We believe that everyone has a role to play in our region’s success 

CivicAction is a catalyst for positive change, turning collaboration into action to build better, more inclusive cities.

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What do a not-for-profit program coordinator, the CEO of a bank, a politician, a technology entrepreneur, and a recent graduate have in common? More than you might think.

For nearly 20 years, CivicAction has brought together senior executives from every sector, government officials from every level, and rising leaders from across the region to tackle the biggest challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

As CivicAction continues to convene, collaborate, and co-create new solutions for better, more inclusive cities, we call on leaders from all sectors and backgrounds to join us.

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There is nothing more important to our future than leadership, which is why we prepare, connect, and empower the leaders of tomorrow.

Active Initiatives Topics

Emerging Leaders Network

The CivicAction Leadership Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) connects, develops, and activates rising leaders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Created in 2006, the ELN is now 2800+ rising leaders strong, including DiverseCity Fellows alumni, and represents a wide range of ethno-cultural backgrounds, communities, and sectors throughout the GTHA.

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ReAction Forum

In June 2020, CivicAction brought together 300 civic leaders together for the Re:Action Forum, a virtual gathering to shape our region’s collective reaction to COVID-19.

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DiverseCity Fellows

The CivicAction Leadership Foundation’s DiverseCity Fellows program is an award-winning leadership experience for diverse rising leaders in the greater Toronto region who are looking to supercharge their leadership skills and network, explore urban issues, and discover how to make a positive change in their communities.

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Inclusion Ontario

The Ontario government in partnership with CivicAction is bringing public, private, and non-profit sector organizations together to identify concrete actions employers can take to enhance workplace opportunities for Indigenous, Black, and racialized employees.

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HireNext is a free made-in-Canada tool that helps employers better hire and retain diverse, young talent. By helping employers better recruit, screen, onboard and most importantly retain entry-level talent, HireNext takes the guesswork out of creating more open, accessible, and inclusive hiring and HR practices.

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YouthConnect equips youth and youth workers with critical pre-employment skills that are relevant across sectors. For the last six years, we have worked across Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, Halifax, and more.

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CivicAction Leadership Foundation

The great David Pecaut once said, “a city that is filled with civic entrepreneurs practicing collective leadership will be able to face any challenge and do all kinds of great things”. The CivicAction Leadership Foundation is committed to doing just that – building the collective leadership capacity of our region. Built on the belief that there is nothing more important to the future of our communities than preparing those who will lead them, the CivicAction Leadership Foundation provides high impact leadership programs that open doors, minds & opportunities for young, emerging, and equity-deserving leaders in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA).