Progress Summit 2021 Part 2


Progress Summit 2021

Our annual Progress Summit brings together some of the world’s most insightful policy-makers, elected officials, movement-builders and thought leaders to take on the issues of the day and chart a course to a more just and inclusive society.

Given the constraints imposed by the pandemic, our 10th Anniversary Progress Summit will occur on-line and comprise three sessions spread between March and May of 2021. Our program will take a deep dive into old and new challenges and opportunities we face in this unusual time, including how to build a post-pandemic recovery with prosperity for all.

Part 2: Building a Caring Economy to Speed Recovery

April 29th, 2021

As we emerge from the pandemic, how can we rectify the deep deficits in key services and supports and chart a course for real recovery? Part Two of the Progress Summit series grapples with how to build a Caring Economy with decent work and quality services, including needed improvements to our cherished healthcare system.


Opening remarks from Ed Broadbent


Featured Speaker: André Picard, Health Columnist and Author

Globe and Mail health Columnist André Picard authored Neglected No More: the Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of the Pandemic. André speaks about the need to overhaul our eldercare system to provide dignity and decency to our seniors and those who care for them.


Responding to the crisis in long-term care

Dr. Amit Arya and Sharleen Stewart talk about what is at stake on the frontlines of the crisis in long-term care, and the growing movement for reform.


  • Dr. Amit Arya, palliative care physician and co-founder of Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care
  • Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare


Medicare 2.0 - Fixing the holes exposed by COVID

In the fall of 2020, the Institute released Medicare 2.0. Report authors and healthcare experts come together to outline solutions to improve Medicare and the overall health of Canadians.


  • Dr. Danyaal Raza, Past Chair of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare
  • Dr. Amina Jabbar, Geriatrician
  • Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Community Mental Health Expert and Broadbent Institute Director
  • Moderated by Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions


Valuing Work in the Caring Economy

Experts from Canada and abroad come together to talk about how to build a Caring Economy that supports its female-dominated, racialized, workforce and recognizes the true value of this foundational part of our economy.


  • Fay Faraday, Social justice lawyer and im/migrant workers activist
  • Barbara Helfferich, Independent consultant on gender and environmental issues
  • Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and Atkinson Foundation Fellow on the Future of Workers
  • Moderated by Laeticia Thissen, Policy Advisor, Foundation For European Progressive Studies


The international movement to build a Caring Economy

Health care, education, child and eldercare, and community care meet a multitude of social needs and provide a great many jobs. Elected leaders from around the world discuss the need to structure economic recovery around building a Caring Economy that values our overall well being.


  • Evin Incir, Member of European Parliament, Sweden
  • Katrina Chen, BC Minister of State for Childcare
  • Maeva Vilain, City Councillor, Montreal
  • Moderated by Brian Topp, Political Strategist and Broadbent Institute Director


This year’s Summit is hosted in partnership with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Roosevelt Institute.


April 29, 2021 at 12:00pm - 3:30pm