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2024 - Keynote 3



Implications of the Global Development Context for Canadian International Development Actors


Kate Higgins, CEO, Cooperation Canada


Kate Higgins is Chief Executive Officer of Cooperation Canada, a network of more than 100 Canadian international cooperation and humanitarian organizations that work with partners in Canada and globally for a fairer, safer, and more sustainable world.

Before joining Cooperation Canada, Kate worked as the Deputy Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, in addition to serving as Interim Executive Director in 2020. Kate has also worked in senior strategy and policy roles at CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organizations, and at the North-South Institute and the Overseas Development Institute.

Kate started her career at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). She has degrees in economics and development studies from the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford.