Join STAND Canada’s #LiftTheBurden Advocacy Conference May 27-29

Join STAND Canada and STAND Carleton for its #LiftTheBurden Advocacy Conference in Ottawa from Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29! This conference will help STAND’s members and partners become better advocates when talking directly to decision-makers. Network with STAND advocates, develop skills, knowledge, and strategies in working with elected officials, and learn more about Canada’s refugee transportation loan program.


Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28: Room 4499 MacKenzie Building – Carleton University, in central Ottawa

Monday, May 29: Lobby Day on Parliament Hill (day-of preparations in the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street)

Share ideas and make yourself heard by registering today!

The conference costs $20 to attend, due at conference registration. Students and low income earners are free to pay as they can. The conference fee is payable by cash, cheques made payable to STAND Canada, and credit card/PayPal (please include “Advocacy Conference” in the comments) at:


May 27, 2017

Time Topic Speaker
9:30-10:00am Welcome & Coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome from STAND Canada
Scott Fenwick, Executive Director
10:30-12:00 Canadian Refugee Policy
Jackie Bonisteel, Associate, Corporate Immigration Law Firm
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Lobbying 101
Anna Laurence, Senior Government Relations Manager, Rogers Communications
2:30-3:45 Advocacy Lobby Day Training
Vincent Delaney, Advocacy Co-Director
4:00-5:15 Collaboration Across Borders
Mac Hamilton, Executive Manager, STAND USA


May 28, 2017

Time Topic Speaker
9:00-9:30 Welcome & Coffee
9:30-11:00 Activism as an MP
David Kilgour, Member of Parliament for southwest Edmonton, Alberta (1979-2006)
11:00-12:30 STAND’s Policy Recommendations: In-Depth Andrew Kloiber, Deputy Director of Policy
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 STAND Canada Town Hall Virtual event
3:15-4:00 Media Training Scott Fenwick, Executive Director, STAND Canada
4:00-5:30 A Discussion on Refugees in Canada Arsham Parsi, Executive Director, Iranian Queer Refugee Railroad

Please note that Lobby Day on Parliament Hill has been postponed. Attendance is not required on Monday. Please stay connected with us via social media or subscribe to our newsletter to hear about our next Lobby Day!

STAND Canada acknowledges that this conference will take place on the unceded and occupied territories of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Supported By

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and partners for donating to support our event and campaign. STAND Canada is a 100% volunteer-run organization and we are grateful for the support of these organizations and the people who work there. We hope you join us in supporting them too!

Bridgehead Coffee
Visit one of the 15 coffeeshops and the roastery Bridgehead Coffee has in Ottawa! Or, order fair trade coffee online – they ship to Canada and the USA.

Mid-East Foods Centre
Mid-East Foods has been feeding the Ottawa community since 1971 through their retailing, catering, wholesale, and import/export food.

Hosted by STAND Carleton

We’re proud to be offering fair trade coffee grown to support social justice in Guatemala through Café Justicia once again. This coffee is available in BC and in Ontario.