2017 Convention Agenda

Below you’ll find the draft agenda for the GPO 2017 Muskoka Convention & AGM. Times & activities are subject to change. 

Details will be added as they are confirmed. 


Friday May 26, 2017





3:00 PM   Registration Opens  
4:00 PM   Walking tour of the local HydroElectric Facility  
6:00 PM   Introductory breakout sessions (Choose from 3). An hour long session to meet others, and discuss the upcoming convention through a specific lense Group A: Introduction to Conventions
For new delegates & those that need a refresher
Group B: Campaigns & election
For those who want to talk election strategy and campaigning
Group C: Policy 
For those who want to discuss policy and resolutions
7:00 PM   Dinner & Speaker Kelly Watson from Muskoka Brewery: A Living Wage
8:30 PM   Table Talks  

Saturday May 27, 2017

8:30 AM   Official Welcome by Co-hosts Matt Richter & Arleigh Luckett
8:45 AM   President's address Matthew Casselman
9:00 AM   Overview of policy process Matthew Casselman
9:15 AM   Official Convention Open  
    --CFO Report  
10:45 AM   Break  
11:00 AM   MEMBERS ONLY SESSION  Mike Schreiner & Becky Smit
12:15 PM   Lunch  
1:00 PM   Plenary  
2:00 PM   Break  

** Doors Open ** 2 PM - 5 PM ** All welcome

2:15 PM   Doors Open: Issue Panel: How does climate change affect us & our planet?  
3:15 PM   Doors Open: Workshop Sessions (Choose from 3 options) Session A: Issue Panel: Poverty in Ontario
Session B: Discussion on global politics
Session C: Elections Ontario: CFO Training on finance reform (closed session)
4:15 PM   Leader Keynote & Media Availability  
5:00 PM   Break for day  

** Doors Open Ends **

6:00 PM   Gala dinner reception   
7:00 PM   Gala Dinner Begins  
    --Keynote speaker: Desmond Cole  
    --Volunteer Awards  
10:30 PM   Hospitality Suite  



Sunday May 28, 2017

8:30 AM   PE Meeting   
9:30 AM   Workshop Sessions (Choose from 3 options)  
11:00 AM   Break  
11:15 AM   Plenary  
12:30 PM   Lunch & Speaker  
2:00 PM   Plenary  
3:00 PM   Close  



Keynote speaker: Desmond ColeDesmond Cole

Desmond Cole is an activist, author, and award-winning freelance journalist. He writes regularly for the Toronto Star, and his work can also be found in Toronto Life, Walrus, NOW, Ethnic Aisle, and many other publications. Desmond won the award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 2016 National Magazine Awards. He is currently working on his first book, a non-fiction exploration of the experiences of Black people in Canada.

Mike Schreiner: Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

Mike Schreiner was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. Under Mike’s leadership the GPO has experienced substantial growth in its identified supporters, fundraising, staff, volunteers and media exposure. He has lead successful policy campaigns to push the provincial government to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, ban neonicotinoid pesticides and price carbon pollution. A leading advocate for independent businesses, local food and sustainable communities, Mike is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and for his successful Guelph-based small businesses, WOW Foods and Earthdance Organics.