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Jennifer Hollett

Head of News and Government for Twitter Canada

Jennifer Hollett is a smashup of digital, journalism, and politics. Energetic and engaging, sassy and smart, she is the head of news and government at Twitter Canada.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The Magic of Mobile
As co-founder of Super PAC App, which hit #1 in its category in the App Store and was called a “must-have election app” by ABC News, Hollett explains how mobile can engage and educate users in politics, journalism, and civic media.

Media Revolution/Evolution
Are TVs and newspapers becoming artifacts? Hollett explains how digital media presents both a challenge and an opportunity to traditional media, as citizens view and share content in new ways.

Engaging Youth
In a very interactive, multi-media driven presentation, Hollett talks about her volunteer work in Africa and illustrates why youth involvement is so critical in finding lasting solutions. As a former MuchMusic VJ, Hollett is a natural with young audiences.

Pop Culture With Bite, Why Entertainment Matters
As someone who has interviewed hundreds of celebs, from Beyonce to Coldplay, Hollett shares her experience connecting pop culture to social issues, illustrating the role of art and celebrity in creating social change.

Platform Plus

Workshop | Using Social Media for Movement Building

As a cross-platform journalist, Hollett explains how to use social media engage grassroot supporters and gain traction with traditional media. By looking at the opportunities presented by Twitter, YouTube, and blogs, plus understanding what traditional media is looking for, find out how the media can find you.

Event Moderator
Video/Online Program

  • Jenn's keynote address connected with everyone present and, what is more, she made it seem effortless. Everyone was impressed at how approachable and honest Jenn was and with how she was able to engage a diverse crowd with her savvy understanding of culture, her straight-from-the-hip answers to questions and her honest, searching and surprisingly practical talk about children and youth in Africa.

    - Graeme Burk, Serve!
  • The event organizers and performers, as well as the diverse audience, were blown away by her incendiary energy, sharp wit and engaging, approachable manner. Jenn's presence focused and balanced the show, and her bubbly, yet intelligent personality shone throughout. I would be happy to have Jenn speak at any future event!

    - World Urban Forum & Youth Organizing Committee

Summary Profile

Jennifer Hollett loves and lives digital. An award winning broadcast journalist, Jenn uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. She delivered a TEDxTalk on “How To Hate Politics” that outlined how technology is offering new ways to see and connect with politics.

As a television host and reporter, Jenn has worked for the CBC, CTV, and is a former MuchMusic VJ. In 2002, Jenn travelled to Kabul to host A MuchMusic Special: Afghanistan, a Gemini nominated documentary. She hosted the CBC’s G20 Street Level blog during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto which won a Canadian Online Publishing Award, and was recognized by Amnesty International Canada with a 2009 Media Award for her CBC radio reporting from Israel/Palestine. It was her work in the media that inspired her recent move into politics, looking to move from asking questions to finding answers.

A leading digital expert and visionary, Jenn developed the critically acclaimed ‘Super PAC App’ at the MIT Media Lab, which helped make television campaign ads more transparent to viewers during the 2012 U.S. election. Technologically savvy, 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.

Human rights and social justice have been 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), and Moscow (2013).

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. Jennifer was the 2015 federal NDP candidate in University-Rosedale, one of the country’s top races to watch. She studied public policy at Harvard University, obtaining her MPA, and was the digital director on Olivia Chow’s 2014 Toronto mayoral campaign.

Driven by a passion for social justice, she has worked with Journalists for Human Rights, CARE Canada, and Plan Canada. She is a strong advocate for women’s and girls’ rights, and has moderated the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto, Paris, Mexico City, Moscow, and Sydney.

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