The Canadian International Council is a platform for citizens to engage in discussions on international issues and to involve Canadians in defining our country’s place in the world.
The mission of the Canadian International Council, an independent, non-partisan membership organization and think tank, is to promote an understanding of international affairs and Canada’s role in a changing world by providing interested Canadians with a non-partisan, nationwide forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate to advance constructive discourse.
The cornerstone of the Canadian International Council’s work is our events program. Our network of 15 branches across seven provinces gives us a presence in local communities that is unparalleled in Canadian global affairs. The Council’s national office and branch network hold more than 100 events per year in cities across the country giving members an opportunity to directly engage with global issues that often intersect with local concerns.
Thanks to this presence, Canadians from all walks of life, all ages, political opinions, and professions can discuss and learn about international affairs and contribute their views. As thousands of people join in an ongoing series of events and online discussions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The result is a national conversation on our country’s role in the world.
The Canadian International Council also supports events outside of Canada, often in partnership with other global think tanks that can introduce Canadian perspectives to global audiences.
The Canadian International Council believes that efforts to foster greater awareness and understanding of the world in Canada will amplify Canada’s voice and influence on the global stage.
“The Canadian International Council has a proud history of engaging Canadians in international affairs through its extensive national network of branches, research initiatives, conferences, publications and, more recently, internet-based information. That engagement is more important than ever in today’s highly complex and volatile international environment, one that influences Canada and the well-being of Canadians in ever increasing ways.”
Hon. William C. Graham, Chair, Canadian International Council
The Canadian International Council owes no allegiance to any government or political party and does not take institutional positions on policy issues. The council provides an open forum where a diversity of viewpoints can be expressed.