This article covers the evolution of POGG from a small breakfast group to a player in public policy.
Speaker 1: Madeline Weld, Ph.D, has been with the Population Institute Canada (PIC) since its inception in 1992 and President of PIC since 1995. A biologist at Health Canada, she is a member and former director of the Humanist Association of Canada and a former director of Planned Parenthood Ottawa. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Madeline has been an active member of POGG for six years.
Speaker 2: James (Joe) Bissett, is a Director and Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. He is the former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. He also had diplomatic postings in the Balkans, London and in the Caribbean where he served as Canadian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. At the Foreign Ministry in Ottawa, he was an Assistant Under Secretary for Social Affairs. He was Director General of the Canadian Immigration Service. Upon leaving the Foreign Service he served as the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration in Moscow. Joe has been a long-time supporter of POGG.