Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Conference Details | Confirmed Speakers | Register 

 Saturday, May 5th, 2018

8:15 am Registration opens 
9:00 am – 9:45 am Welcome + Opening Speaker

Stephen Lewis
Co-Founder and Co-Director, AIDS-Free World

Introduced by:
Carol Nawina Nyirenda
Executive Director, CITAMPlus

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Plenary: Hope and Progress – Opportunities for Impact
The fight to end extreme poverty can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.  This is partly because we don’t spend enough time celebrating our achievements – and there are many to celebrate.  As the economist Max Roser puts it, on every day in the last 25 years there could have been a newspaper headline reading: “The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 137,000 since yesterday.” This session will shine a spotlight on promising new initiatives, like graduation programs that are reaching the ultra-poor, and other new and promising entry points for impact.

This session will have French simultaneous interpretation available.

Anne Hastings – 
Global Advocate and Senior Advisor, Uplift

Evelyne Guindon – 
Director of External Relations, Women Deliver

Moderated by:
Chris Dendys –
Executive Director, RESULTS Canada

10:45 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Plenary: The Power of Advocacy – From Grassroots to Global
This panel will focus on the power of advocacy as a key driver of change – and as central to unlocking the resources and policy shifts necessary to realize the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Advocates from Canada, Kenya, and the United States will engage in a discussion of how advocates from the North and South – and advocates who link the two – can line up the dominos and apply smart, strategic pressure to generate real impact.  

This session will have French simultaneous interpretation available.

Inez Kelly
RESULTS Canada Grassroots Volunteer

Evaline Kibuchi – 
Chief National Coordinator, Stop TB Kenya

Hannah Bowen – 
Executive Director, ACTION

Moderated by:
Taryn Russell –
Campaigns Director, RESULTS Canada

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Post-Plenary Group Reflections and Feedback 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Breakout: Nourished Women Lead
We know that women’s ability to gain agency and autonomy are associated with improved nutrition outcomes. With good nutrition infant girls have improved brain development and growth and will have a better chance to attend school. Nourished adolescents stay and perform better in school. Young women who complete school more readily delay child birth and have a greater chance to pursue advanced skill development, to earn more and to be in decision making and leadership positions. All of which make for better health and nutrition outcomes for her family.
The session will look at women as nutrition champions, what it means for development, and the realization of nutrition targets, as well as women’s empowerment and equality in general.

This session will be in English only.

Carol Nawina Nyirenda – 
Executive Director, CITAMplus

Ann Witteveen – 
Deputy Director of Operations,  Nutrition International

Joyce Seto – 
Deputy Director of Global Issues & Development, Global Affairs Canada

Moderated by:
Robyn Bright – 
Senior Manager of Advocacy and Global Impact, Nutrition International

Breakout: From Patients to Politics – Linking Barriers in Tuberculosis Care to Opportunities for Political Change
Facilitated by Evaline Kabuchi from Stop TB Kenya, this interactive workshop will help newcomers and more experienced advocates better connect the tuberculosis (TB) patient experience with global advocacy opportunities in 2018. The workshop will provide a personal understanding of what challenges TB patients face, and how as advocates we can fully leverage global political opportunities like the UN High-Level Meeting on TB. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what TB patients experience and a practical way to communicate that into global advocacy and action.

This session will be in English only.

Evaline Kibuchi – 
Chief National Coordinator, Stop TB Kenya

Shelley Garnham
TB Officer, RESULTS Canada

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – A Pathway to Realizing Gender Equality and Empowerment 
WASH empowers people and communities. It serves as a critical pathway to transforming gender relations and supporting women and girls as agents of change to lead healthy lives and participate in social, economic, and political activities.
From its connection to public health and nutrition, to the role that WASH investments have in reducing the burden of unpaid work on women and girls, to incentivizing girls access to education, WASH is a critical driver of global efforts to realize gender equality and empowerment.  This panel discussion and Q and A session will identify ten reasons why WASH investments provide a pathway to progress for women and girls, their families, communities and the world.

This session will be in English only.

Nicole Hurtubise – 
CEO, WaterAid Canada

Clarissa Brocklehurst –
Water and Sanitation Specialist

Judith Leo –
PHD Student, Tanzania

Moderated by:
Kristiana Bruneau

Child Health Officer, RESULTS Canada

Breakout: Youth in Action for Global Education
“Youth in Action for Global Education” will allow participants to learn directly from young Canadians the importance of global education and current policy influence efforts they are working to advance.  The session also aims to inspire young people to be leaders and advocates, and gives them an opportunity to share and learn from more seasoned advocates. The session comes one month before the G7 summit, an opportune time to push education politically.

This session will be in English only.


Roshni Khemraj

Cherie Wai

Sumbul Qaimkhani

Fatuma Omar Ismaili

Chris Zhou

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Finding the Money: Financing for Development
It’s clear that we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without going beyond traditional aid. How do we harness the power of the private sector to achieve development outcomes? How do we encourage more domestic resource mobilization? Is Canada putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to international assistance? Join us for an engaging, challenging and interactive discussion on this sometimes-controversial topic.

This session will have French simultaneous interpretation available.

Prateek Awasthi
Director of Policy and Advocacy,  EWB

Carol Nawina Nyirenda
Executive Director, CITAMplus

Robert Greenhill – 
Executive Chairman, Global Canada Initiative

Moderated by:
Julia Sánchez – 

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Reflections and Closing 

Café Nostalgica

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Brews and Bites
Join us for a social gathering to celebrate the accomplishments and the inspiring people involved with RESULTS Canada.


 Sunday, May 6th, 2018

8:30 am Registration Opens 
9:15 am – 9:45 am Opening Welcome
9:45 am  – 10:45 am

Parliament Panel: Advocacy – A Member of Parliament Perspective
This panel will be focused on why Members of Parliament feel advocacy is important for Canadians. It will inspire participants to actively engage with the advocacy process and show how their efforts can affect change in Parliament. 

This session will have French simultaneous interpretation available.

Mona Fortier
Member of Parliament, Ottawa-Vanier

Chandra Arya
Member of Parliament, Nepean

Dean Allison – 
Member of Parliament, Niagara West-Glanbrook

Moderated by:
Svend Robinson
Former Member of Parliament and Former Senior Advisor, Parliamentary Relations for the Global Fund

10:45 am – 11:00 am Break 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop: Building Relationships with MPs
This workshop will empower participants to speak to elected officials on issues that matter most to them. There are many perspectives on how best to engage with Members of Parliament but our workshop will focus on the perspective of three levels of staffers: a ministerial staffer, a hill staffer and a constituency staffer will be sharing their inside knowledge on how best to engage with Members of Parliament or Ministers.

This session will be in English only.

Shane Mackenzie
Former Hill Staffer

Ryan Cotter – 
Former Minister Staffer

Neha Beri
Former Constituency Staffer

Workshop: Lining Up our Words to our Actions – Communicating our International Development Work
With only 28% of citizens believing that Canada should spend more than it currently does on international aid (Angus Reid Institute, 2018), international development organizations must explore ways to communicate in a comprehensive, engaging and inclusive way. How do we portray and talk about aid in an empowering way without falling into the charity trap? How do we frame a compelling story to reach a broader audience to increase the support towards more aid funds? This plenary session will explore the world as it is today and how, as professionals and volunteers in international development, we should be communicating about the work that we do as advocates for the agents of action on the field.

This session will be in English only.

Caitlin Reid
Communications Officer, CanWaCH

Marie-Eve Marchand
Campaign Manager, CCIC

Lisa Zentner
Communications and Outreach Manger, RESULTS Canada

12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm Lunch 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Getting Loud: Media Panel
In a changing media landscape, how can we best use traditional and new media to bring attention to our issues? Join us for an insightful panel discussion and Q&A with industry insiders. Learn about the changes happening in the Canadian media landscape and how we can best harness the emerging opportunities.

This session will have French simultaneous interpretation available.

Kate Heartfield
Writer, Editor and Journalist

Caitlin Kealey
CEO, Media Style

Asha Hingorani
Formerly Parliament Now, The Hill Times 

Moderated by:
Chris Dendys
Executive Director, RESULTS Canada

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Workshop: Getting Loud – Let’s Get Published!
The Editorial section is still widely read and letters can raise awareness, change opinions and influence public policy. Do you want to see your name in print? Are you wondering how to go about getting published? Join two of our most published volunteers in this session that will teach practices on writing engaging letters and how they can be powerful tools in our advocacy work.

This session will be in English only.

Randy Rudolph
Volunteer,Calgary Group of RESULTS Canada

Stephen St. Denis
Volunteer, Ottawa Group of RESULTS Canada

Workshop: Creating the Spark to Engage Citizen Advocates
Struggling on how to get more people to join the movement to end global poverty? How can we maintain the spark in citizen advocates volunteering their time and energy? As with any grassroots movement, more people are needed to take action. Led by two dynamic volunteers, this workshop will focus on addressing common issues in recruiting and maintaining an active volunteer base.

This session will be in English only.

Roshelle Filart
Volunteer, GTA Group of RESULTS Canada

Sherry Moran
Volunteer, Ottawa Group of RESULTS Canada

Mélissa Dubé
Public Engagement Organizer, RESULTS Canada

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Conference Closing 
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Advocacy Day Prep Session for Parliamentary Meetings
Monday, May 7th, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am Advocacy Day Kickoff 
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Advocacy Day Meetings 
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