Upcoming Conferences


Canada's State of Trade: At Home and Beyond

February 13, 2018
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM EST

Rideau Club
99 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1H4

Program Information

Trade Overview: Tim Sargent (Deputy Minister, International Trade)

Panel 1: “Positioning Canada against Protectionist Forces at home and abroad”
John Manley, Hon. Bob Rae, Hon. Ed Fast, Jeff Schott moderated by Colin Robertson

Making Sales for Canada: Annie Dube, Director, Trade Commissioner Services

Panel 2: “Making Trade Deals – CETA, CPTPP, China, India, et al – work for Canada”
Jason Langrish (Canada Europe Round Table), Brian Kingston (Business Council of Canada), Claire Citeau (Canada Agri-Food Trade Alliance) moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

Luncheon address from Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food

Overview: Jonathan Fried, G20 Sherpa

Panel 3: “The Progressive Trade Agenda: What is it and how do we make it work for Canada?”
John Weekes, Angelo DiCaro (UNIFOR), Angela Macewen (Canadian Labour Congress) and Kathleen Monk moderated by Jeffrey Simpson

Overview: Steve Verheul, NAFTA Negotiator

Panel 4: “‘America First’: How do we Manage?”
Patrick Leblond (Ottawa U), Meredith Lilly (Carleton), Andrea Durkin (CSIS Trade Vistas) moderated by Sarah Goldfeder

Panel 5: “Getting Goods to Market: What we need to do”
Jennifer Fox (NASCO), Bruce Burrows (Chamber of Maritime Commerce), David Miller (CN Rail) moderated by Laura Dawson (Wilson Center)

Panel 6: “Reconciling International Ambition with Domestic Interests: Intellectual Property, Rules of Origin, Supply Management”
Kim Furlong (AMGEN), Corinne Poehlmann (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) and Larry Herman (CD Howe)

Reception to Follow



Recent Conferences

Creating a Big Bang: Implementing the Procurement Ambition in Strong Secure Engaged

October 26th, 2017
Chateau Laurier, Ottawa


In June 2017, the Government of Canada released Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy. The document is ambitious in scope and promises a greater than threefold increase in capital spending. However, the government’s procurement plans must move through a procurement system that has operated at a far lower tempo in recent history. The 5th annual defence procurement conference will focus on the key defence procurement challenge arising from Strong Secure Engaged: implementation. How difficult will this ambition be to implement? How do we get there from here? Can the status quo procurement system (institutional arrangements, governance structure, capacity, skill levels, etc.) with planned adjustments deliver this new policy on schedule? The day’s program has been constructed to examine three subjects that are of significant importance to delivering on these objectives: what are the government’s plans and how difficult will they be to achieve? What factors are critical for successful implementation? How does Canada actually move forward to implement Strong Secure Engaged? Can Canada learn from ‘best practices’ in other countries, or do we have to solve our issues in our own way?

















Past conferences

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute hosts 1-2 annual conferences in Ottawa around critical issues in Canadian defence and foreign policy. These conferences consistently attract high-calibre speakers, key policy makers, prominent academics, and a large number of the interested public. 

Listed below are links to the various conferences presented by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and its partners. If you are interested in creating a conference event with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, please contact us at


Other Conferences in which the Canadian Global Affairs Institute has participated: 



  • Halifax International Security Forum (November)
  • Seminar on Canadian – Norwegian Cooperation (November)
  • U.S. - Canada Sage Summit (October)
  • WCDIA Defence Review (July)
  • Defence Policy Review Roundtables (May, June)
  • The EU and Canada as Strategic Partners (May)
  • NATO Warsaw Summit and the Alliance’s Eastern Flank (April)
  • The Mackenzie Institute: Canada’s Defence Perspectives 2020-2050 (March) 
  • AFCEA Monthly Luncheon (March)
  • Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence (February)


  • SPP/CGAI: Military Procurement for a Purpose: Creating a New Defence Strategy for Canada (December )


  • NAFTA at 20 Years: Toward Greater Trilateralism? (Mar)
  • Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities (Feb) 


  • Drone Week: Watch, Kill Aid (Dec 10-14th)
  • The Future of Fighting: How the Canadian Military Must Adapt (May -June ) 


  • Media and the Military Symposium – Operations Security and the Public’s Right to Know (Mar) 


  • G8 Conference of Senior Officials on Capacity Building (May)
  • The Strategic Studies and Security Consortium’s 12th Annual Student Conference – Strategy, Security & Defence (Feb) 


  • Blueprint for Canada-US Engagement under a New Administration 


  • Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa – Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
  • Prague Security Studies Institute – Democracy and Security
  • Understanding the International Implications of Geopolitics and Economics in Iran 


  • Continental Defence Conference – Continental Defence: Policies, Threats and Architecture
  • Montreal Conference – Finding Common Ground: The Challenge of Freedom in the West and in the Muslim World 


  • International Reserves Conference – 10 Years Later: The Special Commission on the Restructuring of the Reserves
  • Prague Securities Studies Institute Conference – Business & Security 


  • International Reserves Conference – Homeland Defence and Land Force Reserves
  • Security and Defence Forum (SDF) Conference- Defence and Security Studies in Canada Today 


  • International Reserves Conference – Bridging the Gap: Reserve Forces and their Role in Civil Society

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