National Capital (Ottawa) Branch
Phone: +1-613-903-4011
Mailing Address
CIC National Capital Branch
5305 River Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

The Ottawa-based National Capital Branch is enthusiastic about reaching out to groups and individuals whose activities and interests take them into foreign affairs. We have a growing network in Ottawa of over 1200, including 325 active members. The National Capital Branch is an increasingly diverse group with more young professionals, new Canadians, NGO startups, and women among our established network of policy experts, journalists, scholars, business people, students and engaged citizens.

We invite you to get involved in our wide-ranging activities, including our flagship speaker events, six study/working groups, Politics at the Pub events, occasional conferences, and a number of student and young professional focused activities.

The National Capital Branch’s study groups include: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, North America, and Security and Intelligence. The National Capital Branch also hosts the Intelligence Futures Working group. To join these groups or learn more, please contact the respective groups’ chairs listed below.

Youth Caucus

The Youth Caucus is a particularly vibrant group within of the CIC National Capital Branch, leading a number of young professional and student programs. These include yearly international affairs career fairs for students, university clubs (currently at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Queens University), and a series of informal “Politics @ the Pub” get-togethers targeted towards students, young professionals, and the ‘young at heart’, held at a local pub with guest speakers.

Mentorship Program

The CIC National Capital (Ottawa) Branch’s Mentorship Program pairs student and young professional members with select, accomplished professional CIC members in a one-on-one mentoring partnership. Mentors represent a variety of career trajectories related to international affairs from government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

To find out more about the CIC National Capital Branch’s Youth Caucus programs, including how you could get involved as a volunteer, contact Ali Tejpar.



Through a generous partnership, the National Capital Branch’s in-person speaker events are often broadcast on the CPAC network. Additionally, many of our events can also be found on YouTube. A listing of these videos is available below.

Every year the president of the National Capital Branch produces a report to inform its members about the local activities and products of the branch.

The National Capital Branch has produced variety of documents related to the history of the branch.

Branch Executive Leadership
Branch Executive Ex Officio
Ali Tejpar (Chair of Youth Committee)
Jérôme Bilodeau

Samuel Amoah

Outreach and Fundraising
Marvin Hough (Committee Chair)

Lillian Thomsen

Immediate Past-President
Elizabeth Kingston

Politics @ the Pub
Alfredo Porco (Coordinator)
Laura Bradbury (Coordinator)

Mentorship Program
Olivia Lassaline

Social Media
Jillian Leblanc  (Coordinator)

University Student Representatives
Lola Bigioni (Queens)
Laura Bradbury (University of Ottawa)
Alfredo Porco (Carleton)

Africa Study Group
Cheickh Bangoura (Chair)
Marcia Burdette (Vice-Chair)

Asia-Pacific Study Group
Rinchen-Dolma Karma (Co-chair)
Harry Li (Co-chair)
Matt Thomas (Co-chair)

Security and Intelligence Study Group
Valerie Spencer Keyes
Samuel Amoah

Latin America and the Caribbean Study Group
Rob Ready (Chair)
Jean Daudelin
Stephen Baranyi

Middle East Study Group
Hamid Jorjani (Chair)

North America Study Group
David MacDuff (Chair)
Upcoming Events
There are no upcoming events.