Canada's upcoming G7 Presidency

An opportunity for decisive leadership on sustainable development

September 27th 2017 | Library & Archives Canada, 395 Welligton St, Ottawa

6:00PM to 9:30PM


Canada will host the 44th G7 summit in June 2018. The G7 comprises the seven richest economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. This will be an important opportunity for Canada to engage G7 counterparts on pressing global challenges. How will Canada fare?

Join us for a dynamic and thought-provoking interactive panel on Canada's Upcoming G7 Presidency, focused on gender equity, climate change, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

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This event will feature a discussion moderated by Susan Ormiston (CBC Radio and TV). Panelists include:

  • Ambassador Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharyn, Chair of Southern Voice and LDC IV Monitor
  • Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada
  • Alexandra Garita, Deputy Director of Prospera, the International Network of Women's Funds
  • Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, National Executive Representative of the Circle of First Nations, Mètis and Inuit Students

The panel discussion will be followed by an armchair discussion between Peter Boehm, Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister, and Susan Ormiston. 


Every year, CCIC hosts a free public event to raise awareness around a key topic in international cooperation. Presented this year in partnership with Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac), this event will attract over 400 participants, including stakeholders from climate change, international development and humanitarian civil society organizations, key government officials, relevant policy makers and academics.

A reception will take place before and after the panel and you will be able to enjoy finger foods, refreshments and have access to a cash bar. Several CSOs will be present at booths to speak about their work on issues regarding climate change, the SDGs, and gender equity.


Peter Boehm

Deputy minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister (Sherpa)

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Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister (Sherpa) since July 2017, Peter had previously been Deputy Minister of International Development, Associate, and, subsequently, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. A career foreign service officer, he served as Ambassador to Germany from 2008 to 2012 and previously in the department as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas, North America and Consular Affairs. Abroad, he was Minister (political and public affairs) at the Embassy of Canada to the United States in Washington (2001-04) and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) (1997-2001). He has held a variety of positions in the department and was also assigned to the Embassy of Canada to Costa Rica. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Peter holds a PhD in History from the University of Edinburg, an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and an Honours BA in English and History from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Ambassador Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya

Chair, Southern Voice and LDC Monitor

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Ambassador Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macroeconomist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh. He is also the current chair of two global networks, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals - a network of 49 think tanks serving as an open platform to stimulate and disseminate high-quality evidence-based analyses for discussions on the Sustainable Development; and LDC IV Monitor – a partnership of seven think tanks and international organizations, seeking to contribute to effective implementation of commitments envisaged under the Istanbul Programme of Action. He was also the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

Joanna Kerr

Executive Director, GreenPeace Canada

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Joanna Kerr is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, part of a global network working to stop climate change, protect precious biodiversity and advance Indigenous rights. A lifelong feminist and activist, Joanna previously served as the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 50 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. There, she led an organization-wide strategy that put climate resilient sustainable agriculture and women’s rights at the core of its work. Before that, she led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and feminist campaigners, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada and the North-South Institute, where she wrote and edited numerous publications on women’s rights, development and globalization. She currently serves on the Board of CIVICUS and is the Chair for the MATCH International Women’s Fund.   

Alexandra Garita

Deputy Director of Prospera, the International Network of Women's Funds


Alexandra was most recently Senior Advisor at the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute and is the President of the Board of Equis: Justice for Women, both in Mexico. She previously founded and coordinated the feminist alliance Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ) for five years. Prior, Alex worked as Senior Program Officer, International Policy, with the International Women’s Health Coalition, led the international advocacy program at IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region and was the Mexico Program Officer at ARTICLE 19, The Global Campaign for Free Expression. An activist committed to advancing women's human rights, Alex formed part of Decidir (Choice: Youth Coalition for Sexual Citizenship), where she protested, wrote, and advocated for young people’s rights to safe and legal abortion in Mexico City prior to the liberalization of the law. Alex has also worked at the Mexican Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Reproductive Health Matters and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and an M.A. in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from Essex University.

Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie


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Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie is a 23-year-old Anishinaabe Two-Spirit from Sagkeeng First Nation, graduating with a BA in Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Sadie-Phoenix formerly was the Co-President for the UW Aboriginal Student Council; Aboriginal Student Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students MB; and Vice-President of External Affairs on the University of Winnipeg Students' Association. Sadie-Phoenix is currently the National Executive Representative of the Circle of First Nations, Mètis and Inuit Students. Sadie-Phoenix has worked on numerous on student led initiatives including the Indigenous Course Requirement and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.Sadie-Phoenix is one of the co-founders of the Winnipeg based, Red Rising Magazine, which gives Indigenous youth a platform to share their perspectives and experiences to a broad audience without censorship. Sadie-Phoenix attended the UN COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco last November on behalf of the Canadian Climate Youth Coalition. She also was one of the 100 youth arrested on Parliament Hill protesting the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and has been on the front line of Standing Rock twice last year. Sadie-Phoenix has participated and organized numerous community events, rallies, marches and speeches around Indigenous rights, challenging racism and colonialism, Indigenous climate justice and youth empowerment. Sadie-Phoenix is able to do all this work with the spiritual guidance of Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and consistently going to ceremonies with other youth leaders.

Susan Ormiston

Senior Correspondent, cbc radio & tv


Susan Ormiston is CBC senior correspondent for TV, radio and online. She has reported from 25 countries and conflict zones including Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. She's covered natural and industrial disasters in Haiti, Bangladesh and the Philippines. She's also reported extensively on Nelson Mandela, covering his election as President of South Africa in 1994, and his death nearly 20 years later. For her award-winning journalism, she's captured three Geminis including "Best Reportage" for her work in Afghanistan, and "Best Digital" for a Canadian election special called "Ormiston Online." In 2011 she won a Foreign Press Association award in London. She's a frequent guest host for CBC News Network and CBC programs including The National, The Current, As It Happens. She has also reported for CBC's the fifth estate and Marketplace. During her time at CTV, Susan was a correspondent and host for W-Five. She studied at Carleton University, earning a Bachelor of Journalism.

Contact events@ccic.ca if you have any questions about the event.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!