Advancing Public Policy Discourse

Since its inception, the MacEachen Institute has been a hub for discussing the day's most pressing policy issues. In addition to the popular Policy Matters series, which ran from 2017 to 2021, the MacEachen Institute has sought to bring together experts from diverse backgrounds and sectors. 

Recent Events


Mass Evacuation Speaker Series

Mass Evacuation & First Nations

This event took place June 18, 2024 | 3PM ADT | 2PM EDT | 11AM PDT

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Full video recording:

Mass Evacuation Speaker Series

Chain Reaction: The Role of Transportation and Humanitarian Supply Chains in Mass Evacuation Planning

This event took place May 21, 2024 | 3PM ADT | 2PM EDT | 11AM PDT

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Full video recording:




November 6, 2018

Provincial Perspectives on Federal Pharmacare

October 30, 2018

Ports Modernization: Balancing Economic Prosperity and Environmental Sustainability

October 23, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Dalhousie Faculty of Health:

Youth Mental Health Care in Nova Scotia: What Needs to Change and How Do We Make That Happen?

October 16, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Policy Options Magazine:

Faking It: The Impact of Fake News on Today’s Political Landscape


October 9, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Evironmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI):

Science and Policy: Should Scientific Information Have Pre-eminence in Public Decision-Making?


October 2, 2018

Whose Nation? Navigating a New Era in Crown-Indigenous Relations


September 27, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA):

Doing the Right Things at Home and Abroad - Why Ethics Matter: Some Ethical Reflections with Bob Rae


September 25, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR):

Sink or Swim: Decisions in Emergency Management

September 18, 2018

Policy Issues in Housing an Aging Population



September 11, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Security and Development:

Echoes of 9/11 in the Trump Era: Did 9/11 Really “Change Everything”?


June 29, 2018

Hosted by the The Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence:

Innovation in Housing Models and Policies for Older LGBTQi2S Populations

March 16, 2018

Hosted by the The Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence:

CANADA‑EU RELATIONS: Perspectives from Berlin, Brussels & Rome

The Honourable Stephane Dion, Daniel J. Costello, and Alexandra Bugailiskis spoke.

March 8, 2018


Leaders in Health Research: Where to Next?

March 8, 2018

Nowhere to Go: A Public Dialogue on Youth and Sexual Exploitation (Full Audio)

In partnership with the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)Stepping StoneCanadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), and the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie Faculty of Health.


Dalhousie Professors Kim Brooks, Graham Steele, and Shirley Tillotson spoke on the panel:

Tax and Public Opinion: Can we do better tax talk? (Full Video)

Hosted by the Dalhousie Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Concordia Professor Dr. Chedly Belkhodja gave a public lecture:

Does Place Matter? Debates and Burial Decisions of Muslims in Canada