Speakers: Julia Sánchez, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC); Bipasha Baruah, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID); Khalil Shariff, Aga Khan Foundation Canada


The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Government of Canada


What does the world need from Canada?

Opening keynote address: Kristalina Georgieva, CEO World Bank

Moderated by Khalil Shariff, CEO Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Speakers: Kristalina Georgieva, CEO World Bank; Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Southern Voice


Feminist approach 101: What you and your organization need to know
Francesca Rhodes, Oxfam Canada; Samantha McGavin, InterPares; Darrah Teitel, Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights; Carrie Shelver, Coalition of African Lesbians; Fernando D'Elio, AKAHATÁ

Canada is adopting a feminist international assistance policy [FIAP]. As Global Affairs Canada states, “A feminist approach is much more than focusing exclusively on women and girls; rather, it is the most effective way to address the root causes of poverty.” What does it really mean, though, to go beyond focusing women and girls? What does a feminist approach to international cooperation and global advocacy look like in practice? In this interactive workshop, we will talk about feminist principles as viewed by long-time feminist practitioners, and about how civil society organizations can put them in action. During a short panel, we will also hear experiences from international guests about what a feminist approach looks like for their organization.

Data Revolution? Innovations in data collection for M&E
LIBRARY #Innovate
Speakers: Andy Cunningham, Aga Khan Foundation; Anoushka Kenley, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC); Erica Stillo, Aga Khan Foundation Canada

It is widely agreed that evidence should be used to inform decision-making, but do our systems meet on-the-ground needs and realities?  Collecting actionable and timely data that allow organizations and users to ask the deeper questions needed to improve program design and facilitate learning can be a challenge.  This session will explore innovative possibilities for more participatory, meaningful, and transformative data collection processes.

Canadian CSO-academic collaborations: Looking back and moving forward
Moderated by Luc Mougeot, International Development Research Centre
Speakers: Andréanne Martel, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC); Elena Chernikova, Employment and Social Development Canada

Different timelines, different ideas of what constitutes research, and different research and policy interests present challenges and opportunities for building strong collaborations between the academic community and civil society organizations in Canada. This workshop will explore best practices from a recent pan Canadian survey, and compare them to a similar consultation from five years ago. The workshop will also draw on the audience’s own experience around cross-sector collaboration. 



Exploring innovative ways to collaborate
Hugo Beauregard-Langelier's presentation
ATRIUM #Innovate
Moderated by Emmanuel Raufflet, HEC Montréal
Speakers: Denise Byrnes, Oxfam-Québec; Hugo Beauregard Langelier, UPA Développement International; Fraser Reilly-King, Canadian Council for International Co-operation

What does innovation look like in a practitioner-academic collaboration? What makes it innovative? What difference do these innovative models and approaches bring to outcomes? This workshop will showcase some exciting examples that already exist of how academics and CSO practitioners are innovating to bring research and practice closer together, and will discuss with workshop participants their own experience of the parameters that makes a collaboration innovative.

Let’s build the case together: The ODA sector campaign
Mathew Jacobson, Senior Consultant with McAllister Opinion Research

The research is done, polling results are in, your supporters have been surveyed… We are now almost ready for this important campaign to go live and mobilize Canadians across the country for enhanced Canadian engagement on development cooperation, including increasing the international assistance budget. Join this interactive discussion to see a “sneak preview” of the main campaign messages and tools, provide your feed-back before things go final production, learn about the next steps for the CCIC campaign, and why and how your organization should engage. Come discuss how, by working together, we can create the conditions for Canada to get back on track towards reaching 0.7! 

The Feminist Approach 201: A case study for championing new gender norms
Yasmin Karim, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Pakistan; Margaret Capelazo, Gender Advisor CARE Canada

The Feminist International Assistance Policy’s focus on empowering women and girls is a bold example of Canada’s ambition to be a global leader in gender equality. Its reframing of international policy priorities creates new opportunities, but also raises questions about how to advance a feminist agenda while engaging with existing social norms. Using case examples, this session will consider how to address social norms in challenging contexts and pave the way for greater, and sustained, gender equality.


Andréanne Martel, CCIC; Dr. Luc J.A. Mougeot, IDRC; Lilly Nicholls, Global Affairs Canada; Ian Smillie, CASID


The Next Generation of Development Leaders

Speakers: Leis-Bruel Haragirimana, Youth Building in Synergy to End Poverty; David Marchesseault, WaterAid Canada; Lacey Willmott, CASID; Sebastian Vielmas, CIVICUS; Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Oxfam Canada; Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, National Executive Representative of the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students; Simone Cavanaugh, Prime Minister's Youth Council




The Great Debate on Financing Development
Moderated by Mercedes Stephenson, CTV
Speakers: Dr. Una Osili, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Ann Mei Chang, Formerly USAID; Robert Greenhill, Global Canada Initiative; Étienne Grall, Director, DFI Project, Export Development Canada


Back on the rights track: HRBA refresher
ATRIUM #Inspire
Moderated by
Fraser Reilly-King, Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Speakers: David Archer, ActionAid; Vincenza Nazzari, Equitas

With Global Affairs Canada’s adoption of a human rights based approach as part of its international assistance policy, it is important for the civil society sector to refresh our understanding of HRBA and consider the implications for our work. This session will examine how to better integrate human rights principles and practices into our development and humanitarian work, and will discuss lessons learned from past practice on what works and what doesn’t work

Using research for policy impact
LIBRARY #Influence

Moderated by Elly Vandenberg, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Speakers: Rebecca Tiessen, University of Ottawa; Beth Woroniuk, Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada; Marie Gagné, University of Toronto; Eric Chaurette, InterPares; Rachel Vincent, Nobel Women's Initiative; Laura McDonald, CERLAC and Carleton Unviersity; Andrea Ordóñez, Southern Voice

What are the essentials of using evidence-based research to influence policy and practice? How do we translate research results into changes in policy and practice? How can we enhance our collaborations to improve our advocacy and impact. Pairs of academics and practitioners explore their experience in agriculture and food security, women, peace and security, and human rights.

Making sense of pluralism
Speakers: Afroza Nanji, University of Calgary; Nathan Bowers-Krishnan, Global Centre for Pluralism

In an era of heightening global fragilities and fault lines, there is a strong need to promote peaceful pluralism through international development programming.  What is pluralism and how can you integrate it into your work to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities around the world?  This interactive workshop will give participants concrete tools and next steps that can be applied to their own contexts and projects. 



Is development newsworthy? 
Colette Brin, Centre d'études sur les médias, Université Laval; Megan Clement, Women & Girls Deeply; Rob Steiner, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Media – newspapers, television, radio, blogs, and social networks – play an undeniable role in framing the way Canadians think about international development. But with shrinking newsroom budgets, a 24-hour news cycle, and trending #FakeNews, the media landscape is in constant flux. In this environment, are stories about development still making it to Canadians? What stories are being told and whose voices are being heard? This session will disseminate findings from a content analysis of Canadian media coverage of the developing world, and discuss what role the media can play in building understanding of development.

Applying Innovation Approaches to Development
LIBRARY #Innovate
Moderated by Fraser Reilly-King, Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Speakers: Ann Mei Chang, formerly USAID; Vinod Rajaskaran, Co-founder and Executive Director, Impact Hub Ottawa; Tim Draiman, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National

Innovation is a key priority for the Canadian government, including for its international assistance programming. In this workshop, we will build on and benefit from the experiences of CSOs working in innovation spaces in different contexts and explore the kind of space we need as a sector to support and engage with the innovation agenda, given the SDGs and the International Assistance Policy. Leaders on innovation in the Canadian domestic civil society space, internationally and with global civil society will animate a lively discussion with participants on opportunities and challenges for engaging in the innovation agenda. 

Multi-stakeholder partnerships: New ‘politics’ and modalities
Moderated by Shelagh Savage, Coady International Institute
Speakers: David Black, Dalhousie University; John Cameron, Dalhousie University; Stephen Brown, University of Ottawa; Liam Swiss, Memorial University; Molly den Heyer, Coady International Institute

This roundtable aims to facilitate a dialogue on ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’ based on the preliminary findings from a multi-year research project. More specifically, it explores the theory and practice behind different types of multi-stakeholder partnerships, and some considerations and implications for different development actors looking forward. How can research on the new ‘politics’ of partnerships be more relevant to CSOs, policy-makers, and academics? Which areas or issues require more attention? This will be an opportunity for participants to discuss policy and practice around multi-stakeholder partnerships.


Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations : Why They Matter
Dr. Kenneth Atsenhaienton Deer, Secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake and a member of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee


The Universality of the SDGs

Moderated by: Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundation Canada
Speakers: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, M.P.; Adam Vaughan, M.P. 


Julia Sánchez, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC); Bipasha Baruah, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID); Khalil Shariff, Aga Khan Foundation Canada