Lawrence Chan

Student Placement and Outreach Coordinator

Lawrence Chan (he/him) is a first-year student in the Politics and Governance program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Before coming to Canada to seek asylum, he worked with multiple elected officials and was elected to be a union executive representing hundreds of political workers in Hong Kong. Lawrence is now bringing his fire and passion to Toronto, organizing for a better future for all. Besides politics, you can often find him indulging in football (or soccer in North America).

Building Skills February 2017

February's Building Skills for Change was an experiment for us. The Institute just implemented a new pricing structure that preserves subsidies for students from marginalized backgrounds, while actually being sustainable. It worked! Students and facilitators had a wonderful weekend learning how to organize more effectively together. If you want to attend our next session, you can apply at



Canroots 2017 was a huge success.

Over 300 people joined us for two days and 91 percent of those who gave us evaluations thought that the conference was either fantastic or solid.

Many took from the session “how big organizing changes everything” practical skills on how to engage, trust, rely and work with large numbers of volunteers through expert advices from Becky Bond and Zack Exley of the Bernie Sanders campaign.


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