2021 Virtual OCASI Professional Development Conference CFP



October 20, 21 and 22, 2021

EXTENDED! Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 30, 2021

Click here for call for proposals in French [en français]

Scroll down for the link to the online submission form.

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2021 Virtual OCASI Professional Development Conference.

OCASI is the umbrella organization for immigrant and refugee-serving agencies in Ontario. Read more about OCASI.

The conference will bring together frontline workers, program coordinators and managers from OCASI member agencies and other refugee and immigrant serving organizations. It will be held in a virtual space.

As Ontario and the world emerge from pandemic lockdowns and isolation we look ahead to building more equitable and just communities where all refugees and migrants are welcome. The people of Ontario’s immigrant and refugee-serving sector are central to the future we imagine - a future powered by our collective potential.

The 2021 OCASI Professional Development Conference is a space for our sector to strengthen skills and knowledge, share ideas, make connections and build power.


We invite proposals in English or French for unilingual (English only OR French only) sessions, or bilingual (English AND French) sessions. Simultaneous interpretation in English/French may be provided for certain sessions.


Please submit a proposal under one of the themes below.
You can submit more than one proposal.
Topics listed under each Theme are suggestions. You can propose your own topic under a Theme.

Theme 1: Casework
Crisis intervention, needs assessment, refugee and immigrant settlement counselling, assessment skills and client advocacy

Theme 2: Centering People
Refugees, mental health, undocumented people, women

Theme 3: Services
Immigration, employment, housing, health

Theme 4: Personal Development
Conflict resolution, communication skills, work-life balance, digital skills, supervision and management

Theme 5: Program Management
Proposal and grant writing, program design, hybrid service delivery, contract negotiation

Theme 6: Partnerships and Organizing
Community organizing, collaborations, partnerships, public education, advocacy campaign


Who can apply
Experienced practitioners, trainers, and subject matter experts from OCASI member agencies, other community organizations, public institutions, government, academia and private sector (example: individual consultants). 

Friday, July 30, 2021
Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Session format
Sessions are concurrent. All sessions are 90 minutes and will be held via Zoom.

Selection will be based on

  • Relevance
  • Practical applicability of knowledge, strategies, and tools
  • Experience and expertise of facilitator(s)

Complete online submission here

Please contact conference@ocasi.org