Media Advisory - 2,000 from around the globe to gather in Ottawa for Education International World Congress

June 09, 2015

OTTAWA – For the first time in its history, Education International (EI) will hold its quadrennial World Congress in Canada July 21-26, 2015 in Ottawa. The global event will convene nearly 2,000 delegates, observers and guests from over 150 countries at the Shaw Centre.

EI’s 30-million members from 402 organizations — including those from Canada — will be represented by delegates who will consider the major contemporary issues affecting their professional organizations, the international teacher trade union movement, the trade union movement generally, austerity measures in education and the on-going struggle to achieve quality public education for all.

EI President Susan Hopgood and EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen will present the top issues that will be addressed at a news conference at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 19. The presidents of the EI Canadian Affiliate Members will also be available to provide media with regional and national perspectives..

Congress highlights include presentations by leaders of the United Nations based in New York including Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education; of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); of the International Labour Organization (ILO); of Public Services International (PSI); of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); and of the Council of Global Unions (CGU).


Who: Education International

What: News conference to launch EI World Congress

When: 11 a.m., Sunday July 19, 2015

Where: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

Theme: Unite for Quality Education – Better education for a better world

Congress site:

Hashtag: #Unite4ed

Canadian Hosts and EI Affiliate organizations:


Media contacts:

EI Headquarters, Brussels:
Timo Linsenmaier +32 473 52 47 30
Andrew King +32 473 54 63 62

Francine Filion (CTF) 613-688-4314
Valérie Dufour (CAUT) 613-293-1810

Christine Marceau (CSQ) 514-235-5082
France Désaulniers (FNEEQ-CSN) 514-219-2947
Hans-Olivier Poirier Grenier (FQPPU) 514-755-5858
Claude Fortin (FPPU) 819-649-1822