Letter from the President

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The CIC Nipissing District branch is a vibrant group that brings together interested members of the North Bay community, the District of Nipissing, and the Nipissing First Nation to consider international issues and questions related to Canada’s foreign policy. Our members and supporters are from all walks of life. We strive to provide Nipissing with timely and enlightening discussions on
international affairs.

North Bay is a small city in Northeastern Ontario nestled on the shores of Lake Nipissing. One of its central roles is that of a crossroads. North Bay has a rich history in Canada’s aerial defence, is home to one of only four airports in Ontario capable of handling wide-bodied long-haul aircraft, and is the site of the eastern command of NORAD. Our role as a crossroads also extends to the airspace above us as aircraft crisscross our skies daily en route across Canada, to Europe, to Asia and beyond.

With the completion of the dual-laning of Highway 11 in August 2012 we are also closer to Southern Ontario than ever before. In the future, the city’s links to James Bay may become more important in international trade as global warming makes shipping and air links across the Arctic basin a distinct possibility.

North Bay is also a very diverse community. The city is neighbours with several First Nations communities including the Nipissing First Nation. There are also energetic Franco-Ontarian and English speaking communities within the city. Additionally, immigration has rounded out our population, bringing people from around the world to settle in “the Bay.” Finally, we have two excellent academic institutions in the city: Nipissing University and Canadore College. Nipissing University started life as a teacher’s college over 100 years ago and remains committed to excellence in education to this date.

I take this opportunity to invite you to come out to our events. Join us, meet our members and speakers and discuss some of the most significant issues of our time. We had a very successful Speaker Season in 2014-2015. We look forward to an equally exciting 2015-2016 season.

Dr. John Allison

President, CIC Nipissing District Branch


The Nipissing District Branch of the Canadian International Council is very lively.  We have hosted on average 6-7 speakers a year on a variety of topics. The branch is one of the newest in Canada and was established in 2008. We hope you will look at some of our past events. Some of our past speakers include columnist Jeffrey Simpson, astronaut and politician Marc Garneau, and diplomat Ambassador Paul Heinbecker.  In the 2013-2014 season we were delighted to welcome Chief and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to speak on Indigenous Rights, International Relations and TRCs. This past season, 2014-2015, we hosted US Consul General Jim Dickmeyer and Karen McBride, President of the CBIE among others. We hope to welcome you to one of our events soon!

Get Involved
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with the Canadian International Council Nipissing District Branch. We are looking for students and members of the community to join us. To get involved speak with a member of the Branch Executive. 

Branch Executive

John Allison

Karen Strang

Jen Barnett

Jonathan Muterera

Rosemary Nagy

Program Chair
Anna Pearson

Membership Secretary

Neil Siviter

Ex officio Past President
Robin Gendron

Student Representatives
Randall Keefer
Sabrina Morrison

Please check back for details on upcoming events.