Jennifer Jeffs

Past President of the Canadian International Council (CIC).

Dr. Jennifer A. Jeffs is a former president of the Canadian International Council (CIC), a non-partisan, membership-based research council focused on international affairs. Dr. Jeffs was previously the Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); the Founding Director of the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI) based at ITAM in Mexico City, where she was also a professor in the Department of International Studies. Her professional background includes an executive role at the Council of the Americas/Americas Society in New York City and various positions in the financial services industry in Toronto. Dr. Jeffs is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs en Español; a Director of Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI) in Mexico City; a Director of the the Canadian Council of the Americas; a member of the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund, Canada; and a member of the Avisory Council of the Canada-Mexico Initiative. Dr. Jeffs holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy (IPE) from the University of Toronto.

Most Recent Posts


The Payments Revolution

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November 11, 2013
Jennifer Jeffs' interview with Christine Cumming, first vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, about the new systems that move money around the world faster than ever before.

Educating the Continent

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September 30, 2013
Jennifer Jeffs on why Canada needs to forge educational ties with Mexico or risk being cut out of further North American integration.

Looking Back at 2012

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December 21, 2012
CIC President Jennifer Jeffs on the year that's been at the CIC and, and what's in store for 2013.

Mexico's New Face

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December 10, 2012
Jennifer Jeffs on why Canada should embrace Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s new president, and build stronger ties with our NAFTA partner.

Carney's Exit

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November 30, 2012
Jennifer Jeffs on how Mark Carney will continue to represent the best of Canada to the world.

Emerging Business

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November 23, 2012
Jennifer Jeffs on why Canadian companies need to develop relationships with the higher-growth emerging economies.

King Midas Abroad

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March 9, 2012
While mining does not a foreign policy make, extraction remains a potent force in Canada, writes Jennifer Jeffs.

Playing Doubles

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February 22, 2012
Jennifer Jeffs is worried that the Prime Minister is playing China against the United States.

A Call To Action

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February 3, 2012
Prime Minister Harper, listen up! CIC President Jennifer Jeffs gives some inspiration for a foreign policy review.

Globalist of the Year

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September 29, 2011
Introducing the CIC's Globalist of the Year: Naguib Sawiris, a key figure in the Egyptian revolution - and also a Coptic.