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 $30 for non-members.



April and May 2019
3-Part Webinar Series: International Disaster Response Training

Part 1: Empowering Local Partners in International Disaster Response (April 17)
Part 2: Creating Effective Training for International Disaster Response (April 24)
Part 3: Making Emergency Decisions in International Disaster Response (May 1)

This training will be led by staff of the Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation International– in German “Stiftung Humanitäre Kooperation International (SHKI)”. SHKI was founded and registered in 2010. They offer disaster preparedness and response trainings worldwide, adapted to the local context and culture. These trainings range from post-graduate degree level to grass roots level.

April 17, 2019 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Part 1: Empowering Local Partners in International Disaster Response

Looking at the great value that local partnerships add to any disaster response effort, and highlighting some of the challenges this can bring, as well as strategies for working effectively with such partners.

Target audience: All levels

Background: One of the biggest themes emerging at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) concerned the localisation of aid. The most significant concrete outcome of the WHS was the Grand Bargain. It includes a pledge to provide more support and funding tools for local and national responders, including a target of at least 25 percent of humanitarian funding going directly as possible to local and national responders. All of International Disaster Response’s activities across the globe in the past decade have been in support of local partners who are responding to crisis. IRD staff and volunteers have extensive experience working in such a manner.

April 24, 2019 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Part 2: Creating Effective Training for International Disaster Response

A highly practical look into the topic of designing training for staff, volunteers, and local partners in preparation for disaster response activities.

Target audience: All levels, especially suitable for inexperienced and intermediately-experienced practitioners of international disaster response. Not limited to those with a formal training responsibility.

Background: Before, immediately after, and in the long-run following a disaster, getting staff and volunteers the right training is essential. Being able to effectively deliver training to local partners upon arrival in a disaster also adds great value to the local team. Recognizing the best use of training tools, and understanding the most important topics to get into a training course, are essential skills for home-office based and field-level practitioners.

May 1, 2019 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT
Part 3: Making Emergency Decisions in International Disaster Response

Looking at the types of challenges that will be faced in disaster response – from crowded distributions and demands for bribery to getting community buy-in and making defensible decisions.

Target audience: All levels.

Background: Disaster responders face a constant barrage of challenging decisions during any response. Different types of decisions require different approaches. Understanding these different approaches and where each should be applied can make disaster responders much more effective and quick to respond – both at the headquarters level and the field level.


British by background, with New Zealand as his adopted home, John has spent the past 16 years in South Sudan in Africa and Jordan in the Middle East. Along with Oliver and Evy, he has been involved in responding to disasters in a wide range of countries, with a particular emphasis on East Africa and the Middle East. His background is in humanitarian aviation and he is the author of a practitioner’s guide to disaster response which is now used by training organizations across Canada and the US.

With a background in logistics and training as a paramedic, Oliver is no stranger to humanitarian logistics. Now working from his home country of Germany, he has previously spent many years working across East Asia, a region which sees more than its fair share of natural disasters. Oliver was recently involved in responding to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, as well as the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Before that he was involved in the large-scale response to the earthquake in Nepal, and the devastating typhoon which struck the Philippines.

Austrian with a background in the Philippines, Evelyn has been at the heart of many recent disaster response activities for the International Disaster Response team, from an earthquake in Ecuador to an enormous migrant surge in Serbia. Speaking several languages fluently gives her an immediate rapport with any local partner in a disaster deployment and allows her to quickly build the bedrock of trust which has been key to successful disaster response projects. She is involved with training new full-time members as well as overseeing a roster of over 100 trained volunteers.

These webinars are FREE for members and $30 for non-members.

To sign up for a webinar, please click here.

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

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

Achieving a High Standard of Protection Among Relief and Development Initiatives:
Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults

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.