The CIC Virtual Events Series



CIC Young Professionals Network:  In Conversation with World Health Organization Special Advisor Peter A. Singer

Thursday, October 29, 2020 12PM ET (9AM PT)

As the world is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be in conversation with Peter A. Singer, the Special Advisor to the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to learn more about their efforts to date and the work ahead.

Peter will discuss topical issues such as the global effects of COVID-19, as well as his experiences and personal role within the WHO.  Thereafter, there will be a Q&A where the virtual audience will have a chance to interact with him and ask their questions.

About our speaker: 

Dr. Peter Singer is the Special Advisor to the Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization. In this role he supports the Director General to transform WHO into an Organization sharply focused on impact at the country level. Dr Singer co-chaired the transition team; was the architect of WHO’s strategy and its “triple billion” target; works with colleagues to guide consistent strategy implementation of WHO’s programme budget, results framework and first investment case; and provides leadership to the secretariat of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing to strengthen collaboration among 12 multilateral agencies to accelerate the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Next In The Series


CIC Victoria: The Hidden Hand of the Chinese Communist Party (Member-Only)

Wednesday, October 27, 2020 7PM ET (4PM PT)

More information TBA.

CIC Ottawa: U.S. Election: Ambassadors’ Panel 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6PM ET (3PM PT)

The United States election on November 3, 2020 will be one of the most consequential in American history, with domestic, bilateral, trilateral, and global implications. Former Ambassadors of Canada to the United States Derek Burney and Michael Kergin, who served as head of mission in Washington, D.C. from 1989-1993 and 2000-2005, respectively, were key actors at critical points in bilateral relations and retain a privileged position to analyze current events. Former CBC journalist David Halton, who as the network’s senior Washington correspondent from 1991-2006 covered four presidential elections, will moderate a conversation with the two former ambassadors. Join us for an evening of stimulating discussion on the state of the presidential and congressional elections and on how various outcomes might affect Canadian and global priorities. 

CIC Victoria: What just happened? A US election wrap with Larry Hass and Jeremy Kinsman (Member-Only)

Monday, November 9, 2020 7PM ET (4PM PT)

More information TBA.

CIC Young Professionals Network: Michael Petrou on Open Canada & Writing on International Relations

Friday, November 13, 2020 12PM ET (9AM PT)

Michael Petrou was recently named the new Editor-in-Chief of Open Canada, the award-winning digital publication which engages everyday Canadians in national conversations on global affairs. Michael Petrou will be joining the Canadian International Council Young Professionals Network to talk about his vision for Open Canada and how to get involved.

His presentation will be followed by a questions and answer session where Michael Petrou will also ask take your questions on everything from Open Canada, his career and insights on international reporting, and what he looks for in a Open Canada contributor.

About Michael Petrou:

As a journalist and historian, Michael Petrou has won three National Magazine Awards and has reported across the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. Petrou studied at the University of Oxford’s Saint Antony’s College and was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to his appointment as Editor-in-Chief, he served as a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program and an adjunct professor in its Department of History. His 2012 book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction. Petrou has also served as a fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and the Canadian International Council.

CIC Edmonton: Canadian Foreign Policy and the National Insterest Post COVID-19

Thursday, November 19, 2020 8PM ET (6PM MT)

From issues within global supply chains to shortcomings of international organizations, the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps and challenges in the international system.  Canada has not been immune to these impacts. These disruptions and challenges caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 spur the question of whether Canada should reassess Canadian foreign policy as well as what is in the national interest in a post COVID-19 world.

Are Canadian ambitions and priorities going to shift in a post-COVID-19 world or will Canada continue down the same path? What new challenges can Canada expect to face?  The Canadian International Council Edmonton Branch is being joined by a panel of experts to help us understand the future of Canadian foreign policy and the national interest. The panel includes:

Ann Fitz-Gerald is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science Department. Prof. Fitz-Gerald has acted as a Senior Security and Justice Adviser for the UK Government, was appointed as a Senior Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute in London,  and has work with a number of countries on issues relating to national security policy/strategy issues, including: Ukraine, Lebanon, Canada, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Botswana, Jamaica, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Albania, Montenegro and Nigeria. She has also supported internationally sponsored peace talks including support to the AU High Implementation Panel during the post-referendum peace talks between North and South Sudan.

Robert Murray is the President of the Grande Prairie Regional College. Prior to leading the GPRC, Dr. Murray was the managing director of the government practice group at Dentons Canada LLP where he counseled public-sector and private-sector organizations from a wide range of industries on strategic development and planning, organizational change, crisis and issues management, policy analysis and development, risk analysis and mitigation, governance and government affairs within Canada and globally.  Dr. Murray holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta as well as holds a Senior Fellowship at the Canadian International Council and a Senior Fellowship at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

Stephen Wallace is the former Deputy of the Governor General of Canada and has a long career in public Service. Previously, Mr. Wallace spent many years with the Canadian International Development Agency, serving as vice-president of the Policy Branch and Afghanistan Task Force. His public policy assignments included the Special Joint Committee of Parliament Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy, as well as work on civil society with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As a senior public servant, Mr. Wallace also served as assistant secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat and associate deputy minister for the Department of Canadian Heritage.

CIC Victoria: In conversation with William Pike, Editor-in-Chief of the Nairobi Star (Member-Only)

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11AM ET (8AM PT)

More information TBA.

CIC Young Professionals Network:  In Discussion with Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon Chantal Chasteney 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12PM ET (9 AM PT)

More information coming soon.

CIC Edmonton: Bexit During COVID-19

Monday, December 7, 2020 4PM ET (6PM MT)

More Information coming soon.