About the trainers
For over 40 years Lorraine Segato has earned a reputation as a charismatic and iconoclastic performer. Her unique voice is compelling and identifiable no matter what format or medium she creatively explores. Lorraine joins the Institute to add artistic and cultural training and practices into our curriculum. Lorraine draws on her extensive experience as an arts ambassador to teach organizers and emerging artists to utilize artistic expressions—including music, film, art, and performances—to tell their stories and motivate others to action. Her empowerment anthem Rise Up is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in November 2019.
Olivia Chow has been one of Canada’s most effective and well known public figures. She now leads the Institute’s educational initiatives. In 1991, Olivia became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councilor. She was re-elected to city council five times, serving with distinction for 14 years. First elected to Parliament in 2006, Olivia won re-election twice. Throughout her career, Olivia has been at the forefront, working for progress for all.