The Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Annual Dinner, held every February, brings together leaders in business, politics and the media and features some of Canada's and the world's most interesting personalities. The event regularly attracts leading members of Parliament, business leaders, noted academics, top journalists, and has earned coverage with CTV News, The Canadian Press, Huffington PostOttawa Citizen, the Hill Times and iPolitics. This series celebrates the very best of Canada’s political history and traditions while supporting the work of MLI.

For our 2018 dinner, MLI was pleased to celebrate "The Future of Canada-US Relations," which explored issues facing the Trump and Trudeau governments, including NAFTA negotiations, border security and military cooperation. The event was moderated by former Canadian Ambassador to the US, Frank McKenna, and featured Congressman Pete Sessions, (R-TX); Kelly Craft, the new US Ambassador to Canada; Frank Buckley, one of President Donald Trump’s speechwriters; and MLI Munk Senior Fellow Laura Dawson.

A video of this event can be watched below:

Previous dinners have celebrated  Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday (2015), the 175th birthday of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (2016), and Confederation in the year of Canada's 150th birthday (2017). Prior to 2015, the Annual Dinner was MLI's Soirée that took place from 2011 to 2014.

Speakers at MLI's dinner and soirée events have included US legislators and diplomats such as Congressman Pete Sessions and Ambassador Kelly Craft, former prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Joe Clark, parliamentarians (former and serving) Jason Kenney, Irwin Cotler, Stéphane Dion, Bob Rae, Ujjal Dosanjh and Elizabeth May, historians Michael Bliss, Charlotte Gray and Patrice Dutil, and First Nations leaders and/or entrepreneurs like Mark Dockstator and Raven Smith.

A selection of photos from past events can be seen below: