Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

May 26, 2009 11:30 ET

Media Advisory: CIC Conference Examines Canada and the Dominant Emerging Powers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - A distinguished group of experts, policymakers and academics will gather in Vancouver on May 28 and 29 for a two-day conference examining how Canada should engage the world's dominant emerging powers in the 21st century. The conference is convened by the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC).

The conference, entitled "Canada and the Dominant Emerging Powers: Brazil, Russia, India, China (the BRIC)", will cover topics such as international security and the BRIC; human security and the BRIC, including human rights, the environment and governance; trade and economic issues; and economic, social and institutional development. It will conclude with a panel on "G-8 to G-20? Canada's changing influence?"

Among the distinguished guests:

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark - former Prime Minister of Canada

Dr. Jim O'Neill - Managing Director and Head, Global Economic Research, Goldman Sachs International

Mme. Louise Frechette - Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; former UN Deputy Secretary General

Hon. Bill Graham - Chancellor, Trinity College, University of Toronto; Co-Vice Chair, CIC and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

For a complete agenda and listing of conference speakers please visit:

Canada and the Dominant Emerging Powers: Brazil, Russia, India,
China (the BRIC)

Cecil Green Park House
University of British Columbia
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C.

Thursday, May 28
6:00pm-7:30pm Cocktail Reception

Friday, May 29


Thursday, May 28
Library, Cecil Green Park House

Featuring: the Hon. Bill Graham; Dr. Jim O'Neill; Dr. Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President, CIC; Valerie Shapiro, President, CIC-Vancouver and Gordon Longmuir, Vice President, CIC-Vancouver.

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, CIC advances research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC features a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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