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Quotes from previous learners

“The program doesn’t just teach you about leadership. It lets you learn how to act, take action and make a difference in the world.” Nikolas Koschany


“I now have a story to share, a call to action to promote, and the concrete skills to turn my organizing aspirations into a reality” Talia Bronstein

"This workshop has been a launching pad in developing my campaign and has provided an on-the-ground toolbox with which I can use immediately.” Talena Jackson-Martineau

"If you feel powerfully about something and do not know where to start making a difference, this is for you!” - Former Participant

The Institute for Change Leaders

Do you want to make change in your community?

We teach the best practices from social movements that have changed the course of history by organizing their communities with smart strategies by building deep relationships to do the impossible.


We will give you tools to

  • Tell you story to persuade and motivate others
  • Recruit and retain volunteers
  • Structure your team of leaders for growth
  • Strategize and choose tactics that build power and move decision makers
  • Fundraise, dominate social media, and more!

Our core curriculum is regularly offered as regular 2-day full-day workshops but you or your organization can request shorter workshops targeted to fulfill your organization’s needs.


Building Skills for Change video

Who is teaching?

olivia chow

Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson, supported by a team of experienced organizers and instructors. Read Olivia's bio here.


Where is the Curriculum from?
Our curriculum is based on Marshall Ganz’s key organizing practices. Professor Marshall Ganz teaches community organizing at Harvard Kennedy School. He advised President Obama’s organizing efforts in the 2008 U.S. election and developed a curriculum that community organizers now use across the globe.



We run 2-day full-day workshops three times a year. To request a workshop from the Institute for Change Leaders, please email

Our next workshop series will be at the Jack Layton Leadership school. This will take place from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm on the evening of Friday June 12, and from 9:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday June 11th, and 9:45 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday June 12th. You can register here.




  •, 40 people, April 2015
  • Community Development Workers Network, 80 people, April 2015
  • Social Planning Council of Ontario, 35 people, May 2015
  • Danforth East Community Association, 16 people, July 2015
  • Toronto Youth Cabinet, 30 people, July 2015
  • Public Service Association of Canada, 20 People, July 2015
  • Social Planning Council of Ontario, 35 people - May 2015
  • Jack Layton Leadership School, 215 people – June 2015, July 2015
  • Filipino Women’s Network, 20 people – November 2015
  • Building Skills for Change, 55 people, February 2016
  • Alberta Government Caucus, 50 people, April 2016
  • Ontario Public Sector Employees’ Union, 20 people, April 2016
  • United Way, 68 people, April 2016
  • Outward Bound, 15 people, April 2016
  • AMAPCEO, 60 people, May 2016


Contact info

Do you have any questions about setting up a training or the Institute?