More than 300 participants from all ten provinces and two territories in Canada, as well as from countries on five continents, gathered in Ottawa to take part in the 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy. Participants heard from engaging keynotes, received messages of support from representatives of all four parties in the House of Commons, debated a joint declaration and announced numerous commitments to act on the recommendations crafted over the two days.
Speakers at the Summit included:
- Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of State (Agriculture), responsible for co-operatives
- Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)
- Hon. Michael Ignatieff, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada
- Gilles Duceppe, Leader, Bloc Québécois
- Tony Martin, MP for Sault Ste Marie and NDP Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development
- New York Times bestselling author Raj Patel
- Michael Peck from Mondragon International and Ken Delaney from the Steelworkers
Videos from the Summit as well as the declaration and revised recommendations for action will be posted in the coming days, but in the meantime you can find coverage of the Summit here:
The Canadian Cooperative Association’s Summit blog:
Blog posting from SEE Change magazine:
An article in Straight Goods:
Pictures on the CCEDNet Facebook page:
Tweets from the National Film Board of Canada’s GDP project participants:
From co-operatives that have existed for more than a century to the latest innovative social enterprises, citizen-led efforts to build a people-centred economy are rich in their history and diversity. In the face of recent economic turmoil and growing ecological crises, these approaches are more relevant than ever. The 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy brought together leaders and representatives of the community economic development, co-operative and social economy sectors to build a common agenda and mobilize action for a secure, sustainable economy that puts people and the planet first.
The Summit was centred on six themes:
1. Finance and Investment
2. Enterprise Development
3. Territorial Revitalization
4. Organizing the Social Economy Marketplace
5. Partnerships / Sector Development
Ian MacPherson, Co-director of the Canadian Social Economy Hub presented during the Summit. See below to access these presentation documents.
Rupert Downing, Co-director of the Canadian Social Economy Hub presented during the Summit. See below for his presentation.