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Fake News vs. Facts: Who is Winning the War on Reality


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Annual Scholars' Dinner with Joseph Heath, Goldy Hyder, and John Stackhouse
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:30
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Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
  • Fake News vs. Facts: Who is Winning the War on Reality

C.D. Howe Institute events are open to members and their guests. Members can register online by signing in here, or contacting cdhoweevents@cdhowe.org.

The last U.S. Presidential Election highlighted how propaganda, satire, and pro-Trump narratives from teenagers in Macedonia are increasingly being treated as fact, leading to more polarization on key policy questions. Our panel will discuss how the trend of fake news or alternative facts has taken root, and what it means for corporations, governments, and evidence-based policy. 


Members: $100 | Non-members: $129 | Academic: $69 |Table of 6: $750

Please contact Tammy Trepanier, Event Planner, to register: ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.


The Institute’s Scholars’ Dinner has been made possible through a generous grant by Dr. Wendy Dobson, Professor at the Rotman School of Management and Co-Director of the Rotman Institute for International Business.


Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Joseph Heath is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He has worked extensively in the field of critical theory, philosophy and economics, practical rationality, distributive justice, and business ethics. His papers have been published in academic journals such as Mind, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He spent time as a regular columnist writing for the Montreal Gazette and Policy Options magazine, and still contributes the occasional piece to the Literary Review of Canada and the Ottawa Citizen. He participates in a group blog on Canadian public affairs at induecourse.ca.

Heath is the author of several books, both popular and academic. His most recent, Morality, Competition and the Firm (Oxford, 2014), is a collection of papers on business ethics and the normative foundations of market economies. Enlightenment 2.0 (HarperCollins, 2014) is a call for a return to a more rational political discourse. Filthy Lucre (HarperCollins, 2009) is an analysis of economic fallacies and the role that they play in popular political discourse. Following the Rules (Oxford University Press, 2008), reflects on the phenomenon of rule-following and its significance for rationality and social interaction. Communicative Action and Rational Choice (MIT Press, 2001) studies the work of the philosopher Jürgen Habermas. Finally, The Efficient Society (Penguin, 2001) is an articulation and defense of the logic of the Canadian welfare state. Heath is also the co-author, with Andrew Potter, of the international bestseller The Rebel Sell (HarperCollins, 2004), a critical analysis of the political ideas inspired by the 1960s model of “countercultural” rebellion. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.


Goldy Hyder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hill+Knowlton Canada

Goldy provides strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Building on his experience in the public and private sectors, Goldy offers clients an acute understanding of the dynamics of public affairs, government relations and strategic communications, particularly from a reputation and issues management perspective.

Goldy works with a wide array of industries, including banking, insurance, energy, environment, mining, health, international trade, transportation and US-Canada relations. He is a seasoned expert on mergers and acquisitions, having worked on numerous transactions, including for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), in a variety of industries from energy to mining to technology.

With a firm grasp of the public policy process and the issues that face the private sector in dealing with federal and provincial governments, Goldy is able to provide clients with strong representation that generates desired results. 

Goldy brought to H+K more than 22 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Goldy served as director of policy and chief of staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the then federal PC Party. 

Goldy holds a master of arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis. Goldy is a board and executive member of United Way Ottawa and co-chaired the 2013-2014 community campaign. He is also a board member of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and chair of the Communications and Community Investment Committee. Goldy serves on the advisory board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and is a special advisor to Young Canadians in Finance.

Goldy is a regular commentator on business and politics in the national media and appears weekly on CBC Newsworld business program On The Money Big Picture Panel. Goldy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his distinguished service to Canada.


John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC

As Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at RBC, John is responsible for interpreting trends for the executive leadership team and Board of Directors with insights on how these are affecting RBC, its clients and society at large. Prior to this, John was editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail (2009-14), editor of Report on Business, and from 1992-1999, a foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, India. He has authored three books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and, most recently, Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. John is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. ‎Howe Institute and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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