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”We could not imagine that there are places in the world where kids like Sabina don’t have easy access to food, medical treatment, or education. She inspired us to act.“ School Team Captain Shreya Gandhi, Victoria, BC.

First-time School Team Captain Shreya Gandhi feels it is important that young people in Canada understand the challenges of those living in poorer parts of the world: “We need to look past ourselves, and to a greater purpose,” Shreya said.

For Shreya and her sister Riya, World Partnership Walk offers them the opportunity to do exactly that: to look at life beyond their own backyard and to be part of a global movement.

”Working for a cause as worthwhile as this has been fantastic and very rewarding. We hope that we are able to make a small contribution to the fight against poverty.”

The Walk has also given the Gandhi sisters an opportunity to develop and hone their leadership skills. “We are both a little quiet and shy at times, and learning to organize events in our school, delegating responsibility, and communicating with new people pushed us out of our comfort zone!”

Regardless of their humble demeanour, the sisters have certainly risen to challenge and enjoyed showing their peers at school “how easy and important it is to make a difference.”

“Our hope is to make our peers aware of…all the good that can be done with the funds raised. We’d like to show others how to be part of a solution,” said the sisters.

Shreya’s advice to other young people who want to support the Walk and raise funds to fight global poverty is to be organized, persistent, and to take advantage of all the great tools, resources, and support on hand.

When asked what has stuck with them about the Walk, Shreya and Riya pointed to Walk Day 2016 in Victoria. One moment at the end of the Walk gave them a true sense that they were part of a larger movement.

“There were hundreds of people, walkers, and supporters, and we felt a great sense of unity and belonging. [A]ll we could think was, ‘Wow!’ To know that we are making a difference together is an incredible feeling.”

Check out the Walk’s 2017 fundraising toolkit for great resources to engage your school, university, college, family, friends, or co-workers in World Partnership Walk and fighting global poverty.



Register for World Partnership Walk today!

There’s still time to register for the 2017 Walk as an individual or team and be part of Canada’s largest movement to fight global poverty.

Together, let’s show the world that Canada is here for them!

Learn more and register today! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:35

Share your stories with Canada

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Are you passionate about international development? Do you want to share your stories? Join the AKFC Speaker Bureau.

The Development Champions are a group of dedicated volunteers from across Canada that promotes discussion and learning on global issues and inspires Canadians to get involved in international development. Development Champions deliver presentations in their communities across Canada to raise awareness of international development and the impact of Canadian-supported projects overseas.

The Speaker Bureau provides a unique opportunity to refine and develop your personal narrative through storytelling, and expand your professional networks while fostering meaningful conversations on the importance of Canada’s international development efforts.

Jennifer Fieldhouse joined AKFC’s Speaker Bureau in 2015. She has since completed 17 presentations at schools, community groups and events across Canada. Jennifer shares her experiences as a Development Champion:

“We are all part of the global community and I have found it extremely rewarding to share my experiences in international development with classes and community groups. These presentations have opened doors to wonderful conversations as others have, in turn, shared their experiences with me.


I remember one grade 10 class where I put up a world map and together, we marked everywhere in the world someone in the class had been. As the world slowly became covered in dots, the students became more and more excited, celebrating as each new country was identified as a place their feet had touched down. On another occasion, in a grade 12 class, I introduced a video of Gilbert from South Africa who likes cranberry juice. The students enjoyed the irony of a Zimbabwean loving a juice made from a berry that grows here in Canada. They told me they felt like they had made a new friend, through his video.


The AKFC Speaker Bureau has opened the door to strengthening our global community and our stories are the building blocks.”


- Jennifer Fieldhouse

Feeling inspired? Applications are now open until May 31, 2017. Learn more and apply today.

For more than 35 years, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has brought the best of Canada to the world to change people’s lives for the better. From the very beginning, volunteers have been at the heart of our work.

In the early 1980s, a group of visionary men and women from the remote, high mountain areas of northern Pakistan came together voluntarily to form village organizations to lead the development of their communities. On the other side of the globe, a group of women in Vancouver came together in 1985 to raise funds to fight global poverty. All had come from Africa or Asia and wanted to give back to the communities they left behind. They persuaded 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk—and raised $55,000.

Today, with the support of a longstanding partnership with Canada, those communities in northern Pakistan have made remarkable gains in poverty reduction, improved health and education, and expanded social and economic opportunities for women and men. And in Canada, that first walk grew into a national movement with tens of thousands of Canadians each year raising funds and awareness to fight global poverty. As well, AKFC has many ways for Canadians from coast-to-coast to make a difference—from a volunteer speaker bureau, to a unique visitor program in Ottawa, to annual golf tournaments in seven cities.

For National Volunteer Week and Canada’s 150th anniversary, we want to celebrate the many ways that AKFC volunteers reflect the best of this country and contribute to building a more peaceful, prosperous, and equal world for all. Each of our thousands of volunteers has a unique, inspiring story. This month, we’ve asked three of them to share their experience with us:

Yasmin Nathoo is the Regional Donor Services Chair for Quebec and the Maritimes – a 30-year veteran with AKFC. While pursuing his studies at the University of Ottawa, Angjelos Fero volunteers as a Visitor Program Guide at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Farah Bundeali has volunteered for several years as a World Partnership Walk Workplace Team Captain at KPMG in Toronto.

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Yasmin (fourth from the right) at the 2016 World Partnership Walk, Montreal.

AKFC: What inspired you to become a volunteer?
Yasmin Nathoo (YN): After almost 30 years as a volunteer for AKFC, I simply keep going and going, just like the Energizer Bunny in the advertisement. My source of inspiration is rooted in the ethic of our faith to render assistance to those who are less fortunate. Being part of the Donor Services team enables me to fulfill this noble calling.
Angjelos Fero (AF): I am incredibly intrigued by the space of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat itself and by the dialogue that occurs within its walls. To me, these really encapsulate what international development is from a Canadian perspective: acceptance, equality, and the celebration of diversity, culture, and ethnicity. It is amazing that this sort of dialogue can occur in one space with so many brilliant minds, who work tirelessly to support international development. I find inspiration in the events that AKFC holds at the Delegation, as experts and development professionals travel from all over the world to open up dialogue on a plethora of global issues.
Farah Bundeali (FB): This is some of the most fun I’ve had! You inspire others, which only brings smiles. With simple steps, you can contribute to a great cause. You meet new people, you create new awareness, and the reward is when people start to ask to be involved. A Team Captain is a kind of ringleader—and you gain respect and credibility. It offers something different from your normal day job!

AKFC: What has been your volunteer journey? What has your volunteer experience taught you?
YN: My volunteer journey began with the inception in 1987 of “The Partnership Walk – for Third World Development” in Montreal. Over the last thirty years, my volunteer journey has taken me through various roles from being a member of the Organizing Committee to my current position as the Regional Donor Services Chair for Quebec and Maritimes.
It has been said that, “blessed is the person, who plants a tree, not knowing if he will be there to enjoy its shade.” I’m truly blessed to have witnessed, from a humble beginning, how the Walk has grown in scope and stature and the difference it is making in improving the quality of life of marginalized populations in Asia and Africa.
AF: My volunteer experiences have taught me to enter every possible situation I encounter with an open mind, as well as the willingness to listen. Since beginning work as a volunteer for AKFC, I have met a wide array of individuals, and from all of them, I’ve gained a piece of knowledge or perspective. Whether I chat with a group of visitors to the Delegation during one of my tours, or occasionally chat with colleagues that work within AKFC, I have never left without having learned something new about development, the Delegation, or the global Ismaili community.
FB: As a woman and a leader [both for the Walk and in the business sector], I think the key challenges are to be heard and for people to take you seriously. Passion is often seen as “emotions” rather than a reflection of true reality. The key has been to be persistent and not give up. Your voice can be heard, and each time you speak louder. You often shy away from rejection or fear of rejection, but what I have learned is that if you don’t ask at least twice or more, you will not be heard.

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Angjelos (left) volunteering at an event at the Delegation of the Ismalili Imamat, Ottawa.

AKFC: What unique skills have you been able to develop as a result of your volunteer work?
YN: Working with Donor Services team has enabled me to develop a number of skills sets including team building, managing/coaching volunteers, communication skills, event planning, and new web-based applications.
AF: As a result of my work as a Visitor Program guide, I have become a better public speaker. I’ve given tours to large groups of people from all walks of life and levels of knowledge of the Delegation, as well as assisted at events with high-profile individuals from all over the world, including many ambassadors, diplomats, professors, and development experts. My communication skills have definitely benefited from such an opportunity.
FB: Developing a team has been the biggest skill –motivating, inspiring and profiling people. People want encouragement, some level of motivation, and often have a “what’s in it for me” thought process, so profiling their role on the team at KPMG has created a lot of success in getting people to be involved and asking to do more when they see it tied to recognition in addition to a personal cause. Working with people is critical to success, so you have to make sure you share that success.

AKFC: What do you enjoy the most about being a volunteer?
YN: [I most enjoy] being part of the AKFC family of volunteers and working with other talented and dedicated volunteers—and knowing that the work I do is important and appreciated.
AF: What I most enjoy is the unique opportunity I am granted to educate and open dialogues about the building and the institutions it contains. I meet individuals and groups that may have little knowledge of the Delegation, AKFC, or the Aga Khan Development Network, and some who may have an extensive amount of knowledge. What I find fantastic is that in either situation I am able to participate in incredibly interesting conversations.
My favourite part of the Delegation building would have to be the Char Bagh! The Char Bagh is a wonderful space for reflection and, from my perspective, it is a beautiful transition space between tours for visitors to enjoy the flora and fauna, the architecture of the Delegation, and discover the interesting twist behind the “missing” central fountain – an essential element in traditional Islamic gardens.
FB: Meeting new people – you never realize what passion lies within your organization or the different people who you can connect with until you tie it back to a cause that has nothing to do with work! We all work for the same company, but we may never have met. A common cause, a common goal, a common passion has created new relationships and has allowed us to extend our relationships beyond those we see each day. That is a true achievement when you work for an organization with over 5,000 employees.

Farah at the 2016 World Partnership Walk.

Farah (left) at the 2016 World Partnership Walk, Toronto.

AKFC: What would your advice be to someone considering becoming a volunteer—or for businesses considering supporting volunteer opportunities such as Walk Workplace teams?
YN: Get involved and serve with passion and intensity. As a member of the Donor Services team, you are in a position of trust. Discharge your responsibility with integrity and professionalism expected by our donors.
AF: My advice to someone considering becoming a Visitor Program guide is that you should be prepared to learn. A lot. What I cannot stress enough is the number and complexity of topics you will cover in tours and events at the Delegation. At the end of the day, you will almost always leave any tour or event hungry for more knowledge or conversation. I find that very exciting and motivating.
FB: I think businesses need to understand their connectivity to the world. Often we focus too closely on the people next to us. What is happening globally is important, and the impact we can have on these issues has a direct connection back to us here in Canada. We are not immune to the issues in other parts of the world, and businesses need to see that global connectivity.
Clearly, there is personal satisfaction for everyone involved to “do good” and make a difference in the world. However, there is more, because as a business, we have been able to create engagement with our colleagues. We have been able to bring our people together and enable them to focus on something a greater shared goal that goes beyond the work of our company. We have created global citizens and inspired in them the desire to do more given all the opportunities we have [in Canada].

AKFC: What's been your best experience, or most memorable moment, as a volunteer?
YN: I have two memorable moments. In 1994, Princess Zahra Aga Khan graced us with her presence at the World Partnership Walk in Montreal. Organizing the first Donor Services Volunteers Appreciation event in Montreal was another experience that I shall remember. It was a great source of motivation to see the silent workers recognized and awarded certificates for their years of hard work and dedication.
AF: My best experiences as an AKFC volunteer would have to be assisting at the events held at the Delegation. I find them great opportunities to learn. As a student at the University of Ottawa completing a degree in communications and minoring in law, I always draw inspiration from the experts that come to speak, as I hope to pursue a career in development myself. A memorable moment? There have been far too many!
FB: My proudest moments have been when diverse Canadians from our organization not only stepped up to participate but asked to lead as individual city Team Captains. They saw how much more [meaningful] the Walk was than a single event and brought new ideas, fresh thoughts, and wider participation. Our numbers grew, the profile of this event grew, and today, the level of engagement is wonderful across the firm!

Inspired by our volunteers to get involved with AKFC for Canada’s 150th? Learn more here.

Note: Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” - Rumi

For Tabish Jiwani, the words of the Persian poet Rumi reveal a deep truth.

Drawing on her childhood in Uganda, Tabish channels her “river” into her role as a workplace team captain for the World Partnership Walk.

Tabish moved to Canada for university in 2013, leaving behind her friends and family in Uganda. Today, she lives in Edmonton, working as a commercial associate for HighStreet Insurance Group.

In 2016, Tabish banded together colleagues from Edmonton’s HighStreet Insurance Group to raise $5,000 to fight global poverty through the Walk. In 2017, they are aiming to double that amount.

Her motivation to build brighter futures overseas comes from her personal and volunteer experiences in Uganda. After losing her father when she was young, Tabish’s family faced financial hardship – but she says the experience taught her “no matter how hard life gets, never give up on anything. If you fall, stand up again.”

Before Tabish moved to Canada, she saw the impact of AKFC’s work to improve quality of life in the developing world. Tabish volunteered with the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme in Uganda, an initiative supported by AKFC and Global Affairs Canada, providing crucial preschool education for vulnerable children.

“I believe we all have a responsibility in this world to help one another,” says Tabish.

In many workplaces, employees want to make a difference in the world – but often don’t know how they can contribute. The World Partnership Walk offers a channel for businesses and organizations to motivate their employees, building teamwork and showing they care.

For Tabish, being a workplace team captain has also spurred personal growth, networking opportunities, and the chance to mobilize change— first by educating her colleagues on crucial global issues, and then by inspiring them to empower communities living in poverty by raising funds.

“The Walk has allowed me to enhance my leadership skills; ability to work in a team; and communicate with a variety of audiences. It also made me more empathetic towards people and allowed me to build diverse relationships,” says Tabish. “Most of all, I was able to challenge myself and achieve the goal of creating a team.”

Tabish attributes part of her team’s success to the Walk staff and volunteers who she describes as walking by her side as she built her team. “They held ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, educated my work team, and gave them a better understanding of what the Walk does,” she says.

Having found volunteering and raising funds for World Partnership Walk through her workplace a rewarding experience, Tabish encourages others to start a team in their workplace.

“Take the challenge,” she says. “If you are passionate about helping others, you will be a great Team Captain. Go for it!”

Start a workplace team today!

Join hundreds of workplace team captains across Canada who are dedicated to making a long-term impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world. Inspire your colleagues to come together, step forward, and end global poverty!

Learn more and register today!

Step Forward 2016

Friday, 03 March 2017 18:05

Design Competition- Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility Questions:

Q: I am currently a high school student but I have been accepted into a college/university program, may I participate in the competition?

A: Unfortunately not, you must be currently enrolled, undergraduate or graduate student in an architecture, civil engineering or design program at a college or university to participate. We will accept high school teams if one of the team members meets the eligibility requirements.

Q: I am a PhD student may I participate?

A: PhD students fall under the graduate student category and may participate in the competition

Q: I am recently graduated but continue to work for my university as a Teach/Research Assistant, may I participate?

A: If you are still enrolled as a student at your affiliated institution you may participate. If you are no longer a student, you, unfortunately are unable to participate.

Q: Do all the participants have to be students?

A: Yes, all participants should be students, we will not accept a team mixed with students and (recent) graduates.

Q: I am currently working between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, may I participate?

A: Only if you are currently in a program may you participate in the competition.

Q: I am currently a co-op student, may I participate?

A: If you are enrolled in an eligible program you may participate.

Q: Can we include members from other fields of study (e.g. Fine Arts)?

A: Yes, as long as there is a least two members from architecture, civil engineering or design program.

Submission Questions

Q: Is there a registration process?

A: No, Please pick a unique five-digit number (see next question)

Q: How do I pick a unique five-digit number?

A: The number can be any number you want, it is unlikely that two groups will be the same but we request that you do not chose simple sequences such as 12345 or repetitions like 11111.
Please ensure that both posters and the Team Information sheet have the number plainly visible, preferably in the top or bottom right corner of each poster and at the top of the Team Information Sheet.

Q: Do you want to see specific information on each of the two A2 panels?

A: It is up to the discretion of the teams to determine how to layout the required information of each poster, we do not have a preference.

Q: Do you have a preference between landscape or portrait format?

A: No, but the two posters should be in the same orientation.

Q: Do you have a required format for the Team Information Sheet?

A: No, please include all required information, include your five digit code and use a clear font (Arial, etc.) of reasonable size (e.g. 12 pt)

Q: Can we write our descriptions and poster annotations in French?

A: Yes, you may submit the poster in French, we have translation services that will translate.

Design Questions

Q: Will electricity be provided to the pavilion site?

A: The pavilion will be wired for electricity. You are welcome to include electrical outlets which might offer the opportunity for particular activities or evening events.

Q: Can projects propose alternative electricity options (e.g. photovoltaic panels, etc.)

A: You are welcome to provide alternatives, please ensure that they work in your general budget.

Q: Do I/we have to use only wood for the pavilion?

A: While wood does not have to be the only material, it is the predominate material. We would prefer if the pavilion has a wood structure as it minimizes cost and the trades required for construction but you may suggest alternatives if they are key to your proposal.

Q: Is the seating permanent; do we have to account for the storage of seasonal furniture?

A: Yes, the seating is fixed and permanent. No you do not have to account for storage of seasonal furniture

Q: For shelter from the rain, is a roof enough or should the pavilion be enclosed

A: A canopy is what is requested. Walls might support the but we do not want an enclosure

Q: Who might use the pavilion?

A: Anyone that visits the Just Food Farm may visit the pavilion – it will be a public space when the Farm is open.

Q: What activities might occur in the pavilion?

A: The Pavilion will be a gathering place. It will hold community events related to the activities of the Just Food Farm inviting visitors to reflect on the importance of local and global issues.

Q: How accurately do I have to estimate the cost?

A: We recognize that this is a student competition and therefore participants will have a range of professional experiences. We request that you endeavor your best to understand the unique elements which will impact cost and that you diagram, draw and maybe technically clarify those key ideas.

We do not need a specific cost plan.

We request that teams submit proposals, which they have designed to be constructed within the allocated budget.


About the Project: Community Garden Pavilion

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and Just Food invite students from across Canada to submit a design proposal for an outdoor pavilion for a new community garden in Ottawa, Ontario.

Growing our Community will bring Canadians together in 2017 to plant and maintain a new community food garden. This project will enhance the quality of life in the neighbouring community and allow Canadians to explore the local-to-global connections around issues of food security and environmental sustainability. Growing our Community is funded by Ontario 150 and is part of Ottawa 2017’s community legacy project to install 20 new community gardens across the city for Canada’s 150 anniversary celebrations.

An event will be held on September 21, 2017, to celebrate the garden’s harvest and the winning pavilion design. The event will include artists, musicians, and youth speakers.

One design will be selected as winner of the Growing our Community design competition. The winning entry will have their design built at the Just Food Farm site, receive a $5,000 prize, and attend the celebration in Ottawa.

Download the poster here.


The outdoor pavilion will serve as a public gathering place at the farm, inviting visitors to reflect on the importance of local and global issues. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the design of the pavilion will create a space that reflects shared Canadian values of inclusion, diversity, dialogue, and community building.


The pavilion will be designed for the Just Food Farm in Ottawa, Ontario. Located in Blackburn Hamlet community, the site includes a working farm, a barn, parking lot, and Just Food headquarters, surrounded by forest, and agricultural land. A competitive proposal will address the site’s rural, outdoor environment.

To download a site plan, click here.

Structure and Size:

The structure should provide shelter from rain, shade from sun, and withstand the effects of weather (including heavy snowfall) and public use. The structure should also be approximately 15’x 15’ in size, include seating, and be made of wood. The height should be 12’ and the interior a minimum of 8’0” (approx. 2400mm). There will also be an interpretive panel by the pavilion, which will include the concept behind the build. This will be a permanent structure.

Please ensure the pavilion design is easily accessible including low grade ramps at 1/20 slope to any and every raised floor area and 1500mm between structural and/or wall elements to ensure free movement beneath the pavilion canopy.

Competition Jury:

A jury of industry professionals will review all design submissions and select three finalists. The top three designs will then go to public voting.

Ewa Bieniecka
The Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada

Montreal native Ewa Bieniecka is a registered architect in Quebec. In a career that spans 30 years, Ewa's experience includes competitions, major projects, rehabilitation, and restoration of heritage buildings. As a LEED accredited professional, she applies sustainable knowledge to all design projects. Previously, as an Associate at Arcop, and later Practice Leader at Architecture49, she worked on some of Canada's most recognizable heritage landmarks. These include the East Block and the West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the reconstruction of the Grande Allée Armoury in Québec City, and the rehabilitation of the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa. In addition to practicing architecture, Ewa was an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture at McGill University.

Michael J. Giroux
Canadian Wood Council

Michael is the President of the Canadian Wood Council, a National Industry Association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction. Michael diverse work portfolio includes time with the National Research Council of Canada, the Cement Association of Canada and International Building Systems Limited wherein Michael was co-owner.

The foundation for Michael's career was built on previous work in product engineering, process engineering and marketing/sales with iconic high tech companies such as Nortel, Honeywell / Sperry Aerospace and Spirent Communications. Supporting both halves of Michael's career is a strong and diverse professional network and a solid educational background consisting of a Bachelor of Engineering from Carleton University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Johanna Hurme
5468796 architecture

Johanna Hurme is an architect and a founding partner of Winnipeg [CAN] based 5468796 Architecture, established in 2007. In the past eight years the firm has achieved national and international recognition and its work has been published in over 150 books and publications. The Houston based Rice Design Alliance recently stated that they 'truly believe 5468796 to be one of the most talented young design firms worldwide.'

5468796 makes design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through critical practice, professorships at the Universities of Manitoba, Toronto and Montreal; and through numerous public engagements. In 2012 5468796 represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in Architecture and in 2013 they were selected as recipient of the 2013 Prix de Rome Award in Architecture for Canada by the Canada Council for the Arts. Johanna currently on the Board of Directors of Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, on the Council of Manitoba Association of Architects, and is a Chair and founder of the WCC's Creative Council.

Michael Kinghorn

Michael Kinghorn has been exploring the use of found objects and recycling them into thought-provoking sculptural works from his studio in Wakefield, Quebec. Working with geometric forms, he combines found objects with layers of steel and cast copper or aluminium to create unique pieces that explore life in the 21st century. Michael has exhibited his drawings and sculptures in group and solo shows in the Ottawa region, Toronto, and Eastern Europe.

Maria Mingallon
Associate | Head of Buildings Structures

Maria Mingallon is an associate at Arup and a structural engineer. She also holds a degree in architecture from the prestigious Architectural Association in London. With more than 11 years of experience, Maria is a specialist in parametric design, advanced computation and digital fabrication of complex geometry structures. She has taught and lectured at several world renowned institutions, including the McGill School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. Maria has also received several awards, the most recent one in May 2015, when she was awarded the Visionary Prize as part of the 13th edition of the 'Grands Prix de génie-conseil québecois' by the Québec Association of Consulting Engineers. Since 2014, Maria leads the buildings team at the Arup office in Montreal with great success, where she continues to demonstrate that she does not stop at the first feasible solution but instead, she aspires to explore and innovate at every opportunity.

Eligibility for the 2017 Competition:

The competition is open to all students (undergraduate or graduate levels) currently enrolled in an architecture, civil engineering or design program at a Canadian university or college.

Submission Requirements:

Please choose a five digit number and place it both on top of the team information sheet submission and in a visible location on both posters. This ensures entries stay anonymous for the jury.

Entries must contain the following documents:

Team Information

• Full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation for all team members.
• A written summary (200 words maximum) describing how your proposed project addresses the purpose and themes of the competition. Please include a title for your project.

Design Submission

Images & drawings: Two A2 (420 X 594):

• Four main views or 3D elevations of the pavilion, indicating size and specific indication of materials
• A perspective showing the pavilion in its entirety.
• Site plan, showing the design in its context, scale 1:200 or 1:400 to fit given paper specifications.

Teams are asked to submit entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The entries must be sent electronically as PDF files not exceeding 10MB each. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:59 PM eastern standard time.

Selection Criteria:

• Creativity of the concept
• Originality, coherence, and clarity of the design
• Expression of the functional and thematic requirements
• Clarity of construction

Project oversight and build:

AKFC will be responsible for the construction of the winning design. At least one designated team member must be available to answer any questions the builder may have during construction (July-August 2017).


The budget for the creation and construction of the pavilion is $40,000 Cdn.


• First place winner will receive $5,000 Cdn.
• Return domestic airfare and two nights’ accommodation for team members to attend the official celebration of for the pavilion and community garden project in Ottawa (up to four team members).


Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:59 PM EST Deadline for submissions
May 22-May 26, 2017 Jury review
Week of May 29, 2017 Finalists announced
June 1-June 22, 2017 Public online voting
Week of June 26, 2017 Winner announced
July-August, 2017 Construction of winning design
September 21, 2017 Official launch


Deadline for Submission:

The deadline for submission to the Growing our Community Architecture Competition:

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:59pm EST

AKFC will share select submissions through online and social media platforms. By taking part in this competition, entrants authorize AKFC to make public, exhibit, and disseminate their designs for marketing and promotion purposes.


Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

If you have any further questions, applicants may email questions to both:

Christine McGuire
Public Affairs Manager
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
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Johan Voordouw
Assistant Professor
Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism
Carleton University
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Aga Khan Foundation Canada is an international development organization and registered charity. Since 1980, AKFC has helped millions of people in Africa and Asia unlock their potential to build a better life.

Just Food is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mandate is to work towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region.

With the financial support of the Government of Ontario.

ON150 Primary Green

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Ladhani addresses an audience at World Partnership Walk

 “It had become a tradition for some of us on Walk day to gather around at noon and print the fundraising results together. Looking at that final total was always a heartwarming feeling because it reminds you of what is possible when people coast-to-coast come together and unite around a cause.”

It would be apt to describe Sultanali Ladhani as one of our World Partnership Walk “rock stars.” Sultanali truly epitomizes the commitment, determination, and professionalism of our world-class Walk volunteers.

Sultanali is a big believer in “providing a hand-up to anyone in need,” as he describes it, and this is the very reason he was inspired to join the Walk team.

“The Walk in support of AKFC provides an opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need through sustainable development, whether it is through a daycare centre for children in Bangladesh or a small business program in Cabo Delgado, [Mozambique],” he says.

Sultanali describes the volunteer learning opportunities with the Walk as “endless.” He joined Walk as a university team captain and fundraiser, organizing a carnival on campus to raise funds, but he has come a long way since then. He worked his way up to city chair, leading the Kitchener-Waterloo Walk, giving him personal and professional development opportunities at a young age.

“I am still early in my professional career, so this was a great opportunity to learn how to recruit and manage a team of people,” he says. “In addition, I have always wanted to know what it takes to run a business and serving as the city chair was a great simulation in learning what it takes to be successful, from building a strategy to grow the Walk to surrounding yourself with good people on your team.”

Today, Sultanali is one of our volunteer national directors, leading on market development strategies for the Walk. As a passionate and seasoned Walk fundraiser, Sultanali is perfectly suited for this exciting new role.

For 2017, Sultanali is leading a new Walk initiative called “Fundraise My Way” aimed at arming Walk ambassadors with a fundraising toolkit to help them develop unique and fun activities to raise funds. Everything from a lemonade stand, to a BBQ or pet wash are in the mix.

“This is a fun way for people to get involved with the Walk by challenging them to get creative in holding a fundraiser of their own,” he says. “This is a great opportunity for new participants to get involved so we will be looking to you all to build momentum with this initiative!”

If Sultanali could offer one piece of advice to someone considering volunteering for the Walk it would be to go for it, and if you are prepared to work hard, the sky’s the limit.

“Like any other professional organization, AKFC looks for hard working, dedicated people and if you put in the time and effort, they will make sure you have the opportunity to grow within the organization and experience the many initiatives AKFC is involved with.”



Join Canada’s largest movement to end global poverty!

Visit to sign-up as a World Partnership Walk volunteer, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on our March 7 launch and Fundraise My Way toolkit.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:00

Growing our Community

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Ottawa will get a little bit greener in 2017, when AKFC and Just Food bring Canadians together in 2017 to plant and maintain a new community garden. This project will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike for decades to come, connecting local and global issues of food security and environmental sustainability, and providing a platform for Canadians to engage with important issues both in Canada and abroad.

Growing our Community will empower the community to create a space that promotes inclusion, idea-sharing, community-building, and environmental stewardship for residents and visitors to Canada’s capital. Growing our Community is funded by Ontario 150 and is part of Ottawa 2017’s community legacy project to install 20 new community gardens across the city for Canada’s 150 anniversary celebrations.

Want to get involved?! Here’s how:

  1. Want to help the community plant the food garden? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more information.
  2. Calling all Gardeners! Plant an extra row of vegetables or fruit this year and share your harvest by donating it to your local food cupboard .
  3. Know a budding architect? Let them know about our student design competition.
  4. Attend our harvest event on September 21, 2017! Join inspiring global citizens and hear their stories about local and global development. Stay tuned – more details to come!

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Monday, 12 December 2016 16:00

Bringing Canadians Together: Celebrating 150 Years

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Canadians… we are a country of leaders, innovators, and global citizens.

We understand that our differences make us stronger. And we want to contribute to a more peaceful, prosperous, equal, and pluralist world for all.

For more than 35 years, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has brought the best of Canada to the world to change people’s lives for the better.

And now, for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we invite you to join us to make an even bigger difference in the world – and celebrate all the ways that we are Canadian.

Find out how:

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Together: An Exhibition on Global Development

With new stories and displays, the Together exhibition will tour for its third summer in 2017, celebrating Canada’s leadership in poverty alleviation and global development. Watch for updates at and find out when the exhibition will be in your city.

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Development Champion Speakers

AKFC’s Development Champions, a group of dedicated volunteers across Canada, will be available to speak at Canada 150 events in your community. Their compelling stories promote discussion and learning on both local and global issues, inspiring Canadians to get involved in global development. Book a speaker today!

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World Partnership Walk

To celebrate Canada’s longstanding tradition of generosity, we are inviting Canadians to step forward in 2017 and join the World Partnership Walk, Canada’s largest public movement to fight global poverty. Visit to find out more.


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Growing our Community

Ottawa will get a little bit greener in 2017, when AKFC and Just Food brings Canadians together in 2017 to plant and maintain a new community garden. Find out how you can get involved.

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Visit the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa

Come for a free tour of the Delegation and learn about this architectural marvel and the wide-ranging social, economic, and cultural work of the Aga Khan Development Network

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Calling all Global Citizens!

To learn about how you can get involved in Canada 150 and make a difference, subscribe today!



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