Second Annual #Can2020 Conference: 5 Burning Platforms for Canada’s Future

Last year, the #Can2020 Conference, brought together over 600 progressives from across Canada and around the world for 3 days of keynotes, panels, breakout sessions and networking about the major policy challenges of our time.

Our goal for this year is simple: make our annual general conference bigger and better in every way possible. That means more delegates from across Canada, more opportunities for youth to attend, more diversity on stage, more social and networking events, and more globally-renowned speakers and innovators taking Canada 2020’s stage.

Our core theme this year: 5 Burning Platforms for Canada’s Future

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Given the timing of this year’s gathering – directly following an election which, regardless the outcome, will herald change for Canada’s federal government – we want the conference to be about big, disruptive ideas and what they mean for a modern Canadian federal government. Our central question for this year is: What are the 5 Burning Platforms for Canada’s Future?

Which means for two days in November, we are convening around five main platforms that a new federal government needs to address:

  1. Supporting Innovators & Entrepreneurs
  2. Reclaiming Climate Leadership
  3. Embracing Disruptive Technologies
  4. Building Smarter Cities
  5. Re-energizing Our Foreign Policy



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Featured Participants

  • Ana Bailão
    Toronto City Councillor (Ward 18) Bio
  • Craig Walter
    Partner, Deal Advisory & Infrastructure, KPMG Bio
  • Danielle Goldfarb
    Director, Global Commerce Center, The Conference Board of Canada Bio
  • David Axelrod
    Senior Strategist, 2012 Obama Re-election Campaign; Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011); Director, University of Chicago, Institute of Politics and Senior Political Commentator, CNN Bio
  • David Mulroney
    Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Bio
  • Diana Carney
    Director of Strategy and Engagement, IPPR Bio
  • Don Harrison
    Vice-President, Corporate Development, Google Inc. Bio
  • Don Newman
    Chairman, Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio
  • Elissa Golberg
    Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Bio
  • Eric Gertler
    Former Executive Vice-President, NYCEDC & Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation Bio
  • Frank Graves
    President, EKOS Research Bio
  • Her Worship Bonnie Crombie
    Mayor, City of Mississauga Bio
  • His Worship Gregor Robertson
    Mayor of Vancouver Bio
  • Hon. Amarjeet Sohi
    Minister of Natural Resources Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods) Bio
  • Hon. Catherine McKenna
    Minister of Environment and Climate Change Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre) Bio
  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne MPP
    Premier of Ontario Bio
  • Hon. Philippe Couillard
    Premier of Quebec Bio
  • Hon. Sergio Marchi
    President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association Bio
  • Ilona Dougherty
    Co-Founder, Apathy is Boring | Fellow, Ashoka Foundation Bio
  • Jascha Jabes
    Director, Corporate Finance, Scotiabank LinkedIn
  • John Brodhead
    Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks Bio
  • John McCall MacBain
    Founder, Pamoja Capital Bio
  • Jonathan Kay
    Editor-in-Chief, The Walrus Magazine Twitter
  • Kenneth Courtis
    Next Capital Bio
  • Lyse Doucet
    Chief International Correspondent, BBC News Bio
  • Matthew Bishop
    Globalisation Editor at The Economist Twitter
  • Matthew Mendelsohn
    Director Mowat Centre Bio
  • Michael Denham
    President & CEO, BDC Bio
  • Peter Harder
    Senior Policy Advisor, Dentons Bio
  • Rt. Hon. Charles Joseph Clark
    Former Prime Minister of Canada Bio
  • Ruma Bose
    President, Chobani Ventures / Global Entrepreneur’s Council, United Nations Foundation Bio
  • The Honourable Kevin Rudd
    President, Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Tom Rand
    Author & Senior Advisor, MaRS Bio

VenueThe Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4 CA