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. However, in 1934, there were two Victoria representatives on the national council: W.T. Straith, a lawyer who later served in the provincial cabinet, and B.G. Nicholas, the legendary editor of the Victoria Daily Times. By 1936-37 the Branch was fully organized and its almost forty members met regularly to hear such speakers as F.R. Scott, Escott Reid, the CIIA’s first secretary, and F.H. Soward, as well as visitors from China and Australia.
Recent speakers have included Jonathan Manthorpe, Anne Park Shannon, Barry Carin, Jack Granatstein, Ken Taylor, Michael Byers, Valerie Raymond, Mark and Cora Lijek and John Adams.
Today, the Branch has about 200 active members, including academics, students, and interested public, many of whom have served in senior positions with the Departments of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and of National Defence. Often there are approximately 100 members and non-memberss who attend the monthly meetings to listen to and question guest speakers over lunch.
In addition, the Branch offers partnered support for speakers with Victoria’s Union Club; hosts a series, Politics in the Pub, an informal evening of panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise; and has held the occasional conference.
Past Chairman (Ex officio)
Members at Large
CIC Victoria Past Event: Another Decade of Darkness for the Canadian Forces: What will it mean for the Royal Canadian Navy and BC?
On October 22, 2013 Jack Granatstein, noted Military Historian, presented “Another Decade of Darkness for the Canadian Forces: What will it mean for the Royal …
CIC Victoria Past Event: Ambassador Ken Taylor “From ‘Our Man in Tehran’ to President Rohani: Perspectives on Iran – A Personal view”
Former Canadian Ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor was in Victoria at the 2014 Victoria Film Festival for the showing of the recently released documentary film “Our Man i…
On March 19, 2014 Dr. Barry Carin, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance (CIGI) at the University of Waterloo and former Canadian sous-sherpa at th…