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Distinguished Research Fellows

Current Distinguished Research Fellows listing:

 

David Bercuson 

Colin Robertson 

Ron Wallace

Ferry de Kerckhove

Hugh Segal

 

 

Jack Granatstein

Denis Stairs

 

 

 

 

 

David Bercuson 

David Bercuson was born in Montreal in August 1945. He attended Sir George Williams University, graduating in June 1966 with Honours in History and winning the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for the highest standing in history. After graduation he pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto, earning an MA in history in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971.

 

Dr. Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy, and Canadian military history. He has written, coauthored, or edited over 30 popular and academic books and does regular commentary for television and radio. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, the National Post and other newspapers.

 

In 1988, Bercuson was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in May 1989, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. In 1997 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. Since January 1997 he has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He is also the Director of Programs for the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, which is based in Calgary.

 

Dr. Bercuson’s newest book is The Fighting Canadians: Our Regimental History from New France to Afghanistan, published by HarperCollins.

 

Dr. Bercuson is Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Land Force Reserve military engineer unit of the Canadian Forces.

 

Dr. Becuson served on the Advisory Council on National Security and is a member of the Board of Governors, RMC.

 

In 2002 Dr. Bercuson was awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

 

He recently became the recipient of the 2004 Vimy Award sponsored by the Conference of Defence Association Institute (CDAI) which recognizes Canadians who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.

 

Keywords: Canadian defence policy, Canadian foreign policy, Canadian security policy, the Canadian forces, Canadian military history, Canada-US defence relations, Canada-NATO defence relations

 

 

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Ferry de Kerckhove 

Mr. de Kerckhove was born in Belgium in 1947.  After attending secondary school Graduate l in France, he did his military service in 1965-66 (2nd Lieutenant Tanks).  He has a B.Soc. Sc. Honours in Economics, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and pursued Ph.D. Studies at Laval University in Québec City.  Mr. de Kerckhove has published several papers on international relations as well as on the relationship between the Muslim world and the West in specialized journals.

After working as an intern at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. de Kerckhove became a Researcher at the Québec Centre for International Relations and then later headed up the International Security Section at the Canadian Institute for International Affairs (Québec section).

In September 1973, Mr. de Kerckhove entered the Canadian Foreign Service.  After a stint in European Affairs, he was posted as Third Secretary to the Canadian Embassy in Tehran.  When Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Canada in 1976, he became Assistant Secretary, Inter-Departmental Committee on External Relations then moved to East European Affairs (Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania).  From 1978 to 1981, he was responsible for Canada-France relations. From 1981 to 1985, he was Economic Counsellor at the Canadian Delegation to NATO.

Back in Canada, Mr. de Kerckhove became Deputy Director of the Political and Strategic Analysis Division, then Director of the Economic and Trade Analysis Division in the Policy Planning Bureau.  In 1989, he became Director, Economic Relations with Developing Countries Division.  In September 1992, he was posted to Moscow as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission.

Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Ottawa in September 1995 to become Associate Chief Air Negotiator.  In January 1996, he became Deputy Head of the Policy Branch and Director-General, Federal-Provincial Relations in  Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  He remained in this position until being named Canada s High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in August 1998. He spent three years in Islamabad. On September 13, 2001, Mr. Ferry de Kerckhove presented his credentials as Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. He was also accredited to Timor Leste.

Mr. de Kerckhove returned to Ottawa in September 2003 and joined the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa as a Canadian Center for Management Development Diplomat in Residence.

On August 9th, 2004, he returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs and became Director General, International Organizations. In July 2006, he added to his responsibilities the function of Personal representative of the Prime Minister for Francophonie.

From September 10th 2008 to September 10 2011, Mr. de Kerckhove was in Cairo as ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He retired from the Foreign Service on September 23d, 2011.
 

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Jack Granatstein

Jack Lawrence Granatstein was born in Toronto on 21 May 1939.  He attended Le Collège militaire royal de St-Jean , the Royal Military College, Kingston, the University of Toronto, and Duke University, served in the Canadian Army , then joined the History Department at York University, Toronto where, after taking early retirement, he became Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus. Granatstein was a member of the Royal Military College of Canada Board of Governors, and from 1998 to 2000, he was the Director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.   

 

Granatstein has been an Officer of the Order of Canada since 1996 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1982. His book, The Generals (1993), won the J.W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. Canada’s National History Society named him the winner of the Pierre Berton Award for popular history (2004), and the Canadian Authors Association gave him its Lela Common Award for Canadian History in 2006. In 2008, the Conference of Defence Associations awarded him its 75th Anniversary Book Prize as “the author deemed to have made the most significant positive contribution to the general public’s understanding of Canadian foreign policy, national security and defence during the past quarter century.” He holds a number of honorary degrees.

 

Granatstein writes a monthly newspaper column for CDFAI and in each issue of Legion Magazine. He writes on 20th Century Canadian national history--the military, defence and foreign policy, Canadian-American relations, the public service, and politics and comments regularly on historical questions, defence, and public affairs in the media and speaks frequently here and abroad.  He is the author of numerous scholarly and popular books and articles.

 

He lives in Toronto.

 

Keywords: Canadian History, Military History, Canada-US Relations, Defence and Foreign Policy

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Colin Robertson 

 

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is a Senior Strategic Advisor for  McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP living in Ottawa, Canada and working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is chair of the board of Canada World Youth. He is a member of the board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and the advisory board of the North  American Research Partnership. He is a past president of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council. He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. He is s regular contributor on foreign affairs to the Globe and Mail and other publications.

Colin can be reached by email at cr@colinrobertson.ca

 

website www.colinrobertson.ca

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Hugh Segal

Senator Hugh Segal, C.M., is a former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Cabinet Secretary (policies and priorities) in Ontario and a former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. A former Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the recent Special Senate Committee on Terrorism.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Queens School of Policy Studies, and a Member of both the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and of the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. He is also Senior Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary, and a regular Lecturer on Defence Policy at the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto. A graduate in history from the University of Ottawa, Senator Segal is an honorary captain in the Canadian Navy and holds  honorary doctorates in law from the Royal Military College of Canada  He sits on a range of private, public and not-for-profit boards of directors, and is Senior Research Fellow at the McMillan law firm in Canada.

 

Keywords: National security, foreign policy

 

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Denis Stairs

Currently Professor Emeritus in Political Science and a Faculty Fellow in the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie, Dr. Denis Stairs attended Dalhousie, Oxford and the University of Toronto.  A former President of the Canadian Political Science Association and a member for six years of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he was the founding Director of Dalhousie’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies from 1970 to 1975.

 

He served as Chair of his Department from 1980 to 1985 and as Dalhousie’s Vice-President (Academic and Research) from 1988 to 1993.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, he specializes in Canadian foreign and defence policy, Canada-US Relations and similar subjects. 

 

Keywords: Canadian foreign and defence policy, Canadian-US relations

 

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Ron Wallace  

Dr. Ron Wallace is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute having previously retired as the CEO of an award-winning Canadian-US defense manufacturer. Recently he has encouraged enlightened federal-provincial regulatory and industrial policy development through successive ministerial appointments to Alberta advisory panels concerned with monitoring of the oilsands region. He has worked extensively throughout the circumpolar Arctic region and was recognized in 1996 with the Alberta Emerald Award for achievements with the World Bank in Russia. He subsequently served as the interim Executive Director of the NWT Water Board and then provided formative corporate advice to establish the Nunavut Resources Corporation. He has published widely on northern, environmental and military affairs and actively supports the western Canadian visual art community.

 

Keywords: Arctic security, environmental research

 

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