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Framing Our Future: A Forum for Civic Leaders

At Young Women's Leadership Network, we recognize the power of advocacy and community leadership as tools for political change and policy development.

As movers and shakers within their communities and social justice movements, marginalized young women have the organizational and experiential knowledge to recognize inequity and systems failure when they see it; but they’re often excluded from important policy conversations that impact their lives. we hope to change that.

Join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019, to learn from two amazing civic leaders whose work continues to open doors for marginalized women. We will learn about anti-colonial and anti-racist lenses in policy development from Larissa Crawford, followed by a 4-hour long lobby training by Olivia Chow

- This event is open to all self-identifying women, two-spirit, trans-femme folks, and non-binary folks. 

- Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

- TTC tokens will be provided. 

For more information, please email

Get to know our Facilitators:

Larissa Crawford

Larissa is an anti-racism and Indigenous researcher and activist working in policy advocacy. As the 2018 G7 Youth Head Delegate of Canada, Larissa lobbied successfully for the inclusion of Indigenous water advocacy in international policy negotiations. Larissa presently works as an Indigenous Policy Advisor intern with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines and as an Anti-Racism Associate Trainer with St. Stephen’s Community House. She also serves on the Toronto Police Services Anti-Racism Advisory Panel, and as Project Lead for York University’s race-based data collection initiative. Speaking globally to many audiences, Larissa uses her education and experience to empower others as a professional Public Speaker.

Olivia Chow

In a political career that began in 1985, Olivia Chow has been one of Canada’s most effective and well known public figures. She now leads the Institute for Change Leaders' educational initiatives. In 1991, Olivia became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councilor. She was re-elected to city council five times, serving with distinction for 14 years.  While at City Hall, she served as Chair of the Community Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), among other senior responsibilities. First elected to Parliament in 2006, Olivia won re-election twice.  In Parliament, her Early Learning and Child Care Bill laid the legislative foundation for a universal, high quality, affordable and non-profit national childcare program. Outside the political sphere, Olivia is known as a tireless spokesperson, fundraiser, and champion of numerous charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and related charities, Centre for Victims of Torture, Asian Community AIDS Service and Culture Link.

Thank you to WeWork for hosting us! 

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Celebrating Black Women in Politics