Release: Leaders of the global progressive movement gathering in Montreal at Global Progress 2017

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The Global Progress 2017 Summit to feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Philippe Couillard, Arianna Huffington, John Podesta, Maria Elena Boschi, Reid Hoffman, Helle Thorning Schmidt, David Milliband and more at gathering hosted by Canada 2020 in partnership with the Center for American Progress, Policy Network and Volta Italia.
14 September 2017 (MONTREAL) – Canada 2020 will host the 2017 Global Progress Summit in Montreal, Canada this weekend, gathering leaders from the global progressive movement including Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Couillard, Maria Elena Boschi, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, John Podesta and more.
Global Progress, housed at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., is a collaborative network of think-tanks, research institutes and other policy initiatives that share resources, best-practices and strategies.
This year’s summit, hosted by Canada 2020, will feature keynotes, breakout discussions and panel conversations on themes such as digital democracy, the future of work, shared prosperity, defending the liberal international order and more.

“Canada 2020 is proud to once again host the Global Progress Summit on Canadian soil. Canada has emerged as a true leader of the global progressive movement – and Canada 2020 prides itself on bringing progressive thinkers together to discuss the important issues and decisions facing policymakers today.”

Tom Pitfield, President of Canada 2020

“Global Progress is thrilled to return to Montreal for the second consecutive year. Canada has become a global hub for progressive thinking on important issues, and over 200 delegates from over 25 countries will be in attendance to lend their perspective to how we can collaboratively work together to solve 21st century challenges.”

Matt Browne, Executive Director of Global Progress

“Policy Network – the international ideas exchange for progressives – is delighted to be partnering in Global Progress 2017, Montreal. There has never been a more vital time for progressives to come together and share ideas and experiences from around the world. And there is no more relevant country to be gathering than Canada, where prime minister Trudeau has led the way in showing how it is possible to craft a progressive platform that crucially speaks to the pace of economic and social change our societies are experiencing.”

Matthew Laza, Director of Policy Network

Summit Details:

What: The Global Progress Summit 2017
Where: Sheraton Centre Hotel, Montreal (3rd & 4th Floor)
When: September 16 – 17, 2017 (full agenda here)
Hosts: Global Progress and Canada 2020, in partnership with the Center for American Progress (USA), Policy Network (UK), Volta (Italy)
Key participants include:

  • Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada – Friday, September 15
  • Hon. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec – Saturday, September 16
  • Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment & Climate Change – Sunday, September 17
  • John Podesta, Founder, Centre for American Progress – Saturday, September 16
  • Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn – Sunday, September 17
  • Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post – Sunday, September 17
  • Steve Huffman, CEO, Reddit – Sunday, September 17
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO, Save the Children International – Saturday, September 16
  • Wael Ghonim, Egyptian Activist & Fellow @ Harvard’s Shorenstein Center – Sunday, September 17
  • Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary, Italy – Saturday, September 16
  • Neera Tanden, Centre for American Progress – Saturday, September 16
  • Rt. Hon. David Miliband, CEO, International Rescue Committee – Saturday, September 15
  • Giuliano da Empoli, Volta, Italy – Saturday, September 15
  • + more

Plenary panels are open for coverage. Feedboxes and a press room will be available. The full agenda is available for download here.
Please note that media will require security sweeps prior to Friday’s session. Please report to Ballroom East no later than 2:00 PM EST.


To coordinate access and coverage, please contact:
Alex Paterson, Canada 2020, (613) 793-8234, [email protected]
About Canada 2020
Canada 2020 is Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank. Founded in 2006, Canada 2020 produces original research, hosts events and starts conversations about Canada’s future. Our goal is to build a community of progressive ideas and people that will move and shape governments. For more, visit
About Global Progress
Global Progress is a collaborative work program housed at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Founded by Matt Browne, Global Progress connects progressive think-tanks, initiatives, institutions and movements from around the world. The Global Progress network shares ideas, resources and talent in the pursuit of a more socially and economically progressive international community.