Canadian Christian Relief & Development Association


At CCRDA, we believe it is important to learn from each other regularly as we are community of Christ-centred organizations who desire to share skills, knowledge and support one another. In order to facilitate this mutual learning relationship, in May 2017, we introduced our first series of monthly webinars which feature one of our members or an expert in a relevant field on a topic of their expertise. All our webinars are FREE for members and cost $15 for non-members. Click here to register.



Fall 2020


Faith Based Organizations and Official Development Assistance: Why how much the government gives matters
October 14, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Erika Richter, Canadian Council for International Cooperation


Faith-based organizations (FBOs) leverage billions of dollars to help the poorest of the poor around the world. For our organizations, the call to help the poor can come from the Bible, the many passages that illustrate God’s love for the vulnerable and Jesus’ command to, “Love each other as [he] has loved us.”

The commitment of Canadians to helping people in the developing world is substantial. In fact, the combined income of just CCRDA member organizations is over $800 million, and we are just 56 of hundreds of Canadian organizations working internationally. From these numbers, it is obvious that Canadians care deeply about the well-being of people around the world.

Despite this, the Canadian government’s contributions to development and humanitarian assistance have been on a downward trend and are currently near an all-time low.

Though most of our members do not receive GAC funding, the CCRDA strongly supports a robust, federally-funded, Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. This webinar will explore some of the reasons why an increase in ODA is important for FBOs, as well as the role of FBOs advocating for increased ODA.


Prepared for Change: Strengthening your Organizational Strategy with Theory of Change
October 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Elaine Stavnitzky, Consultant

Theory of Change is a key strategic tool that equips your organization to articulate the transformation it wants to enable and surface the assumptions that may create risk if they don't hold true. This can help leaders to respond to changes in its operating environment. This webinar will review the key components of a Theory of Change that when in place can position your organization to adapt.


Leading M&E Teams Remotely: A Conversation on Leadership, Coaching, Collaboration & Tools
November 17, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Tracey De Graaf, Transformis Development Consultants

What happens to Monitoring and Evaluation in times like these?  When your field boots are in the cupboard instead of on the ground it can be challenging to keep M&E teams motivated and thriving. Bring your field boots and your coaching hat to the table to talk about strategies, tools, and approaches for leading M&E teams remotely.


An Introduction to Spiritual First Aid
December 10, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Kent Annan and Jamie Aten, Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College

In this webinar, Jamie Aten and Kent Annan (Co-directors, Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College) will be leading attendees through an introduction to Spiritual First Aid, an evidence-informed, peer-to-peer, disaster spiritual and emotional care intervention. It is the first intervention of its kind to have been built from the ground up using evidence-informed spiritual and psychological insights from years of scientific study. You will find Spiritual First Aid a vital tool for COVID times, for work with your team during regular times, and something you'll likely want to share with anyone in your organization who works with people post-disaster.


These webinars are FREE for members and $15 for non-members.

To sign up for a webinar, please click here.

Click here to access the "members only" gallery of archived webinars including:

Strategic Planning for COVID Times: 3 Easy and Practical Exercises to do with your Staff with Chris Bosch, Chisel Consulting

Improving Team Relationships and Culture with Dave Blundell, Fullwell Leadership

Sabbath Economics under the Shadow of Pandemics with Ched Meyers, Bartimeaus Cooperative Ministries

Disaster and Emergency Response: A Canadian Model with Alain Normand, City of Brampton/ADRA

Journey into the Unknown with Hazel Mayhew, Beracah Counseling

Traveling with Youth on International Trips with Melodie Bissell, Plan to Protect

Better Together with Danielle Strickland, International Speaker & Author

Growing Organizational Influence with Phil Tanner, Consultant

Special Webinar with the Chalmers Center and Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center

Rooting for Rivals with Chris Horst, HOPE International

Development and the Environment: Incorporating the Environment in our Work with Jennifer Fernandes, Consultant

Strategies to Improve your Digital Fundraising Campaign with Graeme Watt, Anthem Creative

Why the Opposite of Poverty is Not the American Dream with Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center

Developing Rhythms for Greater Health & Impact with Steve Brown, President of Arrow Leadership

International Disaster Response Training with the Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation International

Innovating for Impact: Building and Prioritizing Innovation in Canada's Global Development and Humanitarian Community with Nicolas Moyer, President/CEO of CCIC

Achieving a High Standard of Protection Among Relief and Development Initiatives: Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults with Melodie Bissell, CEO of Plan to Protect

He Said, She Said: What's so Important about Using a Gender Lens in our Work? with Elaine Stavnitzky, Independent Consultant

The Role of Faith in International Development with Dr. Amy Kaler, Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Programmes) at the University of Alberta

Ending Poverty Together: A New Collaborative Resource with Shelaine Strom, Manager of Education and Professional Development at Food for the Hungry Canada

Trauma Care in International Development with Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, Director of World Renew Canada

Communicating Development in Canada: Learning from Data with Marie-Eve Marchand, CCIC Campaign Manager

Gender Analysis: CCRDA Member Skill-Sharing Call with Diana Opollo and Karoline Davis

Measuring Transformation with Youth Unlimited GTA

Project Management with James Metcalf

CRA Compliance with Jeff Hogan

Core Humanitarian Standards with Jacqueline Koster

Emerging Legal Trends: Why Christian Charities Must Pay Attention with Barry Bussey

Using LinkedIn to Create a Presence on Social Media with Christiane St.Amour.