About Us

The International Development Conference (IDC) is an annual non-profit, student-organized and student-led conference at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).

IDC was started by two ambitious students in the International Development Studies (IDS) Co-op Program at UTSC. Merged under the Centre for Critical Development Studies (CCDS), the IDS program at UTSC is one of the longest standing International Development Studies undergraduate program in Canada.

For  years, the IDC has represented a vibrant and engaged student community at UTSC and left a legacy promoting a rigorous and highly successful program by bringing together a diversity of students, academics, faculty and development practitioners from various backgrounds to encourage critical thinking in international development issues. 

 

Our 2018 Team

Co-Chairs

 
 
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MArie Martin

Marie is a third year student in the International Development Studies program with a minor in Philosophy. She seeks spaces and opportunities for learning wherever she is, whomever she finds herself with- and the IDS program has granted her all this and more.

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Aaron brown

Aaron is a second year in the International Development Studies Co-op program with a major in Political Science. He is focused on food sovereignty and the role of sports in development.

 

Directors

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Samantha Ryan, programme co-director

Samantha is a third year student in the International Development studies Co-op program with a major in Theatre and Performance studies. She is devoted to creating opportunities for merging both development and the arts to foster social, economic and political change.
 

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sohaila hassan, LOGISTIC co-DIRECTOR

Sohaila is a 2nd year student pursuing a specialist in International Development Studies
 

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Alex Li, Social Media director

Alex is a second-year student doing a double major in international development studies and city studies. He enjoys the IDS program that is giving him an opportunity to learn and understand the current developmental issues in various perspectives, and applying them in both areas of studies.

 
 
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Lesley Isaro, programme associate

Lesley is a first year student in the International Development Specialist Co-op program. Her passion for the field of International Development is the product of her focused interests in politics, more specifically politics in connection to Economics and international, issues of social justice and human rights, along with her love for history and geography.

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Jiwon Shin, LOGISTIC ASSOCIATE

Second year student pursuing a specialist in International Development Studies
 

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Henrietta teh, programme co-director

A third year student in the International Development Studies Co-op program with a minor in Geography. She is absolutely passionate about international development which stemmed from her upbringing in Malaysia. She is especially concerned about issues revolving around environmental justice, human rights and refugee issues.

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Amanda ng, finance DIRECTOR

Amanda is fourth year student in the Management co-op program, specializing in Economics. She enjoys any opportunity that allows her to think critically and consider different perspectives, just as development offers,


 
 
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Tehreem FAtima, programme associate

Tehreem is a first-year student interested in International Development and Politics. Her interests include humanitarian work and activism.
 

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Zeel Mehta, Finance associate

1st year student pursuing a specialist in International Development Studies

 

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Emily Ignacz, LOGISTIC co-DIRECTOR

Emily is a third year student in the International Development Studies Major Program with a minor in Environmental Science and a minor in Anthropology. She is focused on environmental sustainability.
 

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AIcha yasmine touré, outreach and spondorship DIRECTOR

Aicha is a second-year student in International Development Studies Co-op and majoring in Public Policy. Her passion for development was fuelled from a young age through inspiring debates with her father on politics, poverty and social injustices. One of her life goals is to go back to her motherland and develop an alternative approach to development that is community-based.

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Aloka Mahadurage, Marketing Director

Aloka is a second year in the International Development Studies Specialist program with a minor in Critical Migration Studies. She loves development for it teaches her that the world is holistic and interconnected, and gives her a critical viewpoint on life.

 
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Nwadike Obianuju, Logistics associate

Uju is a second year international student doing a double Major in International Development Studies and Environmental Science. She is a student who widely appreciates cultural diversity, and is always keen on expanding her knowledge, using her skills in Igbo, English and French. Development is another lens through which she engages in meaningful and open conversations with people from different walks of life, to learn, develop and make informed decisions.