Featuring a guest panel by Brookings Institution hosted by General John Allen, President.

“Death by a thousand cuts” is how the Chief of Defence Staff, speaking at last year’s Ottawa Conference, described the threat of 24/7 below-the-threshold incidents that Canada is currently up against. “In isolation, they would not merit large scale responses. But viewed cumulatively, it is clear they demand a new approach.”

Such attacks are not only directed on our allies. They include daily attempts to hack government databases and information systems and critical infrastructure here at home, influence our elections, and undermine our sovereignty physically and virtually. As a middle power often caught in the crossfire of great power competition, how should we design the best Canadian response?   

Our 89th Annual Ottawa Conference, virtual edition, brings the world to Ottawa for a conversation about values, threats, new and emerging technologies, alliances, and building resiliency together.   

We contend that the rules-based international order on which global peace and security rests is under strain, and needs defending now more than ever since it was founded, because it is a vehicle for making the world safer, more prosperous, and which can enhance human rights and democracy. Not only are these good for Canada; they are good in and of themselves 

BIOGRAPHIES

THE HONOURABLE
HARJIT SAJJAN

MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE

JODY THOMAS
Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence

The Right Honourable Ben Wallace
UK Secretary of State for Defence

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
STEPHEN HARPER
FORMER PRIME MINISTeR OF CANADA

MARTA MORGAN
DEPUTY MINISTER
GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA

GENERAL JOHN HYTEN
US VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

Lgen Wayne Eyre
Acting Chief of Defence Staff
Canadian Armed Forces

MIRCEA GEOANĂ
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL
NATO

GENERAL Glen VANHERCK
COMMANDER NORAD/NORTHCOM

Jean Charest
Former Premier of Quebec

Lt. Gen Stephen N. Whiting
Commander
Space Operations Command

General Angus Campbel
Chief of the Defence Force
Australia

 

ADM REBECCA PATTERSON
COMMANDER, CANADIAN FORCES HEALTH SERVICES

LGen. Christine Whitecross (Ret’d)
Former Commander of Military Personnel Command

Dr Huong Le Thu
Senior Analyst
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Dr Chen-wei Lin
Chief Executive Officer
Institute for National Defence and Security Research
Taiwan

Dr Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Director
Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab American University

Hideshi Tokuchi
Professor and Former Deputy Minister of Defense (International Relations) Japan

General John Allen
President
Brookings Institution

 

Dr Sarah Kreps
Brookings Institution
The John L. Wetherill Professor
Department of Government at Cornell University

Susan Hennessey, JD
Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution
Executive Director, Lawfare Blog

Dr Chris Meserole

Brookings Institution
Research Director, AI and Emerging Technology Initiative

DR Sheena Chestnut Greitens
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Center for East Asia Policy Studies
Brookings Institution

Shilo Fetzek
Senior Fellow
Center for Climate and Security

Senior Analyst
CSIS

Dr kash khorasani
Professor and Tier I Concordia Research Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University

Madeleine Redfern
Former Mayor of Iqaluit and Co-CEO Canartic inuit Networks

Dr Barbara Perry
Director
Centre on Hate, Bia and Extremism
Ontario Tech University
 

Richard Foster
Chief Executive and Vice-President
L3Harris technologies Canada

Dr Whitney Lackenbauer
Professor
School for the Study of Canada
Trent University
 

Mercedes Stephenson
ottawa Bureau Chief
Global News Ottawa

Commissioner Robert W. Paulson
Former Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Dr Andrea Charron
Associate Professor and Director
Centre for Defence & Security Studies
University of Manitoba

DR ELINOR SLOAN, Professor
Carleton University
University of Manitoba

Michael Greenley
Chief Executive
MDA

Dan Goldberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telesat Canada

Jonathan Berkshire Miller
Senior Visiting Fellow
Japan Institute of International Affairs

Richard Fadden, O.C.
Former Director of CSIS, Deputy Minister of Defence and National Security Advisor

Ugo Paniconi
General Manager
L3 Harris Technologies

Ryan Brain
Chief Executive Officer
WSP

Chris Pogue
Vice-President and Managing Director
Thales Canada

Mike Hamilton
SVP, Sales, Distribution & Marketing
RBC Insurance

Derek Dobson
Defence and Federal Public Safety Leader
Microsoft Canada

 

Grant J. McDonald, FCPA, FCA
KPMG Global Industry Leader, Aerospace and Defence
KPMG Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

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