NORAD Modernization: Enabling Connectivity for Interoperability


May 1, 2024 | 8:25 AM - 7:00 PM EDT | Westin TwentyTwo | 22nd Floor, 11 Colonel By Drive | Ottawa, Ontario | K1N 9H4



Examining the advanced capabilities and technology aspects of NORAD modernization and how connectivity can help better defend the continent.



08:25: Opening Remarks

08:30-09:00: NORAD Threat Briefing – Jason Croyle, Senior Intelligence Officer for Strategic Threats, NORAD/USNORTHCOM

0900-0940: Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Bill Blair

09:45-10:15 Policy Overview – Peter Hammerschmidt, Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy), Department of National Defence

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Bringing the F-35 into Canadian Service

  • Marc Rodgers, DG, Major Project Delivery, Air and Land, Department of National Defence
  • MGen Sylvain Ménard, Chief Fighter Force and NORAD Capabilities, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • LGen Michael Schmidt, Program Executive Officer, and Director, F-35 Lightning Program, F-35 Joint Program Office
  • Moderator: Dr. Col (ret’d) Al Stephenson, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

11:35-12:20 Canada-US Defence Cooperation in Practice  

  • MGen Constance Jenkins, Director Logistics and Engineering, NORAD/ USNORTHCOM
  • MGen Jamie Speiser-Blanchet, Deputy Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Joanne Lostracco, DG (Minister), Defence Procurement, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • MGen (ret’d) Punch Moulton, Vice President, Stellar Advisors, Stellar Solutions
  • Moderator: Dr. Andrea Charron, Professor, University of Manitoba and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

12:20-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:20 Implementing Continental Defence

  • Bill Matthews, Deputy Minister of National Defence
  • Dr. David Perry, President and CEO, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

13:25-13:45 Modernizing the RCAF Through NORAD Modernization

  • LGen Eric Kenny, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Dr. David Perry, President and CEO, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

13:50-14:40 Creating Continental Defence Connectivity 

  • Dr. Alexander Salt, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Triple Helix
  • MGen Christopher Zimmer, Chief of Staff, Digital Transformation Office, Department of National Defence
  • Shon Manasco, Senior Counselor, Palantir Technologies
  • Moderator: Dr. Alex Wilner, Co-Director, Triple Helix & Associate Processor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

14:45-15:35 Putting Interoperability into Practice: Intelligence Mission Data

  • Mark Patterson, Managing Director, SRC Can
  • Ven Adamov, Partner, Data and Analytics, KPMG
  • Alex Clarke, EW SME, SRC Can
  • MGen Sylvain Ménard, Chief Fighter Force and NORAD Capabilities, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Moderator: Dan Doran, Director, Public Sector Solutions & Client Lead, KPMG

15:35-16:05 Break – sponsored by Bell

16:05-16:55 Canadian Continental Defence Capabilities

  • Peter Saunders, DG, NORAD-Continental Defence Modernization Office
  • Cmdre Jason Armstrong, DG, Naval Force Development, Royal Canadian Navy
  • BGen Chris McKenna, DG Air and Space Force Development, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • David Hazen, DG R&D Programs, Defence Research & Development Canada
  • Moderator: Dr. Dave Perry, President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute & Co-Director, Triple Helix

17:00-17:30 Modernizing Continental Defence, The View from NORAD

  • LGen Blaise Frawley, Deputy Commander, NORAD

17:30-19:00 Reception, sponsored by L3Harris Technologies


Charlotte Duval-Lantoine opens the conference


Jason Croyle presenting a threat briefing


Lorraine Ben introducing Minister of National Defence The Hon. Bill Blair 


Minister of National Defence the Hon. Bill Blair addressing the audience


Dr. David Perry in conversation with Minister Blair


Peter Hammerschmidt explaining the policy framework for NORAD modernization


From left to right: Col (ret'd) Dr. Al Stephenson, LGen Michael Schmidt, MGen Sylvain Ménard, Marc Rodgers 


From left to right: Dr. Andrea Charron, MGen Jamie Speiser-Blanchet, Joanne Lostracco, MGen (ret'd) Punch Moulton

On screen: MGen Constance Jenkins


Dr. Perry in conversation with Bill Matthews


General Dynamics - Mission Systems Canada's Pat Thauberger introducing LGen Eric Kenny


LGen Eric Kenny addressing our audience


From left to right: Dr. Alex Wilner, MGen Christopher Zimmer, Dr. Alex Salt

On screen: Shon J. Manasco


From left to right: Dan Doran, Alex Clarke, Ben Adamov, MGen Sylvain Ménard, Mark Patterson


From left to right: Dr. David Perry, David Hazen, BGen Chris McKenna, Cadre Jason Armstrong, Pete Saunders


LGen Blaise Frawley giving the last address of the conference


L3Harris Technologies' Rich Foster opening the conference's reception




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