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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...

Broadbent Institute to place budding politicos in cutting-edge U.S. campaigns through new training program

Unique course offered in partnership with leading Democratic firm

OTTAWA—As part of its commitment to supporting the development of a new generation of Canadian leaders, the Broadbent Institute has launched the Camp Progress Practicum, a new hands-on, intensive training and placement opportunity for Canadian campaigners, organizers and activists. The program is offered in collaboration with 270 Strategies, a firm founded by senior strategists from U.S. President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Participants will...

Broadbent Institute challenges businesses and Ottawa to move towards Youth Job Guarantee

Plan tackles steep unemployment and underemployment among youth under 25

OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is calling on Canadian businesses and the federal government to create 186,000 full-time co-op, paid internship and summer jobs to help young people make a successful transition from education to work in a new report released today.

Inspired by an employment strategy endorsed by the Council of the European Union, the proposal is a first step in the development of a Youth Job Guarantee that would ensure those under age 25 have access...

Broadbent Institute study finds income splitting would result in many losers, few winners, big regional variations

Detailed analysis of Conservative proposal reveals deeply unequal scheme

OTTAWA—Two out of three families targeted by the Conservative income splitting plan would receive less than $500 while fewer than 4% of such families – some of the wealthiest in Canada – would be eligible for a benefit in excess of $5,000, a new study by the Broadbent Institute has found.

The Big Split: Income Splitting's Unequal Distribution of Benefits Across Canada, based on a statistical analysis by Tristat Resources on behalf of the Broadbent Institute,...

Broadbent Institute expands across the country with B.C. launch

Special guests from New York City showcase winning strategies for democratic renewal

VANCOUVER—The Broadbent Institute today expands west with a B.C. launch as part of its commitment to build a progressive agenda right across the country.

"As a national organization committed to furthering progressive values throughout Canada, I’m delighted about our expansion in British Columbia. There is much to gain from working together to promote democracy, equality and sustainability here in Vancouver, across the province and the country,"...

Broadbent Institute convenes progressives for BC launch with one of New York City’s top organizers; hosts luncheon, Democracy: beyond the ballot box with NYC civic leader

VANCOUVER—The Broadbent Institute will be holding its British Columbia launch with one of New York City’s top organizers as a special guest and hosting a luncheon with a leading NYC civic engagement leader as part of the Institute’s inaugural events in BC. The Broadbent Institute is a national progressive policy and training organization dedicated to promoting democracy, equality and sustainability.


WHAT: The Broadbent Institute’s inaugural BC event, BC Progress: building power, advancing...

Broadbent Institute praises founding Executive Director Kathleen Monk

Broadbent Institute names Ms. Monk Honourary Board Member

OTTAWA—In recognition of her outstanding service as founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor, the Broadbent Institute is pleased to name Kathleen Monk as its first Honourary Board Member.

The Institute made the appointment as Ms. Monk announced her plans to pursue other professional opportunities in April. In her role as an Honourary Board Member, she will continue to advise the Institute.

“When we started the Broadbent Institute in 2011, we had ambitious goals. As...


OTTAWA—The inaugural Progress Summit came to a close today with over 600 participants and more than 10,000 tweets. Over the course of this weekend, progressives from across Canada came together in Ottawa to learn from leading progressive policy experts and organizers.

“The progressive movement has taken great strides this weekend. Delegates are leaving energized and are taking with them good ideas and tangible strategies to build a progressive Canada,” said Ed Broadbent, Chair of the Broadbent Institute.

The Summit featured leadership training,...

Progress Summit focuses on next steps in building a more prosperous Canada

OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit continues Sunday with a focus on a path forward for a progressive Canada. 

Panels on the concluding day of the Summit include developing winning campaigns and providing policy solutions to income inequality and good jobs in a green economy. 

Anastasia Khoo, Marketing Director of the Washington, DC-based Human Rights Campaign, will cap off the Summit with a keynote address about online engagement. Khoo was behind the groundbreaking...


Broadbent Institute and Equal Voice to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister

OTTAWA—Equal Voice and the Broadbent Institute are hosting a special event tonight to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard this weekend. Equal Voice, a national organization dedicated to the election of women in Canada, will name Ms. Gillard a Global Champion for Women in Politics. Ms. Gillard is in Ottawa as the keynote speaker at the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit.

“We are so pleased to...


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