areas of public policy, social policy and program evaluation and as a leader in innovative survey techniques and methodology. During his career he has directed hundreds of large scale studies of Canadian attitudes to a vast array of issues. His analysis and advice has been sought by senior decision makers in both the private and public sectors. Graves was named a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), the highest professional designation in the marketing research industry in Canada. @VoiceOfFranky

David Herle is a principal partner with The Gandalf Group. Herle is one of Canada’s most sought after public affairs and corporate strategists, having helped CEOs manage crises, union leaders shape their public appeals and directing winning campaigns for both prime ministers and premiers. With more than 20 years of experience in research and communications analysis, Herle has built a reputation as a source of smart, strategic and strong counsel. Herle’s strategic and political acumen can be seen on CBC’s The National, where he provides biweekly commentary on The Insiders panel. With his dual expertise in strategy and research, Herle excels in brand image and reputation management. His policy experience includes working on nine consecutive federal government budgets, most notably the landmark 1995 budget that paved the way for eliminating the federal deficit by dramatically cutting government spending. That budget turned conventional political wisdom on its head by making a “bad news” budget a huge political success. He served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s campaign co-chair and steered the Ontario Liberals to a majority government in 2014. As the national campaign chair for the Liberal Party, he also helped to engineer the Right Honourable Paul Martin’s electoral victory in 2004.

Adam Radwanski is a politics columnist for The Globe and Mail. Radwanski specializes in finding innovative ways to cover modern election campaigns, having played a leading role in The Globe’s coverage of several elections, including the 2011 federal and provincial campaigns, and in 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Previously a member of The Globe's editorial board and the politics editor for globeandmail.com, he was formerly the managing editor of Macleans.ca. He has worked as an editorial writer and columnist at the National Post and as a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and The Hill Times, and was the founder of Canada'a first online political magazine. Radwanski has also written extensively on the arts, doubling as the Post's music critic from 2004-06. He won the 2009 National Newspaper Award for editorial writing, for which he was also a finalist the previous year. He frequently appears on radio and television programs as an expert on provincial and federal politics. @aradwanski


Tom Clark is the chief political correspondent for Global National and the host of The West Block with Tom Clark. He has interviewed every prime minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. At CTV, he served as Beijing bureau chief, Washington correspondent, and senior correspondent of CTV's W5.  Besides his permanent postings, Clark has spent much of his career travelling the world, reporting from 33 countries. He has reported from six active war zones, most recently from Afghanistan. @tomclarktv