Halifax Branch
Email: halifax@thecic.org
Phone: 902-403-4325

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

Kevin Deveaux

Tanya Lush & Gary Logan
Jesslyn MacKinnon

Programming Chair
Simone LeGrand King

Past President
Valerie Bachynsky

Communications Chair
Peter Day



Norma MacIsaac
Scott Burbidge
Paul Bennett


Strategic Planning Chair
Maxim Shvedov
Membership & Diversity Chair
Natalie Ghosn



Upcoming Events

Please see the CIC events calendar

Past Events & Summaries

Recent events have included:

  • 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, Nov 8, 2021
  • A Conversation with Women in International Affairs, March 8, 2021