CIC Vancouver Island




We are a new branch that came together in September 2023 for folks on Vancouver Island who live north of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Area.  At the moment we hold events at the Fairwinds Golf Course in Nanoose Bay and, in future, we are looking forward to working with Vancouver Island University.  CIC Vancouver Island was pleased to kick off 2024 with our first-ever ‘Politics in the Club’ event. The Politics in the Club Series will enable CIC Vancouver Island members to meet regularly to discuss foreign affairs and other policy issues in a comfortable setting. 

Our next event is scheduled for 29 February 2024. 

Politics in the Club:  The Challenges of Securing Canada’s Arctic Frontier”

This event is the second of two “Politics in the Club” sessions focusing on Canada and the Arctic. In late-January, Peder Roberts encouraged participants to consider the reasons Canada should invest in Arctic science.

Our second session, to be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 will shine the arctic light on a different perspective, that of protecting Canadian sovereignty in a geographic region of considerable military and economic significance.

Professor Will Greaves is an associate professor of international relations at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on global politics and security, climate change and energy, Indigenous peoples, Canadian foreign policy and the circumpolar Arctic. 

Professor Greaves is author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has co-edited 2 books: Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic and One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance.

The Politics in the Club Series enables CIC Vancouver Island Members to meet regularly to discuss foreign affairs and other policy issues in a comfortable setting. Each meeting is limited to just 24 CIC members. The all-inclusive entrance fee of $25 entitles participants to an (alcohol or non-alcohol) beverage, finger food, and a moderated discussion, guided by a renowned expert on the topic under discussion.

LOCATION: Fairwinds Golf Centre

ADDRESS: 3730 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9J6

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 29th, 2024, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

COST: $25.00 (includes one beverage and appetizer)

LIMIT: 24 tickets, limited to CIC Members Only

TO REGISTER: “Control/Click” on this link: here

CONTACTS: Terry Kelly at or Margaret Stevens at


Our following event is scheduled for 20 March 2024.

“Taiwan-Canada Relations (Within the Indo-Pacific Stratagem)”

Rising geopolitical tensions in the Taiwan Strait place Taiwan in the international spotlight. Canadian policy toward Taiwan is defined in :

  •  Global Affairs Canada’s “Indo-Pacific Strategy,” and
  •  House of Commons’ “Canada and Taiwan: A Strong Relationship in Turbulent Times.”

Both documents reinforce the importance of Canada’s relationship with Taiwan.  Taiwan is Canada’s 13th largest trading partner worldwide and 6th largest trading partner in Asia. The stability of this region holds considerable importance for the
interests of both Taiwanese and Canadians.

Director General Lihsin (Angel) Liu of the “Taipei Economic and Cultural Office” in Vancouver is Taiwan’s highest ranking diplomat in Western Canada.

Director General Liu will present an overview on Canada-Taiwan relations, express her views on ways to strengthen the relationship, and highlight how the two countries can work together to solidify economic, cultural, and Indigenous relationships.  She will also discuss ways in which China interfered in Taiwan’s recent Presidential election and how Taiwan responded with democratic resilience.  Prior to her current post, Director General Liu served in many roles with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her 25 years with the Ministry, she served in Houston and Los Angeles in the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister’s Office, Mainland Affairs Council, and departments responsible for North American, East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Director General Liu holds a master’s degree in China Studies and International Economics from John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

LOCATION: Fairwinds Golf Centre
ADDRESS: 3730 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9J6
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 12PM – 2PM

COST: $30.00 (includes lecture & light lunch)TO REGISTER: “Click” on the “Eventbrite” Ticket Link: here

CONTACTS: Terry Kelly at or Margaret Stevens at

Please consider joining our branch and it is easy to do by visiting the CIC national website here:


2023 Events

December Events:

    1)  For January 27 2024 we had our first-ever ‘Politics in the Club’ event.  Peder Roberts will explore reasons “Why Canada Should Invest in Arctic Science.

About the Presenter:

Peder is an Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is particularly interested in the connections between science, politics, and environmental management in the Polar Regions from the twentieth century through to the present.

     2)  For January 31 2024 event, we hosted Professor Reeta Tremblay, PhD, Professor Emerita of Comparative Politics at the University of Victoria.  She will be here to speak about “Unpacking the escalating diplomatic crisis between Canada & India: What are the deep roots of the rift?” 

About the presenter:

Reeta Tremblay, PhD, Professor Emerita of Comparative Politics at the University of Victoria. 

Professor Tremblay’s major areas of research are: secessionist movements (Kashmir) in South Asia, the politics of subaltern resistance
and accommodation in post-colonial societies, democracy and governance, and comparative federalism. She has authored and co-
authored several books, articles, and reviews. Her work has been widely reviewed and cited. In particular, she is considered the leading North
American expert on Kashmir and India-Pakistan relations. Two of her recent books are: Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir (2020) and
Modi’s Foreign Policy (2017).

November Event:  “Canada Alone: Navigating the Post-American World”

Professor Kim Nossal discussing his new book, “Canada Alone: Navigating the Post-America World.”

 About the author: 

Kim attended the University of Toronto in the early and mid-1970s, receiving all his degrees from that institution: B.A. (1972), M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1977). In 1976, he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and taught there for twenty-five years, serving as chair of the Department from 1992 to 1996. In 2001 he went to Queen’s University as the head of the Department of Political Studies, a position he held until 2009. From 2011 to 2013, he was the director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy, and from 2013 to 2015, served as Chair of Policy Studies and the director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies. He retired from Queen’s in 2020. 


October Event:   Putin’s Shadow – Causes & Consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian War

Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine continues to be the biggest threat to peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Indeed, for over 18-months the world has witnessed horrific scenes created by Russia’s invasion, while Ukrainians, supported by their Western allies, have fought back heroically with everything they have. Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country, while many others have been internally displaced. Globally, the world’s number one (Russia) and number five (Ukraine) wheat exporters are also delivering less and less grain to the rest of the world, creating significant food shortages in many countries. All told, the Russo-Ukrainian War has become an unmitigated disaster for Ukraine and increasingly so for Russia, diminishing the latter’s standing to a point seemingly beyond recovery. Events could easily spiral out-of-control, especially as Moscow runs out of options.

Join us as we hear from our speaker Dr. Chris Kilford.  Chris is a member of the national board of holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations in the developing world and is a Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a sessional professor with the Canadian Forces College and an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University. Chris enjoyed a 36-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a senior army officer. From July 2009 until July 2010, he served in Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy Military Attaché. From July 2011 to July 2014 he was the Canadian Defence Attaché to Turkiye with cross accreditation to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkmenistan. Chris retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2014 and since then his book chapters, articles and opinion pieces on Canadian and international defence and foreign policy issues have appeared in numerous Canadian and international publications.

Branch Executive Leadership

Terry Kelly




 Margaret Stevens

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