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Winners announced for AMAPCEO-supported Broadbent awards

Publish date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 update

Congratulations to Catherine Abreu and Marjorie Griffin Cohen for winning the 2020 Jack Layton Progress Prize and the 2020 Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research, respectively. AMAPCEO is proud to sponsor these prizes to support those running campaigns and doing research to build a better Canada. AMAPCEO and the Broadbent Institute have a longstanding relationship of collaborating on events and research; this is AMAPCEO’s 5th year sponsoring these awards.

“It’s at times like this, during this pandemic, that I’m reminded of how important it is for us to drive social change. I believe when we get through this, there are going to be lots of opportunities to do just that,” said President Dave Bulmer. “Sponsoring prizes like these allow Canada’s brightest innovators to keep their focus on doing their work for the public good.”

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director of Climate Action Network - Réseau action climat (CAN-Rac) Canada, is the 2020 Jack Layton Progress Prize winner for her international leadership on climate policy and action, and transformative work as Executive Director of CAN-Rac. Established as one of the most influential players in Canadian and international climate politics, Catherine has developed CAN-Rac into a powerful coalition of more than 100 organizations bringing together unlikely allies in service of the cause of carbon reduction and progressive economic transformation.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen, professor emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University is the recipient of the 2020 Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research for her extensive leadership and research on the intersection of gender and sexuality issues, and climate and labour policy. Her service as Chair of the BC Fair Wages Commission led directly to an historic increase in the minimum wage in that province.

Normally given out at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, the awards were announced online this year. Watch President Dave Bulmer’s opening remarks online:

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).