Cooperation Forum

June 21-23, 2021

Join us from June 21-23 for the Cooperation Forum, presented virtually. The Forum will convene Cooperation Canada’s members to discuss issues that matter for the international development and humanitarian sector as well as host the AGM.


Registration for Cooperation Canada members and non-members is now open until Monday, June 21. Members have full access to all sessions of the Forum. Non-members can attend Panel 2: Anti-Racism Report Launch: Where We Are, Where We’re Going and Panel 4: Fundamental Principles for Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. This year, the Cooperation Forum is free to attend.








Session Descriptions 

Monday, June 21

10 - 10:25 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Session open to members and non-members

Opening remarks by Nicolas Moyer, CEO, Cooperation Canada 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Panel 1: Towards a Direction and Control Update

Member-only session

The Canadian Revenue Agency’s “Direction and Control” regulations –- based on the Income Tax Act provisions from the ‘1950’s –- hinder charities’ ability to establish equitable partnerships with non-charitable actors. They have been recently updated, but the core issue of charities having to exercise “full direction and control over their own activities” remains problematic. To solve this issue, Senator Ratna Omidvar has tabled Bill S-222, which aims to direct Canada from an outdated model to a system based on resource accountability, like that adopted by most of our partner countries. Learn more about the efforts to update this framework, which is impacting how our sector works with communities we hope to support.


Senator Ratna Omidvar (Independent Senator for Ontario, Senate of Canada)

John Clayton (Director and Programs and Projects, Samaritan’s Purse)

Kevin McCort (President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation)

Tony Manconi (Director General of the Charities Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency)

Moderator: Céline Furi (Humanitarian Manager, Oxfam Québec)

1 - 2:15 p.m. - Panel 2: Anti-Racism Report Launch: Where We Are, Where We’re Going

Session open to members and non-members

The Anti-Racism Task Force is proud to announce the launch of its first report, showcasing data from 70 organizations who have pledged to advance anti-racism in their midst. This report is a start for greater accountability and data on racial justice, more equitable organizations and more dignifying narratives by and for our sector. The report outlines collaborative initiatives aimed at proactive anti-racist efforts and the amplification of Black, Indigenous and other traditionally marginalized voices in Canada and abroad. Tune in for a look at where the sector is making progress, and reflect on the importance of continuing anti-racist efforts collectively. 

Opening remarks by the Honourable Karina Gould (Minister of International Development) 


Musu Taylor-Lewis (Director, Resources and Public Engagement, Canadian Foodgrains Bank) 

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore (Policy Advisor, World Vision) 

Moderator: Maika Sondarjee (Assistant Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa) 

2:45 - 4 p.m. – Panel 3: Getting Ready for the Next Elections

Member-only session

Ottawa has always been a hub for election speculation, and as domestic vaccine distribution continues to increase, rumours about the next federal election are heating up. Without the advantage of a crystal ball, preparing for the election can be difficult, confusing and overwhelming. To help with this challenge, we’re bringing together a group of experts to tackle the rules around engaging in elections, how you can make an impact, and why you should. 


Scott Thurlow (Lawyer and member of the Minister of Health and Minister of Environment & Climate Change’s Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council)

Jackie Choquette (Interim Practice Lead – Government Relations, Crestview Strategy)

Legal expert – TBA

Moderator: Sarah Magee (Campaign Director for ODA Advocacy, Bigger Than Our Borders) 

Tuesday, June 22

1 - 2:45 p.m. – Annual General Meeting

Member-only session

Cooperation Canada’s Annual General Meeting brings together members for a review of the activities of the past year and to reflect on priorities for the year ahead.  Join fellow members for updates on the work of your national association for international development and humanitarian organizations. Members will also review financial statements, appoint auditors, and elect new members of the Board.

3 - 4:00 p.m. – “What do you think?” Workshop: Feedback from Members to Help Guide our Work

Member-only session

Cooperation Canada exists to serve its members, but how are we doing actually? This session marks the beginning of Cooperation Canada’s long-term goal to measure its members’ satisfaction and make sure this increases over time. Using an appreciative inquiry framework, we will ask you, “What are we doing well?” and, “What can we do better?”  

Wednesday, June 23

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Panel 4: Fundamental Principles for Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Session open to members and non-members

This session will explore the guidance document fresh off the presses of Digna’s legal working group. It will be a key resource for organizational leaders, board members, HR representatives and PSEA focal points. Join Digna’s legal working group as they dive into the important information contained in this resource. 

Session lead: Aislynn Row (Program Manager, Digna)

1 - 2:15 p.m. – Working session 1: Policy Priorities By and For Cooperation

Member-only session

Cooperation Canada has been working on a strategic direction that will guide the organization’s policy efforts in a broader effort to shift towards an approach grounded in social justice and inclusive transformations of our sector in Canada and abroad. This session will explore how this direction resonates with our members and ways to ensure members’ policy priorities are well reflected in the broader umbrella of our work. Take part in this interactive session to discuss where we are headed together. 

Session lead: Gloria Novovic (Policy Lead, (Cooperation Canada) 

2:30 - 4 p.m. – Working Session 2: Raising the Bar of Ethical Communications
Member-only session

In 2020, Cooperation Canada’s members approved an updated Code of Ethics. This document enshrines core principles and standards that Cooperation Canada and its members accept and promote. Following numerous requests, Cooperation Canada will begin a multi-year process to develop and document best practices to support members in their understanding and application of the Code. Each year, we will do a deep dive into a section of the Code to advance this work and give it life. This year, we begin this work with a focus on building guidance and best practice in the areas of Communications.  


Lisa Ann Richey (Professor of Globalization, Copenhagen Business School)

Mariétou Diallo (Communications Manager, InterPares)

Moderator: John Cameron (Associate Professor of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University)

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a bilingual organization that recognizes Canada’s official languages and values accessibility, we are offering simultaneous interpretation for every session of the Cooperation Forum to allow participants to have equal access to all that the event has to offer. In order to accomplish this, we need support to cover associated costs. Because simultaneous interpretation for sessions requires two interpreters, we’re offering opportunities to sponsor full simultaneous interpretation for a session or half.

To learn more contact MP Boisvert, Senior Manager, Member & Stakeholder Relations to get started.