A Look Back at Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Forum

A Look Back at Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Forum

On 18 and 19 October 2023, Cooperation Canada hosted its inaugural Leaders’ Forum, an opportunity for more than 70 leaders of Cooperation Canada member organizations to come together, network and strategize on the key priorities, trends and contexts shaping international cooperation and the role of Canadian organizations in it.  

We were honoured that the forum was launched by the inspiring Danika Littlechild, Cree of the Ermineskin Cree Nation and Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, who spoke with our Board Co-Chair Eileen Alma about leadership and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. 

We were pleased to welcome our new Minister of International Development, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, for a discussion on Canadian leadership in international cooperation, and look forward to deepening our collaboration with him in the coming weeks and months. 

Vinod Rajasekaran, Editor-in-Chief of Future of Good, moderated an engaging and provocative session on the profound changes and challenges facing Canadian non-profit organizations, with fantastic reflections from Jennifer Bond, Founder and CEO of Refugee Hub, Joanna Kerr, CEO of MakeWay, and Karen Milligan, Executive Director 211Ontario. Idee Inyangudor, Vice President of Global Partnerships at Wellington Advocacy, Éric Lamoureux, Managing Partner at PAA Advisory, and Marci Surkes, Strategic Advisor at Compass Rose, joined the forum for a frank and insightful discussion about the Canadian political landscape and its implications for Canada’s global leadership. And we were privileged to be hosted for supper at Thali by chef and owner Joe Thottungal! 

Beyond learning from and being inspired by these guests, there was ample time for leaders to connect, learn from each other, and imagine future collaborations, through the creative and energetic facilitation of Bridge Building Group. 

Many thanks to all who participated for your commitment to collaboration and partnership! 



The Call for Nominations for the 2023 Cooperation Canada Awards is Now Open

The Call for Nominations for the 2023 Cooperation Canada Awards is Now Open

The Cooperation Canada Awards recognizes excellence and merit in the field of international cooperation by awarding prizes to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past year.

The Karen Takacs Award is presented annually to an individual who has notably, by virtue of working collaboratively, made a difference in the lives of women globally. The award honours outstanding collaborative leadership and commitment to promoting women’s equality.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Cooperation Canada, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, jointly present the call for nominations for the Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam. These awards recognize Canadian individuals and civil society organizations that are doing impactful and innovative work in the field of global development.

The deadline for nominations for the Karen Takacs and Lewis Perinbam Awards has been extended. You now have until Friday, December 15th, 2023 to submit your nominations.