The Sustainability Network was contracted by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation to create a Learning Network for the Foundation’s Water Fellowship recipients.
In late September 2008, a three-day gathering outside Cobourg, ON, was held, and it provided an opportunity for Fellows (and guests) to learn how public policy is developed and how to influence the process.
In October 2009, the second gathering of the Walter and Duncan Foundation’s Fellows and Affiliates was held at the same venue. This gathering focused on Communications and Media.
Session One: September 2008
This three-day gathering outside Cobourg, ON, was an opportunity for Fellows (and guests) to learn how public policy is developed and how to influence the process.
Session Two: October 2009
The retreat was a unique learning experience for emerging leaders in water policy, and the participants included the Foundation’s current and past water policy fellows and also emerging leaders of organizations that they support. The theme for this session was “Strategic Communications and Media Relations”.
Webinar: Art Not Science: Public Policy 101
Patrick Johnston, Senior Fellow – Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, & Fellow – Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation School of Public Policy and Governance University of Toronto, discussed key elements of the public policy process in Canada, including the public policy toolkit, key influencers, common mistakes, and effective strategies for those seeking to promote policy change.