CCPA 30th Anniversary Conference and Dinner

Advancing Democracy and Social Justice in Canada: The Next 30 Years

For 30 years, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been giving voice to progressive ideas. In an era of shrinking progressive think tanks and growing right-wing think tanks, we’d like to celebrate our three decades of accomplishments.

On November 18, we celebrated 30 years with a gala dinner and a conference entitled Advancing Democracy and Social Justice in Canada: The Next 30 Years.

The conference and gala dinner, hosted by inveterate Canadian actor Eric Peterson, was a who’s who of progressive thinkers, activists, politicians as well as CCPA staff, research associates, board from across Canada.


Click on the speakers below to watch their talk.  A better-quality version from CPAC will be featured soon.


Conference: University of Ottawa, Tabaret Hall Room 112, 550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Session One: The Erosion of Democracy and Equality in Canada: What to Do  9:15-12:00p.m.

Welcome: Heather-jane Robertson & Bruce Campbell, CCPA Vice President and Executive Director, respectively, 9:00-9:15 a.m.

Chair: Gerry Caplan

  • Alex Neve, Director, Amnesty International-Canada
  • Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation
  • Professor Paul Saurette, University of Ottawa
  • Kate Rexe, Director, Sisters in Spirit, Native Women’s Association of Canada

Lunch speaker: Linda McQuaig 

Session Two: The Economy: From Recession to Recovery to Transformation:, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chair: Mike  McCracken, Chairman and  CEO, Informetica  Ltd


Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 12:00pm to Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:00am