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

October 26, 2017
Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street (Adam Ballroom)
Ottawa, Ontario

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 the DPR?  Can Canada learn from ‘best practices’ in other countries, or do we have to solve our issues in our own way?



REGISTRATION (8:30am - 9:15am)

Welcome Remarks (9:15am - 9:30am)
Speaker: Kelly Ogle, President & CEO, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Panel 1: “Setting The Stage” (9:30am - 10:30pm)
Moderator: Dr. David Perry, CGAI


  • Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister, Department of National Defence
  • André Fillion, Chief of Staff (Materiel), Department of National Defence
  • MGen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, Chief of Programme, Department of National Defence


COFFEE BREAK (10:30am - 10:50am)


Panel 2: “Framing the Challenge” (10:50am - 12:00pm)
Moderator: Eugene Lang, Queens University, former Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence


  • Tom Ring, retired Assistant Deputy Minister, PSPC
  • Rob Fonberg, retired Deputy Minister, DND
  • John MacDonnell, Spiteri & Ursulak LLP, former Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence

LUNCH w. Keynote (12:00pm - 1:15pm)
 Mark Thomson, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Panel 3: “What factors are critical to successfully implementing SSE?” 
(1:15pm - 2:25pm)
Dr. David Perry, CGAI



COFFEE BREAK (2:25pm - 2:45pm)

Panel 4: “How does Canada actually move forward to implement SSE?” 
(2:45pm - 4:00pm)
Moderator: LGen (ret'd) D. Michael Day, former Chief of Force Development


  • Paul Halucha, Assistant Deputy Minister, ISED
  • Lisa Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister, PSPC
  • Ian Brennan, Vice President, Vancouver Shipyards
  • Michael Vandergrift, Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 

Closing Remarks (4:00pm - 4:15pm)
Kelly Ogle, President & CEO, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

RECEPTION (4:15pm - 6:15pm)


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