Panel 1: Climate change, energy, the road to and from COP 26

Theme: Multilateral Cooperation

Chair: Mel Cappe, ex-Clerk of the Privy Council, ex-Deputy Minister of the Environment

Paper: Looking to Glasgow by Dr. Jen Allan

Panel Summary



Dr. Steven Bernstein, Distinguished Professor, Global Environmental and Sustainability Governance

Dale Beugin, VP research and analysis, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Gerald Butts, Vice-Chair, Eurasia Foundation

Dr. Kathryn Harrison, Professor of Political Science, UBC

Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business

Shawn McCarthy,  Senior Counsel at Sussex Strategy Group

Pierre-Marc Johnson, Chief negotiator for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and EU

Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands

Dr. Susanne Droege, Senior Fellow in the Global Issues Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva of KAS

Dr. Christoph Bertram, Energy Systems Group of PIK

Dr. Sabrina Schulz, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany

Bastian Hermisson, Executive Director Heinrich Böll-Stiftung (Washington)

Dennis Tänzler, Director and Head of Programme Climate Policy at adelphi

Panel 2: The pandemic, COVAX and vaccine strategy

Theme: Multilateral Cooperation

Chair: Dr. Alan Bernstein, CEO, Canadian Foundation for Advanced Research

Paper: Canada and Germany: Multilateral Partners to End the Pandemic and Catalyze an Equitable and Resilient Recovery to the SDGs by Dr. Peter Singer, Special Advisor to the Director General, WHO

Panel Summary



Dr. Kali Barrett, Physician at UHN

Dr. Charles Larson, Professor of Global Health, McGill

Dr. Aleksandra Leligdowicz, Researcher at Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Joanne Liu, Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, McGill University

The Honorable Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Rosemary McCarney, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva

Dr. Kate Zinszer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, UdQ

Ilona Kickbusch, Graduate Institute of International Development Studies

Prof. Detlev Ganten, Founding President of the World Health Summit

Björn Kümmel, senior political advisor on global health affairs in the German Federal Ministry of Health

Dr. Mathias Bonk, Global Health consultant for WHO

Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Robert Greenhill, Executive Chairman, Global Canada Initiative

Dr. Christina Zarowsky, Full Professor of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

Dr. John Kirton, Professor of Political Science, Director of the G7 Research Group, Co-Director of the G20 Research Group, Interim Director of the International Relations program, and a Research Associate of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Panel 3: Protecting democracy and defending human rights, democratic solidarity

Theme: Democracy

Chair: Dr. Jennifer Welsh, McGill University

Paper: In Search of Democratic Revival by Jeremy Kinsman and Dr. Kurt Bassuener

Panel Summary



Tom Axworthy, Former Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate, NDI

Dr. Laurence Deschamps-Laporte, Professor and researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal and at the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM)

Christian Lamarre, Senior Programme Officer, UN Democracy Fund

Monika LeRoy, Advisor to the Secretary General, OAS

Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of MIGS at Concordia University

Dr. Sanjay Ruparelia, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, Ryerson University

Alisha Todd, Director General of ParlAmericas

Thorsten Benner, co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

Dr. Jörg Faust, Vice-Chair of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation

Dr. Julia Leininger, Chair of the research program “Transformations of Political Order: Governance, Values and Peace” at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Michael Zürn, Director of the Global Governance unit at WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Professor of International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Claudius Wagemann, Chair of empirical political science research methods at the Goethe University Frankfurt

Catherine Godin, Director General of the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion, part of Global Affairs Canada

Arif Lalani, Director General for International Organisations at Global Affairs Canada

Dr. Jonas Wolff, political scientist

Panel 4: Digital and tech democracy, disinformation

Theme: Democracy

Chair: Sue Gardnerformer Executive Director of the WikiMedia Foundation

Papers: Digital Democracy and Public Discourse by Dr. Ulrike Klinger and Securing Cyberspace in an Age of Disruption by Aaron Shull and Kailee Hilt

Panel Summary



Chris Beall, Policy Lead at CIGI

Mark Surman, Executive Director at the Mozilla Foundation

Prof. Heidi Tworek, professor of history and public policy at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Wesley Wark, fellow at CIGI

Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of MIGS at Concordia University

Dr. Christian Katzenbach, lead researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Matthias Kettemann, law professor at the University of Innsbruck

Dr. Alexander Görlach, Editor-in-Chief at Conditio Humana

Tankred Schipansky, Christian Democratic Union representative in the German Bundestag

Dr. Fenwick McKelvey, communications professor at Concordia University


Panel 5: Trade and economic cooperation – building back confidence and fairness, WTO, Ottawa Group, international finance

Theme: Multilateral Cooperation

Chair: Canada’s Ambassador to the EU, Ailish Campbell

Papers: Brave New World: Trends in Global Trade Governance by Lawrence Herman and “If Something Cannot Go On Forever, It Will Stop by Bill White

Panel Summary



Dr. Laura MacDonald, Carleton University

Margaret Cornish, University of British Columbia

Dr. Frédéric Mérand, Université de Montréal

Dr. John F. Helliwell, University of British Columbia

Dr. John Hancock, WTO

Marie-France Paquet, Global Affairs Canada

Delphine Sallard, Delegation of the EU to Canada

Dr. Kurt Hübner, Free University of Berlin

Dr. Marcel Fratzscher, DIW Berlin

Dr. Sabrina Schulz, SDSN Germany

Bernd Lange, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands

Nadia Theodore, Maple Leaf Foods

Dr. Stefan Collignon, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Angella MacEwen, CUPE National

Hugh Stephens, CANCPEC

Dr. Ulrich Blum, University of Halle




Panel 6: Managing inclusive pluralism, immigration, refugees 

Theme: Mutual learning and bilateral cooperation 

Chair: Sen. Ratna Omidvar, Senate of Canada

Papers: The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility by Ayelet Shachar, Germany and the Refugee Challenge: Successes and Risks for the Future by Ulrich Kober, and A Call to Action: An Agenda for Canadian-German Cooperation to Strengthen the International Refugee & Migration System by Paul Heinbecker and Fen Osler Hampson

Panel Summary



Antje Ellermann, University of British Columbia

Jennifer Bond, University of Ottawa

Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

Kimahli Powell, Rainbow Railroad

Anne Koch, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Sandra Kostner, University of Stuttgart

Annette Ranko, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Roland Bank, UNHCR

Jan Schneider, SVR

Naika Forouton, Humboldt University

Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

Phil Triadafilopoulos, University of Toronto

Panel 7: International peace and security, UNSC, China, the Arctic

Theme: Multilateral cooperation

Chair: Dr. Jennifer Welsh, McGill University

Papers: “A Multilateralism for the People” by the German Federal Government (presented by Thorsten Benner and Amb. Sabine Sparwasser) and “Can Middle Powers Save the Liberal World Order” by Roland Paris

Panel Summary



Louise Fréchette, UN

Gunther Hellmann, Goethe University

Ann Fitz-Gerald, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Michael Manulak, Carleton University

Jim Cloos, Trans European Policy Studies Association

Nicole Deitelhoff, Goethe University

Zachary Paikin, Centre for European Policy Studies

Hanns Maull, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Andy Knight, University of Alberta

Lars Brozus, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Elissa Golberg, Global Affairs Canada

Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Université de Montréal

Ronja Scheler, Körber-Stiftung

Panel 8: 21st century economies and technological projects

Theme: Multilateral Cooperation

Chair: The Honourable Dr. Kevin Lynch, Privy Council Office of Canada

Papers: Pushing the technology frontier in the 21st century: a curse for international instability? by Prof. Dr. Michael Huether and Dr. Matthias Diermeier, and Prospects for Post-CETA Issues for German-Canadian Trade by Dr. Jack Mintz

Panel Summary



Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Global Affairs Canada

Achim Hurrelmann, Carleton University

Jo-Ann Davis, Leman Group

Goldy Hyder, Business Council of Canada

Terrie Romano, National Research Council of Canada

Tom Jenkins, OpenText

Mark Manger, University of Toronto

Jennifer Decker, National Research Council of Canada

Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria

Robert Hage, University of Calgary

Yvonne Denz, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Robert Hardt, Robert Hardt Consulting

Nicolai Pogadl, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Reinhard Stuth, HanBao Neue Energien

Heinrich Hauss, Mellum Capital



Nik Nanos, Atlantik Bruecke Canada

Christine Verdonck, Atlantik Bruecke Canada

Panel 9: Building civil society and research networks, review of all panel outcomes

Theme: Mutual learning and bilateral cooperation

Chair: TBD

Papers: TBD