Annual Defence Procurement Conference: Putting Canadian Defence Procurement on a War Footing


October 25, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET | Westin TwentyTwo, Ottawa


On October 25th, 2022, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute hosted a one-day conference to discuss the current challenges to defence procurement in Canada as the government pursues major capital programs. Rebuilding the industrial base, overcoming labour shortage, implementing NORAD modernization, and meeting socio-economic requirements. The war in Ukraine, the need to reconstitute the Canadian Armed Forces, and supply chain issues served as a backdrop for this conversation.


This event was supplemented by a Defence Deconstructed episode on the Independent Review Panel on Defence Acquisitions


08:15 - 09:00 – Registration and Breakfast, brought to you by The Boeing Company

09:00 – Welcoming Remarks

09:05 - 09:35 – Defence Policy: An Overview (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • Stefanie Beck, Associate Deputy Minister of Defence

09:40 – 10:40 – Assessing the Socio-Economic Considerations in Defence Procurement (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • Stephanie Batstone, NyRad
  • Jody Langelier, Nassituq
  • Sean Willy, Des Nedhe Group
  • Marcel Poulin, Chantier Davie
  • Moderator: Sarah Goldfeder, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

10:40 - 11:00 – Break, brought to you by ATCO Frontec

11:00 - 12:00 – Industrial Capacity, Coordination, and Resiliency (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • Dr. Cynthia Cook, Center for International and Strategic Studies
  • Giles Ahern, UK Ministry of Defence
  • MGen Odd-Harald Hagen, Royal Norwegian Army
  • Matthew Zolnowski, US Department of Defence
  • Moderator: Dr. James Fergusson, University of Manitoba and Canadian Global Affairs Institute

12:00 - 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 - 13:15 – Canadian Defence Procurement: A View from the Inside (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • Troy Crosby, Department of National Defence
  • Simon Page, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Demetrios Xenos, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada
  • Moderator: Dr. David Perry, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

13:15 - 13:30 – Break

13:30 - 15:00 – Implementing NORAD Modernization: Collaboration and Prioritization (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • BGen Chris McKenna, Canadian Armed Forces
  • BGen Patrice Sabourin, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Cheri Crosby, Department of National Defence
  • Dr. Martin Tomkin, Department of National Defence
  • Moderator: Dr. Andrea Charron, University of Manitoba and Canadian Global Affairs Institute

15:00 - 15:30 – Break, brought to you by BAE Systems Inc. 

15:30 – 16:00 – Procuring for the Alliance: The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • James Hursch, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

16:05 – 17:05 – Overcoming Workforce Issues (now Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • Jeff Tasseron, CAE
  • Bill Ferreira, BuildForce
  • Christine Clarkson, Thales
  • Moderator: Kathleen Monk, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

17:10 - 17:40 – The Future of the CAF's Force Development (now a Defence Deconstructed episode)

  • General Wayne Eyre, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Moderator: LGen (ret'd) D. Michael Day, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

17:40 – Reception – brought to you by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and Innovation Norway


This event is made possible thanks to the Department of National Defence’s MINDS Program; CGAI’s strategic sponsors Lockheed Martin Canada, General Dynamics Canada, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., and Chantier Davie; Silver (reception) Sponsor the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and Innovation Norway; Bronze Sponsors ATCO Frontec, BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Bombardier and PAL Aerospace; Coat Check sponsor Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training, and Supporters General Atomics – Aeronautics Systems Inc. and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. 

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