CDA Institute Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Tony Battista enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1974 as a Private and retired in 2014 in the rank of Colonel. He initially served as a military police, and upon selection for commissioning under the University Training Plan, he attended collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned Second-Lieutenant as Military Police Officer.
His supervisory and command appointments include Nuclear Security Officer and Deputy Base Military Police Officer (Bagotville Que – 1980–82), Base Military Police Officer (Chatham NB – 1982–84), Commanding Officer and Provost Marshal of the National Capital Region Military Police and Security Force (1992–94), Commandant of the CAF School of Intelligence and Security in Borden Ontario (1995–98), the CAF Military Police Academy (1998–99) and the CAF School of Military Intelligence (1998–99), Air Force Provost Marshal (1999–2000), and Project Director and Deputy Commander of the CAF Experimentation Centre in Ottawa (2001–2002). In January 1998, he commanded and deployed with over 600 personnel from CFB Borden to la Montérégie during the Ontario and Quebec Ice Storm.
His staff appointments include Personal Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS – 1984–86)), senior advisor to the Deputy Commander – Support, 1 Canadian Air Division Winnipeg, (2000–01), and Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA – 2010-11).
His international appointments and deployments include Force Protection Officer and Staff Officer Security (CAF Europe in Lahr Germany – 1986–88)), CAF Liaison Officer to the United States Joint Forces Command (Virginia – 2002–2005) – responsible for CAF involvement in US Transformation at the Joint and Combined level, and CAF engagement in the Multi-national Interoperability Council, deputy National Liaison Representative to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk Virginia), and Canadian Defence Attaché to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (2 tours, 2006-09 and 2009-10). Tony also deployed on Staff Assistance Visits to Kosovo and completed the Executive Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Course – Level IV in Washington, D.C. He served as the Canadian Defence Attaché to Afghanistan from August 2011 to August 2012. He was subsequently posted to Rome to assume the duties of Canadian Defence Attaché to Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta. Upon completion of his tour in Rome, Tony returned to CDA HQ in Kingston Ontario and shortly thereafter began retirement leave, and retired from the CAF in February 2014.
Professional development, academic and training courses include Military Police Officer training up to the Executive level, CAF Staff School, CAF Command and Staff College in Toronto, and MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. As Associate Professor at Royal Roads Military College (Victoria), Col Battista taught Military and Strategic Studies, and Diplomacy during the Cold War.
In 1998 and 1999, he was the Chair of the United Way Campaign for Greater Simcoe County. Tony Battista is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police since 1995. He is a member of the executive committee of the Royal Military College Club of Canada and, in March 2014, he assumed the civilian position of Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute. He is fluent in English, French, and Italian, and has limited ability in the German language. Tony is married to Linda; they have two children and two grandchildren.
Pierre joined the Canadian Forces as an Officer Cadet in 1975 under the Regular Officer Training Plan and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Administration and was commissioned as a Second-lieutenant and served as a Logistics Officer until his retirement in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1997.
Pierre served in several accounting officer positions at Canadian Forces Base Ottawa, as Comptroller at Canadian Forces Station Lowther, and held staff appointments at
National Defence Headquarters with to the Director General Personnel Services, with the Director of Pay Services and with the Director General Compensation and Benefits. After his retirement from the Canadian Forces, Pierre joined the National Capital Commission (NCC) as Chief, Financial Operations, and retired in 2014 from the NCC where he held the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.
Pierre assumed the role of Treasurer of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute in January 2016.
Pierre is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University. He is also a graduate from the Command and Staff Programme from Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is fluent in French, English as has limited ability in Spanish.
Pierre is married to Lee and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Denise Lemay is the Program Manager for the CDA and CDA Institute. She manages all events which includes the Vimy Award Gala Dinner, the Conference of Defence Association and the CDA Institute Annual Ottawa Conference, Graduate Student Symposium and Roundtables. Denise graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2012 with an MA specializing in International Relations and Strategic Analysis and Defence. While studying for her MA she was an employee of the Centre of Defence and Security Studies as a Research Associate writing policy papers based on defence.
Research Manager and Senior Editor
David McDonough is Research Manager and Senior Editor at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and a research fellow at Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies. He previously held positions at the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, Royal Canadian Military Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Centre for Security Governance. David is a recipient of the SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (2006–9), the SDF Dr Ronald Baker Doctoral Scholarship (2009–10), Killam Doctoral Scholarships (2008–11), and a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2012–2013). He received a PhD in Political Science from Dalhousie University in 2011. He has published widely on Canadian strategic policy and international security, including in International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, RUSI Journal, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Canadian Naval Review, Third World Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, Asian Security, and Calgary Paper in Military and Strategic Studies, and is also editor of Canada’s National Security in the Post-9/11 World: Strategy, Interests, and Threats (University of Toronto Press, 2012).