Global health and development experts, Canadian and international performing artists unite amid pandemic

February 5, 2021 — Global health and international development experts and performing artists from Canada and around the globe are uniting on February 8, 9 and 10 to highlight Canada’s longstanding leadership in advancing the health and lives of people in the world’s poorest nations, a role even more critical as we collectively battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Global Health Impact Exchange (GHI-X) will be broadcast from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET on each of the three days with event partners the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), Plan International Canada and World Vision Canada kicking off day one with Canada’s Queen of R&B soul, Jully Black.

Black is among a variety of prominent Canadians who will participate in the event, including Inuit throat singers, Silla+Rise, indigenous and anti-racism researcher, Larissa Crawford, digital literacy and collaboration advocate, Juliette Powell, Canada’s Minister of International Development, the Honourable Karina Gould, and Canadian Olympians, Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe.

“The themes of GHI-X, Innovation, Diversity and Creativity, will be reflected throughout the three days of programming with conversations focused on creating a more equitable world for women and children everywhere,” said Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted important gaps, lessons and the fact that, globally, we are all in this together. Now, more than ever, we’ve seen that we must act collectively, providing space for diverse views and finding creative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.”

Performances by Jully Black, Pakistani performing artist Natasha Ejaz, Kenyan poet Musafa Poet and Niger band, Sogha, will entertain attendees in between thought-provoking discussions about the challenges, stories and dedication of Canadians who work proudly every day to advance the health, rights and well-being of the world’s most marginalized populations. 

The GHI-X is CanWaCH’s 2021 edition of its annual gathering of its member organizations and partners. With this year’s event taking place virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CanWaCH has invited all Canadians during International Development Week to learn about and share in Canada’s leading role in global health and international development..

Registration to the Global Health Impact Exchange is complimentary for all. Learn more about the program and register here.


Media Contact:

Charmaine Crockett Director, Stakeholder Engagement, CanWaCH 613-863-9489 | [email protected]

CanWaCH | The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health is comprised of approximately 100 Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide.


February 5, 2021