2020 Presenters &
Steering Committee



Olivia Chow

Institute for Change Leaders

About Olivia

For over thirty years, Olivia Chow has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. In 2015, Olivia Chow joined Ryerson University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Her work focuses on community engagement and leadership development.

As a founder of the Institute for Change Leaders, Olivia and her team of 30+ trainers have taught community and political organizing to over 1350 people since March of 2015. She became an activist as a young woman, fighting for the rights of refugees and immigrants. For over 20 years, she was at the forefront of the ultimately successful campaign to achieve a national apology and redress for the discriminatory “Chinese Head Tax”.

Nadine Nakagawa

City Councillor
New Westminster

About Nadine

Nadine Nakagawa is an activist, organizer, listener, intersectional feminist, and city councillor. She has worked on issues relating to housing, public spaces, reconciliation, public engagement, and childcare. For her work in the community, Nadine was named the 2017 New Westminster Citizen of the Year. Nadine is most passionate about finding ways to amplify underrepresented voices. She works in the non-profit sector, has a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and was elected to New West City Council in 2018. When not working on community projects, Nadine is a creative writer, curls at the Royal City Curling Club, and spends time with her golden retriever Gus and two cow-patterned cats Bill and Moo.

Steering Committee

Christine Boyle

City Councillor
OneCity Vancouver

About Christine

Christine Boyle was elected to Vancouver City Council with OneCity Vancouver in 2018. Christine is a community organizer, climate justice activist, and United Church Minister, born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. She has a teenager and a preschooler. Christine is passionate about tackling inequality, contributing to climate solutions, and deepening democratic engagement.

Jacqueline Louie

Past Run for Office Producer
JD Candidate, University of Victoria

Jacqueline Louie
About Tesicca

Jacqueline Louie is passionate about bringing an intersectional, anti-oppressive lens to government, public policy, and law.

Currently a law student at the University of Victoria, on the territory of the Lekwungen peoples, she is actively involved in the Racialized Law Students Collective and the faculty’s Equity and Diversity Committee. Jacqueline has professional experience at all three levels of government, including Manager of Youth Engagement at Vision Vancouver and Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of State for Trade of British Columbia.

When she is not studying, Jacqueline volunteers with the Access Pro Bono Residential Tenancy Program offering advice and oral advocacy to those who cannot afford legal services for tenancy issues. Jacqueline is also a passionate amateur film photographer in her spare time.

Tesicca Truong

Past Run for Office Producer
Dialogue Associate, SFU Center for Dialogue

Tessica Truong Run for Office
About Tesicca

Tesicca Truong 張慈櫻 (she/her/hers) is an anti-oppressive facilitation specialist, an intersectional community builder, and a serial changemaker. She is a Vietnamese, Chinese, Canadian-settler born and raised on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)peoples.

Tesicca co-founded CityHive, a non-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are involved in decision-making in their cities and co-chaired the inaugural Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, now in its eight year. She also helped kickstart Vancouver Youth4Tap, a pro-tap water, anti-bottled water coalition of high school students whose campaign resulted in the installation of one water refill station in every single public high school in Vancouver.

She advised BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as the youngest member on the Climate Advisory Council and served on Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task ForceSFU Senate, the Starfish Canada Board and the Simon Fraser Student Society. She now serves on the Board of Sierra Club of BC. For her work, Tesicca was awarded SFU President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award and Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award.

Tesicca was named Top 30 under 30 by Corporate Knights and the North American Association for Environmental Education.