We Help Leaders Find the Power to Make Change

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
TYRLC
USW

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
OSHKI-WENJACK
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
Empowering Change: ICL's 2021 Annual Report

Learn about the incredible impact that ICL has made this year in our 2021 Annual Report.

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!

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

NAAAP Toronto      iQIYI North America Appoints the Justin Poy Agency as Exclusive Media Sales  Partner for the Canadian Market, The Canadian Business Journal

   Institute for Change Leaders

Building Skills for Change - Spring 2022
Apr 5, 2022 at 6:30pm May 24, 2022 at 8:30pm EDT
Online, Toronto, ON

"This was the best training I have completed in many years. The instructors were knowledgeable and the feedback from them has helped me in addressing the challenges in my advocacy campaigns. I highly recommend this training to anyone who is thinking of changing our world for the better."

- 2021 spring program graduate

Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This course is for you.

The Building Skills for Change workshop series is designed to help anyone learn how to make a difference in their community through the basics of strategizing, organizing, telling your own story, and taking effective action.

During this eight week, sixteen-session online course you will learn how to:

  • Tell your story to motivate others to take action.
  • Design a strategy that gets the change you want
  • Structure your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
  • Recruit and keep volunteers
  • Choose a strategy and tactics that move decision-makers

After completing the course you will receive a certificate in Organizing for Social Change from the Institute for Change Leaders.

The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and an adviser to President Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.

You will learn through lectures and small group activities that will allow you to practice the skills we teach.

You will work with an experienced organizer, who will facilitate your group and help you plan your organizing project. You will finish the course ready to tell your story, with a developed organizing statement, and tools to plan your organizing project's strategy and tactics.

Dates and times

This course takes place over 8 weeks, each Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm EST, beginning April 5th, 2022 and ending May 24th. Coaching circles will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm EST. 

The Tuesday sessions include lectures and facilitator-led breakout groups with the opportunity to practice that week's material. The Thursday sessions function as 'office hours' for participants to ask questions, practice their skills, and receive coaching.

Price

The regular price ticket is $499.00. We offer a discounted rate if you are registering as a group. Participants can be from different organizations. Please email [email protected] for details.

ICL will be offering a limited number of scholarships to individuals and groups working or volunteering with a non-profit, charity, labour union or social movement. Please complete this form to apply.

Teaching Team

Rizwan Tufail is a member of ICL's Board of Directors and a former fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, where he studied with Marshall Ganz. Rizwan is the Managing Partner of Innovonomics Inc – a strategy consulting firm that works on strategies, policies, and skills required to accelerate the move towards a global innovation economy.

Duncan photoDuncan Pike is a union activist, campaigner, and social movement trainer with a passion for supporting people who are organizing for a more just, fair, and equitable society. As a facilitator and Communications Lead with the Institute for Change Leaders in Toronto, Duncan has trained hundreds of new activists and union members on organizing and campaign strategy and tactics, public narrative, and campaign messaging.

We've trained dozens of organizations, including:

YWCA
Greenpeace
United Way
AMAPCEO

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The Institute for Change Leaders is a Canadian registered charity that can issue official donation receipts (no. 763310679 RR 0001). ICL is brought to you by the Faculty of Community Services at X University.

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