Letter from the President

Welcome to CIC Winnipeg Branch, Manitoba’s forum to discuss international issues and Canada’s place in the world. We are an active and energetic organization that brings together Manitobans from the academic, business, media, diplomatic and political communities who have an interest in global events and want to contribute to the discussion of Canada’s foreign policy.

Since Manitoba’s earliest days, our province has attracted immigrants from around the world who maintain an interest in their countries of origin while identifying as Canadians and Manitobans. This rich diversity has resulted in a strong tradition of discussing important events of the day with our fellow Manitobans, who bring a great deal of international expertise and experience to the conversation.  Our branch continues in this rich tradition of dialogue about world affairs and Canada’s role as a global citizen.

Led by our popular “Politics at the Pub” series, our branch hosts a series of events throughout the year. These events, led by subject experts, give Manitobans the opportunity to discuss important world events.  We encourage you to join us in the discussion of topics such as the security situation in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS, the situation in Ukraine, Canada’s record of promoting itself as a destination for foreign students, and much more. Stay tuned to this page for coming events, or email us at Winnipeg@thecic.org to receive email notification of future events.  I look forward to seeing you at some of the exciting events that we have planned for the 2017 season.

Brad Kirbyson
President, CIC-Winnipeg Branch


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The Winnipeg Branch was originally formed as a Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) from three local groups known as the Canadian League. The Winnipeg Branch, the largest of the original 1928 branches, was one of the most active branches during the 1930s. In 1935 the Winnipeg Branch began sponsoring popular radio broadcasts on international affairs. John W. Dafoe, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, contributed greatly to the growth and success of the Branch, first becoming vice-president and later president of the CIIA.

In 2008, a group of individuals associated with Winnipeg’s business, academic and military constituencies came together to reestablish the Winnipeg Branch. The Branch was formally reestablished at a General Meeting on November 19, 2008, becoming the first Branch created under the new Canadian International Council (CIC).

Branch Executive     

Brad Kirbyson

Vice President

Ken Bridges

Past President
Nicholas Hirst

Joanna Książek

Stephen Barber

Social Media & Communications
Aleksandra Osipova – Coordinator (communications@thecic.org)
Ayla Slessor
Robert Nash
Joanna Książek

University Outreach Advisory
Dr. James Fergusson (University of Manitoba)
Dr. Kristi Kenyon (University of Winnipeg)

Student Representatives
Diego Chacon (University of Manitoba)
Oladele (Dele) Ojewole (University of Winnipeg)

Ken Bridges
Buzz Currie
Patricia Kumbakisaka
Robert Nash

Please check back for details on upcoming events.