If the Canadian government is pushing for renewed trilateralism, a leaders’ summit should follow the state dinner in Washington in early March.
Past President of the Canadian International Council (CIC).
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.
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Our withdrawal from Kyoto put Canada in the international limelight. Now let’s take advantage, argues Jennifer Jeffs.
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