Michelle Holland is the Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy for the City of Toronto and has been the leading voice on technology and innovation. She has lead the City’s efforts to encourage growth in the sector, promote and protect innovation and technology jobs, encourage greater gender diversity and position Toronto as a leader in the innovation economy in all respects. She continues to lead the City’s branding strategy with respect to the innovation economy that will create a unified voice to attract and retain talent.
She is also leading the process that has identified May 31, 2018 as the first Digital Literacy Day in the City of Toronto. Digital Literacy Day is bringing together a wide range of public and private sector partners within Toronto’s innovation economy to highlight the need for digital literacy and to demonstrate the many learning and career opportunities available within the sector. The focus of Digital Literacy Day is to ensure that no one is left behind in the new economy. Councillor Michelle Holland was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and has served on the most important City Council Committees including Executive Committee, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Budget Committee and Economic Development Committee.
She is currently Chair of Scarborough Community Council, Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Chair of the City’s Corporations Nominating Panel where she has been leading efforts to facilitate gender equality on boards. As a graduate of the Director’s Education Program she has considerable board experience including the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Design Exchange and the Art Gallery of Ontario among other boards.