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, CPAC, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, Global NewsOttawa 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 2019 dinner, MLI was pleased to celebrate "Beyond Reconciliation: Forging a New Partnership with Indigenous Peoples," which explored the new trend towards meaningful economic opportunity for Indigenous people. We were pleased to bring together some of the leading experts and Indigenous voices who are trailblazing an economic Renaissance, including Blaine Favel, Crystal Smith, Karen Ogen-Toews, Ken Coates, Sean Willy, Stephen Buffalo, and Theresa Tait-Day. They shared their perspectives on what the future holds for First Nations communities in the natural resource sector and other industries.

The videos of this event can be watched below:

Video part 1 - key note speeches. 

Video part 2 - panel discussion. 

Previous dinners have celebrated Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday (2015), the 175th birthday of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (2016), Confederation in the year of Canada's 150th birthday (2017), and the future of Canada-US relations (2018). 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: