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Letter from the President

pmeyerOn behalf of the Vancouver Branch executive committee, it is our pleasure to write these few words about our branch.  At the outset, we express our gratitude for the support of our membership and to those non-members who so often attend our events.

The Vancouver branch continues to be a vibrant and active branch, offering excellent programming while expanding its membership, network and profile in Vancouver as the go-to place in the foreign policy arena. Our branch social media networks continue to include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Email. Our Vancouver branch initiative, the online Foreign Affairs Bookclub, is currently being considered for a CIC-wide roll out.  A sampling of the topics covered throughout this year have been: a panel on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Mining Industry; Paul Evans on “Engaging China – the Management of Canada’s Relations with China from Trudeau to Harper”, John Adams, former CSEC head on cyber -security and Jeremy Kinsman on “Russia and Ukraine”.

As in past years, the branch fosters strong student ties in the city. We continue to host our Annual Inter-University Debate on International Relations between SFU and UBC, were an active supporter of the annual “Diplomacy 101″seesion organized by UBC’s International Relations Student Association (IRSA which featured a panel on “Terrorism & Conflict” in the fall, and for the second year, we will host a table at the upcoming UN Networking breakfast for students. These annual student events are very well received and are of considerable benefit to international relations and political science students. In addition, the branch has recently introduced pub nights with stimulating speakers geared in particular to our student and young professional constituencies.

Another branch initiative, our new monthly newsletter, highlights a review of past event, notice of upcoming events and other pertinent items of interest to our members.

We welcome your ideas and input and encourage you to contact us at vancouver@opencanada.org with any suggestions you might have.

Our very best,

Valerie Shapiro and Paul Meyer
Co-Presidents, CIC, Vancouver Branch

 

About

The Vancouver Branch has a long and proud history of drawing together the academic, diplomatic and downtown Vancouver business communities. The Branch is well placed to address Asia Pacific issues and to benefit from experts resident in the area. Links with organizations such as the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, university groups, corporations, government, and NGOs ensure a wide spectrum of speakers, subject matter, and breadth of audience. Our current membership is broad-based and includes academics, lawyers, business people, students, journalists, members of the consular corps, former senior diplomats and other experts, and those interested in international affairs.

Branch Executive

Co- Presidents
Valerie Shapiro
Paul Meyer

Past President
Craig Amundsen

Secretary
Claudia Arrieta Diaz


Members-at-Large
Gordon Longmuir
Kelsey Brooks
William Sullivan
John Arthur

Vice-President
Leandre Rupert-Bailey

Treasurer
Tony Southgate


Administrative Coordinator

Terralynn Forsyth

Ex officio
Elinor McNamee-Annett
Beckie Che

Social Media Outreach
Charles Dumbrille

 

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