The CDA Institute Team

Dr. Youri Cormier
Executive Director

Youri Cormier is a graduate of Concordia University (BComm/BA), the Royal Military College of Canada (MA) and King’s College London (PhD). He has served in various senior executive roles in the non-profit sector in professional theatre, environmentalism, and youth civic & electoral engagement. 

Prior to joining the CDA Institute, he taught international security, war & strategy, geopolitics, land power theorists, operational concepts, and human rights & justice with the Canadian Forces College, the Royal Military College of Canada (where he still serves as an Adjunct Professor), as well as with Johns Hopkins University and King’s College London.

He served as a human rights observer in Zapatista-controlled areas of Chiapas, Mexico, and later conducted research on Latin American indigenous insurgencies on behalf of the Canadian Department of National Defense. He later undertook a research & speechwriting fellowship at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, contributing to policy papers on climate change and food/water security, NATO-Russia relations, Belarus, and drone use in countering improvised explosive devices.

His recently published book: “War as Paradox: Clausewitz and Hegel on Fighting Doctrines and Ethics (McGill Queens University Press, 2016) traces the origin and current-day significance of dialectical war theory. It was awarded a prestigious publication grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has since become a bestseller in the field, having been integrated into university curriculum internationally.

Jennifer Giguere
Director of Operations

Jennifer Giguere has been working within business operations and event logistics for over 20 years within the non-profit and charitable sectors. An expert in the execution of events with over 125 successful events under her leadership including large-scale exhibitions, conferences, symposiums, galas, charitable fundraisers as well as professional development events.

Jennifer’s primary area of focus over the last 8 years has been within the Canadian defence and security sectors. She has been responsible for leading initiatives that bring together industry, academia, and representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces with domestic and foreign government leadership. Her extensive experience in leading these events continues to build platforms that provide relationship building and business development opportunities within the sector that lead to a safer, more efficient and better equipped Canadian Armed Forces.

Prior to joining the CDA Institute team, Jennifer was the Director of Domestic and International Events for the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries. Leading her team to the successful execution of over 15 yearly events and initiatives across Canada and globally.  Most notability, as the director of CANSEC, Canadas largest defence and security exhibition and rated in the top 5 global defence events.

Jane Leakey
Research and Communications Coordinator

Jane Leakey serves as a Research and Communications Coordinator for the CDA Institute. In this role she facilitates the coordination and production of research, events, expert panel discussions, roundtables, and the Institute’s visual material. She is a graduate from the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs where she studied international relations, law, and global development studies. During her time as a master’s student she served as an intern for the U.S. Embassy’s political office in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies with a specialization in transnational law and human rights from Carleton University. She is an avid artist, graphic designer, and outdoorswoman.

Josh Malm
Research and Communications Coordinator

Josh Malm is a research & communications coordinator for the CDA Institute. Josh coordinates and produces research content, facilitates roundtable discussions & panels, oversees communications with collaborators and helps manage the Institute’s website and social media. He studied at the Bader International Study Centre in the UK, completing his BA in Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2018. Josh has experience conducting research, working for various non-profits, and media organizations. While attending Queen’s, Josh wrote for the Queen’s Journal and managed sports coverage for the campus radio station, CFRC FM. He served as an editor for Inquire Publication, and digital content producer for the Museum of Healthcare at Kingston. He has a strong interest in government and policy as well, having volunteered for MP’s offices and local political campaigns. Josh is passionate about defence procurement and emerging technologies.


LCol Meaghan Setter
Liaison Officer  – Canadian Armed Forces

LCol Meaghan Setter is a currently serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Preferring the path less traveled, accepting the position of Liaison Officer with CDA is par for the course.  Her varied career over the last 30+ years has spanned both the public and private sector, the Regular and Reserve Force, and operations to future security analysis to policy and strategy development.  From humble beginnings, graduating from Royal Roads Military College with a BSc in Oceanography and Space Science, she trained as a maritime Air Combat Systems Officer and was the first female Sea King aircrew on the West coast and to sail with HMCS Algonquin.  She soon retired and one opportunity led to the next in a never boring journey: from being part of a private R&D aerospace team that put a full rack payload on the International Space Station to rejoining as a primary reservist in Ottawa and taking on roles such as a UN Military Observer in Sudan when UNMIS initially stood up in support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement; one of only two CAF specially embedded positions within CIDA’s Afghanistan Task Force; or lead of a new initiative at CANSOFCOM to optimize performance.

LCol Setter also holds a Master’s of Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Architecture Technician Diploma from Algonquin College.  She serves on the board of the Military Family Resource Centre – National Capitol Region.

 Currently living in Ottawa, she is married to a fellow service member and has two grown children.


Dr. Samir Battiss
Associate Editor

Dr. Samir Battiss is Senior Lecturer at the department of Political Science/ Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM) and Contract Faculty at Bishop’s University ( Quebec) where he teaches namely several courses related to Defense & Foreign Policies (Canada, Western Europe) , Political Systems, Europe, as well as NATO  faculty seminar ( preparatory to the NATO Model Conference at Washington DC)

Alongside his consultancy activities, his research affiliations encompass: Centre International des Études de la Profession des Armes (Collège Militaire Royal du Canada), the Conference of Defence Associations / CDA Institute (Ottawa, Canada), la Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS, Paris – France), the Center Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO & European Union Studies (Kent State University, Kent, USA).

He is also external research supervisor at the French Joint Staff College l’École de Guerre (Paris, France). He has been selected for several “Young Leaders” and Reseach Programs, namely : Strategic Studies Network of the Near East South Asia (NESA) – Center for Strategic Studies (US, National Defense University), “Young Altanticist” – Atlantic Council of the United States, “Transatlantic Leadership Initiative” German Marshall Fund of the United States; Mediterranean Dialogue Program (NATO Defense College, Italy).

He is the founder of the consulting firm Il Principe International Consulting (IPIC), LLC acting in Strategic Intelligence & Anticipation as well as Business Intermediation. He holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne University (Campus Assas, Paris – France).

Robert (Bob) Martyn, PhD
Associate Editor

Dr Robert (Bob) Martyn, is affiliated with the Centre of International Defence Policy, as well as the Cultural Studies’ Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, both located at Queen’s University.  He has taught within history and politics programmes at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University, as well as lecturing periodically at the Canadian Forces College; current research is focused upon radicalization/terrorism, intelligence and ethics.

His previous, diverse, military career spanned four decades and saw him having worn six different coloured berets, as well as jumping from airplanes at evey opportunity.  The combination of deployments to Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, along with his varied Canadian and international parachute and dive badges, made for an awesome looking Mess Kit.  His only other claim to fame is being a Life Member of the Harley Owner’s Group.

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons