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Victoria has had a long history and interest in international affairs. Victoria became a branch of the forerunner Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) in 1936.

Today, the Branch has over 200 active members, including academics, students, former public servants both from Foreign Affairs and the military, and interested public. Events of the Victoria Branch include a monthly luncheon speakers’ series, held at the Union Club of BC. In addition, the Branch hosts a series, Politics in the Pub, an informal evening of panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise; has organized events on campuses of both the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University and last October held an international conference in Victoria on “Pacific Northwest Gateway to Asia: Trade, Energy and Managing the Environmental Challenge”.

New members are welcome and should contact the Branch President at


Branch Executive

Hugh Stephens

Past Chairman (Ex officio)
Penny Bryden

Vice Chairmen
David Collins
Robert Horn

Jannie Scriabin 

Maureen Bennett 

Publicity Co-ordinator
Sheri Love Yasue 

uVic CIC Club Rep
Jeremy Sapers 

Honorary Auditor
(Ex Officio)
David Moore 

Members at Large
Alan Breakspear
Valerie Raymond
Cameron Ross
Paula Skippon



March 4, 2015

Photos from Politics in the Pub, Geopolitics of Oil

On March 2, the Victoria Branch hosted John Foster and Charles Kang for a discussion of the influence of energy issues on international relations. Below are photos fro…

December 4, 2014

CIC Victoria Conference Conclusions

Pacific Northwest Gateway to Asia: Trade, Energy and Managing the Environmental Challenge
Victoria Branch, Canadian International Council
Victoria, BC, October

November 7, 2014

Taiwan, China and the TPP

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations grind slowly forward, China and Taiwan are engage…

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