AGM 2022
Contact
Email: winnipeg@thecic.org
Phone: +1(204) 996-3422
Location
Winnipeg, MB
Canada
About

The Winnipeg Branch delivers an annual Speakers Program between September and June. Our speakers include academics, professionals, advocates, and practitioners from all backgrounds representing a wide range of opinion. Most CIC events in Winnipeg are free to the public, while CIC members enjoy exclusive access to the speakers.

The Winnipeg Branch showcases local speakers and occasionally invites external speakers to engage Manitobans in discussions about issues related to Canadian foreign policy. Branch events range from individual speakers to multi-speaker panels and multi-panel conferences. Our events are delivered in -in-person, virtual and hybrid formats. Virtual and hybrid events allow local experts to reach a wider audience. The Winnipeg Branch also sponsors student conferences, such as the J. W. Dafoe Political Studies Student Conference at the University of Manitoba.

The Winnipeg Branch is dedicated to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in all that it does. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We expect all working with our Branch to embrace respect and tolerance as core principles of our work and to express them in interactions and through everyday practices.

We recognise that Canadian foreign policy is a product of the complex interplay between our national values and interests, and the policies, behaviours, and perspectives of other states. We encourage discussion on any topic that provides insight about the ideas that influence the behaviour of states and individuals. We aspire to help Canadians develop the knowledge necessary to find their way in a complex and competitive world.

The Winnipeg Branch was originally formed in 1928 as a Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA), from three local groups known as the Canadian League. The Winnipeg Branch, the largest of the original 1928 branches, was one of the most active branches during the 1930s. In 1935, the Winnipeg Branch began sponsoring popular radio broadcasts on international affairs. John W. Dafoe, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, contributed greatly to the growth and success of the Branch, first as vice-president and later president of the CIIA. On 19 November 2008, the Winnipeg Branch was the first Branch created under the auspices of the Canadian International Council (CIC), successor to the CIIA.

Branch Executive Leadership

President
Brad Kirbyson

Vice-President
Vacant

Treasurer
Jim Cornelius

Secretary
Elizabeth St. John

Past President
Robert Nash

Directors
Alexandra Shkandrij
Nic Slonosky
Johnson Olu-Egbuniwe
Judy Undiks
George Kolomaya
Kelsey Dappa

Ex-Officio
Alexandre Côté, Global Affairs Canada

University Faculty Advisors
Bryce Offenburger (University of Manitoba)
Saad Khan (University of Winnipeg)
Jonathan Sears (Canadian Mennonite University)
Mamadou Ka (Université de Saint-Boniface)

University Student Representatives
Juan Maturan (University of Manitoba)
Liam Reid (University of Winnipeg)
Vacant (Canadian Mennonite University)
Vacant (Université de Saint-Boniface)

Upcoming Events

WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE

Dr. Kjell Anderson will outline and explain the types of international crimes we are witnessing in Ukraine, as well as highlighting some proposed options for accountability.

Kjell is criminologist and jurist focused on understanding and responding to mass atrocities. He is the Director of the Master of Human Rights program, as well as an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Orysia Kulick will focus on Russian crimes committed against Ukrainian civilians and what that tells us about Russia’s purported aims in Ukraine, highlighting, in particular, gender-based violence, the kidnapping of children, and other acts that have led to indictments of Russian officials in international courts.

Orysia is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, where she is cross appointed between the Departments of Political Studies and German and Slavic Studies.

Event Date:         May 24, 2023

Event Time:         Opening 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm

Event Location:  Canadian Mennonite University

Event Address:   500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

It is a free public event

For Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R5PujL5FQ1mglHwIb6aQ8g?fbclid=IwAR0BJ-ePQc8zVmJ6mOYdd7wMHj6WwCOFKlZoVAoM4Vw2tdVhJixZ_5WB6AI#/

For registration, please use the following EventBrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/war-crimes-in-ukraine-tickets-628050464847?fbclid=IwAR2bd8nc587VcjqpVfRrPb9WCJSrxU-xr9UQXJuw3oGo6dPCTp6pB5pyCX8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Past Events

Here are some highlights from our past event with our speaker Mr. Tom Axworthy on April 11, 2023.

He thanked everybody for coming out and expressed his idea of creating a “Democracy Canada” agency for Canada to promote democratic values was thought-provoking.

 

 

Upcoming Events

WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE

Dr. Kjell Anderson will outline and explain the types of international crimes we are witnessing in Ukraine, as well as highlighting some proposed options for accountability.

Kjell is criminologist and jurist focused on understanding and responding to mass atrocities. He is the Director of the Master of Human Rights program, as well as an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Orysia Kulick will focus on Russian crimes committed against Ukrainian civilians and what that tells us about Russia’s purported aims in Ukraine, highlighting, in particular, gender-based violence, the kidnapping of children, and other acts that have led to indictments of Russian officials in international courts.

Orysia is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, where she is cross appointed between the Departments of Political Studies and German and Slavic Studies.

Event Date:         May 24, 2023

Event Time:         Opening 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm

Event Location:  Canadian Mennonite University

Event Address:   500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

It is a free public event

For Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R5PujL5FQ1mglHwIb6aQ8g?fbclid=IwAR0BJ-ePQc8zVmJ6mOYdd7wMHj6WwCOFKlZoVAoM4Vw2tdVhJixZ_5WB6AI#/

For registration, please use the following EventBrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/war-crimes-in-ukraine-tickets-628050464847?fbclid=IwAR2bd8nc587VcjqpVfRrPb9WCJSrxU-xr9UQXJuw3oGo6dPCTp6pB5pyCX8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Past Events

Here are some highlights from our past event with our speaker Mr. Tom Axworthy on April 11, 2023.

He thanked everybody for coming out and expressed his idea of creating a “Democracy Canada” agency for Canada to promote democratic values was thought-provoking.