Development Drinks


"OCIC's Global Diaspora Week Development Drinks Networking Events October 12-13 Ottawa, Toronto" text superimposed over a colourful map of the world. Artwork by Nicolas Raymond

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Development Drinks is a monthly networking event for development professionals run by OCIC volunteers in Ottawa and Toronto. Held the second week of each month – on Wednesday in Ottawa, and Thursday in Toronto – it provides a space to connect with others who are passionate about working, volunteering and learning about the sector.  Development Drinks events are free, and registration is required. 

Upcoming Events


Join us for a special Development Drinks event in collaboration with Compañeros Inc. and Fair Trade Toronto, as part of their "Just Coffee Series."
When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Where: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON. This is an accessible venue.
Cost:  By Donation - Pay What You Can (A $15 donation will get you admission + a bag of Nicaraguan Coffee)
Registration: Click here to register through Eventbrite
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:30PM - 9:00PM / Location: CSI Annex / This event is in collaboration with Compañeros Inc. and Fair Trade Toronto and is part of their "Just Coffee Series" with a focus on "Coffee Sourcing: Green to Roasted Bean."

Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM / Location: TBA


Join us for a Global Diaspora Week Networking Event titled, Turning Loss Into Gain: Engaging the Diaspora for Development, and featuring guest speakers Ainalem Tebeje, Vice-president of the Association for Higher Education and Development (AHEAD), Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Specialist at ESSA Technologies Ltd., and Mohamed Mursal, one of the Founders of Abab Education.  This event is co-hosted by OCIC and Cuso International.
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Where: HUB Ottawa (71 Bank Street)
Cost: No charge, but attendees are expected to purchase their own food and/or drinks
Registration: Click here to register through Eventbrite 
Questions? Contact Lisa Swainston at / 416.972.6303. 
A woman in a black shirt and with blonde hair, smiles while leaning her head on her palm, seated at a table. To her right a woman with red hair, also seated at the table and in the foreground smiles. Both are looking at a person out of frame. A woman in a red and black printed shirt, wearing a blue backpack and touching her mouth with her fingers, looks up at a man in a white shirt, also wearing a backpack. In the background a crowd mingles.
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