Grad Bulletin – March 22- April 5


Highlights

Events
  • Faith and Politics Matters – A public lecture and book launch by John Milloy
  • Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and discussion
  • Celebrating Refugee rights in Canada – Proud to Protect
  • The Smart Global Development Conference
  • Workshop: Meaningful Human Control and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
Reminders/Information
  • Seeking nominations for the 2016 WPIRG Social Justice Activist Award
Jobs
  • Organizing Assistant – The Council of Canadians: Acting for Social Justice
  • Coordinator, International Student Experience Programs
  • Analyst, Policy and Strategy – International Development Research Centre

 

Events

Faith and Politics Matters – A public lecture and book launch by John Milloy

When: Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm
Location: Keffer Chapel, Wilfred Laurier University
Cost: Free!
Religion and politics—two subjects that society often tries to keep separate. Why? Building upon arguments outlined in Faith and Politics Matters, a recently released collection of essays that he edited, Milloy highlights the value of ensuring that faith-based perspectives are welcome in the public square.For more information contact Sherry Palmer – spalmer@ulu.ca

Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and DiscussionWhen: Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm
Location: Community Education Room (2202) Conrad Grebel University CollegePACS Society will be holding a film screening of “The Flight of the Refugees” which

documents the harrowing journey of various families as they cross the Macedonian border from Greece to Germany. Over seven thousand refugees start this journey everyday seeking asylum in Western Europe and this film documents six of those days.Following the film there will be a panel discussion.

The Smart Global Development Conference
When: Sunday, April 13th, 2016
Location:
Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Academics Without Borders (AWB), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are convening a conference designed to explore the connections between investment in higher education in developing countries and improved quality of life. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be delivering the opening keynote address, on April 13, 2016.
Join global experts, thought leaders and practitioners for interactive sessions, enlightening talks, and inspiring debates. Learn about smart global approaches to strengthen the capacities of universities to tackle critical development challenges.

Workshop: Meaningful Human Control and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
When: Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:
67 Erb Street West – Room 1-23
Cost: Free!

Lethal autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, have been getting a lot of international attention lately. Indeed, the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, held from January 20-23, had a session on them. The WEF also raised the topic of killer robots at its 2015 meeting.Last November member countries agreed to hold expert meetings on lethal autonomous weapons at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva this April 11-15; these meetings will be the third set in as many years.

In anticipation of the Geneva meetings, this workshop will focus on the emerging debates on meaningful human control and lethal autonomous weapons systems. It will bring together academics and industry civil society, and government representatives. A key goal of the workshop is to examine Canada’s role and position on emerging technologies and their weaponization.

Themes that will be discussed include:

  • Degrees of autonomy and governance
  • Dual-use technology
  • Meaningful human control
  • Legal requirements and laws of armed conflict
  • Defence sector perspectives.

This event is co-hosted by Project Ploughshares and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, with support from the Defence Engagement Program.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

To register or for more information please contact Branka Marijan.


Reminders and Information

Seeking nominations for the 2016 WPIRG Social Justice Activist Award

WPIRG has been a hub of campus and community activism on social justice and environmental issues. Every year we have the privilege of working with students and community members who amaze us with their dedication and passion for justice, equality, freedom, solidarity and social change. Starting with the 2013-2014 year, 40 years after our founding, WPIRG created the Social Justice Activist Awards to recognize these incredible individuals and groups.

The chosen individuals or groups will receive an award certificate, an inscription on the WPIRG Social Justice Activist Awards plaque (to be displayed in our office), and a gift certificate. Winners will be announced in campus media as well as WPIRG’s media.

This year’s award is open to all UW and local community members who have been involved between April 2015 and April 2016 in such issues as:

Fighting for social justice issues (these issues are diverse and can range from educational to gender to equity issues to peace);

Promoting the welfare of humanity and the environment and the elimination of pain and suffering through acts of campus and community organizing, education and/or solidarity.
Please review the award criteria, fill out a nomination form for more details
Nomination deadline is Sunday, March 20th.
For more information please contact Alex Diceanu  alex@wpirg.org

Jobs

Organizing Assistant – The Council of Canadians: Acting for Social Justice
Full-time permanent position
Closing on March 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, with 100,000 supporters, 65 active chapters, a national office in Ottawa and four regional offices. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and a vibrant democracy. The Council is looking for its next Organizing Assistant for our Regional Office in Toronto.

The Organizing Assistant will:

  • Provide administrative support to The Council’s office in Toronto
  • support the implementation of planned organizing activities;
  • monitor chapter activities (e.g., notices of public forums, news clippings);
  • collaborate with other members of the Political Team to ensure all work is effectively planned and implemented;
  • reply to information requests and correspondence related to the work of the office, such as inquiries about chapters, inquiries from chapters, requests from other offices, etc.;
  • prepare invoices, credit card reconciliation and monthly expense forms for the organizer and/or themselves, manages purchase orders, assists with membership rebates, event funding and travel subsidies to chapters;
  • make travel & accommodation arrangements for organizers;
  • ensure office is functional; keeps records and communicates with service suppliers, resolves problems with service or equipment, replenishes supplies;
  • develop and maintains filed records of chapter paperwork (e.g., current contacts and other chapter members), ensures that this information is up to date, works to ensure that annual reporting by chapters is submitted to meet deadlines;
  • monitor office spending in relation to approved budget;
  • collaborate with other Council staff to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the National Office.

The qualifications for this position are:

  • Commitment to the Council’s values, vision and direction;
  • a minimum of 1 year experience in administration/administrative systems;
  • knowledge and experience in assisting with constituency building (organizing, mobilizing, motivating individuals and groups) and in supporting events and actions;
  • computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, Internet, communications and database software
  • a basic knowledge of current national economic, social and political issues;
  • ability to organize/prioritize a multi-task workload, take initiative and be flexible;
  • strong interpersonal skills, including the exercising of tact, discretion and judgement at all times;
  • excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting.
  • The Ideal candidate will have fluency in both official languages of Canada

The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer. This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours per week and is based in Toronto, ON. We offer a unionized environment, a pay scale of $48,484 per year, excellent benefits and the chance to make a difference

APPLICATIONS: Send your resume by 5:00 PM on March 25, 2016 to hr@canadians.org. Quote competition # CoC-2016-02 Organizing Assistant Regional Office (Toronto) on application. Please consider month and year when writing dates of volunteer and work history in your resume.

Visit their website for more information http://canadians.org/job-organizing-assistant-toronto

Coordinator, International Student Experience Programs

University of Waterloo – Student Success Office

The Coordinator, International Student Experience is accountable to the Manager, International Student Experience and is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of comprehensive and intentional programs that support and engage students in international and/or cross-cultural learning and development opportunities.  This includes developing, coordinating, and evaluating programs and services aimed at supporting international students.  The Coordinator will function primarily in the areas of student development, international student engagement, event/program management and administration.

Some responsibilities include
  • Provide excellent leadership to the volunteers and student staff. 
  • Responsible for the overall coordination of International Student Experience programs
  • Responsible for the development of new, and the expansion/revision of current programs that support the successful transition of and ongoing engagement of international students

Visit their website for more information http://www.hr.uwaterloo.ca/.jd/00006722.html

Analyst, Policy and Strategy – International Development Research Centre

As an Analyst, Policy and Strategy, you will provide research, analysis, and advice on matters of policy and strategy for IDRC and its Board, as well as contribute to strategic and operational planning, corporate reporting, trend monitoring, and engagement with the Government of Canada. Working as part of a small, dynamic team, you will liaise regularly with colleagues across the Centre, and with external actors, helping IDRC to position itself strategically and as an important partner in Canada’s international development efforts

 
Job Summary
Working under the supervision of the Director, and with guidance from the Senior Analyst, the Analyst provides research, analysis, and advice on matters of policy and strategy for the Centre and its Board. He or she contributes to strategic and operational planning, corporate reporting, trend monitoring, and engagement with public service actors. The role involves liaising regularly with colleagues across the Centre, both to gather and frame information for specialized audiences, and to provide support and advice with regard to policy and strategy. It also involves working frequently with external constituents in Canada and internationally.
Primary Duties or Responsibilities
 
Scanning and Analysis in the Areas of Policy and Strategy
  • Gathers and analyzes information from a wide variety of sources in order to monitor Canada’s broad approach to foreign affairs and international development.
  • Gathers and analyzes information from a wide variety of sources in order to monitor and report on the foreign affairs and development policy of other countries, the shifting development discourse of non-government actors, and the changing international landscape for IDRC’s work, Prepares analysis and advice in relation to specific developments in IDRC’s policy and strategy environment, including the Canadian political and Parliamentary scene, and in response to requests from senior management and the Board,contributing to written briefs and reports such as the Canadian Policy Landscape Report.
  • Maintains knowledge and networks in assigned areas of focus, including through periodic attendance (to gather information) at Canadian and international events and meetings.
Synthesis, Framing, and Communication for Key Policy Audiences
  • Liaises with DFATD country desks and groups focused on thematic issues to gather and share information.
  • Synthesizes and frames programmatic and corporate information for both  federal government and political audiences on both routine (e.g., periodic updates to DFATD’s list of activities in the Americas) and urgent, fast-moving files (e.g.requests for briefings by DFATD officials on short timelines).
  • Develops synthesis documents and briefing materials, for review by Senior Analyst or Director,to support senior management engagement with federal government and political counterparts.
Support to Strategic Plan Development and Implementation, and to Annual Planning and Reporting
  • Contributes to the Centre’s strategic planning process and the drafting of its Strategic Plan.
  • Supports the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Plan through support to working groups and implementation plan development, management of projects, and other activities.
  • Coordinates annual planning and reporting processes and drafts annual planning and performance reports.
Support to Programs in the Areas of Policy and Strategy
  • Provides information and advice to Centre programs in navigating federal government structures and roles in response to requests from program staff.
  • Organizes meetings, seminars, and events to increase program awareness of and engagement with relevant policy and strategy issues.
  • Provides analytical support in relation to evolving policy directions and specific priority initiatives.
Pursuit of Strategic Initiatives of Interest to Management
  • Prepares analysis and advice in relation to internal issues requiring an arms-length approach, such as programming in countries of higher risk.
  • Undertakes research, analysis, coordination, project management, and other tasks in relation to specific strategic initiatives of interest to management (e.g. research projects identified by senior management).
Job Scope
 
Working as part of a team, the Analyst provides research, analysis, and advice on matters of policy and strategy for the Centre and its Board. The role involves liaising regularly with colleagues across the Centre, both to gather and frame information for specialized audiences, and to provide support and advice with regard to policy and strategy. It also involves working regularly with external constituents in Canada and internationally.
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