National Capital (Ottawa) Branch
Phone: +1-613-903-4011
Mailing Address
CIC National Capital Branch
5305 River Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

The Ottawa-based National Capital Branch is enthusiastic about reaching out to groups and individuals whose activities and interests take them into foreign affairs. We have a growing network in Ottawa of over 1200, including 250 active members. The National Capital Branch is an increasingly diverse group with more young professionals, new Canadians, NGO startups, and women among our established network of policy experts, journalists, scholars, business people, students and engaged citizens.

We invite you to get involved in our wide-ranging activities, including our flagship speaker events, six study/working groups, Politics at the Pub events, occasional conferences, and a number of student and young professional focused activities.

The National Capital Branch study groups include: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, and North America. The National Capital Branch also hosts the Intelligence Futures Working group. To join these groups or learn more, please contact the respective group chairs listed below.

Youth Caucus

The Youth Caucus is a particularly vibrant group within the CIC National Capital Branch, leading a number of young professional and student programs. These include yearly international affairs career fairs for students, university clubs (currently at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Saint Paul University), a series of informal Politics @ the Pub get-togethers targeted towards students, young professionals, and the young at heart, held at a local pub with guest speakers, and high-profile, interactive events organized twice a year in Ottawa by thePanel.

Mentorship Program

The CIC National Capital (Ottawa) Branch Mentorship Program pairs student and young professional members with select, accomplished professional CIC members in a one-on-one mentoring partnership. Mentors represent a variety of career trajectories related to international affairs from government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

To find out more about the CIC National Capital Branch Youth Caucus programs, including how you could get involved as a volunteer, contact Ali Tejpar.


Through a generous partnership, the National Capital Branch’s events are often broadcast on the CPAC network. Additionally, a number of events can also be found on YouTube. A listing of these videos is available below.                                                                                                     

Every year the president of the National Capital Branch produces a report to inform its members about the local activities and products of the branch.

The National Capital Branch has produced variety of documents related to the history of the branch.

Branch Executive Leadership
Branch Executive Ex Officio

Hamid Jorjani

Jérôme Bilodeau (Programming)
Zoe Dugal (Mentorship)
Ali Tejpar (Membership)

Cameron Christie

Kelly Cholvat

Mariana Savka

Zarif Ahmed

Immediate Past-President
Elizabeth Kingston

David Dyment
Lynette Gillen
Patricia Fortier
Jennifer Irish
Peter MacArthur

Politics @ the Pub
Joshua Adams (lead)
Jennifer Irish

Mentorship Program
Arnelle Akobeto 

Social Media
Joshua Adams (lead)
Arnelle Akobeto

University Student Representatives
Joshua Adams (Carleton University)
Mariana Savka  (University of Ottawa)
Lola Bigioni (Queen’s University)

Africa Study Group
Cheickh Bangoura (Chair)
Asia-Pacific Study Group
Greg Goldhawk (Co-chair)
Harry Li (Co-chair)

Europe Study Group
Margaret Huber (Chair)

Latin America and the Caribbean Study Group
Rob Ready (Chair)

Middle East Study Group
Vicken Koundakjian (Chair)

North America Study Group
David MacDuff (Chair)

Security and Intelligence Study Group
Valerie Spencer Keyes

Upcoming Events
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