Phone: +1-(250) 995-8755
Victoria became a Branch of the forerunner Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) in 1936. In 2016, with over 250 members, it became the second most active CIC branch, next to Ottawa.
Victoria is the centre of the Capital Regional District’s 386,000 inhabitants. No longer the sleepy ‘Tudor’ coastal town of years ago, it is a vibrant community blessed with marvellous weather. The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is also home to academia (two universities and a large community college), manufacturing (ship and aircraft building and repair), research and development, global business, and home of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. A significant percentage of the region’s population have government, diplomatic, military, business, and academia backgrounds. Bordering on the large maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific region, it is not surprising that there is a great interest in international affairs.
Victoria Branch events include top quality speakers at monthly luncheons which are held at the Union Club of BC. Topics this past year have included: “What’s goin’ on? – The US election – impacts on Canada” by Harvey Rishikof (former policy advisor to President Obama); “Canadian Foreign Policy-We’re not ‘back’ yet” by Stephen Toope (Director of Munk School of Global Affairs); “The importance of security and intelligence issues in Canadian life today” by Dick Fadden (former National Security Advisor).
The Branch also hosts ‘Politics in the Pub’, which are an informal evenings of panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise. Topics have included: “Taiwan – China Relations”; “The new Government’s emerging foreign policy”; “Canada’s relationship with China”; and “Brexit, EU, Canada”.
The Branch partners with both the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University on subjects and scholarships of international interest.
New members are welcome and should contact the Branch Secretary at CIC.Victoria.Sec@gmail.com and register online.
Branch Executive Leadership
Major-General (ret’d) Cam Ross
Past President (Ex Officio)