By: Piercon Knezic
Going to the Manning Conference? Here’s what you need to know!
The Manning Networking Conference (MNC) is an incredible event featuring leading conservatives from all forms of political life, from lobbyists to Members of Parliament (MPs) and political consultants. Booths staged around the venue allow for right-leaning, as well as non-partisan groups to advocate and recruit, while daily receptions provide an awesome opportunity to advance your personal network.
Look out for groups including Google, Nation Builder, Facebook, Generation Screwed and Canada’s Energy Citizens; they are available to answer inquiries regarding their organizations and how best to move the conservative movement forward. Of course, no Manning Conference would be complete without the presence of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC). As a CJPAC Fellow, I can attest that the connections, network and tools that the CJPAC Fellowship provides lead to incredible advancement opportunities for politically engaged youth – so be sure to ask them about it! The swag is also worth a visit to their booth!
The Manning Conference this year is looking to be one of its best ever with conservative leaders ranging from Christy Clark, Jason Kenney, Preston Manning and Andrew Scheer in attendance. Candice Bergen, Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt and Erin O’Toole will also be there, providing a unique opportunity to interact with the conservative elite.
Aside from the many receptions, the speakers and panel discussions provide insight as to the direction of the movement. Past panels have included leadership debates, controversial policy discussions and addresses from conservative heads of government.
While you’re in Ottawa also be sure to check out Parliament Hill, interact with your local MP and go for a skate on the Rideau Canal!
The Manning Conference is the largest annual gathering of conservatives across Canada; if there is an event you don’t want to miss, it’s this one!
CJPAC Fellow 2015-2016