The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and
The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP)
are proud to present:

International Cooperation Days 2015

“Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges”

May 12th – 14th 2015
Palais des Congrès, Gatineau, QC

conference_cover.jpgThe conference report is now available! Click here for the full report.

The following presentations are also available separately:

Photos of the conference can be found here

Videos of the plenary sessions will soon be available here

Don’t miss the second joint CCIC and CAIDP International Cooperation Days Conference. Register here and join us for three days of stimulating and engaging discussions, presentations and debates on some of the critical issues facing the international development community as we move towards the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will welcome close to 400 participants from across Canada and abroad, bringing together international development practitioners, key policy makers, academics and leading development experts.

Building on the success of the joint 2014 conference, International Cooperation Days 2015 will provide 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, information sharing and capacity across the sector.

As one of our participants tweeted last year, “this is the place to be in Canada to talk international development”. Check out this video to hear directly from participants why International Cooperation Days is the place to be if you are involved in international development in Canada.

The conference agenda is  available here. Please also refer to the Concept Note for more information regarding the conference background and themes. An in-depth brief on the Post-2015 Development Framework is also available here.

Registration is now open! 

Conference Highlights Include:

  • A pre-conference event on May 12th including:

    • The Hon. Christian Paradis, MP, PC, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, opening the formal policy dialogue session with DFATD
    • Sessions with representatives of the main political parties invited to present and discuss their international development priorities for the 2015 elections featuring:
      • Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development;
      • Kirsty Duncan, Member of Parliament, Liberal Critic for Consular Affairs, International Development, Status of Women and Amateur Sport;
      • Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition and Canada's New Democrats; and
      • Hélène Laverdière, Official Critic for International Development
    • A lunch-time 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) on the post-2015 framework and the SDGs
    • Dialogue with DFATD: a formal policy dialogue session with DFATD, providing an opportunity for conference participants to engage with the Department staff on the post-2015 agenda
  • Plenary sessions on May 13th and 14th featuring:

    • Chief Perry Bellegarde, AFN National Chief
    • Ines Bustillo, Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Claudette Commanda, First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres
    • Ms. Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of Auditor General of Canada
    • Dr. Catherine Potvin, Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University, Research Chair on Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests
    • Fahima Hashim, Director of Salmmah, Sudan 
    • Nidhi Bansal, Senior Gender Equality Advisor at Plan Canada
    • Edwin Vasquez, Coordinator, Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
    • See list of confirmed panelists and moderators in the agenda page…
  • Over 30 specialized and tailored workshops grouped into three streams:

    • Understanding the new development framework
    • Building capacity for development effectiveness and
    • Doing business with…
  • This year, we have reserved spaces for partner organizations who will organize their own events at the conference, providing for a richer and more diverse set of workshop options for participants

  • Numerous opportunities to connect and build relationships with actors across the international development sector through facilitated lunch-time networking sessions, as well as breakfast and evening networking events

  • A new feature, “One-on-One”, will allow for short individual sessions with panelists, keynote speakers and senior members of the broader international development community on first-come first-serve basis. In addition, slightly longer sessions will also be possible with panelists and other members of the organizations featured in the “Doing Business with..” workshop streams (DFATD, EDC, World Bank Group, and Office of Liaison with International Financial Institutions (OLIFI) ). 

  • A new edition of the highly successful public event co-sponsored by the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) at the University of Ottawa followed by a reception. See details here.

  • For CCIC members, visit our website for more information on the AGM, a special pre-conference Emerging Leaders Network workshop, and the 2015 CCIC Awards Dinner to recognize and celebrate leaders and innovators in the field

You do not want to miss this exciting event! For further information, please contact Anjali Nundy, conference coordinator.