Cities of Migration Conference

The 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference will be held on March 2, 2016 in downtown Toronto. Community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers will convene for a one-day forum to discuss the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration. The conference features a diverse range of speakers from organizations such as the World Bank, TIFF, Lifeline Syria, and the Brookings Institution. The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees will be featured in an informal Q and A with Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director of GDX.

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The conference will be followed in the evening by the 2016 edition of the Global Diversity Exchange Annual Lecture, featuring Dr. Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. In his lecture, Dr. Koser will touch on many of the pressing issues surrounding the unprecedented movement of people across the globe: refugees, internal displacement, global governance, human security, community engagement and counter-radicalization. He will provide a new lens on the question: does diversity drive prosperity?

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New jobs: John Howard Society, UNESCO, C.D. Howe

Legislative Assistant/Issues Manager, Office of the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. Apply by Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Responsible for briefing and preparing the Minister for Question period, as well as liaising with Premier’s Office, Caucus and other Ministers’ Offices to ensure awareness and understanding of Ministry agenda and emerging issues.

Policy Analyst, John Howard Society of Ontario. Apply by 4PM EST, January 29, 2016.

The scope of the position is to develop criminal and social justice policies and positions for the Society that are consistent with Society mission and values, to participate in public education and dissemination activities, and to collaborate on and assist with research, program development and other initiatives which reflect and promote our policies and positions. The main objectives of this position are to develop criminal and social justice policy positions of the Society and promote those policies and positions to various stakeholders and the general public.

Director of Finance, UNESCO-UNEVOC. Apply by January 28, 2016.

The Director of Finance oversees the creation and implementation of internal controls, policies and procedures for all financial activities of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Office. S/he provides capacity building support to all Mozambique accounting staff and management engaged in making decisions affecting the fiscal health of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Office.

Senior Development Officer, Events, C.D. Howe Institute. Apply ASAP.

The role of the Senior Development Officer, Events is to work with the SVP & COO to develop and promote the C.D. Howe Institute brand to current and potential sponsors and event speakers. The Senior Development Officer, Events will lead all aspects of the recruitment and stewardship of sponsors and speakers, and other duties as assigned.

Various Positions, NGOAbroad. Apply ASAP

These are all volunteer opportunities.
Seasoned professionals and students are both welcome.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Alumni Network Mentorship Program

Thank you to all alumni who signed up to mentor a second-year SPPG student–we really appreciate your involvement!

Please don’t forget to register for the Mentorship Program launch event, which will take place at SPPG on February 5th at 6PM:

You will have a chance to meet your mentee(s) and hear from our guest speaker, RBC’s Paul Yeung, over snacks.

If you have any questions about the Alumni Network’s Mentorship Program, please contact us at sppg.alumni (at)

We look forward to seeing you at the launch!

New Job: Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC)

Senior Manager, Research and Statistics, Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Apply ASAP.

Corporate overview

The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) is the trade association and voice of Canada’s investment funds industry. Founded in 1962, our members are fund managers, distributors and industry service organizations.

IFIC’s Research and Statistics Department is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the creation and communication of research and the maintenance and enhancement of statistics in support of the Institute`s role as representative voice of the investment funds industry.

Job description

We are looking for a high energy individual with excellent analytical, writing, presentation and management skills interested in taking on a policy-related research and leadership role. Reporting to the Director of Research and Statistics, the Senior Manager, Research and Statistics is responsible for the creation, direction, execution and dissemination of research related to the policy objectives of the Institute, and the collection, dissemination, communication and enhancement of the Institute’s mutual funds statistics.


  • Develop and implement a detailed research plan to support key Institute strategic positions;
  • Contribute to the development, in conjunction with industry committees and policy staff, of policy positions, technical submissions, proposals and strategies;
  • Provide evidence-based materials and discussion documents for policy discussions with regulators, member associations, and other associations;
  • Manage external parties conducting research on behalf of the Institute;
  • Review, analyze and provide commentary on domestic and global academic and public opinion research on industry-related topics;
  • Actively contribute to the development and execution of communication plans for all research;
  • Serve as research spokesperson for public presentations, media interviews and briefings of key stakeholders;
  • Manage the Institute’s collection, dissemination and communication of mutual fund sales statistics;
  • Look for opportunities to enhance the statistical data points, and respond effectively to member needs and requests;
  • Raise the level of awareness and understanding of Institute staff regarding sales trends and all factors that influence fund flows;
  • Manage the Institute’s outside suppliers on any statistical matters;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to leverage internal and external databases;
  • Provide effective direct staff liaison support to IFIC committees;
  • Ensure all committees related to statistics and research are provided with appropriate work plans, agendas and secretariat services;
  • Provide direction and leadership to direct reports, including the creation of objectives, and staff reviews; and
  • Develop a network of and engage in regular dialogue with counterparts at regulatory organizations, trade associations and other stakeholders.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in policy-making arm of government, financial services association, research organization or think tank, relating to the development of policy for financial services, preferably in the investment funds industry.
  • Excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Persuasive presentation skills – must demonstrate capabilities as a media spokesperson and effective public speaker.
  • Creative problem solver with ability to take a proactive and creative approach.
  • Experienced team leader who involves, coaches and develops others
  • Effective project management skills to strongly guide and complete projects on time.
  • Graduate degree in a related area such as Economics, Political Science, or Business, or Law degree meeting requirements to practice.
  • In depth knowledge of the investment funds and/or securities industry.
  • Knowledge of French an asset

Please send your resume and covering letter to: 

Jan Medland


and reference “IFIC Research Position” in the subject line.

Call for applications: Action Canada Fellowship

Action Canada is now seeking applications from emerging Canadian leaders for our 2015/16 fellowship year. The application deadline is February 13, 2015.

Each year, Action Canada selects up to 20 outstanding young Canadians to participate in our 11-month leadership development program.

Action Canada enhances Fellows’ leadership skills, broadens their understanding of Canada and its policy choices, and is building an exceptional network of leaders for our future. The program revolves around five intensive, five-to-eight-day working conferences (scheduled around weekends) held across Canada.

For more information, visit the Action Canada website:

IPAC New Professionals Workshop 2014: November 10

New Professionals Workshop: Tackling Complex Problems Through Innovative Solutions
November 10th, 2014 – Ontario Room, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto

This one-day workshop is designed to merge professional development and networking, with contributions from innovative leaders in the public sector, academia, the non-profit and the private sector.

Among the topics that will be presented are gamification, the activities of the MaRS Solutions Lab, and tempered radicals and institutional entrepreneurs. The keynote speaker for the workshop – Ms. Zahra Ebrahim – encapsulates the innovative and creative message of our workshop. Zahra is the Principal and Founder of archiTEXT; she is an internationally recognized innovator who uses design thinking as a mechanism for creative problem solving.

Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference

The application deadline for the ninth Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference is in just two weeks – September 30 is the final day to apply.

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in business, unions and public administration so that their decisions are based on a practical understanding of the influence of their organizations on the general welfare of the community.

Members of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference come from different regions of Canada, different perspectives and different careers. All members share one thing in common: they are high potential individuals expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and communities.

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference is designed to pack the most intense experiences of life in Canadian industry and community into a unique 2-week event.