Saskatoon Branch



Phone:+1- (306) 385-9442


Since its formation in 1932, the Saskatoon branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC-Saskatoon) has actively served to connect our local populations with issues of the world –and with knowledge of Canada’s role in the world community. CIC-Saskatoon has a diverse and enthusiastic group of members who share a strong interest in foreign affairs, international business and trade. Our roster of branch members have included current and past university presidents, cabinet ministers, foreign policy practitioners and engaged citizens.


During non-COVID times, CIC-Saskatoon hosts some 15 events locally during our programming year of September to June. Currently, in these times of lockdown we serve as an aggregator, providing you with the means to attend via your computer virtual events that are taking place all aound the country in the name of CIC. Our events include single speaker keynote addresses, expert panel events, intimate and interactive Politics in the Pub events, and information sessions geared to young professionals interested in a career in international affairs.

Speakers at our events have included Ambassadors and Consuls General, Government ministers and officials, international trade experts, prominent academics and representatives of international development agencies. All of our events include a question and answer segment and an informal post-gathering, providing an opportunity for further education and excitement and to network.

Branch Executive Leadership

Branch Executive Ex Officio

Dan Sutherland

James Wood

Past President
Anton Canitz


Hans Michelmann
Reita Palmer

Anton Canitz
Dr. Kirsten Fisher
Martin Gaal
Leslee Mann
Dan Sutherland
Upcoming Events

A number of events have come up this week, and I want to share them with you in case these interest you and you have the time available:

[1] Tuesday, February 6: 5 pm – our friends at the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation host their monthly Global Connections networking event.
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Birmingham’s Vodka and Ale House (#109-810 Circle Drive East)
Free admission

Consider taking in this this nice and casual event, this time featuring Dr. Kishor M. Wasan, who will discuss Neglected Global Diseases and his work at UBC.

More information at

[2] Wednesday, February 7: 6 pm – the PSSA and our friends at Global Café are featuring International Citizen Board Games
6 pm – 9 pm
Education Students Lounge, Education Building (28 Campus Dr, University of Saskatchewan)
Free admission

Come and witness the unveiling or a number of board games, the term projects from last term’s Political Studies 201 class. These games were designed by students to highlight global issues and the concept of being a global citizen. These are not quite like the Monopoly or Clue games you had played in years past, but are designed to provide some focus on world development concepts “as you crush your opponents”. These board games provide some interesting insights on the world, and well worth witnessing.

[3] Thursday, February 8: 6 pm – CIC’s next Zoom event in its People, Places, Things series – Brad Kirbyson (CIC-Winnipeg) on “To Baghdad and Back: A CIC Member’s Story”
6 pm – 8 pm
On Zoom (Free admission)

In this continuation of our Zoom series, CIC members across Canada are involved in a wide variety of professions, and Brad Kirbyson is no exception to this. During his time working at the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg, Brad took on an eight-month temporary assignment at U.S Embassy Baghdad in 2008-9… where he saw some stuff. Brad will relay his experiences of the time, as we also talk about his history and that of CIC-Winnipeg one of the oldest branches.

To register for the event, go to



As well, we’re working on a number of additional events – there’s still a few details we’re working on, but please watch your calendar for:

  • March 8 (International Women’s Day) – CIC-Saskatoon will partner with our friends in Paivand for what is shaping up to be a major event on the #WomenLifeFreedom movement, in an impressive examination of its effects on politics, society and art!  More details to follow
  • June 11 – author George Takach will be speaking from his upcoming book, Cold War 2.0: Artificial Intelligence in the New Battle between China, Russia, and America. Details to follow.
  • And we’re following up on a number of other speaker possibilities for the time from now until June 11. If you have any leads on potential speakers on international topics, please reach out to me (at, and we’ll work to fit them in.

But, other than that….

Keep watching this space for upcoming events.