Except where otherwise noted, all events take place in the Plenary room.

Download the discussion guide here.

Online registration is now closed. You can still register for the Summit onsite, Friday, October 3 from 12-7 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m.  Thank you and see you there!

Friday, October 3
12:00pm –


7:00pm –

Aboriginal welcome

7:10pm –

Welcome and opening remarks

7:45pm –

Good Jobs Debate


Saturday, October 4
9:00am –

Doors Open

9:30am –

Good Jobs Discussion

  • Student/young worker perspective
  • Business perspective
  • Labour perspective
10:15am –

Keynote: Van Jones & discussion

  • Van Jones, CNN commentator, green jobs, advocate, former advisor to US President Barack Obama
12:00pm –


(onsite or area vendors)

1:00pm –

Guest Speaker: Kathleen Wynne

1:40pm –

Organizing and community chapters

1:40pm –

Innovative models

1:40pm –

Green jobs workshop

1:40pm –

Minimum and living wage

1:45pm –

Issues workshops

  • Green jobs and the new economy (Alumni Lounge)
    • Lana Payne, Atlantic Director, Unifor (Moderator)
    • David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
    • Keith Brooks, Blue Green Canada
    • Tony Clarke, Green Economy Network
    • Kelsey Mech, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition
    • Dr. Cheryl Teelucksingh, Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University
  • Minimum wages and living wages: lifting the bar (Concourse A) 
    • Joie Warnock, Western Director, Unifor (Moderator)
    • Dena Warman, Policy Development Officer,  City of Toronto
    • Diane Dyson, Director, Research & Public Policy, WoodGreen Community Services
  • Organizing to improve labour standards: new models (Concourse B)
    • May Lui (Moderator)
    • Dave Clark, SPoT Coffee barista, member SEIU Local 2
    • Nora Loreto, Writer and Activist, member Canadian Freelance Union
  • Innovative models for creating good jobs (Plenary Floor) - bilingual
    • Joseph Gargiso (Moderator)
    • Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
    • Robert Laplante, Director General, Institut de recherché economie contemporaine (IREC)
    • Steve Shallhorn, Chairperson, Toronto Community Benefits Program


3:30pm –

Workshops - What do we need?

  • Just graduated – starting out in the labour force (Alumni Lounge)
    • Gerald Hunt, Director, Centre for Labour Management Relations
    • Bilan Arte, National Deputy Chairperson, Federation of Canadian Students
    • Sarah Watts-Rynard, Executive Director, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
  • Possibilities for rural and regional economies (Concourse A)
    • Katha Fortier, Ontario Regional Director, Unifor (Moderator)
    • Melissa Cook, Project/Resource Manager withPARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
    • Joseph Leon, Co-President, AGS Automotive Systems
  • Unemployed at either end of the labour market: over 40 and under 30
    • Sina Truong, Research and Special Projects Co-ordinator Centre for Labour Management Relations (Moderator)
    • Michael Walsh, Organizer, Canadian Federation of Students - Newfoundland & Labrador
    • Laurell Ritchie, Good Jobs for All Coalition
  • Combatting growing precarity in the jobs market
    • Mark Brown, Regional Education and Organization Officer Canadian Union of Postal Workers (Moderator)
    • Michelynn Laflèche, Director of Research, Public Policy & Evaluation, United Way of Greater Toronto
    • Dr. Kendra Coulter, Associate Professor, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University
    • Alastair Woods, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario


5:00pm –

Towards Agenda and Framework


8:00pm –

Nuit Blanche Party

Warm up before hitting the streets for Nuit Blanche with hot cider, good food and a cash bar.


Interactive art piece with artist Leo Dias

Participants are encouraged to write or draw their ideas and inspirations from the Summit onto the canvass. Creative collaboration leads to solutions.

Live jazz music

Good jobs video contest & People's Choice Award

Sunday, October 5
9:30am –

Doors Open

10:00am –

Action plan town hall

  • Kathleen Monk, strategist and commentator (Panel Moderator)
  • Robyn Benson, National President, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
  • Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor
  • James D Irving, Co - CEO, J.D. Irving,  Limited
  • Deborah Littman, Organizer, Metro Vancouver Alliance
  • Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students
  • David Miller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund, Canada
  • Mario Tremblay, Vice President of Public and Corporate Affairs, Quebec Solidarity Fund
  • Andrew Cardoza, President of Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy
  • Peter Edwards, VP Human Resources and Labour Relations, CP


11:30am –

Conclusion, recognition and next steps