Broadbent Institute launches state-of-the-art training program



OTTAWA—As part of its commitment to supporting the development of a new generation of Canadian campaigners, the Broadbent Institute is launching Camp Progress Plus -- a hands-on, intensive training and campaign placement opportunity for Canadian organizers and activists.

The program, offered in collaboration with 270 strategies, a firm founded by senior strategists from U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, involves a five-day intensive training retreat in September, during which participants will learn from the architects of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. Following the week-long training in Barrie, Ontario, the Broadbent Institute will place participants in volunteer leadership roles in Democratic election campaigns in the fall of 2016 or in a progressive campaign in Canada.

“We’re very excited to be launching Camp Progress Plus,” said Alejandra Bravo, Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute. “Our partnership with 270 Strategies means participants will learn from the best in the five-day training retreat.”

The training program is designed to give organizers both training and real world experience in state-the-art campaigning. By the end of the program, organizers will know how to mobilize volunteers; use organizing tactics online and offline; design grassroots events to earn media; and develop data and analytics skills to inform strategic decision-making in campaigns.

“We’re proud to partner with the Broadbent Institute to help train Canadian progressives,” said Mitch Stewart, a founding partner at 270 Strategies and former Battleground States Director of Obama for America. “The training will no doubt help them advance their own progressive causes when they return to their communities.”

To learn more about the Camp Progress Plus or to apply online, visit Applications close July 22, 2016. The Broadbent Institute will identify and organize campaign immersion placements for all participants.


For more information, please contact Sarah Schmidt, Director of Communications, Broadbent Institute, sschmidt[at]broadbentinstitute[dot]ca, 613-857-2814.