Letter from the President

Dear members and friends,

On behalf of the branch executive committee, welcome to the CIC–Saskatoon branch website. It’s good to see you again.

Happy Birthday, Canada! Can you feel the excitement yet? As we get closer and closer to July 1, many more millions of Canadians will get excited about the birthday and the achievements of this country and its people over the past 150 years. We have a lot to be proud of – all of us, here in this land.

CIC continues the celebration as we bring to you many public education events, many of them offering a reason for Canadian celebration. Our 2016-17 programming year, since last Canada Day, has offered to you the following events.

September 22 – Brexit panel and Canadian implications
September 28 – update on Turkey
October 5 – celebration of International Year of the Pulses – and Canada’s role in feeding the world
October 20 – the challenges of being Muslim in the United States of America
November 17 – Canada’s role in the multinational force against Daesh in Iraq
December 1 – many Canadians’ role in combatting human trafficking in Vietnam
December 9 – a view on renewed hope in Canada-US relations from US Consul General Tom Palaia
January 12 – new scientific data on changing climate indicators in western Canada
February 8 – unveiling of the documentary “The Age of Consequences” to the Saskatoon audience
February 16 – Operation CARIBBE – Canada’s reservists working with regular forces to disrupt drug trafficking all along the west coast seaways
February 28 – Politics in the Pub – the effects that the American executive orders have had on Canada’s immigration priorities
March 12 – stories of foreign policy and recent political history shared by Canadian icon, Hugh Segal
March 13 (Commonwealth Day) – increasing Canadian opportunities in Bangladesh by His Excellency Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada

On behalf of the executive, I thank you for the support you have provided, be it coming to events, working on the behind-the-scenes, suggesting speakers, speaking yourself. The Canadian International Council is powered by the strength of our committed volunteers. You have been an important part of it, and the 1200-member network across Canada owes a debt to your service.

Rest assured, CIC-Saskatoon will continue to work to provide you with opportunities for public events which serve to help celebrate Canadian commitment as we continue to connect you with events of the world. Our goal continues to be to broaden the range of public policy discussion forums for our members and the Saskatoon community at large.

Watch for more of these, here in Saskatoon and in all of the branches across Canada.

We invite you to continue to be part of this grand experiment, connecting our local audience to the world. If you would like to propose an idea for a CIC event or have a suggestion on how we can improve engagement, please feel free to contact us at saskatoon@thecic.org or at my email address below.

Let’s talk. I hope to see you soon.

Yours in service,
Michael Blain
President – CIC-Saskatoon Branch


Since its formation in 1932, the Saskatoon branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC-Saskatoon)has actively served to connect our local populations with issues of the world –and with knowledge of Canada’s role in the world community. CIC-Saskatoon has a diverse and enthusiastic group of members who share a strong interest in foreign affairs, international business and trade. Our roster of branch members have included current and past university presidents, cabinet ministers, foreign policy practitioners and engaged citizens.

CIC-Saskatoon hosts some 15 events locally during our programming year of September to June. Our events include single speaker keynote addresses, expert panel events, intimate and interactive Politics in the Pub events, and information sessions geared to young professionals interested in a career in international affairs.

Speakers at our events have included Ambassadors and Consuls General, Government ministers and officials, international trade experts, prominent academics and representatives of international development agencies. All of our events include a question and answer segment and an informal post-gathering, providing an opportunity for further education and excitement and to network.


Branch Executive

Michael Blain

Vice President
Lorna Callbeck

Immediate Past President
Martin Gaal

Lyndon Weber

Office Services
George James

Recording Secretary
Maddy Josephson

Programming Chair
Dan Sutherland

Membership Chair
Carin Holroyd

Dennis Nichol
Beth Thiessen

Alan Anderson
Graham Burningham
John Cross
Alexa Hnidy
Hans Michelmann
Reita Palmer

Please check back for details on upcoming events.


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