To open the "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" conference, Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management, delivered a keynote entitled 'The Paradox of Think Tank Innovation." The talk was moderated by Chrystia Freeland, editor of Thomson Reuters Digital.

In September 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the CIGI Campus and its 10th anniversary, CIGI hosted a conference on the topic of its very existence: "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" The event featured a keynote address and three roundtable discussions with Canadian and international experts on the role of social media in policy innovation, whether governments care more about politics than policy, and the issue of influence - who has it and how to get it.
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