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2024 Program



Conference Program

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5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Conference Kickoff Event: Advancing Democracy in a Changing World: Perspectives from Parliament on Canada’s Role

Room RB 2200, Richcraft Hall (former River Building), Carleton University, Ottawa

6:30 pm

Networking Reception: Atrium


8:00 am – 9:00am

Registration and Coffee Mingle

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks: CAIDP Director Bart Édes and NPSIA Director Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by CAIDP Sponsor: Fida Geagea, Chief Program Officer, Cowater

Plenary Keynote Address: The Honourable Robert Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York (by video)

Topic: Policymaking in a time of crises

Transcript of Bob Rae's Keynote Address

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Thanks to Ambassador Rae: NPSIA Director Bart Édes Teddy Y. Samy

Program Overview and Vote of Thanks to Sponsors and Volunteers: CAIDP Director

Housekeeping: Conference Coordinator Scott Marentette

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

10:15 am - 10:30 am



Room TC 213 - Breakout Session 1

Room TC 210 - Breakout Session 2

Room TC 208 - Breakout Session 3

10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Connecting Civil Society and Formal Institutions for Inclusive Decision-Making

Moderator: Ivo Balinov, Regional Director, Asia and Europe, Parliamentary Centre


  • Hon. Dr. Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, MP, Krowor Constituency, Parliament of Ghana (by video)
  • Siti Nurjanah, Executive Director, Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia (in person)
  • Adrienne Jack, Senior Director at Cowater International. Expert on Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) and Inclusive Growth (in person)
  • Paul Rowland, Chief Operating Officer, Environment Next (in person)

Chatham House Rules will apply to the panel discussion

Rethinking development for people and a changing planet

Moderator:  Yannick Beaudoin, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change, Alinea


  • Heather Stager is the Deputy Director for Strategy and Planning on Global Affairs Canada’s climate finance team
  • Graeme Reed, Strategic Advisor, Assembly of First Nations (AFN); board member of Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac); member on the Canadian Environment Domestic Advisory Group (CEDAG); and Indigenous North American Representative to the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Mark Redwood, Director of In Exchange - Water, Climate, Environment
  • Laura Kimberley, Climate Program Manager, UNAC

Innovating Partnerships in a time of shifting global trends

Moderator: Mazen Chouaib, President and CEO, CLIC Consulting


  • Rebecca TiessenProfessor, School of International Development and Global Studies; Director of the Gender, Peace and Security Collaboratory, University of Ottawa; Vice President, CASID
  • Alaine Spiwak, Project Manager, Cowater International
  • Marine-Celeste Kiromera, Manager of Learning and Impact, Equality Fund

12:00 pm


12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by CAIDP Director Bart Édes 

Keynote Address: Mr. Samuel Tumiwa, Asian Development Bank Representative to North America

Topic: Working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

1:20 pm

Health Break


Room TC 213 - Breakout Session 4

Room TC 210 - Breakout Session 5

Room TC 208 - Breakout Session 6

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Engaging Youth in International Development

Moderator: James (Jim) Delaney, World University Services Canada


  • Valentina Canales Burke is a graduate student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)
  • Ali Kaviri is the Manager of Youth-Led Partnerships with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
  • Emmett Mark is Executive Assistant to the CEO, and Project Assistant, at the Parliamentary Centre
  • Ganiyat Sadiq is an advocate passionate about eliminating systemic barriers marginalized communities face, founder of the @IAmXMovement and a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council

What the Future Holds for International Development Cooperation: Exploring Major Trends and Drivers of Change

Moderator: Prof. Bart Édes, policy analyst, commentator, and author of Learning From Tomorrow


  • Isabelle Kim, Senior Policy Analyst, International Assistance Research and Knowledge Division, GAC
  • Fraser Reilly-King, Senior Analyst, IDRC
  • Andy Ouedraogo, Research and Program Officer, Cooperation Canada

Canadian Experience in Reinforcing Health Equity, Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) - what works in settings of insecurity, conflict, and poor governance?

Moderator: Tanya Salewski, Project Director, Alinea


  • Jessica Ferne, Director, Global Health Impact, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)
  • Leah Miller, Senior Policy Analyst, GAC
  • Merydth Holte-McKenzie, Senior Gender Equality Advisor, World Vision Canada
  • Valerie Percival, Ph.D., Associate Professor, NPSIA, Carleton University; Commissioner, Lancet-SIGHT Commission on Peace, Justice, and Gender Equality for Healthy Societies

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm



Room TC 213 - Breakout Session 7

Room TC 210 - Breakout Session 8

Room TC 208 - Breakout Session 9

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Gender Lens Investing in Emerging Markets: Best Practices from Canadian Practitioners

Moderator: Kizzann Sammy, President, Kochi Consulting Ltd.; and Senior Associate with E.T. Jackson & Associates


Development Aid and Conflict

Moderator: Jonas Mikkelsen, Fr. Second Deputy Director, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), OSCE


  • Lawrence Tucker-Gardiner, Head of Risk and Global Security, Cowater
  • Ulric Shannon, Director General, Peace and Stabilizaton Operations, GAC
  • Prof. Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy, Director and Professor of International Affairs, NPSIA
  • Charles Duff, Vice President, Alinea International (Canada) and Managing Director, Alinea International (UK and Australia)
  • Nipa Banerjee, Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies & Principal Researcher, Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University of Ottawa

Chatham House Rules will apply to the panel discussion 

Digitalization and International Development:  Past, Present and Future

Moderator: Dr. Evan Due, Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary


  • Dr. Fernando Perini, Team Leader for Education and Science, IDRC
  • Prof. Jeremy de Beer, Faculty of Law, U. of Ottawa; Faculty Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society; Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s IP Unit
  • Mylène Bordeleau, Program Officer for Democratic and Inclusive Governance, IDRC
  • Natasha Chhabra Researcher and Consultant

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Closing Remarks (Room 272): Conference Coordinator - Summary of the day and Invitation to networking reception

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Networking Reception - Venue: Ollie’s Pub & Patio - 401 Nideyinàn (formerly University Centre), 1st Floor, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6


8:00 am – 8:45am

Coffee Mingle

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Opening Announcements Conference Coordinator - Housekeeping

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy  

Keynote Address:  Kate Higgins

Topic:  Implications of the Global Development Context for Canadian International Development Actors

Thanks to Ms. Higgins: CAIDP Director Bart Édes

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

10:00 am – 10:15 am



Room TC 213 - Breakout Session 10

Room TC 210 - Breakout Session 11

Room TC 208 - Breakout Session 12

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Financing the SDGs: what we need and how to do it

Moderator: Christian Novak, Managing Partner of FMA


  • Samantha Attridge, Senior Research Fellow of the Development and Public Finance team, ODI (by video)
  • Geneviève Brown, Executive Director, Innovative Finance Program, GAC
  • Safia Gulamani, Chief Operating Officer, Convergence Blended Finance
  • Paul Horrocks, Head of the Private Finance for Sustainable Development Unit, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD

Practices and Developments in International Development Evaluation:
Localization, Decolonialization, Conflict and Climate Change

Moderator: Dr. Eric Abitbol, CEO and Practice Leader in Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation, Universalia


Scaling up Education Innovation to ensure state ownership and investment, the case of accelerated education in West Africa

Moderator: Dr. Robert Sauder, NPSIA


  • Sheena Bell, PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Toronto
  • Leslie Casely - Hayford, Associates for Change, Ghana
  • Tricia Wind, Program Leader, Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange, International Development Research Centre

11:45 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm

12:35 – 1:10 pm

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by CAIDP Sponsor Alinea

Plenary Keynote Address: Anita Vandenbeld, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

Topic: The Government of Canada’s response to these challenges for international development

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream

1:10 pm – 1:20 pm

Thanks to Parliamentary Secretary: CAIDP Director Bart Édes

Housekeeping announcements for GAC dialogue and advocacy for visits to booths

Teraanga Commons, Rooms 270/272/274, Simultaneous Translation, Livestream 

1:20 - 1:50 pm

Health Break

1:50 – 3:15 pm

Dialogue with Global Affairs Canada

Topic: Shaping the future together: A dialogue on co-creating solutions for GAC's grants and contributions transformation journey on how ODA and our work will be affected by the transformation process

Introduction: Chris Enns (University of Calgary)


  • Brandon Lee, Director General, Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative, GAC
  • Anne Germain, Director, Business Process Transformation, GAC
  • David Le Blanc, Deputy Director, Strategic Engagement and Communications, GAC

Rooms 270/272/274 Simultaneous Translation, Livestream 


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm



Room TC Rooms 270/272/274 Teraanga Commons - Session 13

Room TC 208 - Breakout Session 14

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

CAIDP Strategic Plan 2024 to 2029

Facilitated Discussion on future priorities for CAIDP (Vision, Mission, and Member Needs) for next five years

Bilingual facilitation by PGF Consultants, live broadcast for RPCDI members. Members are invited to participate in the language of their choice.

Best Practice for Inclusion of marginalized voices and protecting human rights

Moderator: Jennifer Denomy, Senior Advisor, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Alinea International


  • Diana Opollo, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Technical Advisor, World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
  • Shehryar Sarwar, Deputy Director for Human Rights and Inclusion (HRI), GAC
  • Brianna Parent-Long, PhD student, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, and Feminist Programme Coordinator, VIDEA
  • Sally Yacoub, Independent Gender and Financial Inclusion Consultant

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Closing: Rooms 270/272/274 CAIDP Director Bart Edes and NPSIA Director Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy 

Wrap up of the event, Vote of Thanks and Closing

Conference 2024 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you all!