Progress Summit 2021 Part 3

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 online. 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 3 - Power move: winning the just recovery we want

June 7-10, 2021

Progressives want a bold and transformational recovery that rectifies inequality and addresses climate change in meaningful ways, and a majority of the public agree. But transformation requires doing things differently. The third and final part of our Progress Summit will explore innovative approaches that are steering our economy and society towards an equitable and sustainable future.

Featured Speaker: Mariana Mazzucato, in conversation with Heather Scoffield

World-renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato will speak about how we can restructure the economy to tackle the biggest challenges of our world. Following her remarks, Professor Mazzucato will be joined in conversation with Heather Scoffield, Ottawa bureau chief for the Toronto Star.

Powering the shift towards clean, caring and inclusive economy

Leaders from the banking, municipal and labour sectors will discuss what tools and strategies they are exploring to actualize bold social objectives of transforming our economy and society post-pandemic.


  • Christine Bergeron, President and CEO of Vancity
  • David Miller, Director of International Diplomacy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre
  • Moderated by Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network

Building power to achieve a more just future

Activists from here and abroad tell stories of success where campaigns are achieving wins or changing the conversation in remarkable ways, and discuss what it tells us for how progressive movements can win the kind of future we want.


  • Delara Burkhardt, Member of European Parliament, Germany
  • Carolina Jimenez RN, MPH, Coordinator of the Decent Work and Health Network
  • Syed Hussan, Executive director of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
  • Moderated by Alejandra Bravo, Director of Leadership and Training, Broadbent Institute

The presentation of the Jack Layton Progress Prize

Alejandra Bravo presents the 2021 Jack Layton Progress Prize to Hoodstock.

The presentation of the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research

Rick Smith presents the 2021 Taylor Prize to Martha Friendly.

Empowering the Politically Abandoned: Addressing Inequalities in the 2020s

The final panel was a piece of partnered programming hosted by the Progressive Governance Digital Summit, featuring:


  • Jagmeet Singh, Human Rights Activist and Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party
  • Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany
  • Nadia Calviño, Second Vice-President of Spain and Minister for Economy Digitalization
  • Thomas Kralinski, Co-founder and board member of Das Progressive Zentrum

Previous Progress Summit 2021 Events

Part 1: Who pays for recovery? Fair taxes and building a future for all

Part 2: Building a Caring Economy to Speed Recovery


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


June 07, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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