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Political Action Conference

September 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM to October 1, 2017 - 12:00 PM


Our first Political Action Conference, with the theme of From Resistance to Power, will be excitingly interactive and will provide an opportunity for political activists to come together, build skills, exchange knowledge and strategize for the future. We are confident participants will leave feeling inspired and energized to continue the important work you do in your workplace, your local and your community.

If you want to change the world, then you can’t miss this conference. First conference? Have questions? Email for more.

Sessions include:

The Mechanics: Campaign Case Studies

A moderated session that breaks down the mechanics of the campaign, model used and why, strategy, successes, challenges & lessons learnt. 


Matt Price, Organizer, Author of ‘Engagement Organizing: The Old Art and New Science of Winning Campaigns’

Federal Campaign: Logan McIntosh, Logan will bring experience from the community based organizing in the 2015 federal election, looking forward to 2019.

Provincial Campaign: Gavin McGarrigle & Patty Barrera, Unifor. Building off the recent BC provincial election successes, Gavin and Patty talk about building capacity and leadership, and the combined power of strong inside and outside strategies.

Community Campaign: Pam Frache, Workers Action Centre, Ontario. The “Fight for 15 & Fairness” campaign has brought monumental change Ontario communities. Pam will bring these lessons on how to organize and win through local community groups.

Keynote: Zack Exley

Zack started out as a labor organizer, working in and trying to organize non-union auto factories in Michigan with UAW Region 1A. When the Internet came along, Zack became a pioneer in online fundraising and organizing, working for non-profits, presidential campaigns and international NGOs.

Recently, Zack served as a full time senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an architect of the campaign's national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After running some of the first experiments in crowdfunding and online organizing in the 1990’s, Zack became's first Organizing Director where he was part of the small team that pioneered many of the online fundraising and organizing practices and technologies that have become ubiquitous today.

Exley also draws from many years of experience in major global NGOs, companies, and campaigns. Come with you questions for this digital campaign pro.

Join your Unifor family as we learn these lessons and map out how our union can organize to win in the coming years.

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