Canada's largest progressive policy conference aims to change the game

OTTAWA, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - The Broadbent Institute will host Canada's flagship conference for progressives this week, from April 5-7 in Ottawa. Top international and local organizers and thought leaders will convene at Progress Summit 2017 to learn, connect, and build power. While hateful acts and the far right are on the rise, both in Canada and around the world, Canada's progressive movement will come together to generate momentum, offer solutions, and change the game.

Highlights include:

Building resistance and progressive power | with Maria Elena Durazo, Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair

Countering the global rise of the right | Including Dagmar Freitag, Member of the German Bundestag and Ginny Goldman, Former Executive Director, Texas Organizing Project

Rewriting the Rules: Liberal Democracy and the Future of the Democratic Party | with Felicia Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute

Networked Change: Directed-Network Campaigns in Canada | Including Sandy Hudson, Black Lives Matter - Toronto and Social Democracy: The Only Path Forward in a Moment of Upheaval? | Including journalist and activist Desmond Cole and Broadbent Institute Chair Ed Broadbent

Economics for sustainable and inclusive growth | Featuring world renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato

Municipal Victories: Rebuilding Canada's Progressive Future | With Valérie Plante, Leader, Projet Montreal; Charlie Clark, Mayor, Saskatoon; Lindell Smith, City Councillor, Halifax; and Mohammed Salih, City Councillor, London.

And the return of the popular Great Debate. This year's question is: Be it Resolved: "Free Trade" deals failed because the rules were designed to put corporate interests before public interests.

WHAT: Progress Summit 2017: Change the Game

WHEN: Wednesday, April 5 to Friday, April 7, 2017

WHERE: Ottawa Delta City Centre, 101 Lyon St. N.

The full schedule and list of speakers are available at

Note to media: Media are welcome to all panels and receptions. Reporters are encouraged to pre-register by filling out an accreditation form at and to present outlet credentials at the media check-in desk.

The Broadbent Institute will provide a dedicated media filing room and the conference will be equipped with media risers and feed boxes.


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