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About the TMU Democracy Forum

From free and fair elections to the innovation economy, climate crisis and women in power, join us for the TMU Democracy Forum – a year-round talks series that engages political leaders, from across the country, in dialogue about the most pressing issues facing Canadians today.

All are welcome to participate in Forum events, in person or via live stream, which are open to the public and held on campus at Toronto Metropolitan University. Advance registration is required.

Connect with inspiring leaders, speakers, scholars and thinkers on the issues that matter most to people across the nation. Listen to insightful interviews and panel talks that open up conversation on leadership and building democratic resilience in the face of current and emerging threats.

Past speakers have included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly and her Baltic counterparts, Defence Minister Anita Anand, UN Ambassador Bob Rae, and former provincial Premiers Rachel Notley and Kathleen Wynne.

About the Host

Martin Regg Cohn is a political columnist for the Toronto Star, founder of the Democracy Forum, and a Dais Senior Fellow at TMU. A foreign correspondent for 11 years, he has reported from more than 40 countries. He was also Foreign Editor, a world affairs columnist and Parliamentary correspondent. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at U of T.

Martin Regg Cohn

Upcoming Events

Ontario Liberal Leaders Debate: Who Can Take on Doug Ford?

Ontario Liberal Leaders’ Debate: Who can take on Doug Ford?

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
12 PM – 1:30 PM

Student Learning Centre | Toronto Metropolitan University
341 Yonge Street, Toronto

Mayor Olivia Chow at TMU:
Winning an election,
governing a city

Mayor Olivia Chow at TMU: Winning an election, governing a city

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
2 PM – 3 PM

Toronto Metropolitan University
Location TBC

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Past Events

Missed an event? Visit the Democracy Forum Video Room to watch past talks.

Reckoning and Recovery
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Ukraine, War and Peace
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly 
Canada’s Role in Defending Democracies
Former Defence Minister Anita Anand
Two Women in Power: Still Fighting for Fairness
Ministers Marci Len and Charmaine Williams
The NDP’s Plan to Make Him PM
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh
Canada and the World
Canadian Ambassador to the UN Bob Rae

Media Partner

Toronto Star

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If you’re interested in event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Hazelden, Senior Director of Partnerships at the Dais, at