Canadian International Council

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Canadian International Council
Canadian International Council Official Logo.pdf
Formation 1928 (as Canadian Institute of International Affairs)
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website www.opencanada.org

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada’s foreign relations council. It is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada’s role in international affairs. The CIC reflects the ideas and interests of a broad constituency of Canadians who believe that a country’s foreign policy is not an esoteric concern of experts but directly affects the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC uses its deep historical roots, its cross-country network, and its research to advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors.

The CIC interacts with its audience and membership in person, in print, and online. The Council is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with 15 volunteer-run branches across Canada. CIC branches present offer CIC members speakers’ programs, study groups, conferences, and seminars. Branches are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, National Capital (Ottawa), Nipissing (North Bay), Saskatoon, South Saskatchewan (Regina), Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, and Winnipeg.

The CIC’s top quality foreign policy research program consists of an annual research project, the China Working Group, the Strategic Studies Working Group, the International Relations and Digital Technology Project (IRDTP), and International Journal, the Council’s academic publication.

The CIC’s digital media platform, OpenCanada.org is Canada’s hub for international affairs. Building on the CIC’s mandate to promote discussion on international affairs, the platform is the Canadian venue for those discussions. OpenCanada.org has published over 300 articles, 90 videos, and 20 In Depth series. OpenCanada leads the social media conversation on international affairs in Canada, with a highly engaged audience of over 20,000 on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube.


History[edit]

The CIC was originally formed in 1928 as the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA). In 1932, Escott Reid was appointed as the Institute’s first full-time National Secretary and began organizing annual study conferences where ideas could be exchanged. The conferences were largely round-table discussions and members of branch study groups were invited to participate. Reid also encouraged expansion of the CIIA’s membership and greater public participation in the work of the Institute. The CIC’s first corporate record dates to 1950, with the objective “to give attention to Canada’s position both as a member of the international community of nations and as a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.”[1]

In November 2007, members of the CIIA voted to become the Canadian International Council | Conseil international du Canada.

In May 2008, the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies (CISS) folded its operations into the CIC as the Strategic Studies Working Group.[2]

Today, the CIC continues to expand nationally and globally as a voice in international affairs.

Awards[edit]

For two years running, the CIC was recognized at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for its work with OpenCanada.[3] In 2013 the site won the Content of the Year award, as well as two gold medals for best overall online-only publication and online-only article or series in the academic and nonprofit media category.[4]

Research[edit]

CIC research extends through various programs, working groups, and projects.

IRDTP[edit]

IRDTP logo

The International Relations and Digital Technology Project(IRDTP) is managed jointly Between the CIC, the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. IRDTP is a new and innovative research initiative analyzing the impact of ubiquitous digital technology on the theory and practice of International Relations.

Annual Research Program[edit]

The CIC’s annual research programs have produced the following reports:

9 Habits of Highly Effective Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada, by Madelaine Drohan, Canada correspondent for The Economist

Rights and Rents: Why Canada must harness its intellectual property resources, by Karen Mazurkewich

Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age, by Edward Greenspon

Projects and Working Groups[edit]

CIC Projects and Working Groups include:[5]

Governance[edit]

The CIC’s Board of Directors[6] includes:


CIC's president is Dr. Jennifer Jeffs, former Deputy Executive Director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Dr. Jeffs has held a variety of leadership positions in think tanks, universities and public policy institutes in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. She is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica; a member of the editorial board of International Journal; a Director of the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI) in Mexico City; a Director of the World Wildlife Fund, Canada; and a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Dr. Jeffs holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Toronto.[7]

Publications[edit]

International Journal (IJ), established in 1946, is the CIC’s scholarly publication and Canada’s pre-eminent journal of global policy analysis. IJ is cross disciplinary, combining the insights of history, political science, and economics with anthropology and other social sciences to advance research and dialogue on issues of global significance.

In 2013 the CIC partnered with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and SAGE Publications to publish International Journal.

Funding[edit]

The Canadian International Council is a non-for-profit organization and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.

Funding comes from private sponsorship, membership fees, donations, and events. The CIC's major fundraiser is its Annual Gala Dinner, where the Globalist of the Year Award is presented. Past recipients include Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in 2012; Naguib Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding and Founding Member of the political party Al Masreyeen Al Aharrar in 2011; George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Institute in 2010; Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization in 2009; His Excellency Cheng Siwei, former Vice-Chairman of the 9th and 10th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the Republic of China and Chairman of the China Democratic National Construction Assembly in 2008; and Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2007.

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