• The Institute will hold the fourth Conference in Toronto on the Crown from June 12 to 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 of topics from succession to the throne to the evolution of the Vice-Regal Offices, the future of the monarchy in Canada, and the reserve powers of the Crown.  

  • Conference Registration is NOW OPEN. Please go to the Conference Registration Page to learn more or to register. 


  • The conference "The Crown in the 21st Century: Deference or Drift?" was held in January 2016  at Government House, Victoria and was supported by the Government House Foundation of British Columbia. The Conference extended its scope to include speakers and delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The Friends of the Canadian Crown was also reorganized into the present Institute.


  • Marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Friends convened a second conference, “The Crown in Canada:  A Diamond Jubilee Assessment.”  Held at Government House, Regina, this initiative was supported by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Regina.  


  • The Friends of the Canadian Crown convened a first conference on the Crown at the Senate in Ottawa with the support of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University:  “The Crown in Canada:  Present Realities and Future Options.” 

  • In June 2014, the Institute held a seminar at Massey College to discuss the constitutional role of the Crown in the Ontario election.

  • In September 2014 the Institute made a presentation to the conference of the Governor General and Lieutenant Governors in Charlottetown.

  • The Institute has held book launches for its publications – in 2012 for The Evolving Canadian Crown in Ottawa and Toronto; in 2014 for Canada and the Crown in Victoria, Toronto, Regina and Ottawa; in 2018 for The Canadian Kingdom in Regina and Toronto.

  • In July 2017, three members of the Institute executive published an opinion piece in the National Post, IN DAVID JOHNSTON CANADIANS HAD A MODEL GOVERNOR GENERAL about the legacy of retiring Governor General David Johnston.

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