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Announcing speaker lineup and two in-person keynote events at DXC23

Mar 1, 2023

Early-bird tickets now available until March 8! There is still time to take advantage of our special pricing, so get your early-bird ticket today.

DemocracyXChange Summit (DXC23) is gaining momentum as we continue to attract an impressive line-up of speakers who are among the world’s leading voices on democracy. From March 23 to 25, this summit is the event of the year for those who care about defending democratic values and want to find solutions to protect democracy.

We are excited to announce two new keynote events:

  • On Friday, March 24, The Rise of the Italian Far Right: Lessons for Europe and Beyond, will be held in partnership with the public lecture series, On the Frontlines of Democracy, by Toronto Public Library and Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). Nadia Urbinati, PhD, distinguished political theorist and Professor at Columbia University, will analyze the rise of the new coalition government in Italy, dominated by a far right party with neo-facist roots, and their ramifications in conversation with Sanjay Ruparelia, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair and Associate Professor at TMU.

  • On Saturday, March 25, Rajni Perera will be the morning keynote speaker, sharing her insights on how artists need to be at the table to help co-create a more resilient and sustainable democracy in Canada and around the world. Perera is a painter and sculptor who explores how power works through the imagery of scientific fiction that acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.

DXC23 is a hybrid event that includes workshops, talks, networking and focuses on three core themes: integrity of information; economic and social inequality; and trust in governance.And take a look at who will be joining us:

  • Anand Giridharadas joins us on March 23 to deliver the opening keynote address in person. The author and journalist is one of the world’s leading voices on democracy, overcoming division, and how humans make and resist and grapple with change.

  • Akaash Maharaj, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption who is working to combat corruption, strengthen good government and uphold the rule of law.

  • Armine Yalnizyan, an economist, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers and a leading voice on Canada’s economic scene.

  • Dave Troy, investigative journalist with the Washington Spectator who focuses on exposing threats to democracy.

  • Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, press freedom fighter and author will deliver the closing keynote address in person on March 25.

Democracy Futures Workshop

As previously announced, we are holding a special and new feature – the Democracy Futures Workshop that will bring people together to develop new visions and critical pathways for a resilient democracy. The March 24 workshop, designed by OCAD U’s Super Ordinary Laboratory under the leadership of Professor Suzanne Stein and OCADU CO., in collaboration with TMU’s Leadership Lab and Brookfield Institute, will have participants consider the question, “How might we create a resilient, successful and sustainable democracy?” 

Workshop facilitators will guide groups focused on the summit’s three themes – social inequality, misinformation and trust in governance – to uncover new insights, connections, implications and opportunities for a future democracy that is resilient. Limited spaces are available; however, DXC23 registrants can apply to participate in the workshop after they have secured their summit ticket. 

Early-bird tickets available until March 8!

There is still time to take advantage of our special pricing, so get your early-bird ticket today before March 8. Plus, there are special discounted tickets for students.

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