Measuring the Big Bang: Evaluating the Implementation of Strong, Secure, Engaged


Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8S7

A year away from the 2019 federal election and 16 months removed from the publication of Strong, Secure, Engaged, how is the implementation of the ambitious procurement plan outlined in the Trudeau defence policy faring?  How should Canadians evaluate success when it comes to their defence procurement?  This is the central focus of our fifth conference on defence procurement featuring speakers from the government of Canada, the defence industry and academia.  In answering this question the conference will evaluate the major changes to Canadian defence procurement over the last decade - to procurement governance and Canada economic offset regime – and ask if both are delivering what is required.

9:30am: Registration and networking

10:30am: Defining Procurement Success for Strong, Secure, Engaged, Moderated by Ian Brodie, University of Calgary

  • Michael Vandergrift, Associate Deputy Minister, PSPC
  • Murray Brewster, Senior Defence Reporter, CBC
  • Bill Matthews, Senior Associate Deputy Minister, DND
  • Nicolas Todd, Vice President, Policy, Communications & Government Relations, CADSI

12:45pm: Lunch Keynote: Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister, PSPC

1:30pm: Defence Procurement Governance: Do we have the balance right? Moderated by, Philippe Lagasse, Carleton University

  • Andre Fillion, Adm Defence and Marine Procurement, PSPC
  • Gavin Liddy, Fellow, CGAI,
  • Pat Finn, Adm Materiel Group, DND
  • Iain Christie, Executive Vice President, AIAC
  • Larry Murray, Chair, Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisitions

 3:00 – 3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm – 5pm: Assessing ITBs and VPs: Are we hitting the mark? Moderated by Dick Fadden, Advisory Council, CGAI, former DM DND

  • Troy Crosby, COS Materiel Group
  • Leigha Cotton, NYRAD
  • Jeff Waring, Director General, ITB Branch, ISED
  • Ray Castelli, Weatherhaven

5 – 6:30pm: Reception

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