MEDA Convention 2023:

Celebrate MEDA’s 70th Anniversary in Toronto this November.

Take advantage of our early bird rate for General Registration ($799 CAD) and register before October 11th! Use code: EARLYBIRD23

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Keynote Speakers

Robert & Lisa Shuh

Owners & Operators,  
Shuh Orchards

Agnes Kalibata


César García

General Secretary, Mennonite World Conference (MWC)

Marcus Shantz

President of Conrad Grebel University College
Emcee Bio

Day 1: Thursday, November 2

Evening Plenary Session: 7PM

Celebrating MEDA@70: Cultivating Dreams, Empowering Communities

Location: Grand Ballroom
Moderators: Robert & Lisa Shuh,  Shuh Orchards

Join us at the Annual Convention for a momentous occasion hosted by Robert and Lisa Shuh. Let’s collectively celebrate MEDA@70, with insights, stories, and reflections. They will be joined by a panel of special guests, including former MEDA staff, clients, and partners spanning the organization’s 70-year history. Together, we’ll honor the past, amplify the present, and sow seeds for an empowered future.

Robert & Lisa Shuh
Speaker Bios

Day 2: Friday, November 3

Morning Plenary Session: 9 AM

MEDA@70: Innovation and Leadership in International Development

Location: Grand Ballroom (Hybrid)

Moderator: Lindsay Wallace, MEDA
Panelists: TBA

MEDA has been a leader in international development since its establishment 70 years ago. Many of the current ideas and best practices in international development have been central to MEDA’s practice for over fifty years. Examples include microfinance, agricultural finance, impact investing and locally led development. In this session, panelists will explore early programmatic interventions, MEDA’s leadership, how these interventions have evolved over the years and lessons learned along the way.

Lindsay Wallace (Moderator)
Speaker Bio

Lunch/Plenary Session: 12 PM

MEDA@70: Lasting Impact through Partnerships

Location: Grand Ballroom

Moderator: Nadia Guerch, MEDA
Panelists: Alloysius Attah, Farmerline and Verónica Herrera, MiCrédito

Join MEDA’s Nadia Guerch, Sr. Director, LEAP, Global Programs and a panel of special guests as we discuss the power of partnership and its profound impact on entrepreneurs throughout MEDA’s history. Together, we will delve into stories of resilience, innovation, and impactful change, shedding light on the transformative power that arises when organizations unite for a common purpose.

Nadia Guerch (Moderator)
Speaker Bio
Alloysius Attah
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Verónica Herrera
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Speaker TBA
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Day 3: Saturday, November 4

Dinner/Plenary Session: 6:30 PM

MEDA@70: Looking Forward

Location: Grand Ballroom
Speaker: Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA

Get ready to embark on a journey of inspiration and innovation at MEDA Convention 2023 as we proudly introduce our distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Agnes Kalibata. A trailblazer in the realm of agricultural transformation, Dr. Kalibata’s remarkable accomplishments and visionary leadership are set to ignite minds and spark change within our community. 

Agnes Kalibata
Speaker Bio

Day 4: Sunday, November 5

Church Service: 9AM

MEDA@70: Business + Faith—Our Calling

Location: Grand Ballroom
Speaker: César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC)

Join us for our church service on Sunday morning, where César García will inspire us to translate our faith into action. We will explore how to heed God’s call of loving our neighbors as ourselves, especially in the context of our professional lives.

César García
Speaker Bio

November 2-5, 2023

Marriott Eaton Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Thanks to Our Convention Sponsors