We live in an increasingly interconnected world, such that Canada is intimately related with events occurring well outside its borders. It is therefore the mandate of the Canadian International Council (CIC) to promote deeper understandings of international issues across the country. The Waterloo Region branch conducts an active program of public lectures, discussions and conferences towards these efforts.
Our branch is committed to engaging the community of Waterloo Region in a dialogue on world issues, Canada’s global role and our multicultural identity. Founded in 1982 under the leadership of Dr. John English, the Waterloo Region Branch of the then Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) attracted high-level speakers to the community. In close cooperation with the University of Waterloo, the branch maintained an active program until 1995. After a brief hiatus, the branch was re-launched in 2001, and its executive continues to provide its over 100 members with high-level, internationally relevant speakers and programmes.
Today, the Waterloo Region is home to a number of major research centres on international affairs. CIC-Waterloo Region works closely with with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), and others, to provide a contemporary and relevant program on issues important to Canadians.