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2015 Conference Sessions

International Cooperation Days 2015: Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges

Palais des Congrès, Place Du Centre, Boulevard Maisonneuve, Gatineau, Quebec

May 12 - 14, 2015

The following is an overview of the exciting sessions planned for this year.

You can access the full programme here.

May 12th

Plenary: Dialogue with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Keynote: Lunch keynote address by Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Political Party Presentations: Representatives from the three main political parties presenting and discussing their international development priorities and platforms related to the SDGs and the 2105 elections.

Conservatives: PS Lois Brown; Liberals: MP Kirsty Duncan, NDP: Thomas Mulcair.

May 13th

Plenary: The Rising Tide of Inequality
Workshop 1a: Whose rights are we protecting? Investor rights vs. human rights
Workshop 1b:

After the MDG’s: A Panel Discussion of Inter-disciplinary Next Steps

Workshop 1c:

The future of NSI and international development research in Canada

Workshop 1d: Public Engagement with Global Justice - Education, Training and Research
Workshop 1e: Navigating the new amalgamated DFATD: who, where and what
Lunch Sessions:

Identifying common challenges with Jennifer Birch

When mining hurts development: adddressing harm, achieving remedy with CNCA

Rethinking Canadian Aid with Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)

Don't fret about the FRET! - Understanding how DFATD's Development Portfolio Assesses its Partners with Mark Lusignan

Green Party of Canada's International Development Priorities with Elizabeth May

Workshop 2a: Universality and the SDGs: Implications for Canada and Canadians
Workshop 2b: Inequality at Home and Abroad - What does it all mean?
Workshop 2c: The Three Hot Legal Issues for Charities Operating Abroad
Workshop 2d: So you want to be an international development consultatnt?
Workshop 2e: Working with DFATD: The Authorized Programming Process (APP) and Other News
Plenary: Twenty Years since Beijing: Where are we on Women's Rights?

 May 14th

Plenary: Tackling Climate Change at Home and Abroad: How Canada and Canadians can Play a Leadership Role with Ms. Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of Auditor General of Canada and Dr. Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair on Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, McGill University
Workshop 3a: Concrete Proposals for Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy
Workshop 3b: Integrating justice into the post 2015 SDG agenda
Workshop 3c: Social Justice and Activism in International Development: Leveraging Past, Present and Future Experience
Workshop 3d: Efficient, effective and ethical campaigning
Workshop 3e: Working with the World Bank Group and other International Organizations
Lunch Sessions:

Finding common solutions with Jennifer Birch

Working with First Nations communities: Exploring the transferability of international development skills with Ed Bianchi and Wendy Harris

Mergers - The experience of Action Canada with Sandeep Prasad

Five golden rules to build your consulting business: An informal networking session with Nandy Heule

Four radical shifts to Canada's approach to global development with CIPS Post-2015 Study Group

Workshop 4a: Leveraging Technology to Advance Democratic Processes and Citizen Engagement
Workshop 4b: Increasing Peril: Trends in Security For Aid and Development Professionals
Workshop 4c: Performance measurement systems and development evaluation at DFATD
Workshop 4d: The Changing Role for Canadians in Development

Workshop 5a:

How to Better Integrate Gender 20 Years after Bejing?
Workshop 5b: The trillion dollar question: How will we finanche the SDGs?
Workshop 5c: ICTs, Development and the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Workshop 5d: Implementing the SDGs Internationally and Domestically: Accountability and the Data Revolution
Workshop 5e: How EDC can support the international development sector - Private and Not-for-Profit Sectors
Plenary: Leave No One Behind: Indigenous Perspectives on the SDGs with Edwin Vasquez Campos and Chief Perry Bellegarde