Outcomes and successes of the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership



To call the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership a success doesn’t do it justice.


The two-day event brought together diverse voices across Canada’s foreign policy sub-sectors to discuss and analyze opportunities for a balanced approach to Canadian foreign policy coherence.


But more than that, it provided a platform to understand where Canadian state and non-state actors stand at the nexus of international trade, security, diplomacy, development and humanitarian assistance.


It brought leaders and thinkers together, including the Minister for International Development, the UN Ambassador for Women Peace and Security, the Chief of Defence Staff, former MPs and heads of development agencies.


In all, 462 participants, 160 speakers, and 30 volunteers convened to examine a more ambitious and comprehensive Canadian foreign policy and to build relationships of collaboration across sectors.


In addition to the Summit, there were a total of 15 side events, including a sector communications forum, breakfast sessions, a CEO/ED & Youth Leader reception, a film festival, and a Global Affairs Consultation.


Final Summit Report

The Summit raised a number of ideas and reflections that led us to identify a range of options for implementing a bold vision of a globally engaged Canada. Read here an outcome document showcasing the main lines of discussion during the Summit and providing a basis for further reflection. This document was developed based on feedback during Summit sessions and subsequently from session organizers and participants. It represents a further contribution of the Summit to its goal of stimulating discussion and improvement of Canada’s foreign policy.



Summit extras

The Summit included two successful related programs: the Summit’s Youth Bursary Program and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Writing Competition.  They supported youth leaders under the age of 35 and highlighted academic participation in the summit.



Blogs and Podcasts

The Summit was a great opportunity for the sector to expand its collective reach. A number of blog posts, written by participants and speakers, were shared in the lead-up to the summit.


Following the Summit, the CCIC recorded four podcasts for our Development Unplugged series, with the support of Crestview Strategy. Already two of the podcasts have been released. Download them on your favourite podcast app or listen to them on our website.


RCI Net produced nine podcasts with “insights into Canada’s foreign, defence and development policy” The Diplomatic Dispatch series features discussions with Summit participants and presenters, including policy makers, former and serving diplomats and soldiers, academics and think tank experts, humanitarian workers, civil society activists and entrepreneurs.




The support and involvement of our sponsors greatly contributed to making the Summit a success.