As a network, members have collectively engaged with government representatives, the Canadian military’s disaster assistance response team, the United Nations, and similar networks and communities of practice in other countries.


Members have had the opportunity to represent civil society on the Canadian delegations to the UNHCR, and as a member of the Sphere standards. The HRN has broadened the scope of Canadian engagement by hosting events with external speakers, including a presentation by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, as well as the State of the Humanitarian System Report launch by ALNAP’s Paul Knox-Clarke.

Raising the profile of humanitarian response and Canadian engagement is part of the public engagement strategy of the HRN: creating a collective of voices that represent the variety of members and their own areas of expertise.

From members of global confederations, to faith-based community organisations, the network is strengthened by these opportunities to engage with each other and the wider humanitarian community.