Since launching in 2015:

Supporting people taking action
For healthy immigrants families

I recommend this training to everyone who wants to take action to speak out against the injustice they are facing.

~ Rebiya, Newcomer Women’s Services

Newcomer Women Services
Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre
Toronto Ward Museum

Supporting people taking action
For empowered working people

With Olivia’s energy and expertise, we trained and launched teams of early childhood educators who have in turn engaged thousands of childcare workers and reached tens of thousands of parents and voters.

~ Lyndsay Macdonald, Early Childhood Educator

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Supporting people taking action
For thriving Indigenous communities

I learned so much, and I will utilize my newly acquired knowledge to create change in my home community.

~ Andrew, Aboriginal Health Initiative

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
We Matter

Supporting people taking action
For a strong democracy

A great experience to be able to engage in thoughtful, skill-building training and get to hear the inspiring stories of badass change leaders.

~ Emily, Young Women’s Leadership Network

Fair Vote Canada
Toronto Youth Cabinet
Young Women's Leadership Network
Celebrating 5 Years of Empowering Change

On November 16th ICL celebrated our 5th Anniversary with an evening of hope, action and inspiration, a simultaneous live event in Toronto and online on Zoom.

Meet this month's Featured Facilitator, Dawn Maracle!

This month we're honoured to present Dawn Maracle as Featured Facilitator! Learn all about Dawn's activism within Indigenous communities, her powerful story, and her history with ICL today!

Reflection on the Black Youth Leadership Program

During Summer 2020, a time when it was beyond easy to feel helpless, I participated in the Black Youth Leadership Program, an experience that changed my life.

Upcoming Courses and Events

Run for It! Forging the next generation of elected Asian Canadian leaders
Feb 22, 2022 at 7:00pm 9:00pm EST
Online course

Are you Prepared to Run Hard and Fast? Coming in 2022!

Run for It! is a non-partisan training and coaching program dedicated to supporting Asian Canadian participation and representation across Canada at all levels of elected public office including federal, provincial, municipal and school board trustees.

With condensed sessions designed with a practical and best practice approach, candidates running for elected office as well as key leaders involved in campaigns will be enabled to hit the ground running. Each session module provides essential tools and critical development to build confidence in all aspects of driving and positioning an election campaign for winning results.

Who should apply for the Run for It! Program? Asian Canadians who are running for elected office, campaign leaders and allies (campaign workers) who are supporting their candidates to win.

There are some subsidized spaces available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Event Session Dates and Descriptions

1. Public Narrative: Storytelling: February 22, 2022 at 7:00-9:00pm EST

Develop personal narratives: (Why am I running? What is my core value that drives me? What do I want to accomplish? Who are my electorates and what are their stories and needs?).This will lead candidates towards self awareness and understanding - Through this process participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role they want to play in politics - running for office, or running campaigns to elect candidates they believe in.

Purpose: Make space for potential candidates to do self-inquiry, explore the personal, emotional, systemic realities of running for office as a BIPOC candidate. How to build and sustain a personal profile and build community capital and coalition. How to bring family and friends together. Furthermore, translating support to actual votes.

2. Campaign Planning and Communication: February 24, 2022 at 7:00-9:00pm EST

How to recruit volunteers, deep canvass, deal with racial incidence, get ready for public meetings, candidate meetings, developing internal and external communication skills, and dealing with the media. 

Purpose: How to form a concrete plan of action.

3. Technical Campaigning: February 26, 2022 at 12:00-2:00pm EST

Teach potential campaign candidates how to build a campaign along with the necessary big picture and practical skills (digital campaigning, campaign team with diverse skills, fundraising, voter contact strategies, strategy and tactics, advance vote, and election day vote).

Purpose: Participants will learn tactical skills such as how to run an effective and legal campaign as well as how to build a political message. 

4. Network of Peers and MentorsFebruary 26, 2022 at 3:00-5:00pm EST

Focusing on diplomatic etiquette, how to network, and how to ensure self care and the creation of a support circle.

Purpose: Participants will be connected to a network of past and present politicians, campaign workers, and other change-makers with the intention of building an accountability/support network for potential candidates. 

Sponsoring Agencies

ACCT Foundation, Teresa Woo-Paw

ALPHA Education, Gen-Ling Chang

NAAAP Toronto,  Ben Hum

The Justin Poy Agency, Justin Poy

Filipinos Rising, Cesar Cala and Marichu Antonio

Institute for Change Leaders, Olivia Chow

 ALPHA Education

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