In 2012, Ryerson University established the Jack Layton Chair to honour Jack’s unique journey from a Ryerson classroom to a national inspiration. Jack Layton was a Professor in Ryerson’s Politics Department during the 1970s and 1980s. As a Ryerson Professor, Toronto City Councillor, Member of Parliament, and Leader of the Federal NDP, Jack inspired students, a city, and a country to pursue progressive political change. Justice, fairness, inclusion, hope, and love were his guiding principles for building a better world.
The Jack Layton Chair will engage in a variety of activities in keeping with Jack’s wide-ranging interests and commitments. Throughout his career, Jack was a passionate advocate for a number of social issues, proposing new solutions for environmental sustainability, liveable cities, homelessness, violence against women, homophobia, labour rights, youth engagement, public health, and inclusive democracy. The mandate of the Jack Layton Chair is to broaden understanding and political capacity in order to effect progressive social change.