Defending the Continent


May 19th, 2022 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm ET | Westin TwentyTwo, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, 22nd Floor


08:00 Welcoming remarks

08:05-08:35 Continental Defence Considerations for CAF Force Development, Digitization, and Combat Systems Integration

  • RAdm Jeff Zwick, Chief of Combat Systems Integration & VAdm (ret’d) Darren Hawco, CGAI

08:40-09:30 A Strategic Survey of the Threat Environment

  • Abbie Tingstad, RAND Corporation
  • Kari Roberts, CGAI, Mount Royal University
  • Jake Harrington, Center for International and Strategic Studies
  • Moderator: Renée Filiatrault, CGAI

10:00-11:00 The Maritime Dimension of Continental Defence

  • Marc Mes, DG, Fleet and Maritime Services, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Tim Choi, CGAI, University of Calgary
  • Adam Lajeunesse, CGAI, Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Canadian Arctic Marine Security, StFX University
  • Cmdre (ret’d) James Clarke, Business Development Analyst, Lockheed Martin Canada, RMS, former Deputy Director Strategy, Policy and Plans, NORAD/NORTHCOM
  • Moderator: VAdm (ret’d) Mark Norman, CGAI

11:05-12:00 Deterring and Defeating Modern Threats to North America

  • Brett Heimbigner, Raytheon Missiles & Defence Director for NORAD/USNORTHCOM Requirements and Capabilities
  • Brett Boudreau, CGAI
  • Peter Bates, CGAI, former NORAD Policy Advisor
  • Moderator: Renée Filiatrault, CGAI

12:00-13:00 Lunch [Jody Thomas, National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister]

13:05-13:55 Enhancing Canada’s Northern Defence Infrastructure: Partnering for Success

  • Paul Currie, ADM Infrastructures and Government Services, Government of Nunavut
  • Doug Beaton, Director Government & Defence, Business Development, Frontec
  • Maryline Parent, WSP Canada
  • Moderator: Dan MacIsaac, CFN

14:00-15:00 Modernizing Command and Control to Allow Digitally Enabled, Pan-Domain Informed Decision-Making

  • Guillaume Cote, Principal Strategy, Global Strategy, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace
  • Colonel Donald Saunders, Director NORAD Forward Element, NORAD
  • Omar Rashid, Regional Lead for North America, Microsoft
  • Moderator: BGen Sean Boyle, Deputy Director General Continental Defence Policy, DND

15:30 - 16:25 Improving Pan-Domain Continental Situational Awareness

  • Jessica West, Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares
  • Kristen Csenkey, CGAI, Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • BGen Chris McKenna, Director General Air and Space Force Development, RCAF
  • Moderator: David Perry, CGAI

16:30-17:00 John Mckay, Member of Parliament, SCARBOROUGH–GUILDWOOD, Chair, Standing Committee On National Defence, Past Co-Chair Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board Of Defence

Conference Program


This event is made possible thanks to the support of our strategic sponsors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Irving Shipbuilding, and Davie Shipyard; the Department of National Defence's MINDS Program; Title Sponsor L3Harris Technologies Canada; Bronze Sponsor Raytheon Technologies; Lanyard Sponsor Leonardo DRS; and General Atomics

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