Phone: +1-(250) 995-8755
Today, with almost 300 members, CIC Victoria continues to foster an engaged, inspired, and connected global citizenry in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.
The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is home to academia (two universities and a large community college), manufacturing (ship and aircraft building and repair), research and development, global business, 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 which are held at the Union Club of BC. More recent talks have included: “What’s going on? – US Foreign Policy” by Harvey Rishikof (US National Security expert); “Global Strategic Security and Equality of Opportunity” by Hugh Segal (Head of Massey College, University of Toronto); and “North Korea: The Nuclear Question and Beyond” by Dr. Stephan Haggard (University of California, San Diego). We also hold monthly ‘Politics in the Pub’ sessions, which are informal evenings with panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise. Recent topics have included: “Refugee Movements”; “Canada’s relationship with China”; and “The Effects of Brexit for Europe and Canada”. Partner events with the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, on subjects of international interest provide our members with additional opportunities to meet and discuss current events as well.
CIC Victoria always welcomes new members. Recently, we have had a major influx of new student members resulting in the appointment of a Student Representative to help us grow even further. If you would like more information about CIC Victoria please contact the Branch Secretary at CIC.Victoria.Sec@gmail.com.
Branch Executive Leadership
Dr. Chris Kilford