Tommy Douglas Institute 2019: Event Schedule

Thursday May 23rd, 2019
9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.



 9:30 a.m.

Registration / Community Open Space: Images & Words*
[4 th Floor / Open Area]
Interactive Exhibits / Information Tables / Refreshments

10:00 a.m.

Opening Session**
[Lecture Hall – Rm. 406]

Land Acknowledgement

Welcome to George Brown College and The Tommy Douglas Institute
Rick Huijbregts
, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, George Brown College

Mohammad Ali Aumeer, Socialist Hip Hop

Introduction to Keynote
Amina Hagar,
Community Worker Student 

Maude Barlow, 
National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Question & Answer Period / Vote of Thanks
Ryan Walsh
, Aboriginal Legal Services

12:00 p.m.

 Community Open Space: Images & Words*

12:30 p.m.

Breakout Roundtables / Lunch

Humanity Without Borders: From Xenophobia to Compassion & the Building of Global Communities 
Franciso Rico-Martinez
, FCJ Refugee Centre

The Battle for Truth, the Amplification of Hate and the Power and Reach of Modern Media: Educating for Change in the Information Age  
Victoria Fenner

From Working Class Rage to Workers' Rights and Solidarity: Organizing for Bread and Roses in Precarious Times 
Melisa Bayon, Ontario Federation of Labour

Climate Denial, Environmental Violence and the Age of the Anthropocene: Crimes Against Humanity?
Dusha Sritharan
, Toronto Climate Action Network

Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Poor: Organizing for Dignity in the Age of Neoliberalism 
Anna Willats, Rise Up! Anti-Poverty Organizer

Standing Against the Emergence of Regressive Populism and the Gutting of Our Social Contract / Standing For Social Justice and Good Governance 
Kofi Hope
, The Wellesley Institute

Our Schools Are Our Futures: Defending Against Neoliberal Attacks on Educational Systems, Students, Workers and Critical Pedagogy 
Ricardo Tranjan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

2:00 p.m.

Community Open Space: Images & Words*

2:30 p.m.



Closing Session**
[Lecture Hall – Rm. 406]

Drumming Session
Samba Squad

Welcome to Closing Session

Conversation Panel / Open Forum           

Envisioning A Peoples' Centred Economy

Nour Alideeb, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students Ontario

Maude Barlow, National Chair, Council of  Canadians

John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Kofi Hope, Sr. Policy Advisor, Wellesley Institute

Vicky Mochama, Podcaster, Commentator, Journalist

Panel Moderator: Olivia Chow, Former Member of Parliament, Community Organizer

Artist's Remarks
Jack Pearpoint
, Event Artist, Inclusion Press

Vote of Thanks / Closing
Ashley Booth, 
Tommy Douglas Institute Organizing Committee

End of Program

Program is subject to update

*Community Open Space:  Images and Words allows participants the chance to reflect on and discuss the day's ideas by engaging with interactive tools, art and each other.

**A living visual document of the Institute's main sessions will be created throughout the day in Rm. 406.

Tommy Douglas Institute Quick Links