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Canada's Democracy Summit

April 11–13, 2024 in Toronto

Courage Through Chaos

Connecting, celebrating and equipping people who are taking action to strengthen democracy and civil society. Join us at OCAD University and TMU in Toronto this April as we take on today’s most urgent civic issues. 

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Featured Keynote

Meta Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, to Headline DemocracyXChange Summit in Toronto April 11–13, 2024 

In Her New Memoir, The Power of One, Haugen Warns That a Lack of Transparency in Big Tech Continues to Cause Harm.


Integrity of Information

How and where people get their sources of information continues to evolve. We’ll examine the latest tools that people are turning to, the ongoing policy debates and the chaos that ensues in this quickly moving space.


DXC24 Workshops

Friday Workshop Registration Now Open!
Sign-up for the Democracy Futures Workshop or the Emerging Leaders Workshop at checkout. Space is limited.

DemocracyXChange 2024 offers two workshop streams on Friday April 12; Stream A: Democracy Futures Workshop, and Stream B: Emerging Leaders Workshop.


The Democracy Futures Workshop invites participants to consider: What might a flourishing democracy look like for all Canadians in the year 2050, and how might we get there? Participants will be guided through various activities and processes of strategic foresight. In small groups, participants will work together through a series of exploratory activities in order to uncover new insights, connections, implications and opportunities for the future of democracy.


This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.


The Emerging Leaders Workshop is intended for students, recent graduates and emerging leaders. This workshop features advice, skill building and networking for those engaging and making change in their communities.

Tickets to these workshops are available now for ticket holders. Attendees will be prompted to sign-up at ticket checkout. Capacity is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

We’re at a pivotal moment for democracy in Canada and democracies around the world. It’s time to re-connect pro-democracy voices, confront the corrosive forces that erode public trust, and reignite progress that delivers positive change for people.

Karim Bardeesy

Executive Director of the Dais at TMU


DemocracyXChange 2024

This year, in our fifth edition of DemocracyXChange, we offer expanded programming with a multi-day summit in Toronto, Canada from April 11–13, 2024, to connect, celebrate and equip people who are taking action to strengthen democracy.


Co-created by OCAD University, The Open Democracy Project and the Dais at TMU, Canada’s premier democracy event kicks-off with the Wonk Prom party on Thursday night, April 11, followed by a full-day Friday program of guest speakers, performers, two workshops to choose from, a powerful art-gallery tour and the first-ever partnership with the French General Consulate of Toronto and Alliance Française to integrate the global initiative, Night of Ideas: Fault Lines, for our DXC audience. Saturday, April 13 is our capstone summit event featuring provocative talks, panels and knowledge-sharing workshops that boldly tackle today’s most urgent civic issues.

The year 2024 has been named the “make or break year for Democracy” by TIME magazine, with over half the world’s population heading to the polls in 65 countries around the globe. Join us as we spotlight Courage Through Chaos in pressing themes such as: trust in governance, misinformation, social and economic disparity, art as activism and polarization; with a special focus on the role of democracies in confronting the existential threat of climate change.

Sponsors and Partners

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Arts Partner
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