Montreal Branch

Phone: 514 793 1284

About the Montreal Branch

The CIC Montreal branch is an active and energetic organization that brings together Montrealers from the academic, business, media, diplomatic and political communities to discuss global events and issues related to Canada’s foreign policy. Its aim is to become the city’s bilingual hub for informative sessions on international affairs.
Montreal provides a particularly inspiring environment for the CIC. As the second largest city and media hub in Canada, Montreal is also the only city in Canada with UN offices. Montreal offers a unique blend of French and English, which gives the city a prolific connection to both the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, which is reflected in our diverse speakers program. With the second largest student population in North America after Boston, the CIC Montreal Branch is able to draw upon many speakers passing though Montreal.

Mailing Address

1250 Guy St.
Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8

Branch Executive Leadership


Andrew Caddell

Directors at Large

Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University.
He joined MIGS as Lead Researcher of the Will to Intervene Project in 2008 and was appointed Senior Deputy Director in 2011.
At Concordia he founded the Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership project as well as the Digital Mass Atrocity Preventing Lab, which works to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war.

His work focuses on human rights, international security, the Responsibility to Protect, global threats, and social media and technology, and global cities. He works closely with the Canadian All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and has advised Members of Parliament on issues related to international peace and security.
He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where he was posted to the Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) and Switzerland (Geneva). Prior to that he worked for CARE Canada in Albania and later at its headquarters in Ottawa, where he managed various humanitarian response initiatives and peace-building projects in Afghanistan, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

In 2011 he joined the New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab, a member of the BMW Foundation’s Global Responsible Leaders, and recently joined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s advisory board on transatlantic cooperation for atrocity prevention. He is active member of the University Club of Montreal, the Montreal Press Club, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, the Canadian International Council and the Federal Idea, a think tank devoted to federalism. He is currently a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs and a Research Fellow at the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crises and Aid.

Directors at Large

Malcolm Olafson

Malcolm Olafson is a long time member of the CIC and the CIIA in Toronto and Montréal. He is retired from Bell in a career information technology. In the 1990s he worked in Sierra Leone with the WFP and UNHCR.


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