This is one of a series of meeting reports from the Breaking Global Deadlocks project. These meetings attempt to refine the concept of how leaders play an instrumental role in addressing pressing global issues. Past meetings have included prominent individuals, including former leaders, summit sherpas and deputy ministers from most of the countries that have been identified as potential members of a new leaders' forum (the G8 countries plus key emerging and regional powers). The main focus of the gathering at Oliver, British Columbia, was to assess progress on the current phase of the Breaking Global Deadlocks project, plan for the next two-year phase, and look ahead to possible future initiatives. Discussion centered mainly on evaluating past initiatives in global governance and promising possibilities for future work.