For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Our economies are in uncharted territory, our institutions are under immense stress, and our global relationships are being put to the test.  That is why the future seems so uncertain. It is also why the choices we make now will shape the long road to recovery.


Building a coalition.


We are in unprecedented times.

The combined impact of the pandemic and global economic recession means that informed and coordinated action matters more than ever. That is why Canada 2020 and its partners have launched The Recovery Project, an international coalition of think-tanks, research institutes, and organizations designed to start the conversation about recovery - even if that recovery seems a long way off.

Billions - if not trillions - will be spent; institutional roles will be re-examined; and global relationships will be put to the test.


The long tail, and what's next.

The road to recovery should be built on a foundation of evidence, sustained effort and common purpose. That is why we are marshalling our resources to provide insight and analysis for what comes next. Our work will focus on the long tail of economic recovery around the world. 

Semi-regular briefings and commentary from The Recovery Project's coalition of experts, advisors and guest-contributors.

Commentary & Briefings

Livestream Discussions

The Recovery Project will convene semi-regular livestream discussions with experts from our network.

Media Resource Centre

Connecting media with experts who 

are studying the long tail of recovery. 


Deep-dives into the latest data, statistics and research. White papers, data visualization and fact sheets.

Research & Analysis

When appropriate, The Recovery Project will convene in-person events to discuss post-shut down approaches.

Conferences & Events

The Recovery Project will bring together a dynamic group of progressive leaders to confront our shared challenges and enable a robust, global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summit will focus on five core themes in the context of recovery:

We want to hear from you. Share your ideas on the five themes to help set the stage for lasting global recovery.


Global crises often have deep and long-lasting impacts on gender equality and roles in society, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. What can we learn from women leaders around the world who have brought strong and decisive leadership in their response to the pandemic? Does this crisis have the potential to act as a longer-term gender equalizer?

The Recovery Project is pleased to be joined by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, in-conversation with Kate Graham, Canada 2020 Senior Fellow and host of The 2020 Network’s No Second Chances.

The Perfect Chance to Reshape Gender Roles?

with Mary Robinson, 

former President of Ireland


The Rise of Regional Economies

How will the COVID-19 response impact local and regional economies? Will those changes impact global manufacturing and supply chains?  

Getting the Infrastructure Spend Right

Infrastructure will be central to the recovery effort globally. How do policymakers leverage the spend and use this opportunity to make strategic and resilient investments? 


The Big Picture for Canada

Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management

Kevin Page, President, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy

Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Toronto Star

Re-stitching the Social Safety Net

Hugh Segal, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy,

Queen’s University and Senior Advisor at Aird and

Berlis, LLP

Helaina Gaspard, Director of Governance and 

Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy

"Unpicking the Lockdown": Easing Out of Social Distancing

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby South

Moderated by Kevin Page, President of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.

Ian Mulheirn, Executive Director and Chief Economist of Renewing the Centre, Tony Blair Institute

Sam Alvis, Special Advisor on UK Policy, Tony Blair Institute

Hosted by Alex Paterson, Executive Director, Canada 2020

Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 Worldwide

Marco Simoni, President of the Human Technopole Foundation

Heather Boushey, President & CEO, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Justin Wolfers, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Hosted by Kevin Page, President & CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy

In Conversation with Jagmeet Singh

Sub-nationals: The politics of money and crisis management

Scott Pattison, Senior Fellow, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at uOttawa, Principle, Pattison Strategies

Dan White, Director of Public Sector Research, Moody’s Analytics

SMEs: The Long Tail of Small Business Recovery

Michael Denham, President and CEO, BDC

Rodney MacDonald, VP, Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy, Intuit

Dr. Sandip Lalli,  President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

JP Gladu, former President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Moderated by Susan Smith, co-founder of Canada 2020

Linda NazarethPrincipal, Relentless Economics

The Hon. Scott BrisonVice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO

Rick AndersonPrincipal, Earnscliffe

Kevin Page, President & CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa

Emerging from the COVID Crisis:

In Conversation with Lodewijk Asscher

Lodewijk Asscher, leader of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) and former Deputy Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Matt Browne, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and founder of Global Progress

The Governance Gap

Mitchell O'Brien, consultant working with the World Bank, and resident Research Fellow, Democracy Coalition Project

Helaina Gaspard, Director of Governance and Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy

In-conversation with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown

Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sub-nationals: The Pivot from Crisis to Recovery

Dannel Malloy, former governor of Connecticut

Alison Redford, former premier of Alberta

Gordon Campbell, former premier of British Columbia

In Conversation with David Miliband

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

Matt Browne, founder of Global Progress and Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress

Dealing with Global Debt

The Hon. Ralph Goodale, former Canadian Finance Minister

Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance,

Institute of International Finance

William White, Senior Fellow with the C D Howe Institute

Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rural Canada and Healthcare Delivery

Hon. Brian Gallant, former Premier of New Brunswick

Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

Dr. Tom McIntosh, Professor at the University of Regina

Moderated by Jodi Butts, Corporate Director, Lawyer & Health

Policy Advisor

In Conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark

Matt Browne, Founder of Global Progress and Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress

Canada’s Energy Future: In Conversation with Minister Seamus O’Regan 

The Hon. Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Natural Resources

Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

COVID-19 & Systemic Racism in Canada

Dr. Brenda Green, Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Health at First Nations University of Canada

Yolande James, former Quebec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, and former Quebec Minister of Families

Cheryl Prescod, Executive Director at Black Creek Community Health Centre

Roberta K. Timothy, Assistant Professor and Director of Health Promotion at Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Moderated by Monnica Williams, Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Clinical Director of Behavioural Wellness Clinic, and Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities.

Rural Canada’s Recovery

Dr. Ryan Gibson, Associate Professor and Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph

Dr. Heather Hall, Assistant Professor, Director Economic Development & Innovation Program, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo

Adapting Infrastructure Needs in Light of COVID-19

The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

John Porcari, President of Advisory Services, WSP USA

Wolfgang Schmidt, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Finance

Moderated by Gareth Jones, Principal, Carlyle Group

America’s Global Role in the Age of COVID-19

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, celebrated author, academic, and foreign policy thought-leader

Moderated by Roland Paris, professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa and former Foreign Affairs advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Preparing for the Second Wave:

Insights from former Health Ministers

Dr. Philippe Couillard, former Premier and Health Minister of Quebec

Deb Matthews, former Health Minister of Ontario

Stephen Mandel, former Health Minister of Alberta

Terry Lake, former Health Minister of British Columbia

Moderated by Patrick Fafard, professor of Public and International Affairs, specialized in Public Health Policy at the University of Ottawa

Rural Canada with the Hon. Maryam Monsef

The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Dr. Sarah Minnes, President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Restarting Canada’s Economy

Insights from Canadian Heads of Missions

Caroline Delany, High Commissioner to Mozambique

Alexandra Bugailiskis, Ambassador to Italy

Brandon Lee, Consul General to Seattle (US)

Nadir Patel, High Commissioner to India

Moderated by Helaina Gaspard, IFSD

The Race to Find a Vaccine

Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and CEO of CIFAR and founding head of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise

Dr. Shabir Madhi, professor of Vaccinology at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg and co-founder and co-director of the African Leadership Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise

Moderated by Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP



Individual action matters.

As we start to think about recovery in the near future, collective action and individual choices made now will have an impact on what that recovery looks like. 

Prevent the spread by following the expert guidance of public health officials, and stay informed of the latest directives.

Follow Public Health Guidelines


Self monitor, self isolate, and practice physical distancing to protect the most vulnerable among us. 

Help Your Community

Support small businesses, and if in your capacity, support organizations like food banks, health charities and organizations working to lessen the impact of COVID-19.

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