The Manning Centre for Building Democracy provides research, training and networking opportunities for Canadians to learn about and discuss ideas to make Canada a better governed country. It seeks and supports practical and effective policy approaches that promote individual freedom, entrepreneurship, and fair and just relationships between the individual and society. 
 
CONSTRUCTIVE AND OPEN CONVERSATIONS
 
The forum is open to anyone who chooses to participate, independent of formal party affiliation. 
 
Over the past decade, the annual Manning Networking Conferences have grown into one of Canada’s largest annual gatherings of political and policy thinkers and activists. They offer unique opportunities to participate in Canada’s liveliest policy conversations, to learn of new campaign techniques, to see old friends and make new ones. 
 
A NEW GENERATION OF IDEAS AND LEADERSHIP
 
The 2018 conference takes place amidst the massive period of social, technological and political change being experienced in Canada and globally. In Canada, this includes the emergence of new leaders locally, provincially and nationally. This is particularly evident in Canada’s centre-right movement, with fresh political leadership nationally and in most provinces. 
Hence the conference's 2018 theme: a new generation of ideas and leadership.


GREAT SPEAKERS, DIVERSE TOPICS
Manning Centre is hosting a fantastic speaker's list. The detailed program will be published a few weeks before the conference, and will include lively sessions on defence, energy and environment, ethics in public life, freedom of speech, global affairs, Indigenous reconciliation and progress, NAFTA and other trade issues, the Senate, and a host of other topics.
If attendees have suggestions regarding speakers and topics, please email your suggestions to the Centre.
 
If you wish to have an exhibit booth or be a conference sponsor, email our VP Development John Whittaker.