Our Events

Jim Balsillie, Christine Lagarde and Tom Hockin at CIC Gala, 2012. CIC

The mission of the CIC is to promote an understanding of international affairs and Canada’s role in a changing world by providing interested Canadians with a non-partisan, nationwide forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate. Accordingly, the cornerstone of the CIC’s work is our events program. The CIC national office and branch network hold more than 100 events per year in cities across the country. Our branch events give members an opportunity to directly engage with global issues that often intersect with local concerns. The CIC also supports events outside of Canada, often in partnership with other global think tanks, that can introduce Canadian perspectives to global audiences. CIC events take on many different forms, from academic lectures and panel discussions to town hall meetings and pub nights. Please consult our events calendar for a listing of CIC-organized and -sponsored events. The calendar also lists key external events organized by CIC partners that address important international affairs issues.

If you have an idea for a CIC event, please contact us at info@thecic.org.

Don Newman, Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, His Excellency Cheng Siwei, Diana Swain at CIC event, 2008. CIC

CIC roundtable event, 2010. CIC

Bob Rae speaking to CIC members. Marcin Moka Photography

CIC Feast or Famine Lecture. Marcin Moka Photography

Signature Events

The CIC’s eclectic range of branch events, which vary by branch, includes the following:

  • Expert Lectures
  • Panel Discussions
  • Pub Nights
  • Debates
  • University Career Fairs
  • Lunch and Dinner Keynotes
  • Conferences and Workshops
  • Study Groups

The national office convenes signature events on a periodic basis in different parts of Canada and internationally, with the bulk of events in Toronto. They include:

Big Issue Lecture Series

The CIC convenes a quarterly lecture series on topical international affairs issues, featuring a high-profile speaker. Free to members and open to the public with the purchase of a ticket, these early evening lectures are followed by a reception.

CIC ePanel

The CIC organizes periodic virtual panels on foreign policy challenges that feature prominent experts and practitioners. The online panels, moderated by the CIC president, are free and open to the public and can be accessed using any internet-accessible web browser.

Borden Dinner

Named in honour of the first president of the CIIA (forerunner of the CIC), Sir Robert Borden (eighth prime minister of Canada), the Borden Dinners are quarterly fundraising dinners, capped at 50–60 attendees, that feature a high-profile special guest. The small size of the dinner gives participants a chance to interact with the special guest, who will also deliver brief remarks on a pre-arranged topic. Tickets for the dinner are open to the public, with members receiving a discount.

Coffee House Talks

These informal mid-afternoon talks by international affairs specialists feature interactive discussions with audiences over coffee and pastries. They are held periodically in and around the St. George campus of the University of Toronto.