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Broadbent Institute
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TypePublic policy think tank
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Ed Broadbent
Executive director
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Broadbent Institute is a Canadian progressive and social democratic think tank founded by Ed Broadbent.


Broadbent Institute is a Canadian progressive and social democratic think tank.[1][2] It was founded by Ed Broadbent[3] the former leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) from 1975 to 1989.[4] The mission of the Broadbent Institute is to "champion change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders." The Institute believes that "the progressive principles and collective efforts that have made us who we are as a country can inform new ways of thinking and new approaches to government that equip us to address the challenges facing Canadians."[5]

The founding executive director of the Institute was Kathleen Monk. Rick Smith became Executive Director in 2012.[6]

The Institute now has over 20 staff members and offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver and is the Canadian affiliate of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).


The Broadbent Institute's Board of Directors is chaired by Ed Broadbent and comprises prominent progressive leaders, thinkers and campaigners from across the country. The Broadbent Institute has over 60 Fellows who inform the Institute's research and policy agenda. The Fellows "are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of distinguished scholars, policy experts, and leaders from the Canadian business community and civil society."[7]


In 2013, the Broadbent Institute launched PressProgress, which describes itself as "Canada's most shared source for progressive news and information."

Canadaland included Press Progress along with The Nectarine, North99, Ontario Proud, The Post Millennial, 'and in their 2019 series--"Guide to new popular, populist political media"--in which they profiled "six relatively new startups that continue to grow more influential by the day in shaping political discourse in Canada."[8] The series described the startups as "new operations" "looking to sway voters in the lead-up" to the 2019 Canadian federal election.[8] Canadaland said that PressProgress regularly reports critical stories about politicians, business, and media organizations associated with right-wing politics.[8]

In a 2017 Canadaland podcast with PressProgress editor Luke LeBrun and writer and producer Luke Savage, journalist Jesse Brown questioned the claim "that there were no formal links between the federal NDP and the [Broadbent] think tank", by pointing out that stories by PressProgress often "run parallel with NDP talking points and never criticize the NDP for non-progressive choices like supporting a west-to-east pipeline".[9] They responded that they used "traditional tools of journalism, like access to information requests, fact-checking and seeking comment from politicians".[9]

During the 2019 federal election, the Green Party filed a complaint to National NewsMedia Council after PressProgress published a report on the Green Party's stance on abortion.[10][11]

Annual summit

Each year the Broadbent Institute hosts its annual Progress Summit, convening progressive policy-makers, elected officials, movement-builders, thought leaders and activists from across the country. The location of the Progress Summit alternates between Ottawa and other regions in Canada.[12] These summits have received sponsorships from major Canadian corporations such as Loblaw, Rogers, CN, Air Canada, WestJet, and Telus.[9]

Research and advocacy

In support of the Broadbent Institute's mission to champion progressive change, the Institute publishes original research and promotes new ideas, policies, and tools through its blog, special projects and issue-based campaigns.[13] The Institute's current[when?] work focuses on the green economy,[14] income inequality,[15] and democratic renewal.[16]

Training and leadership

As part of the Broadbent Institute's mission to train and support a new generation of leaders, the Institute hosts various webinars and workshops aimed at building progressive power in communities across Canada.[17]

In partnership with the Atkinson Foundation, the Institute has generated the Power Lab, an arms-length and non-partisan learning initiative centred on the people building community power, on the ground. Alejandra Bravo, the Broadbent Institute's Director of Leadership and Training, is a Director and Co-Facilitator at the Power Lab.[18]


  1. ^ Taber, Jane (August 15, 2011). "NDP hopes Broadbent think-tank will help bolster its gains". Ottawa Notebook. The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "A new Canadian survey on the rich/poor gap and taxes should spark debate". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. April 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Bryden, Joan (June 18, 2011). "Layton kicks off NDP convention saying the party is set to form next government". 680News. Toronto: Rogers Communications. The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Garth. "John Edward Broadbent". The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Historica-Dominion Institute. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Broadbent Institute (November 13, 2012). Broadbent Institute Grows Team with New Executive Director Rick Smith. Retrieved on: 2013-03-29.
  6. ^ "Broadbent Institute Grows Team with New Executive Director Rick Smith". Broadbent Institute. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Smith, Rick. "Meet the Broadbent Fellows". Broadbent Institute. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b c Gordon, Graeme (January 6, 2019). "A wave of new operations will be looking to sway voters in the lead-up to this fall's federal election". The Canadaland guide to new popular, populist political media. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Jesse Brown, Luke LeBrun, Luke Savage (December 17, 2017). Meet The New Partisan Press. Canadaland. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Singh brushes off Green complaint about abortion-related social media posts". The Canada Press. November 25, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Kingston, Anne (October 5, 2019). "Elizabeth May, fighting a war on many fronts". Macleans.
  12. ^ O'Malley, Kady (March 27, 2019). "Progressives ponder populism at annual Broadbent Institute confab". iPolitics. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Broadbent Institute | Research". Broadbent Institute. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Labour a key partner in a Canadian Green New Deal | The Star". Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Canadians feel 'affordability anxiety' ahead of federal election, survey finds | The Star". Retrieved .
  16. ^ "The evidence is clear. Canada needs electoral reform". Retrieved .
  17. ^ Institute, Broadbent. "Broadbent Institute launches state-of-the-art training program". Broadbent Institute. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Power Lab - Local organizing - Fair economies - Canada". Retrieved .

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