Canada 2020 welcomes Braeden Caley as new Executive Director

As we start spring and look forward to hopefully seeing much more of each other in the months ahead, it’s also a time of important new beginnings at Canada 2020.

Canada 2020 has announced today that Braeden Caley has been appointed as Canada 2020’s new Executive Director, and will formally join our team in early May. 

“Braeden brings a wealth of experience in the making and shaping of progressive public policy, and a proven capacity for mobilizing innovative and inclusive teams to help build a better Canada,” said Anna Gainey, Executive Chair of Canada 2020. “We’re all looking forward to soon having his leadership at work to help ensure Canada 2020 can keep building Canada’s leading community of progressive ideas.”

For over sixteen years, Braeden has advised a variety of progressive political leaders in government and served in leading roles on their campaigns. Born and raised in Richmond, BC, that work has included serving as Director of Policy and Communications for former Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, as Senior Director, Communications for the Liberal Party of Canada and in key roles on Justin Trudeau’s federal election campaigns in 2015, 2019, and 2021, and advising a number of senior federal Parliamentarians. 

“With no shortage of challenges this year on priorities like climate action, strengthening democracy, and securing economic growth that leaves no one behind, Canada 2020 has a vital role to play in mobilizing essential and emerging public policy to help build a better future,” said Matt Browne, founder of Global Progress and Canada 2020 Board member. “Braeden’s leadership as Executive Director will help ensure Canada 2020 can continue to make a vital impact on shaping public policy both within Canada and with progressives worldwide.”

Founded in 2006, Canada 2020 produces original research, hosts wide-ranging events, and starts meaningful conversations about Canada’s future. An active member of the Global Progress network, Canada 2020’s goal is to build a community of progressive ideas and people that will move and shape governments.

“Canada 2020 has long been at the heart of our country’s progressive conversation and policy outlook,” said Braeden Caley, incoming Executive Director. “With impactful events, research, and dialogue, it has been a focal point for forward-looking perspectives to help build a better, fairer, cleaner, and more prosperous future for Canadians and the world – and I’m looking forward to joining its team to help build the next steps in that important work.”

Canada 2020 is also looking forward to hosting our first in-person event in two years on May 17th in Ottawa, focused on The Indigenous-led Economy. We’re excited to feature Indigenous leaders reflecting on the importance of economic reconciliation to their communities, and showcasing specific projects that demonstrate the unquestionable value of Indigenous leadership, stewardship, and innovation.  Joining us will be the Hon. Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Mark Podlasly, Director of Economic Policy at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition, and many more.