We invite people who are experts in their field to train for us. We prioritize trainers in the Toronto area so they can provide additional mentoring and advice to participants.
Here’s a list of our current and former trainers:
- Jen Angel is co-founder of media strategy, publishing and tour management agency, Aid and Abet Booking, and former editor of Clamor Magazine.
- Angela Bischoff is the Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
- Fariah Chowdhury is student, activist, writer, researcher and organizer with No One Is Illegal Toronto.
- Jen Danch is an activist, amateur boxer and survivor of gender-based violence. She is currently the Coordinator of Shape Your Life – a free recreational boxing project for women and trans survivors of violence. She is a former advocacy coordinator at the Stop Community Food Centre.
- Joel Duff is the communications director at the Ontario Federation of Labour
- Annahid Dashtgard is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, a training and consulting company devoted to creating work environments and communities where everyone feels that they matter and belong.
- Christy Ferguson heads the climate & energy campaigns team at Greenpeace Canada.
- Tim Groves is an investigative reporter and an organizer with the Media Coop.
- Leah Henderson is a long-time Toronto organizer.
- Syed Hussan is a writer and organizer with migrant justice movements in Toronto, including the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.
- Faria Kamal is an organizer with No One Is Illegal Toronto.
- Anil Kanji is the Supporter Communications Manager at Greenpeace Canada.
- Erin Kelly is a skilled facilitator, as well as an active community member, citizen, volunteer and ally, who brings a profound commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices, along with reflective, analytical and collaborative skills, to her work.
- Sharmeen Khan manages the books for CUPE 3903 and OPIRG York. She also regularly programs with CHRY 105.5 FM – a community radio station in North York.
- Nora Loreto is an activist, writer and musician based in Québec City. She is the former Communications and Government Relations coordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
- Martin Lukacs is an independent journalist, community organizer, editor with the Media Co-op network and the Canadian Association of Labour Media.
- Cathy Mann has helped organizations develop the infrastructure and culture of philanthropy required to build sustainable development programs. She is an educator and academic coordinator at Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program and fundraising consultant.
- Clare O’Connor is a Toronto-based activist and writer. She is the former Editor in Chief for the Ryerson Free Press, and past volunteer and programming coordinator for OPIRG-Toronto.
- Justin Podur is a reporter, writer and editor, as well as a professor at York University. His writing can be found at Rabble.ca, Znet, and on his blog, killingtrain.com.
- Mac Scott has been organizing around poverty, immigrant rights, environmental justice and indigenous solidarity for a good long while, mostly in Toronto.
- Anu Radha Verma (arv) is a disaporic queer sometimes-femme who works in the non-profit industrial complex; she’s interested in creating space for dialogue on issues of social justice.
- David Sone is a campaigner at Earthroots, and an ally of the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the KI First Nation.
- Brook Thorndycraft teaches Group Facilitation at George Brown College, and facilitates many meetings and workshops in her own life and activism.
- Sarah Vance is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.
- Lesley Wood is a professor at York University and a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.
Are you an activist and trainer in the Toronto area with a skill set or perspective that you think would be valuable to Tools for Change participants? Click here to fill out our Trainer Application Form.