Networking Events

Each year Canada Strong and Free Network hosts regional and national networking conferences dedicated to issues and action: relevant and timely public policy issues combined with exchanges of best practices aim to equip conservatives for success. With over 700 participants, the Canada Strong and Free Networking Conference (formerly the Manning Networking Conference) represents the country’s largest annual gathering of centre-right decision makers, activists, thought leaders, and strategists.  

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Upcoming Events

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Canada Strong and Free Best Practices Forum

Date TBA
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Canada Strong and Free Regional Networking Conference

Date TBA
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Canada Strong and Free Best Practices Forum

March 25, 2021
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Canada Strong and Free Networking Conference

March 25-27, 2021

Past Events

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MNC20: 12th Annual Manning Networking Conference

Mar 26
-Mar 28
, 2020
What’s Next? Is the theme of the 2020 Manning Networking Conference. What’s Next? for federal unity, What’s Next? for infrastructure development, What’s Next? for health care, What’s Next? for the future of work, What’s Next? for climate policy and What’s Next? for media and democracy?
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Manning Best Practices Forum

Mar 26
, 2020
The Manning Centre is pleased to be holding its first ever Best Practices Forum on Thursday March 26th at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. The event will run from 8:30AM to 3:30PM – allowing time before the opening of the Manning Networking Conference that same evening.
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Do Something! National Book Tour

Nov 24
-Mar 02
, 2019
In his new book, Do Something! author and Parliamentarian Preston Manning calls on Canadians to renew their nation’s ailing democracy. Drawing on a lifetime of public service, he offers 365 action items – many of them aimed at conservatives – challenging readers to get involved and make a difference in their communities, on the national stage or around the world.
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MNC2019 – Ottawa

Mar 22
-Mar 24
, 2019
The 2019 Manning Networking Conference (MNC19) took place amidst a period of social, technological and political change domestically and internationally. Canada witnessed the election of several new party leaders in the provinces and three new premiers in 2018. And for 2019 three provincial elections and a federal election were close at hand. The theme of MNC19 was Ideas that Lead – asking what the ideas and policy promises will be that shape party platforms and how pressure groups and ultimately votes will respond at the ballot box. The conference was highlighted by keynotes including Karl Rove, General Rick Hillier, Premier Doug Ford, federal Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer and lively sessions on immigration, digital government, China, Canada’s role in the world, pipeline politics, fake news, climate change policy and a host of other topics.
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MRNC 19 – Red Deer

Nov 09
, 2019
The 2019 Manning Regional Networking Conference (MRNC19) was held in Red Deer Alberta under the theme What’s Next? – a discussion of implications of the October 2019 federal election for Alberta and the West. The one-day event also examined lessons learned from the efforts of advocacy groups and advertisers during the campaign, what the future of Canada’s energy sector looks like and how conservatives can take back city and town halls across the province in 2021.