About the YPN

Upcoming Events

CIC Young Professionals Network: In Conversation with Humanitarian U Founder, Dr. Kristen Johnson MD.

The ongoing affects of climate change, global pandemics, and conflict, as well as natural disasters has increased the need for humanitarian aid and aid workers.

However, aid workers may not always have the cultural understanding as well as the skills and competencies needed to succeed.

To discuss global humanitarian aid and how to make humanitarian work better and more effective, the CIC Young Professionals Network will be joined by Dr. Kristen Johnson. Dr. Johnson will share her perspectives and answer audience questions.

There will be a Q&A period after the presentation.
About the Speaker:

Dr. Kirsten Johnson is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at McGill University. She is the President for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians as well as practices Emergency Medicine at McGill University’s Health Centre Hospitals and the far north of Quebec, in Nunavik. Dr. Johnson is also the founder and CEO of Humanitarian U, where she is involved in humanitarian professionalization and works on the development of competencies and standards for the training, education and certification of humanitarian responders globally.


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

March 2021 Book: The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Voting on the next book for the YPN Book Club is closed and a new book has been chosen! Discussions are ongoing on the Book Club Slack page, which you can join here

The club is now reading Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power.  You can learn more about the book here.

Interested in joining the Book Club?  The book club encourages members to read and discuss books on foreign policy.  Email us at ypn-rjp@thecic.org to learn more or join the slack page here

Opportunities Board

Policy Advisor


Location: Toronto

Expiry date: April 30, 2021

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Program Officer

Red Cross Canada

Location: Canada

Expiry date: April 30, 2021

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Young Global Leader

World Economic Forum

Location: Remote

Expiry date: April 30, 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! 

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!

Next Meeting dates

CIC Executive Meeting : The schedule for Executive meetings is as follows:

April Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

May Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m. ET

June Tuesday, June 29, 2021 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET     

Student Journal Working Group: The next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM ET (10AM-11AM PT). 

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.