Ottawa 2018


Ottawa 2018 will feature these incredible speakers:


Jagmeet Singh

Leader of Canada’s NDP
Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario, spent part of his childhood living in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Jagmeet holds a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, served as both the Deputy House Leader and later Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015-17 before becoming leader of Canada’s NDP in October of 2017.

Tamika Mallory

Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington
Tamika D. Mallory is an esteemed social justice leader, advocate, activist and mother. A New York City native, this fiery, outspoken organizer has remained a consistent fixture in the civil rights movement for nearly 20 years. Tamika’s focus on civil and human rights issues includes extensive work around equal rights for women, economic empowerment, gun violence, criminal justice reform and police accountability.

Ian Campeau

Indigenous Advocate & Musician
Ian Campeau, also known as DJ NDN, is the co-founder & former member of the music group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR). Through a powerful combination of art and activism, he uses his notoriety to draw attention to issues of racism, gender based violence, stigmas of mental health, and other forms of oppression. He is Ojibwe, Anishinaabe from the Nipissing First Nation.

Christiane Taubira

Author & former French Minister of Justice
Christiane is a former French Minister of Justice and former MP for Guyana in the French National Assembly (1993-2012). A renowned progressive activist, she authored the French law recognizing slavery as a crime against humanity and, as Minister of Justice, showed great courage and strength when she introduced and fought for the law legalizing same-sex marriage in France.

Iain McNicol

General Secretary, British Labour Party
Iain McNicol was officially confirmed as General Secretary of the British Labour Party at its annual conference in September 2011. He previously held the post of National Political Officer of the GMB union and has a long history of organising in both the Labour Party and the trade union movement.

Andrea Horwath

Leader of Ontario’s NDP
Andrea Horwath is the Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats. From her early career in community development to today, she’s always believed that government should be about giving people the opportunity to build a good life no matter where in Ontario they live, or when this province became home.

Guest Speakers

Will Prosper

Documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist

Hassan Yussuff

President CLC

Dr. Monika Dutt

Executive Director of Upstream

Marie Chris Cabreros

President of Akbayan, the Philippines’ Citizens’ Action Party

Mike Layton

Toronto City Councillor

Matt Green

Hamilton City Councillor

Jack Saddleback

Aboriginal, two-spirited & trans activist and artist


Musician, historian

Barâa Arar

Spoken word artist

Sahra MacLean

Otipemisiwak (Métis), advocate and teacher

Brittany Andrew-Amofah

Policy & Research Manager, Broadbent Institute

Andrew Jackson

Former Chief Economist & Director of Social and Economic Policy at CLC

Armine Yalnizyan

Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives