Broadbent Institute announces Robert Reich as Progress Gala keynote

Author and policy leader to address high-level November event

OTTAWA—Renowned economist and author Robert Reich will be the keynote speaker at the Broadbent Institute's second annual Progress Gala this November in Toronto. Reich, a high-profile business commentator and expert on the income inequality crisis, will make the case for a fairer economic future to an audience of political leaders and policy influencers.

"At a time when income inequality is top of mind for so many Canadians, I couldn't imagine a better Progress Gala keynote than Robert Reich," said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith. "Reich has a proven track record advancing economic policies that are designed to increase prosperity and build fairer, more equal communities."

Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, Reich is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of 13 books. His latest project, the award-winning Inequality for All, is a must-see documentary.

Reich's participation in the Progress Gala underscores the Broadbent Institute's commitment to shining a light on increasing income inequality in Canada and advancing positive solutions to address the problem. The Gala falls on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the unanimous passage of a motion in the House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada; Institute Chair Ed Broadbent tabled the motion as a Member of Parliament.

"Robert Reich is a tremendously engaging speaker and the Broadbent Institute looks forward to welcoming him to Toronto," said Smith. "It promises to be a special evening that will be both entertaining and enlightening."

The Progress Gala will take place on November 20, 2014 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:
Mike Fancie, Broadbent Institute
613-866-3606 or mfancie [at] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca