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#Can2020 Conference

October 2, 2014 - October 3, 2014


What kind of Canada do you want in 2020?

That is the guiding question behind our major policy conference happening on October 2nd and 3rd of this year.

Join us in Ottawa as we will tackle the big, forward-looking questions of our time. By 2020, what do we want to accomplish as a nation? What areas of progress are important to us? And where do we want to be on the world stage?

Click to download the full agenda: English | Français

Online Registration is now closed! You can purchase a conference pass at the gate starting Wednesday, October 1st at 2 PM.


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October 2nd and 3rd, 2014
Ottawa Convention Centre

Click to download the full agenda: English | Français

Right now, Canada is at an inflection point: the marketplace for ideas is open, and our policy community needs new ways to grow our economy, strike a balance between energy and the environment, rebuild healthy, sustainable communities and navigate complex, 21st century challenges like privacy and international security.

The #Can2020 Conference is our opportunity to set in motion the idea-generation process that will carry Canada into a new decade. Together with the Center for American Progress’ Global Progress Initiative, we invite you to hear some of the world’s most influential thinkers, organizers, policy developers and business leaders.

Your conference pass includes access to all of the sessions during the two-day event (panels, breakouts, keynote speeches), a delegate kit, two lunches, and exclusive access to multiple networking receptions and socials throughout the conference.

Featured Participants

Andrew Coyne

National Post Bio

Bill Morneau

Ontario Pension Advisory Board Bio

Bruce Anderson

Abacus Data Bio

Chantal Hébert

Toronto Star Bio

David A. Dodge

Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP Bio

David Herle

Principal, The Gandalf Group Bio

David McLaughlin

University of Waterloo Bio

Diana Carney

Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Don Iveson

Mayor of Edmonton Bio

Don Newman

Chair, Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Dr. Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group Bio

Fen Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow Bio

Frank Graves

EKOS Research Bio

H.E. Louise Hand

Australian High Commissioner to Canada Bio

Heather Boushey

Executive Director, Center for Equitable Growth Bio

Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C.

Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones Bio

Hon. Jason Kenney, PC

Minister of Employment and Social Development Bio

Hon. John Manley, P.C.

President & CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives Bio

Hon. Monte Solberg, P.C.

Principal, New West Public Affairs Bio

Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC

President &  CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Bio

Hon. Stockwell Day, P.C.

Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP Bio

Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd. Bio

Jean-Marc Fournier, MNA

Minister Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie Bio

Jennifer Ditchburn

Reporter, The Canadian Press Bio

Jennifer Erickson

Center for American Progress Bio

Jennifer Keesmaat

City of Toronto Bio

Joe Natale

President and CEO, TELUS Bio

John Brodhead

Evergreen Cityworks

John Geddes

Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean's Magazine Bio

John Ivison

Columnist, National Post Bio

Justin Trudeau

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Bio

Karen Neuman

Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Bio

Kathleen Monk

Political Strategist

Lord Stewart Wood

The Lord Wood of Anfield, Labour Party Bio

Mark Cameron

Former Director of Policy and Research, Prime Minister’s Office Panellist, LinkedIn

Matt Browne

Executive Director, Global Progress Initiative Bio

Matthew Mendelsohn

Director, Mowat Centre Bio

Miles Corak

University of Ottawa Bio

Paul Boothe

Richard Ivey School of Business Bio

Paul Wells

Political Editor, Maclean's Magazine Bio

Premier Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario Bio

Robert Asselin

Associate Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa Bio

Robert Fife

Ottawa Bureau Chief, CTV News Bio

Robert Prichard

Metrolinx / Torys / BMO Bio

Roland Paris

University of Ottawa Bio

Ruma Bose

United Nations Foundation Bio

Sean McGarvey

North America's Building Trades Unions Bio

Susan Delacourt

Toronto Star Moderator

The Hon. Jean Charest, P.C.

Former Premier of Quebec, partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP Panelist

The R.H. David Miliband

CEO, International Rescue Committee Bio

Tim Barber

Co-Founder, Canada 2020 Bio

Vikram Singh

Center for American Progress Bio

Will Marshall

President and Founder, Progressive Policy Institute Bio
  1. We should never forget that we are a northern country of immigrants from every nation tempered by geography and climate, surrounded by seas thriving in the shadow of the USA, still the default nation in terms of trade, military power, intellect and innovation.

  2. Could you add relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to the line-up. A crucial issue going forward.

    Do you need volunteers to assist at the conference?

      • Great to have this forum, anyone notice the shifting demographics in Canada — what are the implications for Canada and what does it mean to be Canadian in these times? Other voices? Other narratives? Would be useful……..

  3. I second Brian’s suggestion. Canada ‘s future is not assured unless we repair our past, specifically create an honest and respectful relationship between Indigenous people and other Canadians, an urgent task that cannot be postponed.

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  5. Great line-up.

    How about inviting Celine Bak of “Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report” to the energy panel. She could give a great overview of the sector.

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  8. I’m looking forward to attending the Can2020 conference as a member of FSNA.
    The lineup of speakers looks awesome, and I’d be interested in hearing the input from these speakers as to what their vision of the future of Canada is.
    As well, if there is need for volunteers, I am willing to help in some
    small way.

  9. The Canada 2020 Conference will be again a forum of ideas, inspiration, social,economic and philosophical perspectives that should help to give the needed directions to several areas of the Canadian Society…. Canada is a great country to live but the growing complexities of globalization call for a better vision of how Canada has to focus on to remain and continue to be the best country overall.

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