Saskatoon Branch

Phone: +1- (306) 385-9442

Since its formation in 1932, the Saskatoon branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC-Saskatoon) has actively served to connect our local populations with issues of the world –and with knowledge of Canada’s role in the world community. CIC-Saskatoon has a diverse and enthusiastic group of members who share a strong interest in foreign affairs, international business and trade. Our roster of branch members have included current and past university presidents, cabinet ministers, foreign policy practitioners and engaged citizens.

During non-COVID times, CIC-Saskatoon hosts some 15 events locally during our programming year of September to June. Currently, in these times of lockdown we serve as an aggregator, providing you with the means to attend via your computer virtual events that are taking place all aound the country in the name of CIC. Our events include single speaker keynote addresses, expert panel events, intimate and interactive Politics in the Pub events, and information sessions geared to young professionals interested in a career in international affairs.

Speakers at our events have included Ambassadors and Consuls General, Government ministers and officials, international trade experts, prominent academics and representatives of international development agencies. All of our events include a question and answer segment and an informal post-gathering, providing an opportunity for further education and excitement and to network.

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Anton Canitz
Dan Sutherland
Rose Kasleder
Dan Sutherland
Michael Blain
Peter Siarkos
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Past President
Lorna Callbeck-Cross
Martin Gaal
John Cross
Hans Michelmann
Reita Palmer
Upcoming Events

[1] Tuesday, Sept 28 @ 9:00 AM –10:00 AM Saskatoon time 

(11:00 AM – Noon ET) – 
Foreign Policy magazine ( ) presents a Virtual Dialogue on

Addressing the Root Causes of Climate Migration

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The climate is changing at an unprecedented pace, with often devastating
impacts on communities around the world. By 2050, Latin America, sub-Saharan
Africa, and Southeast Asia will generate an estimated 143 million more climate
migrants. Worldwide, more than 1 billion people will live in countries with
insufficient physical and social infrastructure to withstand climate change.

Join in on an examination of the nexus of climate and migration and the
role of international development in tackling this urgent aspect of the climate
crisis. A panel of experts will discuss how advances in climate modeling and
data analysis are shaping the future of global development and how those tools
can be applied to mitigate the root causes of climate migration.

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[2] Wednesday, Sept 29 @ 10:00 AM –11:00 AM Saskatoon time 

(Noon – 1:00 PM ET) –  the CIC’s Young Professionals Network

How Afghan Women Are Defying The Taliban

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The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has plunged the country into
a humanitarian crisis, especially for Afghan women.  To help us understand the consequences of
Taliban rule in Afghanistan and the human rights situation faced by Afghan
women,  the CIC Young Professionals
Networks is being joined by Robina Aryubwal and Lailuma Sadid. The discussion
will include the opportunity for audience questions.

About the speakers:

Robina Aryubwal risked her life studying in secret and helping her
parents lead a secret school in their home while living under Taliban rule in
Afghanistan.  She ultimately left
Afghanistan with her family after they were targeted by a war lord.  Her remarkable journey from Afghanistan is
detailed in the award winning book by CBC journalist Carol Off, All We Leave

Lailuma Sadid studied journalism at Kabul University and received a
Master’s in Political Science from Université libre de Bruxelles.  She sought asylum in Belgium to flee from the
death threats she was facing as a female journalist in Afghanistan and now
works as a journalist with Brussels Morning.

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[3] Wednesday, Sept 29 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saskatoon time 

(Noon – 1:00 PM ET) – 
CIC-Montreal presents former ambassador Chris Alexander in 

All Roads Lead To Pakistan: TheTaliban’s Takeover Of Afghanistan

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 Chris Alexander, Canada’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan, will discuss
Pakistan’s direct role in the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

 Christopher A. Alexander spent 18 years in the Canadian Foreign Service,
serving as Canada’s first resident Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005.
He served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission in
Afghanistan until 2009. On July 15, 2013, he was appointed Canada’s Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, a position he held until 2015.

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[4] Wednesday, Sept 29 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Saskatoon time 

(3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET) – 
our very own Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan, presents

Contemporary Genocides: Violence Against the Uyghurs and Rohingya 

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No prior registration required.

This presentation features Professor John Packer, longtime
collaborator of our Dr. Kirsten Fisher. Dr. Packer is Neuberger-Jesin Professor
of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law, and Director of the
Human Rights Research and Education Centre, at the University of Ottawa. He has
led a professional career in the field of international human rights, diplomacy
and security for over 30 years, advising in numerous peace processes around the

[5] Wednesday, Sept 29 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Saskatoon time 

(5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET) – 

CIC National Capital branch presents

A Conversation On The Middle East With Dr. Michael Atallah

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 Dr. Michael Atallah will review some of the major developments in the
Near East and will focus on some of the new geopolitical dynamics that are
emerging as a result of US withdrawal from the region. Specifically, Dr.
Atallah will address one of the key questions: stepping back from the Near East
– can the USA successfully recalibrate its approach to the Asia-Pacific region?
How could developments in the Middle East jeopardize America’s delayed pivot
towards managing China?

Speaker Biography:

Michael Atallah is a Senior Middle East Analyst at the Privy Council
Office with a specialization on the Levant and the Persian Gulf. Atallah has
also worked at the UN as well as the International Development Research Centre
on the Middle East Peace Process. He holds a PhD from the London School of
Economics and an MA from the University of London King’s College in the
Department of War Studies.

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[6] Thursday, Sept 30 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Saskatoon time 

(7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET) – 
CIC National Capital branch presents

Discussion On North Korea

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 James Trottier of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute who will discuss
North Korea.

 Mr. Trottier (  served as a career Foreign Service Officer
from 1982 to 2016 with numerous assignments at headquarters and abroad where he
served in several senior diplomatic positions. Since retiring from Global
Affairs Canada in 2016, he has served as a consultant to the Government of
Canada as well as providing media commentary.

His last diplomatic assignment from 2013 to 2016 was as
Political/Economic Counsellor and Head of Political, Economic and Public
Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in the Republic of Korea with a
cross-accreditation to North Korea where he led four diplomatic delegations in
2015 and 2016 (the first Canadian diplomatic missions to North Korea since
2010).  He also served as Canadian
Embassy Liaison to US Forces Korea/UN Command, co-hosted with the  US Embassy the annual North Korea Watchers
Conference attended by  diplomatic,
military and intelligence experts and led the Canadian Delegation.

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[7] Wednesday, Oct 06 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 AM Saskatoon time 

(7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET) – 
CIC-Edmonton and CIC-Nipissing Region present

Pipeline Politics Around The World

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Our good friend John Foster returns with an update on the state of world
oil politics, with a focus on how this dynamic has been affected by a souring
of relations between the US and both Russia and China.

 Speaker Biography:

 Mr. Foster is an international oil economist with a lifetime of experience. He
worked in the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, BP group and
Petro-Canada – based in London England, Washington DC and Ottawa. His recent
book is Oil and World Politics: The real story of today’s conflict zones.

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[8] Friday, Oct 08 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saskatoon time 

(Noon – 1:00 PM ET) – 

CIC’s Young Professionals Network presents

A In Conversation With Sheila
North On MMIW And Indigenous Rights

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 Sheila North is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation & was previously
elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). She has also
acted as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC
journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio
personality & a Cree translator.

 Sheila is passionate about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous
women (MMIW). With this in mind, she created the hashtag, #MMIW. She continues
to work closely with families, friends, as well as Indigenous and non-
Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the
issues around violence against Indigenous people.  Sheila has co-produced the TV documentary
“1200+, part-1 which highlights some of the systemic issues that place
Indigenous women at greater risk for violence and sexual exploitation.

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And here’s some info on another
upcoming event:


[9] Friday, Oct 15 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Saskatoon time 

(1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET) –  our friends at CIC-Prince George present:

Trade Battles With China – Lessons for the Pulp and Resource Sector

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CIC-PG hosts Phil Calvert and Jonathan Manthorpe – two highly acclaimed
experts on Canada’s relationship with China – to speak about an issue of great
importance to resource communities across the country: trade battles with
China. Recent history has shown China’s willingness to use economic sanctions
for political purposes, as seen with the targeting of agricultural exports,
specifically canola and pork products, in retribution for the arrest of Meng
Wanzhou. This cost farmers across Canada nearly $5 billion in 2019. Australia
has also experienced similar sanctions for simply inquiring about the origins
of Covid-19. Given the importance of the pulp and resource industry to Canada,
and Prince George in particular, what are the lessons we can learn from these
experiences with China and what should we be doing to prepare for future

 This event is co-hosted by the Prince George branch of the Canadian
International Council and the University of Northern BC’s Global Friday series,
and supported by the Prince George Citizen.

 The presenters:

Philip Calvert spent 34 years in Canada’s Foreign Service, with three
postings in Beijing (including as Deputy Ambassador), as well as an assignment
as Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. In Global Affairs Canada he was
Director General for North Asia, a Director in the Trade Policy Branch, and
Deputy Chief Negotiator for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

 Jonathan Manthorpe is a long-time foreign correspondent, international
affairs columnist and author of Claws of the Panda. In 1989 he was appointed
Africa correspondent by Southern News and in 1993 was posted to Hong Kong to
cover Asia. Over his 50-year career, he has been the foreign correspondent in
Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam news, the European Bureau Chief for the
Toronto Star and the national political reporter for The Globe and Mail.

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Tune in! Be part of the party. We’d love to see you here.

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