2018 Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence

22-23 February, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario ~ Fairmont Château Laurier

2018 Conference Theme: Canadian Security and Defence in the New World (dis)Order

The largest public conference of its kind in Canada addressing security and defence policy, military capability planning and analysis.

Over 600 attendees attend yearly including key decision makers from the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, Public Safety, business, defence and security industry and Academia.

The Conferences fosters networking opportunities, fuels relevant debates and provides a highly informative forum from a Canadian and foreign policy point of view.

The Ross Munro Media Award is awarded to a Canadian journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to the general public’s understanding of Canadian security and defence issues annually during the Conference.  Recipients of the Ross Munro Award, are honoured at the Ottawa Conference of Security and Defence event annually.


Agenda - February 22, 2018

TimeFunctionSpeaker (s)Location
0800-0900RegistrationDrawing Room Foyer
0900-0915Opening RemarksMatthew Overton
CDA / CDA Institute Executive Director
0915-1000Keynote Speaker Presentation
Title: Looking into the Future
Darrell Bricker
1000-1030Health BreakBeverages available in the Laurier Room
1030-1145Panel Session
Security and Defence Challenges of the Future
Kim Richard Nossal - Queens University

Jim Boutilier - Vimy Award Recipient and Special Advisor, MARPAC HQ

Jim Fergusson - University of Manitoba

Walter Dorn - Canadian Forces College
1200-1330Buffet LuncheonAdam Room and Drawing Room
1330-1415Speaker Presentation
Général de Division Aérienne Philippe Montocchio, officier général chargé des relations internationales militaires de l’état-major des armées, FranceBallroom
1415-1530Panel Session

Taking Advantage of Disorder
Gen (Ret'd) Paul Kern - The Cohen Group

Richard Fadden - former National Security Advisor

Mark Gwozdecky - GAC ADM International Security and Political Affairs

Lt Gen (Ret'd) Ben Hodges - former Comd US Army Forces in Europe

Janis Sarts - Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga
1545-1615Speaker Presentation

Title: NORAD Evolution to meet the Future Challenges
Gen Lori Robinson - Commander NORADBallroom
1615-1630End of Day RemarksMatthew Overton
CDA / CDA Institute Executive Director
1630-1800Conference ReceptionOpen to all registrantsDrawing Room Foyer
1800-2100CDA Banquet Dinner with Ross Munro Media Award PresentationOpen to CDA members and sponsorsDrawing Room


Agenda - February 23, 2018

TimeFunctionSpeaker (s)Location
0800-0900RegistrationDrawing Room Foyer
0900-0915Opening RemarksMatthew Overton
CDA / CDA Institute Executive Director
0915-1015Keynote Speaker PresentationGeneral Jonathan Vance - Chief of Defence StaffBallroom
1015-1045Health BreakBeverages available in the Laurier Room
1045-1200Panel Session

Harnessing National Capacity for Security and Defence
Jody Thomas - Deputy Minister National Defence

Shelly Bruce - Associate Chief, CSEC

Eric Dion, PhD

Ted Itani

Dr Yan Cimon, Université Laval
1200-1300Buffet LuncheonDrawing Room and Adam Room
1300-1345Speaker PresentationMajor General Mitch Mitchell, MBE, Director Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Shrivenham UKBallroom
1345-1500Panel Session

Implications for Building Military Forces into the Future

RAdm Darren Hawco - Chief of Force Development

Senator (Ret'd) Romeo Dallaire

LGen (Ret'd) Marc Caron

Dr Dave Pedlar - CIMVHR
1500Closing RemarksMatthew Overton
CDA / CDA Institute Executive Director

Important Parking Notice

Effective January 4, 2018 Fairmont Château Laurier will temporarily not be in a position to offer self-parking facilities as the Parking Garage has reached its end of life.

Alternate parking for non-registered guests can be found within walking distance from the hotel. Here are a few options:

Parking Lot Location/Entrance Distance from Hotel
World Exchange Plaza  Metcalfe or Queen Street 700 m / 9 min walk
Shaw Centre Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street South 300 m / 4 min walk
Rideau Centre Daly Avenue 600 m / 8 min walk
700 Sussex Sussex Drive 150 m / 2 min walk
ByWard Market Garage 70 Clarence Street 600 m / 8 min walk

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