CIC National Office

Mark Sedra
President

Over the past decade, Mark’s research has focused on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on several countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. Mark has been a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs, including the United Nations, Global Affairs Canada and the UK Department for International Development. In 2012, Mark founded the Security Governance Group, a private research consulting firm, and the Centre for Security Governance, a non-profit think tank, both of which specialize in international peace and security issues. He is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Mark has held a variety of positions in the international affairs field both in Canada and globally, including: Senior Researcher and Program Leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada; Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; and Researcher and Project Manager at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. He has published widely and is a regular commentator on security issues in the Canadian and international press. His most recent book, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Evolution of a Model, was published by Routledge in the fall of 2016.

Jennifer Chylinski
Operations Manager and Managerial Assistant, International Journal

Jennifer is an alumna of the University of Toronto where she received a BA (Hons) in Anthropology, World Religions and History. She has over seven years of experience in administration, project planning and legal environments and has worked in Japan and South America. She has a strong background in community service and has volunteered with many organizations in Toronto and abroad. 

Andrew Koltun
Digital Communications Manager and Program Officer

Andrew Koltun has over six years of experience in project design and management, grant development, stakeholder relations and communications through his work with non-profits, including: Centre for Security Governance; Canadian Global Security; Academic Council on the United Nations System. He obtained field experience when stationed in Antakya, Turkey as the Project Development Officer for Syria Relief. Andrew holds a M.A. in Global Governance from Waterloo University and a BA Honours in History and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

International Journal

(in partnership with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History)

Brendan Kelly, Book Review Editor

Brendan Kelly completed his PhD in History at the University of Toronto in 2016. His dissertation, “Marcel Cadieux, the Department of External Affairs, and Canadian International Relations: 1941-1970,” explores the career of arguably the most influential francophone diplomat and civil servant in Canadian history and the way his story illuminates larger issues relating to Canada at home and in the world. Brendan’s previous research on Aboriginal treaty-making and the Canadian home front during the Second World War has appeared in Prairie ForumGreat Plains Quarterly, and Urban History Review. He recently completed articles on the Pearson government and Gaullist France (forthcoming from UBC Press in Pearson and the World: Lester Pearson, Pearsonianism, and Canadian Foreign Policy), on Marcel Cadieux and Pierre Trudeau (forthcoming in International Journal), and on Pearson’s Temple University speech in 1965 (forthcoming in the American Review of Canadian Studies). In addition to serving as Book Review Editor of International Journal, Brendan is working on an article on the Canadian presence in Vietnam in the 1950s in addition to revising his thesis for publication.

Brian Bow, co-Editor

Brian Bow is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. His research is primarily concerned with the role of institutions and ideas in policy coordination and foreign policy-making, and he has published on Canadian foreign and security policy, Canada-US relations, North American integration, and identity politics in Canada, the US and Mexico. He is the author of The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, which won the Donner prize as the best Canadian book on public policy in 2009. His current research project focuses on the mechanics of network-driven policy coordination in North America.

Jack Cunningham, co-Editor

Jack Cunningham is editor of International Journal, and Program Coordinator of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Trinity College, in the University of Toronto. He has a BA in English and an MA in History from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. His publications include coedited volumes on the conflict in Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Kate Merriman Kate Merriman, Copy Editor

Kate Merriman has been working as a freelance editor for fourteen years. In addition to copy editing the journal, she works for university presses, principally McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has edited books on philosophy, history, theology, religious studies, political science, literary criticism, art, and cultural theory. Kate was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada in 1983.

David Webster, ‘Lessons from History’ Editor

David is associate professor of History at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. His past positions in Toronto, San Francisco and Regina, Saskatchewan. He is the author of Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World (UBC Press, 2009) and collection editor of East Timor: Testimony(Between the Lines, 2004).  David is involved in human rights advocacy on Timor-Leste and other regions bordering the Pacific. His research focuses include trans-Pacific interactions between Canada and Asia, the diplomacy of independence movements in Asia, and the histories of international organizations.

OpenCanada.org

(in partnership with CIGI and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History)

Taylor Owen, Consultant

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism. He is the founder and Editor of OpenCanada.org, an award-winning international affairs website, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Projects, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He is the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (OUP, 2015).

He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. Taylor Owen’s publications can be found atwww.taylorowen.com and can be followed at @taylor_owen.

Eva Salinas, Managing Editor

Eva recently completed her MA with McMaster University’s Institute on Globalization, where her research focused on Latin America, foreign policy and critical security studies. She was previously the Editor of The Santiago Times in Chile, where she was also a freelance correspondent for the Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and the CBC, among others. She has worked previously for the Financial Post, Journalists for Human Rights, and Athletes for Africa, where she remains a board member. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and studied international reporting at City University in London, UK. She is also the author of Latin Americans Thought of It, an educational book for children.

Catherine Tsalikis cropped Catherine Tsalikis, Senior Editor

Catherine has worked as a producer for CTV News Channel, CBC and Sky News in London, England. Prior to her years in broadcast, she was an editorial assistant for The World Today, the monthly international affairs magazine produced by British think tank Chatham House. She has a Master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) degree in political science and IR from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.