One Year of Strong, Secure, Engaged: A Status Report


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8S7



This conference will be held one year since the Trudeau government released Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Canadian Global Affairs Institute will be a hosting a one-day conference in Ottawa to provide a status report on the implementation Canada’s new defence policy.   The conference will concentrate on the proposed changes to the defence workforce, procurement ambition, new capabilities and evolving operational constructs outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Please note that space is limited and our last 4 conferences have sold out. Student rate available.

Program Information

Keynote Addresses: Deputy Minister, Jody Thomas and Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Bill Matthews

“Making People the Priority: Part 1”

  • Moderator – Lindsay Rodman - Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Lieutenant General Charles Lamarre – Chief of Military Personnel

“Making People the Priority: Part 2”

  • Moderator – Lindsay Rodman - Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • BGen Josee Robidoux - Director General Reserves
  • Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky - Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Dr. Ross Fetterly - Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

“The Investment Plan, the Defence Program and Procurement: Part 1”

  • Moderator – Dr. Dave Perry, Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Rear Admiral (ret’d) Pat Finn – ADM, Materiel
  • Rear Admiral Darren Hawco – Chief of Force Development
  • Claude Rochette - Chief Financial Officer, DND 
  • Cmdre Ron Pumphrey, A/C Prog

“The Investment Plan, the Defence Program and Procurement: Part 2”

  • Moderator – Dr. Dave Perry, Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Alan Estevez, Deloitte, (former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, DOD)
  • Richard Foster - Vice-President, L3 Technologies Canada
  • Dan Ross - former ADM Mat., Telfer School of Management, Complex Project Leadership 

“New Capabilities: Cyber, Space and Surveillance”

  • Moderator: Dick Fadden – Former Deputy Minister, DND
  • Col. Walter Wood - Acting Director General Cyberspace, DND
  • Dan Rogers, CSE Deputy Chief (ADM) of Signals Intelligence
  • Charity Weeden – Lquinox Consulting
  • BGen K.G. Whale - Director General & Component Commander - Space 
  • Dr. Tom Keenan - University of Calgary 

“New Operational Paradigms: Concurrent Ops, Expanded North American Defence”

  • Moderator: LGen (ret’d) Mike Day, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia – Strategic Joint Staff
  • Commodore Angus Topshee - Deputy J5 NORAD & USNORTHCOM
  • Dr. Elinor Sloan - Professor, Carleton University and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Dr. Al Stephenson - Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

With Generous Support From:

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Further Information

Please contact Brittany Noppe or Jared Maltais at (613) 288-2529 ext. 1

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Canada's State of Trade: Getting Our Goods To Market

May 17, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we continue our series on the state of Canadian trade in a world of growing populism and protectionism. Today's episode, recorded during our February 13th State of Trade conference in Ottawa, features Bruce Borrows, Jennifer Fox, and David Miller in conversation with the Wilson Center's Laura Dawson about getting Canadian goods to international markets.


Between Trump, Iran and North Korea, Canada’s G7 has a high potential for chaos

by Chris Hall (feat. James Trottier & Colin Robertson), CBC News, May 18, 2018

The struggle Trudeau could face if Kinder Morgan walks away from Trans Mountain

by Robert Tuttle & Michael Bellusci (feat. Dennis McConaghy), Bloomberg News, May 18, 2018

Canada 'a laughing stock': Experts react to Trans Mountain indemnity

by April Fong (feat. Dennis McConaghy), BNN Bloomberg, May 18, 2018


with Danielle Smith (feat. Sarah Goldfeder), Global News Radio, May 18, 2018

VIDEO: NAFTA Deadline Day (@ 3:00)

with Don Martin (feat. John Weekes), CTV Power Play, May 17, 2018

VIDEO: Deal or no deal on NAFTA: Canada and U.S. send mixed messages

with Rosemary Barton (feat. Colin Robertson), CBC The National, May 17, 2018

Trump’s 'submission' strategy is not working so expect NAFTA talks to drag on

by Kevin Carmichael (Feat. Eric Miller), Financial Post, May 17, 2018

Backstop deal may be last hope for TransMountain pipeline, says former oil executive

by CBC News (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC News, May 17, 2018

Stuck with limited oil export options, Liberals may regret B.C. tanker ban

by John Ivison (feat. Dennis McConaghy), National Post, May 17, 2018

Feds OK early start to construction of navy’s new supply ships

by Lee Berthiaume (feat. Dave Perry), The Canadian Press, May 17, 2018


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