About the YPN

Upcoming Events

Food Security and COVID-19 Panel Event

Throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 reduced incomes and disrupted supply chains.  Now, evidence suggests that many in Canada and around the world are at a greater risk to food insecurity.

Inadequate and insecure access to food can have local, national, and global implications.  As COVID-19 continues to disrupt global systems and individual lives, are there opportunities to improve food security in Canada and around the world?
To help us understand the local and global implications of COVID-19 on food security and whether there are any opportunities to build back better, The Canadian International Council’s Young Professionals Network and the CIC Edmonton Branch have assembled an expert panel to share their insights and answer audience questions.
Where: Online (free event)
When: September 15, 2021
What time:  1PM-2PM EST (11AM-12PM MST)

To register:  https://bit.ly/3yRuxoT

           Defying the Taliban – An Afghan Refugee Story with Robina Aryubwal


The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis.  To help us understand the consequences of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the human rights situation faced by Afghans, as well as to share her experiences fleeing the Taliban and life as, the CIC Young Professionals Networks is being joined by Robina Aryubwal. The discussion will include the opportunity for audience questions.


About the speaker:


Robina Aryubwal risked her life studying in secret and helping her parents lead a secret school in their home while living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.  She ultimately left Afghanistan with her family after they were targeted by a war lord.  Her remarkable journey from Afghanistan is detailed in the award winning book by CBC journalist Carol Off, All We Leave Behind.


Where: Online (free event)


When: September 30, 2021


What time:  6-7PM EST (3-4PM PT)


To register: https://bit.ly/3npebB5

1.      In Conversation with Sheila North on MMIW and Indigenous Rights


The CIC Young Professionals Networks will be joined by former Grand Chief Sheila North, who will speak to CIC members on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and how Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people. 


The event will include the opportunity for audience questions.


About the speaker:


Sheila North is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation & was previously elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). She has also acted as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio personality & a Cree translator.


Sheila is passionate about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). With this in mind, she created the hashtag, #MMIW. She continues to work closely with families, friends, as well as Indigenous and non- Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people.  Sheila has co-produced the TV documentary “1200+, part-1 which highlights some of the systemic issues that place Indigenous women at greater risk for violence and sexual exploitation.


Sheila is Gemini Award nominee as well as was featured in Chatelaine Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 Women of 2015.”


Where: Online (free event)


When: October 8, 2021


What time:  12-1PM EST (9-10AM PST)


To register: https://bit.ly/3z4w9Lx

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

Summer Book Choice:

The Book Club’s Summer read is Claws of the Panda by Jonathan Manthorpe!  


Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage.

Learn more about the book here.

 Interested in joining the Book Club? Join the conversation on our Slack page here.

Register for the next book club meeting:
Conversations on the book will happen through the Slack page as well as a discussion group meeting, which is planned for Sunday, September 19 at noon EST to 12:45PM EST. Register for the discussion group meeting here

Opportunities Board

Programme Management Officer

United Nations

Location: Montreal

Expiry date: September 31, 2021

Click here for more information

Policy Analyst

Cooperation Canada

Location: Ottawa or Remote

Expiry date: October 4, 2021

Click here for more information

Research  and Policy Analyst 

CA Center for Women’s Empowerment

Location: Ottawa

Expiry date: October 1, 2021

Click here for more information

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! 

Fill out the YPN Membership form here. or 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!

Reach out to ypn-rjp@thecic.org to get zoom link details!

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.