Olivia Chow is the Founder of the Institute for Change Leaders and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Her work focuses on increasing community engagement and democratic participation.
In a political career that began in 1985, Olivia Chow has been one of Canada's most effective and well known public figures,
serving in municipal politics in Toronto and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted
Best City Councilor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010, while readers of the Toronto Sun
voted her Top Torontonian in 2012 and Canadian Immigrant magazine named her as one of the top 25 immigrants.
Olivia is also the best selling author of “Olivia Chow: My Journey”, published in 2014.
Olivia was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto with her parents when she was thirteen. She studied philosophy
and art at university and has worked as a college professor, an ESL teacher, counselor for new immigrants and a sculptor.
Olivia Chow – Former Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton – tells her story in this candid memoir.
“A gutsy book” – Toronto Star
“Joining Olivia Chow on her journey is certainly a trip worth taking. From Immigrant to Member of Parliament, from self-discovery to community activism, from family conflict to deep love, the episodes of her life will keep you turning the pages.” – David Crombie