In recent speeches, Canadian ministers Chrystia Freeland and François-Philippe Champagne have been calling for a “Progressive Trade Agenda” that supports a more inclusive trade policymaking process to address inequalities at all levels that hold back the ability of women, minorities and the poor to participate fully in, and benefit from, international trade. What does a “Progressive Trade Agenda” mean and how does Africa fit within the Canadian agenda? To answer these and other questions, from both an African and Canadian perspective, Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), and UNECA’s African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) hosted a workshop on the latest research on the agenda. The papers will appear in a special issue of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) in late 2017. Katarina Koleva interviewed some of the experts who presented their research projects.