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Join us for International Development Week!

Sustainable Change:

Your Guide to Taking Action

February 7, 2018

See Who is Coming to IDW!

Click here for the list of speakers, their bios, and participating non-profits.



Humber College is once again bringing together the Humber community to celebrate International Development Week (IDW). This annual nationwide initiative encourages Canadians, especially youth, to learn more about and contribute to international development. Each year, hundreds of students and faculty participate in this event, eager to gain a wider global perspective and share their experiences and ideas on ways to reduce poverty and inequality.

Our theme this year is ‘Sustainable Change: Your Guide to Taking Action’ and focuses broadly on equality and empowerment and Canada’s global efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We invite you to join us in marking this important day as we highlight efforts made by the Humber community and other organizations in building a better, more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.

george stroumboulopoulos

Special guest, radio and TV personality and World Food Programme Ambassador, George Stroumboulopoulos will be joining us!


United Nations Training on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • G Building

Back by popular demand, the UN SDG Training provides practical tools for youth on advocacy and local implementation of the SDG. The training is implemented by FES (Foundation for Environmental Stewardship), a youth-led non-profit who has partnered with 23 United Nations entities to mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth through trainings in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017. Keynote speaker Julie Marshall from the World Food Programme will share how her organization is working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Participants will received a certificate of participation. Space in limited.

For a sneak peak, here is the introduction video to the SDGs and the training. 

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Non-Profit Marketplace

  • 11 am - 4 pm
  • L Building, Cafeteria

Sign up, speak out and take action on the SDGs! Visit with representatives from NGOs and community-based organizations who are contributing to the SDGs to find out ways to get involved. This is a great opportunity to discover your next internship, volunteer placement or cause to get behind.

Meet special guest, radio and TV personality and World Food Programme Ambassador, George Stroumboulopoulos who will have a live social media stream from the event!

Here is a glimpse of participating organizations:

The Hunger Project EqwipHubs Donorworx
Aura Freedom International World Vision Crossroads International
CUSO International Save the Children Jayu
World Food Program Office of Sustainability Ten Thousand Villages
ADRA Canada    

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Panel Discussion: SDG #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • 1:30 pm - 3pm
  • G Building

Come join special guest, radio and TV personality and World Food Programme Ambassador, George Stroumboulopoulos, as he moderates a panel discussion on the theme ‘Is Change Coming? A look at the current wave of feminist movements and their impact on the rights of women and girls around the globe’. 

In the wake of the remarkable and sometimes shocking events around women’s rights in North America recently, the panel will examine if the rise of women’s voices in the mainstream media and the launch of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy – both tackling unequal gendered power relations - will contribute to a systemic shift in gender internationally. Panelists will share how their organizations are addressing the root causes of gender inequality nationally and internationally and how their work is contributing to advancing SDG #5.

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Our Collaborators

World Food Programme logo   Foundation of Environmental Sustainability logo

 Humber Office of Sustainability logo

For more information:

Asha Gervan,
416-675-6622 ext. 3301

Jennifer Cleary,
Project Administrator
416-675-6622 ext. 5106