2015 Speakers Series: The Future of International Solidarity: an open dialogue

event : Conference


Come and join us for a lively dialogue with life-long social justice activists to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and to re-think international cooperation and solidarity together.

Please come and enrich the discussion! Inter Pares will be welcoming students, supporters, past staff and board members, our colleagues from the international development sector, and government officials. If you're interested in international solidarity, you won't want to miss this special event! 

Please RSVP here.


1:30 pm: Registration

2:00 pm:   Welcome and opening ceremony

2:30 to 5pm:  The Future of International Solidarity: An open dialogue

With featured speakers:

  • Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada 
  • Aline Zongo, COPAGEN Country Representative, Burkina Faso
  • Paul Sein Twa, Director and founding member of Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, Burma
  • Pilar Trujillo, Director of Project Counselling Service, Colombia

5:00 to 7:00 pm:  Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar


Simultaneous English-French interpretation. ASL interpretation to be provided upon request; please notify us before April 24.

This event is wheelchair-accessible through the Health Center entrance.

The centre can be reached by OC Transpo route 12. Parking is readily available nearby. More details on parking locations here.


Aline Zongo is an agronomist with 18 years of experience in rural development. Based in Burkina Faso, she is the Director of Inades-Formation, a pan-African solidarity network that accompanies marginalized communities in their development initiatives. Aline is also the Burkinabe representative to the Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), a West African network that fights for communities' right to protect their genetic resources.

Diana Bronson joined Food Secure Canada (FSC) as Executive Director in March 2012, and has worked to strengthen FSC as the national voice of the Canadian food movement.  Diana's work has centered on supporting social movements around the world, critically reviewing and educating the public on international trade and investment agreements, looking at the impacts of Canadian mining companies, and assessing the social and environmental impacts of emerging technologies.

Paul Sein Twa is Director and founding member of the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) in Burma. KESAN works alongside local communities in Karen State to ensure sustainable livelihoods by preserving indigenous knowledge, building capacity, and promoting practice and policy change. KESAN advocates for policies that ensure people's participation, ownership, gender equity, and environmental sustainability in development processes taking place in the rural areas of Burma.

Pilar Trujillo is the Executive Director of Project Counselling Service (PCS), Inter Pares’ main counterpart in Latin America. Pilar has been closely involved with social movements in Colombia since the 1970s and with communities in Africa, throughout Latin America, and the Caribbean for more than twenty years. She has worked on various social justice issues, including sustainable development, governance, the construction of citizenship, human rights, and women’s rights.

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We look forward to see you at our event.