Global Citizens Forum

Global Citizens Forum 2017

Mobilizing Leadership for Global Sustainable Development

February 2-3, 2017 | Toronto, Ontario

Forum Objectives and Program | Evening Reception | FAQ

Canada’s reframing of our international cooperation policy and the presentation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016 presents new opportunities and challenges to Canadians everywhere. The universal nature of the SDGs requires that communities that have not traditionally thought themselves as part of the efforts for “international cooperation” join the conversation and start to identify, problem solve and implement innovative initiatives around the world, including here in Ontario. It also requires those that have historically been at the centre of these efforts reflect on new and more inclusive approaches, moving forward.

This is especially crucial if Canada is going to become a leader in reducing poverty and supporting sustainable development around the world and at home.

The mandate of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is “to promote public engagement that helps Canadians develop a global perspective and take action for social justice.” In February 2017, as Canada and Canadians began a year of celebration and reflection on 150 years of Confederation and our aspirations for our collective future, OCIC members came together as a community to marked International Development Week, we are delighted that you joined us at the OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2017: Mobilizing Leadership for Global Sustainable Development.

Held on the shores of Lake Ontario at the beautiful Humber College Lakeshore Campus, on the Traditional Territory of the Ojibwe Anishinabe People, the OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2017 brought together leaders, practitioners and issue-specific experts from Canadian and international civil society organizations, Ontario-based colleges and universities, Diaspora, Indigenous, and youth communities, government, and the private sector to discuss, problem solve, and seek new ways of working together to transform our world through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Forum Objectives and Program

Over two days, the OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2017 provided a timely platform to share and further thought leadership and implementation strategies for a whole-of-society approach to the 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from practical, academic, community and polity perspectives.

Canadian and international delegates convened to:

  • connect local and global knowledge as a means to strengthen relationships and present new possibilities for increased collective impact on the SDGs;
  • share methods and tools for effective research and policy work;
  • enhance good practices and lessons-learned between organizations, institutions, communities and individuals;
  • highlight and celebrate the leadership of key stakeholders in global sustainable development efforts.


OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador Awards and If Women Mattered: Stories of Resistance, Stories of Allyship in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health

We thank all who joined us for networking, appetizers, presentation of OCIC’s Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador 2017 Awards, and for a series of personal stories from special guests:

  • James Madhier, OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador 2017
  • Neesa Medina, Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Honduras
  • Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, Amref Health Africa in Kenya
  • Judith Odhiambo, PhD Candidate at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Background Reading and Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Forum venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Humber College Lakeshore Campus is wheelchair accessible, and the Forum venue has a wheelchair accessible main entrance and barrier free gender inclusive washrooms.

Please share any accessibility needs as you register, so that we may communicate with you in advance of the Forum and work towards your full participation.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Forum tickets are transferable. Please contact OCIC if you would like to transfer your ticket.

Where should I stay in Toronto?

While there are no hotels in the immediate proximity of Humber College Lakeshore Campus, participants may wish to stay near Pearson International Airport, at the Waterside Inn, or at one of the various options available on AirB&B.

Can I take public transit to Humber College Lakeshore Campus?

Yes. You can take the 188 Kipling South Rocket or 44 South Bus from Kipling Station on the Bloor Danforth Subway Line; or the 501 Queen Streetcar West to Kipling Avenue. Alternatively, you can take the GO Train to Mimico Station, the 76A Royal York South Bus towards Lakeshore, and then the 501 Queen Streetcar West to Kipling Avenue.

Where can I park at Humber?

Metered parking is available on a first-come first-served basis behind E and F Buildings at City of Toronto rates. This lot is labeled “Assembly Hall Parking” on the map. Ample parking is also available in Lot 1 for $7.00 per day.

Font Size