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D’bi Young Anitafrika

Black Feminist Poet, Activist and Scholar
D’bi Young Anitafrika is a Black feminist dub poet, theatre maker, educator, activist and scholar. Born & raised in Jamaica, she moved to Canada at fifteen years old. During the past twenty years, D’bi.Young has written, performed & published numerous collections of poetry, plays & dub albums that decry the entangled inequity of racism, classism, misogyny, homophobia, colonialism & capitalism. She is a triple dora-award winning ‘Canadian Poet of Honor’ & ‘Womxn of Distinction in the Arts.’ founding Artistic Director Emeritus, of the Canadian Black theatre conservatory, Watah (2008-2018), & founder of the feminist micro press, Spolrusie Publishing; D’bi.Young is also the creator of the Anitafrika Method - an emancipatory praxis for self-recovery, creative growth, and leadership development. Having taught the method worldwide, D’bi.Young is presently engaged in further research as part of her postgraduate studies in London UK. Her latest projects include a new monodrama on decolonizing the academia, a publication of her Sankofa Trilogy by Playwrights Canada Press, and a new book of poetry entitled ‘The Collected Dub Poems of D’bi.Young Anitafrika’ due out in spring 2019.

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Michelle Beveridge

Chief of Staff
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark
Michelle Beveridge is the Chief of Staff for Mayor Charlie Clark in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has been a political campaign consultant at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels, including as the Mayor’s campaign manager in both his councillor and mayoral elections.

A journalist by trade in both broadcast and print media, she worked as a communications consultant for a variety of groups, including the Sustainability and Education Policy Network based at University of Saskatchewan and Kitsaki Management, the business development corporation of the province’s largest First Nation, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. She also worked for over a decade with Oxfam Canada, first as the coordinator for Oxfam's public education program and campaigns across the three Prairie provinces, and then as the policy and program specialist in international trade and agriculture policy.

She has a Masters degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queen’s University. And she is the proud mom of Angelina and Taras.
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Gabrielle Brais Harvey

Political Organizer
Gabrielle Brais Harvey began her political involvement in the Quebec student movement. Since then, she has been a trade union organizer and communications officer at IRIS (Institute for Socio-Economic Research and Information). During the last Quebec elections, she was responsible for funding, national mobilization and organization on campus for Québec solidaire. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University.

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Ed Broadbent

Chair
Broadbent Institute
Ed's concern for the deepening of inequality in Canada has been a consistent theme in all of his professional and volunteer endeavours. First elected to Parliament in 1968, Ed served as an MP for 21 years, 14 of which were spent as leader of the New Democratic Party. During his time in Ottawa, his focus was on Aboriginal and economic rights, women’s equality, child poverty, ethics in government, and tax equality. The founding president of Rights & Democracy, Ed has a Ph.D. in Political Theory and has taught at several prestigious universities. He has been invested as a Member of the Privy Council (1982), Officer of the Order of Canada (1993), and Companion of the Order of Canada (2002).
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Saima Butt

Saima is a mixed-race migrant-settler born to Scottish and Pakistani parents on Treaty Eight Territory. She is an artist and facilitator with roots in critical pedagogy and community education and channels her passion of educating for social change through youth engagement and empowerment. Prior to her time with CRE, she has worked with academic and community organizations focused on race, migrant justice and combating gender-based violence.

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Marissa Campbell

Program Coordinator
Canadian Roots Exchange
Marissa Campbell was born and raised in Toronto, Dish with One Spoon Territory. She identifies as mixed ancestry from European settlers, Qalipu-Mi’kmaq First Nations and Cree. She has previously worked in peer counselling and gender violence advocacy. She believes that youth are at the centre of conversations and actions on decolonization and reconciliation, and is grateful to see and support that through her work as a Program Coordinator with Canadian Roots Exchange.

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Diego Cardona

Student, organizer, refugee rights advocate
Diego is a political organizer, and nationally recognized migrant justice advocate currently living in unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver. Diego is the Co-executive director of www.freshvoices.ca ; a BC initiative of immigrant and refugee youth seeking to include the voices of newcomer youth in policy development and government decision making. As a former youth in government care, Diego also works closely with the youth in care movement in BC as a member of the community organizers collective of the Fostering Change initiative. In 2017 Diego became the youngest person, first Latino, and first former refugee to be selected as a city council candidate with Vancouver’s largest and governing municipal party Vision Vancouver. Diego’s efforts to include the lived experiences of marginalized young people in public policy discussions have been widely recognized by different institutions including the CCPA-BC Power of Youth Award, The Globe and Mail BC’s top 10 under 20, and the National Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

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Charlene Carruthers

Strategist, Author, Leader
Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is the founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

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Dominic Champagne

Writer and director
Writer and director Dominic Champagne is the architect of the Pact for Transition. He has left his mark on over 100 theatre, television, circus, film and opera productions, including Cabaret Neiges Noires, L'Odyssée, Love with the Beatles and the Cirque du Soleil, Varekai, Zumanity, the opera Another Brick in the Wall, Tout ça m’assassine, Don Quichotte, Moby Dick, Le Boss est mort by Yvon Deschamps, numerous galas and Québec’s national holiday celebrations, and the televisions series Les Grands Procès and Le Plaisir croît avec l’usage.

He has received many honours and awards, such as the Order of Canada, La Presse/Radio-Canada Personality of the Year in 2006, Patriote de l'année in 2012 and Artiste pour la Paix in 2011, several Gémeaux, Masques and Gascon-Roux awards as well as the Gascon-Thomas Award for lifetime achievement. He was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Québec by the magazine L’Actualité.

With the Pact for Transition, Champagne has pledged to work voluntarily and full-time for two years to mobilize Québec residents from all walks of life to respond to the urgent need for action in the fight against climate change, through both concrete individual actions and policy changes. He also played a major role in countering the assault on Québec by the shale-gas and oil industry, directed the documentary film ANTICOSTI : la chasse au pétrole extreme, and co-wrote Manifeste pour un Élan Global and the essay Sortir le Québec du pétrole. In the spring of 2012, he was the mastermind behind the largest environmental protest in Québec’s history, which was held on Earth Day and attended by 300,000 people.

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Olivia Chow

Director
Institute for Change Leaders
In a political career that began in 1985, Olivia Chow has been one of Canada’s most effective and well known public figures. She now leads the Institute’s educational initiatives. In 1991, Olivia became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councilor. She was re-elected to city council five times, serving with distinction for 14 years. While at City Hall, she served as Chair of the Community Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), among other senior responsibilities. First elected to Parliament in 2006, Olivia won re-election twice. In Parliament, her Early Learning and Child Care Bill laid the legislative foundation for a universal, high quality, affordable and non-profit national childcare program. She also pushed for faster family reunification and giving a chance for immigrants to succeed through recognition of foreign credentials and employment initiatives. Throughout her career, Olivia has been at the forefront, working for progress for all. She has reached across party lines and travelled across the country, forging alliances with municipal and provincial leaders, business and advocacy groups. Outside the political sphere, Olivia is known as a tireless spokesperson, fundraiser and champion of numerous charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and related charities, Centre for Victims of Torture, Asian Community AIDS Service and Culture Link.

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David Coletto

CEO & Founding Partner
Abacus Data
David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data a full-service market research and strategy firm based in Ottawa. With over a decade of experience in the industry, David and his partners founded Abacus over 8 years ago, and since then it has grown into one of Canada's most respected market research firms.

David has worked with a range of organizations including the Broadbent Institute, NUPGE, CPAC, the CBC, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Equal Voice, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. He’s also one of Canada’s leading experts on generational change and millennials regularly invited to speak to groups across Canada.

He’s a political junkie who loves exploring why people think and act they way they do.

He earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2010 and has a BPAPM and MA from Carleton University. He is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University.

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Michael Coren

Author, broadcaster, and columnist
Michael Coren hosted a nightly television show for 17 years, for which he won numerous awards. He’s a columnist for The Toronto Star, and a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, NOW magazine, Ipolitics, The Walrus, and Macleans. He also appears each week on Global TV and on CBC Newsworld. He is the best-selling author of sixteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies and is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. Michael has received several awards for his writing and broadcasting. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his services to media and in 2013 he was named North American Columnist of the Year at the Catholic Press Association awards. His most recent book is Epiphany: A Christian’s Change of Heart & Mind over Same-Sex Marriage, about which Stephen Fry said, “It’s an epiphany in itself. I urge anyone interested in the conjunction of faith and free-thought to read this wonderful, engrossing and fascinating book.”

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Jaclyn Corin

Leading Organizer
March for Our Lives
Jaclyn Corin is a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She is a survivor of the mass shooting that killed 17 of her classmates and teachers. Less than a week after the shooting, she mobilized 100 of her classmates and brought them on a lobbying trip to their state capital.

Soon after, she continued her advocacy and became a leading organizer of the March For Our Lives. At the March, she brought Yolanda Renee King to the stage, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., where she preached that the young people of today are a part of a “great generation.”

Corin is in constant contact with student leaders from around the country, organizing local events and voter registration pushes, and promoting March For Our Lives chapters in other cities. Jaclyn Corin promises to devote her life to fighting against gun violence, and will forever be an advocate for all types of social justice.

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Susan Delacourt

National Columnist and Ottawa Bureau Chief
Toronto Star
Susan Delacourt is an Ottawa columnist and bureau chief with the Star, who has been covering politics on Parliament Hill since the late 1980s. A political science graduate of Western University, she's written four political books; her latest, Shopping for Votes, was a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust prize in non-fiction. Susan is also a regular commentator on CBC and CTV, and has taught journalism and political communication at Carleton University.
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Jerry Dias

National President
Unifor
As Unifor National President, Jerry Dias is at the forefront of the fight for workers’ rights, equality and social justice.

Jerry has been active in the labour movement since he started his work life at de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served as President of Local 112. He went on to join the union’s national staff as aerospace sector coordinator and then became Assistant to the CAW National President. In 2013, he was elected as Unifor’s first National President at the union’s founding convention. Since then Unifor has grown to represent more than 315,000 workers in every sector of the Canadian economy.

An effective negotiator, Jerry has taken on corporate giants to secure good jobs for members and create the economic basis for increased living standards and shared prosperity.

Jerry assumed an active role in the USMCA as a consultant to the Canadian government and negotiating team where he consistently pushed to raise labour standards, maintain Canadian sovereignty and protect key domestic industries.

A committed trade unionist, he has been vocal on emerging labour issues including precarious work, youth unemployment and underemployment, growing income inequality and lack of work-life balance while strongly advocating for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. Under his leadership, Unifor’s groundbreaking Woman’s Advocate Program has expanded into more than 350 workplaces.

When he is not at the bargaining table, you can find him walking in a “Hope in High Heels” fundraiser for the Halton Women’s Place shelter or supporting a variety of local charities across the country.

Called one of the most fearsome people in the country by Sun News, one of the most powerful by Maclean’s and Canada’s most influential union leader by Ottawa Life, Jerry has been named the Toronto Star Wheels’ 2016 Newsmaker of the Year and an Automotive News All Star for the past three years.

Jerry’s mission is to strive to create progressive change for a better future.

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Joe Dinkin

National Campaigns Director
Working Families Party
Joe Dinkin is the National Campaigns Director for the Working Families Party. In that capacity, Joe builds progressive political power and works to elect the next generation of progressive leaders to office. Joe is a campaign veteran and a recognized communications strategist who especially loves to elect long-shot and underdog candidates challenging powerful incumbents. Joe has a degree in film from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Pola Dobrzynski

Community Engagement Manager
Pola Dobrzynski is a writer, orator, and social media junkie from Long Island, New York. At For Freedoms, she works on the communications, social media, and politics teams and managed community engagement for the 50 State Initiative. Having studied political communication at Emerson College, her work is informed by the ways in which rhetoric can mobilize and inspire individuals to action. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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Barbara Ehrenreichl

Author
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 22 books, including The New York Times best sellers, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America (2010). Living with a Wild God (2014) is a brave and honest memoir unlike anything Ehrenreich has written before. In it, she reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman’s wry and erudite perspective to a young girl’s impassioned obsession with the questions that torment us all. The result is a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. Ehrenreich’s latest release is Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (2018). She is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harpers, The Progressive magazine, and Time magazine, and has appeared on Oprah, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Joy Behar Show, to name a few.

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Max FineDay

Executive Director
Canadian Roots Exchange
Max FineDay is a citizen of Sweetgrass First Nation and comes from proud Norwegian farmers who settled in southern Saskatchewan. He is currently Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a youth-led charity providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth with opportunities to engage in reconciliation dialogues, leadership development, and educational initiatives at a local and national level.

Max, who is learning nêhiyawewin, a Cree language, has contributed to the Globe and Mail, CBC, Briarpatch, Academica, and is asked regularly to comment on reconciliation, youth, and Indigenous issues.

In 2014, CBC Saskatchewan recognized Max as one of the top 40 change makers under 40 in Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and has also studied in the Arctic Circle at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway.

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Rayne Fisher-Quann

Student, Activist, Public Speaker
Rayne Fisher-Quann is a student, activist, and public speaker. After founding the March for Our Education movement in response to the Ford government's education changes, she made history when she co-led the largest high school walkout in Canada's history. She has since gone on to work with the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, and was named one of Chatelaine's Women of the Year as well as one of the Most Powerful Women in Canada by Refinery29.

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Nahanni Fontaine

NDP MLA and House Leader
St. Johns, Manitoba
Nahanni Fontaine is the NDP MLA for the St. Johns Constituency in the Province of Manitoba serving as House Leader and Critic for Justice, alongside Spokesperson for Status of Women and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Ms. Fontaine has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Winnipeg in Environmental Studies and International Development and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Native Studies, Women’s Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Manitoba. Ms. Fontaine is on leave for the University of Manitoba’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D program in Native Studies, Sociology and Anthropology with research on Indigenous women’s context with Indigenous gangs.

Ms. Fontaine delivers keynote addresses, workshops and presentations on the historical and contemporary context of Indigenous women and girls, including the issue of MMIWG; Women’s Rights; Feminism, Indigenous/Police Relations in Canada; and Women in Politics to name but a few. Ms. Fontaine has served as a representative of the Indigenous community regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally on a number of boards and committees, including the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board; RCMP’s “D” Division Aboriginal Advisory Committee; Canadian Race Relations Foundation; Onashowewin; and the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Ms. Fontaine is the recipient of several awards, scholarships and fellowships, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Scholarship; the YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the Governor General Ballroom’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case.

Ms. Fontaine is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation in southern Manitoba.

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Noam Gonick

Artist and Filmmaker
Noam Gonick (RCA) is an artist and filmmaker whose work is exhibited and collected by MoMA, the National Gallery of Canada and UBC Belkin Gallery. He’s premiered at the Berlin, Venice and Sundance film festivals, exhibited work in Oh Canada at MASSMoCA, shown in the the Montreal and Mechelen Biennales and his film projects have been distributed, streamed and broadcast internationally. Gonick has presented his work at Serpentine Gallery, London, and co-curated the My Winnipeg exhibition for Maison Rouge, Paris. He works in a diverse range of media from public art and video installation to feature films and television.

Photo by Justin Ng

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Sharon Gregson

Child Care Advocate
Sharon Gregson is the provincial spokesperson for the successful $10aDay Child Care campaign in British Columbia, building a public system of quality affordable child care. She works with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and travels extensively speaking with local governments, school boards, community, labour and business about current child care chaos and the solution - the $10aDay Plan.She was twice elected as a Trustee to the Vancouver Board of Education and is well-known to be a feminist and relentless advocate, skilled in campaign strategy and campaigning, government and stakeholder relations, and in working with traditional and social media.

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Michal Hay

Executive Director
Progress Toronto
Michal Hay is the Executive Director of Progress Toronto. She was 2017 Campaign Director for Jagmeet Singh’s successful NDP Leadership Campaign and one of Chatelaine's Top Women in Canada of 2017. Michal was Chief of Staff to Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton and was Field Director for Olivia Chow's 2014 Toronto Mayoral Campaign. Michal is currently Board Chair of the Toronto Environmental Alliance and the Treasurer on the Broadbent Institute’s Board of Directors. Through work and activism she has had leading roles on a number of issue based and electoral campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels across Canada. Michal’s focus is on bridging the gaps between people and the political power needed for progressive change.

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Jacob Homel

Data and Voter Contact Specialist
For 10 years Jacob Homel has worked to improve progressive political practices, using modern, creative, and flexible citizen-oriented methods. After working as the data and voter contact manager on the campaign that elected Valérie Plante as mayor of Montreal, he turned his attention to Ottawa, where he went to help the NDP as the National Data Director in the Leader’s Office.

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John Honderich

Chair
Torstar Board of Directors
John Honderich has been Chair of Torstar Corporation since 2009 following a distinguished career in media and publishing.

Mr. Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76). He joined the Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of the Star's Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau. After a stint as Deputy City Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of the Star in May 1984, the position he held until he took a leave of absence (1986) in London, England where he took several post graduate studies in economics and international trade at the London School of Economics. At the same time, he wrote Arctic Imperative, published in the fall of 1987 by the University of Toronto Press, in which he outlined the serious dangers threatening Canada's North. He served as editor of the Toronto Star from 1988-1994 and Publisher from 1994-2004.

Mr. Honderich has an Honours degree in Political Science and Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He currently serves on the boards of the Atkinson Fellowship, the Michener Fellowship, the Martin Goodman Fellowship, the Mowat Centre, The Nature Conservancy, and Seneca College. He has received honourary degrees from Victoria University, Ryerson University, and King’s University. Mr. Honderich was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004, a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006, and a member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Kofi Hope

Rhodes Scholar and Senior Policy Advisor
Wellesley Institute
Kofi Hope is a change maker. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University. Currently, he is Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellesley Institute, a strategic consultant to the Vice President HR/Equity at the University of Toronto and the Bousfield Visiting Scholar at UofT’s School of Urban Planning. In 2017 he was the winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize and in 2018 he was named as A Rising Star by Toronto Life in their Power List. He is the founder and former Executive Director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. In 2005 he founded the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, which became a leading voice for advocating for real solutions to gun violence in Toronto and led to him being named one of the Top 10 People to Watch in Toronto in 2006 by the Toronto Star.

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John Horgan

Premier
British Columbia
John Horgan was sworn in as Premier of British Columbia on July 18, 2017. He began his service as an MLA in 2005, when he was elected to represent the riding of Juan de Fuca on Southern Vancouver Island.

He has been re-elected three times, most recently as MLA for the new riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca in 2017. He became leader of the BC NDP in 2014.

Under his leadership, the B.C. government is increasing the affordable housing supply and working to moderate the real estate market; providing child care fee reductions and creating new licensed spaces around the province; and, eliminating Medical Services Plan fees, freezing ferry fares, and removing bridge tolls.

The government is also delivering better, faster health care for people in all corners of British Columbia; building new schools and improving learning environments; and, making record investments in transportation and infrastructure to create good jobs and more liveable, connected communities.

Premier John Horgan and the B.C. government is investing in the people of British Columbia to build a strong, sustainable economy, deliver the services people count on, and make life better and more affordable for everyone in B.C.

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Deena Ladd

Executive Director
Toronto Workers' Action Centre
Deena Ladd has been working to improve wages and working conditions in sectors of work that are dominated with low-wages, violations of rights, discrimination, precarious and temp work for the past 27 years. She has worked to support and develop grassroots training and organizing with groups such as the Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change. Deena is one of the founders and Executive Director of the Toronto Workers' Action Centre. The Workers' Action Centre organizes to improve wages and working conditions with low-waged workers, women, racialized and immigrant workers in precarious jobs that face discrimination, violations of rights and no benefits in the workplace.

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LAL

Musicians and Community Animators
Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray are LAL, the Toronto-based protest electronic duo that has built a career out of daring audiences to be their best selves, loudly. Coming from the worlds of hip hop, punk and experimental, house and techno music, LAL blends those influences into the smoothest, richest shake that will enliven the mind, body and soul. Their beats and melodies can charm the most cynical club head, softening them up so that the lyrics of anger, sadness and possibility can worm their way deep inside.

www.lalforest.com

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Ricardo Lamour

Artist and social services graduate
Artist and social services graduate Ricardo Lamour, also known as Emrical, has two rap albums to his credit and produced 5 videos. He is known for a wide range of efforts against censoring artwork by marginalized communities and for various initiatives supporting social inclusion. He plays a lead role in the feature film ‘Oscillations’ by director Ky Nam Leduc and for several years he has been running an initiative called Bout du Monde, which highlights the brilliance of young people and invites them to redefine public spaces with a view to social transformation.
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Aurélie Lanctôt

Columnist and Author
Aurélie Lanctôt is a columnist for the daily Le Devoir and editor-in-chief of Liberté magazine. She authored the essay Les Libéraux n'aiment pas les femmes (The Liberals don’t like women) published by Lux Éditeur in 2015, and co-authored Ne renonçons à rien (Don’t give up a thing), a collective work published in 2017. She appears frequently on Radio-Canada and is currently completing a Master’s in law at Université de Montréal.

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Jocelyn Macdougall

Convener
Jocelyn Macdougall is a professional convener and facilitator, delighting in bringing together groups of interesting, committed and passionate people for meaningful, productive conversations. As an independent consultant in event strategy and facilitation, Jocelyn works to build brave containers, connecting people in dialogue. She values equity and inclusion as foundational, and believes that getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is a necessary skill in today's divided world. Jocelyn believes the arts are a price-of-admission component of a sane, healthy society, having a unique propensity to enable self and social reflection. She is also lucky enough to sing with Vancouver’s hottest funk and Motown band, Queer As Funk.

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Bochra Manaï

Researcher
Bochra Manaï has a doctorate in urban studies from INRS-Urbanisation Culture Société. She completed post-doctoral work in the sociology department at Université de Montréal as part of the PluRadical research group. Her research focuses on otherness and immigration in urban areas, interethnic coexistence, and the presence of North Africans and Muslims in Québec. She published a work entitled Les Maghrébins de Montréal (Montréal’s North Africans). She examines issues of discrimination, social and urban exclusion as well as cohesion among citizens. She teaches geography at several Québec universities and does community-level work in Montréal North as interim coordinator at Parole d’excluEs (Outsiders speak).

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Heather Marshall

Campaigns Director
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Since joining the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) in 2007, Heather has investigated environmental issues and engaged neighbourhoods across Toronto to bring about local solutions.

In her new role as the Campaigns Director, Heather helps lead TEA’s current and future campaigns to victory. Her previous experience as a TEA Campaigner on a wide range of issues including air quality, water pollution, toxics, energy and waste has prepared her for the complex urban environmental challenges our city faces.

Heather is always eager to experiment with new approaches to community engagement that can build grassroots support and foster local leadership. From local monitoring projects that turn residents into citizen scientists to civic actions to win environmental policies at Toronto City Hall, there are many exciting ways to build a greener city for all.

Heather is a University of Toronto alumni with an M.Ed in Adult Education and Community Development and a B.Sc Honours Degree in Environmental Science. Prior to joining TEA, she worked as a researcher in the health and environment fields with positions at Cancer Care Ontario, Health Canada, Waste-Econ, and the UofT Soil Erosion Lab.

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Rocío Martínez-Sampere

Director
Fundación Felipe González
Degree in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University, Master in Economics and Master in Government and Public Policies from the London School of Economics. She worked as an analyst in the City and later in the Fabian Society, a foundation associated with the Labor Party. Later she joined the Rafael Campalans Foundation, of which she is still a member of the board. She was the Chief of Staff for Narcís Serra and advisor to Pasqual Maragall in the first progressive government that Catalonia has had under democracy. Milita in the PSC since 2003. In 2006, she was elected deputy for Barcelona in Parliament, where she was spokesperson for Economy and Budgets.

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Manon Massé

Co-Spokesperson for Québec solidaire
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques
Manon Massé was first elected to the National Assembly in 2014. She has been a member of Quebec Solidaire since its creation in 2006. Manon was born in Windsor in the Eastern Townships, and grew up in a working-class family.

Manon's lifelong commitment to making the world better for others will change the tone of politics at the National Assembly. Her work with community organizations has informed her approach to fighting for a more equitable and just society for all, to confront climate change and fight for the rights of Indigenous people, racialized, queer and disabled people.

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Erika Massoud

Communications & Mobilization Coordinator
Born and raised in Tiotià:ke/Montreal, unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, Erika Massoud works with Canadian Roots Exchange, a national non-profit whose mission is to strengthen relations between Indigenous & non-Indigenous youth. She previously worked with non-profit organizations locally and internationally on youth engagement, human rights education, and social justice. Erika completed a Master's in Migration and Intercultural Relations and a Bachelor's in International Development and Globalization. She currently sits on the Commission for Cultural Diversity of the City of Brossard.

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Verna McGregor

Verna McGregor is from the First Nation Algonquin Community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg which is approximately 120 kilometres north of Ottawa, Ontario. Ottawa and Gatineau form part of the Algonquin Nation’s traditional unceded lands.

Verna has remained firmly grounded in her community and nation by being part of also the group of traditional Grandmothers (Kokomisag) and Elders. This includes the importance of promotion of retention of the Algonquin language and culture which is so important when addressing issues from a cultural perspective.
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Logan McIntosh

Co-Executive Director
Leadnow.ca
Logan is dedicated to using digital innovation to scale organizing programs, bringing new people into the political process, and winning big on the most pressing issues of our time. She cut her teeth as an organizer in the Prairies, designing deliberative processes at the University of Alberta to support sustainability action across the province.

Logan joined Leadnow in 2012, where she pioneered the distributed organizing model that powered their Vote Together federal election campaign. Then as Campaigns Director, she helped grow the Leadnow community to more than half a million members by delivering high-impact campaigns. Logan brings a fierce and practical optimism to her work and loves adventuring around Ontario in her 92 Delica Starwagon.

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Rebecca McNeil

Digital Strategist
Rebecca is a digital strategist that takes a holistic approach to support political organizations, government, unions, non-profits, and businesses to create strong digital strategies to inspire offline action. Her work includes campaign strategy, movement building, and people organizing with modern tools applied to classic mobilizing. Some of her recent work has been with Telus STORYHIVE, Alberta Federation of Labour, Ontario Federation of Labour, the Broadbent Institute, MoveUP, and the Georgia Strait Alliance.
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Ryan Meili

Leader
Saskatchewan NDP
Ryan Meili is the leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

Ryan was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin in a by-election on March 2, 2017.

Prior to his election Ryan was a family doctor and community builder working in Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods.

His book, A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy, charts a course for democratic renewal in Canadian politics that ensures long-term investment in better outcomes for all.

Ryan believes that, together, we can build a more fair and healthy Saskatchewan, and is passionately committed to the goal of better lives for all.
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Collette Murphy

Executive Director
Atkinson Foundation
For Collette Murphy, philanthropy has always been more about the power of people than the power of money to change the world.

A Canadian who was raised in the US, Collette cut her teeth as an activist working alongside refugees who found their way to Toronto in the 90s. Since then, she’s earned a North American reputation as a reliable ally, a tenacious advocate for social and economic justice, and a creative collaborator across traditional lines. Best known as an organizational capacity builder at United Way Toronto and a champion for inclusive local economies at the Metcalf Foundation, she has also worked behind-the-scenes on innovative poverty reduction, anti-racism and leadership development initiatives over the course of her career.

As the Executive Director of the 75-year old Atkinson Foundation, Collette focuses on strengthening movements for decent work, shared prosperity and democratic renewal. These efforts are inspired by the example set by Joseph Atkinson who knew poverty before he knew wealth as the publisher of Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star. To this day, the foundation’s public policy agenda and investment strategies reflect Mr. Atkinson’s deep personal concern for the lives and livelihoods of working people, and his pragmatic vision of a just society.

Collette and her partner David have two children, Celeste and Malachy. They live in a Toronto neighbourhood that has perfected the art of the street party.

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Ken Neumann

Canadian National Director
United Steelworkers
Ken Neumann has served as the United Steelworkers (USW) National Director since 2004, representing more than 225,000 USW members.

Throughout his tenure, Neumann has been instrumental in building USW’s grassroots strength across Canada. Under his leadership since 2009 more than 50,000 new members have joined the union, and Ken has led mergers with the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada and the Telecommunications Workers Union.

Ken has always fought hard to make equality, justice and prosperity a reality in Canada. That passion has fuelled the union’s role in supporting Canada’s New Democratic Party.

Ken has taken on a global leadership role, leading strong strategic alliances with unions in Mexico and across South America, Europe and Africa. Ken also sits on the Executive of IndustriALL, the global union federation in mining, energy and manufacturing.

Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Neumann joined USW Local 5890 in Regina as a teenager. In 1989, Neumann was elected USW Director for Western Canada, a position he held until 2004 when he began his current role.

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Emilie Nicolas

Columnist and Anthropologist
Emilie Nicolas is a columnist with Le Devoir, public speaker, consultant, and anthropologist. She is a frequent media commentator on human rights issues, and has contributed to building equity practices in various organizations in Canada and internationally.

Emilie sits on the boards of the Broadbent Institute and the Fédération des femmes du Québec. An active bridge-builder, Emilie has co-initiated a coalition campaigning for equality and against systemic racism in Quebec.

As a Vanier Scholar and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, Emilie focused her research on the role of a shared language in the connections between Quebec and Haiti. She is the recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person's Case.

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Lauren Chanel Patrick

Interdisciplinary Artist
Lauren Chanel Patrick is a Bay Area born interdisciplinary artist interested in collective healing and decolonizing institutional space. She works on the programs, development & communications teams at For Freedoms; while her practice is informed by digital & physical spaces–exploring ideas such as labour, mimesis, and the body. She received her BFA in Visual & Critical Studies (VCS) from The School of Visual Arts.

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Julia Posca

Sociologist
Julia Posca graduated in sociology from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (M.A., 2011) and is a researcher at the Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques (IRIS). Her work focuses on household debt, economic inequality, social classes in Québec and the changing state. She published Le Manifeste des parvenus (The upstarts’ manifesto) in 2018 with Lux Éditeur, as well as Détournement d’État : Bilan de quinze ans de gouvernement libéral (Misappropriated state: reviewing fifteen years of Liberal government), which was co-written with Guillaume Hébert.

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Andrea Reimer

Former three-term Vancouver Councillor
Andrea Reimer served four terms in local government, including three on Vancouver’s City Council where she was appointed as Vancouver’s first permanent Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities. Andrea championed a number of initiatives during her decade on Council including the results-driven, award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, a nationally leading effort on reconciliation, and policies aimed at building power and voice for marginalized people and communities on everything from housing to local economic development. As part of this work she created the first open data policy for a big city in Canada and - fun fact - accidentally set up the first Facebook and Twitter accounts for the City of Vancouver which ultimately led to her overseeing the development and implementation of Canada’s first publicly released government Digital Strategy. Andrea currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts after being awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard for her work in urban policy and democratic reform.

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Patrick Rondeau

Patrick is a union advisor with the Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ). He has worked for the union movement since 2000. He has been a regional advisor for the FTQ’s Montréal region since 2012. He has coordinated various campaigns for the central office since 2012.

Patrick has worked on issues of climate change and just transition at the FTQ since 2014. He helped put together a 2016 regional tour to discuss just transition with FTQ members all over Québec. He coordinated the Just Energy Transition Summit in May 2017. He is currently working on the FTQ’s internal, three-year action plan for just transition.

Patrick has attended several climate change (COP) conferences since 2015. In addition, he has been a member of the Common Front for Energy Transition since 2016.

Patrick studied communications at UQAM.

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Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan has lived in Mile End for over 30 years. Before his election as councillor for his district in 2009 he was involved in the neighborhood as a parent at Lambert-Closse School and on the Mile End Citizens Committee. He also worked for twenty years in the community and health networks, a career he left to commit full-time to his new role as an elected official.

Mr Ryan worked successfully on files assigned to him by borough mayor Luc Ferrandez. Collaborating with community partners from 2009 to 2013, he helped with getting public markets set up, construction of 350 social and community housing units, a 30-year sustainability plan for 212,000 square feet of artists' studios and to preserve the Champ des possibles (Field of vision) by zoning its 1.4 hectares of land as natural space.

Mr Ryan’s ongoing major concern is that of preserving a social mix in central neighbourhoods through maintaining housing and better access to it, in the interests and support of people with modest incomes. Allocating public spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and greening is also an important issue for him.

During his second term in 2013-2017 he was the official opposition critic for housing and chair of the party caucus. He still firmly believes that Projet Montréal is the only political body at the municipal level that links its values and its vision. And that is why he chaired a sizeable housing project prior to the 2017 election, the results of which were part of the campaign platform.

When Richard Ryan was re-elected for a third term in Mile End, the mayor made him president of the Council Commission on Economic, Urban and Housing Development, and asked him to join the Commission de la Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal sur le logement social (the social housing commission). The mayor of Montréal also named him a designated councillor for the Ville-Marie borough, where he holds the position of vice-chair of the Planning Advisory Committee in this downtown borough. He is often consulted by other boroughs on issues of gentrification and housing. The mayor of Montréal has also assigned him to try and find potential solutions for better managing the growing phenomenon of AirBnB-style tourist accommodations, in a bid to counteract housing losses and other industry-related difficulties.

Richard Ryan is City of Montréal councillor for the Mile End district in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough as well as a designated councillor in the City Centre’s Ville-Marie borough.

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Ilya Sheyman

Executive Director
MoveOn.org
Ilya Sheyman is Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action, whose millions of members across the country organize together to make the country a place where everyone can thrive — and to elect candidates who are committed to standing up for an inclusive, progressive agenda. A first-generation immigrant, Ilya arrived in America with his family in 1991 as a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union. He previously ran for Congress in a Democratic Primary in Illinois’ 10th District where he garnered nearly 40 percent of the vote in a four way race, earning national attention.

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Raj Sihota

Provincial Director
British Columbia New Democratic Party
Raj Sihota has over twenty years of political experience as a senior advisor to leaders, legislators, political parties and campaigns. She has worked closely with Joy MacPhail, Jack Layton, Carole James and John Horgan. Internationally, she works with the Washington DC based National Democratic Institute (NDI) working in post-conflict nations on establishing governance and political party programs.

She served as the BC NDP’s Field Director 2014-2016 and has been the Provincial Director since August 2016. She was a key architect of the 2017 BC NDP election campaign.

Raj is a proud British Columbian, born and raised in Kamloops, a UBC alumnus and resident of East Vancouver.

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Jessica Wood Si Sityaawks

Assistant Deputy Minister
Reconciliation Transformation and Strategies Division, B.C. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Known as Si Sityaawks – (Woman who creates change) Jessica is from the Gitxsan and Tsimshian First Nations with roots among the Tahltan and Nisga’a Nations.

Currently serving as Assistant Deputy Minister, Jessica is leading British Columbia’s cross-ministry work to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and learnings from the relevant case law such as the Tsilhqot’in decision. As part of this transformation she is leading the co-development of legislation to implement UNDRIP with the First Nations Leadership Council.

She is an experienced community developer whose portfolios have focused on issues related to residential school, sexual health, sex work, Indigenous women and gendered violence. She was the first Indigenous woman in Canada whose work as a municipal social planner focused solely on the health and safety of sex workers and impacted communities, gendered and racialized violence, and the prevention of youth sexual exploitation.

She has previously held positions working on the Residential School Settlement Agreement and the National Film Board documentary Finding Dawn, a film about missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Jessica is a long-time organizer with the Vancouver DTES Women’s Memorial March Committee.

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Ania Skryzypek

Senior Research Fellow
Foundations for European Progressive Studies
Ania Skryzypek is a Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). She holds Ph.D. cum laude in political sciences from the University of Warsaw, which degree she obtained for her thesis “Cooperation of the socialist and social democratic parties in uniting Europe. From Liaison Bureau to PES. 1957 – 2007.” Before joining FEPS in 2009, A. Skrzypek worked as younger researcher at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences at the University of Warsaw (2003 – 2009) and also served as twice consecutively elected Secretary General of Young European Socialists (ECOSY, 2005-2009). She is an author of over 80 published papers and articles, available in English, German, French and Polish. Among her responsibilities at FEPS, she is in charge of the Next Left Research Programme, she co-coordinates FEPS Young Academics Network (FEPS YAN), as also she contributes with research to the FEPS projects of: Next Social Europe, European Transnational Parties and Democratic Empowerment, Ones to Watch (in Central and Eastern Europe), New Global Progressive Construct Convention (Lamy’s Group) and the Annual FEPS - Policy Network Oxford Debates. 

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Lindell Smith

Councillor, District 8
Halifax Peninsula North, Halifax Regional Municipality
Lindell Smith is a lifelong resident of the North End Halifax, and a proud father of a beautiful daughter. Co-founder of Center Line Studio, a non-profit recording studio for youth who want to express themselves through art and music. Lindell is also a member of “The One North End Project”, made up of community leaders from around HRM whose aim is to ensure that all residents benefit from the rapid growth by encouraging new hiring practices for local businesses and holding community engagement sessions. In 2016, Lindell was elected as City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula North. Since 2015 Lindell has been a member at large on The Council on African Canadian Education (CACE), which is a provincial advisory council that provides advice and guidance to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development on educational programs, services and funding for African Nova Scotian learners. He also sits on the Board of Police Commissioners for the Halifax Regional Municipality”

Lindell has been awarded various honors including: Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Education and Community Service, chosen as one of five Youth Rising Stars for Nova Scotia, Abby Bryant (humanitarian) Award of Excellence, this award is given to a young person who is recognized for outstanding community service, and the Black Business Initiative’s Industry Development Award, awarded by the African-Nova Scotian Music Association.

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Matt Smith

President
Stratcom
Matt Smith is the President of Stratcom since May 2017 and oversees the company’s day-to-day operations in fundraising, research and engagement to serve Canada’s progressive governments, charities, unions and political parties. Matt was Senior Director of Research & Engagement for six years and continues to play a lead role in all government-facing and election-related work. With fifteen years of research and campaign experience, Matt’s expertise includes strategic planning, designing multi-modal research projects, audience analysis and targeting and campaign planning and execution. Matt has a M.A. from the University of Toronto where he specialized in Electoral Geography with a thesis on minority electability under Vancouver’s at-large system; he later authored a similar study in Toronto.
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Tanya Talaga

Journalist and author

Tanya Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. Talaga was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

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Charles Taylor

Philosopher
Charles Taylor is one of the great Canadian thinkers of the last century, and Prospect magazine has called him perhaps “the most important philosopher writing in English today.”

The author of countless articles and the groundbreaking Sources of the Self and The Malaise of Modernity, Taylor has also received the prestigious Kyoto and Templeton Prizes. As a philosophically committed social democrat, much of his work has been rooted in real world concerns. He has been a candidate for the federal NDP and president of the Quebec NDP and, in 2007, was co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation with regard to cultural differences in the province of Quebec.

In recognition of Taylor’s rich legacy of politically resonant scholarship, the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research is awarded annually to a researcher whose work has made an important contribution to policy debates relevant to building a more socially just Canada.

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Arianna Trujillo

Co-Founder
OpenField
Arianna Trujillo Wesler (she/they) is the Co-Founder of OpenField. A data engineer, facilitator and field director, she has over fifteen years of experience in community, labor and electoral organizing. Most recently, Arianna served as Director of Community + Data Engineering at Wellstone Action (now re:power). There she lead data engineering and analytics trainings, including Data and Analytics Camp and the Online Data + Coding Cohorts. Prior to her time at Wellstone, Arianna served as Deputy National Data Director for Bernie 2016, where she crafted the tech infrastructure behind the national distributed volunteer program, including the dialer engine which powered 75 million remote phone calls. An alumna of the 2008 Obama Campaign, the 2010 South Bay Labor Council, NationBuilder and the 2012 National AFL-CIO Data Team, her approach to the work is grounded in a firm belief that organized communities driven by hope are unstoppable.

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Todd N. Tucker

Fellow
Roosevelt Institute
Todd N. Tucker is a political scientist and fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His research focuses on political economy, democracy, and judicial politics. A recognized expert on trade and global governance, Dr. Tucker has testified before legislatures and expert committees around the world. His writing has been featured in Politico, Time Magazine, Democracy Journal, the Financial Times, and The Washington Post. He is the author of Judge Knot: Politics and Development in International Investment Law (Anthem Press 2018). He lives in Washington, DC.

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Maeva Vilain

Broadbent Institute Director and City councillor
Jeanne Mance, Montréal
Maeva Vilain is a city councillor for Jeanne Mance, in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal district. Elected under the Projet Montréal banner, she is with the team of Mayor Valérie Plante, who has headed the city since November 2017. Maeva sits on the Committee on Economic Development and Housing as well as on the Environment Committee.

She was a political attachée for NPD MP Alexandre Boulerice from 2011 to 2017. She worked most notably on saving Canada Post and on electoral reform. She was also a journalist for Radio-Canada International, specializing in international news and on the integration of newcomers to Canada.

Maeva was born and grew up in Paris (France). She graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille (France) and has a journalism certificate from Université de Montréal. She immigrated to Montréal when she was 23. She is the mother of two young children.
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Symone Walters

Partner
Power Lab
Symone Walters identifies first as a mother and then as a community activist and social entrepreneur. Tragically, in the summer of 2013 Symone lost her youngest son, Tahj Loor-Walters, to gun violence. He was 15 years old. Symone has vowed to turn tragedy into inspiration! Symone completed her diploma at George Brown College in Child and Youth Services and reoriented her career to one that is entirely dedicated to serving Black youth.

In her recent role with the Toronto Community Benefits Network and previous role with the Duke Heights BIA and Osgood Hall Law School, Symone has had the opportunity to support Black youth and the local community through initiatives that focus on economic sustainability and capacity building of minority owned businesses. Currently, Symone is collaborating to build on the legacy of her son by creating a hub geared towards youth that embody a safe, holistic approach that would take them “Towards a Higher Journey” – TAHJ.

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Kristyn Wong-Tam

City Councillor
Toronto
Kristyn Wong-Tam was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and has an extensive career investing in the city through both the public and private sectors. She was an accomplished human rights advocate, entrepreneur, and supporter of the arts. Recognized for her focused advancement of diverse cultural and urban economic renewal, Kristyn was appointed to Mayor David Miller's Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee which produced Toronto's Agenda for Prosperity in 2008. Kristyn was also the co-founder of Asian Canadians for Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that successfully lobbied the federal government for the Chinese head tax apology and redress. Kristyn is currently working in partnership with numerous Indigenous organizations including the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to create the world's largest Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Toronto's Downtown East. She is vice-Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which provides advice to City Council on the identification, prevention, and elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities with the goal of achieving social, cultural and economic well-being. Kristyn is a founding board member of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was voted Toronto's Best City Councillor by NOW magazine readers four years in a row (2015-2018).

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WELCOME RECEPTION | RÉCEPTION D’ACCUEIL

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Governor General Ballroom

Casual reception with food, cash bar, music and some playful activities hosted in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation | 
Réception décontractée avec nourriture, bar payant, musique et activités ludiques.
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SUMMIT MEET UP | RENCONTRE AVANT LE SOMMET

08:00 PM 09:00 PM Ontario Room

Join us for a fun hour of participatory networking in advance of the Summit. Lightly facilitated by Jocelyn Macdougall with Rim Mohsen to engender new connections among participants. | Joignez-vous à nous pour une heure amusante de réseautage participatif avant le sommet.

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AFTER PARTY | RENCONTRE FESTIVE EN SOIRÉE

09:00 PM 11:30 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

Join the Canadian Labour Congress in marking the 100 Year Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike with cultural and artistic exhibits. | Organisée par le Congrès du travail du Canada.
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COFFEE & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST | CAFÉ ET PETIT DÉJEUNER CONTINENTAL

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Confederation Hallway

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SUMMIT OPENING AND WELCOMING REMARKS WITH ED BROADBENT | OUVERTURE DU SOMMET ET MOT DE BIENVENUE PRONONCÉ PAR ED BROADBENT

08:45 AM 09:30 AM Confederation Ballroom

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DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONTLINES | QUELQUES NOUVELLES DE L’AVANT-GARDE DE DIVERS MOUVEMENTS

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Activists and newsmakers share stories of what the view looks like from the frontlines of their movements. Their compelling stories are followed by a panel of global perspectives that discuss the question, “does the Right own populism?” | Des militants et personnalités relateront des anecdotes illustrant ce qui se passe à l’avant garde de leurs mouvements respectifs.

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THIS IS WHAT RIGHT POPULISM LOOKS LIKE | À QUOI RESSEMBLE LE POPULISME DE DROITE

10:10 AM 11:00 AM Confederation Ballroom

Our panel will deconstruct the Right’s approach to populism here and abroad, marking the dangers that lie in this movement and exploring the best ways to overcome it. | Notre panel déconstruira et analysera l’approche de la droite du populisme tant ici qu’à l’étranger : il signalera les dangers inhérents à ce mouvement et examinera les meilleurs moyens d’y échapper.

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FEATURED SPEAKER Manon Massé | CONFÉRENCIÈRE VEDETTE Manon Massé

11:30 AM 12:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

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THE AFFORDABILITY EQUATION | L’ÉQUATION DE L’ABORDABILITÉ

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

New polling by Abacus Data for the Broadbent Institute will be presented and discussed to provide insight into how Canadians' concerns about building a life they can afford to live, fit with a bold progressive offer. | Présentation d’un nouveau sondage réalisé par Abacus Data pour le compte de l’Institut Broadbent, suivie d’une discussion illustrant les préoccupations des Canadiens et Canadiennes pour trouver un mode de vie abordable, auxquelles répond une offre progressiste audacieuse.

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LET’S TALK FOOD POLITICS! BUILDING THE FOOD SYSTEM WE WANT

12:45 PM 02:00 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

Join the food movement for an interactive lunchtime discussion on getting food issues to the table at the next federal election. Facilitators will lead engaging small-group conversations on everything from food justice to farming, while participants snack on treats locally sourced by Just Food. Food Secure Canada would like to thank our supporters at UFCW Canada and our many partners across the food movement for making this conversation possible!
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MATCHING THE MOVEMENT TO THE MOMENT | COMMENT LE MOUVEMENT PROGRESSISTE PEUT TIRER PARTI DE LA CONJONCTURE

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

Top strategists and political thinkers identify the necessary components of successful movements happening right now, asking what is being won and how was it done? | Des stratèges et des penseurs politiques de premier ordre décrivent les atouts et qualités nécessaires des mouvements qui ont actuellement le vent en poupe, et ils se demandent quels gains ils ont réalisés et les moyens utilisés à cette fi.

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MILLENNIAL VOTERS, CASE STUDIES | ÉLECTEURS DE LA GÉNÉRATION DU MILLÉNAIRE, ÉTUDES DE CAS

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

Millennials are now the largest set of eligible voters, and hold more progressive values than the generations before them. We break down on best to mobilize millennials in our movements and at the polls. | La génération du millénaire est aujourd’hui le plus important groupe d’électeurs admissibles et elle est davantage porteuse de valeurs progressistes que les générations précédentes. Nous déployons tous les efforts possibles pour mobiliser la génération du millénaire au sein de nos mouvements ainsi que dans les bureaux de scrutin.

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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEGRATING ONLINE AND OFFLINE CAMPAIGNING

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Governor General Ballroom I

Any well-run campaign includes targeting and engaging with people in the digital and physical words, but rarely are these two pieces brought together seamlessly and to full effectiveness. The implications? We aren't winning as much as we could be because we aren’t maximizing the connections we make online to those we establish offline, and vice versa. This session is a collection of stories about how some organizations thought holistically about their outreach and maximized their impact by bringing these worlds together. We'll share stories about using data and databases to find your audience online and offline, verifying your research through social listening, amplifying your messages across multiple channels, build relationships with supporters that bridge the divide of their digital and real work lives. Presented by STRATCOM
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REWRITING THE RULES: ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY | DÉMOCRATIE ÉCONOMIQUE POUR LE XXIE SIÈCLE

03:20 PM 04:20 PM Confederation Ballroom

Our economic system isn’t working for most people. This session looks at how we build an economy that puts workers, communities, and our environment first, highlighting case studies from around the world where the right changes are taking place. | Pour la plupart des gens, notre système économique est loin d’être optimal. Lors de cette séance, nous nous pencherons sur les moyens à prendre pour bâtir une économie où les travailleurs, les collectivités et notre environnement soient au cœur des préoccupations. On y fera état de cas observés un peu partout dans le monde où des changements salutaires ont été instaurés.

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LESSONS FROM THE U.S. MIDTERMS | LEÇONS À TIRER DES ÉLECTIONS DE MI-MANDAT AUX ÉTATS UNIS

03:20 PM 04:20 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

Join the Executive Director of MoveOn.org and Co-Executive Director of Leadnow.ca for a deep dive into organizing strategies and tactics that won results in some of the U.S. Midterm’s hottest races, and how they might be applied in Canada. | Joignez-vous au directeur général de MoveOn.org et à la co directrice de Leadnow.ca pour un examen en profondeur des stratégies et tactiques d’organisation qui se sont avérées gagnantes dans certaines des luttes les plus serrées lors des élections de mi mandat aux États Unis et réfléchissez à la façon dont ces stratégies et tactiques pourraient être appliquées au Canada.

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IN A WORLD WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF ‘FLAWED DEMOCRACIES,’ HOW IS CANADA REALLY DOING?

03:20 PM 04:20 PM Governor General Ballroom I

In a world with an increasing number of ‘flawed democracies,’ how is Canada really doing? Join us for a panel discussion marking the launch of the Samara Centre’s 2019 Democracy 360 report. Drawing on the views of over 4,000 Canadians, the comprehensive report card looks beyond elections, parties, and parliament to uncover surprising strengths and unexpected weaknesses of Canada’s democracy.

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TAKING STOCK: GATHERING THOUGHTS ABOUT THE DAY | PAUSE POUR LE SOUPER

04:30 PM 05:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

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DINNER BREAK

05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner is self-organized and not provided by the Institute.
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PREPARING FOR A RISE IN XENOPHOBIA AND RACISM DURING THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Governor General Ballroom I

In Canada, police reported hate crimes went up 47% in 2017. At least 300 known white supremacist organizations are currently active across the country. Over 70% of the migrants in Canada are denied full access to basic labour or social rights because of unfair temporary permits. Women of colour continue to earn far less than white men. Black and Indigenous communities are unfairly targeted by police and imprisonment. Meanwhile, anti-immigrant populistmessaging by federal political parties increased dramatically during the recent by-elections. Clearly, Canada is not immune to the racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric which was central to national elections in the United States, and in many countries in Western Europe. Uniting against racism now is the only way forward. Come and find out what you can do and how migrant and racial justice organizations are coming together as the Migrant Rights Network to intervene in an increasingly divisive and alarmingly dangerous political environment.

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CASH BAR | BAR PAYANT

07:00 PM 07:30 PM Confederation Ballroom

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Art and Politics

ART AND POLITICS | L’ART ET LA POLITIQUE POUR LES LIBERTÉS

07:00 PM 08:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

Artists have been political actors throughout history. Join artists and politicos in conversation about what role art is playing and can play in our current deeply conflictual political landscape.

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AFTER PARTY | RENCONTRE FESTIVE EN SOIRÉE

09:00 PM 11:30 PM Governor General Ballroom I

Hosted by UFCW | Organisée par UFCW
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COFFEE & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST | CAFÉ ET PETIT DÉJEUNER CONTINENTAL

07:30 AM 09:00 AM Confederation Hallway

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REGISTRATION | INSCRIPTIONS

08:00 AM 01:00 PM

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WELCOMING REMARKS | MOT DE BIENVENUE

09:00 AM 09:15 AM Confederation Ballroom

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Featured Speaker

FEATURED SPEAKER Jaclyn Corin | CONFÉRENCIÈRE VEDETTE Jaclyn Corin

09:15 AM 09:45 AM Confederation Ballroom

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Awards

AWARDS CEREMONY | CÉRÉMONIE DE REMISE DES PRIX

09:45 AM 10:15 AM Confederation Ballroom

Presentation of the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research and the Jack Layton Progress Prize

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COFFEE BREAK | PAUSE-CAFÉ

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

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FEATURED SPEAKER John Horgan | CONFÉRENCIÈRE VEDETTE John Horgan

10:30 AM 11:05 AM Confederation Ballroom

Premier Horgan will be joining live by video.

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Panel

CITIES AT A TIPPING POINT | LES VILLES À UN POINT TOURNANT

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Confederation Ballroom

Some or our cities have become stark examples of increasing inequality, while others are creating innovative paths to a just and prosperous society. We explore the necessary conditions to put cities on the right track. | Dans certaines villes, les inégalités se creusent, alors que d’autres trouvent des moyens novateurs de favoriser l’avènement d’une société juste et prospère. Nous nous pencherons sur les conditions que les villes doivent remplir pour se diriger dans la bonne voie.

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PROTECTING WORKERS IN A SHIFTING ECONOMY | PROTÉGER LES TRAVAILLEURS DANS UNE ÉCONOMIE EN MUTATION

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Governor General Ballroom I

We explore the best strategies to put workers at the center of key economic decisions, from the unanticipated closure of Oshawa’s GM Plant to a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy. | Nous examinerons les stratégies optimales pour placer les travailleurs au cœur des décisions économiques clés : de la fermeture imprévue de l’usine de GM à Oshawa à une transition à long terme vers une économie à faible teneur en carbone.

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DEMOCRACY AND THE DIGITAL REALM | LA DÉMOCRATIE ET LE MONDE NUMÉRIQUE

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

Social media platforms have come under fire for being spaces used to manipulate political debate and electoral results. Join digital experts to discuss how we can overcome these threats while ensuring our own movement act ethically. | Les plates-formes des médias sociaux ont été vivement critiquées parce qu’elles ont permis la manipulation des débats politiques et des résultats électoraux. Joignez vous à des experts du monde numérique pour discuter des moyens à prendre pour juguler ces menaces tout en veillant à ce que notre propre mouvement agisse de manière éthique.

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LUNCH WITH PARTNER PROGRAMMING | LUNCH – PROGRAMME DES PARTENAIRES

12:15 PM 01:30 PM

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ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD PRIZE AND LECTURE | PRIX ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD ET CONFÉRENCE

01:30 PM 02:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 22 books, including The New York Times best sellers, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America (2010). Her latest releases include Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything (2014) and Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (2010). She will deliver a unique presentation via video to our Summit audience. | Barbara Ehrenreich est l’auteur de 22 livres, y compris le succès de librairie du New York Times, L’Amérique pauvre : Comment ne pas survivre en travaillant (2001) et Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America (2010). Parmi ses livres les plus récents, mentionnons Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything (2014) et Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (2010). Elle fera une présentation vidéo dans le cadre de notre sommet.

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FEATURED SPEAKER Tanya Talaga | CONFÉRENCIÈRE VEDETTE Tanya Talaga

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Confederation Ballroom



Followed by a conversation with 

Nahanni Fontaine
Member of Legislative Assembly representing St. Johns, Manitoba

Jessica Wood
Si Sityaawks
Assistant Deputy Minister, Reconciliation, Transformation and Strategies Division, B.C. Ministry of Indigneous Relations and Reconciliation 

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FEATURED SPEAKERS Jagmeet Singh and Rayne Fisher-Quann

03:00 PM 03:40 PM Confederation Ballroom

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Summit Thank Yous

03:40 PM 03:50 PM Confederation Ballroom

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COFFEE BREAK

03:50 PM 04:00 PM

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THIS IS WHAT LEFT POPULISM LOOKS LIKE | À QUOI RESSEMBLE LE POPULISME DE GAUCHE

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Confederation Ballroom

Political strategists and policy experts convene to chart the Left’s own brand of populism that places fairness, justice and opportunity for everyone at the center of the debate. | Notre panel déconstruira et analysera l’approche de la droite du populisme tant ici qu’à l’étranger : il signalera les dangers inhérents à ce mouvement et examinera les meilleurs moyens d’y échapper.

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RECONCILING FOR THE FUTURE: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND RECONCILIATION | ÉCHANGE SUR LES RACINES CANADIENNES

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Governor General Ballroom II/III

As the "Progressive Left", how do we create stronger, more inclusive movements? This session engages participants in a deepened dialogue about the reality and possibility of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. It explores social movements, confronts Canada’s own history of exclusion, and challenges participants to investigate their own role in reconciliation. Canadian Roots Exchange works to build relations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth in Canada. You can find more about CRE and its work on social media: @CdnRoots.

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ORGANIZING FOR FAIR ECONOMIES WITH THE POWER LAB | S’ORGANISER AFIN DE BÂTIR DES ÉCONOMIES ÉQUITABLES – ATELIER DU POWER LAB

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Governor General Ballroom I

Join the Power Lab for a hands-on workshop about how to generate power for people who have been historically disadvantaged, excluded from shaping the economy. | Joignez-vous au Power Lab pour un atelier pratique sur la façon de donner plus de pouvoir aux personnes qui ont été historiquement défavorisées et qui n’ont jamais eu leur mot à dire pour façonner l’économie.