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.

  1. Great networking opportunities during the coffee breaks, luncheons, and VIP reception
  2. Gain new insight into the future trajectories of Canadian and American procurement
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
GEN JONATHAN VANCE

GEN JONATHAN VANCE

Canadian Armed Forces
Chief of Defence Staff

Hon. ELLEN LORD

Hon. ELLEN LORD

US Dept of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

Admiral Timothy Fraser

Admiral Timothy Fraser

United Kingdom Vice Chief of Defence Staff

ADM PHILIP DAVIDSON

ADM PHILIP DAVIDSON

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
(PACOM) Commander

Hon. ANDREA THOMPSON

Hon. ANDREA THOMPSON

Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (2019-2019)

VAdm Henri Schrike

VAdm Henri Schrike

Head of international affairs for the état-major des armées

RAdm (Ret'd) Dwight Shepherd

RAdm (Ret'd) Dwight Shepherd

Former Director, Cyberspace Operations, NORAD

Ambassador Cong PeiWu

Ambassador Cong PeiWu

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s
Republic of China to Canada

Dr. Frederick Kagan

Dr. Frederick Kagan

American Enterprise Institute
Critical Threats

Jennifer Cafarella

Jennifer Cafarella

Research Director
Institute for the study of War

Didier Danet

Didier Danet

 Director – MSc Cyber Defence, Military Academy of Saint-Cyr

Dr. Shue Jane Thompson

Dr. Shue Jane Thompson

IBM – Vice President and Partner, Global Security Strategy and
Growth

VADM HAYDN EDMUNDSON

VADM HAYDN EDMUNDSON

Canadian Armed Forces
Commander, Military Personnel Command

Troy Crosby

Troy Crosby

Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) Department of National Defence

LGen Michael Rouleau

LGen Michael Rouleau

Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command

Chief Warrant Officer J.C.D. Geoffroy

Chief Warrant Officer J.C.D. Geoffroy

Department of National Defence

Janis Garrisons

Janis Garrisons

State of Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia

Dr. Irina Goldenberg

Dr. Irina Goldenberg

MILPERSCOM
Department of National Defence

Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald

Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald

Director
Balsillie School of International Affairs

LGEN CHRISTOPHER J. COATES CMM, MSM, CD

LGEN CHRISTOPHER J. COATES CMM, MSM, CD

Deputy Commander
North American Aerospace Defense Command

Dr. Phil Gurski

Dr. Phil Gurski

Programme Director
Security, Economics, Technology 
University of Ottawa

Balkan Devlen, PhD

Balkan Devlen, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Copenhagen

Dr. Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer

New America Foundation

Dr. Bryan Brulotte, KJ CD

Dr. Bryan Brulotte, KJ CD

CEO & Chairman
Maxsys Staffing & Consulting

Grant J. McDonald

Grant J. McDonald

Partner
Global Sector Leader, Aerospace & Defence
KPMG Canada

Louis Bibeau

Louis Bibeau

CEO, President & Company Founder
Logistik Unicorp INC

Françoise Gagnon

Françoise Gagnon

CEO of ADGA Group Consultants Inc.

Lorraine Ben

Lorraine Ben

CEO
Lockheed Martin Canada

Richard Fadden, O.C.

Richard Fadden, O.C.

Former Director of CSIS, Deputy Minister of Defence and National Security Advisor

Matt Graham

Matt Graham

CEO and President
Unisync Group

Phillip Lagassé

Phillip Lagassé

Professor
Carleton University

Mercedes Stephenson

Mercedes Stephenson

Ottawa Bureau Chief
Global News Ottawa

Robert Fife

Robert Fife

Ottawa Bureau Chief
Globe and Mail

Murtaza Hussain

Murtaza Hussain

Journalist at The Intercept 

Dr. Bessma Momani

Dr. Bessma Momani

PROFESSOR
University of Waterloo

Leah West, LLM, JD

Leah West, LLM, JD

Lecturer in International Affairs
Carleton University

Officer Cadet Alexandra Alexuta

Officer Cadet Alexandra Alexuta

Royal Military College of Canada

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