International Development Week Conference


*Registration is Open – Register now for the International Development Week Conference 2018 *

Conference Information

Saturday, February 10 2018
9am – 5:30pm
UBC Henry Angus Building
2053 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC

Register Now


Conference Speaker List 


Rumana Monzur
A previous Assistant Professor of Dhaka University, a Fulbright scholar and holds a Master of Political Science from University of British Columbia.  In June 2011, she was brutally attacked and blinded by her husband at the time during a visit to her home country Bangladesh. She is now an advocate of women’s rights.


Danielle Kayembe
A successful businesswoman working to empower women both economically and socially, Danielle is the founder of Greyfire Impact. She works together with companies and government to integrate forward-thinking initiatives, technology, and social change in developing countries.



Paulina Cameron
Director of the BC and Yukon division of Futurpreneur Canada. The founder of Young Women in Business, she serves on the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Paulina won an Alliance for Women’s Top 100 International Women Award and the inaugural Wendy McDonald award from the Vancouver Board of Trade.




Dr. Lorena Fuentes & Dr. Tara Cookson
Presentation: Telling Women’s Stories to Craft a More Just World

Dr. Marianne Vidler
Presentation: Reducing Inequities by Improving Maternal Health From the Grassroots

Phebe Ferrer & Verna Yam
Presentation: Indigenous Women in Sustainable Development

Dr. Maria Gyongyossy-Issa
Presentation: Science, Sex and Solutions (to local and global problems)

Dr. Maureen Fitzgerald
Presentation: A Manifesto for Positive Change in a World Run by Men



Jake Stika – Next Gen Men

Dr. Siwan Anderson – Vancouver School of Economics, UBC

Tasha Henderson – Women Transforming Cities

Dr. Maureen Mayhew – UBC Global Health

Amanda Shatzko – United Nations Association of Canada




Community Partners:

Aga Khan Foundation Canada


United Nations Association of Canada



UBC Fairtrade

Shanti Uganda

Cuso International

Engineers Without Borders

BC Council for International Cooperation

What is International Development Week?

International Development Week (IDW) is an initiative established by the Government of Canada to inspire and engage Canadians to learn more about and actively contribute to tackling global challenges. 

About the conference

Coinciding with IDW proper, the International Development Week Conference hosted in Vancouver on Saturday, February 10, 2018, will be a jam-packed day of dialogue and participation that will connect and engage conference delegates with community leaders and global changemakers. IDW Conference 2018 will engage the broader community in a conversation about Canada’s role and contribution in humanitarianism, while showcasing local and global initiatives around the country. Additionally, it will also be a platform for participants to network with other passionate industry changemakers, and to get involved in projects and tackling issues they are passionate about.

A diverse panel of speakers and experts will engage and impact community members, industry leaders, local changemakers, and scholars in a global conversation about gender equality. Delegates can participate in a collective learning experience about gender equality, while discovering ways and opportunities to take action for positive change. Through networking with changemakers at the event, and discovering new opportunities to engage in community-based research, collaborations, and project initiatives, delegates can further their engagement and learning well beyond the conference itself.

The IDW Conference 2018 will conclude with a plenary, in which a series of recommendations will be drafted and documented, to be potentially sent to the Canadian government body as policy recommendations. We invite you to be a part of this dialogue!

What’s IDW 2018’s theme?

Speakers and delegates will explore the keystone theme of Gender and Development: Reducing Inequalities and Fostering Inclusive Growth. The conference aims to engage Canadians in a dialogue around United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. Gender is not only intertwined with moral and social issues, but economic ones as well. According to a 2017 report by the McKinsey Global Institute, $150 billion could be added to Canada’s GDP through the advancement of women’s equality. As such, the Government of Canada has made gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls a priority,  in order to challenge poverty and inequality.

Although Canada is among the global leaders in women’s equality, progress towards gender parity has plateaued. Continued work is needed to break the barriers women face in Canada and around the world – and IDW 2018 aims to help provide a foundation for that work.

Conference Objectives

There are a number of positive outcomes envisioned for this event, including:

  • Increase the understanding about Canada’s role and policy efforts to address gender equality through panel discussions and keynote presentations (e.g. Canada’s Feminist Approach to Canada’s International Assistance, Canada’s new Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security)
  • Bring together a community of student leaders and engaged citizens with industry practitioners, changemakers and stakeholders in issues around gender equality and encourage global citizenship
  • Profile and showcase a range of community thinkers, leaders and policymakers
  • Provide youth and citizens opportunities for civic engagement, intellectual development and personal growth
  • Share the outcomes of the conference with policy makers for a bottoms-up approach to policymaking through a list of policy recommendations
  • Inspire, build, and strengthen networks and collaboration among students, community and industry practitioners and leaders who are passionate about tackling complex social issues

Support our Conference

There are 2 main ways to support our conference:

  1. Monetary Sponsorship
  2. In-kind Sponsorship
    • Media (eg. feature our event)
    • Delegate name tags and lanyards
    • Delegate conference tote bags
    • Printing services
    • Printing materials
    • Flipcharts, markers
    • Pens
    • Notebooks
    • Team t-shirts or apparel
    • Snacks, refreshments. coffee, tea
    • Flyers, coupons, samples, etc

Not only will your sponsorship assist in furthering awareness and dialogue regarding the interplay between gender and development, your organization will benefit from positive exposure through 250 driven and engaged community leaders who are passionate about fostering international change. Benefits to sponsors include:

  • Branding through our web presence on
  • Shout-outs through our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter
  • Your logo in our delegate brochures, potential report to the Canadian Government, and future sponsorship packages
  • A booth at our community partners networking event
  • Tickets to our conference, including an invitation to our post-conference social event
Sponsorship Package



Registration for the Conference is open to all.

Cost of a ticket is $10 and all sales are used to fund the conference.

Register Now


Contact us

Sandy Wan
Conference Director


A big thank you to our current sponsors!



Posted in: