Creating a Modern Foreign Service: A Conversation With Audri Mukhopadhyay
Jan
29
4:00 pm16:00

Creating a Modern Foreign Service: A Conversation With Audri Mukhopadhyay

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College

Are you interested in foreign policy, public service, or management strategy? 

Join the International Relations Society and Audri Mukhopadhyay, Director of Global Affairs Canada's Blueprint 2020 modernization initiative and founder of Global Affairs Canada's Strategic Initiatives Division, for a conversation this Friday in Trinity's Junior Common Room. 

Mr. Mukhopadhyay will discuss Global Affairs Canada's strategy to modernize by 2020 in response to a changing world. The event will be a window into management strategies, the evolving public service, and the future of Canada's foreign service. 

This conversation will feature a short presentation followed by a Q&A . Attendees are invited to spark discussion on issues ranging from public service modernization, to careers, the Canadian foreign service, management strategy, and more. 

All are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us for this engaging conversation. 

Speaker's biography: 

Audri Mukhopadhyay is the Director of 2020@International at Global Affairs Canada. Previously, he has served in a variety of positions, including as the Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 2009 to 2013. 

Audri joined the Department now called Global Affairs Canada in 2005 when he founded the Strategic Initiatives Division. Afterwards, he was the Director of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania Commercial Relations from 2007 to 2009. 

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Audri was the Government of Canada’s representative to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He has also worked as an economist with Finance Canada, and for the private sector in Silicon Valley, California. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Audri holds two degrees from Oxford University: an M.B.A. and an M.Phil in Economics, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Dalhousie University. He has presented guest lectures at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Vietnam. Audri was appointed Dean of the Ho Chi Minh City Diplomatic Corps in 2013, and he is a recipient of the Government of Canada’s Public Service Award of Excellence.

Audri grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and speaks English, French, and Bengali.

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 The "New" New Diplomacy: Three Consuls General in Conversation
Jan
21
11:30 am11:30

The "New" New Diplomacy: Three Consuls General in Conversation

  • South Dining Room, Hart House

What are the most pressing global issues today? How are the role and craft of diplomacy changing to meet these challenges?

Three high profile diplomats weigh in. Join the Consuls General of Germany, Israel, and the United States, in Toronto for a critical discussion and question session aiming to answer these questions.

Panellists:

Consul General Juan Alsace, USA: Mr. Alsace is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with twenty-six years of service. Prior to assuming his current position in August 2012, Mr. Alsace served as Chief of the War Crimes, Democracy and Human Rights Division, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His return to Washington service followed several years of overseas postings, including in Iraq as Team Leader of an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (2009-2010), Economic and Political Counselor in Santiago, Chile (2006-2009), and Consul General in Barcelona, Spain (2003-
2006).

Consul General DJ Schneeweiss, Israel: Mr. Schneeweiss joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994, serving as Policy Assistant to Foreign Ministers Ehud Barak (1995-1996) and David Levy (1996-1998). Mr. Schneeweiss' first overseas posting was as Press Secretary at Israel’s London Embassy from 1998-2002, during which time he was recognized by Diplomat magazine as the most effective Embassy spokesman in London. From 2003-2006, he served as Policy Advisor to Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and from 2006-2009 as Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to China. From 2009 until taking up his duties in Canada in August 2012, Mr. Schneeweiss was Director of Civil Society Affairs in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Consul General Walter Stechel, Germany: After entering the Foreign Service in 1980, Mr. Stechel served at the German Embassy in Chile, at the Consulate in San Francisco (Vice Consul for Press and Culture), the Federal Foreign Office in Bonn (Deputy Head of Division for Scientific and Technological Cooperation), at the Embassy in Argentina (Secretary for Development Cooperation), at the Embassy in Canada (Head of Economic Affairs) and again at the Foreign Office. From 1994- 1998, Mr. Stechel served as Deputy Head of "Economic relations with Russia and the Newly Independent States." From 2003 to August 2006, Mr Stechel was Head of Unit 401 ("Principles and Coordination of development policy") of the Foreign Ministry, and in August 2006 he became Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai, India. Since September 2013, Mr. Stechel has served as Consul General at the German Consulate in Toronto. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Space is limited, please RSVP on Eventbrite

CASSU, ESA, ESSA, and IRSociety Pub Night
Nov
27
Nov 28

CASSU, ESA, ESSA, and IRSociety Pub Night

  • Shoeless Joe's Spadina

The Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union, Economics Student Association, the International Relations Society, and the European Studies Student Association are hosting a Pub Night at Shoeless Joe’s. 

Find an Internship Seminar
Nov
27
6:30 pm18:30

Find an Internship Seminar

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College

Looking to gain some experience in international relations outside of UofT? Come and join us before our social to hear about the experiences of upper-year students in finding IR-related internships! Our student panel will speak about their paid and unpaid internships working in a variety of fields, including diplomacy, policy think tanks, financial institutions and more! Learn about the range of opportunities available to you, where to find them, and how to apply. 

Arctic Insecurities in the 21st Century
Nov
6
12:00 pm12:00

Arctic Insecurities in the 21st Century

With the ice melting rapidly, the Arctic is becoming more accessible to tourists, corporations, and politicians who wish to take advantage of the North for its changing environment. What does this mean for the Arctic peoples and states? How will the future of Arctic governance look like? Please join the former premier of Yukon, Tony Penikett, as he delivers his remarks on this topic and discusses his upcoming book. All are welcome to attend.

This event is being co-hosted with the International Relations Society and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International Relations

CCR2P Roundtable: "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming R2P"
Oct
22
12:00 pm12:00

CCR2P Roundtable: "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming R2P"

  • Munk School of Global Affairs

You are cordially invited to our roundtable discussion on "Canadian Foreign Policy & Mainstreaming Responsibility to Protect."

In the post-election climate, we hope to bring together key thinkers and practitioners of Canadian foreign policy to generate a discussion on how we can turn the R2P from promise to practice, as we witness on-going crises in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and North Korea. Join us for an engaging discussion with Dr. Jennifer Welsh (UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on R2P), Ambassador Marius Grinius, Master Hugh Segal of Massey College and Dr. Stephen Toope. Following presentations, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the audience. 

Co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Canadian Studies Program at University College.

Critical Infrastructure And Cyber Security – Are We Safe?
Oct
16
9:30 am09:30

Critical Infrastructure And Cyber Security – Are We Safe?

  • Victoria College Chapel

The IRSociety, in partnership with the Mackenzie Institute and the NATO Association of Canada, will be organizing a one day conference to inform you on national and global security matters while providing a forum to discuss the sociological consequences of security measures on individual Canadians. 

First Year Elections, Attache Journal Launch & IR Clubs Fair
Sep
25
3:00 pm15:00

First Year Elections, Attache Journal Launch & IR Clubs Fair

  • Rigby Room, St. Hilda's College

Interested in getting involved with the IRSociety? We will be hosting elections for first year representatives for the executive and junior editor positions for the Attache Journal of International Affairs on Friday, September 25 from 3-5PM at the Rigby Room! All first year students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George Campus, with an interest in pursuing international relations as a Subject POSt are eligible to run in this election.

Spring Elections!
Mar
20
3:00 pm15:00

Spring Elections!

  • Rigby Room, St. Hilda's College

Want to get more involved with the IRS? Here's your chance! On Friday March 20th from 3-4pm we will be hosting our annual general meeting and spring elections. The event will take place in the Rigby Room at St. Hilda's. 

The Problem with Military Intervention: Why we shouldn’t go to war with ISIS
Mar
4
3:00 pm15:00

The Problem with Military Intervention: Why we shouldn’t go to war with ISIS

  • Trinity College Junior Common Room

Whether to intervene militarily in the Middle East has been a defining question for governments across North America and Europe in the past 15 years. As yet another international crisis rears its head in Iraq and Syria, the question remains: what should be Canada's role? 

Come to the Junior Common Room at Trinity College to hear Professor and former Intelligence Officer Paul Robinson's firm take on the controversial topic of military intervention. Hosted in partnership with the Institute for Liberal Studies.

Career Mentorship and Social
Feb
5
2:00 pm14:00

Career Mentorship and Social

January and February are the busiest times of the year for figuring out summer opportunities! On February 5th at 2pm, a representative from the UofT Career Centre will be coming in to provide advice on resumes, cover letters, and job opportunities available to students in social science and the humanities. Feel free to bring in a copy of your resume to receive advice on structure, formatting, and content! At 4pm, we will be heading to a nearby restaurant for our first Mentorship Social of the year! Drinks and snacks will be provided! If you can’t make the preceding event, definitely join us at our social. More details to follow.

Health and High Politics
Jan
31
10:00 am10:00

Health and High Politics

  • Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

We are pleased to announce that the theme for IRSociety's 2015 Conference is Global Health. We encourage you to come out for a fruitful day of discussion with Canada's foremost scholars in the field, including Peter A. Singer, Professor Joy Fitzgibbon, Dr. James Orbinski, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, Professor Jillian Kohler, Professor Leslie Davidson and Professor Madana Vahabi. Please note that registration is required for this event- you can sign up for free here: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/17682

How to Secure an IR Internship
Nov
6
4:00 pm16:00

How to Secure an IR Internship

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College

Come learn about how to secure an IR Internship with a student panel on Thursday, November 6 at 4PM at the JCR, Trinity College!

A Conversation with Michael Doucet
Oct
21
6:00 pm18:00

A Conversation with Michael Doucet

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College

A Conversation with Michael Doucet
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 6PM | Junior Common Room, Trinity College

Please join the IRSociety as we welcome Michael Doucet, the Executive Director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC)! His experience includes almost 20 years with the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) in a number of senior portfolios, including Senior Canadian Liaison to the United States National Security Agency (NSA).  We look forward to seeing you there!

IR Program Launch and First Year Elections!
Sep
25
12:00 pm12:00

IR Program Launch and First Year Elections!

  • Rigby Room, St. Hilda's College

Join us on September 25th  from 12-2PM at the Rigby Room and Melinda Seaman Hall at St. Hilda's College to kick off the launch of the International Relations and Program for the 2014-15 Academic year. We welcome all new, prospective, and returning IR students to come and learn about opportunities available to them this year, meet their peers and hear from the IR society and IR program. First Year Elections will also be held during this time- please select the event for more details. Two first year representatives for the IRSociety and two junior editors for the Attache Journal of International Affairs will be elected.

What can you do with a degree in international relations?
Sep
19
4:30 pm16:30

What can you do with a degree in international relations?

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College

Just began university and trying to decide what to study? Look no further- the IRSociety is hosting a panel discussion, "What can you do with a degree in international relations?" with Professor Mairi MacDonald, Kathleen DeBoer, and Alexandra Sewell which aims to shed more light onto the field of study. Afterwards, we will be hosting a social at The Reagle Beagle (335 Bloor Street West) for you to meet fellow students and the executive! We look forward to seeing you there.

Meeting with the Taiwan Youth Ambassadors
Sep
2
2:30 pm14:30

Meeting with the Taiwan Youth Ambassadors

  • Munk School of Global Affairs, 108N

Meeting with the Taiwan Youth Ambassadors
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 2:30PM - 4:00PM | Munk 108N

Join us for our first event of the year! The IRSociety will be co-sponsoring an seminar with the 2014 Taiwan Youth Ambassadors student delegation, led by Representative David Lee from the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of China. This seminar will promise to provide an excellent cultural exchange between UofT Students and the Taiwanese Delegates. All students are invited to attend after completion of this short application.