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Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation
Institut International Canadien de Négociation Appliquée

Our Mission

Founded as an NGO in 1992, the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) is dedicated to the prevention and resolution of destructive conflict and to building sustainable peace at local, national, and international levels.

CIIAN has recently been acquired by Concorde Inc. and operates as a division of it. Concorde Inc. is a private, family-owned and operated company active in negotiation, mediation, violence prevention, peacebuilding, and multi-party consensus building. Concorde Inc. and CIIAN have a long history of working together as Concorde’s founder and President, Dr. Ben Hoffman, is a co-founder of CIIAN.

Our Commitment

We believe that reducing violence, achieving stability and building sustainable peace can only be attained through the sound engagement of the people and institutions in conflict. We are committed to building relationships and partnerships with appropriate leaders and organizations as a route to real change. We use and develop state of the art, empirically tested methods of conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding. And we are committed to transferring knowledge and competencies to those with whom we work.

Achieving Our Mission

CIIAN achieves its Mission and fulfills its Commitment through four programs: International Program; Domestic Program; Violence Prevention Early Response Unit; and Special Programs.

All of CIIAN's professionals are theory-informed practitioners. Experienced as facilitators, trainers, mediators, researchers and peacebuilding consultants, their services draw upon lessons learned and best practices to design customized interventions and training  programs.

A Brief History

Founded in 1992, CIIAN was built upon the notions of peace, social justice, and principled dispute resolution based in negotiation. CIIAN soon became one of the leading ADR organizations, gaining a solid reputation for effective programming and training. Our growing reputation resulted in international recognition and by the mid-1990's we were invited to partner with organizations, especially in the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. Recent years have seen CIIAN continue to offer dispute resolution programming through local organizations in a number of conflict zones, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Columbia, Haiti, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Crimea. We are now recognized as a leader in violence prevention, using a catalytic approach that balances security and development.

CIIAN's Presidents

CIIAN has been strengthened by the leadership and wisdom of the following:

Founding President: Senator and past Ambassador to the UN for Disarmament, Douglas Roche.
The Late Honourable, Justice Mark McGuigan.
Co-Founder of CIIAN and past Director of Conflict Resolution for the Carter Center, Dr. Ben Hoffman.