CHC 2013

CHC 2013

The Future of Humanitarian Response: Towards More Effective, Accountable and Innovative Approaches


Co-hosted by the Humanitarian Coalition and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and supported by the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IDRC Headquarters, 8th Floor, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario



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(For a complete conference program, click here)

8:30-9:00:      Registration and Networking


9:00-9:30:      Opening Remarks & Keynote Address by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister of La Francophonie


9:30-11:00:    The State of Humanitarian Affairs in Canada

  1. Susan Johnson – Director General, International Operations & Movement Relations, Canadian Red Cross: Are we the Good Humanitarians we Think we are?
  1. Robert Fox – Executive Director, Oxfam Canada:Taking good Humanitarian Partnership to the Next Level 
  1. Leslie Norton – Director General, International Humanitarian Assistance Directorate (IHA), Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development: The State of Humanitarian Affairs in Canada: The Government of Canada’s Perspective

Moderator : Francois Audet – Professor, School of Sciences and Management ESG-UQAM & Director, Canadian Research Institute on Crisis and Aid (OCCAH)

11:00-11:15:   Break


11:15-12:45:   Parallel Sessions

Promoting Quality through Professional Standards and Leadership

  1. Kirsten Johnson – Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University: A Pathway for Professional Humanitarian Training and Certification
  1. Deborah Bikler – Senior Manager, Academic Centres, Save the Children UK: Presentation on the Humanitarian and Leadership Academy
  1. Phillip Tamminga – Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response Project Coordinator: Presentation on the SCHR Certification Project

Moderator: Saleh Saeed – CEO, Disaster Emergency Committee, UK


Gadgets and Gizmos – Using New Technology to Drive Innovation in the Field

  1. Sara Almer – Global Coordinator, Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), UK: Enabling Innovation: A Twin-Track Approach to Addressing some of the Challenges to the Uptake of Appropriate, Quality and Accountable E-Transfers
  1. Jessie Thomson – Director, Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team, CARE Canada: Information Communication Tech

    nology and Humanitarian Field
  1. Otto Farkas – Senior Advisor, Global Office of Strategy, Collaboration & Innovation, World Vision International: Issues and Opportunities for Humanitarian Protection and Accountability in the Digital Age

Moderator: Ann Witteveen – Manager, Humanitarian Unit, Oxfam Canada


Canadian Humanitarian Conference - Panel on Gadget and Gizmos - from left to right: Otto Farkas, Jessie Thomson, Sara Almer, Ann Witteveen

12:45-2:00:   Lunch


  • Presentation on the Joint Appeal Alliances by Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition


2:00-3:30:   Parallel Session

Violence, Vulnerability and Protection in Humanitarian Response

Canadian Humanitarian Conference - Panel on Violence, Vulnerability and Protection - from left to right: John de Boer, Elyse Leclerc-Gagné, Julian Murray and Susan Johnson
  1. Elise Leclerc-Gagné – Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science at UBC: The Changing Portrayal of Violations of the Norm of Humanitarian Security
  1. Julian Murray – Independent Consultant: Funding Protection in Complex Emergencies, and some Implications for Canada
  1. Susan Johnson – Director General, International Operations & Movement Relations, Canadian Red Cross: Predictable, Preventable: Addressing Violence in Disasters using a Public Health Approach

Moderator: John de Boer – Program Leader, Governance, Security and Justice, International Development Research Centre


New Paradigms, Old Challenges: Emerging Humanitarian Debates

  1. Linda Elmose – Professor, International Development, Simon Fraser University: Politics Unbound: ‘Strategic Humanitarianism’ in the Era of Emerging Powers and a Neo/Liberal World Order in Flux
  1. Lily Frey – Advocacy Officer, Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), USA: Quality and Accountability in Humanitarian Response: minimum requirements for market analysis in emergencies by CaLP, funded by CIDA
  1. Lauren Ravon – Policy Advisor, Women’s Rights and Food Justice, Oxfam Canada: Using women’s experience to build resilience, improve food security and bridge the divide between humanitarian and development Action
  1. Steffi Hamann – Ph.D. candidate, Political Science and International Development Studies, Guelph University: Improving the Sustainability of Humanitarian Aid: Germany’s Transitional Development Assistance Model

Moderator:  Nicolas Moyer – Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition


3:30-4:00:   Break and Networking


4:00-6:00:   Public Event with Keynote Panel followed by Closing Remarks:

The Future of Humanitarian Response

Francois AudeCanadian Humanitarian Conference - at full capacity for the keynote speaker session with François Audet, Stephen Cornish, Denise Byrnes and moderated by CBC's David Commont –  Professor, School of Sciences and Management ESG-UQAM & Director, Canadian Research Institute on Crisis and Aid (OCCAH)


Stephen Cornish Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders Canada


  1. Denise Byrnes – Directrice générale, Oxfam-Québec

Moderated by David Common, host of CBC Radio’s World Report and Correspondent with CBC News.