2019 Luncheon Series

Location: Palais Imperial Resturant
311-313 Dalhousie St., Ottawa

COST: $30 for luncheon and presentation
$5 for presentation only
For presentation please arrive by 12:00 p.m., presentation only by 12:45 p.m. (Coffee and tea will be available).

RESERVATIONS: Group78@group78.org 613-565-9449 ext. 22
Deadline for reservation: Friday previous to the luncheon by 12:00 pm


The group is required to pay for those who reserve but do not come. Therefore, individuals who do not cancel their reservations at least 24 hours before the luncheon will be billed $30.

June 18, Luncheon Speaker Series – An Assessment of The Feminist International Assistance Policy Three Years In

Nicolas Moyer

 An Assessment of The Feminist International Policy Three Years In (PDF)


Nicolas Moyer

Nicolas joined the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) as President & CEO in August 2018. As the former Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition, he is passionate about humanitarian and development policy, advocacy, and government relations.

Driven by a commitment to social justice, he began his career in international development in Ethiopia. He has founded and led Coalitions launched dozens of multi-platform fundraising and communications campaigns and raised tens of millions of dollars to assist survivors of humanitarian disasters.

Nicolas has degrees in Economics (Université de Montréal), International Relations (MacQuarie University, Australia) and an Executive MBA (Queen’s University).  In 2016, he was named as a top Forty Under 40 recipient by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.

The Honourable Marilou McPhedran, C.M.

Marilou McPhedran is a human rights lawyer, professor and activist, appointed as an independent senator in the Parliament of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016. Marilou was one of the most influential leaders of the 1981 Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution conference- the grass roots social movement of women across Canada resulting in stronger equality rights in the constitution.  She co-founded several internationally recognized non-profit Canadian organizations such as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF); the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC); and the Gerstein Crisis Centre for homeless discharged psychiatric patients. She was the founding Principal of the University of Winnipeg Global College and has facilitated student access to UN sessions for more than 20 years to provide practical skill building by providing rapporteur services to NGO presentations. She is a founding board member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (Young Women for Peace and Leadership) and has given extensive voluntary support to civil society organizations that focus on peacebuilding and women’s rights, including the Afghan Women’s Organization, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan.


With some 25 million refugees – a record since WWII – on top of which one should add more than 40 million internally displaced, and some 250 million migrants, human mobility has become a major topic of discussion. While the overwhelming majority of those forcibly displaced will remain in the developing world where new partnerships with the private sector or international financial institutions are making us revisit the paradigms of international aid, Western countries have been prone to populist rhetoric that is leading to more and more stringent and security-focused policies. If Western media highlighted the Rohingya refugee crisis for a few months, most crises remain underreported and as a result, the gap between humanitarian funding requirements to save lives and donations – from governments in particular – is increasing. Solutions exist though – including in Canada through resettlement of the most vulnerable – although the gap between the needs and the spaces offered is similarly increasing. What is the role of Canada in addressing these challenges and seizing opportunities to do better?


Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan and the Middle-East and North Africa region) before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination.

Prior to joining UNHCR, he was the UNICEF Child Protection Advisor for the MENA region (2010-13) working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN Peace-Keeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians.

He previously worked as a Research Director in a human rights think-tank (International Council on Human Rights Policy) on issues of peace agreements, transitional justice, national human rights institutions and the reform of the UN human rights system. Jean-Nicolas Beuze holds a LL.M in international human rights law from Essex University, UK, and a Master in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva/Switzerland.

Feb 26, Luncheon Speaker Series – Canada’s “Illusory Foreign Policy”: How Canada Addresses the World, One Gesture at a Time

Andrew Cohen

Canada’s “Illusory Foreign Policy”: How Canada Addresses the World, One Gesture at a Time (PDF)

Andrew Cohen is an author, columnist, broadcaster, and professor of journalism at Carleton University. He teaches courses on Canada and the United States, Canada and the World, and analytical writing.

In a career of 40 years, he has written for The Globe and MailThe New York TimesForeign AffairsUnited Press InternationalTime, CNN.com, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among other publications.

He has won two National Newspaper Awards and three National Magazine Awards and been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He writes a weekly column for The Ottawa Citizen and appears as a commentator on CTV News Channel on U.S. politics.

His seven books cover subjects ranging from Canada’s constitutional politics to national character to Arctic exploration. His study of Canadian foreign policy — While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World — was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

A native of Montreal, Professor Cohen went to McGill University, Carleton University and the University of Cambridge. He has degrees in political science, journalism and international relations.

He was correspondent and columnist for The Globe and Mail in Washington, where he recently returned as a Fulbright Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Jan 29, Bolsonaro in Power: The Why, The Ugly, and The Foggy

Jean Daudelin

Bolsonaro in Power: The Why, The Ugly, and The Foggy (PDF)


Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as President of Brazil on January 1st. An ultra-conservative, bitter, prejudiced and verbally aggressive admirer of Brazil’s military regime, he had been on the political and ideological fringe for more than two decades but now finds himself as the head of one of the world’s largest countries, whether by territory, population or the economy. His election, last October, was met the world over by shrill warnings of fascism and hair-raising comparisons with the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet—whom he praised during the campaign.

It remains very early to venture predictions about the likely implications of Bolsonaro’s election. A tentative picture can nonetheless be drawn, building on an analysis of the forces that took Bolsonaro to power, of the composition of his cabinet, of congressional caucuses and coalitions, of the current dynamics at the Supreme Court and in the armed forces, and of the noise coming from the state governors who were also sworn in on January 1st.


Jean Daudelin is Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has been studying Brazil since the 1980s, was visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo and is a Research Associate at the Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Políticas de Segurança, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife. With José Luiz Ratton, he has just published Illegal Markets, Violence, and Inequality, Evidence From a Brazilian Metropolis (Palgrave, 2018).