Defending the Continent


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

Conference Report


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

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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

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

  • Marc Mes, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Tim Choi, CGAI, University of Calgary
  • Adam Lajeunesse, CGAI, St Francis-Xavier University
  • Cmdre (ret’d) James Clarke, Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Moderator: VAdm (ret’d) Mark Norman, CGAI

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

  • RAdm (ret'd) Brett Heimbigner, Raytheon Technologies
  • Col (ret'd) Brett Boudreau, CGAI
  • Peter Bates, CGAI
  • Moderator: Renée Filiatrault, CGAI

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

  • Doug Beaton, ATCO Frontec
  • Maryline Parent, WSP Canada
  • Moderator: BGen (ret'd) Dan MacIsaac, CFN Consultants

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

  • Guillaume Cote, Collins Aerospace
  • Col Donald Saunders, NORAD
  • Omar Rashid, Microsoft
  • Moderator: BGen Sean Boyle, DND

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

  • Jessica West, Project Ploughshares
  • Kristen Csenkey, CGAI, Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • BGen Chris McKenna, RCAF
  • Moderator: David Perry, CGAI

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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

Panel Recordings (Published as Defence Deconstructed episodes)


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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