The annual Rideau Institute Gala Dinner has become an anticipated Ottawa event to bring together supporters, decision makers, and opinion leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included former UN Ambassador Paul Heinbecker (2008), former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Joe Clark (2009), and author Linda McQuaig (2010). Many organizations sponsor the event generously through tickets and discounted services, and a portion of the ticket price is used to support the Institute’s programs.
In 2010 the members of the Board of Directors initiated the Rideau Institute Leadership Award in order to demonstrate their admiration upon a person or group for making an outstanding contribution to a progressive vision of Canada. In addition, it is hoped hope that the award will assist his or her efforts through increased public awareness and visibility.
2010 Rideau Institute Leadership Award
In 2010, the inaugural Rideau Institute Leadership Award was presented to Murray Thomson, Doug Roche, and John Polanyi, founders of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Their hard work and strong leadership led more than 500 recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada to come together and call on governments around the world, including Canada, to bring about the elimination of nuclear weapons.