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 over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle the biggest challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Going beyond taking action on regional issues, CivicAction knows that we need to cultivate and grow strong civic leaders for today and tomorrow. To accomplish this, the CivicAction Leadership Foundation was launched in 2017. 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 under-represented leaders in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA).
“World-class cities don’t just happen—they require bold ideas and diverse voices working together. Civic leadership has the power to be a force multiplier in our communities and it’s our job today to help grow and prepare the leaders of tomorrow.”
Tim Hockey, President & CEO, TD Ameritrade; CivicAction Leadership Foundation Board Chair; CivicAction Board Member
To boost civic engagement and build better cities.
Our Organizational Values
We are relentlessly driven and tenaciously curious. We set ambitious goals, stretch to meet them, take informed action, and drive measurable impact.
Harness Collective Wisdom
We leverage the wisdom of crowds and are a multiplying force for action. We believe that collaboration leads to stronger outcomes and that when we work together, we become more than the sum of our parts.
We unrelentingly work towards a culture of inclusion. We embrace diversity and seek to create an environment that values the perspectives, experiences, abilities and aspirations of all.
We don’t settle for the status quo. We experiment, learn and work continuously to achieve better outcomes.
Integrity at our Core
We are non-partisan in all we do and believe trust & integrity are core to who we are. With no preconceived notion of the ultimate solution, we build trusted relationships and strive to act in ways that are principled, decent, balanced and fair.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
CivicAction acknowledges that the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is situated upon traditional and current Indigenous territories that include the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. The treaties that cover these territories include the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant – an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes – and the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize the historical oppression and inequalities that they continue to face. In our role as a civic convener, CivicAction is committed to rebuilding and renewing respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous people and support the important work of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.