Board of Directors
Officers of the CDA Institute
Les agents de l’Institut de la CAD
|Chair of the Board Président||Major-General Daniel Gosselin (Ret’d)|
|Chief Executive Officer Président-directeur général||Tony Battista|
|Secretary-Treasurer Secrétaire-trésorier||Pierre Désautels|
|Honorary Counsel Conseil Honoraire||Mr. Robert Booth, QC|
Members of the Board of Directors
Les membres du conseil d’administration
|Dr. Ian Brodie
Mr. Jamie Carroll
Mr. David Collins
M. Ferry de Kerckhove
Major-General David Fraser (Ret’d)
Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier (Ret’d)
Major General Daniel Gosselin
Honorary Colonel Paul Hindo
|Mme Louise Mercier
Honorary Colonel H. Chiko Nanji
Colonel George Petrolekas (Ret’d)
The Honourable David Pratt
Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson (Ret’d)
Tony Battista, CDA Institute CEO (non-voting)
Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau (Ret’d), Chair, CDA
Members of the Council of Advisors
Les membres du conseil d’aviseurs
Comité du développement
|Chair of the Fundraising Campaign Président de la campagne||Mme Louise Mercier|
Members of the Committee Membres du comité
John Adams graduated from the Royal Military College in 1965 with a Chemical Engineering Degree. A coveted Rhodes Scholarship took John to Oxford University until 1967. A career as a Military Engineer with the Canadian Forces then began in Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack with 3 Field Engineer Squadron, a unit that he would later command in 1974. A 35 year career with the Canadian Forces concluded with John retiring as the Senior Serving Military Engineer in 1995.
After a three stint as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Department of National Defence John moved to become the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. John went back to the Department of National Defence as an Associate Deputy Minister and Chief of the Communications Security Establishment. He was there from 2005 until his appointment as the Skelton-Clark Fellow at Queen’s University in February 2012.
Col (Ret’d) Tony Battista joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1974, and initially served as a soldier/military police. Upon selection for commissioning under the University Training Plan, he attended collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned Second-Lieutenant as Military Police Officer.
Col Battista’s supervisory and command appointments include Nuclear Security Officer and Deputy Base Military Police Officer (Bagotville Que – 1980–82), Base Military Police Officer (Chatham NB – 1982–84), Commanding Officer and Provost Marshal of the National Capital Region Military Police and Security Force (1992–94), Commandant of the CAF School of Intelligence and Security in Borden Ontario (1995–98), the CAF Military Police Academy (1998–99) and the CAF School of Military Intelligence (1998–99), Air Force Provost Marshal (1999–2000), and Project Director and Deputy Commander of the CAF Experimentation Centre in Ottawa (2001–2002). In January 1998, he commanded and deployed with over 600 personnel from CFB Borden to la Montérégie during the Ice Storm.
Col Battista’s staff appointments include Personal Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS – 1984–86)), senior advisor to the Deputy Commander – Support, 1 Canadian Air Division Winnipeg, (2000–01), and Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA – 2010-11).
His international appointments and deployments include Force Protection Officer and Staff Officer Security (CAF Europe in Lahr Germany – 1986–88)), CAF Liaison Officer to the United States Joint Forces Command (Virginia – 2002–2005) – responsible for CAF involvement in US Transformation at the Joint and Combined level, and CAF engagement in the Multi-national Interoperability Council, deputy National Liaison Representative to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk Virginia), and Canadian Defence Attaché to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (2 tours, 2006-09 and 2009-10). Col Battista also deployed on Staff Assistance Visits to Kosovo and completed the Executive Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Course – Level IV in Washington, D.C. He served as the Canadian Defence Attaché to Afghanistan from August 2011 to August 2012. He was subsequently posted to Rome to assume the duties of Canadian Defence Attaché to Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta. Upon completion of his tour in Rome, Col Battista returned to CDA HQ in Kingston Ontario and shortly thereafter began retirement leave. After almost 40 years of military service, Col Battista retired from the CAF in February 2014.
Professional development, academic and training courses include Military Police Officer training up to the Executive level, CAF Staff School, CAF Command and Staff College in Toronto, and MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. As Associate Professor at Royal Roads Military College (Victoria), Col Battista taught Military and Strategic Studies, and Diplomacy during the Cold War. In 1998 and 1999, he was the Chair of the United Way Campaign for Greater Simcoe County. Col Battista is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police since 1995. He is an executive committee member of the Royal Military College Club of Canada and, in February 2014, he assumed the civilian position of Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute. In addition to his abilities in German, he is fluent in English, French, and Italian.
Col Battista is married to Linda Ann Battista; they have two children and two grandchildren.
Le colonel (ret) Tony Battista s’est joint aux forces armée canadiennes (FAC) en 1974 en tant que soldat/policier militaire. Il a été choisi pour continuer ses études dans le cadre du programme de formation universitaire pour les membres non-officier. Il a fréquenté le collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean et il a obtenu un diplôme en administration des affaires en 1980. Il a reçu son brevet d’officier en tant que second lieutenant dans la branche de la police militaire.
Par la suite, il a été muté à la BFC de Bagotville en tant qu’officier de la sécurité nucléaire et adjoint à la sécurité de la base. En août 1982, il a été affecté à la Base de Chatham en tant qu’officier de sécurité. Il a été promu au grade de capitaine en mai 1983 et il a poursuivi des études à l’École d’état-major des forces canadiennes à Toronto.
Le colonel Battista a été nommé au poste d’aide de camp pour le Chef d’état-major de la Défense de juin 1984 à août 1986. Il a ensuite été muté au quartier général des forces canadiennes en Europe en tant qu’officier d’état-major responsable pour les fonctions policières et la sécurité militaire. Parmi les fonctions variées qu’il a occupées dans les domaines de la police, de la sécurité et des opérations, le colonel Battista a été responsable de la coordination des opérations de protection de VIP en Europe.
Il a été promu au grade de major le 1er janvier 1988 et, en août de cette même année, il a été choisi pour suivre une formation avancée en études stratégiques au Collège militaire royal de Kingston. Après avoir obtenu son diplôme, il s’est rendu au Royal Roads Military College à Victoria, Colombie Britannique pour y enseigner le programme d’études militaires et stratégiques (Military and Strategic Studies).
En mai 1992, le colonel Battista a été nommé officier principal des opérations de la sécurité et officier de la police militaire au quartier général de la Défense nationale à Ottawa. Durant cette affectation, il a suivi le cours de cadre intermédiaire, le cours avancé d’officier de police militaire et le cours de gestion des ressources de la Défense. En août 1994, il a été muté au Collège de commandement et d’état-major à Toronto en tant qu’étudiant. En juin 1995, il a été promu au grade de lieutenant-colonel et il a été affecté à la BFC de Borden en tant que commandant de l’école du renseignement et de la sécurité des forces canadiennes. Le 1er avril 1999, le colonel Battista est devenu commandant de l’Académie de la police militaire et de l’école du renseignement militaire. Durant cette période, le colonel Battista a été responsable pour la création de la salle d’héritage (Héritage Hall) de la police militaire, et a agit comme président de « United Way of Greater Simcoe County » (Centraide) (1998–1999). En janvier 1998, il a deployé en Montérégie avec un contingent de plus de 600 soldats durant ‘opération Récupération’ – la tempête de verglas qui a ravagé des régions de l’est de l’Ontario et de l’Ouest du Québec.
En juillet 1999, le colonel Battista a été affecté à la première division aérienne du Canada (DAC) à Winnipeg en tant que grand prévôt de la force aérienne, responsable pour la coordination des services de police, des opérations de sécurité et de la protection de la force aérienne. En juin 2000, il a suivi le cours « Executive Anti-terrorism Force Protection Course – Level IV » à Washington, D.C. En juillet 2000, le colonel Battista a été nommé chef d’état-major et conseiller principal du commandant adjoint (soutien), 1ère DAC, Winnipeg. Durant cette période il a fait partie d’une équipe d’inspection au Kosovo.
En juin 2001, le colonel Battista a été affecté à Ottawa pour rédiger une nouvelle unité des forces canadiennes en expérimentation, et en août 2001 il devient le premier commandant adjoint et chef d’état-major du centre d’expérimentation des FC. En août 2002, il devient l’officier de liaison des FC affecté au United States Joint Forces Command/Joint Futures Laboratory à Norfolk/Suffolk, Virginie, ou il fut responsable pour la collaboration entre le Canada et les États-unis dans le domaine de la transformation et l’expérimentation. Promu au rang de colonel en juin 2005, le colonel Battista a suivi un cours d’allemand à Ottawa et est muté à l’ambassade canadienne à Berlin en tant qu’attaché militaire canadien auprès de l’Allemagne, l’Autriche et la Suisse, à deux réprises. Ensuite, il a été nommé chef d’état-major de l’academie de la défense à Kingston, et en août 2011 il a été affecté à Kaboul pour un an comme attaché militaire canadien en Afghanistan. Au mois d’octobre 2012, le colonel Battista a été muté à Rome comme attaché militaire canadien en Italie, la Grèce, l’Albanie, la Croatie, la Slovénie et Malte. A son rétour au Canada en 2013, le colonel Battista a été de nouveau affecté à l’academie de la défense à Kingston pour éventuellement commencer les procédures de rétraite des FAC. En février 2014, après presque 40 ans de service militaire, il a pris sa rétraite des FAC.
Le colonel Battista est membre de l’Association des chefs de police du Canada « CACP » dépuis 1995. Il est membre du comité éxécutif du ‘Royal Military College Club of Canada’. Le 1er mars 2014 il entreprend ses résponsabilités en tant que dirécteur-général de la Confèrence des Associations de la Défénse (CAD) et de l’Institut du CAD. En plus de ses connaissances en langue allemande, le colonel Battista parle l’anglais, le français et l’italien. Il est marié à Linda Ann Battista; ils ont deux enfants et deux pétit-enfants.
Colonel (Ret’d) Brett Boudreau joined the army in 1982 while attending the University of Western Ontario, and after graduation served as a platoon commander with The Royal Canadian Regiment. He transferred to the public affairs branch in 1989 and spent the next 20 years in a variety of HQ and field assignments in Canada and abroad. He became the Director Public Affairs Plans and Operations as well as the Branch Advisor in 2002 on promotion to Colonel, counting the establishment of the Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre under his tenure as a career highlight.
From 2005–2008 he was the public affairs advisor to General Henault, the Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO HQ Brussels, and its Spokesperson. He authored a new public affairs policy for the NATO Alliance and had the good fortune to work with public affairs officials from nearly two dozen nations during this assignment.
In 2008–2009 he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as the Director of Communications for the Afghanistan Task Force, responsible for the coordination of the Whole of Government public affairs effort for the Afghan mission.
Since retiring in 2009, he has worked as a policy/strategic communications consultant for a variety of clients including the Privy Council Office, the UN, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of National Defence.
His operational public affairs service includes the Oka Crisis, the Gulf War, Kurdish refugee relief, the Ice Storm, and two tours in Bosnia. He also holds a Master of Arts (Public Administration) degree from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the NATO Defence College Senior Course.
Darrell Bricker is Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Public Affairs. Ipsos Public Affairs conducts corporate reputation and social research around the world. The company, a Division of Ipsos, the world’s second largest market research firm, has offices in 25 countries and a staff of 700 research professionals.
Located in Toronto, Darrell has a long history in social and corporate reputation research, as well as research for political campaigns. Prior to joining Ipsos Public Affairs in 1990, Darrell was Director of Public Opinion Research in the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister. He also worked as a research consultant with firms in Ottawa and Toronto.
Dr. Bricker holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Long recognized as a leader in his field, Darrell is a past Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow. He’s also an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion research, ESOMAR, and Canada’s MRIA, where he was on the keynote panel for their 50th anniversary conference.
Darrell is a prolific author: his academic articles have been published and republished over the past 20 years. His latest book (with John Wright), “Canuckology”, published by HarperCollins in September 2010, is a national bestseller. As are all of his previous books: “We Know What You’re Thinking” (with John Wright, Harper Collins, 2009), “What Canadians Think About Almost Everything” (with John Wright, Doubleday, 2005), and “Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset” (with Ed Greenspon, Doubleday, 2001).
Dr. Bricker also appears frequently in the media as a commentator on political, social and business issues. And, he speaks regularly at industry, government and academic conferences.
Darrell is a passionate supporter of Canada’s military. He currently serves, by Ministerial appointment, as the Honorary Colonel of the Queen’s York Rangers, Canada’s most historic Regiment. And, he is a proud member of Canada Company, an organization that raises funds to support the families of Canada’s soldiers. Darrell is also on the Campaign Cabinet for Fort York, Toronto’s oldest military facility. In recognition of Darrell’s contributions to Canada’s military, he has received a commendation from the head of Canada’s Army.
Ian Brodie was born and raised in Toronto.
He graduated from McGill University in 1990 and pursued his graduate studies at the University of Calgary. He taught political science at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and the University of Western Ontario. His book, Friends of the Court, was published in 2002 by the State University of New York Press.
Dr. Brodie played a central role in the creation of the Conservative Party of Canada. As Executive Director of the Party, he oversaw preparations for its successful first national convention in Montréal, the completion of its policy declaration and the drafting of its constitution. His tenure was also marked by the successful 2004 election campaign and successful financing operations. In 2005, he moved to Parliament Hill, where he played an important role in preparing the victorious 2006 Conservative election ‘Stand Up for Canada’ campaign. He then served two and a half years as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Dr. Brodie now works as a Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.
As a member of the CDA Institute’s Board of Directors, Jamie Carroll draws on his extensive experience both inside government and out, to provide insight on how senior decision-makers in both government and private industry can impact decision-making in the defence industry.
As a bridge between the public and private sectors, Mr. Carroll has spent much of his political and professional career working in official Ottawa: from Parliament Hill to Ministers’ offices; as an advisor to the Prime Minister and as National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada, he has focused on helping executives synthesize complex and often controversial ideas into simple, easily understood messages. He has often focused on issues of importance to National Defence as those have been the files with the broadest and most significant impact on both the public purse and the direction governments pursue.
While working in government Mr. Carroll developed an exceptional understanding of parliamentary, procurement and regulatory processes. Jamie has extensive experience from both the government and consulting sides of the ledger with navigating large, complex projects through both provincial and federal environmental assessments and other regulatory hurdles.
Jamie is a frequent media commentator on issues of national and political importance; has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists by The Hill Times and in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Progressive Alternatives and is a member of the Naval Association of Canada, the Rideau Club of Ottawa and the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College and works well in both of Canada’s official languages. He and his wife, Megan, have one child, Ben.
Richard Cohen is President of RSC Strategic Connections advising on defence and security matters. He is also a Senior Associate in the Ottawa Office of Hill and Knowlton, a leading international communications and strategic advisory firm.
Richard is a graduate the Royal Military College, Kingston, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Richard was Cadet Wing Commander in his final year at RMC and a recipient of the Sword of Honour. Following graduation, Richard studied for his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London, under an Earl of Athlone Fellowship.
Richard served in the Canadian Army as an infantry and parachute officer in the PPCLI and the Canadian Airborne Regiment, in Germany and Canada. In 1973 he transferred to the British Army. In the British Army he served in the Light Infantry and the Brigade of Gurkhas in a wide variety of command and staff appointments in the UK, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Brunei, Zimbabwe and the US. He commanded an infantry battalion on counter-terrorist operations in Northern Ireland for 2.5 years.
Richard is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and General Staff College, the Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich, and the NATO Defence College, Rome. As a British Army exchange instructor, he was Director of the Basic Tactics Course at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Richard’s last appointment in the British Army was as Chief of the Military Cooperation Branch at NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, where he helped to launch NATO’s Partnership for Peace program for the newly independent states of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He founded and chaired NATO’s Military Cooperation Working Group which brought together senior representatives from all NATO and Partner nations. He left the British Army, as a Colonel in 1994.
In 1994, Richard joined the George C. Marshall Center, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, a US-German government institute for civil servants, military leaders and diplomats of the former Soviet Bloc countries. He served there, until 2002, as Professor of NATO and European Security Studies, and founder and director of the Senior Executive Seminar program for very senior politicians and military and civilian officials.
Richard returned to Canada in 2003 to found an independent defence and security advisory firm, RSC Strategic Connections, with Canadian and international clients. He also organised a series of successful Public-Private Sector Security conferences and other security-related events for the Conference Board of Canada which led to the formation of a Centre for National Security in that organisation.
In 2007, Richard was invited to join the office of the Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay, as the minister’s Senior Defence Advisor. He served in this appointment until July 2011. During his time in the minister’s office, he worked closely with other government ministers’ offices and departments, the Canadian defence and military leadership and senior international military and civilian officials, ministers, MPs and diplomats.
Richard accompanied the Minister of National Defence on overseas and Canadian visits and meetings. He advised the minister on a variety of issues including: the Canada First Defence Strategy; Canadian policy on Afghanistan; other international operations including Libya, and Counter-Piracy deployments off the coast of Somalia; defence policy in the Arctic; policy on major Procurement issues; Canada-US defence cooperation; NATO and international bilateral defence relationships; CF disaster relief operations; support to other government departments, especially Public Safety; National Search and Rescue policy; and DND legal and policy issues in Quebec and the Western Provinces, including energy exploitation on DND lands.
In July 2011 Richard returned to the private sector.
Richard has lectured extensively on national and international security issues in Europe, Central Asia and North America and has published papers and articles on National Security Policy, Defence Structures and Organisations, Civil-Military Relations and international security issues. He is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the Canadian Centre for Security and Intelligence and the Centre for Security and Defence Studies, at Carleton University.
He is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), was Mentioned in Despatches in Northern Ireland and was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal.
During Terry Colfer’s military career he served in the Middle East and Canada. In 1969, while based at CFB Petawawa, Captain Colfer (a paratrooper) accepted an offer to join the Canadian Foreign Service.Born in the UK, Terry was raised in Dorval, QC. After high school he attended McGill University and Royal Military College in Kingston. He graduated in 1965 with a Commission in the Canadian Army and a BA in politics and geography.
His diplomatic service, primarily as a Trade Commissioner, included postings at embassies in Europe, Australia, the USA, Africa and the Middle East. He served more than 25 years of his diplomatic career abroad and he also held various senior management positions in Ottawa. His final two postings abroad were as Canadian Ambassador to Kuwait (with accreditation to Qatar) during peace and conflict; followed by his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to The Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ambassador Colfer retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2003. Since retirement he has continued to pursue his interest in international affairs both on the lecture circuit and as an international election observer in places such as Palestine and Kyrgyzstan. Terry, and his wife Lynn, have 3 married sons and 5 grandchildren.
David Collins is a retired Canadian diplomat who now does some writing and consulting. His long foreign service career started as a trade commissioner in Eastern Europe after which he blended his experience with political-military work. He had two assignments at Nato Headquarters, one with the Canadian delegation dealing with armaments cooperation and infrastructure and a second on the International Staff as Director Defence Partnership and Cooperation. On secondment to DND he served as Director General International and Industry Programs from 1994–1996. He also served as Inspector General of the Foreign Ministry. Overseas he served as Canadian Ambassador to Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova from 1998–2000, resident in Bucharest; High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2005–2008 and then Malaysia from 2008–2010 and as High Commissioner or Ambassador to Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Rwanda from 2010–2012, resident in Nairobi. David Collins also spent many years in the Naval Reserve serving afloat and ashore in Canada, the UK and the USA before retiring from active reserve service as a LtCdr in 1989. He holds the Canadian Forces Decoration.
John Scott Cowan
John Scott Cowan studied physics, and then physiology at Toronto. A post-doc at Laval preceded 24 years at the University of Ottawa as professor, Chair of Physiology, and as Vice-Rector. He was Vice-Principal at Queen’s before becoming Principal of RMC in 1999, where he served until 2008. He has been President of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies, the Canadian Physiological Society, and the Canadian Association of University Business Officers. Active in labour relations for 30 years, he has been a negotiator, arbitrator, teacher (including SUAC), and the first Senior Advisor on Labour Relations to AUCC.
Despite having an extensive research career in his first discipline, he has also had a long involvement in defence issues, starting with a monograph on defence policy in 1963. In recent years his writings have focused much more on issues related to defence and security (including asymmetric threats, terrorism and piracy) and on the characteristics of the profession of arms, as well as defence education.
He was President of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute from 2009–2012, and is the Chair of the Defence Science Advisory Board of Canada (DSAB). In 2002 he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2008 he was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, a relatively new CF award for civilians. His current RMC status is Principal Emeritus, and in May 2009 he received a Doctor of Military Science (honoris causa) from RMC. He is also Honorary LCol of the Princess of Wales Own Regiment.
He has also flown over 60 aircraft types, and is somewhat deaf from a few thousand hours in Harvards, and so does not mind at all if people shout at him.
John Scott Cowan a étudié la physique, puis la physiologie, à Toronto. Une formation post-doctorale à Laval a précédé 24 ans à l’Université d’Ottawa comme professeur, chaire de physiologie, et comme vice-recteur. Il a été vice-doyen à Queen’s avant de devenir doyen du RMC, en 1999, poste qu’il a occupé jusqu’en 2008. Il a été président de la Fédération canadienne des sociétés de biologie, de la Société canadienne de physiologie et de l’Association canadienne du personnel administratif universitaire. Actif dans les relations de travail pendant 30 ans, il a été négociateur, arbitre, enseignant (dont le SUAC), et il fut le premier conseiller principal sur les relations de travail de l’AUCC.
Malgré qu’il ait eu une carrière étendue dans la recherché en physiologie, il a également eu une implication de longue date dans les questions de défense, à commencer par une monographie sur la politique de défense, en 1963. Ces dernières années, ses écrits ont porté beaucoup plus sur des questions reliées à la défense et à la sécurité (dont les menaces asymétriques et le terrorisme) et sur les caractéristiques de la profession des armes, ainsi que sur l’éducation à la défense.
Il est présentement vice-président du le Conseil de défense consultatif des sciences (BRS).
Thomas d’Aquino is an entrepreneur, lawyer, corporate director, author and educator. He is Chairman and Chief Executive of Intercounsel Ltd, a private company that provides advice to chief executives and entrepreneurs in Canada and internationally on business strategy and public policy. He is also Senior Counsel at Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest law firms, chairs the firm’s Business Strategy and Public Policy Group, and is a member of the Gowlings International Strategic Advisory Group. His principal areas of practice are finance, international trade, energy and the environment.
Mr. d’Aquino serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation, CGI Group Inc., and Coril Holdings Ltd. and is Chairman of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
He is associated with two of Canada’s leading academic institutions: as Distinguished Visiting Professor,Global Business and Public Policy Strategies at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs; and as Honorary Professor at The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Earlier in his career, he served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada and as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa lecturing on the law of international trade and global business transactions.
From 1981 to 2009, Mr. d’Aquino was Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), an organization composed of the chief executives of 150 of the country’s leading enterprises and pre-eminent entrepreneurs. Mr. d’Aquino assumed leadership of the Council in its formative stages. Upon his retirement from the CCCE as of December 31, 2009, member companies accounted for $850 billion in annual revenues and $4.5 trillion in assets. With a combined Canadian stock market value of $675 billion, the companies are responsible for the majority of Canada’s private sector exports, investment and training. In recognition of his exemplary leadership, he was named by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives Board of Directors, a Distinguished Life Time Member.
Mr. d’Aquino has played an influential role in shaping the direction of fiscal, taxation, trade, energy, environmental, competitiveness and corporate governance policies in Canada. In the international arena, he has been a leading thinker and activist on a wide range of North American and global issues embracing international finance, competitiveness, trade, energy and the environment. One of the private sector architects of the Canada-United States free trade initiative and of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he currently is helping to spearhead private sector initiatives aimed at defining a new era in Canada-United States relations and is active in negotiations aimed at deepening Canadian relations with China, India, Japan and the European Union. His work includes G20 related issues.
A native of Nelson, British Columbia, Mr. d’Aquino was educated at the Universities of British Columbia, Queen’s and London (University College and the London School of Economics). He holds B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. degrees, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University and from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mr. d’Aquino has been referred to as Canada’s most influential policy strategist and the country’s leading global business ambassador. He is the author of numerous publications including the influential book Northern Edge: How Canadian Can Triumph in the Global Economy. He is a regular commentator on radio and television, and a frequent speaker on platforms in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mr. d’Aquino has addressed audiences in forty countries and in over one hundred cities worldwide.
Ferry de Kerckhove
Mr. de Kerckhove was born in Belgium in 1947. After attending secondary school Graduate l in France, he did his military service in 1965–66 (2nd Lieutenant Tanks). He has a B.Soc. Sc. Honours in Economics, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and pursued Ph.D. Studies at Laval University in Quebec City. Mr. de Kerckhove has published several papers on international relations as well as on the relationship between the Muslim world and the West in specialized journals.
After working as an intern at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. de Kerckhove became a Researcher at the Quebec Centre for International Relations and then later headed up the International Security Section at the Canadian Institute for International Affairs (Quebec section).
In September 1973, Mr. de Kerckhove entered the Canadian Foreign Service. After a stint in European Affairs, he was posted as Third Secretary to the Canadian Embassy in Tehran. When Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Canada in 1976, he became Assistant Secretary, Inter-Departmental Committee on External Relations then moved to East European Affairs (Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania). From 1978 to 1981, he was responsible for Canada-France relations. From 1981 to 1985, he was Economic Counsellor at the Canadian Delegation to NATO.
Back in Canada, Mr. de Kerckhove became Deputy Director of the Political and Strategic Analysis Division, then Director of the Economic and Trade Analysis Division in the Policy Planning Bureau. In 1989, he became Director, Economic Relations with Developing Countries Division. In September 1992, he was posted to Moscow as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission.
Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Ottawa in September 1995 to become Associate Chief Air Negotiator. In January 1996, he became Deputy Head of the Policy Branch and Director-General, Federal-Provincial Relations in Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He remained in this position until being named Canada s High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in August 1998. He spent three years in Islamabad. On September 13, 2001, Mr. Ferry de Kerckhove presented his credentials as Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. He was also accredited to Timor Leste.
Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Ottawa in September 2003 and joined the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa as a Canadian Center for Management Development Diplomat in Residence.
On August 9, 2004, he returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs and became Director General, International Organizations. In July 2006, he added to his responsibilities the function of Personal representative of the Prime Minister for Francophonie.
From September 10, 2008 to September 10, 2011, Mr. de Kerckhove was in Cairo as ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
He retired from the Foreign Service on September 23, 2011.
Lieutenant General Evraire joined the Canadian Forces in 1954 through the Regular Officer Training Plan. He attended Le College militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec; the Royal Military College, Kingston, and McGill University, Montréal, where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1960. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, Kingston (1987), and a Bachelor of Science Degree (1994) and an Honorary Doctorate in Military Sciences (1997) from the Royal Military College, Kingston. He currently is a doctoral candidate in political studies at Queen’s University.
Commissioned as an officer of the Royal 22e Regiment in 1959, his tours of duty included the command of the 1st Battalion of his Regiment; 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group; College militaire royal de St. Jean; Canada’s National Defence College; and the NATO Defence College. He completed three tours of duty at NDHQ, Ottawa, the last of which was in the post of Chief-Land Doctrine and Operations.
LGen Evraire completed two United Nations Peacekeeping tours, the first as a military observer in India and Pakistan; the second as the Commander of the Canadian Contingents of the United Nations in the Middle East. LGen Evraire’s served a total of fourteen (14) years in NATO, including more than four years as Canada’s military representative on NATO’s Military Committee in Permanent Session, in Brussels, Belgium.
He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1997, after 42 years of service.
Né à Ottawa en 1938, le lieutenant-général Evraire fait ses études universitaires au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean ; au Royal Military College, Kingston ; et à l’Université McGill, Montréal, où il complète, en 1960, un baccalauréat en génie civil. Il est également détenteur d’une maîtrise en administration publique de l’université Queen’s (1989), et d’un baccalauréat ès sciences (1994) et d’un doctorat (honoris causa) en sciences militaires (1997) du Collège militaire royal, Kingston.
Officier du Royal 22e Régiment, il commande le 1er bataillon de son Régiment ; le 4e groupe brigade du Canada ; le Collège militaire royal de St. Jean ; le Collège de défense nationale du Canada; et le Collège de défense de l’OTAN, à Rome en Italie. Il complète trois périodes de service au Quartier général des forces canadiennes, Ottawa, le dernier en tant que Chef – Doctrine et opérations terrestres.
Le général Evraire a deux missions des Nations Unies à son actif – comme observateur militaire au Cachemire (Inde et Pakistan)(1970–1971) ; et comme commandant des contingents canadiens des Nations Unies au Proche Orient (1978–1979). Il cumule quatorze (14) années de service à l’OTAN, incluant plus de quatre (4) années dans le poste de Représentant militaire du Canada auprès du Comité militaire en session permanente, à Bruxelles, Belgique. Après plus de quarante-deux (42) années de service militaire, il prend sa retraite en 1997.
Justin R. Fogarty is a partner with Heenan Blaikey and is based in Toronto. His broad legal and business background includes representing corporate borrowers, lenders, investors, banks and court officers in significant domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. He has appeared at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals. He has been recognized by Lexpert, Chambers Global, and Martendale Hubble as top counsel. Mr. Fogarty’s representative matters include cases in the areas of commercial litigation focusing on insolvency, fraud, shareholder disputes, debtor/creditor, construction and real estate. Mr. Fogarty has also sat as a court-appointed claims officer in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings. He is also the co-chair of the Business Solutions and Restructuring Group at Davis, along with Shelley Fitzpatrick and Larry Robinson, Q.C.
Mr. Fogarty uses his extensive litigation experience and business acumen to achieve successful outcomes for his clients. He has advised leading Canadian and U.S. financial institutions in connection with the structuring of more than $2.5 billion in completed ABL (asset-based lending) transactions. He has advised major companies, financial institutions, law firms and accounting firms in national and international, cross-border restructurings, in and out of court.
What makes Mr. Fogarty unique in his field is his ability to put deals together for his clients. Drawing on his background in corporate finance, he finds lenders and buyers. He uses his business savvy and extensive experience to go beyond traditional insolvency advising – he also closes deals for clients. Chambers Global states: “He is bright with a good problem-solving approach.”
Mr. Fogarty is active in the legal community. He is the current editor of The National Insolvency Review and sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Bar Association’s Insolvency Section. He is also past advisor to the Commercial Finance Association and past director and chair of the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Education Committee, where he developed an insolvency simulation exercise that was used by the TMA across Canada and the United States. Mr. Fogarty is a past sessional lecturer in Insolvency and Secured Transactions at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mr. Fogarty participates in numerous associations and community organizations. He is vice-chair of the International Bar Association subcommittee on insolvency and restructuring. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, a Chevalier of the Order of Saint George, an officer of the Order of Saint Lazarus, a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Polo Association, president of Polo Canada and the Alberta Alpine Ski Academy and chairman of the Alpine Canada Alpine Founders Club. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada and appointed co-chair for the CBA Conference on Insolvency and Restructuring in September, 2010. Recently, he was appointed by the Minister of National Defence as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 763 Signals Regiment of Ottawa.
David Fraser is a dynamic accomplished leader and innovator with over 30 years experience in the Canadian Forces. He led Canadian and multinational organizations throughout his career. He has commanded on operations from Lieutenant to Brigadier-General. Finishing his career as Commander the First Canadian Division and Land Forces Doctrine and Training Systems, he is highly accomplished with starting up new organizations and a proven leader who delivers results. He has been highly decorated including with the Legion of Honour, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit in Gold (The Netherlands), NATO MSM, the Vimy Award for contributions to peace and security, the Atlantic Council for leadership. David Fraser is an accomplished communicator who values people. He is now the Chief Operating Officer for Blue Goose Corporation, North America’s leading producer of clean protein. He was a panel member on the Jenkin’s Panel, ‘Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement through Key Industrial Capabilities’. He also serves as a mentor for the Ivey Business School along with sitting on several boards.
Lieutenant-General (Retired) Michel Gauthier enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973, graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
His early regimental assignments were with 5th Combat Engineer Regiment in Valcartier, Quebec and 4th Combat Engineer Regiment in Lahr, Germany. He also served as an instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, in Chilliwack, B.C, and in various staff assignments in Mobile Command Headquarters, Montréal. He returned to Germany to command 4th Combat Engineer Regiment from June 1990 to October 1992. During his regimental command, the regiment deployed as the lead UN unit into the Former Yugoslavia in support of the initial build-up of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) on Operation Harmony from March to September 1992. He was subsequently awarded the Meritorious Service Cross in recognition of his leadership on this operation.
Upon returning to Canada, he was appointed for a short time as Division Engineer, 1st Canadian Division. On promotion to Colonel in September 1993, Gauthier returned to UNPROFOR for 12 months at the height of the war in Bosnia as the Force Engineer, responsible for demining, infrastructure and force protection support, and reconstruction efforts in support of this 35,000 person UN mission. He subsequently served as Deputy Commandant of the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston from 1994 to 1997 and, on promotion to Brigadier-General, served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters.
In May 2000, Gauthier was appointed Commander Land Force Central Area, responsible for the 12,000 Regular and Reserve soldiers and civilians of the Army in Ontario. In April 2002, he assumed command of Joint Task Force South-West Asia, Canada’s operational commitment to the Campaign against Terrorism consisting of the Canadian battle group, a Maritime Task Group, and aircraft detachments deployed to southern Afghanistan and the adjacent region under Operation Enduring Freedom.
Promoted to Major-General in November 2002, he initiated and led a broad-ranging transformation of the defence intelligence function as the Chief of Defence Intelligence. Lieutenant-General Gauthier was appointed the first Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in September 2005. After initially creating the command, he was responsible to the CDS for all of the CF’s operational missions abroad, most notably operations in Southern Afghanistan since February 2006.
Lieutenant-General Gauthier has attended numerous courses in Canada, the US and overseas, including the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (88–89), the U.S. Army War College (97–98), and the U.S. Pinnacle Course (07).
He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009.
Dr. Bernd Goetze entered the Canadian Armed Forces in 1959 as a Soldier Apprentice, rising to the rank of Brigadier-General in May 1991. Beyond his military Command and Staff experience, General Goetze’s responsibilities were focused on the defence policy aspects of international security affairs; in particular in the field of East-West arms control negotiations, OSCE and UN Security Council issues. In this context, he was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1986–1989 and served as Counsellor for Nuclear and Strategic Affairs with the Canadian Delegation to NATO.
From 1991 to 1993, as Director-General for International Policy in the Ministry of National Defence in Ottawa, he was responsible for Canada’s bi-and multilateral defence relations programmes as well as for UN peacekeeping commitments and engagements with our allies in NATO and NORAD.
During his years of military and diplomatic service, Dr. Goetze continued to pursue his formal education. In 1975, he graduated (Magna cum Laude) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in Political Studies. He obtained an MA from the same institution in 1977 and completed the requirements for his PhD in Los Angeles, California in 1983. His doctoral dissertation, Security in Europe: A Crisis of Confidence, was published in 1985. He is also a 1973 graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and General Staff College and in 1975–76 he attended the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy.
In 1993, Dr. Goetze joined the Office of the Secretary General of NATO as Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of Council Operations. He was subsequently appointed Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, the NATO-Russia Council, the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. He was also responsible to the Secretary General for the planning and conduct of Ministerial and Summit meetings of these bodies at NATO HQ and abroad.
Dr. Goetze completed his service with the Alliance on 31 December 2007. He now divides his time between Canada, the United States and Europe as an International Consultant on Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs and also mentors students pursuing a Master of Defence Studies graduate degree at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
Blake C. Goldring, Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army
Blake C. Goldring has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces for many years.
He is the Founder and Chairman of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a non-partisan organization he created in 2006 to bring community leaders across Canada together to support the Canadian military and their families in the work they do at home and abroad.
The Canada Company Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 to supplement benefits available to students who have lost a parent serving in active duty with the Canadian Forces. Awarded annually, the scholarships assist students who qualify cover tuition fees and other living expenses required to complete a post-secondary education. A scholarship fund of more than $2 million has been established.
Canada Company also oversees the Military Employment Transition Program to help Canadian Armed Forces members who are transitioning out of the military obtain employment in the civilian workforce. This coordinated program serves as a bridge between the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada Company’s “CAF Friendly” employer partners.
In 2011, Blake was appointed as the ‘first ever’ Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army. He plays a significant role in strengthening the relationship between Canada’s business community and the Canadian Army, all while fostering a robust esprit de corps across Army units and organizations. His appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army has been extended until October, 2016.
Prior to this appointment, Blake served as the Honorary Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Canada from October 2005 to October 2011 and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2009, Blake was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his support of the Canadian Armed Forces and, in particular, his founding of Canada Company. More recently, Blake was named the 2014 VIMY Award recipient by the Conference of Defence Association [CDA] Institute.
Blake was Co-Chair of the City of Toronto’s Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 Committee and Chair of the University of Toronto’s 1914–1918 In Memoriam Event.
Blake is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGF Management Limited. Blake was named President in 1997, Chief Executive Officer in 2000 and Chairman in 2006. Under his leadership, AGF has grown to be a premier independent investment management company with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
He holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. He is also a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Paul Hindo is currently the Vice Chair & Principal of Nautical Lands Group. Paul has spent the last 25 years in the Commercial Real Estate sector where he has held various Senior Management positions including Senior Managing Director with Cushman & Wakefield in Ottawa.
Paul Hindo has had extensive involvement in various public and community organizations. Amongst his accomplishments:
- Founding Director of the SCO Health Service Foundation and remains an honorary Director,
- Chair of the Board of Trustees of Royal Ottawa Health Care Group for a term, during his time with that board from 1997 to 2006,
- Named Vice-Chair of Cancer Ontario (CCO) in 2000 and serving on the board from 1997 to 2006.
- Director of Ottawa Economic Development Corporation (OED) from 1999 to 2001. OED was amalgamated with the Ottawa Centre for Research Innovation (OCRI). OCRI is responsible for economic development on behalf of the city of Ottawa. Paul has also served as a director of OCRI from 2001 to 2009, contributing to Ottawa 2020, which is the city’s Growth Management Strategy Plan and is an integral component of the Ottawa Official Plan.
Paul is currently:
- Ontario Director for Canadian Forces Liaison Council,
- Board member with Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival,
- Board member of Ottawa Peace Camp,
- Board member of Canadian Defence Association Institute
- Serves as Honorary Colonel of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Paul obtained his Bachelor of Education from McGill University in 1980, and was named as one of Ottawa’s top “40 under 40″ business executives by the Ottawa Business Magazine. Paul was inducted in Canadian Who’s Who in 1997. In 2006, Paul received the Silver Award for “Businessperson of the Year” from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. His most recent award is Commander Land Force Command Commendation from the Army Commander in February 2011.
HCol Tim Hogarth is the President & CEO of Pioneer Energy LP and its associated group of companies. Pioneer is the largest private independent petroleum marketer in Canada with annual revenues of $2.5 billion and 400 retail locations across Ontario and Manitoba. Pioneer is recognized as a Platinum member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program. Mr. Hogarth also serves as the Honorary Colonel of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry regiment. He (through Pioneer Energy formerly Pioneer Petroleums) is a founding partner of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme – The Charter for Business (Canada), past Chairman of Young President’s Organization Toronto Chapter, former Vice Chair Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and serves on the board of Canada Company, MerryGoRound Children’s Foundation, Chair Thirteenth (XIII) Regiment Foundation as well as various other charities and boards.
George A. Lampropoulos received his B.Sc. (Honors) degree from the University of Patras, Greece in Control, Electromagnetics, Cybernetics, Communications and Electronics; M.Sc. in Electronics and Ph.D. in Signal Processing degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering. His specialization is in Systems, Electronics and Digital Signal Processing.
Dr. Lampropoulos has been faculty member of the following Universities: Royal Military College, Kingston Ontario Canada (1984–1989); Laval University (1987–1994); and University of Toronto (1999). Since 2008 has been an adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Calgary.
Dr. Lampropoulos industrial experience includes: SPAR Aerospace (1989–1992) and A.U.G. Signals Ltd. (1992-today as President and CEO). He is also the president of the Greek Space Agency (2006-present). He has supervised more than 180 industrial research projects in the area of Communications and Signal Processing including multi-sensor systems, Detection, Classification, Multi-sensor signal processing, information fusion, and situation assessment.
Dr. Lampropoulos has published more than 250 articles in Journals, conferences, books and technical reports in the area of Signal Processing. He co-edited 13 books and held editorial positions in international journals including the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He has been invited keynote speaker in major technical events, organized and was General Chair in major multi-society conferences i.e. International Conference on Applications of Photonic Technology or Photonics North (1994, 1996. 1998-General Chair; 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Vice Chair, 2005 Honorary Chair). He is also the General Chairman of the 2009 International Conference on Space Technology held in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Dr. Lampropoulos is the founder and owner of A.U.G. Signals, and also founder of Photonics North, Greek Space Agency (GSA) and the International Conference of Space Technology (ICST). Among several Board memberships, Dr. Lampropoulos is a member of the DSAB (Defence Science Advisory Board) of Canada and the selection committee of the Vimy awards in recent years.
Lieutenant-General Marc Lessard (Retired), CMM, MSC, CD
Lieutenant-General (Retired) Marc Lessard graduated from the College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and served in a variety of regimental positions with the Royal 22e Regiment and the Canadian Airborne Regiment.
His held many command appointments at the unit and formation level. He was posted to
Lieutenant-General Lessard’s operational experience includes deployments to
From May 2009 to September 2011, he was Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM) which included all Canadian Forces operations outside
He is presently a Senior Mentor for the National Security Programme at the
Lieutenant-General Lessard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration from College Militaire Royal and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the
He was awarded the Order of Military Merit at the Commander level and received the Meritorious Service Cross for his leadership as Commander Regional Command South in
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) George Macdonald joined CFN Consultants in 2005 after serving 38 years in the Canadian Forces, culminating in the position of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 to 2004, following three years as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD.
Initially, LGen Macdonald spent several years as an operational fighter pilot. He has commanded at the squadron, base/wing, and air division level. Throughout his career, he held many leadership positions in Ottawa, and has served with NATO forces in Germany and Norway, and with North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in both Winnipeg and Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also held the position of Director of Operations in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office.
In addition to his operational experience, LGen Macdonald has extensive executive-level expertise in military requirements and capability planning, all aspects of defence program management, corporate change management, international security issues, and Canada-U.S. relations. In his last position as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Macdonald was the senior resource manager for DND and was responsible for strategic planning.
LGen Macdonald is a graduate of the University of Calgary and the National Defence College. He has participated in executive seminars at Harvard University and with the Canadian School of Public Service and has been published on several topics, including change leadership, interoperability, knowledge management, ballistic missile defence, defence strategic planning and resource management, and CF operations in Afghanistan.
Don Macnamara, a Past President of the CDA Institute, and the 2013 recipient of the Vimy Award, is a specialist in national and international security affairs and strategic intelligence analysis and retired as a Brigadier-General after 37 years in the RCAF and Canadian Forces. For the last half of his military career he was doing and teaching strategy, strategic analysis and planning in National Defence Headquarters, the Canadian Forces College and the National Defence College. On retirement, he joined the faculty of the Queen’s School of Business for a further 20 years to teach international business and strategy , was Executive Director of the International Study Centre in the UK and Director of the Queen’s Public Executive Program. From 1996–2011 he was the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, served 10 years on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College and four years as Chair, and is a member of the CDFAI Advisory Council and of the RCAF Commander’s Council. He now resides in Sidney-by-the-Sea, BC and remains an active member the Victoria Branch of the Canadian International Council and the RUSI Vancouver Island..
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Pierre joined the Canadian Forces as an Officer Cadet in 1975 under the Regular Officer Training Plan and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Administration and was commissioned as a Second-lieutenant and served as a Logistics Officer until his retirement in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1997.
Pierre served in several accounting officer positions at Canadian Forces Base Ottawa, as Comptroller at Canadian Forces Station Lowther, and held staff appointments at National Defence Headquarters with to the Director General Personnel Services, with the Director of Pay Services and with the Director General Compensation and Benefits.
After his retirement from the Canadian Forces, Pierre joined the National Capital Commission (NCC) as Chief, Financial Operations, and retired in 2014 from the NCC where he held the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.
Pierre assumed the role of Treasurer of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute in January 2016. Pierre is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University. He is also a graduate from the Command and Staff Programme from Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is fluent in French, English as has limited ability in Spanish.
Pierre is married to Lee and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Sean P. Murray
Sean P. Murray is President and CEO of Sakto Corporation, a Canadian based Real Estate Development and Management firm head quartered in the nation’s capital.
Sean began his real estate development career in 1986 and has since undertaken numerous award winning projects worldwide. He quickly built an impressive portfolio and reputation, commencing with the construction of a mixed use complex in 1989 in the heart of Ottawa’s little Italy. Today, Sakto locally owns and manages in excess of one million square feet, including 2010’s BOMA’s Building of the Year, as well as being the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s 2012 Global Award of Excellence for a London mixed use development.
Sean continues to have a long standing relationship with Canadian Forces. Sean is the former Honorary Colonel of the The Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, an army infantry reserve regiment. Sean has also been a supporter in the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and is a supporter of Canada Company.
Sean believes in lifelong education, and enjoys active membership and involvement in numerous organizations including Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education, ULI – Urban Land Institute, BOMA – Building Owners and Management Association. Sean is an alumnus and is an active supporter of Ashbury College. He was a member of the Board of Governors for over 12 years. and currently serves on their Foundation Board of Directors.
H. Chiko Nanji
Honourary Colonel Hanif (Chiko) Nanji, has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Canada Logistics Inc. since 1988. In addition to currently serving as the Honourary Colonel of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment in Ottawa, ON, HCol Nanji has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian transportation industry. He serves as the Chairman of LDC Logistics Development Corporation, Vice Chairman of Dairy Products of Motion Inc. and Vice-Chairman of Spectrum Supply Chain Solutions Inc. He has been a Director of Metro Canada Logistics Inc., since 1988. HCol Nanji also serves as a Trustee of ATS Andlauer Operating Trust of ATS Andlauer Income Fund. He serves as Member of Advisory Council at Shippers Commonwealth LLC. HCol Nanji served as Trustee of ATS Andlauer Transportation Services Limited Partnership (alternate name, ATS Andlauer Income Fund) from September 30, 2005 to November 4, 2008.
Colonel Petrolekas has a unique background, combining years as an army officer and as a senior executive in the telecommunications industry.
As an army officer, he spent most of his career in mechanized units rising to command of a Regiment. He served in Bosnia in 93–94 and was responsible for the implementation of the Washington peace accord and oversaw transfer of authority in Srebrenica. He also served in Cyprus and Afghanistan. In the latter conflict, he became recognized as a pre-eminent authority on NATO and Coalition warfare serving as a confidant and trusted agent between the Canadian CDS and senior NATO and U.S. officials on the Afghan file. He helped prepare every ISAF and US command for Afghan service in the years 2003–2007. He also established many of the protocols used to this day for the evacuation of Canadian wounded through Europe. Most recently, he has served as a strategic advisor to the current Canadian Chief of Defence Staff on the Afghan detainee file.
As a marketing executive he has had extensive experience in high technology medium, and start-up enterprises in the telecom sector, providing backbone long-haul networking equipment and solutions to PTT’s and telephone companies in over 87 countries with major installations at BT (British Telecom), CANTV Venezuela, Telesp Sao Paolo and Hong Kong Tel. He is one of the co-inventors of video over frame relay and associated network applications – a precursor to today’s integrated services over IP networks.
His writing has appeared in: The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Military, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The Montréal Gazette. He has been a guest commentator on: CTV News, Canada AM, CBC News, and telecom trade events such as ExpoComm, and Networld Interop.
David Pratt is an Advisor to the Secretary General and Special Ambassador for the Canadian Red Cross. In this role, Mr. Pratt has responsibility for the Humanitarian Issues Program which includes international humanitarian law, the promotion of humanitarian values, restoring family links and detention monitoring. He is also involved in issues such as the control of small arms and light weapons, war affected children and Red Cross programs in Sierra Leone.
Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Mr. Pratt served as an elected representative at the municipal and federal levels of government for 16 years. First elected as the Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton in June 1997, he was re-elected in November of 2000.
In December 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin asked Mr. Pratt to serve as Canada’s Minister of National Defence. As Minister of National Defence, Mr. Pratt served on three cabinet committees including Global Affairs, Canada-U.S. Relations and Security, Public Health and Emergencies.
Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, Mr. Pratt was elected by his colleagues as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, a position he held from 2001–2003. He also served as a member of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on National Security. During his first term in Parliament, Mr. Pratt served on two standing committees: Environment and Sustainable Development and National Defence and Veterans Affairs. At the request of Prime Minister Jean Chretien, he chaired the first caucus committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defence and International Cooperation. He also served as Canada’s Special Envoy to Sierra Leone under foreign ministers Lloyd Axworthy and John Manley. He wrote two reports: “Sierra Leone: The Forgotten Crisis” and “Sierra Leone: Danger and Opportunity in a Regional Conflict” and was involved extensively in legislation to address the “conflict diamonds” issue.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Pratt served three terms in municipal politics. He served for five years on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and, beginning in 1990, he was actively involved in the Africa 2000: The Municipal Response program which linked Canadian and African municipalities.
Mr. Pratt is a fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. In June, 2005 he authored a Working Paper for the Parliamentary Centre entitled: Retooling for New Challenges: Parliaments as Peace-builders.
A career foreign service officer, Colin Robertson is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where he is directing a project on Canada-US relations with the support of Governments, the private and not-for-profit sectors. The Report ‘From Correct to Inspired: An Engagement Strategy for Canada-US relations’ was presented to the prime minister and premiers in January, 2009. Robertson is also teaching graduate level courses on Canadian foreign policy and public diplomacy.
Robertson was president of the Historica Foundation of Canada from 2006–2007. As president, Robertson was responsible for the integration of the Encounters with Canada high school youth program into Historica. Under his leadership the Foundation created a ‘Friends of Historica’ network across Canada, opened new internet-based portals– the youth-based FYI Canada and Access.ca, of curriculum related material on Canadian history for educators, and broadened Historica partnerships across Canada.
Robertson served as Minister (Advocacy) and Head of the Washington Secretariat within the Canadian Embassy from 2004–2006 and as the Consul General in Los Angeles from 2000–2004. The territory for which he was responsible included California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. Trade relations significantly increased during his tour of duty.
In Ottawa he held positions in the United States (1985–6) and UN Bureaux (1977–78), the Policy Planning Secretariat (1992–3), Media Relations Office (1978), Federal-Provincial Relations during the constitutional patriation process(1981–2) and Foreign Policy Communications divisions (1993–4). He was Legislative Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs, Honourable Allan J. MacEachen (1982–84). He managed the legislative effort that led to the creation of the Asia-Pacific Foundation and the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security.
He served as Manager, Corporate Relations and Public Affairs for Petro-Canada International Assistance Corporation (1984–5) returning to Foreign Affairs when the agency was abolished as part of the Nielsen program review.
From 1985 to 1987, he was a member of the team that negotiated the Free Trade Agreement with the United States. In 1993 he was Coordinator, NAFTA Implementing Legislation, the biggest omnibus legislation to pass through the Canadian parliament. He was the first Canadian NAFTA Communications Co-ordinator (1998–2000) and led the development of the tri-national NAFTA Works campaign and website.
He served (Third Committee, Human Rights) with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in 1977 and at the Consulate General in New York from 1978 to 1981 where he was responsible for congressional relations and outreach to universities. From 1987 to 1992, Robertson served as Counsellor and Consul in Hong Kong with accreditation to the People’s Republic of China as well as to Macao.
As Director General of Public Affairs at the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (1994–6) he worked on the launch of the new Immigration policy and led the project which created the Modular Public Education Tools: Teacher’s Guide, Stardate 2232 CD ROM and hour-long docu-drama Land of Hope.
As Executive Director of Public Affairs at the Treasury Board Secretariat (1996–98) he was part of the ‘Getting Government Right’ team that focused on more effective parliamentary oversight, improved comptrollership, the streamlining of regulation and the renewal of the public service.
Appointed Senior Advisor for Trade Communications to the Deputy Minister of Trade (1998) he prepared the departmental business plan. Named Director General of Communications (1998–2000) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he directed communications strategy during the Kosovo crisis, WTO Seattle conference, and Y2K.
Active in community affairs he served on executive of the Manor Park Community Association and on the executive of the New York and Ottawa branches of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy. He was a Senior Fellow (2002–04) at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. The Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association named him 2004 ‘Friend of the Industry’. At 2004 Homecoming, he was given the ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award by the University of Manitoba. In March, 2005, he was presented with the Alberta Centennial Medal by Premier Ralph Klein and then Intergovernmental Affairs Minister (and now Premier) Ed Stelmach; in May, 2006, he was presented the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal by Lt. Gov. Lynda Haverstock.
Robertson is a former president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers and editor of the award-winning bout de papier, Canada’s magazine of diplomacy and foreign service. He is co-author of Decision at Midnight: an inside account of the Free Trade Negotiations (UBC, 1996), finalist in the National Business Book Award. While in Hong Kong, he reviewed ‘thrillers’ for the South China Morning Post. He swims, runs slowly, reads voraciously and plays tennis badly.
As Executive Vice-President of the ADGA Group and RHEA Group, Mr. Sincennes is responsible for providing strategic directions and leadership, steadily growing the company’s presence and revenue base. He is responsible for building partnerships and strategic alliances with other organizations to better meet the clients’ needs, and developing a competitive edge in order to meet the company’s objectives.
He is responsible for communicating the overall goals and strategies, developing appropriate strategies and coordinating business units’ mission statements. Accountable for identifying, analyzing and resolving major strategic issues regarding business imperatives, overall business portfolio issues, and influencing major decisions. Provides vision and insight to help identify and exploit new opportunities for business expansion, enabling the company to meet or exceed its growth in profitability objectives. Responsible for the recruitment of selected key executives and overall business development and marketing.
Furthermore, he is responsible for International Bi-Lateral Commercial Relations including acquisitions and their management, investments and acquisitions strategies, the conduct of all company legal affairs and for Government relations and establishing strategic relationships with senior Government officials.
Louise Mercier is a senior industry defence consultant expert in Canadian defence procurement practices and policies. Currently the President of FMJ Solutions in Ottawa, Ontario, and a Senior Defence Associate of Hill/Knowlton Strategies – Louise has leveraged her strong entrepreneurial skills to build and implement highly successful business development strategies for small, medium, and large complex, multi-million military industrial programs, ranging in size from $10M up to $2B.
Louise brings to her client’s, insight, leadership and strategic counsel on major defence procurement, industry and regional development programs. As an expert in the defence procurement process, and with strong productive relationships with industry, she has successfully led and implemented multiple win strategies for various c4isr, land, sea and air programs. She provides expert assistance to firms with the full range of experience of the business capture processes including; opportunity identification, competitive analysis, price to win, probability of win evaluations, client management, ITB’s and proposal management. With her partners she is also able to provide political, media and value proposition counsel.
Specializing in complex system integration programs she has helped to pursue and win various contracts in various information management programs that include C2 systems, combat systems, training systems, weapons, sensors and sonar’ systems in both air and naval defence environments.
She has provided consulting services for a number of firms including but not limited to Hill/Knowlton, DCNS, CAE, Davie Shipyards, CMC Electronics, 3M, and MBDA.
Louise Mercier is currently the National President of The Navy League of Canada, is the founder of Canada’s Women in Defence and Security in 2005, is an Executive Board Member of The Canadian Defence Association Institute, and as an active volunteer of CADSI (Canadian Association Defence and Security Industry) and in cooperation with the RCN leadership, she annually chairs CADSI’s Navy Outlook. She has also raised thousands of dollars for various charities, most significant of which include the Canadian Cancer Society, Navy League of Canada and Military Resource Family Centre.
She is recently most proud of implementing Navy Appreciation Day, a program co-sponsored by Senators and Ministers, celebrating the RCN on Parliament Hill that draws over 500 participants. As a result of her dedication to the Navy League of Canada, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in February 2013.
Major General Daniel Gosselin
Daniel Gosselin has over 39 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces, having served in several command and staff assignments.
He enrolled in the CAF as a military engineer. He retired from the CAF as a Major-General in 2011, and his last three tours of service included Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy, Director General International Security Policy in the Policy Group at NDHQ, and Chief of Staff of the CF Transformation Team in 2005-06. He is a former Commandant of the Canadian Forces College. In 2012–2013, he completed a ten-month assignment as the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff, a role he continues to perform occasionally.
He holds three post-graduate degrees, in civil engineering, war studies, and public administration. He mentors senior officers and executives of the National Security Programme of the Canadian Forces College, and is a sessional lecturer at both the Canadian Forces College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He also occasionally acts as a consultant on defence governance and accountability, and civil-military relations in Canada. He has written articles and book chapters on command, civil-military relations and defence management.
His most recent article, “Unelected, Unarmed Servants of the State” was published in the Summer 2014 edition of the Canadian Military Journal.
Meaghan Hobman is currently the Administration and Public Relations Manager. She has been with the CDA/CDA Institute since September 2013 when she began as an Analyst. Meaghan completed her Master’s Degree in War Studies at the Royal Canadian Military College of Canada in 2013, and specialized in studies on Military Intelligence. She also holds on Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Ottawa, completing Double Majors in Political Science and English. She has worked for Health Canada as a Media Relations Assistant as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and was an important part of the team that organized the G8 and G20 in 2010.
Colonel Alain Pellerin (Ret’d), O.M.M, CD, BA, MA
Colonel (Ret’d) Alain Pellerin is a former Senior Executive in the Canadian Armed Forces with an impressive 35-year military career. He has extensive experience in public policy, diplomacy, and problem solving, not only in Canada but also in numerous European countries.
His career with the Department Of National Defence included his appointment with 22ieme Regiment and the Royal Welch Fusiliers (UK), and Command and Staff Appointments in Canada, the UK and Germany. He later served as a Faculty Advisor-Facilitator at the Canadian Forces Staff School, Policy Advisor Peacekeeping at the Directorate of International Policy, Senior Staff Officer Canadian Military Representative to NATO in Brussels, and Director and Deputy Director of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy.
An excellent bilingual communicator and writer with a proven track record as a mediator. He became Chief of Staff at the NATO Defense College following his Military career and ultimately was appointed as Executive Director for the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and Conference of Defence Institute (CDAI) in 1998, where he remained until his retirement in 2014. He currently serves as an ambassador for the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation
He earned an MA, Summa Cum Laude in International Relations at Boston University; BA, Honours in Economics/Political Science, at the Royal Military College of Canada; a Diploma in Political/Economic/Social/Military Aspects of Collective Security and Defense, at the NATO Defense College; and Executive-level Leadership and Conflict Management one year Course at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.
Colonel (Ret’d) Pellerin was appointed Officer to the Order of Military Merit (O.M.M.) in February 1995. In 2010, he was awarded the Brigadier-General George G. Bell Strategic Leadership Shield Award for Strategic Excellence by the Canadian International Council, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to promoting research in and public awareness of Canada’s defence and security interests, and his dedication to this cause through his outstanding leadership and management of the Conference of Defence associations and its Institute. He was invested into the Order of St. George in 2014.
General Ray Henault (Ret’d)
General Ray Henault was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1949. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1968.
General Henault served his early tours as a pilot and flight instructor, accumulating 4,500 flying hours mostly on the T-33 Silver Star, CF-101Voodoo, and Twin Huey and Kiowa helicopters.
In addition to flying, he served as an air traffic controller, an aviation staff officer in a brigade headquarters, and as project director for the acquisition of light helicopters. From1987 to 1989 he was the Commanding Officer of 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at the Canadian base in Lahr, Germany. As Base Commander in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Gen Henault headed Canada’s premier flying training centre, with lead responsibility for primary, helicopter and instructor training. A number of command and staff appointments in the air force followed, and in 1996 he was posted to Ottawa, beginning a series of jobs at National Defence Headquarters including in military planning and operations. In 1998 he was promoted LGen and appointed Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, or “head of operations”. Gen Henault’s three-year tenure was highlighted by the Canadian contribution to the Kosovo air and ground campaigns and other significant NATO missions, including the Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In June 2001, Gen Henault was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff, a position he held until February 2005. He thus guided Canada’s initial military response to the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and oversaw Canada’s sustained commitment to the International Assistance Force in Afghanistan, as well as many other coalition and United Nations missions, throughout his tenure.
It was also under Gen Henault’s leadership as Chief of the Defence Staff that ambitious efforts took shape to remake, remodel and transform the Canadian Forces into a more flexible, more responsive and more capable military.
General Henault was elected to be the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in November 2004 and assumed that position at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, in June 2005. In that capacity, he represented all NATO Chiefs of Defence at NATO HQ, acted as the senior military advisor to the North Atlantic Council and occupied the senior military post in NATO until his retirement in 2008.
Fluent in both English and French, Gen Henault is a graduate of the École supérieure de guerre aérienne (ESGA) in Paris and Canada’s National Defence College. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba, and an Honorary Doctorate of Military Science from the Royal Military College. General Henault also holds the rank of Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit (CMM), Commander in The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Commander of the French Légion d’honneur, Commander of the United States Legion of Merit, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross. He is also an Honorary Professor of the University of Pecs, in Pecs, Hungary.
Vice Admiral Paul Maddison, RCN (Ret’d)
Paul Maddison served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Vice Admiral and from the position of Commander Royal Canadian Navy. During his naval service, which included 17 years at sea, he also had the privilege to command the frigate HMCS CALGARY and the destroyer HMCS IROQUOIS. He deployed to the Arabian Gulf during the Gulf War in 1990, and commanded at sea in the same region during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003.
A graduate of the Royal Military College – Saint Jean and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Paul’s decorations include: Commander of the Order of Military Merit (Canada), Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) and Officer of the Legion of Honour (France).
In 2014 Paul accepted an appointment as Strategic Advisor to the Co-CEO of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity firm based in Toronto. He also took on related responsibilities as Vice President Global Operations for the Momentum Aviation Group based in Woodbridge Virginia, and its Canadian subsidiary MAG Logistics located in Toronto. Paul is also the President of Paul Maddison Consulting Inc, which offers strategic advice with a focus on smart multi-national defense and security procurement solutions.
Paul’s focus for voluntary work revolves around the Natasha’s Wood Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Founded by his wife Fay, and incorporated in 2014, the Foundation has established a unique funding model to raise support for Military and First Responder families, especially those with children affected by mental health challenges stemming from their parents’ service.
Paul holds Fellowships with both the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He also serves on the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Paul’s other interests include geostrategic issues (with emphasis on global maritime security), fitness, and history.
Paul and his wife Fay (originally from Darwin, Australia) met on a blind date in Hong Kong during a port visit there of a Canadian naval squadron. They have two children (Audrey and Brendan) and two standard poodles (Nelson and Natasha).