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On Saturday, November 2 2013, CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) gathered for the 5th annual elnstudio to discuss, to collaborate and to take action on jobs and economic opportunities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Outcomes from elnstudio 2013:

A record number of projects were pitched at elnstudio 2013! Ideas such as #100youth; the “Go Jump in the Lake” campaign; and Countdown to Careers are continuing to develop and evolve with the support of CivicAction’s ELN.

It’s our economy. Lead In.

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There is a growing consensus that we all need to work together to address economic challenges in the GTHA. As emerging leaders representing all sectors – private, public, not-for-profit, labour, and academia – 150 members took their seats at the table, rolled up their sleeves and gave fresh perspectives on addressing these challenges. As future leaders, they Lead In. to the challenge of building a better city region.

Pitched projects at studio were aimed at taking actions across four major categories of economic challenges:

  1. The Future of Work: What can we do to help break through the inter-generational blocks that are facing young professionals as they start their careers or new businesses?
  2. From Campus to Career: What can we do to create a better alternative to the status quo in which graduates of colleges and universities have high debts, limited job prospects, skills that do not match labour market demands, and lack of experience?
  3. Connectedness in the Great Lakes Region: What can we learn from and share with our friends in US Great Lakes city-regions like Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago and Pittsburgh?
  4. Local Economic Development and Micro-Entrepreneurism: How can we catalyze development of hyper-local entrepreneurship by a new generation of neighbourhood leaders and community business people?

Check out the day’s agenda here.



The project teams will regroup and further develop their project ideas over the coming months. Stay tuned for details!



CITY PARTNER Accenture small logo CITY PARTNER & HOSTRyerson University
CITY FRIENDToronto Homecoming CITY FRIENDknightsbridge_hck2

In addition to these partners, we are pleased to acknowledge the contribution of ELN member Amos Shaw for his design of the elnstudio 2013 logo.


Thank you to the ELNstudio 2013 Planning Team:

ELNstudio Co-Chairs: Lianne Hannaway & David Morley

(Programming Team Members)
Alim Remtulla
Howard Tam
Leif Malling
Clarecia Christie

(Communications Team Members)
Sara Goldvine
Stewart Hayes
Helen Kontozopoulos

(Logistics Team Members)
Elizabeth Fletcher
Colin Lacey
Gabe Sawhney
Yousaf Shah

(Partnerships Team Members)
Matthew Lombardi

What is elnstudio?

elnstudio is the largest gathering of CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN). Each year, over 150 rising civic leaders come together to recognize city-building achievements, generate new city-building priorities, and inspire emerging leaders to collaborate and take action.

ELN has a track record of success. In previous years, emerging leaders have generated projects such as Toronto Homecoming and Project Neutral.

Find out about our 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 events.