Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's AGM & Symposium!

OCIC 35th Anniversary AGM, Symposium & Celebration:
‘Strength in Community, Collaboration & Solidarity’

September 26 – 27, 2023

During the 35th anniversary year of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) we are filled with gratitude for the efforts of so many towards a more equitable and sustainable world for all. We look forward to many opportunities to amplify and celebrate the accomplishments of the Council and our broader community, and to work together with a renewed sense of purpose to redefine what we can best achieve together for many more years to come. 

This two-day event was a key opportunity to expand participant’s knowledge and worldviews, to co-create priorities for collective action, to flex storytelling and advocacy skills, and to build participant’s network, locally and globally.

Annual General Meeting 

On September 26 we met virtually for our AGM. Hosted by OCIC’s Board of Directors and staff, this online gathering included presentations on the governance, finance and operational aspects of our collective work, election of new Board Directors, ratification of new members, and recognition of key contributors this year.

Brandon Lee, Director General, Grants and Contributions Transformations Bureau, also provided an overview & update on the Grants and Contributions Transformation at Global Affairs Canada.


Our Symposium & Celebration: ‘Strength in Community, Collaboration & Solidarity’ was a key opportunity to expand participant’s knowledge and worldviews, to co-create priorities for collective action, to flex storytelling and advocacy skills, and to build participant’s network, locally and globally. 

On September 27 we met in-person on the traditional territory of the Huron Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit River First Nation at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina, in downtown Toronto. 

In recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30, we opened the day with an opportunity to reflect and learn with Jason Carter, Indigenous educator, advisor, Corporate Trainer and Director of Bear Standing Tall Inc., about the diverse perspectives, values and beliefs of Indigenous peoples, what reconciliation means, how it can be achieved, and what roles we can each play in our respective communities.

We then had the opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on our theme, ‘Community, Collaboration & Solidarity’ from guest contributors: Moderator Marlen Mondeca – Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, Canadian Feed the Children; Shirley Estévez – Country Director, Canadian Feed the Children in Bolivia and Jacquelyn Wright – President and CEO, Canadian Feed the Children; Renaud Thomas – Director, Rayjon Share Care Haiti and Heather Smith – Executive Director, Rayjon Share Care; Heather Dicks – PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and Andrea Paras, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph; and Chris Dendys – Executive Director, Results Canada and Ekatha Ann John – Policy and Advocacy Manager – Global Health, Results Canada. 

Our afternoon included dialogue tables hosted by sector leaders and partners followed by reports-back from Dialogue Rapporteurs, and remarks from special guests Assistant Deputy Minister Patricia Peña and Felipe Mamani – Mayor, Municipio Poroma (Bolivia), with translation from Vladimir Gomez.

35th Anniversary Celebration 

Our evening celebration was an opportunity to enjoy food and drink, live music with Paula Sofía and interactive networking activities and Transformations Stories micro-exhibits in the company of our 35th Anniversary Celebration members, partners and sponsors, special guests from Bolivia and Haiti, and numerous OCIC ‘Super Hosts’. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate 35 years – what an amazing evening!


This initiative is undertaken with support from many OCIC members and partners including Blumbergs, Canadian Feed the Children, the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, Rayjon Share Care, Results Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and Spur Change program, the University of Guelph, and the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.


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