Saskatoon Branch

Phone: +1- (306) 385-9442

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.

During non-COVID times, CIC-Saskatoon hosts some 15 events locally during our programming year of September to June. Currently, in these times of lockdown we serve as an aggregator, providing you with the means to attend via your computer virtual events that are taking place all aound the country in the name of CIC. 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 Leadership
Branch Executive Ex Officio
Anton Canitz
Dan Sutherland
Rozalia Kasleder
Dan Sutherland
Michael Blain
Peter Siarkos
Office Services
the great George James has passed away – rest in peace, good friend
Carin Holroyd
Past President
Lorna Callbeck-Cross
Martin Gaal
John Cross
Hans Michelmann
Reita Palmer
Upcoming Events

 [1] Monday, March 15 @  11:00 AM – Noon Saskatoon time (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET) – the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum presents 

10 Years of Mass Atrocities in Syria: A Decade of Civilian Suffering(*** check out the speaker lineup ***)

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 March 15 marks the tenth anniversary of the deadly conflict in Syria. This decade of violence has cost the lives of more than 500,000 Syrians and displaced more than 12 million—over half the Syrian population—as part of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. We come together at this somber moment to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people and let them know they have not been forgotten.

 This commemoration will be held in cooperation with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Syrian survivors will speak and we will receive an update on the risks facing civilians in Idlib, western Aleppo, Assad detention centers, and northeastern Syria, as well as the current implementation of justice and accountability measures.

 The event will be available in English and Arabic.


*  The Honorable Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

*  The Honorable James Risch, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

*  The Honorable Gregory Meeks, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

*  The Honorable Michael McCaul, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

*  The Honorable Adam Kinzinger, Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Co-Chair, Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus


Special Remarks

*   Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

*  Dora Klayman, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

*   Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Syrian doctor, epidemiologist, and activist

*  Amina Khoulani, Founder, Families for Freedom, and survivor of Assad regime detention and torture centers

*  Statement from Caesar, Syrian military defector




[2] Tuesday, March 16 @ 10:00 AM  – 11:15 AM Saskatoon time (Noon – 1:15 PM ET) – Foreign Policy magazine invites you to attend their  

Virtual Podcast: Syria’s Lost Generation

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 Syria’s Lost Generation, the new original podcast series by FP Studios, in partnership with World Vision and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation, tracks the real cost of this decade-long war. Through the voices and stories of young Syrians displaced by war, we gain a sobering look at the devastating impacts of the conflict but also hope-inspiring lessons of resilience and opportunities to support paths to recovery. Tune in to hear first-hand perspectives from survivors, aid workers and advocates working to bring the world’s attention to this ongoing conflict and campaigning for humanitarian support and peace.

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[3] Thursday, March 18 @  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Saskatoon time (11:00 AM – Noon ET) – Foreign Policy presents 

How to Stop Fake News

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This event aims to be a solutions-oriented conversation about misinformation and its impacts on politics and society around the world.


*  Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

*  Věra Jourová, Vice President, European Commission; formerly Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic.

*  Marwan M. Kraidy, Dean of Nothwestern University in Qatar

*  Annelise Riles, Ececutive Director, Northwetern UniversityBuffett Institute

*  Olga Yurkova, journalist and co-founder of, an independent Ukrainian organization that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda

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[4] Thursday, March 18 @  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Saskatoon time (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – CIC-National Capital branch presents 

Governance And Electoral Processes In Africa

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Although they are an integral part of the foundations of a democratic state, the holding of elections does not in itself determine their credibility or even the state of a country’s democracy.  To be credible, elections must rather be part of a broader political framework based on good governance, the rule of law and equal participation in political life. Africa has made tremendous progress in past decades, both normatively and institutionally, and on the ground. However, many challenges remain.


*  Francis Gabriel Oke has been Head of the ECOWAS Electoral Assistance Program since 2006.  He is also the Permanent Secretary of the Network of National Electoral Management Structures in West Africa.

*  Privilege (Priva) Haang’andu holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He currently doubles as the Governance Principal Researcher for Includovate Pty Ltd, an Australian research incubator and as Development and Peace’s Regional Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Saskatchewan and Keewatin Le-Pas.

*  Dusan Jovanovic is the Deputy Executive Director of CANADEM.

The webinar will be chaired by Dr. Cheickh Tidyane Bangoura, Vice Chair of the Africa Study Group at CIC-National Capital branch.

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[5] Thursday, March 18 @  10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Saskatoon time (12:15 PM – 1:15 PM ET) – CIC-Quebec City branch presents an all-French language event, 

Les Enjeux Internationaux De L’agriculture Au Québec (The International Issues of Agriculture in Quebec )

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Featuring Marcel Groleau, President of the Union of Agricultural Producers.

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[16] Thursday, March 18 @  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Saskatoon time (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET) – CIC-Victoria presents

The Kennedys In The World: How Jack, Bobby, And Ted Remade America’s Empire

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Larry Haas,  Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and former White House communications strategist, talks is about his new book, ‘The Kennedys in the World’, which tells a new, rich, fascinating, and consequential story about Jack, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy. From an early age the brothers developed a deep understanding of the different peoples, cultures, and ideologies around the world; a keen appreciation for the challenges that such differences created for the United States; and a strong desire to reshape America’s response to them.

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[7] Friday, March 19 @  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Saskatoon time (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET) – CIC-Prince George presents a panel discussion on

U.S. Debt And Its Global Implications

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*  Louise Sheiner,  Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and policy director for the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. She has served as an economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 1993.

*  Dr. Jack M. Mintz,  President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary after serving as the Palmer Chair and founding Director from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2015.

*  Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides and conducts research on a wide array of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget.

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[8] Monday, March 22 @  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Saskatoon time (8:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET) – CIC-Saskatoon is pleased to partner with the Department of Political Studies and Amnesty International on the next Global Café; this topic,

Myanmar Crisis – Voices from the Coup

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On Feb. 1 the Myanmar military unconstitutionally took over the country and set in motion a chain of events that have led to thousands being arrests and nearly 100 deaths. This coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule and stunted a once emerging nation’s growth.

This talk hopes to shed light on the Myanmar people’s plight as they continue to fight against these unlawful actions. Bringing the voices to you with personal accounts of the current situation, we also ask the question, how can we help?

This will be a multimedia presentation, featuring

*  Kee Mae

*  Denise Estrella, who has just recently returned to Canada after five years working in Myanmar, and who was there during the peak of the violence

Tune in! Be part of the party. We’d love to see you here,

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Branch Videos

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Keynote Session with City of Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals
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Fitting a National Policy into the Prairie Community Reality

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals
March 09, 2018

Concerns and Challenges in Immigration and Refugee Policy

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals
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Settlement and Immigration, the Saskatchewan Experience

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