Halifax Branch


Email: halifax@thecic.org
Phone: 902-495-8489

Mailing Address

CIC-Halifax Branch
6133 Willow St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 1M1


Since its formation in 1931 (as a branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs ), the Halifax branch of today’s Canadian International Council has actively served to connect our local population with issues of the world –and with knowledge of Canada’s role in the world community. The Halifax Branch is one of the Canadian International Council’s 15 volunteer-run branches, which, together, hold over 100 events nationally on a wide variety of topics that can range in format from casual Politics at the Pub discussions to expert panels and formal conferences.

With a very knowledgeable and engaged group of academic, business and community members who share an interest in foreign affairs, international business and trade, and Canada’s role in the world, branch activities provide a unique networking opportunity for those who are in Halifax but who have their eyes on issues overseas. The Branch enjoys a partnership with Dalhousie’s Centre for the Study of Security and Development.

We also actively seek to establish relationships with other organizations and institutions in Halifax that share our interest in international affairs. Through these efforts, we have been able to develop stronger programs and extend our reach to include more of the community at large.

The Halifax branch is fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of Executive members who volunteer their time and expertise to organize events and ensure the success of the branch.

We welcome new members, partnership opportunities and ideas to enliven our speakers’ program or to help us to engage the wider public.

Branch Executive Leadership

Valerie Bachynsky

Kenzie MacKinnon

Bernard Smith

Scott Burbidge

Program Chair
Lynda Arsenault

Adria May

Past President
Paul Bennett

Kevin Deveaux
Colin Dodds
Jason Guidry
Kathie Swenson

Centre for the Study of Security and Development Liaison
Brian Bow

Ex Officio (Outreach)
Matt Campbell

Upcoming Events

Past Events & Summaries

Recent events have included: