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18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, 2015

Thursday & Friday, 1516 October 2015
Currie Hall, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Raphaël Leduc, University of Ottawa
“Bombs at Home or Fighters Abroad: Domestic Security Policy and its Impact on Mingration of Foreign Fighters”

2nd Place: Rebecca Jensen, University of Calgary
“Innovation in contact with the enemy: special forces and counterinsurgency in Iraqq”

3rd Place: Lauren Cardinal, Queen’s University
“The Importance of Domestic Factors in the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, Canadian Engagement Strategies with Iran for the Future”

RCMI Col Peter Hunter Award: Harris Stephenson, University of Calgary
“Mobile Change and Armoured Continuity: An Analysis of Canada’s Mobile Gun Procurement”

A Big Thank-​you to our Sponsors:

  • Strategic Patners: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics.
  • Sponsors and Supporters: CGAI, Department of National Defence, University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston Conference on International Security, Royal Canadian Military Institute, Porter Airlines
  • Our Media Partner, 45eNord

Keynote Speakers

Brigadier-​General Chris Ford (Ret’d), Professional Speaker and President of “Generally Speakings”

Lieutenant-​General Stephen Bowes Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command

Lieutenant-​General Christine Whitecross, Chief of Military Personnel and Commander Military Personnel Command

Panels

Panel I – The Anti-​ISIS Campaign: A New War on Terrorism?
Panel II – Technology, Energy Security, and Nuclear Proliferation
Panel III – Brick by Brick: Peace-​Building Past, Present and Future
Panel IV – From Russia Without Love: Inside Russian Head’s & NATO Thoughts
Panel V – #Trending: Twitter Tactics of Terrorists
Panel VI – Strategy and Weapons of the 21st Century

The top three papers were published as CDA Institute Vimy Paper publications! See here.

Missed the event or can’t get enough? See our official agenda.


17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, 2014

On 16 and 17 October 2014, the CDA Institute hosted its 17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston. The event gave 18 MA and PhD students the opportunity to present their research in a professional setting, and the opportunity for all to network with highly established members of the security and defence community.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Rob Burroughs, University of Ottawa
“Canada’s Quest for New Submarines”

2nd Place: Dashiell Dronyk, Carleton University
“The Canadian Response to Radicalization to Violence”

3rd Place: Tannuva Akbar, University of Toronto
“Anti-​Money Laundering & Countering the Financing of Terroism: Conundrum for Domestic and International Communities”

RCMI Col Peter Hunter Award: Captain Kevin Klein, University of Calgary
“The Zombie Apocalypse of Returning Foreign Fighters: Why Canada Should be Concerned”

A Big Thank-​you to our Sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsor Bombardier Inc.
  • Silver Sponsors CDFAI, NATO and the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
  • Our Supporters, ADGA Group, Royal Canadian Military Institute, Porter Airlines
  • Our Media Partner, 45eNord

Keynote Speakers

Brigadier-​General Chris Ford (Ret’d), Professional Speaker and President of “Generally Speakings”

Lieutenant-​General Michel Maisonneuve (Ret’d), Academic Director of RMC Saint-​Jean and Former Chief of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation

Matthew Fisher,Canada’s Longest Serving Foreign Correspondent

Panels

Panel I – Foreign Deployments, Foreign Concepts
Panel II – Institutions and Industry in National Security and Defence
Panel III – Chameleons and Parasites: The Terrorist Threat
Panel IV – Mastering the Capability/​Environment Matrix
Panel V – Technology, Then & Now
Panel VI – Canadian National Security and Defence Priorities

The top three papers were published as CDA Institute Vimy Paper publications! See here.

Missed the event or can’t get enough? See our official agenda or event summary.

Say cheese! Photos from the event are up on our Facebook page.


16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, 2013

Thursday & Friday, 2425 October 2013.
Currie Hall, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Eric Thomson, University of Ottawa
“A Nuclear Iran: The Security Implications of Bipolarity in the Middle East”

2nd Place: Alexandre Leger, Concordia University
“The Myth of the Nuclear Domino: North Korea and its Neighbours”

3rd Place: Shakir Chambers, Carleton University
“The Rise, The Fall, and the Middle Power: Canada’s role in an era of great power transition”

RCMI Col Peter Hunter Award: OCdt William Buss, RMC
“Lifting the Shadows: Media, Political Awareness, and Public Relations as Enablers for Special Operations Forces”

Honourable Mention: Christopher Radojewski, Queen’s University
“The Politics of Canadian Arctic Sovereignty: From Trudeau to Harper”

Keynote Speakers

M. Ferry de Kerckhove, Former High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan and Ambassador to Indonesia and Egypt

Brigadier-​General Serge Labbé (Ret’d), Senior Policy Advisor at Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

Dr. Michael Bonner, Oxford Almuni specializing in Afghani and Persian Studies

Panels

Panel I – Foreign Policy: Institutions, Individuals, and Evolution
Panel II – Non-​state Actors in State Defence and Security
Panel III – Intra-​state Conflicts: Motivations and Actors
Panel IV – The Human Aspects of Conflict
Panel V – The Evolution of the Canadian Armed Forces: Structure, Personnel, and Equipment
Panel VI – Canadian Security and Counter-​terrorism
Panel VII – International Intervention: Interests vs. Ethics
Panel VIII – Geo-​Political Neighbours and Regional Security
Panel IX – The Canadian Arctic: Past, Present, and Future

The top three papers were published as CDA Institute Vimy Paper publications!

Official Agenda


15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, 2012

On the 25th and 26th of October the CDA Institute, in partnership with the Royal Military College of Canada, drew together 30 graduate students from across the country; members of the Kingston, Ottawa and surrounding areas defence community; more than 100 Officers Cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada; as well as academic, industry and government leaders. We are very grateful to the sponsors who help to make this event possible. Joining us as a major contributor this year is Bombardier; we were very pleased to have joining us for the Symposium Bombardier Aerospace’s Vice-​President Government Relations BGen (Ret’d) David Jurkowski. We are also extremely grateful for the ongoing financial support provided by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and Senator Hugh Segal.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Geoff Keelan, University of Waterloo
“A Historical Perspective of Cyber Warfare: Information Wars”

2nd Place: Meaghan Williams, Queen’s University
“Hell on Heels: The Growing Phenomenon of Female Suicide Terror”

3rd Place: Bill McAuley, University of Calgary
Canada’s Tactical Fixation? Rethinking the IED Phenomenon”

4th Place: Kenneth Martin, Concordia Unviersity:
“Rebels without a Cause: A Revision of Non-​State Armed Groups’ Relation to the State”

5th Place: Jean-​François Bélanger, McGill University
“Canada and Missile Defense: Myths and Subtle Yes”

Keynote Speakers

The Honourable Hugh Segal, Senator, Chair of the Special Senate Comittee on Anti-​Terrorism

Major General Lewis Mackenzie (Ret’d), Former Senior UN Commander in Yugoslavia

Paul Chapin, Member of the Board of Directors, CDA Institute

Panels

Panel I T he Canadian Forces: Perception and Culture
Panel II Air Power: Effects and Consequences
Panel IV – Operations Abroad: From Doctrine to Tactics
Panel V – Pursuing Arctic Interests: Resources and Costs
Panel VI – Power Dynamics: State and Non-​state Actors
Panel VII – Terrorism: Aims and Intentions
Panel VIII – Domestic Security Threats: Conventional and Unconventional
Panel IX – Intelligence Gathering: Accountability and Limitations

The top three papers were published as CDA Institute Vimy Paper publications!


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