Innovation Ignites! was a one-day event that brought together 100 leaders and change agents to imagine new possibilities for development innovation.

As Canada marks 150 years of Confederation and positions itself as a global leader and advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, we invite our members, community leaders, students and interested individuals to collectively reflect on emerging opportunities for systemic social impact and more effective citizen engagement. This future-focused event was about developing new strategies and actionable ideas for the world’s most pressing social issues.

AGM and Symposium participants had the opportunity to:

  • Engage in the business of the Council at our Annual General Meeting
  • Develop new perspectives on transformation and innovation in the context of international cooperation from Strategic Innovation Practitioner, international lecturer and author Alexander Manu, and other innovators and panelists
  • Work together in a participatory Strategic Foresight session led by Strategic Development Consultant Dr. Nenad Rava, and Christine McGlade to help co-create OCIC’s future orientation, and reinvigorate our Strategic Plan
  • Celebrate our work together with great food, networking, and an evening screening of MILK, followed by a discussion with Noemi Weis, Director, Writer and Producer of MILK, and Amani Massoud, Egyptian Public Health Specialist and Human-Rights Defender

View Participant Package & Keynote Presentation:

Innovation Ignites! AGM & Symposium 2017 (PDF) (Word)  

Alexander Manu's Presentation (PDF)  


Additional Documents and Links:

Membership Fee Pledge Form (PDF) (Word)

Proxy form for Voting Members (PDF) (Word)

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Responding to the Changing Global Development Context: How Can Canada Deliver? (PDF)  


Evening Program: Towards a Transformative Feminist Agenda 

Noemi Weis, Director, Writer and Producer of MILK and Amani Massoud, Public Health Specialist & Human-Rights Defender from Egypt held a discussion and film screening of MILK, to explore what it takes to support a global agenda that is inclusive, transformative and collectively imagine a Feminist future.

To view MILK film trailer, click here.