CIC-Saskatoon past president Dan Sutherland, CIC-Saskatoon President Martin Gaal, past CIC national vice-chair Perrin Beatty, and CIC-Edmonton president Stefanie Rosskopf, stretching after a good breakfast. Delta Bessborough Saskatoon, September 22, 2015.
CIC-Saskatoon past president Dan Sutherland, CIC-Saskatoon President Martin Gaal, past CIC national vice-chair Perrin Beatty, and CIC-Edmonton president Stefanie Rosskopf, stretching after a good breakfast. Delta Bessborough Saskatoon, September 22, 2015.

 

During seven days in late September, CIC-Saskatoon welcomed not one but two presidents visiting from other branches.  In a country as vast as ours, and with finite financial resources, this is not an everyday occurrence.

By Dan Sutherland

September 24, 2015 – Over the space of seven days in September, CIC-Saskatoon welcomed not one but two presidents visiting from other branches.  In a country as vast as ours, and with finite financial resources, this is not an everyday occurrence. But with careful thought and an eye for opportunity, presidents meet face to face and generate the synergies that greatly help out our programming and our profile.
 
CIC-South Saskatchewan branch president Alex Shalashniy visited Saskatoon on Thursday, September 17, and after attending to business  got together with CIC-Saskatoon president Martin Gaal in the evening at the Woods Ale House in luxurious downtown Saskatoon. There they discussed some of the fundamental of membership benefits, potential programming possibilities and the essence of CIC itself.
 
CIC-Edmonton president Stefanie Rosskopf, in the midst of a very respectable level of event programming by her branch, travelled to Saskatoon to attend the FDI Canada Forum, and on September 22 arranged to have breakfast with CIC-Saskatoon president Martin. There they discussed their outreach to potential speakers and to neighbouring branches, and in so doing have set up a few more pieces for our next multibranch speaker tour. 
 
The restaurant of the Delta Bessborough was a great choice of location, as we seized an opportunity to speak with another breakfast attendee, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, who up until June 2015 served as vice-chair to the national board of the Canadian International Council. As it is not often that board members visit Saskatoon, we took great pleasure in highlighting the good works being done in Saskatoon and in Edmonton in the name of our organization.
 
Long-serving diplomats recognize the importance of face-to-face meetings: humans are social creatures, and it is with these personal meetings that great excitement and productivity is generated in the name of CIC. Presidents need this contact, and become even more dynamic as a result of it. 
 
This same benefit is available to all members. Your membership in the Canadian International Council gives you the opening – and the right – to visit any CIC event across Canada as you travel. By becoming a member of CIC, you join in common purpose with 1200 other internationally-minded practitioners and enthusiasts across Canada (as well as our 80-some year past and all of its past membership, including prime ministers, governors-general, diplomats and business leaders). When you dig through our histroy and the website, it becomes pretty awe-inspiring to see the people with whom you share something very valuable.
 
Membership in CIC – use it frequently.
 
Dan Sutherland
Recording secretary
Saskatoon branch of Canadian International Council 
CIC-Saskatoon president Martin Gaal and CIC-South Saskatchewan president Alex Shalashniy, discussing the future of CIC over drinks. The Woods AlHouse, September 17, 2015.
CIC-Saskatoon president Martin Gaal and CIC-South Saskatchewan president Alex Shalashniy, discussing the future of CIC over drinks. The Woods AlHouse, September 17, 2015.
Benefits of Membership – Presidential Visits and the Human Connection