Michael Penny

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Michael Penny brings a unique and valuable skill set to the role Development Officer.

Michael earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He brings years of service of professional experience in policy and market research data collection in the private sector.

Posts & Activities by Michael Penny

  • CLC green jobs report maps out green industrial transformation


    In this submission to the federal government's consultations on climate change, the Canadian Labour Congress makes 10 recommendations that will lower Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a green industrial transformation. If the federal government is serious about its Paris commitments, it must also be serious about a just transition, skills training and jobs development, the report argues.



    Download Green Jobs for Tomorrow

  • Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform


    The Broadbent Institute, a leading voice for proportional representation in Canada, submitted a written brief to the special parliamentary on electoral reform. Read about the endemic problems with our first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system in a modern, multiparty context - notably, false majorities, distorted outcomes, wasted votes and the underrepresentation of women and other groups - and why the Institute is advocating for a made-in-Canada proportional representative system.


    Download the Broadbent Institute's Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

  • Happy 80th Birthday Ed Broadbent!

    Sign Ed's Birthday Card

    We will hand deliver Ed's messages to him - help us make his 80th special.

    Ed has been working for a more inclusive, fair and just Canada for more than 50 years. On his 80th Birthday, let’s celebrate his life & accomplishments! 


  • Your Vote Should Count

    Canadians have a problem with our electoral system: it produces false majorities, exaggerates regional divisions and leaves huge numbers of voters without a voice in Parliament. It is time for change. Canada needs a fair voting system in which every vote counts.

    The Broadbent Institute is leading the fight for a proportional representation voting system - an electoral system that is fairrepresentative, and engaging. We are working to ensure that the Liberal government honours its commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using our outdated first-past-the-vote system.

    Let's not get this wrong or make our unfair system even worse. Let's replace it with a fair voting system based on a simple principle: the number of seats held by a party in the House of Commons closely matches their actual level of support throughout the country.

  • Help Justin Trudeau keep his promise!


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that the 2015 federal election was the last one using first-past-the-post.

    Justin Trudeau promised that a new voting system would ensure “every vote counts”. 

    Only a Proportional Representation voting system can honour this promise.

    Every donation we receive will be dedicated to promoting Proportional Representation - every donation will count.

    Together, we can win!



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  • Towards a More Equal Canada


    This spring, we released powerful data confirming what so many already knew to be true: a majority of Canadians see income inequality as a "serious problem" and want to take part in government-led solutions to ending it. Our report created a lot of buzz.


    Download: Towards a More Equal Canada

  • Emilie Nicolas


    Originally from Lévis, QC, Emilie Nicolas is a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Using the context of Francophonie, she researches the role of a shared language in social inclusion and international solidarity. Emilie’s academic interests are directly connected to her engagement with public affairs. More specifically, her involvement in youth politics led her to coordinate a provincial consultation on cynicism and democracy and to act as policy director and spokesperson for a political convention on Quebec identity and cultural diversity. 

    Since that time, she has contributed to various non-profit organizations in Montreal and Toronto, and has completed an Action Canada Fellowship. She is also a founding board member and the President of Québec Inclusif, a movement that unites active citizens from across the political spectrum of Quebec society to promote respect for religious diversity and intercultural understanding. Currently a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Emilie holds a Harry Jerome Award for Leadership along with a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.