District Branch


Dr. Aamir Taiyeb

Mailing Address

Canadian International Council International Department, 100 College Dr, North Bay, ON P1B 8K9


The CIC Nipissing District branch, established in 2008, is a vibrant group that brings together interested members of the North Bay community, the District of Nipissing, and the Nipissing First Nation to consider international issues and questions related to Canada’s foreign policy. Our members and supporters are from all walks of life. We strive to provide Nipissing with timely and enlightening discussions on international affairs.

As a branch, we hold 6-7 speaker events a year on a variety of topics.  In the past we hosted then Canadian Speaker of the House of Commons, Anthony Rota, and the former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Dr. Thomas Axworthy, among others. Please continue to visit the CIC events calendar for further event listings and we hope to welcome you to one of our events soon!

North Bay is a small city in Northeastern Ontario nestled on the shores of Lake Nipissing. One of its central roles is that of a crossroads. North Bay has a rich history in Canada’s aerial defence, is home to one of only four airports in Ontario capable of handling wide-bodied long-haul aircraft, and is the site of the eastern command of NORAD. Our role as a crossroads also extends to the airspace above us as aircraft crisscross our skies daily enroute across Canada, to Europe, to Asia and beyond.

With the completion of the dual-laning of Highway 11 in August 2012 we are also closer to Southern Ontario than ever before. In the future, the city’s links to James Bay may become more important in international trade as global warming makes shipping and air links across the Arctic basin a distinct possibility.

North Bay is also a very diverse community. The city is neighbours with several First Nations communities including the Nipissing First Nation. There are also energetic Franco-Ontarian and English speaking communities within the city. Additionally, immigration has rounded out our population, bringing people from around the world to settle in “the Bay.” Finally, we have two excellent academic institutions in the city: Nipissing University and Canadore College. Nipissing University started life as a teacher’s college over 100 years ago and remains committed to excellence in education to this date.

We are always looking for new members so please get in-touch!

Our thanks also to Northern Ontario Travel for permission to use the ‘Gateway to the North’ photo.


Northern Ontario Travel.

Gateway to the North, January 24, 2024:

Branch Executive Leadership

Dr. Aamir Taiyeb

Vice President
Dr. Manuel Litalien


Past President & Secretary
Dr. John Allison

Program Chair

Membership Chair


Social Media

Student Representative

Ex-Officio (Past President)
Dr. Robert Gendron (2009-2013)
Dr. John Allison (2013-2017)
Ms. Karen Strang (2017-2020)

Upcoming Events
Please visit the national events listings to see what is coming up.