6th Annual Defence Procurement Conference


November 20th, 2019 | 8:00am – 7:00pm ET  | Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON


During the election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada have proposed significant changes to Canada's defence procurement system, which is still working on the hundreds of projects approved with Strong, Secure, Engaged. These proposals could have profound effects on the implementation of Canada's defence program moving forward. 

On November 20th, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute will host a one-day conference to discuss the procurement changes proposed by Canada's new government, provide an update on the implementation of defence projects, re-examine the ITB/VP policy, and examine ways of introducing greater agility into Canada’s procurement system.

This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and the Department of National Defence. Lanyard Sponsorship is offered by KPMG Canada.

Individual ticket: $199.00
Student ticket: $50.00


Please contact David Perry to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


8:00 – 9:00: Registration and networking

9:00 – 09:55: Canadian Defence Procurement – The State of the Union

  • Claude Rochette – Associate Deputy Minister, DND
  • Michael Vandergrift – Associate Deputy Minister, PSPC
  • MGen. Hercule GosselinChief of Programme, DND
  • Moderator Dave Perry, CGAI

10:00 – 10:30: Keynote, The Australian Defence Industry’s Next Challenge: Sovereignty

  • Millie Keating – Associate Director, Management Consulting, Advisory, KPMG Australia

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break – Sponsored by SkyAlyne

11:00 – 11:55: Offsets – Is the ITB policy Delivering? 

  • Rich Foster –Vice President, L3 Harris Technologies - Canada
  • Dr. Craig Stone – Canadian Forces College
  • Brian Botting – Director, Strategic Offsets, General Dynamics Missions Systems
  • Nicolas Todd – Vice-President, Government Relations, CADSI
  • Moderator Stephanie Batstone – Managing Partner, NyRad

11:55 – 13:25: Lunch Includes Keynote Address: Leveraging the National Industrial Technology Base for Great Power Competition

  • Bill Greenwalt – Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

13:30 – 14:25: Agile High-Tech Procurement in the Government of Canada

  • Donald Rousseau – DG, Information Management Project Delivery, DND
  • Sean Kealey – DG, Procurement and Vendor Relations, Shared Services Canada
  • Levent Özmutlu – DG, Services and Technology Acquisition Management Sector, PSPC
  • Mollie Royds – Director General, Services Acquisition, Materiel Group, DND
  • Moderator: Gianluca Cairo – Industry Principal, Ceridian

14:30 – 15:25 Procurement Agility: Industry Perspectives

  • Kevin Aguanno – President, Procept Associates Ltd.
  • Jerry Mclean – Managing Director, Defence and Security, Thales Canada
  • Al Amlani – Director, Cyber Programs, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada
  • Debra Zides – Defense Acquisition & Policy, Mitre Corps
  • Moderator:  Mark McKiel – Director, Project Management Support Organisation, DND Mat. Group

15:25 – 15:55: Coffee break – sponsored by General Atomics

15:55 – 17:00: Defence Procurement Canada

  • Alan Williams – President, The Williams Group
  • Millie Keating – Associate Director, Management Consulting, Advisory, KPMG Australia
  • Gavin Liddy – Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow
  • Marcia Mills – Procurement Counsel, Fasken
  • Jim Mitchell – Research Associate, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
  • Moderator: Tom Ring, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

17:00: ReceptionSponsored by L3 Harris Technologies








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