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 we are looking forward to working with Vancouver Island University.  Currently, we have events planned in October and November.  Below is information about our October event, and on 29 November, we will be hosting Professor Kim Nossal, from Kingston, Ontario who will be here to speak about his new book: Canada Alone: Navigating the Post-American World.  Here is a link to his book: Canada Alone: Navigating the Post-American World: Nossal, Kim Richard: 9781459752450: Books –

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

When: Wednesday, 11 October

Where: Fairwinds Golf Centre – 3730 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9J6

Time: noon-2 pm

Cost: $25.50 (includes talk & light lunch)

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.

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Terry Kelly





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