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International Cooperation Futures Festival

October 17 @ 9:00 am - October 20 @ 4:00 pm EDT

$125 – $800

Reconnect. Unlearn. Envision. Engage.

Who should attend

The festival will bring together leaders, thinkers, practitioners, activists and others from Canada and beyond. It will centre diverse perspectives on the most pressing issues facing Canada and the world. The festival is open to practitioners, policy makers, academics, students and government officials with an interest in reconnecting and envisioning the future of international cooperation. We expect participation from: Civil society , Parliament, Philanthropy, Private sector, Government, Academia. Social impact sector.

The objectives of the festival are to:

  • Energize the Canadian international cooperation ecosystem with thought-provoking discussions on the future of international cooperation, coupled with practical sessions that enable participants to move from theory to practice on the implications of trends and disruptors on their work.
  • Convene a diverse set of stakeholders from Canada and beyond to promote new thinking, connections and engagement across government, civil society, philanthropy, academia, politics, the private sector and the social impact community.
  • Embed commitments to decolonization, localization, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion in the format and substance of the conference.


The key themes of the festival will be:

  • State of the world: Trends and disruptors in international cooperation and humanitarian assistance.
  • Canadian international cooperation and humanitarian leadership: Effective, feminist and bold Canadian international cooperation and humanitarian assistance, including in tackling the climate, COVID and conflict crises.
  • Shifting power: Localization, decolonization, reconciliation and anti-racism.
  • Rights for everyone: Civic space, human rights and democracy.
  • Organizational transformation: Trust, ethics and resilience.


October 17 @ 9:00 am EDT
October 20 @ 4:00 pm EDT
$125 – $800
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Cooperation Canada


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