About the YPN

Upcoming Events

Careers in International Development Panel

Are you interested in a career in international development but are not sure where to start? Join the CIC Young Professionals Network on January 25th to gain insights and advice from established professionals in their fields.  The event will consist of an opportunity to speak directly to guests and ask your questions.

Speakers include:

Simon Chorley is the International Programs Manager at UNICEF Canada.  He has almost 15 years of experience in human rights and international development, having previously worked for an international anti-human trafficking organization in the UK. He was born in England, grew up in East Africa, and currently lives in Ontario with his wife and two children.

Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University. He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where he was posted to the Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) and Switzerland (Geneva). Prior to that he worked for CARE Canada in Albania and later at its headquarters in Ottawa, where he managed various humanitarian response initiatives and peace-building projects in Afghanistan, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Hayley Mundeva is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of ThriveHire. Before venturing into the startup space, Hayley worked for 4 years on Global Health research projects in Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. She has 2 degrees in Global Health and is a certified trainer in social entrepreneurship. Hayley is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda where she is spearheading partnerships with both local and international organizations.

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You can find more CIC YPN events on the CIC Events Calendar

Discussion Forums

Want to learn more or lead a discussion forum?  Contact us at ypn-rjp@thecic.org.

Discussion Forum News

Foreign Affairs Virtual Book Club Winter Read: Canada on the United Nations Security Council

The people have chosen Canada on the United Nations Security Council by Adam Chapnick as our first book club read! Interested members are encouraged to read the book and a discussion group meeting will be organized in the New Year to discuss the book.

Interested in joining the Book Club?  Email us at ypn-rjp@thecic.org or register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc–upjIuGNY1LrCqgjodQ4jojkWcDO0-

About the book: As the twentieth century ended, Canada was completing its sixth term on the UN Security Council. A decade later, Ottawa’s attempt to return to the council was dramatically rejected by its global peers, leaving Canadians – and international observers – shocked and disappointed. Canada on the United Nations Security Council tells the story of that defeat and what it means for future campaigns, describing and analyzing Canada’s attempts since 1946, both successful and unsuccessful, to gain a seat as a non-permanent member. Impeccably researched and clearly written, this is the definitive history of the Canadian experience on the world’s most powerful stage. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2I1947V

Opportunities Board


Ryerson University

Location: Remote

Expiry date: January 16, 2021

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Junior Researcher

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Location: Vancouver, BC

Expiry date: January 31, 2021

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Young Global Leader

World Economic Forum

Location: Remote

Expiry date: April 30, 2021

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Looking for more opportunities? Please consider checking these other job boards for opportunities in international relations:

Impact Pool

Job vacancies in the European Union, United Nations and International Organizations

80,000 Hours

Opportunities in organizations that are working on some of the world’s most pressing problems

Government of Canada Job Bank

Highlights opportunities and job postings from across the Canada


Do you have any opportunities you think should be featured on the board?  Let us know at ypn-rjp@thecic.org.

Meet the YPN Executive

Vice-President, Research and Content Development


Anna leads the development and organization of CIC YPN research endeavors, which can include conducting information gathering projects and analysis regarding international issues, activities, policies, legislation, etc. on behalf of the CIC YPN or as outlined in the annual work plan.

Vice President, Digital Media and Communications 


Tannishtha develops and maintains the CIC YPN’s branding, curates CIC YPN social media groups, coordinates with the CIC and its associated branches in developing web content directed towards young professionals.

Vice-President, Membership


Sahar maintains up-to-date roster of current CIC members participating in CIC YPN, recruits new members into CIC YPN, responds to inquiries from network members and other stakeholders, and re-confirms on an annual basis membership requirements to participation in CIC YPN in consultation with others on the executive committee.

Secretary &Treasurer

Erik manages internal documents, maintains cloud storage/IT assets, works with network chair and vice-chair to book regular network executive meetings, compiles meeting minutes during executive meetings, maintains ToR documents, tracks network budget, develops financial reports as required by the CIC.


Rai assists the network President in leading CIC YPN, maintains the network work plan, provides input and feedback in network strategic planning and visioning, coordinates across CIC YPN executive portfolios, acts as secondary focal point of leadership when network chair is unable or unavailable to carry out duties.



Kevin acts as focal of leadership for CIC YPN, maintains positive relationships with network and local CIC branches, coordinates and leads the activities of CIC YPN, acts as the main point of contact between CIC YPN and the CIC Board of Directors and leadership team, conducts strategic planning and visioning activities as required.

Get Involved

Become a YPN Ambassador!

Have an idea for a YPN event or would you like to spearhead a discussion forum group? Become a YPN Ambassador! 

YPN Ambassadors are actively engaged in their local branch activities and have a keen interest in collaborating with the YPN Executive Members with running events, research initiatives, and content development. 

Working with the CIC YPN is a great way to  contribute to important discussions in foreign affairs, expand your network and skill sets, and help build an engaged international relations community across Canada! 

Reach out to ypn-rjp@thecic.org to learn how you can get involved!

Join the Next Online YPN Meeting!

The YPN meets monthly to discuss ongoing activities and plan for new events. Want to share your ideas? Join us!

Meeting date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 1PM -3PM EST

Register here to join. 

Contact Us


Have any questions? Want to get involved? You can reach out to the YPN by email at ypn-rjp@thecic.org

YPN Documents

Read the YPN Terms of Reference (2020) here.