International Development Week 2016

International Development Week 2016 Program

OCIC marks International Development Week (IDW) 2016 with 10 days of activities undertaken by the Council, our members and friends to increase awareness of Canadians’ contributions to international cooperation, to celebrate and share achievements, and to encourage the active engagement of us all, as global citizens.

IDW is an annual public engagement initiative led by Global Affairs Canada to increase awareness of Canada’s contribution to international development.

From February 8-12, 2016 we will be sharing profiles of OCIC’s seven inspiring 2016 Global Changemaker Youth Ambassadors through our communications channels, and invite you to join us and #TellEveryone which of the 17 new Global Goals for Sustainable Development you are most passionate about at @ocictweets #IDW2016 #TellEveryone.

For a complete listing and to register for OCIC events, read on!



Life as a Development Practitioner: Career Paths Discussion and Social Friday

Join the University of Waterloo, St. Paul’s University College and OCIC for an interactive panel presentation, discussion and networking event with:

  • Kimberly Gibbons – Executive Director, OCIC
  • Michel Labbe – President & CEO, Options for Homes
  • Mitra Manouchehrian – Program Manager, Global Fund Unit, Plan Canada
  • John Popiel – Projects Manager, Rayjon Share Care
  • Betsy Wall – Executive Director, Foundation for International Development Assistance

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
St. Paul’s University College, Alumni Hall Room
190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON


Perspectives on Post-Earthquake Nepal Panel & Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal Exhibit Launch – Waterloo

Join OCIC, the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the Faculty of Environment, St. Paul’s University College, and World Accord, for our collaborative IDW 2016 Launch Event.

  • Hear perspectives on post-earthquake Nepal from moderator Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo, and panelists David Barth, World Accord, Jennifer Cleary, and Laxmi Pant, University of Guelph.
  • Visit OCIC’s Transformations 2016 exhibit, profiling the transformative work of Women for Peace and Democracy-Nepal, and World Accord, in rural Nepal.
  • Network with representatives of non-profit organizations working globally to achieve universal, sustainable development over light refreshments.

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON
Admission is free, but registration is required
Register HERE


University of Toronto Scarborough Campus International Development Conference
presented by UTSC Students (with special Saturday evening Development Drinks “speed networking” facilitated by OCIC)

Saturday, February 6, 2016 and February 7, 2016 Time TBA
University of Toronto Scarborough, ON.


OCIC Trends in Funding International Cooperation Seminar

Kick-off IDW with an informative and free fundraising seminar that will help you change the world for the better. Join OCIC and fundraising expert Ken Wyman to learn what is working for NGO fundraising in 2016.

Is snail mail still productive? Should you try crowdfunding? Is it worth your effort to be on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media? Has Direct Dialogue (or chugging as the haters call it) past its best-before date? What are the lessons from the Syrian Refugee Crisis and other recent humanitarian appeals? Two hours of fast paced ideas will get you thinking, and save you time and money.

Monday, February 8, 2016 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310, Toronto
Admission is free, but registration is required. Space is limited!
Register HERE


Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal Exhibit Launch – Toronto

Transformations is a collaborative multi-year photojournalism initiative intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges. In our latest exhibit we invite you to learn about the work of Women for Peace and Democracy-Nepal, and World Accord, to empower marginalized women, and their communities.

Join us in seeing how women in rural Nepal have re-built their homes and lives following the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake, and are transforming their communities through long-term socio-economic development programs. The stories presented were documented by OCIC and Allan Lissner, Praxis Pictures, during a visit to Nepal in December 2015.

Monday February 8, 2016 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Rotunda
Admission is free, but registration is required
Register HERE

This event is wheelchair accessible and child friendly. The complete exhibit will be available online on February 4. Click here for details.


OCIC Careers in International Cooperation Panel

OCIC invites development sector professionals to provide insight into what they do, share highlights of their professional journey, and offer tips on how to secure meaningful employment. This panel will include:

  • Kimberly Gibbons – Executive Director, OCIC
  • Gonzalo Duarte – Executive Director, Compañeros Inc
  • Natalie Folz – Program Manager, Save the Children
  • Thandi Nkomo – Education and Fundraising Officer, Rooftops Canada
  • Dusanka Pavlica – Executive Director, CPAR

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Humber College, Lakeshore Campus, Toronto, ON

This is a Career Class event, not open to the general public


Humber College International Development Studies Marketplace

presented by Humber College and OCIC
February 9, 2016 and Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Humber College, Toronto, ON


OCIC Ottawa Development Drinks Event

Join OCIC for a special edition of Ottawa Development Drinks featuring OCIC Board Director, Michelle Manks, of WUSC, Kevin Dunbar, Director of CARE Canada‘s Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team, and Jean-Pierre Taschereau, Director of the Canadian Red Cross‘ Emergency Operations, who will discuss the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
HUB Ottawa, 71 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
Admission is free, but registration is required
Register HERE


Cuso International Diaspora for Development Event

presented by Cuso International
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina, Toronto, ON


OCIC Toronto Development Drinks & IDW Wrap-Up Party

Join OCIC and Cuso International at our annual Toronto IDW Wrap-Up party! We’ll be calling on you to help us recognize seven passionate and inspiring youth that are changing the world, and to #TellEveryone which of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals you’re most passionate about.
You might also get a cool new airbrush tattoo, win a member door prize, catch up with friend, or meet your future passion at one of our interactive member displays.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Center for Social Innovation-Annex, Toronto, ON
Admission is free, but registration is required
Register HERE

Other Highlights Include:

  • Sustainable Development Goals Photobooth
  • Snacks and refreshments (cash bar)
  • Live DJ

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These and other events will be further elaborated in the days to come. To include your events in our IDW Calendar, upload them to our website and email Cassandra Polyzou, OCIC’s Public Engagement Coordinator, at to let us know what you are planning.

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