Jennifer Hollett

Jennifer Hollett is changing the way we engage in politics. 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.

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.

Technologically savvy, 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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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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