Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

February 28, 2008 12:03 ET

Jim Balsillie Announces CIC's First Board of Directors and Senate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - Jim Balsillie, founder and Chairman of the Canadian International Council (CIC) announced today appointments to the council's Board of Directors and Senate. A group of distinguished individuals from public policy, academic and business communities will oversee operational and strategic direction including its first fellowship program and national branch network.

The Canadian International Council is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs.

The CIC Board is chaired by Jim Balsillie and co-vice chaired by Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College and Chair of the Atlantic Council of Canada and John MacNaughton, former board chair of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) and Chair of the Board of the Business Development Bank of Canada. Hugh Segal, former president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) was appointed as Executive Vice-Chair.

"I am delighted that Hugh has agreed to join the CIC as Executive Vice-Chair. His experience at Queen's, and as president of the IRPP for six years will help us launch the research program," said Mr. Balsillie. "With his advice and leadership on the fellowship program, working with a truly national board we will be able to make progress quickly."

Other members of the CIC Board of Directors include: Douglas Goold, President of the Branch Organization; John English, Executive Director, CIGI; Janice Stein, Director, Munk Centre; Don Macnamara, President, Victoria Branch, CIC; Brian Flemming, Member, Halifax Branch, CIC; Andre Desmarais, President and Co-CEO, Power Corporation; Indira Samarasekera, President, University of Alberta; Scott Burk, President, Wealhouse Capital; Pierre Marc Johnson, Senior Counsel, Heenan Blaikie LLP; Jodi White, President, Public Policy Forum and Edward Goldenberg, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP.

"Collectively they bring experience in academe, international business, government and public policy - all of which will enrich our efforts immensely," Mr. Balsillie added.

The CIC Senate includes the CEOs of the Fellowship donors and several eminent Canadians. This body meets on a bi-annual basis to discuss the most important international issues facing Canada and to propose CIC research programs for the coming year.

Senate members are: Kevin Sullivan, GMP Securities; Steven Jarislowsky, Jarislowsky Fraser; Dominic D'Alessandro, Manulife; Alan Garner, Marsh Canada; Ed Clark, TD; William Downe, BMO; Blake Goldring, AGF; Gordon Nixon, RBC; David Choi, Royal Pacific Realty; Peter Munk, Barrick Gold Corporation; Edward Goldenberg, Bennett Jones LLP; John and Gail MacNaughton; Donald Walker, Magna International; Andre Desmarais, Power Corporation of Canada; Sandra and Joseph Rotman; Rick Waugh, Scotiabank Group; Donald Stewart, Sun Life Financial Inc.; Donald Sobey, The Donald R. Sobey Foundation and Jim Pattison, The Jim Pattison Group.

The CIC Fellowship Program is set to launch in early April with appointments of eight fellows across Canada. Eminent researchers and thought leaders will become part of the program that brings together an interdisciplinary team of professionals across the country who will work on specific research projects to produce a viable set of policy recommendations.

The program's areas of focus include the following issues as they relate to Canadian foreign policy: China and emerging large powers, border issues, Arctic sovereignty and security and energy and the environment.

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The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, part of the CIIA national branch network, CIC seeks to advance 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 will feature a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows will focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country.

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