December 2019 Newsletter

Holiday Wishes from the Team at CanWaCH  

Dear CanWaCH members and colleagues, 

Julia Anderson and Helen Scott speaking at the CanWaCH 2019 AGM

What another great year for global health and gender equality in Canada! On November 27, 2019, CanWaCH held its Annual General Meeting. It was a great day of reflection on the successes of the past year and anticipation for our collective work in the months and years to come. CanWaCH also welcomed three new members to the Board of DirectorsOnome Ako, Amref Health Africa in Canada, Dr. Timothy Grant Evans, McGill University, and Danny Glenwright, Action Against Hunger Canada. Finally, CanWaCH bid a warm farewell and our deepest thanks to retiring Board Members Dr. Dorothy Shaw, Caroline Riseboro and Jennifer Blake for their service on the CanWaCH Board of Directors. 

CanWaCH was also grateful to see friends, old and new, come together to share information and knowledge on gender equality and data and metrics as part of the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership. Alongside the Summit, CanWaCH and CCIC hosted the Festival of Leadership to showcase inspiring films that demonstrate the impact of  Canada’s investment and leadership in international development. Missed the event? Host a viewing party on the Lead On Canada Facebook page to immerse yourself in the work of CanWaCH members as they strive to advance global health and gender equality around the world. 

As we wrap up the year, the CanWaCH team has also compiled a list of our favourite moments from 2019! Did your favourite moment make it into our list? Let us know what you would include in your “best of 2019” list on Twitter by using @CanWaCH and #LeadOnCanada

On behalf of everyone at CanWaCH, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. See you in 2020!

Helen Scott 
Chief Executive Officer 
Julia Anderson 
Chief Operating Officer 



Don’t miss this opportunity! The CanWaCH Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange 

On April 28-29, 2020, join us at the scenic 50 Sussex Events in Ottawa for a one-of-a-kind event to advance and showcase Canada’s innovative leadership in global health and gender equality. The Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange is a dynamic, fast-paced, multi-faceted exposition that will showcase the work of and strengthen connections between CanWaCH members, Global Affairs Canada, and other domestic and international partners working to advance global health and development and gender equality. Take on a leading role and profile at this unique and inspiring event by becoming a partnering organization. We also invite you to tell us why your exhibit or installation should be featured at the Expo. Applications to Exhibit and applications for our SMO Exhibit Development Competition will be accepted until December 20, 2019.

Canada’s New Minister of International Development

CanWaCH extends a warm welcome to the Honourable Karina Gould as Minister of International Development. We look forward to working together to improve the health, rights and well-being of women and children around the world. Our sincerest thanks to the Honourable Maryam Monsef for her previous leadership in the role and we look forward to continuing to work with her to strengthen gender equality in Canada and around the world! 

CanWaCH also applauds the federal government’s commitment to international development and gender equality, along with its overall reaffirmation of Canada’s commitment to improving the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and children around the world, in the speech from the throne on December 5, 2019. 

Calling All Young Leaders! 

At CanWaCH, we believe that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. Are you a student or young professional interested in global health and gender equality? Then, this is the place for you! Sign up to stay up to date on recent global health news, upcoming events, career and volunteer opportunities that are tailored to youth here

a how-to guide for future mobilizations

How-To Guide: Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada

It’s not too soon to look ahead to Women Deliver 2022! After proudly hosting Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, CanWaCH has already taken steps to support the next host country of the world’s largest conference on the health and well-being of women and girls and gender equality. Check out “A How-To Guide For Future Mobilizations” for useful tips and information for anyone looking to build a social movement. 

How is Gender-Based Violence a Cause and Consequence of HIV?

Earlier this week, the global community marked the end of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) with Human Rights Day. CanWaCH and our global partner Frontline AIDS are reflecting on the negative impacts of GBV through storytelling. Watch four stories shared by a diverse group of women at the Canada Pavilion alongside Women Deliver 2019. Learn more about the linkages between GBV and HIV and join the conversation on Twitter by using #Learn4Impact.


DIY Digital Marketing Tools (Video), CanWaCH Public Engagement Working Group

CanWaCH welcomes federal government’s reaffirmed commitment to Canada’s leadership in international development and gender equality, CanWaCH 

5 Reasons Why Engaging Men and Boys is Important to Drive Progress for Gender Equality, CanWaCH 

Child rights: More than just a day, David Morley, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada 

Canadian Olympian Visits Water Projects in India, WaterAid Canada 

#VaccinesWork, RESULTS Canada 

Gender Equality in the Workplace: Turning the Lens Inwards, CanWaCH 

New WHO-led study says majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, putting their current and future health at risk, World Health Organization 

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change, UN News 

Envisioning the Future of Global Health, Canadian Society for International Health 

Stopping Severe Malnutrition in Sierra Leone, Partners in Health Canada

On the Frontlines of Malawi’s Food Crisis, Partners in Health Canada 

Alimentation de la femme enceinte vulnérable à l’APECOS, L’AMIE 

A Little Town with a Glimmer of Hope in the Fight Against Hunger, Action Against Hunger 

40 Years Leading the Fight Against Hunger, Action Against Hunger 

Training the Next Generation of Midwives, Cuso International 


December 9-13th, Innovation Acceleration Week, Munich, Germany
December 18th, International Migrants Day, Global 
January 20, UBC and BC Children’s Hospital: Global Health Conference 2020, Vancouver 
January 24th, International Day of Education, Global 
February 2-8th, International Development Week, Canada 
February 6th, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Global 
March 6-7th, International Women’s Day Conference 2020, Guelph 
March 8th, International Women’s Day, Global 
March 22nd, World Water Day, Global 
March 24th, World TB Day, Global 
April 7th, World Health Day, Global  
April 22-25th, 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD, Vancouver  
April 25th, World Malaria Day, Global 
April 28-29th, Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange, Ottawa 
April 28-30th, Public Health 2020, Winnipeg 
May 2-4th, RESULTS Canada National Conference, Ottawa 
May 21-23rd, Indigenous Health Conference, Niagara Falls  
May 28th, Menstrual Hygiene Day, Global 
June 21-25th, International Congress of Midwives 2020, Bali, Indonesia 

Add your event to the More Canada Events Calendar.


Canadian Society for International Health, MentorNet, Canada 

Seva Canada, Development Director, Vancouver 

University of Calgary, External Evaluation of Mama na Mtoto Project, Canada 

Health Partners International of Canada, Various Positions, Quebec & Ontario 

Médecins du Monde Canada, Chargé(e) des projets internationaux, Montréal 

Mama na Mtoto, Global Health Writing Contest, Canada 

International Development Research Centre, Research on Scaling the Impact of Education Innovations, Global 

Canadian Feed the Children, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, Toronto 

Canadian Feed the Children, Senior Accountant, Ottawa/Toronto 

CARE Canada, Various Positions, Ottawa 

Equality Fund, Chief Financial Officer, Ottawa 

Grand Challenges Canada, Finance Co-op Student, Toronto 

Grand Challenges Canada, Executive Assistant, Toronto 

Canadian Red Cross, Various Positions, Global 

OPTions Initiatives, Request for Proposals, Global 


December 11, 2019