Human Rights Activist Maya Roy Joins Olivia Chow To Lead ICL Forward

Toronto, On (March 1, 2022) – Olivia Chow, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Change leaders, today announced the appointment of Maya Roy to the new position of Director of Program and Partnerships.

Maya Roy brings to ICL over 20 years of experience in organizing, service delivery, anti-racism, and gender-based analysis expertise; providing consulting services for non-profit clients in a variety of sectors around the world, primarily through her work in global education and policy. A social worker with significant experience in evidence-based policy development and labour market access and upskilling for racialized women, she has served on the National Housing Council, Taskforce on Women & Economy, the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Women’s College Hospital where she serves as a member of its Quality Assurance Committee.

She is a frequent lecturer, a member of numerous international and professional organizations, and a frequent commentator on policy issues in the Canadian media. Ms. Roy is a proud alumnus of X (Ryerson) University, where graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2003, and has an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

Commenting on the appointment, Olivia Chow, ICL Founder, and Executive Director stated: “From a change leadership perspective, Maya brings to ICL both broad, practical experience with a variety of NGOs and in-depth expertise in gender-based analysis and policy development. We look forward to collaborating as ICL grows and triples the amount of organizing training in 2022.

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