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Michal Hay

Founding Executive Director, Progress Toronto

Michal Hay is the Founding Executive Director of Progress Toronto. Her focus in organizing, whether through an issue-based or electoral campaign, is bridging the gaps between people and the political power needed for progressive change. She hopes to create the space for people to advocate for the city they need.

Michal was 2017 Campaign Director for Jagmeet Singh’s successful NDP Leadership Campaign, and she was one of Chatelaine’s Top Women in Canada of 2017. She is on the Board of Directors of the Broadbent Institute and the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Michal was Chief of Staff to Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton for six years, and in 2014 she was Field Director for Olivia Chow’s Toronto Mayoral Campaign. Through her work and activism, she has had leading roles on a number of issue-based and electoral campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels across Canada.