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
Rose 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] Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:00 PM
6:30 PM Saskatoon time (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET) –  CIC-Waterloo and
CIC-Edmonton present:

No Middle Ground – Caster
Semenya’s Fight For Equality In Women’s Middle-Distance Running

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At a time when Republicans are deeming gender declarations at birth as a

determining factor in sports, consider this event. At the centre of the
discussion is the case of Caster Semenya, a South African middle-distance
runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist whose career has been negatively impacted
by the World Athletics’ controversial new eligibility rules that require Ms.
Semenya to lower her natural testosterone levels in order to compete in
international competitions over certain distances.

 The panel includes:

 James Bunting is representing South African born 800 metre Olympic champion Caster Semenya (and before her Dutee Chand) in appeals.

 Dr. Janelle Joseph is an award-winning Assistant Professor in Critical Studies of Race in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Dr Joseph’s current research focuses on gender, equity, and de-colonization.

Dr. Veronica Ivy is an interdisciplinary scholar who has published widely on topics of knowledge, language, gender, and issues of equity (particularly in sport). She is a world-leading expert on trans and intersex athlete rights

 Dr. Cassandra Wells is a sociologist, writer, and athlete whose researchemerges where the biology and sociology of the body meet. Her current bookproject explores the historical and contemporary tensions and alignmentsbetween trans-inclusion and sex testing policies in sport.


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[2] Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:00 PM
6:00 PM Saskatoon time (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET) –  the Security and Intelligence
Study Group of CIC-National Capital branch presents

The Defence Intelligence Review:
A Perspective Of The Enterprise Review

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The Security and Intelligence Study Group of the CIC National Capital
Branch is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brigadier-General Gregory
Smith, MSM, CD, the Director General Intelligence Enterprise, Department of
National Defence, to discuss 
the current defence intelligence review,

More information at


[3] Wednesday, June 16 @ 7:00 PM
8:30 PM Saskatoon time (9:00 PM – 10:30 PM ET) –  our friends at the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  (USHMM, ) present

The Allies’ Most Dangerous Spy Was a Woman

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 USHMM  is doing a series of very short, 30-minute preesentations,

including this one. Lorna Catling and Brad Catling are relatives of one of
World War II’s most influential spies.

As she fled certain death by scaling a remote Pyrenees mountain pass, the
secret agent worried and planned: Would the network of spies and saboteurs she
built in France survive Nazi occupation? Would those who had been
arrested—including several Jews—survive the torture of Klaus Barbie, the
infamous “butcher of Lyon”? With her cover blown by a double agent, would she
be able to return and coordinate attacks on the Germans before an Allied
invasion? The agent was American Virginia Hall, who changed espionage forever,
escaped with her life, and did it all with just one leg.

 More information at




[4] Thursday, June 17 @ 9:00 AM
10:30 AM Saskatoon time (11:00 – 12:30 PM ET) –  the Macdonald-Laurier
Institute presents


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Set just before so-called elections in Iran, MLI is hosting a discussion
about recent efforts by dissidents and Iranian society at large to articulate
unified demands for the peaceful transition to democracy. Panelists will
discuss the path forward, and whether a return to a dovish approach to Iran –
as the Biden administration appears to prefer – is actually in the best
interests of the Iranian people.

The speakers include:

Michael Doran, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Mariam Memarsadeghi, Senior Fellow, Macdonalt-Laurier Institute (MLI)

Allreza Nader, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democraciies

Kaveh Sharooz, Senior Fellow, MLI

Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo

 The event will be moderated by Shuvaloy Majumdar, Senior Fellow, MLI

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[5] Thursday, June 17 @ 5:00 PM
6:15 PM Saskatoon time (7:00 PM – 8:15 PM ET) –  CIC-National Capital
branch presents

Recent Changes In China, The
Uyghurs And Regional Implications

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  Join in on this discussion featuring The Globe and Mail‘s Asia

Correspondent, Nathan VanderKlippe

For eight years, Canadians and many others around the world have had the
benefit of reading the insights of The Globe and Mail’s Asia Correspondent,
Nathan VanderKlippe as China has seen dramatic societal, technological and
geostrategic changes. The CIC National Capital Branch and the Centre for
International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa present an opportunity
to hear Mr. VanderKlippe’s reflections on his years reporting from Asia
regarding the changes that Xi Jinping has introduced in China, and what these
mean for the country and its neighbours in the region.

 More information at




[6] Friday, June 18 @ 7:30 AM
8:00 AM Saskatoon time (9:30 AM – 10:00 AM ET) –  the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum  (USHMM, ) presents

Diplomats Who Risked It All to
Save Lives

This event will be broadcast live on Facebook

Presented by Dr. Lisa Leff, Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton
Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial

 While posted in Berlin, American diplomat Raymond Geist worked within a

restrictive immigration system to help save as many victims of Nazi persecution
as he could, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Another diplomat,
Colonel José Arturo Castellanos of El Salvador and his first secretary, Jewish
businessman George Mandel-Mantello, defied government instructions by providing
citizenship certificates to thousands of European Jews who had no connection to
El Salvador—most didn’t even speak Spanish. Join us as we commemorate World
Refugee Day and honor diplomats who dared to take great risks to offer refuge
and save lives.

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[7] Tuesday, June 22 @ 10:00 AM
11:00 AM Saskatoon time (Noon – 1:00 PM ET) –  CIC-Victoria presents

China 1949 – Year Of Revolution

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The events of 1949 in China reverberated across the world and throughout
the rest of the century. That tumultuous year saw the dramatic collapse of
Chiang Kai-shek’s ‘pro-Western’ Nationalist government, overthrown by Mao
Zedong and his communist armies, and the foundation of the People’s Republic of
China. Graham Hutching’s new book, ‘China 1949’ follows the huge military
forces that tramped across the country, the exile of once-powerful leaders and
the alarm of the foreign powers watching on. In his talk, and shadowing both
the leaders and the people of China in 1949, he will discuss the aftermath and
consequences of this pivotal year. As he will also discuss, the legacy of 1949
still resonates today as the founding myth, source of national identity and
root of the political behaviour of modern China.

Our speaker… Graham Hutchings is an Associate at the University of Oxford’s China Centre and an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.Previously, he was Managing Editor and then Managing Director at Oxford Analytica, the global analysis firm, and between 1987 and 1998 was China

Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, based first in Beijing and then
Hong Kong. He is also the author of ‘Modern China: A Companion to a Rising
Power’ (2000).

Our Moderator…This event will be moderated by Jonathan Manthorpe, who is the author of the best-selling book ‘Claws of the Panda – Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and

Intimidation in Canada’ (2019).

 More information at



[8] Tuesday, June 22 @ 3:00 PM
4:00 PM Saskatoon time (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET) –  the Middle East Study
Group of CIC-National Capital branch presents

The Role Of Russia And The PRC In
The Middle East

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Dr. Taylor will share some of her perspectives regarding the role of
Russia and the Peoples Republic of China in the Middle East. Pegatha Taylor is
the Director of Foreign Policy Research and Foresight at Global Affairs Canada.
A career foreign service officer, she has worked extensively on the Middle East
and on international security, including most recently as Deputy Director for
Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon from 2017-19. She has served abroad on postings
in Syria and the United States, and assisted with the re-opening of Canada’s
embassy in Tripoli in 2011.

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[9] Monday, June 28 @ 7:30 AM
8:00 AM Saskatoon time (9:30 AM – 10:00 AM ET) –  the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum presents

Pride Month: Defying NaziPersecution

This event will be available live on Facebook

  Presented by Klaus Mueller, European Representative, InternationalArchival Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

It was a daring and dangerous mission. To try to protect the true
identities of Jews and resistance fighters hiding behind false ID cards,
members of a Dutch resistance group knew they had to destroy the originals.
Dressed as policemen, they entered the Amsterdam Registry and set off
explosions that burned 800,000 identity cards. This Pride Month, learn about
Frieda Belinfante, one of Europe’s first female conductors and a Jewish
lesbian, and painter Willem Arondeus, the gay leader of this group of artists turned

 More information at




[10] Tuesday, June 29 @ 9:00 AM
10:30 AM Saskatoon time (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET) –  Foreign Policy
magazine  presents

Building Resilience Across Global Health Supply Chains

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Governments and industry have committed unprecedented action and
resources in the battle against COVID-19. What lessons have we learned about
health supply chain vulnerabilities and ways to mitigate them? Join us for a
timely conversation spotlighting the crucial role health supply chains play in
global recovery, development and security.

 Speakers include:

Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy

Djamila Khady Cabral, WHO Representative in Angola

Kerry Pelzman, Acting Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Global
Health, United States Agency for International Development

Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Executive Chairman, Africa Health Business

 More information at 


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

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