OCIC moves to CSI Spadina, welcomes new staff!

This past July, OCIC moved our office to CSI Spadina! With three locations in Toronto and one in New York City, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyse social innovation in Toronto and around the world, with an emphasis on collaborative working spaces and workshops.

Flight Scholarship to Ghana and Tanzania!

Youth Challenge International is offering 6 flight scholarships to new applicants for our Youth Ambassador programs to Ghana and Tanzania this fall! Tanzania (10 Week) October 7 - December 16 Ghana (4 week) September 23 - October October 21 Ghana (12 week) September 23 - December 16 Who is eligible? You must be Canadian, a Permanent Resident or a Landed Immigrant You must be aged 18-35 at time of application Flights are only available to participate in YCI's Youth Ambassador programs in Tanzania and Ghana How does it work? Apply to volunteer in YCI's programs in Tanzan

Bring a Friend to Costa Rica and Save $1000

Youth Challenge International is offering an incredible opportunity for our 4-week program in Costa Rica this fall!

Horizons Educational Tour to Guatemala February 2015

Interested in going beyond the tourist attractions? Guatemala February 9-21, 2015 For more information, contact Linda Robertson at 1.888.729.9928 (ext. 10)

Leading African Health Organization Launches a Fresh Brand

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) becomes Amref Health Africa Toronto, ON – The leading African health organization – the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) – is launching a new name and logo globally. Today, AMREF becomes: Amref Health Africa Amref Health Africa reaches more than 12 million people every year and has been recognized with the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health. The new name, Amref Health Africa, pays homage to the organization’s heritage while reflecting Amref Health Africa’s innovative health care programs in Africa.


Making the Grade in Global Education: Unlocking the Power of Play

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6
A series dedicated to exploring approaches and strategies for strengthening education systems
AKFC’s Making the Grade in Global Education series is dedicated to exploring approaches and strategies for strengthening education systems. On September 30, join AKFC and Right To Play for an interactive event that will help you explore how play-based learning methodologies are used to advance education goals and learning outcomes.
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Amnesty International “Reel Awareness Film Festival” and HotDocs Bloor Cinema Present "Children 404"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
"Children 404" tells the story of teenagers growing up LGBTQ in Vladimir Putin’s Russia
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West In 2013, Putin’s government passed legislation which criminalized the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors’. There are an estimated 2.5 million LGBTQ youth in Russia, who already endured a high risk of abuse and bullying.
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2014-2015 Disaster and Humanitarian Response Program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
McGill University, Department of Family Medicine, Montreal, QC
Training the New Generation of Humanitarians
Beginning in October 2014, the Humanitarian Studies Initiative of McGill University will be once more offering its innovative and multi-disciplinary humanitarian training program that advances and improves the quality of humanitarian work and practice to improve the lives of people most affected by war and disaster around the world. The 2014-2015 Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program offers an evidence-based approach on the globally-recognized core humanitarian competencies that are essential for anyone involved in disaster response and/or humanitarian assistance.
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What role should Canada play in the Horn of Africa?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON
You're invited to the fourth session of thePANEL, the capital's newest forum on foreign policy
The Horn of Africa, composed of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti, is a region of immense geostrategic importance facing enormous governance challenges. Somalia suffered for years without any form of central government. Djibouti is a one party dominant state. Eritrea’s authoritarian regime has been accused of massive human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, widespread physical and psychological torture, religious persecution, rape, and female genital mutilation.
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Explore the power, passion and meaning of The Blues in a new production at Theatre Passe Muraille before it goes on tour!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, ON
An Amnesty International Benefit Night at Theatre Passe Muraille
Life, Death and the Blues is conceived, written and performed by Raoul Bhaneja, accompanied by Juno award-winning singer Divine Brown. Check out Raoul’s promo at Tickets for the Amnesty Benefit night on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. are $35 with a tax receipt for $10. Location: 16 Ryerson Avenue (Queen & Bathurst) For tickets or more information, contact Marilyn McKim at 416.363.9933 ext 325 or
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Salsa for Smiles

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Step up to Transform Lives
A night of dancing for a great cause! Live music from the Clave Kings and DJ Jimmy Suave and salsa lessons from Steps Dance Studio Inc. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Salsa lessons, salsa show and dancing begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance by phone. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. Dinner reservations at Lula Lounge (416-588-0307) guarantee seating. 100% of proceeds are directed to cleft care.
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Webinar - Wavemakers: Empower Youth Action on Global Water & Sanitation Issues

Friday, October 3, 2014
Online Register at:
Introduction to the Youth Wavemakers Program
Details: Do you know a group of youth who want to take action on global or local water issues? Wavemakers provides K-12 educators with resources to engage youth in global water and sanitation issues and tools to empower them to take meaningful action. Discover our unique process for creating classroom resources with youth from overseas. You will also learn how to apply for a Wavemakers Action Project grant to receive $500 toward implementing a water action project.
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3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Conference on ‘Business, Violence and International Humanitarian Law’

Friday, October 3, 2014
Grand Ballroom, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto, ON
Business, Violence and International Humanitarian Law
The Canadian Red Cross will be hosting it’s 3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Conference titled “Business, Violence and International Humanitarian Law”. The conference will bring together international legal experts in the field, individuals from the business perspective, and representatives from the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement to discuss the challenges and controversies that this topic presents. Registration is online or send an email to:
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2014 Toronto International Microfinance Summit

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Blvd (Exhibition Place, Toronto)
Microfinance for Social Justice: How Can Microfinance Lead the Way?
Microfinance for Social Justice How Can Microfinance Lead the Way? October 4, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (reception follows) Toronto International Microfinance Summit is Canada’s Premier Microfinance Event focused on domestic and international microfinance to reduce poverty. This year, we examine social justice through a microfinance lens. Keynotes frame the day and feature global trailblazers, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC; Rupert Scofield, Co-founder, President and CEO of FINCA International and Dr.
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iAM Idea Jam!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON
Help make iAM e-magazine even better!
Join OCIC for our iAM Idea Jam October 7, 2014 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dear OCIC members and friends, You’re all invited to join us for an Idea Jam on October 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. to brainstorm the future of our e-Magazine! What is iAM? iAM is a multimedia e-magazine published by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) that promotes an increased awareness and understanding of global issues. iAM encourages critical thinking and presents new perspectives from a variety of actors, through articles, photo essays, podcasts, videos and more.
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International Day of the Girl Breakfast

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Grand Hotel, 225 Jarvis Street, Toronto, M5B 2C1
Crossroads International invites you to a breakfast benefitting girls in Swaziland
In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Crossroads International invites you to a breakfast to benefit girls in Swaziland. When you join us on October 8, you will be empowering girls to protect themselves from threats of violence, stand up for their human rights, and become leaders in their community. This year's breakfast will feature celebrated author and journalist Sally Armstrong, who will talk about her experience as an advocate for women's equality around the world.
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Toronto Development Drinks - Speed Networking Edition

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Fox and Fiddle, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON
Don't forget - we'll now be meeting on the second Thursday evening of the month
Join us for a special Speed Networking edition of Toronto Development Drinks! The next Toronto Development Drinks will take place on Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at The Fox and Fiddle* (280 Bloor Street West, across from the Bata Shoe Museum). "Development Drinks" is a networking event for International Development professionals. This is an opportunity to chat, debate, socialize and connect with others who are passionate about working, volunteering and learning about the sector.
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The Secret Sauce of Enterprising ENGOs with Ryan Turnbull

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sustainability Network 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 128 Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7
This workshop will be challenging and energetic with interactive exercises, real examples and tips for ENGOs looking to move beyond grant dependence.
When: Thursday, October 9, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST Where: At the Sustainability Network, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. Cost: $100 The Secret Sauce of Enterprising ENGOs Practice skills that will help your Environmental Non-Governmental Organization (ENGO) break new ground in financial sustainability. This fall workshop on The Secret Sauce of Enterprising ENGOs will be challenging and energetic with interactive exercises, real examples and tips for ENGOs looking to move beyond grant dependence.
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2014 Kenya Classic

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Cycling for Better Health in Africa
The Kenya Classic is a 400-km cycling adventure on the dirt roads and hilly terrain of southern Kenya. The ride raises funds for Amref Health Africa's work with communities to improve health in sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time, two Canadians are taking on the Kenya Classic. They'll be joined by 100 cyclists from the Netherlands, where the idea for the Kenya Classic was born. Team Canada - Shane Burt and Michaela Hudson - hope to raise $10,000 each for better health in Africa. For more information, click LEARN MORE.
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Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Toronto, October 15, 2014 at Oakham House, Ryerson University
Highlighting legal, ethical and practical issues for Canadian non-profits
Every year Blumbergs has the Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute. The Institute highlights legal, ethical and practical issues facing Canadian charities. This year it is on October 15th and it will highlight new non-profit corporate acts, the T3010 annual return and transparency, dealing with corporate donors, social enterprise, political activities by Canadian charities, difficult issues for foreign activities, Canada's Anti-Spam legislation (CASL) and other important areas affecting Canadian non-profits and charities.
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Roads to Resilience

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Alterna Savings Room, Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto, ON
Strengthening Livelihoods in Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua
Roads to Resilience Strengthening Livelihoods in Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua Date and Time: Thursday October 16, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: Alterna Savings Room, Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto Snacks will be provided. Bring your lunch. OCIC in partnership with Cuso International presents "Roads to Resilience: Strengthening Livelihoods in Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua," part of our Focus in Development Lunch and Learn series.
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Annual Gala Dinner 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, ON
Celebrating 30 years!
Please join us in honoring the courage and celebrating the resilience of our project beneficiaries and to acknowledge donors and sponsors whose generosity make relief and development projects possible. This year IDRF will be commemorating 30 years of humanitarian service rendered in 35 countries as well as in Canada.
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International Volunteering Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) Conference

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Lima, Peru
The conference will gather heads of volunteer organizations and delegates from public, private, academic and non-governmental sectors across the world to discuss key contemporary issues in international volunteering and development, and share best practic
Les versions française et espagnole suivent. A continuación encontrará las versiones en francés y español. It is our pleasure to invite you to the annual conference for International Volunteering Cooperation Organisations (IVCO), from October 19th to 22nd, 2014. Hosted by Forum, WUSC and CECI, this conference brings together the leaders of international volunteering agencies, international organizations, government delegates, and public and private sector representatives.
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Screening of "Girl Rising" documentary in Ottawa, ON

Monday, October 20, 2014
Bytown Theatre, 325 Rideau St (near King Edward Ave) Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y4
Come out and see the documentary movie "Girl Rising" October 20, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. "From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.
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RESULTS Canada group meetings: Learn to use advocacy to end poverty

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Toronto, Ottawa, Teleconference
Join like-minded everyday people who improve conditions in the developing world through advocating for more and better foreign aid.
There are enough resources in the world to end poverty; what's lacking is the political will. YOU can create the political will. YOU have the power to end poverty. October is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada and it is important to remember that around the world, 850 million people do not have enough to eat, and 1 in 4 of the world’s children are stunted (meaning that a child does not reach their full potential height and cognitive capacity) from insufficient nutrition. Undernutrition takes many forms from starvation to micronutrient deficiencies.
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Mobile M&E: Smartphone Data Collection for Fast and Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Alterna Savings Room, CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Join OCIC, in collaboration with Kinanki and Salanga, at an engaging new Mobile M&E Workshop designed for development professionals.
Mobile M&E: Smartphone Data Collection for Fast and Efficient Monitoring and Evaluation October 23, 2014 9:30 a.m.
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Webinar: Breaking the Inevitability Frame in the Energy Debate

Friday, October 24, 2014
Join Cara Pike as she shares an overview of public opinion and media coverage in Canada on clean energy and climate issues, along with recommendations on how to reframe the debate.
Friday, October 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST From Keystone XL to the Northern Gateway and Energy East pipeline projects, the accelerated expansion of the Canadian Oil Sands is being framed as inevitable and essential for nation building and job creation. Yet an alternative narrative is emerging that needs to be amplified about the transition to clean energy and low carbon solutions and the benefits this pathway provides.
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Partnership Brokers Training

Monday, October 27, 2014
Campbell House Museum, Toronto
Learn how to broker effective and innovative collaborations for international development
In collaboration with OCIC, the Partnership Brokers Association (PBA) presents a four-day training course for those brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships. This course is a skills training and professional development opportunity that includes: • A theoretical framework for partnership brokering and the importance of good brokering in the development of robust, efficient and innovative partnerships • Brokering skills development in: scoping, resource-mapping, facilitation, interest-based negotiation, relationship-management, reaching agreement and reviewing • Exploration of common
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Legal Toolkit Workshop for Environmental Protection

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Sustainability Network 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 128 Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
This workshop will help you to understand what laws and policies exist to protect the environment and how to use them effectively.
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST Where: Sustainability Network, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 128, Toronto, ON. Join us on Thursday October 30 at the Sustainability Network offices in Toronto for this one-day training session.
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Oxfam Regional CHANGE Summit

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Come unpack inequality and see how change can be made in your community and around the world.
Oxfam’s Regional Change Summit explores programs, policies and campaigns working to end poverty and promote the rights of women and girls around the world. It connects you with Oxfam staff and a network of passionate, talented volunteers and citizens from across your region and creates a space to dive deeper into Oxfam's work and to explore how you can best make change in your community and around the world. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Needs Assessment Training

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Alterna Savings Room, 4th Floor, CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Training with a practical approach for a very complex asignment
Making an effective assessment of the needs of people and community affected by a disaster is often a very difficult task. The assessment teams are usually working under stressful conditions with the pressure to do something now being greater than that of doing the right thing at the right time.
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Amref Health Africa International Health Conference

Monday, November 24, 2014
Nairobi, Kenya
From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change in Africa
Amref Health Africa is hosting its first international conference focused on improving health in Africa The Conference, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will bring together government leaders, researchers, health professionals, community-based organizations, and local health leaders to explore the theme: From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change in Africa. The Conference will tackle some of the most pressing health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa today with a focus on: • Reproductive health and maternal and neonatal child health • HIV, TB and Malaria •
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Innoweave Constructive Engagement Workshop

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sustainability Network 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 128 Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7
The workshop is designed to help leadership teams of 3-4 (including board members) start to develop a draft engagement strategy and plan.
Innoweave is pleased to partner with the Sustainability Network to offer a Constructive Engagement Workshop. Event details: When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) Where: 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 128, Toronto, ON Cost: $300 per team of 3-4 (payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance to the workshop). Deadline: Applications are due on Monday, October 27, 2014. Space is limited.
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Join the Canadian Red Cross for Our 4th Annual Exploring Humanitarian Law Teachers Conference in Ontario

Friday, November 28, 2014
The 519 Church St. Community Centre 519 Church St. Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C9
Exploring Humanitarian Law Teachers Conference in Toronto
This conference is for teachers who want to provide lessons in humanitarian law. Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is an international education program about humanitarian action, international law, and justice that is geared to secondary school students (ages 13-18). Teachers will be provided with educational resources to supplement curriculum requirements in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Geography, English, Religious Studies, and History in Ontario. The conference is offered free of charge to all interested teachers in Ontario.
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Global Health & Innovation Conference

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, USA
"A Meeting of Minds"--CNN
Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA March 28 - March 29, 2015 The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
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