Jennifer Hollett, University-Rosedale NDP

Jennifer Hollett is changing politics. She is the NDP candidate in the new riding of University-Rosedale, the heart of downtown Toronto.

Jennifer is a Broadbent Institute leadership fellow, an associate at the Atkinson Foundation, and a regular contributor to CTV’s ‘Power Play’. She was the digital director on Olivia Chow’s Toronto mayoral campaign, and currently combines digital consultation with sessional teaching at Harvard University.

A leading digital expert and visionary, Jenn uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. She recently gave a TEDxTalk called "How To Hate Politics" that outlines how technology can positively change the way we engage with leaders and connect our communities.

Jenn developed the critically acclaimed 'Super PAC App' at the MIT Media Lab, which helped make television campaign ads more transparent during the 2012 U.S. election. Jenn has worked in digital communications since the late '90s, when she became the youngest manager ever at Sony Music Canada, and developed new media strategies for the label's top artists.

As an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Jenn was driven by a passion for social justice while working at CBC, CTV, and MuchMusic. She won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her work hosting the CBC's G20 Street Level blog during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, and was recognized by Amnesty International Canada with a 2009 Media Award for her CBC radio reporting from Israel/Palestine.

Human rights and social issues are a consistent focus in Jenn's work. She previously managed e-communications for Plan Canada, worked with Journalists for Human Rights to train journalists in Sierra Leone, and volunteered to create YouthCARE, a youth engagement program with CARE Canada. She is a strong advocate for women's and girls' rights, and has been proud to moderate the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto (2010), Paris (2011), Mexico City (2012), Moscow (2013), and Sydney (2014).

Jenn has a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Journalism and Communications from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. She was raised by a single mother in St. Catharines, Ontario, and believes politics should be accessible to everyone.

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Let's move Canada forward. Jennifer will fight for a Toronto and country that is:


Right now many families in our city are struggling to make ends meet because of the ever-increasing costs of living. Jennifer believes that good jobs and a living wage are essential to a city where we all thrive. Affordable housing, child care, and public transit are issues of equality. As part of "generation squeeze," Jennifer will work to put these issues at the top of the social and political agenda.


The Conservative government has proven itself to be a threat to Canada’s environment, and the need for strong political leadership on environmental issues has never been greater. Jennifer is a life-long advocate for greener policies and currently serves on the board on the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Jennifer will work to protect and promote public spaces, and will stand up and defend our country’s scientists and environmental NGOs as we tackle the challenge of climate change. Canada’s largest city must be at the forefront of delivering solutions for the present and future.


Working with organizations such as Journalists for Human Rights and the G(irls)20 Summit, Jennifer champions human rights here at home and around the world. Alongside the NDP, she is committed to ensuring that the rights of First Nations are honoured, and that a full public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women is launched immediately. Jennifer will also work to stop the eroding of women’s rights that has taken place under the Conservative government. She believes an inclusive Toronto also includes support for new immigrants, and extending health care back to refugees.



CBC Radio

"You may not realize it, but liking a post on Facebook or favouriting a Tweet may make you a bit of a slacktivist."

Saying goodbye to embarrassing leaders

Toronto Star

"He’s insulted our country’s veterans, tried to sneak by the un-Fair Elections Act and refused to meet with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for more than a year. Harper isn’t making a spectacle; he’s simply hoping we don’t notice. Or if we do, that we don’t care."

What Activists and Startups Have In Common

Atkinson Foundation

"Coming from a background in social justice, where there’s no shortage of problems to tackle, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between nonprofit and startup culture. Both entrepreneurs and activists make a lot out of a little, don’t give up at no, and are determined to change the world (or at least a part of it)."

Women and Work: Rethinking Parental Leave in Canada

Huffington Post

"Usually a student, male or female, from a Nordic country like Sweden will mention progressive parental leave policies. Even calling it parental leave is a shift, vs. the traditional maternity or mat leave. The few mothers in the class will point out, if we want to really address this issue, we have to begin where it starts. Parental leave and day care."

I Lost: How to Fall and Move On

"I've learned over the years that it is failure that offers the best learning. Part of me secretly craves failure. In the startup community there's an ethos that if you're not failing from time to time, you're likely not trying something new or challenging."

How Do We See Girls?

Huffington Post

"Young women have so much talent and potential, yet are often overlooked. The G(irls)20 Summit is an opportunity to invite girls to the table, provide them with training and mentorship, and most importantly let them share their thoughts on issues that affect them and their communities."

iPhone app fact-checks attack ads


"The low hanging fruit for social television is Twitter and TV. But we're wondering what's really possible when you combine social media with television."

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