The CIC Virtual Events Series

Please note that the CIC runs few events in July and August. Events will return to regular frequency in September. 


CIC Edmonton: Understanding the Hong Kong Protests

Monday, August 10, 2020 8PM ET (6PM MT)

Event overview:

For months, demonstrations and protests have engulfed Hong Kong.  While Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China that is governed according to the ‘one country, two systems’ rule, recent actions by Beijing – such as an attempt to impose a controversial extradition bill last year and the recent implementation of a national security bill that broadens Beijing’s powers to investigate, prosecute and punish suspected criminals in Hong Kong – have led to sustained protests to protect the autonomy of Hong Kong as well as pro-democracy movements.

 What do these protests mean for the future of Hong Kong and China? What does international reactions signal to Hong Kong and to China?  CIC Edmonton has assembled a panel of experts to answer questions on the Hong Kong protests. 

The panel includes:

Professor Gordon Houlden is the Director of the China Institute, professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, and Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. Previously working in the Canadian Foreign Service, he spent twenty-two of his years working on Chinese affairs for the Government of Canada. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Dr. Lynette H. Ong is an associate professor of political science at the University Of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Dr. Ong was a Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies in 2008-09 and she has held visiting positions at Harvard University and other universities in Asia, has numerous journal publications that have appeared in the International Political Science Review, China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia and wrote a book called Prosper or Perish, which outlines the perils of mounting local government debt and non-sustainability of the “China model”.

Professor Alejandro Reyes is the director of knowledge dissemination and associate professor at the Asia Global Institute of The University of Hong Kong. Previous to this position, he served as senior policy adviser to the assistant deputy minister for Asia Pacific and co-convenor of the Asia Pacific Policy Hub at Global Affairs Canada. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Oxford and in 2000 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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CIC Edmonton: The Future of Canada-U.S. Trade 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 8PM ET (6PM MT)

Event overview:

The Canada-US-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), often referred to as the NEW NAFTA, came into force on July 1st after three years of often contentious negotiations. Though the agreement is in place, there is still uncertainty moving forward for Canada: With the United States again considering slapping tariffs on aluminum imports coming from Canada, will this new deal provide the certainty and stability has originally hoped? With changes affecting key Canadian sectors, such as dairy, will this agreement ultimately be to the benefit of the Canadian economy or a loss? Will it impair Canada’s trading relationships elsewhere?

CIC Edmonton has assembled a panel of experts to answer your questions on what comes next n the future of Canada-US trade.

The panel includes:

Dr. Greg Anderson is a professor in political science at the University of Alberta. He earned a earned a B.A. in history from Brigham Young University, an M.A., also in history, from the University of Alberta, and earned a PhD from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (Johns Hopkins/SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He has have authored numerous pieces focused on Canada-U.S. relations, the politics of international trade and investment policy, U.S. foreign economic policy, and the impact of the global economy on forms of governance.

Carlo Dade is the director of the Trade & Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation where he develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

Dr. Meredith Lilly is an Associate Professor at Carleton University where she holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs focused on trade policy. She is also Associate Director of the MA Program at NPSIA. Dr. Lilly is a national award-winning researcher with extensive experience in public policy development and executive branch decision making. She previously served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and oversaw within the Prime Minister’s Office the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, South Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership among other files.