Victoria Branch


Phone: +1-(250) 995-8755


Victoria became a Branch of the forerunner Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) in 1936. In 2017, with 240 members, it remains 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? – US Foreign Policy” by Harvey Rishikof (US National Security expert); “Global Strategic Security and Equality of Opportunity” by Hugh Segal (Head of Massey College, University of Toronto); and “Cuba – what to expect next” by Yves Gagnon (former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba).

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: “Refugee Movements”; “Post-Referendum: What next for the Turkish Republic?”; “Canada’s relationship with China”; and “The Effects of Brexit for Europe and 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 and register online.

Branch Executive Leadership

Dr. Chris Kilford

Marc Lortie

Roger Love

Paula Skippon

Membership Coordinator
Clive Caton

Alan Breakspear
Chris Brown
Mary Collins
Margaret Cornish
Marilyn Denton
Anne-Marie Gagnon
Jonathan Manthorpe
Gerald Thompson

Upcoming Events

Mon 26

CIC Victoria: Canada, Europe and Brexit

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT