Canada's Hub for International Affairs

Waterloo Region



We live in an increasingly interconnected world, such that Canada is intimately related with events occurring well outside its borders. It is therefore the mandate of the Canadian International Council (CIC) to promote deeper understandings of international issues across the country. The Waterloo Region branch conducts an active program of public lectures, discussions and conferences towards these efforts.

Our branch is committed to engaging the community of Waterloo Region in a dialogue on world issues, Canada’s global role and our multicultural identity. Founded in 1982 under the leadership of Dr. John English, the Waterloo Region Branch of the then Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) attracted high-level speakers to the community. In close cooperation with the University of Waterloo, the branch maintained an active program until 1995. After a brief hiatus, the branch was re-launched in 2001, and its executive continues to provide its over 100 members with high-level, internationally relevant speakers and programmes.

Today, the Waterloo Region is home to a number of major research centres on international affairs. CIC-Waterloo Region works closely with with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), and others, to provide a contemporary and relevant program on issues important to Canadians.

Branch Executive

Paul Doherty

Tracey Weiler

Sylvia Ranson

Membership Coordinator
Eddie Ashimi

Amelia Howard

Community Outreach
Basheer Habib

WLU Liaison
Meena Sharify-Funk

UW Liaison
Gary Bruce

John Siebert

Raj Saini
Warren Clarke
Matthew Bondy



October 16, 2013

Canada and International Human Rights: A Discussion with Andrew S. Thompson, Ph.D

Featuring Dr. Andrew S. Thompson

January 25, 2012

News – January 2012

CIC Waterloo Region kicks off New Year with art launch and lecture

On January 19, 2012 CIC members were treated to a private reception and opportunity to view an exhibit …

June 4, 2010

September News – Waterloo

On June 23, 2010, the CIC-Waterloo Region Branch capped off a successful year with its third annual media correspondents event, entitled “Danger, Disaster & D…

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