Dr. Mike Cessford
In 2013, after over four decades of regular and reserve service, Dr. Michael Cessford retired from the Canadian Army, having attained the rank of Colonel. Throughout his career, Dr. Cessford served as a tactical leader, an operational staff officer and a strategic thinker and his service has been recognized with decorations and commendations from the governments of Canada, France and Germany. On retirement from the military, Dr. Cessford took a position within a major Canadian defence company. He is, as well, a member of the Directing Staff at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. Dr.Cessford holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s Degree in History from the University of New Brunswick and a Doctorate in History from Carleton University. He has attended the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.
Dr. Andrea Charron
Dr. Andrea Charron holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). She obtained a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, a Master’s of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University. Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She is now Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Political Studies and Deputy-Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies.
Dr. Howard Coombs
Howard G. Coombs retired from full-time duty with the Canadian Armed Forces in 2003 and transferred to the Canadian Army Reserve, where he continues to serve on a part-time basis. He is currently assigned to the staff of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters, Kingston as Chief of Staff (Reserve) in the rank of Colonel. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, which awarded his Master’s degree. Coombs received his PhD in military history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently an Assistant Professor of the Royal Military College of Canada. Coombs has a number of operational deployments to the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan as a military officer on regular and reserve duty. In addition, he deployed with Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Task Force Commander. He has been awarded both the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and the Order of Military Merit. His current research interests focus on Canadian military history since 1945 and Canada’s involvement in contemporary conflict.
Dr. James Cox
Brigadier-General (Retired) Dr. James S. Cox is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence Associations Institute. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 35 years, mainly in operational command and staff positions at home and abroad. Jim served as a Library of Parliament analyst, from 2005-2011, supporting parliamentary committees dealing with national security and defence issues. He was Vice-President Academic Affairs with the Canadian Military Intelligence Association from 2012-2015.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College and holds an MA and Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He holds the grade of Officer in the Order of Military Merit.
Today, Jim is also a Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and a Fellow with the Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies, in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
Charles (Chuck) Davies
Colonel Charles Davies (Retired) is a CDA Institute Research Fellow and a former Canadian Armed Forces Logistics officer and Public Servant. He held a number of senior positions in the Department of National Defence, including four years as the strategic planning director for the Material Group and three years as the senior director responsible for material acquisition and support policy across the Department. He is also a former chair of the senior NATO committee responsible for Alliance policies and processes related to the acquisition and life cycle management of major defence systems. Since retiring from DND in 2013 he has been researching and writing on defence management, defence procurement, and national security and defence policy issues.
Dr. André M. Levesque
Dr. André M. Levesque is a senior executive and leading expert in history, heritage, commemoration and recognition. He served with the CAF Army Reserves for 35 years and retired in 2008 at the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In his civilian career, he worked in the area of planning and economic development. In 2001, he became a public servant with DND and in 2006 was appointed Director Honours and Recognition for the CAF. From 2013-2016, he was DG Commemoration at Veterans Affairs and is currently a visiting scholar with the Royal Military College of Canada. André Levesque holds a B.A. and M.A. in geography from Carleton University and in 2013, he completed a Ph.D. in history from the National University of Ireland. He was admitted in the Canadian Who’s Who, and is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite from France.
Dr. Richard Shimooka
Richard Shimooka was a fellow at the Defence Management Studies Programme at Queen’s University from 2007-2012. Richard has written several works that cover a diverse array of topics, including Canadian defence and foreign policy, procurement policy and organizational culture. This includes several articles for the Canadian Military Journal, and a book, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: The Influence of External Studies and Reports on National Defence Policy – 2000 to 2006 (Queens’s School of Policy Studies) with Douglas Bland. Richard holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and a Bachelors with Honors in Political Studies from Queen’s University.
Dr. Elliot Tepper
Dr. Elliot Tepper was recruited directly from his PhD program at Duke University by Carleton University, where he has spent his career in the Department of Political Science and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Presently he is Distinguished Senior Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in its Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies, NPSIA, Carleton University; Research Professor in the Department of Political Science; and Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Social Science Program, Royal Roads University. He provides policy advice and analysis to the government and international organizations, The Department of National Defence, Foreign Affairs, CIDA, the UNDP, and USAID. Further, he chaired the Academic Advisory Committee for Immigration Canada; he is called upon to provide testimony before Parliament. Dr. Tepper works closely with the international diplomatic corps, located in Ottawa, and is frequently requested to provide analysis in the media at home and abroad. He has published widely in several fields, especially Asian Studies and diversity studies in Canada. He is recipient of numerous awards including from the Ford Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and a citation from the Government of Bangladesh.
Dr. Craig Mantle
Craig Leslie Mantle received his PhD in military and strategic studies from the University of Calgary in 2013. He has taught courses for both the Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College. After working for a decade at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute where he had the opportunity to publish widely on a number of leadership-related topics from both an historical and contemporary perspective, he spent a further year and a half working as the post-1945 historian at the Canadian War Museum. He is affiliated with two professional organizations: the Conference of Defence Associations Institute as a research fellow and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University as an adjunct faculty associate. His research interests, broadly speaking, include oral history, leadership, material culture and the experience of military service from South Africa to Afghanistan. A strong believer in community service and involvement, Dr. Mantle is actively involved with St. John Ambulance in Kingston; he currently sits on the board of Loyalist Branch, as well as on a number of separate committees.