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.



Spring 2021


Post Pandemic Hiring Trends for Charities and How to Retain A-Players
March 18, 2021 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Mark Kraft, Nelson/Kraft and Associates

This webinar will look at the change in hiring trends that have developed as a result of Covid-19 and the affects for charities and not-for-profits.  Attracting and retaining A Players will be key for charities and non-profits to be successful in this new landscape. The presentation will identify how charities can improve their hiring, onboarding and employee retention initiatives.

Healthy Organizations: What are they really, and how can we be one?
April 14, 2021 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

Organizational health has become a buzzword. It’s an appealing concept, and we know it when we see it, but it still feels elusive to understand and put into practice. What are the factors that determine the health of our organization and what can we as leaders do to help our organizations be more healthy? This session will introduce a practical model to assess organizational health and provide actionable takeaways you can use to improve and maintain a healthy organization that has healthy impact.

Q&A Session: Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership Program (Wheaton College)
April 19, 2021 at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST
Kent Annan, Wheaton College

The M.A. in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College is the first graduate program to combine humanitarian and disaster preparation with a focus on faith-driven leadership. Courses include NGO Leadership, Humanitarian Assistance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Refugee and Forced Migration Issues, Disaster, Crisis and Trauma Intervention, and Theology (40 credit hours total). 

Thanks to the partnership between the Wheaton College Graduate School and CCRDA, active employees of CCRDA member organizations can receive tuition discounts of 15% to 25%. Come and learn more about the program and ask Kent Annan your questions at our Q&A session on April 19!

Healthy Leaders: What are they really, and how can I be one?
April 21, 2021 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

We all have a sense of what a healthy leader is like: someone who thrives under pressure, maintains composure, has life balance, and accomplishes great things. But in our own experience being a healthy leader is difficult. The competing demands on time and energy, the changes and challenges of the world around us, and our own expectations for how we should perform can all pull us away from what we think healthy leaders should be.

In this webinar we’ll use a simple model to self-assess our current state of health as leaders and take a very practical approach to discerning what we can do to pursue and maintain the kind of leadership health we aspire to.

Leaders Kryptonite: How insecurity undermines leadership and how to overcome it
April 28, 2021 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

Who would actually sign up for a webinar about dealing with insecurity? Leaders who acknowledge the reality of the many ways our rooted identity is challenged by feelings of uncertainty, incapability, unworthiness, or imposter syndrome.

We all face insecurity as part of the human condition but when it drives a leader’s behaviour it can be devastating. Sadly, that is all too common. The pressures of leadership and the sense that leaders are some kind of superheroes can make us vulnerable to not addressing our insecurities effectively. In this session we’ll take a very practical and faithful approach to how to face insecurities and see how a confident identity can transform our leadership.


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:

Chart a New Course Forward: Chalmers Center Online Training Library with Justin Lonas, The Leadership Studio

Creating Environments in which Both Men and Women can Thrive with Ellen Duffield, The Leadership Studio

Flourishing and the Spiritual Discipline of Health with Stan Wiens, The Health Project

An Introduction to Spiritual First Aid with Kent Annan and Jamie Aten, Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Leading M&E Teams Remotely: A Conversation on Leadership, Coaching, Collaboration & Tools with Tracey DeGraaf, Transformis Consultants

For the Love of Creation with Beth Lorimer, KAIROS

Prepared for Change:Strengthening your organizational strategy with theory of change with Elaine Stavnitzky, Consultant

Faith-Based Organizations and Official Development Assistance: Why how much the government gives matters with Erika Richter, Cooperation Canada

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.