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Leading Through Policy Change

Learn how to successfully create change in your sector or community from some of Canada’s best policy leaders alongside other, inspiring change-makers.

8 weeks

Live virtual sessions

Learn from leading policy experts

INFORMATION SESSION: Register here to attend the Leading Through Policy Change Information Session on January 24th at 1 p.m. and learn how this course will benefit your career.

About the course

Canada’s only course to teach you practical ways of creating systemic change and influencing the laws and policies that impact us in just eight weeks. Learn from Canada’s top policymakers and experienced change-makers as you explore Canada’s system of government and political landscape, examine who has power, and better understand how to advance issues that matter to you. In this course, you’ll gain the insider knowledge needed to start organizing people toward a common goal and influencing change, one step at a time.

Dais Learning: Microcredential Course

Leading Through Policy Change

WINTER 2024: Every Wednesday from February 14 to April 3, 2024,

No Prerequisites required.

This course is presented to you by Dais Learning and sponsored by Deloitte.

Presented by

Dais Learning

Sponsored by


Developed in partnership with

Blue Door
Albion Neighbourhood Services

What you’ll learn

The meaning of public policy and how it’s developed and implemented

How to identify root causes of community issues and propose policy changes

Advocacy tactics to engage decision-makers and mobilize communities

Learners who complete and pass all requirements receive a certificate and LinkedIn badge.

Course Outline

Week 1
Introduction to Public Policy Change

Week 2
Canadian Democratic Systems & Key Players

Week 3
Using Research To Validate Issues and Build Your Case

Week 4
Strategies to Drive Evidence-Based Policy Change

Week 5
Choosing Your Engagement and Public Policy Advocacy Tactics

Week 6
Storytelling as A Strategy To Enlist Allies and Generate Support

Week 7
Identifying Your Change Maker

Week 8
Getting Started With Your Newfound Policy Change Skills

The Facilitators

Rahel Appiagyei-David
Leadership Development Facilitator, the Dais

Sam Andrey
Managing Director, the Dais
Former Chief of Staff & Director of Policy, Office of the Minister of Education

Camara Chambers
Director of Leadership Development, the Dais
Former Executive Director of Volunteer Toronto

André Côté
Director of Policy and Research, the Dais
Former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Guest Speakers

Pre-recorded video lectures from:
Hon. Frances Lankin, PC, CM, LL.Ds (HC), Ed.D (HC),
Senator, Senate of Canada, Corporate Director

Denise Andrea Campbell
Executive Director, Social Development, City of Toronto

Selena Young
Director of Indigenous Affairs, City of Toronto

Elinor McNamee
Gender and Foreign Policy Specialist, Government of Canada

Gabriella Gonzalez
TELUS Public Policy | EDI Advocate (Alberta & Ontario)

Ange Valentini
Government Relations Professional, Political Advisor, Strategist & Community Organizer

Chelsie Johnson
Health Emergency Planning Specialist, Regional Municipality of York


8 weeks (February 14 to April 3, 2024)
Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

  • Live virtual sessions
  • Practical training to get you started on creating systemic change
  • Learn from some of the best leaders in Canada
  • Applied collaborative and inclusive learning environment

Who should apply

People across Canada who want to:

  • Get those in power to take your research seriously and bring advocacy in your non-profit strategy
  • Impact government decisions as an individual or as part of an organization
  • Enhance their leadership skills and influence public policies
  • Develop critical thinking about the public policy process, and how to strategically influence the government’s priorities


CA $750 + HST

Meet the instructor

Rahel Appiagyei-David
Leadership Development Facilitator

The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University

Rahel Appiagyei-David

Get in touch

Questions or want to learn more about the program?

Jillian Gonzales
Leadership Development Assistant

The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University

Jillian Gonzales