2017 Ottawa Conference

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“Great Powers, World Order – and Canada’s Defence Policy Review”

Last Year’s Conference Promotional Video

Program as of 14 February 2017

Keynote Speakers:

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canada
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Official Leader of the Opposition
General Lori Robinson, Commander NORAD & US Northern Command
Le général de division aérienne Philippe Montocchio, France
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

February 16th, 2017
07300815 -
0830 - Opening Remarks
0900- Presentation of Ross Munro Media Award – 2016 Recipient is Mr. Richard Madan
0935- Presentation of The 2017 Strategic Outlook for Canada, and obervations on Canadian Defence Policy – Dr. Kim Nossal
1025 – Health Break
1055Invictus Games
1105 - Panel 1: Reviewing Canadian Defence Policy
Moderator: Elinor Sloan, Carleton University
Srdjan Vucetic, University of Ottawa
Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston
Tom Lawson, Former Chief of Defence Staff, Canada
1220- Network Lunch
1330- Keynote Speaker – General Lori Robinson
1425- Panel 2: Canada-​US Relations in the Trump Era
Moderator: Stefanie von Hlatky, Queen’s University
Andrea Charron, Carleton University
Joseph Jockel, St. Lawrence University
Christopher Sands, Johns Hopkins University
1535Health Break
1600- Facilitated Discussion with The Honourable Rona Ambrose
16301800- Reception
February 17th, 2017
08000840- Registration
08500900 - Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project Award Presentation
0905 -
Keynote Speaker – General Jonathan Vance
1005Health Break
1030 - Panel 3: NATO’s Pivot Countries and their Threats
Moderator: Richard Cohen, CDA Institute
Christopher Kilford, Queen’s University
Alexandra Gheciu, University of Ottawa
Samir Battiss, Université du Québec à Montréal
1145- Keynote Speaker - Le général de division aérienne Philippe Montocchio
1220- Network Lunch
1325- Panel 4: Great Powers and Interventionism
Moderator: James Boutilier, Maritime Forces Pacific
Roland Paris, University of Ottawa
Andrew Rasiulis, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Kerry Lynn Nankivell, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies
Kenneth Christie, Royal Roads University
1500- Closing Remarks – LGen Ken Pennie (retired)
15201530 - End of Conference
- Reception and Mess Dinner (Army Officer’s Mess, 149 Somerset, for those who have registered. There will be a silent auction.)

Mess Dinner

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for the Mess Dinner?
- The dress code for the Mess Dinner is formal attire. Many men wear black tuxedos with a bowtie; many women wear formal dresses. Active Canadian Armed Forces members typically wear their mess kits.

Can you accomodate my dietary restrictions and/​or food allergies?
- Yes. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Additional Information

Silent Auction

There will be an array of items up for bid. If you wish to partake in this important fundraising event, please bring a cheque book.

Strategic Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Silver Sponsors


In support of Invictus Games

Anniversaries Sponsors/​Commandites anniversaires
Canada 150
La crête de Vimy Ridge 100
CDA Institute/l’Institut de la CAD 30

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