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Oct 12-13, 2017

Public Engagement Catalyst Forum 2017

OCTOBER 12th-13th, 2017 (Public Event - Evening of Oct 11).

WINNIPEG, MB, Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain

"Public Engagement is...the practice of inspiring, supporting and challenging people in groups of dynamic cycles of learning, reflection and action on global issues. It is a transformative process that works towards more equitable social, economic, environmental and political structures"

Hive Mind: Engaging the Public for the Greater Good"

A limited number of travel & registration subsidies are available for SCIC Members (Application deadline Sept 5). See below for details.

This two-day, bilingual forum will convene 50 public engagement (PE) practitioners from coast-to-coast-to-coast in order to:

  • Foster and build strategic commitment to public engagement on global sustainable development;
  • Provide space for deeper exploration of feminist and rights-based approaches, the sustainable development goals, thought leadership and effective monitoring and evaluation of PE;
  • Examine current PE tools and approaches including social media, and;
  • Provide the opportunity to share ideas and expertise, and identify potential partnerships.

As a participant, what can I expect from the forum?

  • Be inspired by innovative and accessible ways to engage communities in social change by those who use art, sport and other creative approaches to public outreach;
  • Learn how to integrate and formalize public engagement into your organization’s core activities and strategic direction at local, regional and national levels;
  • Increase your skills and knowledge to effectively measure the quality and impact of your outreach and communications efforts;
  • Situate public engagement in the current national context: Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy;
  • Celebrate your successes and share your challenges, gain insight and discuss solutions with experts in the field of public engagement;
  • Establish potential partnerships and synergies across the country with other passionate public engagement practitioners;
  • Explore new and innovative practices of public engagement through participatory workshops and seminars.

Forum Registration*

$75 Early-Bird Admission (Register by October 1st)

$100 Regular Admission

Register Here

*Registration includes admission to “Artists as Catalysts of Social Change” - a public event on the evening of Wednesday October 11th, featuring three artists who will be performing and speaking about how they use art to engage different communities on social issues. Artists include: Ivan Coyote, Heather Bishop, and Pablo Felices-Luna.

Exclusive Tour of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights*


*$20 Regular admission - Not included in Forum registration fee.

This optional event is exclusive to Forum Registrants. It will feature a tour by a Program Officer a the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) who will demonstrate how the CMHR has applied a human-rights based approach to their public engagement, as well as successes and challenges that they have faced in their efforts.

SCIC Member Subsidies - Application Deadline Sept 5, 2017.

Eligible costs for a subsidy include:

  • Travel (most direct economy fare, to be arranged by ICN staff)
  • *Accommodations (shared, to be arranged by ICN staff)
  • Meals (compensated through ICN per diems)

*In order to manage our costs, as well as ensure that we can accommodate as many subsidized participants as our budget allows, subsidized participants will be sharing accommodations.

Council Board members, staff and interns, are welcome to apply.

To apply, send the following information to Jacqui Wasacase, Executive Director of SCIC no later than September 5th, 2017 by email: [email protected]

  1. Personal Information:

  • Name
  • Location (City/ Town and Province)
  • Gender identity
  • Age
  • Council Affiliation
  • Organizational Affiliation
  • Job Title (if staff person with an organizational member)
  • Linguistic capacity (English or French-only, or bilingual)
  • What are your top learning needs from the Forum
  • What are some of the main things you would want to contribute to the PE community (expertise in certain areas, experience and lessons learned in innovative programming, resources, …)
  • Funding: Is your participation fully dependent on whether you are subsidized or not?

2. Statement of Interest (maximum of 250 words) that would include the following:

  • Elaboration of work in public engagement, including
  • How long have you been working in public/ community engagement
  • What is the nature of that work
  • Who is the “community” that you engage? Main stakeholders?
  • What interesting programming have you been part of or undertaken?
  • What are some of the main questions/ challenges you have to address in your work?
  • What are some of the main lessons learned?

View the complete criteria and selection information.

Background - Why "Public Engagement"?

The ICN Public Engagement Catalyst Forum 2017 is a national initiative that seeks to develop organizational capacity in public (community) engagement, and to increase the overall development effectiveness of Council members and other public engagement (PE) practitioners across Canada.

This event draws on the body of work undertaken by the ICN from 2011 - 2014 to articulate and share good practice in PE on global poverty issues available as an online Toolkit at Over the past two years, this work has included the development of an online course with four learning modules (Introduction to PE; Youth Engagement; Engaging the Formal Education Sector; and Partnerships and Collaboration). To date, this course has been of interest to over 400 individuals. This Forum also builds on the May 2017 national PE Knowledge Exchange focused on Engaging Canadians on a New Transformative Global Agenda.