Fellows

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute “Fellows” program consists of experts in Canadian defence, foreign affairs, and development policy from across Canada. Some are affiliated with academic institutions and some have extensive backgrounds in diplomatic, aid or military pursuits. They have agreed to affiliate themselves with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute to create a core of expertise that the Institute can draw upon for its research projects, its role as a responder to media contacts, and to fill the increasing demand for speakers on these topics. All of our Fellows regularly contribute to our quarterly newsletter. Please see below for an alphabetical list of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellows and the key words they have chosen to describe their areas of expertise. For further information on communicating with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellows, please contact:

 

Meaghan Hobman
Program Coordinator

Phone: (613) 288-2529

mhobman@cgai.ca

 

Current Research Fellows listing:

David Bercuson

Jean-Christophe Boucher

Brett Boudreau
Brian Bow

David Carment

Joseph Caron

Andrea Charron

Howard Coombs

Barry Cooper
Daryl Copeland

D. Michael Day

Glenn Davidson

Ferry de Kerckhove

Paul Durand

Patricia Fortier

Julian Lindley-French

Frédérick Gagnon

Sarah Goldfeder

Andrew Griffith

Marius Grinius

Robert Hage

Rolf Holmboe

Rob Huebert

Peter Jones

Thomas Juneau

Tom Keenan

Adam Lajeunesse
Randolph Mank

Eric Miller

Robert Muggah

David Perry 

Vanja Petricevic

George Petrolekas 

Joël Plouffe

Andrew P. Rasiulis

Roy Rempel

Tom Ring

Colin Robertson

Lindsay L. Rodman
Stephen Saideman

Darren Schemmer
Hugh Segal

Elinor Sloan
Gary Soroka
Hugh Stephens

Al Stephenson
Stéfanie von Hlatky

Charity Weeden

John Weekes

 

 

David Bercuson 


David Bercuson was born in
Montreal in August 1945. He attended Sir George Williams University, graduating in June 1966 with Honours in History and winning the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for the highest standing in history. After graduation he pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto, earning an MA in history in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971.

 

Dr. Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy, and Canadian military history. He has written, coauthored, or edited over 30 popular and academic books and does regular commentary for television and radio. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, the National Post and other newspapers.

 

In 1988, Bercuson was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in May 1989, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. In 1997 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. Since January 1997 he has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He is also the Director of Programs for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, which is based in Calgary.

 

Dr. Bercuson’s newest book is The Fighting Canadians: Our Regimental History from New France to Afghanistan, published by HarperCollins.

 

Dr. Bercuson is Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Land Force Reserve military engineer unit of the Canadian Forces.

 

Dr. Becuson served on the Advisory Council on National Security and is a member of the Board of Governors, RMC.

 

In 2002 Dr. Bercuson was awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

 

He received the 2004 Vimy Award sponsored by the Conference of Defence Association Institute (CDAI) which recognizes Canadians who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.

 

Keywords: Canadian defence policy, Canadian foreign policy, Canadian security policy, the Canadian forces, Canadian military history, Canada-US defence relations, Canada-NATO defence relations

 

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Jean-Christophe Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, MacEwan University. His is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University; Senior Fellow at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherché sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec; and book review editor for the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. He holds a BA in History from the University of Ottawa, a MA in Philosophy from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in Political Science from Université Laval. He specializes in international relations, with an emphasis on peace and security issues, Canadian foreign and defence policies, and methodology.

 

His current research interests focus on Canadian foreign and defence policy. First, his research looks into the domestic political ramifications of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan since 2001. Second, his interest concentrates on identifying and empirically measuring the influence of cultural variables in the formulation and implementation Canada’s international policy. Finally, his research project examines the relationship between media, public opinion, and Canadian foreign policy. His second research path concentrates on the causes of conflict management in international crises since the end of the Second World War. He is particularly interested in understanding, conceptualizing, and measuring non-events in international relations.

 

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Brett Boudreau

Brett Boudreau served with the Canadian military for 28 years, the last two decades of that in public affairs, and held the rank of Colonel from 2002 to his retirement in 2009. He deployed on operations with coalition forces during the Gulf War, with the UN in Bosnia, and with NATO as a spokesperson for the IFOR/SFOR mission.

He served as Chief of Media at SHAPE HQ in Mons, taking up duties a week before 9-11. Subsequently, he was Director Media Plans and Policy and the Canadian Forces' Branch Advisor for the public affairs function. From 2005-08 he was Public Affairs Advisor and Spokesperson for the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, where he authored the NATO policy on Military Public Affairs. Later, as Director Communications (Afghanistan Task Force) seconded to the Privy Council Office for a year, he oversaw Government-wide communications involving 11 federal departments on the nation's most important foreign policy file. 

On retirement, he established Veritas Strategic Communications, a policy and consulting firm and is now based in London, UK. He is a graduate of the NATO Defence College senior course and holds a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.A. in Public Administration.  Brett is a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, serves on the Advisory Council for the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and is a Freeman of the UK Guild of Public Relations Practitioners.  NATO has recently published his first book, "We Have Met the Enemy And He Is Us", an examination of the strategic communications campaign during the NATO-led ISAF mission, 2003-2014.

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Brian Bow

Brian Bow is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development (CSSD) at Dalhousie University, and Editor in Chief at International Journal. He holds a BA in International Relations from UBC, an MA in Political Science and Security Studies from York, and a PhD in Government from Cornell. He has published on Canadian foreign and defence policy, Canada-US relations, US foreign policy, and regional cooperation. His book, The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence, and Ideas in Canada-US Relations (UBC Press) won the Donner Prize for 2009.

His main research project now is a long-term study of security policy coordination in North America, which looks at the political management of cross-border bureaucratic networks as mechanisms for policy innovation and cooperation. Other ongoing projects focus on the evolution of academic ideas about international relations and foreign policy in Canada, strategic framing and the contestation of legitimacy in regional integration, and the sources and limits of diplomatic leverage in Canada-US relations in the Trump era.

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David Carment

David Carment is a Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa. He served as Director of the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at Carleton University from 2002-2004. His recent books include, Peacekeeping Intelligence, Conflict Prevention: From Rhetoric to Reality, Using Force to Prevent Ethnic Violence: An Evaluation of Theory and Evidence and Conflict Prevention: Path to Peace or Grand Illusion? In addition Carment serves as the principal investigator for the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project. His most recent work focuses on developing failed state risk assessment and early warning methodologies evaluating models of third party intervention.

In 2000-2001 Carment was a Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center. While there he contributed an article on peacekeeping for Harvard International Review and a co-authored a paper on "Bias and Intervention" for the BCSIA Working Paper Series.

 

Keywords: Ethnic conflict, communication technologies in conflict analysis & resolution, early warning, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, peace building & security issues in South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe & Africa

 

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Joseph Caron

Joseph Caron was born in Windsor, Ontario. He graduated from the Université d’Ottawa with an Honors B.A. in 1970.

Mr. Caron joined the Trade Commissioner Service in 1972, and served abroad in Saigon and Ankara, Turkey.  In 1975, he began Japanese language studies, and subsequently served four times at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, including as Minister and Head of Chancery.

During the 1980s, he undertook private-sector assignments with responsibilities in Japan,  China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.  He served as Manager for Asia for the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia, based in Tokyo, from 1984 to 1987. He also worked briefly for the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, responsible for South and South East Asia.

In Ottawa, he has held several positions related to Asian and international economic affairs, including serving in the Foreign and Defense Secretariat of the Privy Council Office under Prime Minister Trudeau. He was also deeply involved in G-8 Summitry, actively participating, over the years, in eight Economic Summit Meetings.

In 1998, he became Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and served as Canada’s Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, responsible for managing the Canadian participation in APEC including the Leaders annual summit.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Caron served as Canada’s Ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China, with concurrent accreditation to North Korea and Mongolia.

From 2005 to 2008, he was Canada’s Ambassador to Japan.

In 2008, Ambassador Caron was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, for his efforts in developing the Canada-Japan relationship.

In August 2008, Mr. Caron became High Commissioner to the Republic of India, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan. He served in India for two years, and retired from the Canadian Foreign Service during the summer of 2010.

In the fall of 2010, Mr. Caron was appointed to the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation. Manulife is one of Canada's largest financial institutions, in both insurance and wealth management, with extensive interests in the United States, Japan, China and throughout Southeast Asia.

In September, 2011, he was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Vancouver International Airport.

In October, 2011, he was accorded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by York University and the Schulich School of Business for his work in India on behalf of the Schulich School.

After serving as a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of Westport Innovations Inc. for almost two years, in August, 2014, Mr. Caron was invited to join the full Board. Westport is the world's leading technology company in the rapidly expanding field of LNG and other gaseous fuels to power on and off road vehicles. It has collaboration agreements with 7 of the world's largest automobile companies and 3 of the 4 largest truck engine companies. 

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Caron has established Joseph Caron Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Andrea Charron

Dr. Andrea Charron holds a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada (Department of War Studies). She obtained a Masters in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, a Master’s of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University. Her research and teaching areas include NORAD, the Arctic, foreign and defence policy and sanctions. She serves on the DND’s Defence Advisory Board and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

 Dr. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat and Canada’s Revenue Agency. She is now Deputy-Director of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies and Assistant Professor in Political Studies. 


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Howard Coombs

DR. Howard G. Coombs retired from full-time duty with the Canadian Armed Forces in 2003 and transferred to the Canadian Army Reserve, where he continues to serve on a part-time basis. He is currently assigned to the staff of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters, Kingston as Chief of Staff (Reserve) in the rank of Colonel.  From 1976-1979 Coombs was member of 2415 Gonzaga Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Since enrolling in the CAF in 1979, Coombs has had the privilege of command from platoon to brigade, as well as held a variety of staff positions. His current regimental affiliation is the PWOR. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, which awarded his Master's degree. Coombs received his PhD in military history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently an Assistant Professor of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Coombs has a number of operational deployments to the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan as a military officer on regular and reserve duty. In addition, he deployed with Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Task Force Commander. He has been awarded both the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and the Order of Military Merit. His current research interests focus on Canadian military history since 1945 and Canada’s involvement in contemporary conflict.


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Barry Cooper

Barry Cooper, a fourth generation Albertan, was educated at Shawnigan Lake School, the University of British Columbia and Duke University (PhD, 1969). He taught at Bishop's University, McGill, and York University before coming to the University of Calgary in 1981. He has been a visiting professor in Germany and the United States. His teaching and research has tried to bring the insights of Western political philosophers to bear on contemporary issues, from the place of technology and the media in Canada, to the debate over the constitutional status of Quebec and Alberta, to current military and security policy. Cooper has published 30 books and over 150 articles and papers that reflect the dual focus of his work; most recently (with Lydia Miljan) he wrote Hidden Agendas: How Canadian Journalists Influence the News published by UBC Press (2003). In the spring of 2004, New Political Religions: An Analysis of Modern Terrorism was published by the University of Missouri Press. In 2009 he edited Tilo Schabert’s  How World Politics is Made: France and the Reunification of Germany.  He publishes a regular column in the Calgary Herald and other CanWest Global papers. 

Cooper has lectured extensively in Europe, the United States, India, Australia and China. He has received numerous on-going research grants from public and private Canadian, French, German, and American granting agencies. In addition he has received two major awards, the Konrad Adenauer Award from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, and a Killam Research Fellowship.

 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.

 

Keywords: Terrorism, Canadian defence and security policy, Canada-US relations
 

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Daryl Copeland

Daryl Copeland, Senior Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, is an analyst, author, educator and consultant specializing in the relationship between science, technology, diplomacy, and international policy. His book, Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations, was released in 2009 by Lynne Rienner Publishers and is cited as an essential reference by the editors of Oxford Bibliographies Online. A frequent public speaker, Mr. Copeland comments regularly for the national media on global issues and public management, and has written over 100 articles for the scholarly and popular press. His work has appeared in many anthologies, as well as in the International Journal, World Politics Review, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Embassy, The MarkiPolitics and elsewhere. He was awarded the 2010 Molot Prize for best article published in Canadian Foreign Policy (“Virtuality, Diplomacy and the Foreign Ministry”, 15:2).

From 1981 to 2011 Mr. Copeland served as a Canadian diplomat with postings in Thailand, Ethiopia, New Zealand and Malaysia. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was elected a record five times to the Executive Committee of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers. From 1996-99 he was National Program Director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs in Toronto and Editor of Behind the Headlines, Canada’s international affairs magazine. In 2000, he received the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award for his “tireless dedication and unyielding commitment to advancing the interests of the diplomatic profession.” 

Among his positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa, Mr. Copeland has worked as Senior Intelligence Analyst, South and Southeast Asia; Deputy Director for International Communications; Director for Southeast Asia; Senior Advisor, Public Diplomacy; Director of Strategic Communications Services; and, Senior Advisor, Strategic Policy and Planning. He was DFAIT representative to the Association of Professional Executives (APEX) 2001-06. 

Mr. Copeland is a Visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and has delivered courses at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the London Academy of Diplomacy (UK), Otago University (NZ) and the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (Malaysia). He serves as a peer reviewer for University of Toronto Press, the International Journal and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Place Branding and Public Diplomacy and the International Advisory Board of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. From 2009-11 he was Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. In 2009 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is a Policy Fellow at the University of Montreal's Centre for International Studies (CERIUM).

Mr. Copeland grew up in downtown Toronto, and received his formal education at the University of Western Ontario (Gold Medal, Political Science; Chancellor’s Prize, Social Sciences) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Canada Council Special MA Scholarship). He has spent years backpacking on six continents, and enjoys travel, photography, arts and the outdoors. 

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Glenn Davidson

Vice-Admiral Glenn Davidson was born in Truro Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie University - King’s College, in Halifax. He was Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan from May 2012 until July 2013. From September 2008 until March 2012 he served as Ambassador of Canada to Syria, a period which included the beginning of the Arab Spring and Syria’s descent into civil war.

Prior to his appointment to Syria, Ambassador Davidson was a career naval officer for almost 38 years, retiring in 2008 as a Vice-Admiral. He was Canadian military representative at NATO Headquarters in Brussels from 2004-2008 and commanded Canada’s Maritime Forces Atlantic from 2002-2004. His previous appointments include destroyer and squadron commands in the Pacific, Canadian Forces Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Japan, head of personnel for the Navy and chief of staff for the Personnel Group of the Armed Forces.

Since his return from Afghanistan in 2013, Admiral Davidson has been called upon by DFATD to serve as Charge d’Affaires in Nairobi Kenya, to conduct a comprehensive review of security governance in the Department, and to brief outgoing Ambassadors on crisis management. He is a frequent commentator on Syrian issues in the national media.

Admiral Davidson was appointed a Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2002, and awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Civil Law by the University of King’s College in 2007. He is a member of the Board of Governors of King’s College, a Director of the Canadian International Council and a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

He and his wife Petra have one daughter, Eleanor, who is a journalism student at King’s, and make their home in Halifax NS. 

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D. Michael Day 

LGen (retd) Mike Day CMM, MSC, CD, was born in Windsor Nova Scotia and grew up in Ontario, Quebec and Birkenhead England prior to joining the Canadian Forces in 1983. Initially trained as an Infantry Officer he joined his Regiment, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and he has commanded at every level and rank, in a variety of units, and deployments around the world.  

In addition to having the privilege of serving and commanding within his Regiment, the majority of his field and command time has been as an Operator within Canada’s Counter Terrorist and Special Forces community commanding both Joint Task Force Two ( JTF 2), Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command as well as a variety of other command assignments.  

With the majority of his time spent in Command he has also served in a variety of Senior Staff appointments including employment as the Canadian Armed Forces senior Military Officer in the Defence Policy Group, and the Chief Strategic Planner for the future of the Canadian Armed Forces.

LGen Day has deployed operationally to Africa, the Balkans (3 times), the Middle East, and Afghanistan (twice). Additionally he has lived in Naples Italy where he was responsible for the preparation, training and oversight of NATO’s Response Force.
He has a degree in Political Studies (with distinction) from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Arts in War Studies, from the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on International Relations and Special Operations.

LGen Day Runs an Investment and Consulting Business, is a member of the Advisory Board to the Bragg Family Companies, a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and active in a number of Veteran Support initiatives.

LGen Day is married and has two sons both currently serving in the Canadian Military.  He retired in September 2015 and is currently waiting for the inevitable call from the PGA to play on tour.  

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Ferry de Kerckhove

Ferry de Kerckhove was born in Belgium in 1947.   He has a B.Soc. Sc. Honours in Economics, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and pursued Ph.D. Studies at Laval University in Québec City. 

He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in September 1973. From 1981 to 1985, he was Economic Counsellor at the Canadian Delegation to NATO. In September 1992, he was posted to Moscow as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission. In 1995 he became Associate Chief Air Negotiator, then Deputy Head of the Policy Branch and Director-General, Federal-Provincial Relations in Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  He was named High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in August 1998. In September 2001, he became Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. He was also accredited to Timor Leste.

In September 2003 he joined the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa as a Canadian Center for Management Development Diplomat in Residence. In 2004 he became Director General, International Organizations. In July 2006, he added to his responsibilities the function of Personal representative of the Prime Minister for Francophonie. In 2008 he was named ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He retired from the Foreign Service on September 23d, 2011. He is a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and a Member of the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.  He is the author of the CDA Institute’s Strategic Outlook for Canada 2016. He is a former board member of WIND Mobile Canada. He is President of Ferry de Kerckhove International Consultants Inc.

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Paul Durand

Paul Durand has worked internationally in both the private and public sectors. He was educated in Canada, obtaining a B.A. (Political Economy) from the University of Toronto, and pursued further studies in international relations and economics at Northwestern University in Chicago and Carleton University in Ottawa. He joined the Canadian government after working in international banking in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

During his career, Mr. Durand specialized in Latin America but also served in East Africa and South Asia. He worked for the Canadian International Development Agency and in the Privy Council Office, before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

In the foreign service, Mr. Durand served as ambassador to Costa Rica, with concurrent accreditation to Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, and subsequently as ambassador to Chile, then to the Organization of America States (OAS) in Washington. From 2007 until 2009 he was the resident representative of the OAS in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Durand has led and participated in numerous electoral observer missions in Central and South America, and remains involved in Latin American Economic and political issues. He is a member of the board of Brazil Minerals Inc., a US-based gold and diamond mining company with operations in Brazil, and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group of Agnico-Eagle Mines, a Canadian gold mining company. He is also on the advisory board of VisionAmericas, a Washington-based consulting firm focussed on Latin America. He is an active member of the Canadian International Council’s Latin America Group.

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Patricia Fortier

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Julian Lindley-French

Julian Lindley-French is Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft, Director of Europe Analytica & Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, National Defense University, Washington DC. An internationally-recognised strategic analyst, advisor and author he was formerly Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy, and Special Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leiden. He is a Fellow of Respublica in London, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington. Latest books: "NATO: The Enduring Alliance 2015" (Routledge), "The Oxford Handbook of War" (Paperback) (2014; 709 pages) (Oxford: Oxford University Press) and "Little Britain: Twenty-First Strategy for a Middling European Power"(www.amazon.com).  

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Frédérick Gagnon

Frédérick Gagnon is Director of the Center for United States Studies of the Raoul Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Québec at Montreal where he teaches U.S. Politics, Government and Foreign Policy.  He was a Fulbright grantee at University of Massachusetts in Amherst (2005), Visiting Scholar at the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the Center for American Politics and Citizenship of the University of Maryland (2006), and Visiting Scholar/Professor at the Center for Canadian-American Studies of Western Washington University (2008).  A second Fulbright grant allowed him to hold the Distinguished Chair in Québec Studies at the State University of New York - Plattsburgh (Fall 2014), and to be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California - Berkeley (Spring 2015).

He is the author of one of the rare French language texbooks on the U.S. Congress (published at Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2006) and his latest publications include journal articles on U.S. congressional elections (in Politique américaine, Winter 2010-2011), U.S. Congress and foreign policy (in Foreign Policy Analysis, 2016), U.S. culture wars (in Canadian Review of American Studies, December 2010), Québec-U.S. relations (in Québec Studies, 2016), and on the representation of militarism in U.S. digital games and pop culture (in European Journal of American Studies, 2010), as well as book chapters on U.S. war on terrorism (published at CQ Press, 2013), U.S. neoconservatism (published at Athéna, 2010), and antiamericanism in Québec (published at Presses de l’Université Laval, 2010).  One of his latest books, published in 2013, studies the influence of the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee after 1945.

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Sarah Goldfeder

Sarah Goldfeder is a Principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa, where she provides high-level insight on the inner workings of the U.S. and Canadian governments, including how they work together on important issues. With 15 years of experience in the U.S. federal government, Sarah most recently served as Special Assistant to two U.S. Ambassadors to Canada, fostering bilateral relationships at the most senior levels. Her understanding of the interplay between state and federal governments complements her service within the U.S. federal bureaucracy. She has expertise in a wide range of policy issues, which has enabled her to provide practical short and long-term advice on managing the economic, cultural and political dynamics in North America.

Prior to her arrival in Ottawa, Sarah spent three years in Mexico as a Foreign Service Officer, cultivating a deep understanding of U.S./Mexico border issues and appreciation for a region revitalizing itself after years of violence and fear. Her experiences have convinced her of the potential for a stronger, more cohesive partnership across the North American continent. In her work, she seeks to maximize the region's ability to advance the movement of people, goods, and services; the supply, production, and use of energy; and balancing the energy and environment equation. Sarah has also served in Southeast Asia, giving her a global perspective on North American policy development and an appreciation of the opportunities available both within and beyond the Western hemisphere.

Sarah is a North American nomad, with a father from Brooklyn, a mother from Chicago, and a life lived in eight states, six countries, and three continents. She calls the West her home, having studied at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Andrew Griffith

Andrew is the author of  Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote, providing an integrated view of how well multiculturalism is working, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism, describing the relationship between the bureaucratic and political levels, and “Because it’s 2015 …” Implementing Diversity and Inclusion, analyzing the diversity of the 2015 election and political appointments. He regularly comments on citizenship, multiculturalism and diversity issues, in his blog, Multiculturalism Meanderings, as well in the media.

Andrew was formerly Director General, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Andrew led policy and program development to strengthen citizenship, inclusion and participation, and inter-cultural understanding.

Previous assignments include Service Canada, where he lead planning, reporting and evaluation related to citizen-centred service transformation, organizational change and priority setting and developed service strategies and offerings to orient service around the needs of Canadians; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, where he led a government-wide review of Canada's representation abroad and the negotiation and implementation of an interdepartmental agreement and service standards on the common services and infrastructure at Canadian offices abroad; Industry Canada, where he was responsible for coordinating trade development priorities, providing support and direction to International Trade Centres across Canada, and Industry Canada’s participation in Team Canada Inc; and Privy Council Office, where Andrew was a senior analyst responsible for industry and trade files.

Other positions held in Ottawa include Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Trade and a member of the Policy Planning Staff of Global Affairs Canada.

In addition to being posted to the Canadian Mission to the World Trade Organization, Geneva, where he was the lead negotiator for trade and environment, and standards issues, Andrew has held trade assignments in Los Angeles, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

His government publications include From a Trading Nation to a Nation of Traders: Toward a Second Century of Canadian Trade Development and Market Access and Environmental Protection: A Negotiator’s Point of View. He has received a number of awards for his government service, including the Public Service Award (2007, 2010), and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Andrew has also written Living with Cancer: A Journey, recounting his recent experience with cancer, in addition to contributing to MD Anderson’s Cancerwise.

Andrew is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Andrew lives in Ottawa and is married with two adult children.

Email: agriffith232@gmail.com
LinkedIn: Andrew L Griffith
Twitter: @Andrew_Griffith
Blog: Multicultural Meanderings
Facebook: Andrew Griffith C&M

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Marius Grinius

Marius Grinius joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1979 after serving in the Canadian Army for 12 years. His early overseas postings included Bangkok, NATO/Brussels and Hanoi. Assignments back in Ottawa included desk officer for nuclear arms control, Director for Asia Pacific South and then Director for South East Asia. In 1997 he was posted back to Vietnam as Ambassador. 

Marius spent 1999 to 2004 in Ottawa where he worked in the Privy Council Office in Social Policy, Western Economic Diversification and then again in the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. In 2004 he was named Ambassador to South Korea and added cross-accreditation to North Korea in 2005. In 2007 Marius was posted to Geneva as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament. He returned to Ottawa in 2011 for a secondment to the Department of National Defence as Director General International Security Policy. Marius retired in 2012 after 45 years of service to Canada.

While trying to maintain his “gentleman of leisure” status, Marius has given presentations at various conferences and seminars related to international security, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and Canada’s place in Asia.

He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Class of 1971.


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Robert Hage

Robert Hage was a Canadian diplomat with the Department of Global Affairs for 38 years and served as Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary and Slovenia, as Director General for Europe and Director General for Legal Affairs. He also served in Canada’s embassies in Washington, Lagos and Paris, as Deputy Head of the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels and, in early 2012, acting Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

He was also Director of four divisions including International Financial and Investment Affairs and relations with the European Union; Principal Counsel for the Canada-USA Free Trade Agreement; Counsel on the Environmental Side Agreement to NAFTA and a representative for Canada at the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.   He has written and commented on a range of subjects including West Coast energy issues, maritime boundaries and Canada-EU relations.  Mr. Hage teaches a course on Modern Diplomacy at the University of Ottawa’s graduate school.

Mr. Hage was born in Calgary, Alberta and received his early education there.  He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and obtained law degrees from the University of Toronto (LL.B) and University College London (LL.M) and is called to the Alberta Bar.  He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.  He is married and has three daughters.

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Rolf Holmboe

  • 2016 -Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • 2015 - Independent advisor on temporary leave from the Danish Foreign Service, resident in Ottawa, Canada
  • 2013 - 2015Ambassador of Denmark to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan (residence in Beirut)
  • 2012 - 2013Ambassador of Denmark to Syria and Jordan
  • 2010 - 2012 Director of Strategy and Policy Planning, MFA (ia Arctic Strategy, Middle East, EU Presidency)
  • 2009 - 2010 Head of Stabilisation Department, MFA
  • 2005 - 2009 Danish Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Head of the Danish Representative Office Ramallah, Danish Representative to UNRWA
  • 2004 - 2005 Deputy Head of Neighbourhood Department, MFA (programmes in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe)
  • 2003 - 2005 External Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (conflict studies, fragile states)
  • 2001 - 2004 Head of Horn of Africa, EU and Transversal Issues Section in the Africa Department, MFA
  • 1997 - 2001 Head of West Africa (Sahel) Section, Africa Department, MFA
  • 1995 - 1997 First Secretary at Denmark’s Delegation to NATO, Bruxelles
  • 1992 - 1995 Head of Section and Deputy European Correspondent in the Security Policy and in the Eastern Europe Departments of the MFA1
  • 1992 Master of Political Science, University of Aarhus1990Supplementary Degree in Arabic Studies, University of Aarhus
  • 1987 - 1988 Military peacekeeping service with UNFICYP (based in Cyprus)
  • 1982 - 1985 Two separate years of security/administrative service at the Danish Embassy, Moscow

Military Career

  • 1982-Officer of the Danish Army Reserve, current rank Major.
  • 2011-2016 Commander of the Foreign Area Capabilities Corps

Has previously served inter alia in UN missions and as a Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) Arms Control Inspector

Other Posts

  • 2015- Expert Adviser, Centre for Empathy in International Affairs (CEIA) (www.centerforempathy.org)
  • 2011-Member of the Advisory Board, Center for War Studies, Southern Denmark University

Selected Articles

  • "Syria – Who Blocks Peace” in The Dispatch, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Volume XIV, Spring 2016: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cdfai/pages/
    97/attachments/original/1458067006/
    Dispatch_-_Spring_2016.pdf?1458067006
  • “Syria – Avoiding a Dangerous Disconnect”, website for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs (CEIA), February 2016: http://www.centerforempathy.org/
    syria-avoiding-the-dangerous-disconnect/
  • “Analyse – har Syrien en fremtid?” in Udvikling, No. 6, December 2015, ISBN 978-87-90656-836-9: http://ipaper.ipapercms.dk/Udenrigsministeriet/Udvikling/
    2015/Udviklingnr62015/
  • “ISIS som magtfaktor i Syrien, Irak og regionen”, in Et farvel til terror? Krigen mod ISIS 2014 – 2015, Carsten Jensen og David Vestenskov, red., Forsvarsakademiet, 2015, ISBN: 978-87-7147-108-3: http://www.fak.dk/publikationer/Documents/
    Et%20farvel%20til%20terror.pdf
  • “Gaza – challenges and adaptation”, in Humanitarian Exchange, September 2009, ISSN 1472-4847: http://odihpn.org/wp-content/uploads/
    2009/10/humanitarianexchange044.pdf
  • “Krig, krise og håb” in Udenrigs,, No. 1, 2009, ISSN 1395-3818: http://udenrigs.dk/
    wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1-2009.pdf
  • “Conflict and Conflict Responses in Africa”, in em>Conflict, Human Security, Governance and Development in the Developing World,, Bjørn Møller ed., Development Research Series, Occasional Papers No. 6, Aalborg University, 2005, ISBN: 87-90874-06-4/ISBN1399-3999: http://www.academia.edu/1647762
    /Conflicts_and_Conflict_Responses_in_Africa

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Rob Huebert

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also severed as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the board of the Van Horne Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence  policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media. 

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Peter Jones

Peter Jones is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from Kings' College, London, and an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he served as a senior analyst for the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council of Canada. Previously, he held various positions related to international affairs and security at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Privy Council Office, and the Department of Defence. A widely published expert on security in the Middle East and track-two diplomacy, he led the Middle East Security and Arms Control Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden in the 1990s. He is presently leading several Track Two initiatives in South Asia and the Middle East, and is also widely published on Iran. Peter is currently an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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Thomas Juneau

Thomas Juneau is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. at the University of Ottawa His research focuses mostly on the Middle East, in particular on Iran, Yemen, and Syria. He is also interested in Canadian foreign and defence policy and in the nexus between analysis and policy. He is the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical realism and Iranian foreign policy (Stanford University Press, 2015), co-editor of Iranian Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the world (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of a forthcoming book on case studies of analytical support to policy-making (Rowman&Littlefield). He has also published many articles and book chapters on the Middle East, international relations theories and pedagogical methods, notably in International Affairs, International Journal, International Studies Perspectives, Middle East Policy and Orbis. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he worked for the Department of National Defence from 2003 to 2014, chiefly as a strategic analyst covering the Middle East. He was also a policy officer and an assistant to the deputy minister.

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Tom Keenan

Dr. Thomas P. Keenan is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Research Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.  His research focuses on computer security and the social implications of technology.  With a background as a Systems Analyst and Systems Programmer for large mainframe computers, he taught Canada’s first computer security course in 1976.  He co-wrote and hosted the 1984 CBC IDEAS radio series “Crimes of the Future” and is the author of a forthcoming book on creepiness in technology.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a Master of Science (Engineering) degree in Mathematical Methods and Operations Research and a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Education, all from Columbia University.  He participated in the 1983 Department of Justice consultation that led to Canada’s first computer crime law, and has served as an expert witness in several court cases.  

A frequent contributor to the media and public discourse about technology, he was awarded the 2012 NSERC Award for Science Promotion.  He holds numerous professional designations including Information Systems Professional of Canada (I.S.P.), and Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) and is a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society.  He received the Queen’s Jubilee Commemorative Medal in 2003 and the Order of the University of Calgary in 2007.  He currently serves on the boards of the SEEDS Foundation and the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada, and has served as a Director of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace and the Calgary Police Museum Interpretive Centre. 

 

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Adam Lajeunesse

Adam Lajeunesse, PhD is an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, where he holds the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Marine Security. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Military, Strategic, and Security Studies and the Arctic Institute of North America – both at the University of Calgary, and a fellow with the Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism at the University of Waterloo. He is a regular lecturer at the NATO Defence College (Rome) and the Canadian Forces College (Toronto) as well as a frequent speaker on northern security issues for academic, government, and military audiences.

Dr. Lajeunesse is the author of Lock, Stock and Icebergs – a history of Canada’s Arctic maritime sovereignty focused on the interplay between American security concerns and Canadian sovereignty requirements. He has also co-authored books on China’s Arctic interests and the evolution of northern military operations, as well as numerous articles and publications on northern defence, development, shipping, governance, and maritime policy.

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Randolph Mank

Randolph Mank is a three-time former Canadian ambassador and businessman, with over thirty years of experience in Asia and around the world.

His foreign service career included assignments in Tokyo, Stockholm and Jakarta, followed by Ambassadorial appointments in Indonesia (2003-06), Pakistan (2008-10) and Malaysia (2010-12). He led the Canadian response in Indonesia to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. In Malaysia, he worked with Petronas to encourage their major LNG investment in British Columbia.

In Ottawa between 2006-08, Mank was DG for South and Southeast Asia at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which included the role of Senior Official for ASEAN, as well as five months overseeing the Afghanistan civilian task force in Ottawa. He championed an Afghanistan-Pakistan border cooperation initiative, called ‘the Dubai process’, during that time. He also accompanied the Governor-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on visits to Kabul and Kandahar during the conflict.

As Director for Policy Planning, 1999-2003, he quarterbacked a foreign policy update, making the case for a rebalancing of values and interests, as well as bilateralism and multilateralism, in our approach to international relations. He also headed the G8 secretariat in support of the Canadian Political Director and Foreign Minister during the same period, which included the group’s responses to the Kosovo crisis, as well as the 9/11 attacks.

In his subsequent private sector career, he was Vice President Asia for BlackBerry based in Singapore between 2012-14, handling government relations, public policy and business development across the region. He then worked in Kuala Lumpur as President Asia-Pacific for SICPA of Switzerland, offering high-tech systems to governments for tracking and tracing of illicit trade. He currently heads his own consultancy, focused on helping companies succeed in Asia.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, he studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and The London School of Economics. Among other roles, he currently serves on the Board of the Singapore-Canada Canada Chamber of Commerce.

He can be contacted at:
rbmank1@gmail.com

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Eric Miller

Eric Miller is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He focuses on issues related to North America, trade, technology and security.

Mr. Miller also is President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, a cross-border consultancy that advises clients on government affairs, economics, cybersecurity and geopolitical developments.

He previously served as Vice President of Policy, North America and Cybersecurity at the Business Council of Canada, which represents the CEOs of the 150 largest companies in Canada. He also was responsible for leading its work in the United States and Latin America and on border/supply chain issues, transportation policy, and anti-corruption rules. He led the Council’s policy work on cybersecurity, technology and telecom issues.

Before joining the Council in 2013, Mr. Miller represented Industry Canada at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. He was responsible for advising senior Canadian officials on U.S. economic, political, and technology issues. He served as a member of the Canadian negotiating teams that designed Canada’s 2009 investments in the restructuring of the Chrysler and General Motors and the 2011 Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan.

Mr. Miller has extensive international experience, having advised 40 governments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific on trade and economic policies. He worked for 8 years in the Integration and Trade Division of the Inter-American Development Bank and served as a USAID Chief of Party in Panama.

Mr. Miller has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament.

He is presently Chair of the Cybersecurity Advisory Board of Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions Inc., a leading provider of cyber insurance solutions and cyber advisory services. He also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange.

Separately, Mr. Miller is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center’s Trade in the 21st Century project.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University, a Graduate Diploma from the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) from Saint Mary’s University. He is fluent in Spanish and French.

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Robert Muggah

Dr. Robert Muggah is the Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, a Research Director of the SecDev Foundation, and teaches at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. He is also a fellow at the University of Oxford and the Graduate Institute's Center for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Switzerland. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Stability Journal. Dr. Muggah also works with UN agencies, the World Bank, and Google Ideas on issues related to fragility, conflict and violence and ways new technology can help. Dr. Muggah received his DPhil at Oxford University and his MPhil at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. He received his BA from the University of Kings College and Dalhousie University.

From Brazil Robert directs several projects on international cooperation, peace-support operations, transnational organized crime, and cyber-security in Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently oversees the Humanitarian Action in Situations Other than War (HASOW) project, the States of Fragility project and the Urban Resilience project. He routinely advises governments, international organizations and civil society groups on security and development issues. For example, in 2012 and 2013 he was an adviser to the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda and the Global Commission on Drug Policy. In 2013, he was named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world on armed violence reduction by a UK-based organization.

Previously, Dr, Muggah was research director at the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011), a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an advisor to a number of multilateral and bilateral organizations on issues of arms control, security sector reform, migration, and stabilization and reconstruction. He has led research and evaluations in over 30 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, South Asia and the South Pacific on related themes. His recent policy outputs includes chapters for forthcoming flagship reports of the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, World Bank and others like the Urban Dilemma (2012) for IDRC and DFID, advisory support to the World Bank's World Development Report (2011), the UNDP's Governance for Peace report (2012), and others by the OECD-DAC.

Dr. Muggah's work is published in dozens of academic and policy journals. Most recently, he is the editor of Stability Operations, Security and Development (New York: Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of the Global Burden of Armed Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is also the author of Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War (New York: Routledge, 2009), Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka: A Short History of Internal Displacement (London: Zed Books, 2008), and No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa (London: Zed Books 2006) and has contributed more than 14 chapters to the Small Arms Survey since 2001.

Dr. Muggah has published over one hundred articles in peer-review journals including International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Conflict, Security and Development, The Journal of Refugee Studies, The Journal of Disasters, Forced Migration Review, and many others. In addition to featuring in international media and writing opeds for the NYT, LAT, Guardian, Huffington Post, Atlantic and others, Dr. Muggah has also been involved in co-writing and advising documentary films on violence, drug policy and development. Most recently, he has been designing new interactive online visualization tools of the global arms trade, as well as android applications to enhance police accountability from Rio de Janeiro to Nairobi and Cape Town.   

 

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David Perry, Senior Analyst

David Perry is the Senior Analyst and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is the author of multiple publications related to defence budgeting, transformation and procurement, including 2015 Status Report on Major Defence Equipment Procurements, Defence Budget 2015and Putting the 'Armed' Back Into the Canadian Armed ForcesHe received his PhD in political science from Carleton University, where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement. He was previously the Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and the Deputy Director of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies where he remains a fellow. His research has been published in Defence Studies, Comparative Strategy, International Journal, and Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and he is a regular columnist for the Canadian Naval Review. He often provides comment for Canadian and international media on defence and security issues.  

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George Petrolekas

Colonel George Petrolekas served for years as an army officer (regular and reserve) and as a senior executive in the telecommunications industry.

As an army officer, he was in mechanized units in various command roles and also served at FMC HQ and on the Divisional staff. He transferred to the reserves rising to command of a Regiment. Col. Petrolekas served in Bosnia in 93-94 and participated in establishing part of the Sarajevo Total Exclusion Zone, the implementation of the Washington peace accord and the transfer of authority in Srebrenica. He also served with NATO and in Afghanistan. In the latter conflict, he became recognized as a pre-eminent authority on NATO and Coalition warfare serving as a confidant and trusted agent between the Canadian CDS and senior NATO and U.S. officials.

Col. Petrolekas helped prepare every ISAF and U.S. commander and command groups for Afghan service in the years 2003-2007. He received commendations from several ISAF Commanders including Gen. Rick Hillier, Gen. Sir David Richards, Lt-Gen Mauro Delvecchio, and the DCOM JFC Brunssum, amongst others. 

 He established many of the protocols used to this day for the evacuation of Canadian wounded through Europe and received the Meritorious Service Medal for his work. He served as a strategic advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff for which he received a CDS commendation for the management of the Afghan detainee file.

Col. Petrolekas’ writing has appeared in: The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The National Interest, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The Montreal Gazette. He has been a commentator on many television networks in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in both English and French. 

He has briefed U.K. Parliamentarians, U.S. Divisional staffs, the Pakistani War College, the Chinese Institute for International Strategic Studies and the French War College (IHEDN), the latter inviting him for a month long tour of the Pacific to audit their regional session on strategic issues.

He is a co-author of various research papers including the annual The Strategic Outlook for Canada, the Implementation of NATO’s Strategic Concept – a DFAIT policy paper, and has acted as an advisor to officers of Parliament such as the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

In business, Col. Petrolekas worked as director of marketing for ABL Canada and Memotec Teleglobe and has led sales and marketing efforts in some 90 countries notably building telecoms networks in Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico amongst others. 

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Vanja Petricevic

Vanja Petricevic is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgia State University and her research interests encompass fields of European Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her primary interests are in political integration and compliance in the European Union, processes of democratization and EU accession, and right-wing extremism and violence in Western and Central/Eastern Europe.

She is the author of the book Compliance Patterns with EU Anti-Discrimination Legislation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has been the recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship, the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship, the Government of Belgium (Flemish Community) Fellowship, the National Scholarship of the Slovak Republic, and the Swedish Women's Educational Association Award. She held Visiting Researcher positions at several institutions and think tanks across Europe, including the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, the European Parliament (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. Her postdoctoral research was conducted at Linköping University in Sweden.

Prior to joining Florida Gulf Coast University, she taught at Georgia State University and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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Joël Plouffe

Joël Plouffe is a researcher at CIRRICQ (Center for Interuniversity Research on the International Relations of Canada and Québec) at the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Montréal, managing editor of the ArcticYearbook (www.arcticyearbook.com), and is a U.S. State Department International Visiting Program Alumnus (IVLP Arctic Security). His research interests include security and defense, geopolitics of the Arctic, regions of the circumpolar North, Northern Québec, and U.S.-Canada relations and foreign policy.

 

Mr Plouffe is involved in various northern research groups and programs. He is a member of the Northern Research Forum’s Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security (www.nrf.is), led by Dr Lassi Heininen from the University of Lapland (Finland); is actively involved in the annual Calotte Academy that takes place in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region; and is a project member of ArcticNet’s group on Climate Change and Commercial Shipping in the Arctic, led by Dr Frédéric Lasserre of Université Laval in Québec City (Canada). In August 2012, Joël Plouffe was embedded with Canada’s National Defense and Canadian Forces in the Western Arctic (Northwest Territories) during the annual ‘Operation Nanook’. 

 

Mr Plouffe has conducted research in the Arctic regions of Russia, the US (Alaska), Norway (Svalbard and mainland), Finland, Sweden and Canada (Nunavik, Northwest Territories). He has also delivered addresses and lectures in many international venues and was an invited Arctic expert at the National Assembly of France and the German Bundestag in 2010. That same year, he pursued oil and gas research in Norway’s High North with international experts from the Bodø Graduate School of Business and also addressed key ministers at the European Parliament on non-Arctic state interests and policies for the Arctic region. He has also collaborated with the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC on issue of Arctic geopolitics.

 

In 2013, Mr Plouffe serverd as Visiting Professor at the Jackson School for International Studies (JSIS) at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was co-teaching a Task Force on Arctic Security. He was also Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs (CGA) in Spring 2013, as part of the Polar Politics program led by Dr Carolyn Kissane at the School of Continuing Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS). He was also Visiting Scholar at Western Washington University in 2010 where he was invited to teach Québec Politics and Contemporary Issues while pursuing research at the Canadian-American Studies Center.

 

Joël Plouffe was born in the mining town of Sudbury in Northern Ontario, Canada, and is now living in Montréal, Québec where he is working on his PhD thesis at UQAM, looking at how the Arctic has influenced US foreign policy making from the Nixon presidency to President Barack Obama’s first mandate.

 

Keywords: Arctic Geopolitics and Security, Circumpolar Affairs, Barents/EU Arctic, Canada-US Relations and Foreign Policies, Globalization in the Arctic, Northern Québec/Nunavik.

 

Twitter : @joelplouffe

Linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/in/joelplouffe

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Arcticyearbook


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Andrew P. Rasiulis

Mr. Rasiulis completed his undergraduate study in Political Science/History at the University of Toronto in 1978 and received his Master of Arts from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, in Strategic Studies in 1979. In 1979 Mr. Rasiulis was appointed a commissioned officer in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve (Governor General's Foot Guards).  

He joined the Department of National Defence in 1979 as an analyst with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis, specializing in strategic politico-military issues pertaining to conventional forces. These issues included emerging concepts of conventional defence strategies for Western Europe, as well as the Canadian Government's efforts in the area of conventional arms control. In 1987, Mr. Rasiulis was promoted to Section Head, within the Directorate of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy, responsible for conventional arms control policy. He was also the Department of National Defence representative on NATO's High Level Task Force for conventional arms control from its inception in 1986 to 1989.  

In June 1989 Mr. Rasiulis was posted as a Defence Advisor to the Canadian Delegation for Conventional Arms Control Talks in Vienna. Upon completion of his tour Mr. Rasiulis returned to National Defence Headquarters in April 1992 as Section Head responsible for policy on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Department's Military Training and Assistance Program (MTAP) with Central and Eastern Europe. In May 1996, Mr. Rasiulis was also assigned the responsibility of Programme Manager for the entire MTAP. He was subsequently designated as Director, Military Training Assistance Programme (and Eastern European Policy) in 1998.  

Reflecting the growth of responsibility within the area of defence diplomacy, Mr. Rasiulis was re-designated Director Military Training and Cooperation in 2009. His responsibilities included the development of the policy for defence training cooperation with developing countries world wide, as well as overseeing its operational implementation.  

Mr. Rasiulis' MA thesis, On the Utility of War in the Nuclear Age, developed a theory on limited conventional war. It was subsequently published as a Wellesley Paper in 1981 by the Canadian Institute for International Affairs and the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies. He has also published numerous articles on conventional strategy, arms control and international military training cooperation. 

Mr Rasiulis is retired from the Public Service and is now a freelance consultant with Andrew Rasiulis Associates Inc.  

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Roy Rempel

Roy Rempel served as the senior advisor for defence policy in the Prime Minister's Office from 2010 to 2015. He earned his Ph.D in international relations from Queen's University and has taught international relations at several Canadian universities, including Memorial University, the University of Manitoba, Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has authored several books on Canadian foreign policy, including Dreamland: How Canada's Pretend Foreign Policy Has Undermined Sovereignty, which was a runner-up for the Donner Prize in 2006.

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Tom Ring

Tom Ring has nearly 40 years of federal government experience.  Most recently, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Acquisitions) at Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) at the Department of National Defence. While at PWGSC, he was responsible for all defence acquisitions and was the government’s lead negotiator on many complex procurement files.  He is one of the architects of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Defence Procurement Strategy and the Smart Procurement initiative.  He also managed the CF-18 replacement program and the Maritime Helicopter Project.  While at DND, he was responsible for all strategic and crisis communications for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, including the war in Afghanistan, the Defence Policy Statement and various defence procurement files.  Prior to joining National Defence, he worked in senior management, operational and advisory roles in several federal departments, including the Canadian Coast Guard, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Human Resources Development Canada and the Privy Council Office. He holds an M.A. (War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches a Graduate level course in communications.

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Colin Robertson 

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. He is chair of the board of Canada World Youth.

Living in Ottawa, Robertson writes and speaks on international affairs. He writes a regular column every two weeks for the World Insider section of the Globe and Mail. Embassy Magazine named him to their "Top Eighty Influencing Canadian foreign policy" in 2012 and 2013.

Robertson sits on the boards of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, North  American Research Partnership and the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa. He is a past president of the Canadian International Council’s National Capital Branch. Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, Robertson is a former member of Carleton's President’s Advisory Council and a current member of the NPSIA Advisory Council. He is honorary chair of the Canada Arizona Business Council. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Retired Heads of Mission Association.

A career foreign service officer from 1977-2010, he served as first Head of the Advocacy Secretariat and Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and Consul General in Los Angeles, with previous assignments as Consul and Counsellor in Hong Kong and in New York at the UN and Consulate General. In his final assignment he directed a project at Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law with the support of the Federal and Provincial Governments and the private sector on Canada-US Engagement. A member of the team that negotiated the Canada-US FTA and NAFTA he is co-author of Decision at Midnight: The Inside Story of the Canada-US FTA (1996). He is co-editor of Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Essays in honour of Ambassador Allan Gotlieb (2011). He has taught at Carleton University, Queen's University Public Executive Program and the Canada School of Public Service. He served as president of the Historica Foundation. He was editor of bout de papier: Canada’s Journal of Foreign Service and Diplomacy and president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

Robertson was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2006), the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association ‘Friend of the Industry’ (2004), and the distinguished alumnus award from the University of Manitoba (2004).

Robertson was given the “Hot Potato Award” for helping to increase collaboration between U.S. and Canada organizations and stakeholders at the 2012 Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Summit.

His smartest decision was marrying his wife Maureen Boyd, a Vancouverite, former journalist and communications consultant. They have three children, Allison, Sean and Conor. Robertson reads voraciously, runs, swims, cycles, cross-country skis. A series of what Lemony Snicket would describe as 'unfortunate circumstances' have left him with low vision. This  has obliged him to give up  tennis, a sport he enjoyed but played badly.

Colin can be reached by email at cr@colinrobertson.ca or 613-619-1867.

website www.colinrobertson.ca

 

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Lindsay L. Rodman

Lindsay L. Rodman is a research associate at the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS).  She is a U.S. attorney and an expert in U.S. defence and foreign policy, and recently joined CIPS after leaving the Obama Administration, where she served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy.  Prior to her political appointment, she was an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in various roles, including as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as the Operational Law Attorney for 1st Marine Division (FWD) in Afghanistan from 2010-2011.  Her last duty assignment as an active duty Marine was in the White House as Director for Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council.  She remains in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Lindsay was an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 2007), the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MPP, 2007), and Duke University (AB Mathematics, 2003).   

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Stephen Saideman

Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.  His research interests are in the fields of international security, comparative foreign policy, civil-military relations, and ethnic conflict.   

Before joining Carleton University, Prof. Saideman was Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict at McGill University.  Prior to that, Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.  He has also taught at Texas Tech University and the University of Vermont.  He has won two awards for teaching.   

 

He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald); and Adapting in the Dust: Learning Lessons from Canada's War in Afghanistan.  He has written on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations in leading academic journals, including International Organization and International Studies Quarterly.   

 

Professor Saideman writes online at OpenCanada.org, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site (saideman.blogspot.com).  He also tweets too much at @smsaideman.  He has also appeared in more traditional media (newspapers, television and radio) in Canada and the U.S.

 

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, which is where he also earned his M.A.  He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.

  

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Darren Schemmer

Darren Schemmer recently returned to Vancouver after a 25-year career in international development and foreign affairs.

Mr. Schemmer joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1989 as a Development Officer with the Andes Program of the Canadian International Development Agency. He served abroad in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Washington, D.C., U.S.A; Cairo, Egypt; and most recently Accra, Ghana where he was High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo. At headquarters he has served as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Cooperation; as Director General of Policy, Planning and Management for Americas Branch; as Director-General for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic and most recently   as Assistant Deputy Minister for Partnerships.

Mr. Schemmer currently teaches online and provides management consulting services through Executive Insight Consulting. He also co-chairs the board of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and is on the board of CESO (formerly Canadian Executive Service Organization).

Multilingual, Mr. Schemmer holds a Baccalauréat en éducation from the Faculté Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta (1982), a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University (1999) and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (2002).

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Hugh Segal

Hugh Segal is currently Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Hugh is a former chair of both the Foreign Affairs and Anti-Terrorism Committees of the Canadian Senate‎, where he served from 2005-2014. A former chief of staff to the Prime Minister (1991-1993), he is Chair of the Atlantic (Nato) Council of Canada and the Navy League of Canada. He is the former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (1999-2006) and was Canada's Special Envoy to the Commonwealth. He sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Naval Review and holds a history degree from the University of Ottawa, as well as honorary doctorates from his alma mater and The Royal Military College of Canada. He has authored five books on conservative public policy and history, and edited a book on geopolitical integrity and security strategy for the IRPP. In 2003 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. 

Keywords: National security, foreign policy

 

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Elinor Sloan

Elinor Sloan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, and is a former defence analyst with Canada’s Department of National Defence. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BA), the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton (MA), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (PhD).

 

Dr. Sloan's research interests include: the defence policies and military capabilities of Canada, the United States, major NATO allies, Australia and China; homeland security and defence, NORAD, space and ballistic missile defence, and the Arctic; and, contemporary strategic thought.

 

Her books include The Revolution in Military Affairs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002); Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005 & 2010); Military Transformation and Modern Warfare (Praeger Publishers, 2008); and Modern Military Strategy (Routledge, 2012).

 

Keywords: Canadian defence policy, Canadian Forces, US defence policy, homeland defence, ballistic missile defence, defence transformation, NATO, NORAD

 

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Gary Soroka 

Born in Montréal, Gary Soroka was educated in Canada and the University of Edinburgh where he received his PhD in Political Philosophy. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1976, and served at Headquarters in the Political and Strategic Analysis Division, the Cabinet Liaison Division, the Policy Planning Secretariat, the Personnel Bureau and the Consular Policy Division.

He became Director of Political and Security Policy in the Policy Planning Bureau in September 1993, and senior policy advisor in 1995.

Dr. Soroka has served abroad in Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Washington, New Delhi, London, San José Costa Rica and Berlin. In 1986-87, he was the Canadian Exchange Officer in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra, Australia.     

Dr. Soroka spent most of his career within the Department as a specialist in the area of foreign policy: he worked on four major foreign policy reviews during his career as well as on many specific policy issues. In 1990, he was brought back from India on special duty to develop the central concepts for a major review of Canadian security policy. In 1993, he was brought back from London on special duty to work on a task force looking at the role of, and appropriate structures for, a forward-looking, relevant and adaptable foreign ministry. In 1993, he was awarded the first ever Minister’s Award for Foreign Policy Excellence.

 

Dr. Soroka was one of the Department’s lead foreign policy speechwriters, and he has written many speeches for Canadian Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and senior officials on diverse foreign policy subjects.

 

Dr. Soroka is married to Sabine Sparwasser, a member of the German Foreign Service, and they have two children. He currently divides his time between Berlin and Toronto.

 

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Hugh Stephens

Mr. Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CanCPEC). After serving for a number of years as Senior Vice President, Public Policy (Asia Pacific), for Time Warner, where he was based at the company’s Asia regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Mr. Stephens until recently continued to serve Time Warner in an advisory capacity as Senior Advisor on Public Policy for Asia Pacific and Canada. Mr. Stephens has extensive experience in dealing with media and IT industry issues (protection of intellectual property, improved market access, regulatory issues) in China, India, SE Asia, Korea/Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

 

Mr. Stephens has been an active leader in a number of regional business organizations. Until recently he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the US National Center for APEC and is a past Executive Committee Board member of the US-Korea Business Council. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council for a number of years.  He is also a past Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Vice Chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, a coalition of more than 180 multinational companies engaged in strengthening IPR protection in China. He served two terms as a Governor of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia.

 

In February 2012, Mr. Stephens was appointed to a new position as Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in Vancouver. Executives in Residence are industry leaders with experience and knowledge on Asia who provide thought leadership through research, events and activities with the Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Vice President of the Victoria Branch of the Canadian International Council.

 

Prior to entering the corporate world with Time Warner in 2000, Mr. Stephens served for almost 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, reaching the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa. He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan (Director-General of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei), Counsellor and Charge d’affaires at the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number other overseas and headquarters assignments, including service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Mandarin language training in Hong Kong.

 

Mr. Stephens was educated at UBC (BA-Hons), University of Toronto (B.Ed) and Duke University (MA), and has a Certificate in Mandarin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

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Al Stephenson

Alan Stephenson is an aviation consultant and a 35-year veteran of the Canadian Forces. Colonel (ret’d) Stephenson’s extensive knowledge of NORAD and NATO airpower follows from his experience as a CF-18 pilot with 3600 hours flying fighters and as a staff officer at all levels of command. Having held senior appointments such as Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief of Tactical Evaluation, and Director of Western Hemisphere Policy, he has a broad understanding of military and interagency operational and strategic interaction, both domestically and internationally. Operationally, he commanded Task Force Aviano during Op ECHO (1999/00) and 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, Canada’s basic and advanced ‘top gun’ training schools.
Alan is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College with a BSc in Physics (Sword of Honour recipient), the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (with Distinction), and the United States Air Force Air War College where he received a Master of Strategic Studies with a focus on the strategic employment of airpower. His Master’s thesis, “Shades of Gray: Gradual Escalation and Coercive Diplomacy” won the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Essay Competition in 2002, the only international student so honoured to date. Alan completed his PhD at Carleton University in May 2016 writing his thesis on Canadian National Security Culture. His areas of interest include international relations, strategic studies, airpower, Canadian defence and foreign policies, NORAD, NATO, and Canada-US relations.

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Stéfanie von Hlatky

Stéfanie von Hlatky is an assistant professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP).  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Université de Montréal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. In 2010, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and a policy scholar with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding. Prior to joining Queen’s, von Hlatky was a senior researcher with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Journal, European Security, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies and has a book with Oxford University Press entitled American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013). Her new book, The Future of US Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger) analyzes US security commitments to NATO (Georgetown University Press, 2015). Stéfanie von Hlatky is the founder of Women in International Security-Canada and current Chair of the Board. Her research is funded by NATO, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation and Fulbright Canada.

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Charity Weeden

Charity Weeden is Senior Director of Policy at the U.S. based Satellite Industry Association.

As a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Weeden served as operator, manager, and diplomat for air and space applications in various posts. Her most recent assignment was as Assistant Attaché of Air & Space Operations at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, liaising with the U.S. Government and Embassy space community. Weeden has also held positions at the Canadian Space Agency, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Headquarters, and U.S. Air Force Space Command, where she was responsible for providing analysis of U.S. Space Surveillance Network satellite observations. She started her Air Force career as a long-range maritime patrol Air Navigator on the CP-140 Aurora, conducting sovereignty operations in the North, fishery and pollution patrols, search and rescue operations, and submarine tracking.

Weeden is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BEng) and the University of North Dakota (MSc). She has also participated in certificate programs at both the Brookings Institute (Policy Strategy) and the International Space University.

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John Weekes

John Weekes, an expert in international trade policy and trade agreements, joined Bennett Jones in 2010.

From 1971 until 1999 John worked in the Canadian government on the development of trade policy, participating in negotiations and working to ensure their successful implementation. During these years he assisted ministers in successive governments advising on the formulation of the government's approach to managing trade relations and on the negotiation of trade agreements.

He represented Canada in trade negotiations and at various international trade meetings. He was Canada’s ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Canada’s chief negotiator for NAFTA. He was ambassador to GATT during the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. In the 1970s, he participated in the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations.

As NAFTA chief negotiator, John played a key role in managing the negotiating process inside the Canadian government including in determining the best way to structure Canada's negotiating effort and the composition and organization of the negotiating team. After the implementation of NAFTA and the creation of the WTO he played a lead role in advising on how to restructure the trade policy functions inside Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to take account of the changed landscape of trade agreements.  

In 1999 he left the Canadian government but remained in Geneva to join APCO Worldwide (a Washington-based international public affairs consultancy). In 2003 he joined the American law firm Sidley Austin. He returned from Geneva to Canada in 2009.

He is an active participant in the work of the London based Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission dealing with Brexit related issues, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, the Advisory Centre on WTO Law in Geneva, and the Washington-based Cordell Hull Institute. He is also a member of the Canadian National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation and a fellow of the Canadian Global affairs Institute.

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