Founded in 2016 by Olivia Chow, the Institute for Change Leaders (ICL) teaches the skills that organizers need to win social change. We believe students learn best when they practice what they learn, and are constantly engaged in small group learning. We deliver our full curriculum in regular weekend sessions at Ryerson University, and we work with organizations to deliver tailored trainings in their workplaces.
Our mission is to ensure organizers are continually developing the skills they need to transform the resources they have into the change they want. The Institute does this by teaching organizing strategies and providing a platform for the growth of a network of organizers.
Our curriculum comes from Marshall Ganz, a Harvard professor who codified the relationship-building organizational framework we teach after years of organizing with the Civil Rights and United Farm Workers movements. He was a key trainer and organizing strategist behind President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The Institute offers the first accredited Marshall Ganz-based community-organizing course in Canada.
ICL is proud to be a member of the Leading Change Network, a global community of organizers, educators, and researchers founded by Marshall Ganz.