• CAD $295.00 – Supporter Tuition
  • CAD $195.00 – Standard Tuition
  • CAD $145.00 – Supported Tuition
  • CAD $5.00 – Scholarship Application Deposit. This will be refunded should you not be able to attend the conference. Please contact us at [email protected] if this deposit poses a barrier to your application.

Date & Time Details:
June 23, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PT
June 24, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm PT
June 25, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm PT

Location: Online

Tiered Tuition:
Select the tier that is most appropriate for your financial situation.
Supporter Tuition: $295
Standard Tuition: $195
Supported Tuition: $145

Scholarships: Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their life and communities. A $5 non refundable deposit is required (please contact us if the deposit poses a barrier). Apply within your registration form.

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Activate Summit (Online)

With Hollyhock Leadership Institute

June 23 - 25, 2021

Join the sharpest digital minds from political and advocacy campaigns, creative agencies, labour unions, and progressive causes, for 2.5 days of hard-skills training in digital strategy, tactics, and leadership. Gain clarity on how to intelligently activate your organization from the inside, and crack the code to engage your target audience to win campaigns, raise money, and hit your goals.

“Incredibly valuable to my own growth – will give value to my work in many ways for years to come.” – Candace Jazvac, 2018 Activate participant

There are many conferences to talk about the problems we need to solve, but few of them address hands-on learning of the right tools. Activate is all about practical training; selecting the best combination of tools, and designing and executing a strategy to win.

The Activate Summit is a 2.5-day online gathering that will feature provocative conversation with progressive digital leaders from across the world.

Content will be centered around topics relevant to our unique moment in history (e.g. fighting anti-democratic militancy, engagement in a post-pandemic reality, etc.)

Designed with relationship-building, skill development, and problem-solving at its core, The Activate Summit exists to foster resilience among digital leaders in order to fuel their work going forward. Live facilitated virtual sessions will be enriched by an online community platform and a casual virtual hangout space to create opportunities for those “hallway” moments.

Who is Activate for?

Activate is for progressive digital practitioners. You might be a digital director at an advocacy organization, a content writer at a political party, an organizer at a labour union, or a senior leader who tries to bring all these pieces together. You might work with clients to deliver great digital campaigns, or build new technology. Activate participants come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with varying amounts of digital experience. But we share a commitment to building digital capacity among progressives in Canada, sharing our learnings with each other, and lifting each other up.

“This was a remarkable experience. I feel rejuvenated both physically and intellectually. My whole time here has been mind blowing.” – Chris Parri, 2018 Activate participant

Hollyhock is working to make sure our conferences and events are accessible and valuable to diverse communities. We welcome and encourage applicants who will bring diversity to Activate, including but not limited to diversity of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, and class. We know that important, exciting, and innovative digital work is happening on the margins. At Activate, we will hold up, support, and provide a platform for / share this work.


Please check back for a full program schedule.

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Hollyhock Leadership Institute
Hollyhock’s renowned conferences help to resolve the leadership deficits of the modern world. These cross-sectoral and multi-generational gatherings work to support and catalyze progressive leaders through strengthening skills, expanding capacity, and building peer-to-peer networks and knowledge. Tackling the largest issues of our time and promoting social and environmental justice requires that we come together to not only learn hard skills and share lessons, but also to rejuvenate our passions and recharge. Joining our conferences opens up access to like-minded networks and community that support one another throughout the year. Past conferences include: Social Venture Institute, Activate: Digital Leadership, Creating a…
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