"We the People": Understanding the US Constitution and the American Mindset (TRN5-E20)

Product code: TRN5-E20

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August 17, 2023

In-person: Ottawa, Ontario

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)

English, with interpretation in French

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Though both federal systems, Canada and the United States operate very differently; Canada uses a parliamentary system, while the US is a constitutional republic.

This insightful event, intended for Government of Canada executives, looks at some of the more significant differences between the American and Canadian governing systems, including how American states are more autonomous than Canadian provinces. Guest speaker Susan Sullivan Lagon will explore the separation of powers, the role of the states, and the power distribution between the presidential, congressional and judicial branches of government, as well as how disagreement between the three can result in legislative gridlock.

Participants will gain a better understanding of American governance and politics with a specific focus on the US constitutional system.

On-site seats are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


  • Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D., Nonresident Senior Fellow, Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University


  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service
Date modified: 2023-03-20