STICKHANDLING THROUGH ROUGHING AND INTERFERENCE:
How to position Canada in a world of great power plays
For its 88th rendition, the Annual Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence will ask the toughest of questions: How will Canada make itself secure, relevant, and empowered in a complex world in which great power dynamics, an interdependent economy, warfare below the threshold, and new technologies undermine our capacity to set thin red lines and enact counterpoises to rapidly shifting threats?
This conference will bring together an international array of experts and practitioners to help define the new security environment and develop Canada’s strategy within it. We will explore new threats. How the CAF is adapting: recruitment, retention, training; how we fight (doctrine); what we fight with (procurement); and most importantly, how we engage with allies and strategic adversaries. Canada is entering unknown territory. We are playing a new game, one that we are not familiar with. The rules of the game have not changed, but not all the players are following them.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
The first and foremost reason to join us is for the quality of the people you will hear and interact with during those two days. We are expecting 500 registrants from academia, industry, and government. The first 200 ticket were sold before we opened registration. Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, our Vice Chief of Defence Staff Jean-Marc Lanthier have both confirmed their attendance. UK Vice CDS Admiral Fraser and PACOM Commander Admiral Davidson will speak about the challenges ahead in transatlantic cooperation and the technological and political challenges ahead in the indo-pacific. You will meet Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s lead on procurement, who will be addressing us in Ottawa for the first time as the US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Sustainment. Experts from Washington, Beijing, and Moscow will gather to share and debate their worldviews regarding the future peace, security, and prosperity in the world, and what Canada’s role should be. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss if you wish to position yourself and your company at the center of Canada’s security & defence community.
- Great networking opportunities during the coffee breaks, luncheons, and VIP reception
- Gain new insight into the future trajectories of Canadian and American procurement
- Ask tough questions and advocate your perspectives directly to senior policy makers and practitioners during our open mic Q&As and via our real time event app interactive Q&A.
- Engage with a community of thought leaders on the future of Canadian security & defence: with topics ranging from fighting doctrines, cybersecurity, transatlantic cooperation, recruitment and retention in the CAF, hybrid warfare, Belt & Road Initiative, Russian foreign policy, etc.