2014 Conference Press Releases

Monday March 17, 2014

Minister Paradis to Address International Development Community

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Canadian Association of International Development Professionals  (CAIDP) are pleased to announce that the Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, has accepted their invitation to address representatives of Canadian civil society organizations and other professionals working in international development.

“CCIC and CAIDP welcome this opportunity to engage in conversation with the Minister, and are encouraged by the interest he has demonstrated in reaching out to a diversity of stakeholders” said Pamela Branch, Member of the CAIDP Board.

The Minister will be speaking on the importance of partnerships for development effectiveness at a conference CCIC and CAIDP are jointly hosting May 13-15, in Ottawa. The conference, “Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation”, will bring together development practitioners, key officials from DFATD, policy makers, and academics from both Canada and abroad.

“Minister Paradis has organized a number of roundtables on key topics of interest for the sector since he came to office last summer, and has recently met with the CCIC Board of Directors and reiterated his commitment to partnering in an inclusive manner with all development stakeholders”, said Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of CCIC.

The conference is the first time CCIC and CAIDP are partnering to co-produce their annual events. The event includes other high profile speakers and moderators from Canada and the Global South, such as the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark who will be delivering a keynote speech. A public event, moderated by Don Martin of CTV and co-hosted with the University of Ottawa, will also take place on May 13th.
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Notes:
-Christian Paradis was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In July 2013, Mr. Paradis was appointed Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie. Previously, he was appointed Secretary of State (Agriculture) in January 2007, Minister of Public Works and Government Services in June 2008, and Minister of Natural Resources in January 2010. He was appointed Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture) in May 2011.Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Paradis had a legal practice specializing in corporate law.

-The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development since 1968.

-Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) is a non-profit voluntary association founded in 1993 to provide a voice for Canadians working professionally in international development.

For media enquiries please contact:

Chantal Havard
Communications and Government Relations Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
613-241-7007 ext.311
chavard@ccic.ca
www.ccic.ca

John Lazier
Member of the Board
Canadian Association of International Development Professionals
905-438-8176
john.lazier@sympatico.ca
http://www.caidp-rpcdi.ca


Tuesday March 4, 2014

Dear Members,

In case you haven’t heard, Canadian Council for International Co-operation(CCIC)  and the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) will be hosting a joint conference entitled “Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation” in Ottawa on May 13th- 15th.

This conference will feature a pre-conference debate and networking reception on May 13th, and two days of stimulating and engaging discussions and debates. The conference will bring together NGOs, leading development experts, key policy makers and academics from Canada and abroad. It will be an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our sector and its important work, engage with various stakeholders, hear and learn from our Southern partners and further strengthen collaboration and partnership across the sector.

While we are currently finalizing conference speakers and workshop details, we are pleased to announce that the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark will be delivering a key note address at the conference as well. Please refer to our most recent press release for more information regarding his participation.

Further details regarding speakers and workshops will be announced shortly! Please stay tuned!

Registration for the Conference, and Dinner will open on Friday March 14th ! Please mark your calendars. You do not want to miss this exciting event!


Friday, February 14th 2014
 
Joe Clark to Address International Development Community
 
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Canadian Association of International Development Professional (CAIDP) are pleased to announce that Rt. Hon. Joe Clark will be a keynote speaker at a conference they are jointly organizing in May in Ottawa, Ontario. 
 
Mr. Clark will be addressing the attendees on what he believes are the missteps in Canada’s recent foreign policy and what Canada can do to best position itself for success in the future. This is subject of his latest book, How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change, released by Random House Canada late in 2013. 
 
The conference, “Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation”, marks the first time that CCIC and CAIDP will be holding a joint conference. Other keynotes and panelists – from Canada and abroad – will be announced shortly.
 
“Our plan is to bring the entire Canadian development community together in Ottawa on May 13th to 15th to share experience and expertise from across the country”, said Pamela Branch, Director of the Board of CAIDP. 
 
“We will be inviting other groups to join this collaborative effort as well,” said Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of CCIC. “The intent is to create a platform for all those engaged in international development to come together.”
 
CCIC and CAIDP recognize that given Canada’s diminishing official development assistance, and the changing landscape and new players on the global scene, it is essential that all development actors find new and innovative ways to deliver programs that have positive outcomes for people and the planet. Effective and equitable partnerships are key to that.
 
CCIC and CAIDP will convene the expertise and experience of Canada’s development community to examine how Canada and Canadians can contribute to global equality and cooperation, and the role that partnerships have to play in that endeavour.
 
CCIC is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development since 1968.
 
CADIP is a non-profit voluntary association founded in 1993 to provide a voice for Canadians working professionally in international development.
 
Notes:
The Right Honourable Joe Clark was elected eight times to the federal House of Commons and is the first and only Alberta native to serve as Prime Minister of Canada. Since leaving politics in 2003, Mr. Clark has worked in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, advising Governments and their Electoral Commissions and has served on the Boards of Canadian and international NGOs and companies. Mr. Clark is currently the President of Joe Clark & Associates Limited, Vice-Chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, a member of Inter-American Dialogue, and Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships in the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.
 
For media enquiries please contact:
 
Chantal Havard
Communications and Government Relations Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
613-241-7007 ext.311
 
Keith Ogilvie
Head, External Relations Committee 
Canadian Association of International Development Professionals 
250-656-5150