Canadian Humanitarian Conference

December 4-5, 2014 - Aga Khan Foundation Canada, in partnership with the Humanitarian Coalition, the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid, invite you to watch a series of webcasts by renowned humanitarian experts at the second annual Canadian Humanitarian Conference. The conference was held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa on December 4 and 5, 2014. It set the stage for a national conversation showcasing Canadian expertise in humanitarian response and related fields.  

Photo courtesty of DFATD

Watch the webcasts:



The following conference sessions are available as webcasts:

Thursday, December 4:

Opening Remarks

  • Khalil Shariff, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and la Francophonie
  • Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition

Presentation by Nick Harvey, Thematic Team Coordinator, World Humanitarian Summit

Responding to emergencies in the most difficult places: Is the global humanitarian system failing to reach those in need?

  • Nigel Fisher, former Regional UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis
  • Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, MSF Canada
  • Claude Bruderlein, Strategic Advisor to the President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Catherine Bragg (Moderator), former Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Beyond Government: The Role of Humanitarian Organizations in Upholding the Responsibility to Protect Principle

  • Clémentine Olivier, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor,Médecins sans Frontières Canada
  • Eamon Aloyo, Senior researcher at the Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Kyle Matthews (Moderator), Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  • Marie Lamensch, Assistant to the Director at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management into Development Practice

  • Nusrat Nasab, Executive Officer, Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Pakistan
  • Andrew Shore, Director, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group (IRH), Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Ashbindu Singh, former Director of the Early Warning of Emerging issues Branch, United Nations Environment Program
  • Michelle McCombs (Moderator), Deputy Director, Programs at Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

Closing Plenary

  • Sue Szabo, Director of Social and Economic Policy, IDRC
  • Presentation on the Syria Crisis by Nigel Fisher, former Regional UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis
  • Presentation on the Ebola Crisis by Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada

Friday, December 5:

Health Care in Danger: Legal and Ethical Challenges

  • Robert Young, Senior Delegate, ICRC
  • Adrian Di Giovanni, Senior Program Officer, Law & Development, IDRC
  • Josephine Cirezi Cishibanji, Project Coordinator, MSF
  • Nils Mork, Assistant Project Manager for MSF’s Medical Care Under Fire project, Director of Communications, MSF Norway
  • Isabelle Daoust (Moderator), Senior Advisor, Office of the Director General, International Operations and Movement Relations, Canadian Red Cross

Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker

  • Khalil Shariff, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • François Audet, Professor, School of Sciences and Management ESG UQAM & Director, Canadian Research Institute on Crisis and Aid (OCCAH)

Adaptive and Accountable Reponse: Use of Technology and Feedback Loops

  • Isabella Jean, Director of Evaluation and Learning, CDA (Cambridge, MA)
  • Gabriele Almon, Fellow – Humanitarian GIS Specialist, World Vision International
  • Alana Mascoll, World Vision Canada Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs Program Officer
  • Denise Byrnes (Moderator), Executive Director, Oxfam-Québec

Advancing Canada's Humanitarian Leadership Through Cross-Sector Collaboration

  • Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition
  • Paul Forgues, Principal Manager, Governance and Corporate Responsibility, Conference Board of Canada
  • Rosemary McCarney, CEO and President, Plan Canada

The Role of the Private Sector in Humanitarian Response: Good Practice and Opportunities for Expanded Collaboration Between Humanitarian and Business Communities

  • Brent Carbno, Program Director, Ericsson Response
  • Jay Aldous, WFP Director of Private Sector Partnerships
  • Charlotte Empey, Principal, FYI Media, former Editor in Chief of Metro News
  • Jacqueline Wright (Moderator), Vice-President International Programs, CARE Canada

Closing Plenary

  • Leslie Norton, Director General, International Humanitarian Assistance Directorate, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
  • John de Boer, Senior Policy Advisor, UN University – Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
  • Nick Harvey, Thematic Team Coordinator, World Humanitarian Summit
  • Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition

Closing Remarks

  • Khalil Shariff, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • Rosemary McCarney, CEO, Plan Canada


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