The Emerging Leaders Network

Through the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), CivicAction engages the region’s top rising leaders, including more than 100 DiverseCity Fellows selected through a highly competitive process for a one-year leadership program. CivicAction helps to convene these rising leaders as well as inform and facilitate dialogue, and offer organizational support to groups working collaboratively on challenges facing the region.

Today, many of the ELN's founding members are in senior leadership positions at organizations like RBC, the Government of Ontario, CBC, George Brown College, Toronto International Film Festival, Ryerson University, YMCA and many more.

ELN was created in 2006. By convening a group of 50 managers and early executives working in the private, public and non-profit sectors, CivicAction set out to support the incoming civic leadership network to be better informed, equipped and oriented to take action on the region's most pressing issues.

Members of ELN and DiverseCity Fellows have launched city-building projects, including but not limited to Toronto Homecoming, Better Ballots, Project Neutral, 2015 Acts, the Aboriginal Professionals Association of Canada (APAC), and the Pan Am Path. They also contribute to the city-building efforts of CivicAction by participating in the 2011-2015 Steering Committee, attending Greater Toronto Summits and CivicAction Forums, and taking on leadership roles in CivicAction initiatives. 2011-2013 ELN co-chair Salima Rawji serves on CivicAction's Board of Directors.

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ELN is co-chaired by Noreen Javed (Green Shield Canada Foundation; 2012 DiverseCity Fellow) and Alexandra Stewart (W. Garfield Weston Foundation). Prior co-chairs include Rob Drynan, Andrew Graham, Salima Rawji, Mitzie Hunter, and Donna Lindell.

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