Olivia Chow founded the Institute for Change Leaders in 2016. During her time at ICL, she led many educational initiatives alongside our team of expert instructors and facilitators.

Olivia has two certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education Programs and nine years of teaching experience. She is one of Canada's most influential and well-known public figures.

Currently sitting as the Mayor of Toronto, North America's fourth largest city, Olivia has also served two terms as a School Board Trustee, four terms as a Toronto City Councillor and eight years as a Member of Parliament.

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 www.changeleaders.ca/skills



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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