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

Please Support the CIC

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December 13, 2013

As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, the success of our programs at the national and branch levels, produced by the hard work of our small but dedicated staff, and our nation-wide network of volunteers, depends on individual and corporate donations and memberships. As 2013 draws to a close, I invite you to make a tax-deductible charitable […]

The Payments Revolution

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

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

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 OpenCanada.org, and what’s in store for 2013.

Mexico’s New Face

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

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

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.

The New Economic Order

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November 9, 2012

Earlier this month, we had the privilege of hosting Christine Lagarde on the occasion of the 2012 Globalist of the Year Gala dinner in Toronto. In her keynote speech, Mme. Lagarde discussed the economic crisis, underlining the susceptibility of domestic economies to slowdowns in other national jurisdictions. The growth trajectories of advanced economies are now […]

Lagarde’s Advice

Lagarde’s Advice

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November 2, 2012

If you haven’t already watched or read Christine Lagarde’s keynote speech from the CIC’s Globalist of the Year gala dinner last week, I encourage you to click here. The CIC named Mme. Lagarde the 2012 Globalist of the Year for her leadership  in international finance, including her relentless work as managing director of the International […]

OpenCanada Wins Gold and Silver

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October 23, 2012

On behalf of the OpenCanada team, I am proud to announce that our site won two medals at the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards ceremony on Monday night. Only a single year after coming online, OpenCanada.org has established itself as forum for high quality, substantive discussion and commentary on foreign affairs, and offering valuable analysis […]

Lagarde Live

Lagarde Live

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October 19, 2012

The CIC is proud to be hosting Christine Lagarde on the occasion of her first visit to Canada since assuming her position at the International Monetary Fund. We look forward to hearing her insights, fresh from the recent 2012 IMF and World Bank meetings in Tokyo. Please join us for the live stream of the […]

King Midas Abroad

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

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

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

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.

Capitalizing the B in BRIC

Capitalizing the B in BRIC

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August 11, 2011

It is terrific news that Canada finally has a group of focused business leaders working to enhance trade and economic relations with what is not only an important country in its hemisphere, but an emerging global power in the world. Congratulations to Rick Waugh, CEO of Scotiabank and the recently appointed Canadian co-chair of the […]

History Repeats Itself (Let’s Hope Marx Was Wrong)

History Repeats Itself (Let’s Hope Marx Was Wrong)

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July 29, 2011

Were it not for the two world wars, this moment may have occurred much earlier in history: Germany is now the centre of Europe. As OpenCanada’s Think Tank piece, “Will Germany Kill Europe?” suggests, the future of Europe is largely in German voters’ hands. This piece, drawing on the European Council on Foreign Relations report […]

On the Global Drug Policy Debate

On the Global Drug Policy Debate

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July 15, 2011

On April 27 the CIC’s National Capital Branch held a seminar on drug policy that resulted in a report titled, Drugs, Violence and Hemispheric Security: Implications and Options for Canada. The seminar took place just in advance of two landmarks in the international drug policy debate: in early June the Global Commission on Drug Policy […]

Muzzled Media and the Common Great Lakes Agenda

Muzzled Media and the Common Great Lakes Agenda

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June 27, 2011

Last week, the CIC-Waterloo Branch hosted their annual global media panel “Muzzled Media – The Global Challenge” with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The panel featured Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief, The Record; Michelle Shephard National Security Reporter, Toronto Star; Allan Thompson, Associate Professor of Journalism, Carleton University and Director at the Centre for Media and […]

President’s Welcome

President’s Welcome

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June 20, 2011

Welcome to www.opencanada.org, the CIC’s digital communications platform. Building on the historic mandate of the CIC—and of its predecessor the Canadian Institute for International Affairs—to promote discussion and debate on international affairs, we have designed the site to become a hub for those discussions, and to amplify and augment citizen engagement with international affairs by […]

National Roundup

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June 20, 2011

Congratulations to the Vancouver Branch of the CIC for their very successful, well-attended, and widely-covered conference last month, Canada-Latin America Relations: Opportunities and Challenges. The event featured important private sector speakers, diplomats, academics and Diane Ablonczy, our Minister of State for the Americas, gave the keynote address. Many thanks to conference sponsors, Teck and the […]