Catherine Tsalikis / @CatTsalikis

Senior Editor,

Catherine Tsalikis is the senior editor for Previously, she worked as a producer for the CBC’s fifth estate and CTV News Channel. She also worked as a politics producer for London’s Sky News, and as an editorial assistant for The World Today magazine, published by Chatham House.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from the University of Toronto (Trinity College). In 2019, as the recipient of an Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada media fellowship, she reported on gender equality in Japan from Tokyo, Kyoto and the Tohoku region.

Most Recent Posts


A new full-time voice for Canada’s diplomatic corps

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February 14, 2019

In a pilot project, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers is getting a full-time president. OpenCanada spoke with Pamela Isfeld, the longtime Canadian diplomat who has taken on the role, about her to-do list, the ‘Havana Syndrome’ crisis, and more.


Mesdames Secretaries

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September 20, 2018

As many of the world’s women foreign ministers gather in Montreal, OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis examines the power of sisterhood, shared stories and small numbers to spur on change.


Reaching Canada's G7 summit

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June 6, 2018

As leaders come together in Charlevoix, Quebec, OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis takes a look at the world’s most intimate summit, with views from those who’ve had a seat at the table.


Trudeau's G7 gender equality push gains traction

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April 30, 2018

Last week, members of Trudeau’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council met for the first time to discuss ‘bold’ ideas. While the prime minister’s approach has been lauded by many feminist activists, others are calling for more measurable action, as Catherine Tsalikis reports from Ottawa.


Germany votes: What Canadians need to know

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September 20, 2017

In advance of Sunday’s election, German Consul General Peter Fahrenholtz sits down with OpenCanada to talk voter priorities, Merkel’s appeal and what the most pressing issues will be for the next German government.


A foreign service worth fighting for

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July 26, 2017

Somewhere between ‘golden age’ and ‘culture of complaint’ lies the state of Canada’s foreign service. OpenCanada’s Catherine Tsalikis interviewed nearly two dozen diplomats and experts to discover a gradual tarnishing of the diplomatic corps over the years — but many are rooting for its restoration.


In search of the facts, and a fixer, in Syria

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November 10, 2016

In her award-winning book, Deborah Campbell recounts the months she spent looking for her missing fixer in Damascus. She speaks with OpenCanada about her search, the Syrian conflict and the problems plaguing today’s foreign news coverage.    


Welcoming a new era of global development

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January 25, 2016

As the UN Sustainable Development Goals come into effect, the authors of a new CIPS report on “global sustainable development” explain how the world’s challenges are truly global and what Canada can do to tackle them. 


Q&A: An extraordinary Malala

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October 16, 2015

The director of An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman spent 18 months with Malala Yousafzai and her family.  His resulting new film tells the story of one ordinary girl who faced extraordinary choices.