FPA Currents is an annual lecture held in September. The topic for the lecture will vary, but the theme will always be at the intersection of politics, policy, journalism and current affairs.

The name of the series – FPA Currents – has several overlapping meanings. Firstly, it is held in Richcraft Hall which is adjacent to the Rideau River – hence the “Currents.” As well, it is an event that is squarely focused on current affairs and the Faculty thinks of currents as “moving forward,” which ties in to FPA’s five-year plan called Moving FPA Forward.

David Coletto

Photograph by Blair Gable

David Coletto, CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data, will host FPA Currents as part of Carleton University’s Throwback celebrations. Coletto is a Carleton alumnus with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management and Master of Arts in Political Science and was named one of FPA’s 75 for the 75th.

The event will focus on the most important trends of the 2019 Federal Election. David will share his perspective as a long-time political watcher and professional pollster. He and a panel of experts will consider the major issues, the leaders, predictions, and more.

The panel includes Anne McGrath (NDP Strategist, former Chief of Staff to Jack Layton), Tim Powers (Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies) and Paul Thomas (Senior Research Associate at the Samara Centre for Democracy).

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Previous Speakers

2017

Greg Ip

“Blending language, culture and ethnicity, the new nationalism coincides with and reinforces the declining influence of elite opinion, whether academics, scientists or journalists.”

2017

2016

Thomas Homer-Dixon

“Leap to Where: Elements of a Canadian climate policy that could be both feasible and enough”

2016

2015

Lyse Doucet

A Big World Gets Smaller

2015

2014

Naheed Nenshi

Crisis, Community and Leadership in Local Government

2014

2012

Allan Gregg

Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2012: The Assault on Reason

2012