CIC National Board of Directors

billgraham_215 William C. Graham, Chairman of the Board

First elected as Member of Parliament for Toronto-Centre-Rosedale in 1993, Bill Graham served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from January 2002 until July 2004 and Minister of National Defence from July 2004 until January 2006.  In February 2006, he was appointed leader of the Official Opposition and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, positions he served until December 2006.

From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Graham served as chairman of the Standing Committee of the House of Commons on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  Active in international parliamentary associations, Mr. Graham was elected founding president of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas.  He has served as vice president and treasurer of the Parliamentary Association of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and as treasurer of Liberal International.  In 2014, he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada.

Prior to his election to parliament, Mr. Graham practiced law at Fasken & Calvin, specializing in civil litigation and international business transactions, and served on the board of directors of various public and private Canadian corporations.  Subsequently, he taught international trade law, public international law, and the law of the European Community at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

A past president of the Alliance française de Toronto, Mr. Graham has been recognized for his contributions to French language and culture in Ontario by being appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade.


james-appleyard-2 James Appleyard

James Appleyard is a technology investor and entrepreneur, and not-for-profit board director. As the Founder and president of Freycinet Ventures, James takes active positions in Canadian start-up companies that are developing ‘Technology for Human Progress’. Since 2013 Freycinet has invested in, and supports through mentoring and advisory roles, some fifteen entrepreneurial teams.  Prior to its acquisition in 2013, James was CEO, chairman, and controlling shareholder of Artez Interactive, a leading software-as-a-service provider of fundraising solutions to not-for-profits in North America, Europe and the Pacific.James received his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto specializing in International Relations with a minor in English, graduating with Distinction.  He went on to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K., where he received his M.Sc. in International Relations and was a Fellow of Goodenough College.  After the LSE, he worked for three years at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (now Canadian International Council) where he organized CEO missions to Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe.  He completed an M.B.A. at the Rotman School of Management; James graduated Dean’s Honour List and was a Junior Fellow at Massey College.  Also at that time, James served as a program officer with the Maytree Foundation, an innovative funder of anti-poverty and refugee settlement initiatives.James is active in community service. Currently he is vice-chair, and a trustee on the Board of The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, and chairs the museum’s Curatorial Committee.  Recently, he was appointed a trustee of UK-based The Awareness Foundation, which is active on the ground in Syria and Iraq and whose aspiration is to help create conditions that will lead to peaceful co-existence between religious communities throughout the Middle East.  James was a director, and chair of the board, of the Loran Scholars Foundation where he has participated in regional and national scholar selections for more than twenty years, and served as a mentor to several Loran Scholars.James lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children.
john-english John English
John English is founding Director of The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. He taught history for many years at the University of Waterloo, was Member of Parliament for Kitchener from 1993-1997, and former General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. His works of Canadian political and diplomatic history include biographies of Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, and most recently a history of Arctic sovereignty entitled Ice and Water: Politics, Peoples, and the Arctic Council.


Nicholas Hirst

CEO Nicholas Hirst runs the corporate, administrative and financing functions of Original Pictures. He was an award-winning newspaper editor, is a member of the WGC and worked for the Times and Financial Times of London as a writer with a stint as Washington correspondent. He works as a producer and executive producer for Original Pictures.

Jennifer Jeffs

Dr. Jennifer A. Jeffs is the past President of the Canadian International Council (CIC), Canada’s independent, non-partisan, international affairs institute. Dr. Jeffs currently co-chairs the international editorial board of International Journal, Canada’s premier international affairs journal, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica; a board member of the CIC; a Director of the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI) in Mexico City; a Director of World Wildlife Fund, Canada; a member of the Executive Council of the Canada-Mexico Initiative; and a jury member for the annual Donner Prize for best Canadian book on public policy. Dr. Jeffs’ former positions include Deputy Executive Director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo; Founding Director of the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI), based at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, where she was also a professor in the Department of International Studies. Jennifer Jeffs started her international affairs career as Assistant Director of the Canadian Affairs department at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York City in the mid 1980s, where she co-chaired the Canada-US Business Seminar Series. Dr. Jeffs holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation focused on the evolution of global financial regimes.




Keith Martin

Keith has over twenty years of experience in business implementation and strategy at business organizations including Bank of Montreal, Royal & SunAlliance Canada, and Brookfield.  Keith obtained a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Affairs focus) from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University.  He has been the President of the Club canadien, and was President of the Toronto Branch of the CIC for 7 years. Keith has been on the board of the National CIC for over 5 years.



Nicolas M. Rouleau

Nicolas M. Rouleau is an appellate and constitutional lawyer. He frequently argues cases in French and English before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and in other provinces. He also provides advice and opinions on complex or novel legal matters, counsels Pape Barristers on appeals, and reviews potential Supreme Court of Canada cases for Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Supreme Court Leave to Appeal Assistance Project. He previously clerked for the Honourable Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Nicolas strongly believes in public service and education, in Canada and abroad. Currently, he sits on Ontario’s Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs and on the boards of various NGOs. He lived for a few years in India and West Africa, where he worked and volunteered on issues of law, democracy, and international development; he continues to consult internationally on these issues. He has also taught courses on constitutional law, legal philosophy, and political philosophy at law schools in Canada and India, published widely on those issues, and hosted and curated Toronto’s popular interdisciplinary lecture series: The Treehouse Talks.

Nicolas holds a Master of the Science of Law (JSM) from Stanford University and an LL.B. magna cum laude from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. He has also studied at the University of Toronto, where he is currently the co-chair of the Monday Club and a mentor at Massey College. He has received numerous academic scholarships.

Jodi White

Jodi White is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. She is a member of the Order of Canda. She is principal at Sydney House Consultants and the former president of the Public Policy Forum. Ms. White’s career combines experience in journalism, politics and government, the private sector and international affairs. Her experience in government and politics includes positions as chief of staff to the Minister of External Affairs (1984 to 1988) and chief of staff to the Prime Minister (1993). From 1994 to 2000 Ms. White was vice-president, corporate affairs, at Imasco Ltd. in Montreal. In 2009, Ms. White was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington. Ms. White has been and continues to be an active participant on a number of boards including Chair of  Tides Canada,the National Theatre School, Woodrow Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute Advisory Board, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Southern Africa Education Trust Fund, Bishop’s University and the Ottawa General Hospital.

Gerald Wright

Gerald Wright received a PhD degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.  From 1972 to 1987 he was vice-president of the Donner Canadian Foundation.  From 1987 to 2002 he served in the Government of Canada, including periods as special advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and senior policy advisor to the Minister for International Trade. He has twice (1978-1979 and 2012-2013) been a visiting professor of Canadian Studies in Japan and in 1985-1986 he was study director of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on Canada’s International Relations.  He has been president of the Atlantic Council of Canada, vice-chairman of the Atlantic Treaty Association, president of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council and a member of the Board of the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security.    He was Skelton-Clark Fellow of Queen’s University in 2001-2002. He is currently Senior Fellow of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University.