Courses and Events


Join us in Ottawa for the 2022 FCO/ACCUO Biennial Conference! We are pleased to announce that this year’s conference, Together Again: Strengthening Ombuds Practice through Connectedness and Inclusion, will be held October 18 and 19, 2022. The conference will be hosted at the Marriott Hotel, in beautiful downtown Ottawa. The… More »

2022 FCO-ACCUO Biennial Conference – SAVE THE DATE

October 18-19, 2022 in Ottawa. Call for speakers and conference registration to open soon. Reduced rates for FCO members.  Ensure your membership is up to date.… More »

Monthly Virtual Coffee Chat for Members – Next Date: May 18, 2022

Mark your calendars for FCO’s monthly get together. Join fellow FCO Members and Directors the third Wednesday of each month for a virtual get together/coffee. An opportunity for Members to stay connected, share ideas and solicit feedback from colleagues on topics of concern. NEXT CHAT: Wednesday May 18, 2022 at… More »

Leveraging the Venice Principles and UN Resolution to promote and protect Ombudsman organizations

Virtual discussion, Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. EST Would you like to see your mandate enhanced, your legislative authority clarified, or your funding more secure? Would you like to build a persuasive case for strengthening and improving the legislative foundations of your organization? Do you lack the resources… More »

The Osgoode/FCO Certificate – Essentials for Ombuds (February 2022)

The Essentials for Ombuds is a five-day intensive training collaboration between the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and Osgoode Professional Development. Program Dates: February 7-11, 2022 (Online/Live) The authoritative course for today’s Ombuds and similar investigating and dispute resolution roles. Now in its tenth year, this unique program, both comprehensive and… More »

FCO 20th Anniversary Celebration

FCO Members are invited to celebrate the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman’s 20th Anniversary on Thursday December 2, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) via Zoom. To register, please log onto the Members Only page. Limited participant gifts available.… More »

Invitation: Ombuds Day 2021 – Thursday October 14, 2021

For Ombuds Day 2021, the Université de Moncton is hosting a lunch conference where the ombud, Lise Frigault, and her colleague from the Polytechnique Montréal, Julie Boncompain, will moderate a conversation with guest speakers Pierre Champoux (CBC French Services), Martine Conway (University of Ottawa), Nadine Mailloux (City of Montréal) and… More »

IOI | 12th World Conference successfully hosted by the Irish Ombudsman

The office of the Ombudsman of Ireland successfully hosted the 12th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) from 26 – 27 May 2021. Unfortunately, due the Covid-19 pandemic conference delegates were not able to come together and meet in Dublin in person as originally planned. However, the Irish host… More »

Ombudsmans : notions essentielles et meilleures pratiques: 5 mai – 9 juin 2021

(French course) French equivalent of the Essentials for Ombuds course being held by the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke and the FCO (May 5 to June 9 2021) online. For info visit:… More »

12th IOI World Conference to be held online

The IOI Board of Directors has decided that the 12th World Conference and General Assembly will be held online and we are pleased to announce the following dates. Please save these dates in your diary. General Assembly: Tuesday, 25 May 202112th IOI World Conference “Giving Voice to the Voiceless”Wednesday, 26 May and Thursday, 27 May… More »

The Osgoode/FCO Certificate – Advanced Issues in Ombuds Practice – New Dates: February 1, 2, 11 & 12, 2021

New Dates for the Osgoode/FCO Certificate – Advanced Issues in Ombuds Practice: February 1, 2, 11 & 12, 2021. For the more experienced Ombuds professional, this new four-day advanced certificate – offered in two distinct modules – will explore and analyze some of the most challenging problems confronting today’s Ombuds.… More »

The Osgoode/FCO Certificate – Essentials for Ombuds rescheduled for March 2021

The Fall 2020 Essentials for Ombuds certificate course has been rescheduled for March 22-26, 2021 (In Person or Webcast). REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. For more information, visit:… More »

IOI 2021 World Conference – New Website Address

New dates (23 – 28 May 2021) have been agreed for the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) 12th General Assembly and World Conference in Dublin. The conference website address and contact email address have now been updated to reflect the fact that the conference is taking place in 2021. The new website… More »

12th IOI World Conference rescheduled for May 2021

”Céad Míle Fáilte Arís” A Hundred Thousand Welcomes Again” The International Ombudmsan Institute is pleased to announce new dates for the International Ombudsman Institute 12th World Conference and General Assembly.  The conference will now take place at the original conference venue, The Grand Hotel Malahide, Dublin, from 23rd – 28th… More »

FCO/Université de Sherbrooke french course “Ombudsmans: principes essentielles et la fonction de l’ombudsman” – CANCELLED

Update April 9, 2020: Due the the current COVID-19 context, we must all rethink our agendas.  I am sorry to inform you that the French one-week training program ‘Ombudsmans: notions essentielles’ will not take place as planned, in the first week of June.  As soon as our lives go back… More »

The Osgoode/FCO Certificate – Essentials for Ombuds – Fall 2020 Registration Open

Registration now open for the 2020 Essentials for Ombuds Certficiate Course being held September 28 to October 2, 2020 in Toronto. More »

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