Halifax Branch

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Email: halifax@thecic.org


Since its formation in 1931, as a branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Halifax branch of today’s Canadian International Council has actively served to connect our local population with issues of the world and with knowledge of Canada’s role in the world community. The Halifax Branch is one of the Canadian International Council’s volunteer-run branches, which, together, hold over 150 events nationally on a wide variety of topics that can range in format from casual Politics at the Pub discussions to expert panels and formal conferences.

With a very knowledgeable and engaged group of academic, business and community members who share an interest in foreign affairs, international business and trade, and Canada’s role in the world, branch activities provide a unique networking opportunity for those who are in Halifax but who have their eyes on issues overseas. 

We also actively seek to establish relationships with other organizations and institutions in Halifax that share our interest in international affairs. Through these efforts, we have been able to develop stronger programs and extend our reach to include more of the community at large.

The Halifax branch is fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of Executive members who volunteer their time and expertise to organize events and ensure the success of the branch.

We welcome new members, partnership opportunities and ideas to enliven our speakers’ program or to help us to engage the wider public.

Branch Executive Leadership

Max Shvedov

Natalie Ghosn

Past President
Kevin Deveaux

Programming Chair
Simone LeGrand King

Communications Chair
Nirav Patel

Jesslyn MacKinnon
Norma MacIsaac
Madhuparna Gupta
Paul Bennett
Valerie Bachynsky
Peter Day
Tanya Lush

Upcoming Events

For all the upcoming events, please see

the CIC Events Calendar

Past Events

  • India Election 2024, Presentation and Fireside chat with Dr. Madhuparna Gupta, Instructor at the Department of Global Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University, May 6, 2024 
  • Implementing Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Presentation and Fireside chat with Mr. Audri Mukhopadhyay, Director of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Division 1, Global Affairs Canada, Apr. 8, 2024 
  • CIC-Halifax Annual General Meeting featuring Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of Halifax Port Authority, Mar. 6, 2024
  • Pursuing International Careers, Panel Discussion and Networking, Feb. 7, 2024
  • The Canadian-American Security Relationship & Canadian Army Operations, Panel Discussion, Nov. 16, 2023
  • Atlantic Canada and the Indo-Pacific, Hybrid Panel Discussion, Nov. 2, 2023
  • What’s Happening in Lebanon, Panel Discussion, May 24, 2023
  • A Conversation on Ukraine, Feb. 23, 2023
  • Young Professional Networking, Nov. 15, 2022
  • India, Southeast Asia and Regional Security, Oct. 18, 2022
  • The Pandemic, Education and Children Around the World, Feb. 9, 2022
  • Our Arctic, Panel Discussion, Nov. 8, 2021
  • A Conversation with Women in International Affairs, Mar. 8, 2021