The Institute will hold the fourth Conference on the Crown from June 12-14 , "The Crown in a Time of Transition." Speakers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will present papers on a wide range to topics from succession to the throne to the evolution of the Vice-Regal Offices, the Monarchist-Republican debate and the reserve powers of the Crown.  

You can download a PDF of the Conference Panels, Speakers & Schedule HERE, or view the outline below. 

In addition to the various sessions that will take place from June 12-14, on the evening of June 13 a dinner will be held at Massey College for those conference participants who wish to attend. We have also provided an option for conference participants to bring their spouse/partner or guest to the dinner. 

Conference registration is now open. You can click HERE or on the button above to register. Registration and payment is being administered by Hart House Tickets. Payment may be made by VISA or MasterCard. 


Fourth Conference on the Crown

June 12-14, 2019

Massey College, University of Toronto

The Crown in a Time of Transition

Updated 11 March 2019

Wednesday, June 12 

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.          Registration (Massey College - Common Room)

6 - 7 p.m.                    Welcoming Reception (Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park)


Thursday, June 13

8 - 9 a.m.                   Registration (Massey College - Common Room)

8:00 a.m.                    Indigenous Service in the Chapel Royal (Massey College - St. Catherine’s Chapel)
8:30 a.m.                    Breakfast (Massey College - Upper Library)

9:15 a.m.                    Opening of the Conference (Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre) 


9:30 a.m. - 12 noon   Session 1: The Crown and Indigenous Peoples (Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre) 

  • Margaret Froh, President, Métis Nation of Ontario

  • The Honourable Judith Guichon, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

  • Michael Mitchell, Former Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and Resident Elder/Advisor to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

  • David Williams, Professor of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand

(break 10:15 -10:30)


12:15 - 1:15 p.m.       Lunch (Massey College - Ondatjee Hall)


1:30 - 2:45 p.m.         Session 2:  The Reserve Powers of the Crown (Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre) 

  • Anne Twomey, University of Sydney, Australia, author of The Veiled Sceptre: Reserve Powers of Heads of State in Westminster Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

(break 2:45 – 3:00)

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.         Session 3:  Succession to the Throne, Accession & Coronation (Trinity College -   
                                         Ignatieff Theatre) 

  • Carolyn Harris, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto

  • Robert Hazell, Professor of Government and the Constitution, and Bob Morris, Senior Honorary Research Associate,Constitution Unit, University College London, UK

  • Philippe Lagassé, Associate Professor and Barton Chair, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa


6:30 for 7 p.m.           Reception & Dinner (Massey College - Common Room, Ondatjee Hall)

Friday June 14                      

9 - 10:45 a.m.             Session 4:  The Vice-Regal Offices (Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre)

  • James Bowden, Analyst, Honours & Awards, Department of National Defence, Ottawa

  • Andrew Heard, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

  • The Honourable Serge Joyal, The Senate of Canada

  • Panel discussion with former Lieutenant Governors

(break 10:45 -11:15)

11:15 a.m. - 12 noon Panel Discussion with Former Lieutenant Governors(Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre)

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.        Lunch (Massey College - Ondatjee Hall)


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.          Session 5: Moving Toward a New Reign (Trinity College - Ignatieff Theatre) 

  • Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa

  • David Johnson, Professor of Political Science, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, author of Battle Royal:  Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada (Dundurn, 2018)

  • Dale Smith, Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, author of The Unbroken Machine:  Canada’s Democracy in Action (Dundurn, 2017)


3:00 p.m.                    Closing Remarks


3:15 p.m.                    Conference concludes

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