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The 2020 Ellen Meiksins Wood Lecture

Join us via zoom on October 20th from 1-2pm EDT the 2020 Ellen Meiksins Wood Lecture. This free event will feature a conversation with renowned trade union leader Leo Gerard. 

One of the most influential labour advocates in modern history, Leo’s career as a strong voice for working people began on the shop floor of the Inco nickel smelter in Sudbury and recently concluded with his retirement as the long-time International President of the United Steelworkers, the largest private sector union in North America. He also held a number of significant positions in the international labour movement including Vice President of the AFL-CIO and as Co-Founder of Workers Uniting – The Global Union. 

The title of the lecture is "My fight for democracy: Reflections on 50 years of union activism".

Register for the event today!


In January 2016, the Broadbent Institute lost our dear friend and inspiration Professor Ellen Meiksins Wood. The Institute founded the annual Ellen Meiksins Wood Prize & Lecture to honour Ellen’s legacy as an internationally renowned scholar and to bring her work to new generations of Canadians.  At this troubling political moment, Ellen's belief that democracy means “nothing more nor less than people’s power, or even the power of the common people or the poor” is more relevant than ever.