Cutting-edge training program sends Canadian organizers to U.S. midterm election campaigns



OTTAWA—As part of its commitment to supporting the development of a new generation of progressive leaders in Canada, the Broadbent Institute is pleased to announce the second phase of Camp Progress Practicum -- a new hands-on, intensive training and placement opportunity for Canadian campaigners. 

The program is being offered in collaboration with 270 Strategies, a grassroots consulting firm founded by senior strategists from U.S. President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

After five days of intensive grassroots campaign training concludes on Friday in Chicago, four of the 11 Canadian participants begin five-week placements in high-level Democratic midterm election campaigns in New York, New Hampshire, California and Florida. The placements run from October 4 to November 9.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a select few dedicated organizers to receive the best training from leading progressives south of the border,” said Executive Director Rick Smith. “We are very excited about Canadian progressive organizers gaining this firsthand experience."

Mitch Stewart, a founding partner at 270 Strategies and former Battleground States Director of Obama for America, added: “Their immersion in some of the most cutting-edge campaigns in the United States will help them advance their own progressive causes when they return to their communities." 

Phase one of 270 Strategies’ 270///360 Training Intensive in Chicago included sessions led by Betsy Hoover, Director of Digital Organizing for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, and Jeremy Bird, National Field Director for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

The Broadbent Institute is also pleased to announce new Leadership Fellows as part of its Training and Leadership program. 

They include: Ashley Pinedo, National Training Director at Organizing for Action; Erik Peterson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Wellstone Action; Marie Della Mattia, CEO of NOW Communications; Jodie Tonita, co-founder of the Social Transformation Project; and George Nakitsas, who has left the Institute's board but will continue to lend his expertise as a Fellow.  


For more information, or to arrange an interview with participants, please contact:

The communications department at the Broadbent Institute:
613-857-2814 or communications [at] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca