Modernization of North American Defence


January 29, 2020 | 8:00 am – 7:00 pm ET | Westin TwentyTwo, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

On January 29th, 2020, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute will host a one-day conference to discuss the modernization of North American defence, with specific attention placed on current and future cyber, space, air, and maritime based threats, exploring the type of capabilities and command arrangements required to properly defend against these. The discussion will not only discuss these matters through the lens of NORAD, but will also explore adaptation to new threats in the context of the U.S. and Canadian national militaries, the Northern Command (NorthCom), as well as the Tri-Command Agreement. Perspectives will come from military practitioners, academics, and stakeholders in the defence industry.

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Conference Program 

8:00: Registration & Light Breakfast | 17:00: Reception, sponsored by L3 Harris Technologies Canada

9:00–9:30: “The Strategic Outlook and Threats to North America;” Cmdre Jamie Clarke, Deputy Dir. Strategy, NORAD/NORTHCOM

9:35 – 10:25: “Enhancing Arctic Capability,” moderator: D. Michael Day

  • Heather Conley, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
  • Rob Huebert, University of Calgary
  • BGen Carla Harding, Director General Support, CJOC
  • Stephanie Pezard, RAND Corporation

10:25 – 10:55: Coffee break – sponsored by Raytheon

10:55 – 11:45: “Defending North America Against Missiles,” moderator: Sarah Goldfeder

  • Ian Williams, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
  • James Fergusson, University of Manitoba
  • David Crist, Lockheed Martin
  • Brant Dayley, Raytheon Integrated Defence System

11:50–12:20: “Modernizing American Homeland Defence;” Richard Fontaine, Center for a New American Security

12:20–13:00: Lunch, sponsored by BAE Systems (Canada) Inc.

13:00–13:30: “Keeping Canada Strong at Home and Secure in North America;” DND Deputy Minister Jody Thomas

13:35 – 14:25: “Modernizing Continental Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,” moderator: D. Michael Day

  • BGen Colin Keiver, Royal Canadian Airforce
  • Charity Weeden, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Patrick Thauberger, Business Development (Airborne Systems), GDMS
  • Lt-Cmdr Michael Bielby, Continental Control & Surveillance, CJOC

14:30 – 15:25: “The Maritime Dimension of North American Defence,” moderator: David Perry

  • Capt (N) Doug Campbell, Director Naval Major Crown Project
  • John Sanford, National Maritime Intelligence – Integration Office
  • Neil O’Rourke, Assistant Commissioner, Arctic Region, Canadian Coast Guard
  • RAdm Steve Waddell, Vice-Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

15:25 – 15:55: Coffee Break, sponsored by The Boeing Company

15:55 – 16:45: “The future of NORAD and continental defence,” moderator: Sarah Goldfeder

  • Michael Dawson, fmr. Political advisor to the Commander of NORAD and NORTHCOM
  • Richard Heitkamp, US Army JS J5
  • Stephen Fuhr, fmr Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence


This event is made possible by our strategic sponsors, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics; the Department of National Defence (MINDS Programme); our gold sponsor BAE Systems (Canada) Inc.; our silver sponsor L3 Harris Technologies Canada; our Bronze sponsors Raytheon and The Boeing Company; our lanyard sponsor MDA; and our coatcheck sponsor ADGA.





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