Our work would not be possible without the contributions of so many people.
Thank you to the sixty movement leaders who first wrote The Leap Manifesto by consensus in 2015. The founding members of our team who have since moved on to other projects. The advisors who have supported our organization’s development at every stage. And, our movement allies who inspire and drive our work every day.
Senior Manager of Communications
I’m the Organizing Coordinator for The Leap, which means I have the incredible privilege of supporting the people who are bringing The Leap to life in their schools, unions, cities, and communities. I live in Toronto, in the unceded, unsurrendered lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. As an organizer and facilitator, I believe in a few things: the importance of community care, the value of art (pay your artists!) and storytelling, and the fact that dumplings will be the fuel of the resistance.
When I’m not dreaming and scheming with this bunch of wonderful humans at The Leap, I spend my time doing local environmental justice organizing, writing about feelings (mostly my own), wandering around parks and bookstores, silly dancing, and petting pups (mostly other people’s).
Want to get involved with The Leap, or chat about our local groups, networks, and projects? I’d love to hear from you! email@example.com
Co-Founder and Strategic Director
I’m Co-Founder and Strategic Director of The Leap. Feels weird to write those words! Honestly, we had to come up with titles and that’s what we settled on for me, but the truth is that we’re a small team that tries to practise the silo-busting we preach – so like everyone else, I work on, well, a bit of everything.
I started my career in my hometown of Toronto in 1990, as a local news reporter, reporting on fires, food bank drives, propane leaks and city council meetings. Later, I hosted a show on CityTV called The New Music, and got to interview some of my heros, like David Bowie and Leonard Cohen (who later signed the Leap Manifesto!). In the late 90s, I hosted a show called counterSpin on CBC, burning myself out (and loving most every minute of it) hosting more than 500 live televised debates in three years.
Later I launched a documentary show on Al Jazeera English called Fault Lines, and along the way made a couple of feature documentaries – The Take (2004) and This Changes Everything (2015). That last one we premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we launched the Leap Manifesto the same week! I’ve been working on making the Leap come true every waking moment since (and a whole lot of nights, I feel like I’ve been willing it into being in my sleep…).
I’m the Co-Executive Director of The Leap, and work in a leadership team with Bianca Mugyenyi, Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein.
I work on everything from big-picture strategy, fundraising and everyday operations. as well as contributing to individual projects. I try to create a work environment that mirrors the values we want to see in the world: collaborative, caring, and kick-ass.
Before The Leap I spent much of my career working at the intersection of storytelling, academia and social change. I’m a proud longtime co-conspirator with Avi and Naomi. I co-produced the documentaries The Take and This Changes Everything with them, and worked as Engagement Lead for the five-year This Changes Everything project.
At other points in my life I’ve been: a cook, a bartender, an anthropologist studying macaques in Japan, and a documentary director and producer. To defeat my sense of intimidation around mainstream economists and politicians, I did an MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics in 2008-09 (the year they crashed the world economy!).
I’m a bilingual Montreal and proud Habs fan. I’m now transplanted to Toronto where I live with my husband Matt Thompson and our son Leo. If you can’t find the person you’re looking for elsewhere on this page, I may be the one you need!
Senior Manager of Research and U.S. Programming
I’m not on Twitter, so this could be my only chance to write a bio in 160 characters or less.
“Leap blog editor and organizer-in-training. Formerly lead researcher on This Changes Everything. Pan-leftist. Low-carbon leisure enthusiast.”
If you’re involved in efforts to leap to a just, safe future that should be covered on our blog, please reach out! firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Manager of Development and Programming
Digital and Communications Coordinator
I’m the Digital and Communications Coordinator for The Leap, which means that I get to spend a lot of time talking to you all! I live in amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton, on Treaty 6 territory; the traditional meeting grounds and homelands for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux.
As a grassroots organizer, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make our movements more accessible, how to sustain reciprocal relationships, and binge-watching garbage TV.
When I’m not online with my buds at The Leap, I love long road trips, spending time with babies (that are not my own), and buying books that I never get around to reading.
If you have questions or concerns about our communications, I’m your person! Send me an email at email@example.com
Senior Manager of Programming
I am the Senior Manager of Programming at The Leap, which means I get to dream big about all the bold and beautiful ways to make the world better. I work with thinkers, artists, organizers, and educators from different social movements, cross-pollinate ideas, and conspire to collectively create transformative change.
I am most passionate about connecting labour with the climate justice movement; pushing for drug decriminalization, and expanding public health care.
I have led advocacy for a number of unions and non-profits, including the Canadian Union of Postal Workers; the Canadian Health Coalition, and Overdose Prevention Ottawa.
I am a writer and organizer on unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa). I write most often for Our Times, Canada’s independent labour magazine, as their climate justice columnist.
Got a wild idea and want to talk collaboration? Email me at james@TheLeap.org