Together 2018 Toronto Satellite Event

Together2018 banner with Toronto skyline

OCIC is proud to present the Together 2018 Satellite Event in Toronto on November 5, 2018. Together 2018: Collaboration, Innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals is Canada’s second annual national symposium on the SDGs. The main event will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, and celebrated across the country through online live stream and satellite events.

Since its introduction in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been a transformative global agenda incorporating the vision of sustainable, just, and equitable development in economic, social, and environmental aspects. With the reframing of international cooperation policy in 2016, the launch of Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in 2017, and the most recent global dialogues at the G7 Summit held in La Malbaie, Quebec, 2018 has been a critical point where Canadian organizations and development practitioners reinvigorate our strategies to ensure a peaceful, inclusive and prosperous society that leaves no one behind.

Building on the foundation of partnership, innovation, and cross-sector collaboration, Together 2018 is designed to inspire energy, enthusiasm, and most importantly, action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada and around the globe. Together 2018 Toronto will offer live-stream sessions for participants to join nation-wide discussions on Canada’s progress on the SDGs and gender equality, with a keynote presentation by Shiza Shahid, co-founder of NOW Ventures and the Malala Fund. This event will serve as a platform for all to build lasting partnerships and strengthen capacities under our shared vision of a sustainable future. Incorporating the inclusive nature of the SDGs, Together 2018 Toronto welcomes attendees from all disciplines across Ontario. Participation of youth and emerging development professionals is especially encouraged. Members and non-members could be featured in our SDG Spotlight session (see Networking sessions for details). 

In the evening, join us at Engineers Without Borders Canada’s Cheers to the Future! Cheers to the Future is a free networking event for the Hello 2030 campaign to help stimulate conversations and actions towards the 2030 Agenda. Connect with changemakers, and take action to build a world of equality, sustainability and prosperity for all. Separate registration required.

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The main objectives of Together 2018 and its satellite events are:

  • To learn about current work on the SDGs by all levels of government, civil society, academia, and the private sectors
  • To share good practices and lessons learned between organizations
  • To create new partnerships and forward-thinking solutions for the achievements of the SDGs
  • To measure progress on the SDGs and report that progress on a periodic basis
  • To advance together using the knowledge, skills, tools, and networks gained in your organizations



10:45 – 11:15                 Registration & Fair Trade Cafe
11:15 – 12:00   Acknowledgement of Treaty Land, Welcome & Icebreaker
12:00 – 13:00 [Live stream] Local to Global: Canada’s Progress on the SDGs at Home and Around the World

  • Heather McPherson, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
  • Fraser Reilly-King, Canadian Council for International Co-operation

SDG Spotlights

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch   

SDG Spotlights

13:30 – 14:00 [Live stream] Keynote: Shiza Shahid, Co-founder NOW Ventures & Malala Fund
14:00 – 15:00 [Live stream] Turning Gender Equality into Reality

  • Moderator: Shiza Shahid
  • Heather Barnabe, Girls 20
  • Matt Capobianco, The Rumie Initiative
  • Julie Savard-Shaw, Women Deliver Mobilization
15:00 – 15:20 Break    

SDG Spotlights

15:20 – 16:50 [LIVE Panel and workshop] Reimagining Collaboration: Engaging Civic, Business and Civil Society
Leaders in Creating a Sustainable Future Together

  • Ayman Chowdhury, Global Compact Network Canada
  • Karen Craggs-Milne, Gender Equality & Inclusion Consultant
  • Eric Saarvala, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
  • Irena Smith, Engineers Without Borders
  • Melanie Thomas, Community Foundations of Canada
16:50 – 17:00 Closing


Program details

Panel and interactive workshop

Reimagining Collaboration: Engaging Civic, Business and Civil Society Leaders in Creating a Sustainable Future Together
image of Toronto city hall

Considering the complexities and interdependency between sectors and systems, our approaches to advocate for sustainable development must include multi-sectoral stakeholders. With the recent municipal and provincial elections and the upcoming federal election and Women Deliver Conference in 2019, international cooperation actors must push for more dialogues and joint action between civil society groups, private sectors, and civic leaders on all levels, to effectively adopt an institutionalized sustainable development framework. This hands-on workshop will explore useful tools and strategies in initiating cross-sectoral dialogues and partnership towards the Agenda 2030.


Networking sessions

SDG Spotlights featured organizations:

Cuso logo    FDR logo    Girls Gone Water Logo    oiko logo    Women Deliver logo    WFP logo


Featured live stream sessions

microphone imageLocal to Global: Canada’s Progress on the SDGs at Home and Around the World

In 2017 the first-ever multi-stakeholder symposium in Canada dedicated to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the SDGs was hosted in Calgary, Alberta. Together 2017 bridged the gap across sectors about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation in achieving the 2030 Agenda.This session will highlight some key events, moments and initiatives which have been important in advancing the 2030 Agenda.



Keynote: Shiza Shahid (Co-Founder, NOW Ventures & Malala Fund)

Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO through to the Nobel Peace Prize. She is now focused on supporting mission-driven startups whose financial success makes the world a better place through her fund and platform, NOW Ventures. Shiza is a prominent speaker on social innovation and impact, human rights, women’s rights, and mission-driven business.


Panel Discussion: Turning Gender Equality into Reality

Gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in private and public spheres. This panel will create a unique platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration that will help to break down silos and make gender equality a reality across all sectors.


Evening event (separate registration required)

EWB event poster with the SDG ring in the centre Cheers to the Future! with Engineers Without Borders

Cheers to the Future! is a FREE networking event for Engineers Without Borders’ Hello 2030 campaign. Following Together 2018 Toronto, the event encourages participants to further explore topics on the SDGs. Come and connect with changemakers to take action towards a world of equality, sustainability and prosperity for all. 

Separate registration required (Registration is now closed)


Event details and RSVP (CLOSED)

Together 2018 Toronto

When: Monday, November 5, 2018 | 11AM-5PM

Where: Centre for Social Innovation Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

Fees: OCIC Members – FREE | OCIC Non-members – $50 | Students – $10


Cheers to the Future! with Engineers Without Borders

When: Monday, November 5, 2018 | 6PM-8PM

Where: Centre for Social Innovation Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

Fees: Free

EWB event poster with the SDG ring in the centre



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