Spur Change Conference for SMOs and Educators

Event Details

November 20, 2019 at 8am - November 22, 2019

About the event

The Spur Change 2019 National Conference

The Spur Change program for Capacity-Building and Knowledge-Sharing for Small and Medium Organizations (SMO) invites representatives from SMOs and educators across Canada to its first annual National Conference on “Inclusive Governance: Meaningful Participation towards Gender Equality”
The two-day, interactive, bilingual national conference will take place from 20 to 22 November 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Register here

SMOs should expect to: 
  • Learn about and integrate current international and national frameworks and approaches to their development practices, including: a feminist approach and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Share expertise, good practices and resources on inclusive governance
  • Identify and establish potential partnerships and synergies 
  • Share experience and knowledge on effectively measuring the quality and impact of their efforts towards meaningful participation and inclusion 
  • Communicate and celebrate successes and collaborate on finding solutions to identified challenges
All SMOs meeting the following Global Affairs Canada criteria across Canada are invited to participate in the annual conference:
  • The consolidated revenue in the organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational institutions)
  • The organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective - regardless of the funding source)
  • SMOs can be civil society organizations, education institutions, private sector or social enterprises
  • SMOs must be legally incorporated in Canada

Educators should expect to: 

  • Learn about the latest thinking on and response to global issues from sector leaders, experts from the Global South, as well as practicing civil society organizations
  • Receive training specific to teachers on how to teach and inspire engagement on global issues from pedagogical experts
  • Engage and share in peer learning and collaboration through the sharing of resources and experiences across Canada
  • Facilitate connections and dialogue between civil society organizations eager to learn from and work with schools and educators
  • Collaborate with and support civil society organizations in creating classroom relevant resources


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.
Selections will be made, and all applicants notified of the results, by October 25, 2019