Canadian International Council – Winnipeg BranchCanadian International Council – Winnipeg Branch
The Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada’s foreign relations council. It is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada’s role in global affairs. Our corporate sponsors recognize that the CIC’s mission to advance Canadian global engagement and to generate innovative policy ideas aligns with their agendas for strategic and sustainable growth.
The Winnipeg Branch was originally formed as a Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) from three local groups known as the Canadian League. The Winnipeg Branch, the largest of the original 1928 branches, was one of the most active branches during the 1930s. In 1935 the Winnipeg Branch began sponsoring popular radio broadcasts on international affairs. John W. Dafoe, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, contributed greatly to the growth and success of the Branch, first becoming vice-president and later president of the CIIA.
In 2008, a group of individuals associated with Winnipeg’s business, academic and military constituencies came together to reestablish the Winnipeg Branch. The Branch was formally reestablished at a General Meeting on November 19, 2008, becoming the first Branch created under the new Canadian International Council (CIC).