Past conferences

Ford+SPPG began in 2010 as a symposium involving the University of Toronto‘s School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) and the University of Michigan‘s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (the Ford School).  Conference locations alternate between the two schools, with SPPG hosting in even-numbered years and the Ford School hosting in odd-numbered years.

When available, we have posted information about our distinguished speakers and slide decks from our student participants. Click on a year below for more information about past Ford + SPPG conferences.

2010: American and Canadian Policy in the 21st Century: Is What Unites Us Still Greater than What Divides Us?

2011: Eroding North America’s Borders

2012: Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes Region

2013: Arctic Sovereignty

2014: Big Data – Progress vs. Privacy?

2015: Building Resilient Cities: Addressing Crisis & Ongoing Stress

2016: Closing the Gap: Reviving the Ameri-Can Dream