From June 16-17 2015, ACFO hosted the Funding Democracy summit at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. This non-partisan, progressive event united global leaders from industry, government, education and NGOs to address issues of taxation, corruption and trade, and to establish solutions for these global problems.
The keynote speaker for the first day of this historic event was leading American economist and thinker Robert Reich, who served under three national administrations, including as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Reich gave an incisive speech about the widening income gap and the role it plays in the deterioration of a nation’s economic health and shared a positive vision for how to tackle this disparity and get the economy back on track.
Day two of Funding Democracy was kick-started with a keynote speech by Rick Mercer, who brought his uniquely Canadian perspective to the event with his presentation, “Canada: a country worth ranting about.” Funding Democracy also featured keynotes by speakers including Canadian journalist Linda McQuaig and Icelandic Parliamentarian Ögmundur Jónasson.
Throughout its two-day duration, the Funding Democracy summit united Canadian and international experts from labour, academia, government, and NGOs for panels discussions on topic including:
An agenda including a full list of the speakers and panelists featured at Funding Democracy can be found here.