Advisory: International progressive leaders to gather in Montreal

Canada 2020-hosted Global Progress Summit to focus on work, society and democracy in the digital age

22 September 2018 (Montreal) – The Global Progress 2018 Summit, hosted by Canada 2020, will take place in Montreal this coming weekend, gathering progressive leaders from around the world for high-level discussions on the future of work, society and democracy in the digital age.
The Global Progress Summit is the network’s annual gathering, taking place in major economic and cultural capitals around the world. The 2018 summit will gather progressive think-tanks, initiatives, institutions, movements and leaders from over 20 countries.
Participants include:

  • Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Rt. Hon. Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain
  • Hon. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice President, European Commission
  • Francisco De Paula Polo Llavata, Minister for Digital Affairs, Spain
  • Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State of the Presidency, Portugal
  • Astrid Panosyan, Co-Founder, En Marche, France
  • Marije Laffeber, Deputy Secretary General, Party of European Socialists
  • John Podesta, Founder, the Centre for American Progress
  • Neera Tanden, President, the Centre for American Progress
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Labour Party, United Kingdom
  • Wael Ghonim, Political Activist and Technologist
  • Jessica Post, Executive Director, Democratic Legislative Campaign Comittee,USA
  • June Sarpong, Author of Diversify
  • Emily Bell, Tow School of Digital Journalism, University of Columbia
  • Caro Loutfi, Executive Director, Apathy is Boring

Logistical details:

  • When: Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
  • Timing: 8:45 – 18:00 Eastern
  • Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec

All sessions on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 are open to accredited media. Accreditation will be granted to outlets with official credentials from their publisher, network or press gallery. For advance accreditation requests, please email [email protected].
The Summit agenda is below in the appendix.
For outlets wishing to cover the armchair discussion between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, media are required to report to the Green Room on the Mezzanine Level for security sweeps at 4:00 PM Eastern.

Appendix: Summit Agenda

Global Progress Summit 2018, Sunday, September 23rd, 2018, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Gold Room, unless otherwise stated
Welcome, Matt Browne, Founder, Global Progress / Tom Pitfield, Chairman, Canada 2020
Progress Under Threat: Authoritarianism and Populism in Global Perspective
With populist groups and authoritarian regimes on the rise, are progressive ideals now under threat? How should we respond?

  • Lia Quartapelle MP, International Secretary, Democratic Party, Italy (Chair)
  • Gordon Bajnai, Former Prime Minister, Hungary
  • Wael Ghonim, Political Activist and Technologist, Egypt
  • Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Leader of Future Forward, Thailand
  • Christian Kern, Former Chancellor, Austria
  • John Podesta, Founder, Centre for American Progress

Civic Renewal: Protecting Democracy and Rebuilding the Public Square
Confronted by fake news, electoral fraud, and misinformation campaigns, progressives urgently need to think about how to protect democracy and rebuild the public square in the digital age.

  • Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President, Berggruen Institute (Chair)
  • Ben Scott, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network (Presenter)
  • Emily Bell, Director, Tow School of Digital Journalism, University of Columbia
  • Francisco De Paula Polo Llavata, Spanish Minister for Digital Affairs
  • Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State of the Presidency, Portugal


  • Networking & Coffee, Grey Room

A Message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

  • [via Video]

Future of Work: Diversity and Innovation in the Digital Age
How will innovation, technological change, and diversity drive the new economy, and how can progressives ensure it remains inclusive and fair?

  • Mike Moffatt, Research Director, Canada 2020 (Chair)
  • Lodewijk Asscher MP, Leader, Dutch Labour Party
  • June Sarpong, Author of Diversity
  • Amit Singh, Head of Policy and Research, Uber

Networking Lunch

  • Grey Room

Inclusive Prosperity: Towards a Global New Deal
How can we reform economic globalization and multilateral systems to ensure they promote inclusive prosperity in domestic economies?

  • Rocio Martinez- Sampere, Director, Fundacion Felipe Gonzalez (Chair)
  • Scott Brison MP, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, Canada
  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice President, European Commission

Climate Change and Global Health: A Conversation with James Orbinski and Robert Greenhill
How is climate change impacting our health around the globe and how can progressives best understand and overcome this challenge?
Break and Transition to Plenary

  • Oval Ballroom

Progress in the Digital Age
The future has always been an advantage for progressives but for many the idea of progress is now a broken promise. How can we restore optimism and faith going forward? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in conversation with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain, moderated by June Sarpong.
Closing Remarks