It’s been just two years since 3,000 people from all across Canada came together before the 2011 election and began building the Leadnow.ca campaigning community.
People become part of this community by taking part in campaigns to defend our democracy and hold governments accountable to the values of a majority of Canadians.
By taking action through a wide range of campaigns - from the omnibus crime bill and budget bills, to the Canada-China FIPPA investors deal and the CBC takeover clause - our community has grown from a small youth-led team to include nearly 300,000 Canadians, and our voice keeps getting stronger everyday.
The Leadnow.ca community believes that as we come together to defend the things we care about, we can also help build the momentum this country needs to rise to the major challenges of our times.
Through local gatherings and online surveys, the Leadnow.ca community has decided to focus our long-term efforts on strengthening Canada's democracy, doing our part to stop runaway climate change, and building a fair economy that reverses the trend of growing inequality.
Now, we need your help to make some big decisions about the future of our work together. Your input is crucial because this community’s people-powered campaigns only work if they help you have a powerful impact on the issues you care about.
Leadnow currently has a small, dedicated staff team, and many amazing volunteers and advisors who support our work.
Matthew trained as an atmospheric scientist, and has a decade of experience as an organizer, facilitator and campaign strategist, working with a variety of non-profits, public institutions and governments. Originally from England, he now lives in Grimsby, Ontario, where his wife's family have been farming for seven generations.
Jamie has a background in large-scale online and offline collaboration to develop policy and campaigns. He began organizing in the youth climate movement, co-founding Common Energy and goBeyond to bring university communities across British Columbia together to support regional climate action. Jamie’s research focused on the need for democratic innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic problems. He has served on the boards of multiple environmental, social justice, and educational organizations.
Ryan specializes in using technology as a tool to help the Leadnow community take easy, effective action on a range of important issues. He runs his own design and strategy consultancy, Grassriots.
With a background in environmental and social justice organizing, climate science and policy, food security, and journalism, Maggie joined Leadnow’s staff team in June 2012 after a year as President of the Students’ Society of McGill University. She works on Leadnow’s organizational development and strategy, finances, human resources, governance, and general internal coordination. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, she now calls Halifax home.
Tess answers questions and helps steward the thousands of small donors who fund our work through their interactions with leadnow. She is also involved in various administrative duties and coordination of the Vancouver office. She is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, and majored in Environmental Studies and Human Geography. Tess is interested in political ecology and urban planning, and her most recent work experience involves volunteering for the Sierra Club of BC and work with Fortis BC in energy conservation.
A talented educator who has focused on popular and experiential education, Anna is passionate about creating opportunities that empower people to create positive change in their lives and their communities. After completing her Masters in Education at the University of Alberta in 2010, Anna began working at the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership before joining the Leadnow team as a volunteer in the fall of 2011. As Leadnow’s Training Coordinator, she works on developing resources and trainings to support Leadnow campaigns and projects. She grew up in the Monashee Mountains of BC, and now calls Victoria home.
Logan has a background as an organizer in environmental justice, deliberative dialogue and petro-politics. She has designed and implemented a deliberative project that engaged hundreds of students, faculty and staff at the University of Alberta in sustainability planning. Her petro-politics organizing was directed at engagement around the tar sands, indigenous solidarity, and water justice issues. Logan joined Leadnow in the spring of 2012, coordinating decentralized days of action such as Defend our Coast, during which over 7000 people attend 70 community actions across British Columbia.
With a diverse background in children and youth work, environmental and social justice organizing, and faith-based mobilization, Cam joined the Leadnow team in 2013 after finishing his studies at the University of Ottawa. Cam grew up in BC, and lives in Victoria.
Jolan is a community organizer with experience supporting grassroots movements to protect British Columbia from tar sands pipelines and tankers. Jolan sees face-to-face conversations between regular people as the foundation to any successful movement, and is working to give members of the Leadnow community the tools and support they need to talk to their friends and neighbours about the challenges facing their communities and Canada.
Emma has a background in online organizing and investigative research. She joined the Leadnow team in 2011 as a volunteer and previously served as Leadnow’s volunteer Director of Research. In 2013 she joined the team part-time. Emma is also a passionate independent investigative journalist whose work and research has been published in the Vancouver Observer, DeSmogBlog, Huffington Post, Rabble, The Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and Postmedia News.
Amara works on Leadnow's long-term campaigns and national engagement efforts. She has a depth of experience working with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Climate Justice Montreal, PowerShift Canada, and coordinated McGill University’s community-wide sustainability visioning and action planning process. She loves to bring people together to make big change and geeks out on creative action, campaign strategy, and group dynamics. She is based in Toronto and pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.
Jen connected with Leadnow as a VoteMob Coordinator prior to the 2011 federal election. She stayed on as a volunteer, editing emails, orienting new team members, processing donations and tracking down office furniture. She joined the staff team and provides administrative, campaign and team support on a part time basis, while also working as a research assistant for the RICHER initiative and as a preschool music teacher. Jennifer studied International Relations at UBC and has supported program development and phonics training at Chikumbuso Community School in Lusaka, Zambia.
An IT consultant and student organizer, Stefan finds himself on the frontier region where campaign organizing meets high-tech implementation. Fostering a love of computers and data since an early age he has carved out a niche leveraging the power of technology to connect people to the campaigns and communities they care about.
Leadnow relies on skilled, dedicated volunteers to drive our work forward. It’s impossible to recognize every person who’s contributed, and we are thankful to each and every member of our community who’s stepped up. Our current long-term champion volunteers include:
Laura Cornish recently completed her M.A. student in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at UBC. Her research is focused on processes and strategies capable of mobilizing the general public, and specific communities in supporting and implementing climate solutions. Laura answers general Leadnow emails, contributes her organizational skills to keeping track of many of Leadnow’s to do lists, and helps out on-the-ground organizing in Vancouver
Patricia Lane has been practicing law for 35 years focussing on creative solutions to conflict management. She has been an advocate, mediator, arbitrator, and tribunal judge and currently works as a mediator and arbitrator in Victoria. She believes that meeting the challenges of our time - declining economic fairness and climate change - requires inclusive approaches to politics and public policy. Patricia has worked in labour relations, First Nations treaty negotiations, tax policy, economic development, land use, securities law, environmental law and policy, mergers and acquisitions, family law, and not for profits and charitable law. Patricia provides legal and strategic advice and links Leadnow to a variety of professional and activist networks.
Julia began working with Leadnow in the fall of 2011 and brings more than 10 years experience as an organizer, campaigner and strategist. She has a background in journalism and communications, having worked as a contributor and guest-host at CBC Radio and as a consultant in the biomedical field. Julia sits on Leadnow’s board and plays a variety of roles inside the organization, from communications strategy to external relations and partnership development.
Adam co-founded Leadnow in March 2011, and currently sits on the Board of Directors. After graduating from McGill University, he began his career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in Washington, New York and New Delhi before becoming engaged in climate change advocacy with Power Shift Canada and C-Day: Fill the Hill. He is a Junior Fellow at Massey College, a law student at the University of Toronto, and will be a 2013 summer student with McCarthy Tetrault.
(Bio coming soon.)