About Us

About Us

Ontario’s hub for events and opportunities that promote global social justice and equity for all

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is an expanding community of Ontario-based international cooperation and global citizenship-focused organizations, institutions, and individual associate members committed to working for global social justice, human dignity and participation for all.

Our Vision

Global social justice, human dignity and participation for all.

Our Mission

As a Council, OCIC strives to increase the effectiveness and collective impact of all our members’ efforts to promote sustainable, people-centred development in a peaceful and healthy environment. OCIC is committed to principles of fair and equitable cooperative international development and promotes public engagement that helps Canadians develop a global perspective and take action for social justice.

Our Mandate

OCIC encourages the development of the Ontario international development and global education sectors and sharing of resources between OCIC members by providing forums for networking, communications and collaborative reflection and action, and facilitating capacity building in public engagement and organizational development. OCIC is a learning organization with inclusive, cooperative and participatory processes that are accessible and accountable to all members.

Our Strategic Plan (2018-2023)

The overall OCIC Theory of Change represents an integration of individual Theories of Change for OCIC’s three Strategic Directions, understood as interdependent domains of change in which OCIC operates.

Strengthen Capacity

OCIC supports our members in being leaders of good development, adapting to change, and developing innovative solutions to global poverty challenges.

Increase Multi-Sectoral Dialogue

OCIC brings together sectoral leaders and practitioners, issue-specific experts, advocates, academics, funders and private sector actors to better understand and leverage perspectives, expertise and resources.

Influence & Inspire

OCIC provides communications platforms to amplify the voice of its members, and to influence and inspire key decision makers and the public.

Board of Directors

OCIC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected annually by the voting membership of the Council. Board members serve in their individual capacity on Executive, Governance, Finance & Sustainability, and Membership Committees.

Executive Committee

President – Jessica Ferne, Associate Member
Vice President – Kristin Douglas, Ethiopiaid Canada
Secretary – Aysha Dawood, Associate Member
Treasurer – Nabil Ali, International Development and Relief Foundation

Board of Directors

Nabil Ali, International Development and Relief Foundation
Aysha Dawood, Associate Member
Martina De Ruyte, World Renew
Kristin Douglas, Ethiopiaid Canada
Jessica Ferne, Associate Member
Roshelle Filart, RESULTS Canada
Mitra Manouchehrian, Associate Member
Courtney Mollenhauer, Transforming Faces
Christina Muia, TakingITGlobal
Dr. Vida Shehada, Centennial College
Jacquelyn Wright, Canadian Feed The Children
Dr. Maggie Zeng, Firefighters Without Borders


Executive Director – Kimberly Gibbons
Director of Operations – Lisa Swainston
Community Engagement & Gender Equality Specialist – Aniqah Zowmi
Communications & Content Specialist – Cari Siebrits
Membership & Administration Coordinator – Marilyn Bastedo
SDG Innovation Lab Coordinator – Jason Wong
Accountant – Eric Plato

Annual Reports

Each year, OCIC provides highlights of our programs and audited financial statements to our membership and the public in our Annual Report. Click below to review our past accomplishments.


OCIC’s work, both internally and as a collective of members, is grounded in our shared vision of global social justice, human dignity and participation for all. Our policies are designed to meet OCIC’s internal needs as an organization, however they are guided by ideals about anti-oppression, human rights, international cooperation, and the appropriate meeting of human needs articulated in a multitude of places by multilateral bodies, states, and civil society groups.

All OCIC policies and activities are informed by our Vision, Mission, Mandate, and Strategic Directions. Mindfulness of the spirit and letter of these documents is central to the integrity of the Council, as is compliance with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) Code of Ethics, the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, and OCIC’s Anti-Oppression Policy.

While we do not necessarily support or endorse all activities or positions of our many and diverse members, we encourage all members to work toward ethical and anti-oppressive practice, and to engage in dialogue and critical refection with the Council on issues of collective concern and importance.

By-Laws & Policies


OCIC is an active member of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial/Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), and receives financial support from Global Affairs Canada.

Inter-Council Network

The Inter-Council Network (ICN) is a dynamic network of provincial and regional member-based Councils for International Cooperation committed to social justice and social change. Rooted in communities across Canada, we are leaders in public engagement at a local and regional level, and are recognized for bringing regional knowledge and priorities to the national level.

Canadian Council for International Cooperation

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

Government of Ontario – Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

The Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) provides services for successful economic and social integration of newcomers, which maximizes the benefits of immigration, and promotes greater social inclusion, civic and community engagement and recognition amongst all Ontarians. The MCIIT welcomes newcomers; supports and promotes equitable opportunity, responsible citizenship and voluntary action for the economic and social benefit of our communities. And is dedicated to building a province where newcomers are welcomed, diversity is celebrated, volunteerism is valued and recognized, and people are engaged in working together to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Global Affairs Canada

The Global Affairs Canada¬†is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. Global Affairs Canada’s aim is manage Canada’s support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results, and to engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada’s effort to realize its development objectives.

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