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4th Annual Defence Procurement Conference

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Chateau Laurier,
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON

Additional details to follow.


David Frum - Speaker Series Dinner

Canadian—American political commentator
Senior Editor at The Atlantic and frequent CNN contributor
Former speechwriter for President George W. Bush

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Westin, 320 4th Ave SW Calgary, AB

Additional details to follow.

Recent Events

CONFERENCE: A World in Disarray: What Role for Canada? 

May 2nd 2017
Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

On May 2, 2017, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute held its annual conference at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. The crowd was a mix of people from business, academia and the defence industry, as well as diplomatic guests. The panels discussed a broad range of topics, from energy to defence procurement.

CGAI president Kelly Ogle opened the program by welcoming attendees. Senior analyst David Perry then announced a new initiative by CGAI and Women in Defence & Security (WiDS), focused on publishing, networking and mentoring opportunities for WiDS scholarship applicants within the defence and international security world.

Conference discussions turned upon a relatively small number of topics: defence, Canada-U.S. relations (in both trade and defence), and a changing, more unpredictable world.


CGAI Vice President Colin Robertson moderates the second panel on NAFTA featuring CGAI Fellow
Sarah Goldfeder, and CGAI Advisory Council members Laura Dawson, and Ian Brodie.


Speaker Series

These dinners feature world-renowned subject matter experts speaking on issues such as diplomacy, security, energy, and other matters pertaining to global affairs. Attendees are also given the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker as a matter of encouraging additional exploration and debate of the evening's topic. 

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4th Annual Defence Procurement Conference
October 26th, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

David Frum - Speaker Series Dinner
November 15th, 2017
Calgary, Alberta



Impasse over intellectual property is tying up warship bids
by Murray Brewster (feat. Dave Perry), CBC News, August 11, 2017

Canada could stand to gain more than lose from redrafted NAFTA: trade expert
by Christopher Guly (feat. Colin Robertson),, August 11, 2017

A nuclear-free North Korea is the goal, however impractical
by Anthony Furey (feat. Marius Grinius), Toronto Sun, August 10, 2017



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