Our Fellows

The Conference of Defence Associations Fellowship Programme consists of experts and practitioners in academia, the diplomatic core, industry, government, and the armed forces. Our fellows create a core of expertise that the Institute draws upon for its research, analysis, and commentary on current affairs.


Dr Christopher Ankersen, PhD., MSc

Associate Professor
Center for Global Affairs
Areas of Expertise: Continental defence, Canadian Defence Policy, Arctic Security

Dr. Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs, where he teaches in the Transnational Security concentration. Prior to joining NYU, Christopher was the Security Advisor for the United Nations system in Thailand (2012-2017). Previously, he held positions at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2010-2012); the UN Offices in Geneva (2007-2010) and Vienna (2006-2007); and with the Department of Safety and Security in New York, where he was Desk Officer for Iraq (2005-2006).

From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Ankersen was a Ralf Dahrendorf Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at the LSE, the London Centre for International Relations, King’s College London, Carleton University, and the Royal Military College of Canada and has lectured at staff colleges in Canada, Australia, and Denmark. From 2000 to 2005, he acted as a policy and strategy consultant to militaries, governments and private firms in the UK and Canada. From 1988 to 2000, Dr. Ankersen was an officer in the Canadian Forces, serving in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, including on overseas missions with the UN and NATO.

Dr. Ankersen is a member of the Regional Consultative Group for Asia and the Pacific on Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief; a Senior Research Fellow at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Thailand; and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. He currently serves as an associate editor with the journal International Politics Reviews. Dr. Ankersen is co-founder of the NYU Project on Armed Forces and Society.

His research interests include civil military relations, strategic studies, international security, and crisis/disaster response. He is particularly interested in the geopolitics and transnational security issues of Southeast Asia.

Christopher Ankersen holds a BA (Hons) in International Politics and History from Royal Roads Military College (Canada) and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Dr Andrea Charron

Associate Professor and Director
Centre for Defence and Security Studies
University of Manitoba
Areas of Expertise: Continental defence, Canadian Defence Policy, Arctic Security

Dr. 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 Canadian Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She is a member of DND’s advisory Board and is now Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, Political Studies and Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies.


Brigadier-General James Cox, OMM, CD, MA, PhD, plsc, psc (Ret’d)

Areas of Expertise: Intelligence, National Security and Defence Policy and Strategy, Modern warfare

Brigadier-General (Retired) Dr. James (Jim) S. Cox completed a nearly 35-year military career, mainly in operational command and staff positions across Canada and on four continents. He last served as Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, prior to his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Along the way Jim completed six operational tours of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus, Central Africa and Somalia, and three operational NATO missions in Europe. He has trained with the United States Army, The United States Army Green Berets, The United States Marine Corps, the British Army, the British Army Special Air Service and the British Royal Marines.

After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Jim served as an analyst in the Library of Parliament, from 2005-2011, supporting the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, the House of Commons Standing Committees on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and the Canadian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Jim also served as the Vice-President Academic Affairs with the Canadian Military Intelligence Association from 2012-2015.

In 1993, Jim was awarded the Order of Military Merit in the grade of Officer, by the Governor General of Canada. In 2013, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Senate of Canada, for his continuing service to Canada.

Today, Jim teaches graduate courses in Intelligence and Public Safety for Wilfrid Laurier University. In the past he taught graduate courses in conflict management, civil-military relations, and national security intelligence at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the University of Ottawa. He also served as a Research Associate with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

Jim studied at the NATO Defence College in Rome and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces College. He holds an MA and PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.


Aurèle Fanny Deutcha Ngueliea

Areas of Expertise: Asymmetric warfare, terrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian operations
Auxiliaire d’enseignement de 3ème cycle, Département de science politique |Université Laval
Auxiliaire de recherche, Institut EDI2 Équité, Diversité, Inclusion, Intersectionnalité (EDI)
Mentor de 3ème Cycle, Faculté des Sciences Sociale (FSS)| Université Laval
Candidate au doctorat en études internationales,École supérieure d’études internationales | Université Laval

Aurèle Fanny Deutcha Nguelieu is pursuing her PhD in collaboration with the Faculty of International Studies (ESEI) and the Department of Industrial Relations at Laval University. She works as a teaching and research assistant for the Department of Political Science at Laval University and as a research associate at the Institute of Economy and Peace and as a research associate of the partnership research team on cultural diversity and migration in the Quebec City region. She researches and writes about asymmetric warfare in the context of terrorism, its causes and how to reabsorb the consequences. She is particularly interested in the concept of positive peace and the implications of considering social justice in peacekeeping operations and in the management of international humanitarian operations related to war.


Dr Rebecca Jensen

Assistant Professor
Canadian Forces College
Areas of Expertise: Operational art and campaign planning, military and service culture, and civil-military relations

Dr. Rebecca Jensen is an assistant professor at the Canadian Forces College. She studies warfighting, particularly operational art and planning, coalition warfare, doctrine, service culture, and military change. Her doctoral work examined improvement in operational art in western Iraq between the 2003 invasion and the Surge. While completing her dissertation, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the George Washington University’s Elliot School, and a Dissertation Fellow at the United States Marine Corps University. She is currently a Fellow at the Modern War Institute at the USMA, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Advanced Military Studies at Marine Corps University. Her work has been published in the Marine Corps University Journal, Armed Forces & Society, Strategic Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, and in books from McGill-Queen’s University Press and Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies.


Marcus Kolga

Areas of Expertise: Disinformation, Russian and Central and Eastern European issues, Canadian Foreign Policy

Marcus Kolga is an international award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, digital communications strategist, and a leading Canadian expert on Russian and Central and Eastern European issues. Marcus has a focus on communications and media strategies as tools of foreign policy and defence, and continues to write commentary for national and international media including the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. He is the co-founder and publisher of UpNorth.eu, an online magazine that features analysis and political and cultural news from the Nordic and Baltic region. He frequently comments on Russian, Eastern and Central European issues on North American radio and television and at foreign policy conferences. Marcus is involved with international human rights organizations and national political organizations. In 2008 he spearheaded an effort to make August 23rd, the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a Canadian national day of remembrance for the European victims of Nazism and communism – Black Ribbon Day – by drafting a parliamentary resolution that was introduced and passed by Hon. Bob Rae. In 2015, Marcus was awarded the Estonian Order of the White Star by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

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Colonel Charles Davies (Ret’d)

Areas of Expertise: Defence procurement, National Security and Defence policy, Defence management

Colonel Charles Davies (Retired) is 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 P. Whitney Lachenbauer

School for the Study of Canda
Trent University
Areas of Expertise: Arctic Security, Canadian Defence/Foreign Policy, Canadian History

(Paul) Whitney Lackenbauer (pronouns he/him) is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University. He is Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He is also a Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary History at the University of Toronto; the Arctic Institute of North America; the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary; and an adjunct professor with the Brian Mulroney Institute for Government at St. Francis Xavier University. Whitney specializes in Arctic security, sovereignty and governance issues, modern Canadian military and diplomatic history, and Indigenous-state relations.


Justin Massie

Professor of Political Science
University of Quebec
Areas of Expertise: Canadian Foreign/Defence Policy, International security, Military interventions

Justin Massie is Full Professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Co-Director of the Network for Strategic Analysis. He was the 2019 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the global power transition, multinational military coalitions, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. His work has been published in several journals, including Foreign Policy Analysis, Contemporary Security Policy, Comparative Strategy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Journal (winner of the best article published in 2017), Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (winner of the best article published in 2008) and Études internationales (winner of the best article published in 2011). He is the author of Francosphère : l’importance de la France dans la culture stratégique du Canada (PUQ, 2013), and co-editor of Paradiplomatie identitaire : Nations minoritaires et politique extérieure (PUQ, 2019) and America’s Allies and the Decline of U.S. Hegemony (Routledge, 2019).


Cleo Paskal

Areas of Expertise: Indo-Pacific region, China, Climate Change

Cleo Paskal is Non-Resident Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Fellow, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM); and on the International Boards of Advisors of Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies, India and the Global Counter Terrorism Council, India.

She has testified before U.S. Congress, is a regular speaker at professional development programs for senior members of the U.S. military and has briefed government departments of the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, the European Union, India and others. She has lectured at, among many others, the U.S. Army War College, Center for Homeland Defense & Security (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey), Inter-American Defence Board (D.C.), the Royal College of Defence Studies (U.K.), the National Defence College (India), Centre for National Security Studies (Canadian Forces College), NATO, and the National Defence College (Oman).

Ms. Paskal is widely published in both the academic and popular press and recently completed a two-year assignment as research lead on a Chatham House project examining perceptions of strategic shifts in the Indo-Pacific from the points of view of the Unites States, Japan, India, Oceania, the United Kingdom, France and China.


Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Strategic Analyst
Defence Research and Development Canada
Areas of Expertise: Canadian Defence Policy, Canadian Armed Forces operational strategy, peace operations

Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a strategic analyst for Defence Research and Development Canada. She works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces, providing direct decision-making support through evidence-based research on a wide range of topics. She is currently a fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University), where she completed her Ph.D. in International Affairs in 2017. She is also a guest lecturer at the Canadian Forces College and works as a consultant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on security sector reform and peace operations. In 2014-2015, Dr. Rivard Piché was a Fulbright research fellow in the International Security Program at the Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As a Ph.D. candidate, she conducted extensive field research in Haiti and El Salvador between 2012 and 2015, looking at the consequences of security sector reform on public order and violence. To that end, she also did an internship at the United Nations’ Department of Peace Keeping Operations in New York in 2013.

Dr. Rivard Piché is a founding member of WIIS-Canada. As a student, she benefited immensely from the network, the annual workshop, and the safe environment it provides. She now hopes to contribute to the organisation’s next development stages as a member of the board and a mentor. As a woman who works and conducts research in challenging, male-dominated environments, she considers it is crucial for professional and personal growth to support and exchange with other women in the field.


Dr Anna Roback, PEng, PhD (Econ)

Director, Research and Innovation
WSP Canada
Areas of Expertise: Climate Security, Infrastructure Strategy, National Economic Welfare

Anna leads research and innovation at WSP, advising on ways of creating and bringing new knowledge and insight into industry and practice. She researches the impacts of infrastructure performance on people’s perceptions, behaviour and the economy, through lenses such as health, technology, and climate.

Anna’s engineering background is in asset management. She has advised owners of public assets globally on investments in their billions of dollars of assets – and on how to communicate the impacts of (non)investments to decision makers.

Anna is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick, and was on the Mayor’s Smart City Task Force for the City of Fredericton during Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.