2016/2017 Annual Report // Rapport Annuel 2016-2017

Letter from the

Chair of the Board and
Executive Director

David Turpin

Chair, Board of Directors

Chris Eaton

Executive Director

This year’s Annual Report highlights the progress WUSC and its partners have made towards more inclusive education and economic opportunities, and more inclusive leadership and decision-making around the world.

We believe a more peaceful and prosperous world rests on such an approach, ensuring that no one is left behind.

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WUSC works with and for youth, to give them the skills, resources, and voice that allows them to set new directions and have a brighter future.

We also work with individuals, organizations, institutions, companies and governments to foster youth-centered solutions, at scale, that overcome inequality and exclusion.

Our programs seek to generate knowledge, shift attitudes, build connections, align incentives and strengthen institutions in ways that foster positive change for years to come.

Sometimes this involves a social marketing campaign that challenges perspectives about youth employability.

Sometimes it involves training in gender-responsive pedagogy, that improves the way in which teachers engage young girls and boys in the classroom, ensuring that everyone can learn.

Sometimes it involves mobilizing skilled international volunteers to work alongside our partners, building these partners’ capacity and their own along the way.

In 2016/2017 we made progress in all of these areas through, for example, the renewal of our programming in Kenya on girls education. We also expanded our programming to Jordan to support young women and men gain the skills necessary to secure meaningful employment.

We responded to the growing demand, from around the world, for WUSC’s expertise on creating pathways for refugee education and resettlement. And we strengthened the voice and influence of local communities in West Africa, in areas where mining occurs.

These and other achievements were only possible with the ongoing support of Canada’s universities, colleges, and CEGEPS; WUSC’s campus Local Committees; our volunteer professionals; and the institutional and individual donors who share our vision and collaborate on our Canadian and international programs. Together we are working towards a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.

At a glance

2016/2017 year in review


people directly engaged


people indirectly reached

Across our programming in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment, 74% of the people we directly engaged were youth.


Facilitating Community Dialogue in West Africa

June 2016

Facilitating Community Dialogue in West Africa

A new initiative to promote more inclusive decision-making and economic opportunities in communities affected by the extractive sector, in partnership with CECI.

Convening Canadian Post-secondary Actors

June 2016

Convening Canadian Post-secondary Actors

A reflection on the Canadian post-secondary education community’s response to the global refugee crisis.


July 2016


The WUSC community’s perspectives on Canada’s vision for global development and the International Assistance Review.

70th International Seminar in Tanzania

July 2016

70th International Seminar in Tanzania

A month-long research project on youth in Agriculture led by 20 student leaders in Tanzania and Canada.

Training Young Leaders in Canada

August 2016

Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Over 100 students from across Canada exchanging ideas and building their skills as global citizens and leaders in their communities.

First Day Back to School

September 2016

First Day Back to School

The arrival of 284 students in Canada from Botswana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, and developing countries of La Francophonie.

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Jordan

October 2016

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Jordan

A new initiative to reduce the barriers to women’s economic participation in Jordan, in partnership with CLIC.

Sixth Annual WUSC and CECI International Forum

January 2017

Sixth Annual WUSC and CECI International Forum

Another year of record-breaking attendance at the 2017 WUSC and CECI International Forum in Montréal, Québec.
World map Vector
Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia
Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of Congo
Jordan, Lebanon
Sri Lanka

Where we worked

in 2016/2017

Barbados, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam

Areas of focus




Economic Opportunities




Girls' Education

Helping more girls in Kenya reach their graduation day.

Youth and Women's Economic Empowerment

Supporting youth and women to secure fair and fulfilling employment.

Community Dialogue and Engagement

Strengthening communities through more inclusive decision-making and greater cross-sector collaboration.

The Student Refugee Program

Paving pathways to resettlement through higher education for refugees.

Inclusive Economies

Fostering economic growth that reduces inequalities and extends benefits to all.

WUSC Local Committees

Mobilizing the next generation of global thinkers, social good innovators, and development changemakers in Canada.

Board of directors

for 2016/2017

Dr. David Turpin Chair
Dr. Don Wright Vice-Chair
Margaret Biggs Treasurer
Waqas Yousafzai Regional Member Alberta/British Columbia/Yukon/Northwest Territories
Priyanka Kochhar Regional Member Atlantic
Erika Massoud Regional Member​ Québec
David Arenas Regional Member Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut
Aditya Rao Regional Member Ontario
Chris Whitaker Member-at-Large
Dr. J. Colin Dodds Member-at-Large
Hervé Pilon Member-at-Large
Paul Turcot Member-at-Large
Dr. Nicole Lacasse Member-at-Large
Dr. Roland Paris Member-at-Large
Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte Member-at-Large
Sonia Laszlo Member-at-Large
Stephen Wallace Member-at-Large

Institutional Members

Eighty-eight post-secondary campuses partnered with WUSC in 2016/2017 through the Student Refugee Program, Uniterra, and other initiatives. These globally-minded institutions support our work financially and by helping us to integrate cutting-edge research, knowledge, and expertise into our programs.

Thank you to our donors

We sincerely thank the Government of Canada, our donors, and our partners for their financial and other support.
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