Digitizing from Within


May 20, 2022

On this episode of Defence Deconstructed, David Perry speaks to Joe Armstrong and Christopher Coates about CAE's experience with digitization.

This episode is part of a series on digitization sponsored by Amazon Web Services and CAE.

Defence Deconstructed is brought to you by Irving Shipbuilding and Davie Shipyard.


  • Joe Armstrong is the Vice President, Single Synthetic Environments & Immersive Technologies for CAE Inc. driving the evolution of new products and solutions for future markets. Joe is responsible for generating top-line growth for new business segments and crafting CAEs go-to-market strategy to optimize commercialization and sales to accelerate the growth of CAE. Over the course of a distinguished 20-year career with CAE, Joe’s work has spanned research and development, engineering, to full business operations and business leadership. He is proud to support defence and security organizations in Canada and in allied countries around the world. In 2008, he was awarded the NATO Scientific Achievement Award, for his work in supporting the advancement of modelling and simulation across NATO. Joe is a graduate of Carleton University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology, an active supporter of the Royal Ottawa Hospital for Mental Health, a cause dear to his heart and an active Board member of Parrot Partners Canada.
  • Christopher Coates is the Senior Director, Single Synthetic Environments in Military Applications at CAE Inc. Christopher brings extensive experience in defence and security, having served in senior leadership positions of the Canadian military. A military helicopter pilot skilled in tactical and special operations aviation he commanded up to senior levels in Canada and operationally overseas. His work with and alongside allies addressed pressing needs in a variety of challenges, both at home and abroad. Christopher served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, in positions such as Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and most recently as Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command. Christopher has significant experience in continental defence, including the arctic – an area of particular interest. Christopher has a BSc with majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Calgary, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from USAF’s Air University in Montgomery Alabama.


  • Dave Perry is President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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