Alex Paterson

Advisory: Canada 2020 to host Ottawa’s marquee progressive policy conference

September 30, 2014

Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank will host the #Can2020 Conference on October 2nd and 3rd 2014 at the Ottawa Convention Centre

Friday, September 26, 2014 (OTTAWA) – At a crucial moment in the Canadian political cycle, Canada 2020 is set to bring together some of the most influential thinkers, organizers, policy developers and business leaders from around the world for the #Can2020 Conference.

“Right now, Canada is at an inflection point: the marketplace for ideas is open, and as we head into an election year, the progressive policy community needs a forum to discuss and debate the major policy challenges of our time,” said Tim Barber, Co-Founder of Canada 2020 and conference host. “The Canada 2020 Conference is our opportunity to set in motion the idea-generation process that will carry Canada into a new decade.”

Spanning two days and two stages, the conference program includes keynotes and panel discussions on international security, income security, cybersecurity and privacy, skills and labour, North American energy and environment, and more.

The agenda also includes panels from some of the best political and organizing operatives working today, with sessions on big data in campaigns, volunteer organizing, and the future of campaigns in Canada.

Conference Details:

  • Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP, Minister of Employment and Social Development
  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, MPP, Premier of Ontario
  • Justin Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
  • Jean-Marc-Fournier, MNA, Quebec Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Hon. Jean Charest, PC, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Dr. Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group
  • Joe Natale, President and CEO, TELUS
  • R. H. David Miliband, International Rescue Committee
  • Other special guests include:
  • Frank Graves, President, EKOS Research
  • Diana Carney, Canada 2020 Advisory Board
  • CBC’s At Issue and Insiders Panels
  • Hon. Anne McLellan, PC, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Hon. Monte Solberg, PC, New West Public Affairs
  • Hon. John Manley, PC, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
  • Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
  • Anne Johnson, Generation Progress
  • J. Robert S. Prichard, Metrolinx, BMO and Torys LLP
  • Where: Ottawa Convention Centre (Gatineau Salon 205 + 206, Trillium Ballroom, and breakout room 201)

Special Media Notes:

  • The event is open to all media wishing to cover and attend the event. Journalists must present outlet credentials at check-in desk.
  • Canada 2020 will provide a dedicated media-filing room for all press needs
  • All presentation rooms will be equipped with media risers and feed boxes
  • We will livestream all main-stage panels during the conference


For more information, please contact:

Alex Paterson, Communications & Programme Coordinator, Canada 2020
mobile: (613) 793-8234

To book interviews with any of our conference speakers, please contact:

Andrew Balfour, Director, Public Affairs, Canada 2020

To download the full conference schedule, click here

About Canada 2020

Canada 2020 is Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank working to redefine the role of the federal government for a modern Canada. Canada 2020 produces original research, hosts events and starts conversations about Canada’s future. Canada 2020’s goal is to build a progressive community of people and ideas that will move and shape governments in the future. For more, visit


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