Graduate Student Symposium

October 12, 2017
Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) 
Kingston, Ontario

About the Graduate Student Symposium

Celebrating its 20th year, this impressive and well-attended Symposium draws together Canadian and international MA and PhD students; members of the Department of National Defence; members of the Regular and Reserve components of the Canadian Armed Forces including Officer Cadets; as well as scholars, defence industry stakeholders, government officials and leaders, for one full day of presentations, discussions, professional development, and networking.

The overarching theme of the Symposium is “Canada’s Security and Defence Interests”, and suggested (but by no means exhaustive) presentation/panel topics may include: Canadian Defence Policy Review – Where are we now?; Canada and Alliances; Peace Operations in an Unstable and Dangerous World – back to the future or a new approach?; The Institution of Defence – Defence Industry and Procurement; Defence Personnel – Policies for the millennials and beyond; Emerging Operational Environments – Cyber, Space, and Terrorism/Radicalization; Canadian Military Campaigns and Operations – Past and Present.

Graduate Student Symposium Event Agenda

October 12, 2017

Canada’s Security and Defence Interests
0730-0800 Registration
0800-0815 Opening Remarks – Matthew Overton, CDA and CDA Institute Executive Director




Currie Hall



0815-0830 Welcoming Remarks – Dr. H.J. “Harry” Kowal, RMCC Principal


0830-0900 Presentation by Chris Ford

Professional Speaker & President of “Generally Speaking”

0900-0930 Health Break
0930-1100 Panel Session 1 – Partnering for Effect (or Not)  






Moderator: Dr. Craig Leslie Mantle  


Currie Hall





Presenter (s) Presentation Title
Emily Bonia &

Mark Robbins

The Limits of Developing a Canadian Military Industrial Complex
Whitney Grespin The Delegation of Partnerships: United States Government Sponsorships of Contractor – Delivered Building Partner Capacity Efforts
Nicholas Idris Erameh Between Willing Initiators and Reluctant Executors: Underscoring Canada’s Role in Sustaining the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Doctrine
1100-1130 Presentation by Dr. John Scott Cowan

“Currie Hall Explained: The Canadian Corps in the Great War”

1130-1300 Luncheon:

Open to Ticket Holders Only


Speaker Presentation: 1145-1215

Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi, OMM, CD, Commander Military Personnel Generation / Canadian Defence Academy

Cadet Mess
1300-1415 Panel Session 2 – New Approaches, Old Challenges  





Moderator: Colonel (Ret’d) Charles “Chuck” Davies  

Currie Hall




Presenter (s) Presentation Title
Adam P. MacDonald A Blue Print for Peace?  The Applicability of the Arctic Political Regime as a Model for Managing the South China Sea Disputes the What Role (in any) Should Canada Play
Pooja Gopal Increasing Militarisation in the Artic: A Threat to Environmental Sustainability
1415-1430 Health Break
1430-1545 Panel Session 3 – Cyber: Threats and Considerations  




Moderator: Dr. Jim Cox  

Currie Hall






Presenter (s) Presentation Title
Michael Belyea Canada’s Smart Cities and Game Theory: How Municipalities Can Control the Attack
Alexandra Green Signals Intelligence Agency Growth and Decline: A Story of Cancerous Cells and Goldfish
  Karima Smouk Vers une stratégie du cyberdéfense renforcée; regard croisé éthico-juridique
1545 Closing Remarks – Matthew Overton, CDA and CDA Institute Executive Director


1600-2100 Graduate Student Symposium Reception and Dinner

Award Ceremony



16:00:  Reception: Open to all Graduate Student Symposium Attendees


16:45:  GSS Closing Dinner – Open to Registrants Only


17:00:  GSS Presentation Awards Ceremony


1720:   Captain Nichola Goddard “Game Changer” Award Presentation

Leah West-Sherriff – 2017 Recipient


17:30:  Dinner Service




Reception: New Gym


GSS Closing Dinner:

Cadet Mess Dining Hall


Agenda subject to modifications



Registration Is Now Closed



October 12, 2017


Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario


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