First-ever Progress Summit to open in Vancouver




Sold-out high-level event for BC’s progressives kicks off tonight with full Friday programming

Vancouver, BC | The Broadbent Institute, a national organization with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, is convening progressives for the first-ever Progress Summit in BC tonight and tomorrow in advance of the provincial election in the spring.

Key organizers working on the big campaigns in the provinces, alongside key business leaders, Indigenous leaders and top academics will offer policy solutions and share campaign strategies to ensure a more prosperous and sustainable future for all British Columbians.

Panelists, presenters and moderators at the sold-out event include:

  • Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancity
  • Ivan Coyote, Author/Storyteller
  • Wab Kinew, MLA-Fort Rouge, MB
  • Pramila Jayapal, Washington State Legislator and candidate for U.S. Congress
  • Ross Beaty, Executive Chairman, Alterra Power Corp.
  • Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver, and former Chair, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Irene Lanzinger, President, BC Federation of Labour 
  • Michael Tippett, CEO and founder, Wantoo
  • Tzeporah Berman, Adjunct Professor, York University Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
  • Taleeb Noormohamed, Chief Growth Officer, FarFetch
  • Josha McNabb, Regional Director BC, Pembina Institute
  • Val Napoleon, Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, UVic
  • Heather Tremain, CEO, Options for Homes 
  • Paul Taylor, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
  • Jack Saddler, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

The full program is available here.

Proceedings on Friday will also be live streamed.

Thursday, September 22

What: From Where I Stand: Thinking Big About BC, kick-off event at Progress Summit BC with welcome remarks by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

When: 7 – 9pm with reception to follow

Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 203 – 162 West 1st Avenue

Friday, September 23

What: Progress Summit BC with opening remarks by Ed Broadbent 

When: 9am - 5pm, followed by closing reception

Where: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall, SFU | 580 W Hastings Street. 

Media accreditation is encouraged in advance by registering here or emailing communications[at]broadbentinstitute[dot]ca

Note: Accreditation provides access to all Progress Summit BC panels and receptions. There will be media feed boxes on Thursday and Friday and an on-site media-filing room on Friday at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.


Media contact:

Allison Murray, 604-442- 1846, communications[at]broadbentinstitute[dot]ca