About Us

For over a decade, CivicAction has played the role of neutral sandbox, bringing together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

CivicAction builds partnerships and takes action through campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region.

CivicAction is led by a Board of Directors. We also engage leaders in Steering Committees and Champions Councils to guide our work.

Every four years, CivicAction holds a summit to put our finger on the pulse and identify the biggest issues facing the region. Out of the summit, CivicAction sets its agenda for the next four years and launches initiatives and campaigns to make a measurable difference on issues.


In addition to this work, CivicAction believes that we need to cultivate and grow strong civic leaders for today and tomorrow. To accomplish this, we launched the CivicAction Leadership Foundation. 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), and offers a suite of programs including the Emerging Leaders Network and DiverseCity Fellows program. Find out more about the CivicAction Leadership Foundation here.

There is nothing more important to the future of our cities than preparing those who will lead them.


Find out more about our story, our approach, and our founding chair.


To be an independent and nimble developer of broad civic leadership creating collaborative solutions to unresolved regional challenges.


Our work is guided by a bold vision of a Toronto region that has:

  • A strong economy, built on our diversity, educational and industrial strengths
  • Homes and jobs for all, with narrowing income gaps and safe, liveable neighbourhoods
  • People and goods moving easily, using efficient transit, roads and paths for walking and biking
  • Newcomers and underemployed fully deploying their talents and skills and rewarded appropriately
  • Our diverse residents are represented in all levels and roles in the city region
  • A collective value of the arts and culture sector is recognized, supported and celebrated
  • Clean air, water and lands, enabling our physical and economic prosperity
  • A pipeline of informed emerging leaders

And, overarching all of these aspirations, thinking and acting like a region, with everyone recognizing that they have a role to play in our future success.


CivicAction is committed to helping build a city-region that is equitable, inclusive and accessible. We believe that diverse, inclusive leadership leads to deeper impact on the issues we address and creates a more prosperous region for all.

We are sensitive to the fact that certain groups experience marginalization and encounter barriers to full access and participation in the region. We promote respect, equity, access and participation of all individuals who interact with the organization especially those who face barriers. CivicAction is also working towards more diverse and inclusive leadership across the region through our DiverseCity Fellows program, established in 2008.


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.