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Jennifer Jeffs

Jennifer Jeffs 
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Dr. Jennifer A. Jeffs is the President of the Canadian International Council (CIC), a non-partisan, membership-based research council focused on international affairs. Dr. Jeffs is a member of the editorial boards of International Journal, and Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica; a Director of Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI); a Director of the World Wildlife Fund, Canada; and a member of the International Women’s Forum. She is on the adjudication committee for the Donner Book Prize. Dr. Jeffs holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Toronto.


Jenn Jennifer Chylinski
Office Administrator
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Jennifer is an alumna of the University of Toronto where she received an B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology, World Religions and History. She has over seven years of experience in office administration and legal environments. Jennifer recently returned from working in Japan and has travelled extensively around South America. She has a strong background in community service and is especially interested in the study of languages and how to facilitate communication between cultures.

  Naomi Miller
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Naomi Miller is editor-at-large at the Canadian International Council (CIC). Since joining the team in 2011, Naomi has served as academic relations officer and as managing editor of International Journal. Naomi holds an M.St. in English language and literature from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in English from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

  Tayab Mohammed
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Tayab Mohammed is the Accountant at the Canadian International Council (CIC). He is a Commerce graduate and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh.

He headed the finance departments for a number of manufacturing industries outside Canada. From 1974-84 he was the finance manager and company secretary of Therapeutics (BD) Ltd., a pharmaceutical firm having manufacturing agreements with three American corporations: Cyanamid Overseas Corporation, Wyeth Laboratories and Bristol Myers Inc. In 1984, he moved to Zambia to join Zambia Oxygen Ltd., then a subsidiary of British Oxygen. His last assignment before immigrating to Canada was as the financial controller of Indeco Milling Ltd., a food-grain milling company with seven milling facilities spread over the country.

Since 1997, Tayab has worked for various commercial and non-profit organizations in Canada. Before joining the CIC, he worked for a project of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Belmont House, Toronto.

  Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is the Editor-in-Chief of He is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He was previously a Banting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. He is the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford, where he was Trudeau Scholar. He has been a lecturer at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the LSE, Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and he was an Action Canada Fellow. He has also worked as a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His personal website is, where he hosts published research and writings on international affairs, politics and the changing nature of media.

  Claire Schachter
Managing Editor,
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Claire recently completed her M.Phil in International Relations at Oxford University, where she was a William and Nona Heaslip Scholar, and specialized in American Foreign Policy and International Law. Claire holds a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from Trinity College, U of T.

  Deborah Shields
Director, Operations
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Deborah Shields joined the CIC team in the fall of 2009 and is the Director of Operations. She has worked in a variety of industries – banking, adventure travel and professional services, to name a few – and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Deborah has a Certificate in Business Management Fundamentals from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

  Shannon Snow
Programs Coordinator
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Shannon Snow is the Programs Coordinator at the Canadian International Council (CIC). Shannon joined the CIC team as an Intern in the fall of 2011. Having recently completed her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Toronto, she also holds a Diploma of Hispanic Studies from la Universidad de Salamanca, in Spain. Shannon has formerly worked at the Organization of American States and has longstanding experience in the communications field. In addition to her role at the CIC, Shannon sits on the board of the North American Model United Nations Inc.

  Laura Sunderland
Vice President, Programs
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Laura Sunderland is Vice President, Programs at the Canadian International Council (CIC). Since joining the CIC in 2007, she has worked on CIC programs and activities, communications and branch development. Prior to joining the CIC, Laura was Senior Researcher for the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She has written articles on the G8 and global health governance in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and in Ashgate’s Global Environmental Governance and Global Finance series. Laura holds a B.A. (Hons) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, where she studied international relations, economics and conflict resolution.

  Cameron Tulk
Production Manager,
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Cameron Tulk is the Production Manager of He was previously an editor at The Mark News. Cameron holds an M.A. in Media Production from Ryerson University, where he focused on multimedia storytelling and integration. He also has a  B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

  Scott Young
Fellow, International Relations and Digital Technology Project
Social Media Editor,

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Scott recently completed his M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, where he focused on the growing importance of global cities and transformations in transnational private authority. He also has a M.A. (with Distinction) in International Relations from the University of Warwick, where he studied as a Chevening scholar. Scott did his undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University, graduating with a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Political Science and Dialogue.