Kate Graham is running to Lead the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP). She is running because she wants to change how we do politics in our party, and in our province. She is running to realize her vision of an Ontario where every single person is living a happy, healthy life, where they can achieve their big dreams. You can read more about this vision here.
Kate is a community builder who believes that when people come together, anything is possible.
The daughter of two teachers, Kate was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario. Growing up in Exeter, later moving to London where she now lives.
Kate Graham teaches, studies, and writes about politics at Western University, King’s University College, and Huron University College. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance at Western, working to strengthen the leadership of Canada's communities.
Before entering academia, Kate spent a decade working as a public servant: most recently as the Director of Community & Economic Innovation where she was responsible for the City’s government relations, strategic initiatives, culture and economic partnerships portfolios, and was the youngest member of the city’s Senior Leadership Team.
Kate is widely recognized as a thought leader in women’s political participation in Canada. Her PhD research and dissertation spawned The Mayor’s Project, Canada’s most comprehensive look at mayors across the country. As part of her work as a Canada 2020 Fellow, Kate developed, hosted and produced a podcast called No Second Chances, where she interviewed nearly every female Prime Minister and Premier that has ever served in Canada.
Kate also has a long history of community leadership and volunteerism. She is most proud of her work as Chair of the Pillar Nonprofit Network, during which time London’s first social innovation shared space, Innovation Works, was officially launched. Kate was recognized with an Ontario Volunteerism Award, and was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 for her community work.
After running as the Ontario Liberal Candidate in the 2018 provincial election in the great riding of London North Centre she led the Listening Project following the election (hear Kate talk about this project on TVO’s The Agenda).
Kate is running to be Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, working alongside an incredible team of people who share her vision of change for the party and province.