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The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is home to two universities and a large community college, ship and aircraft building and repair, high-tech research and development, global businesses, and is also home to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Indeed, a significant percentage of the region’s population have government, diplomatic, military, business, and academic backgrounds. Bordering on the large maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific region, it is not surprising that there is a great interest in international affairs.
CIC Victoria offers its members access to some of the best, most knowledgeable speakers in the field of international relations through a number of fora including monthly luncheons. More recent talks have included: “North Korea: The Nuclear Question and Beyond” by Dr. Stephan Haggard (University of California, San Diego); “The Scourge of Populism and Why it Could Happen Here, with Jon Allen (our former Ambassador to Spain and also Israel); and “Claws of the Panda – Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada” with noted journalist Jonathan Manthorpe. The branch also holds monthly ‘Politics in the Pub’ sessions, which are informal evenings with panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise. In addition, we often co-sponsor speaker events with the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University on subjects of international interest that provide our members with additional opportunities to meet and discuss current events.
A large part of what we also do as a branch is student outreach and some 100 of our members are students. As the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation appropriately notes, “leaders cannot emerge from a vacuum, without networks, mentorship, training, or role models.” To this end, we have become a major sponsor of the annual University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University’s Model United Nations Conferences and often provide keynote speakers and panellists for other similar conferences and gatherings. Indeed, building bridges between our more experienced members and our student and young professional members, to better prepare them for the challenges ahead, has become a key focus area for the branch. We are also a branch striving to become more diverse and inclusive – a branch where the incredible experiences of our wider membership can be shared with those new to Canada.
CIC Victoria members share a passion for global affairs, a conviction that Canada must play a significant role in the world, and a clear understanding of how that role is shaped by a vibrant civil society dialogue. With this in mind, we always welcome new members because at the end of the day there’s nothing better than sitting down to hear from someone first-hand, and then being able to discuss the issues of the day with your table mates.
For more information about CIC Victoria please contact the Branch Secretary at cic.victoria.Sec@gmail.com.
Branch Executive Leadership
Dr. Chris Kilford
Membership Coordinator Paula Skippon
Hon. Mary Collins
Marilyn MacLean Denton
LCDR (Retired) Paul Seguna
Gerald (Gerry) Thompson