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Participants in “What’s Canadian About International Development: An Election Year Conversation” at Simon Fraser University.

On February 5th, the Mosaic Institute’s Executive Director John Monahan participated in “What’s Canadian About International Development: An Election Year Conversation”, an event co-hosted by the Mosaic Institute as part of Canada’s 25th International Development Week. The discussion, held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre was the result of a partnership between SFU’s School of Communication, SFU’s Development and Sustainability Office, SFU International, and the Mosaic Institute’s “UofMosaic” Program.

John’s presentation examined current and prospective efforts to more systematically engage Canada’s diaspora communities from the Global South in efforts to inform and/or enhance Canadian contributions to international development. John’s full presentation can be viewed here.

Other speakers included Paul Meyer, Fellow in International Security at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, whose presentation centred on the relationship between Canada’s security agenda and its international development work; Paul Gully, Public Health Consultant & Adjunct Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, who discussed Canada’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa; and Shawn Smith, Adjunct Professor & founding Director of RADIUS at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, who focused on innovative financing mechanisms for development. The event was moderated by Katherine Reilly of SFU’s School of Communication.

This event was a good opportunity for the “UofMosaic” program to grow its roots at Simon Fraser University in preparation for student-led programming to take place during the 2015/2016 school year.