Optimizing Procurement for Great Power Competition


Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ET | Westin Ottawa, Governor General Ballroom | 11 Colonel By Drive, 4th Floor | Ottawa, ON

On November 29th, 2023, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is hosting its annual defence procurement conference. It will take place at the Westin's Governor General Ballroom (11 Colonel By Drive, 4th Floor).


0820 – 0830 Welcoming Remarks 

0830 – 0900 Keynote: Ms. Stacy Cummings, General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

0905 – 0955 The C4ISR nexus with defence acquisitions 

  • MGen Christopher Zimmer, Chief of Staff (DTO) DND
  • MGen Pete Dawe, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, DND
  • RAdm Luciano Carosielli, Chief of Staff, CIO Group and Cyber Force Commander
  • Moderator: Derek Dobson, Microsoft. 

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed 

0955– 1025 Break 

1025 – 1115 NATO Defence Production Action Plan: Implications for Canada 

  • Troy Crosby, ADM, Materiel, DND
  • Nicolas Todd, Vice President, Government Relations and Communications, CADSI
  • Cynthia Cook, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiative Group, Center for International and Strategic Studies 
  • Wendy Gilmour, Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment Division, NATO
  • Moderator: Darren Hawco, Executive Advisor, Deloitte

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed 

1120 – 1210 Reinvigorating Canadian industry’s relationship with defence

  • Mike Mueller, President and CEO, AIAC
  • Jeff Tasseron, Director Business Development and Strategy, CAE Defence and Security 
  • Craig Stone, CGAI and Canadian Forces College 
  • Scott Millar, Visiting Assistant Deputy Minister (Horizontal Policy), Department of National Defence
  • Moderator: Jana Lee Murray, Vice President Operations, ADGA

1210 – 1300 Lunch 

1300 – 1330 Lunchtime Fireside Chat with the Deputies

  • Bill Matthews, DM, Department of National Defence 
  • Simon Kennedy, DM, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed 

1330 – 1345 Break  

1345 – 1515 Defence Procurement Optimization: Options for the Future

  • Siobhan Harty, ADM, Defence Procurement Review, PSPC
  • Nancy Tremblay, Associate ADM Materiel, DND 
  • Paula Folkes-Dallaire, Associate ADM, Defence and Marine Procurement, PSPC
  • LGen Frances Allen, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Marcia Mills, Counsel, Fasken 
  • Demetrios Xenos, Director General, Industrial and Technological Benefits Branch 
  • Moderator: Cara Salci, Thales

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed

1515 – 1545 Break 

1545 – 1635 Bringing Indigenous Businesses into the Fold 

  • Judith Bennett, DG, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain, DND 
  • Clinton Lawrence-Whyte, DG, Procurement Assistance Canada, PSPC
  • Philip Ducharme, VP, Entrepreneurship & Procurement, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Businesses 
  • Mark Brown, COO, PFN Group of Companies, President, Pro Metal Industries
  • Moderator: Philippe Lagassé, Carleton University & CGAI

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed

1640– 1710 Fireside Chat with Simon Page, ADM Defence and Marine Procurement, PSPC

  • Moderator: David Perry

Now available as an episode of Defence Deconstructed


This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Department of National Defence's MINDS Program, CGAI's Strategic Sponsors Lockheed Martin Canada, General Dynamics, Irving Shipbuilding, and Hanwha Ocean & Defence, Gold Sponsor Raytheon Technologies, Silver Sponsors CAE, L3Harris Technologies, and Seaspan; Bronze Sponsors Thales and Microsoft; Lanyard Sponsor ADGA; Coat Check Sponsor IMPAAD; Virtual Attendance Sponsor Saab; and Supporters Airbus and BMT.


From left to right: Derek Dobson, MGen Peter Dawe, MGen Christopher Zimmer, RAdm Luciano Carosielli

From left to right: RAdm (ret'd) Darren Hawco, Troy Crosby, Cynthia Cook, and Nicolas Todd

From left to right: Jana Lee Murray, Jeff Tasseron, Craig Stone, Scott Millar, and Mike Mueller

From left to right: Bill Matthews, David Perry, Simon Kennedy

From left to right: Siobhan Harty, Demetrios Xenos, Nancy Tremblay, Cara Salci, Marcia Mills, LGen Frances Allen, and Paula Folkes-Dallaire

From left to right: Clinton Lawrence-Whyte, Mark Brown, Philip Ducharme, Judith Bennett, and Philippe Lagassé

From left to right: Simon Page and David Perry

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