BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE

About Us

Complex challenges need an all hands on deck approach, and collective impact is what CivicAction does best. Our track record speaks for itself; as the premier civic engagement organization in Canada we have nearly two decades of experience creating and implementing effective solutions to the most pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Just how do we do it? Every four years we hold a Summit to identify which issues are keeping the region up at night. Because we’re CivicAction, not civic chit chat, we then hit the pavement and get to work, leveraging partnerships across sectors to create initiatives that transform our region.

MISSION

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

VISION

To build inclusive cities, strong communities and create a region where everyone recognizes that they have a role to play in our collective success and is taking action (big or small) to build a better future.

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.

Click here to find out more about our story, our approach, and our founding chair.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

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.

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.

“In a world that is moving and changing at an alarmingly fast pace, it’s more important than ever for people come together, take stock, and consider the type of future we want to live in. This is exactly what CivicAction does.”

Kilian Berz, CivicAction Board of Directors; Senior Partner and Managing Director; Global Leader, Financial Institutions Practice