What works summit

Road trip to Banff to speak at the What Works Summit

Coalition Co-chairs Hon. Anne McLellan and Hon. Lisa Raitt spend this session at the Social Progress Imperative's (SPI) What Works Summit at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity held in June 2022. They discuss the Coalition's goal, the effectiveness of its bipartisan approach, and the parallels between the Coalition's scorecard and SPI’s own Social Progress Index. This is an opportunity for interested individuals to learn about the Coalition, Anne and Lisa’s approach, how we got our start, and so much more. Check it out!

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2022 Tansley Lecture

Smart, co-operative action for a better future

Organized annually by the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy at the University of Regina, the prestigious Tansley Lecture honours Donald D. Tansley and his remarkable career as a senior civil servant in Canada. On May 26, Coalition Co-chairs, Hon. Anne McLellan and Hon. Lisa Raitt delivered this year’s Tansley Lecture virtually to an audience of 250 from the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and the First Nations University of Canada, as well as an audience from the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, the private sector and the general public.

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Coalition podium series goes national

The Coalition for a Better Future’s message about the need for a long-term plan for economic growth for Canada that is sustainable and inclusive was applauded by policy makers and industry leaders across the country in April. Coalition co-chairs Hon. Anne McLellan and Hon. Lisa Raitt were featured at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit 2022 in Toronto on April 28, 2022 in a fireside chat with PPF President and CEO, Edward Greenspon.

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In October 2021 we gathered in-person and online for our first summit.

A huge thank you to all Coalition supporters who attended the Summit. We hope you found the presentations and discussions over the two days informative and thought-provoking. Let's keep the conversation going.

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Highlighted speakers.

Summit speakers shared insights and success stories about innovative solutions to social and economic problems. Participants explored new ideas to reduce inequality, combat climate change, raise living standards and tangibly improve the lives of all Canadians.

Carolyn Wilkins

Playing to Win

Carolyn Wilkins, former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, kicked off the summit by highlighting why economic growth matters. She observed that Canada’s weak GDP growth per capita has a direct impact on Canadians, stating “It diminishes our power to help ourselves financially, and those in need, our capacity to invest in Canada’s future, and our ability to keep public finances on a sustainable track.”

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How to build a more inclusive economy

Andrew Chunilall, CEO Community Foundations of Canada, Michelle Quintyn, CEO Goodwill Industries, Alicia Dubois, Co-Chair Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business talk about how to ensure economic growth is inclusive and creates true belonging for all Canadians.

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Raj Chetty

Improving equality of opportunity

Harvard Economist Raj Chetty uses “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a better chance of success. His research tracks the likelihood of children earning more than their parents, on a street-by-street analysis of North America.

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Ray Williams

Innovative solutions to social and economic challenges

Ray Williams, Co-Founder, Black Opportunity Fund, discusses strategies for Indigenous and Black entrepreneurs to attract capital to succeed.

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Comedian, Stewart Reynolds pokes fun at the “all Canadian” name of the Coalition for a Better Future, and the people who founded it.

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Jon Yates

Finding common ground in a fractious age

British author of “Fractured” talks about how we find common ground when our societies are falling apart, through his observations of Brexit and rising populism around the world.

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Marie Lapointe

Breakthrough technologies to reduce GHG emissions

Marie Lapointe, Executive Director of Hydrogen Quebec talks about the opportunity for hydrogen batteries to power airlines, trucking, and heavy transport for Canada and the world.

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What will it take to achieve our climate ambitions?

Stewart Elgie, Chair of Smart Prosperity, Peter Tertzakian, Deputy Director of the Arc Institute, and Monica Gattinger, Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa discuss the need for an overarching plan to ensure Canadians get to net zero emissions by 2050.

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Keeping Score

We now begin the next phase of the Coalition’s work.

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