Together for Gender Equality: Strengthening Organizations Practice & Policies to Prevent and Address Sexual Misconduct

OCIC and Humber College, in collaboration with the CCIC Steering Committee to Address and Prevent Sexual Misconduct, invite senior leaders — including heads of agencies, HR and operations, as well as relevant directors and managers within our community — to join a dialogue and capacity building event focused on supporting civil society organizations (CSOs) in addressing and preventing sexual misconduct.

This event builds on the “shared commitment of Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve… [by] creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable,” (as outlined in the CCIC Leaders Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct).

It will provide a much-needed space for:

  • building knowledge and capacity, through panel presentations and discussion, approaching the topic from diverse perspectives with the frame of survivor- or victim-centred approaches;
  • sharing realities and challenges and exploring solutions through roundtable discussions focused on specific aspects of the overall theme; and
  • building practical skills through an applied workshop with an inter-generational and multi-stakeholder audience.

Other interested staff and volunteers, students and community members are welcome to register for the afternoon capacity building workshop and networking opportunity, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. OCIC and Humber College will produce a summary report highlighting key issues, ideas and resources presented and discussed, following this International Development Week 2019 event.

  • When: Fri, February 8, 2019 | 9:45AM – 5:00PM
  • Where: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, G Commons, 2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive,
  • Tickets:

    Council Members

    • Morning Only $40
    • Afternoon Only $40
    • Full Day $60


    • Morning Only $60
    • Afternoon Only $60
    • Full Day $100

    Students/Low Income

    • Afternoon Only $20

Registation Closed

Preliminary Program


Registration & Fair Trade Cafe 

Land Acknowledgement & Opening Remarks

  • Eugenia Ochoa – Public Engagement Coordinator, Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • Kimberly Gibbons – Executive Director, Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • Susan McGregor – Professor & Program Coordinator, International Development Graduate Program, Humber College

Panel Presentations and Discussion focused on

  • Defining survivor- or victim-centred approaches
  • Sharing key elements involved in: prevention and mitigation, listening and incident response, and learning
  • Examining some of the specific barriers and issues for small and medium-sized organizations, and the kinds of sectoral coordination required to address them

Moderator: Nicolas Moyer – CEO, Canadian Council for International Cooperation


  • Denise Byrnes – Executive Director, Oxfam-Quebec
  • Linda Hill – Program Coordinator and Faculty, Community Development Degree, School of Social and Community Services, Humber College
  • Sherry Hornung – Manager, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Unit, Global Affairs Canada
  • Kaila Mintz – Campaign Coordinator, Code Blue Campaign, AIDS-Free World
  • Martin Settle – Executive Director, USC Canada and Co-Chair, CCIC Steering Committee to Address and Prevent Sexual Misconduct
12:15-1:00Participant Roundtable Discussions through the lense of: prevention and mitigation; listening and incident response, and learning 

Lunch & Presentation

2:00-4:30Capacity Building Workshop with Karen Craggs-Milne, Gender Equality & Inclusion Expert, focused on building and understanding the implications of a sectoral definition of a survivor-centred approach to PSEA; creating and sharing resources including mapping, databases, trainings and sample policies and practices; and socializing and building understanding around good practice and common challenges. 
4:30-5:00Closing Remarks & Networking  

Speakers and Moderator

Panel Moderator

Nicolas Moyer, CEO, Canadian Council for International Cooperation

Nicolas joined the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) as President & CEO in August 2018. As the former Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition, he is passionate about humanitarian and development policy, advocacy, and government relations. Driven by a commitment to social justice, he began his career in international development in Ethiopia. He has founded and led Coalitions, launched dozens of multi-platform fundraising and communications campaigns and raised tens of millions of dollars to assist survivors of humanitarian disasters. Nicolas has degrees in Economics (Université de Montréal), International Relations (MacQuarie University, Australia) and an Executive MBA (Queen’s University).  In 2016, he was named as a top Forty Under 40 recipient by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.


Denise Byrnes, Executive Director, Oxfam-Quebec

Denise Brynes is a change maker with over 25 years of experience working for social justice and women’s rights across the globe. Her varied mandates within the international development sector include leading organisations as well as large humanitarian programs, both in Canada and in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Ms. Byrnes is a tireless champion for equality, a challenger of the status quo who works with others to change social norms and practices that limit women’s empowerment. First woman to lead Oxfam-Québec in its 45 year history, she ensured that her senior management team attained parity within one year and promoted and mentored women to take on leadership roles across the organisation. Ms. Byrnes is the Chair of the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition and was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Council for international Cooperation from 2014-18. She is also a director on the Executive Board of Oxfam International, a confederation of 20 organizations working in 80 countries worldwide.

Linda Hill, Program Coordinator and Faculty, Community Development Degree, School of Social and Community Services, Humber College

Linda Hill has worked in the community/social services sector locally since 1986 in front-line, management and consulting positions. The founder and former Executive Director of an innovative supportive housing agency in Toronto serving persons with complex physical and mental health issues, she has been a strong advocate for policies and procedures that protect vulnerable people and front-line workers from abuse and violence. Her community consulting includes extensive work on quality assurance, risk management, project development and evaluation. She is a registered social worker with a Masters degree in Community Development from the University of Toronto. She teaches courses in community development, locality development, interpersonal and group dynamics and agency administration in the non-profit sector.

Sherry Hornung

Manager, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Unit, Global Affairs Canada

Sherry has worked in international development for 20 years, and is currently Deputy Director for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Unit at Global Affairs Canada. In addition to working in the private sector in Africa, positions she has held with Global Affairs Canada (and the former CIDA) include: Senior Advisor for Canada’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council Secretariat, Senior Gender Equality Specialist (Africa), Senior Project Manager (at the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia), Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Coordination, and Policy Analyst. She also worked with Plan International Canada as a Senior Program Manager and Director.

Kaila Mintz, Campaign Coordinator, Code Blue Campaign, AIDS-Free World

Kaila Mintz coordinates AIDS-Free World‘s Code Blue Campaign to end impunity for sexual abuse by UN personnel. With over a dozen years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Kaila’s current role with Code Blue includes advising on strategy and advocacy; overseeing and conducting research and policy analysis; representing the Campaign and managing partnerships; and coordinating high-profile events. Prior to joining AIDS-Free World, Kaila served as a Foreign Service Officer at what is now Global Affairs Canada (GAC). At GAC’s headquarters, she covered the intersection of development and foreign policy; humanitarian affairs, refugee policy, and natural disaster response; and managed Canada’s relations with countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. She served at Canada’s Embassy to Ethiopia from 2009-2011, and also served briefly in New York and in Cape Town. Kaila holds a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University, and is a member of the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada. She is an avid cross-country skier and cyclist, biking from Toronto to Montreal each summer to raise funds for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA).

Martin Settle, Executive Director, USC Canada and Co-Chair, CCIC Steering Committee to Address and Prevent Sexual Misconduct

Martin Settle is Executive Director of USC Canada, a role that he shares with Jane Rabinowicz. Together they are advocating collaboration and participatory inclusion across the organization and in their programming, with a focus on giving space to the most marginalized voices. Martin provided leadership to children and youth programming in the United Church of Canada, developing safeguards within that context, before retraining as a CPA and joining USC Canada. He brings the risk awareness of an accountant and the compassionate concern of a feminist activist together in his work with the CCIC Steering Committee.

Workshop Facilitator

Karen Craggs-Milne, Gender Equality & Inclusion Expert

Originally from Kenya, Karen Craggs-Milne is a White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (2016) and brings over 18 years of experience promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. She is a leading go-to expert for organizations seeking to deliver meaningfully on gender equality, diversity and inclusion using an intersectional approach. She advises non-profit, government and corporate sectors and has worked extensively across Canada as well as in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Whether it is under a tree in a rural village or in a corporate board room, Karen facilitates meaningful change to promote equality and inclusion across policies, programs and organizations.

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