The Spur Change annual national conference is a signature event to bring together Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) and educators in the Canadian global development sector.
To answer participants’ call for a space for deep, relationship-based exploration and peer knowledge sharing, this year, the 2023 annual conference will be held as eight separate, smaller regional events.
Four of these SMO and/or educator gatherings will be SMO and educator-led in May and June 2023. These events, led by SMOs, educators, or combined groups of the two, should be focused on peer-knowledge sharing. Peer-knowledge sharing can take many forms, but centers around creating spaces where we learn from other practitioners in our field with the understanding that everyone can contribute and learn from each other. For the selected event leads, up to $5000 towards a peer-knowledge sharing event will be offered via a subcontractor relationship. Find more details below.
These four SMO and educator led events can be based in either Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Québec, or Saskatchewan.
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Applications are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!
Submissions are being reviewed by our selection committee over the coming weeks. Selected event leads will be contacted in early April.
* Last updated March 21, 2023.
Each event, or “Spark,” will have its own main themes, programming and feel, but will center around the theme of People and Planet, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). (Specifically Action Area 4: environment and climate action)
The submission must: