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National Capital (Ottawa)


Letter from the President

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the homepage of the National Capital Branch.

With over 330 members many with careers in the international activities of our country we have significant capacity, last year we had over 40 events, with eight teams provide vibrant programming:

  • Monthly dinner meetings, frequently covered by CPAC;
  • Our activities with something of a youth focus involve our monthly Politics @ the Pub gatherings, Career Expos, and CIC at the University of Ottawa events;
  • And four study groups – on Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East – each holding meetings with speakers, as often as once a month;
  • Finally, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) organizes events of learning and discussion for senior civil servants. As well, the FPI organized a major conference on South East Asia in Ottawa in November 2014.

On behalf of the board, we look forward to meeting you, and hope you find some things of interest in our programming for you.

David Dyment PhD
President, CIC National Capital Branch



Please explore this page for materials from two recent conferences, and to learn more about the range of our activities. Our programming generates often as many as three events a week, from September through June.

Perhaps click on the link “Study Groups” if you’re interested in learning more about the four regions of the world for which we have groups.

Please enjoy our programming and associated web content!


Branch Executive

David Dyment

Ayesha Harji

Past President
John Noble

Abbie Dann
Diane Tisdall

Katherine Burke

Stephen Baranyi
Michael Bell
John Burnett
Dan Edwards
Sara Ghoreishi Nejad
David Halton
Hugh Henry
Vicken Koundakjian
Akbar Manoussi
Louise Ouimet
Sandelle Scrimshaw
Tolga Yalkin

Wisam Salih

George Jacoby

Ex Officio
Olivia Dorey (uOttawa student)
Joseph Landry
(Carleton student)
Randolf Harrold (Special Projects)


June 18, 2015

CPAC recording of May 27th event, Prospects for Peace in the Internet Age, is now available

On May 27th, the CIC National Capital Branch, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and with the SecDev Foundation, hosted Prospects for P…

June 12, 2015

Video recording now available of June 2nd event on Canadian foreign policy and the next federal election

On June 2nd, Moderator Lawrence Martin of the Globe and Mail and representatives of the major federal political parties took part in a lively panel discussion of each p…

May 7, 2015

Video of April 30th event on international human rights and terrorism with Dr. Stephen Toope is now available

On April 30th, 2015 the CIC National Capital Branch held an event on International Human Rights and Terrorism with internationally renowned scholar Stephen Toope. T…

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