2023 in Review

Our team is looking back on a year of unprecedented conversation and action, as our shared progressive values have been under threat in far too much of the world. Year after year, it is increasingly important for us to come together in common cause. With your support, we’ve done just that – but there’s so much more for us to achieve together in 2024.

Roundtable on the health of Canada’s small businesses, May 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2023 Global Progress Action Summit in Montreal

Enabled by partners, supporters, and leaders like you, our year has been packed with everything from major summits to intimate round-tables that have catalysed conversation and action on the biggest challenges facing Canadians, including the net-zero transition, growth for all in a fast-changing world, food insecurity, reconciliation, and so much more.

“Food as Medicine” – Exploring the connections and opportunities across food and health care, April 2023
Jennifer Welsh, Mark Carney, and Caroline Cochrane on stage, Net-Zero Leadership Summit, April 2023
Minister Steven Guilbeault delivering a keynote, Net-Zero Leadership Summit, April 2023

Our team is as committed to this work as ever. In addition to our major Economic Reconciliation Summit and a spring and autumn Net-Zero Leadership Summits, in September, we hosted a marquee edition of the Global Progress Action Summit. Co-hosted with Center for American Progress Action, this gathering featured leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action & Finance and former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England Mark Carney, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, former Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, UK Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer, and so many more, collaborating on how together we can work to renew trust in democracy, ensure shared prosperity over deepening inequality, and accelerate action towards addressing the global climate emergency.

Current and former Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern, Jonas Gahr Støre, Sanna Marin, and Justin Trudeau on stage with Surpriya Dwivedi,  2023 Global Progress Action Summit
David Miliband, Magdalena Andersson, and Patrick Gaspard discussing democracy in an age of impunity,  2023 Global Progress Action Summit
Anna Gainey speaking with Tony Blair, 2023 Global Progress Action Summit

This summer, we were also thrilled to announce the members of our 2023-2024 Advisory Board chaired by Mark Carney. This group of expert public policy leaders will continue to help guide Canada 2020’s work, focused on the pillars of promoting growth for all, accelerating the transition to net-zero, advancing economic reconciliation, driving innovation for health, building government that delivers, and strengthening Canada’s leadership in the world.

Canada 2020 Advisory Board Meeting, September

Looking ahead, we’re planning many more opportunities for connection, new research, and the sharing of bold and necessary ideas with a full calendar of events for 2024, including a comprehensive policy conference on Canada’s future, as well as our signature annual summits, events, and research. These projects position us for continued leadership in key Canadian policy debates and decisions that will make real progress a reality on priorities like economic growth that leaves no one behind, net-zero leadership, economic reconciliation, strengthening democracy, the Canada-US relationship, and so much more.

Shannin Metatawabin, Alika Lafontaine, and Minister Patty Hajdu, Economic Reconciliation Summit, May 2023
Douglas Sanderson, Chief Crystal Smith, and Minister Marc Miller, Economic Reconciliation Summit, May 2023
Anne McLellan and Minister Seamus O’Regan in discussion, Net-Zero Leadership Summit, October 2023

Your support allows Canada 2020 to continue as an essential voice in Canada’s public policy discourse, and a focal point for helping to shape a better, fairer, cleaner, and more prosperous future for Canada and the world – and we’re so grateful that you’re a part of it. 

Thank you for the ideas and involvement.