media release

Dialogues explore international development, food security

February 05, 2013

Shaheen Nanji, SFU International, 778.782.5576,
Emily Ross, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Two public dialogues to be held this week at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business will bring together distinguished Canadians to discuss international development and global food security, as part of the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) International Development Week (IDW).

On Tuesday evening (Feb. 5), Alexander Dawson, director of SFU’s School of International Studies, will moderate a panel that features Barry Carin, Centre for International Governance Innovation senior fellow, Don Cayo of the Vancouver Sun, Ben Hoogendoorn, President/CEO of Food for the Hungry and Hawa Mire, director of the Leave Out Violence program.

The dialogue, entitled The Future of International Development and the Role of Civil Society Organizations, will explore the role of governments, the private sector, and civil organizations, as well as the development paradigm shift and post-Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

On Friday, Feb. 8, Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith will moderate a dialogue that will discuss Canada’s Role in Global Food Security. The panel features an array of expertise on the subject, including Gerardo Otero, SFU International Studies professor, Ramiro Lopes de Silva, UN World Food Program assistant executive director, Evelyne Guindon, vice president of CARE Canada’s international program and Stephen Nairne, managing director of the Lundin Foundation.

“IDW is dedicated to raising awareness of global issues and features how Canada and is making a difference internationally,” explains Sarah Dench, executive director for SFU International.

“SFU International is excited to be presenting two events showcasing these developments while engaging members of the community in a global context.”

Both events are free, however registration is required. Tuesday’s dialogue runs from 6-8 p.m., while Friday’s event is scheduled to run from 3:30-5 p.m.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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