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2014 Speaker Series



Christopher Sands Luncheon

July 11, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Dr. Sands is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he directs the Initiative on North American Competitiveness and concentrates on regional economic integration and policy coordination. He has written extensively on policy conflict and coordination related to manufacturing, the automotive industry, energy, labor markets, regulation and border security. His publications have focused on topics like North American competitiveness, Canada-US border issues, and the Canada- US—Mexico energy relationship.


Sands is also a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the G. Robert Ross Distinguished Professor of Canada-U.S. Business and Economic Relations at Western Washington University. He has taught at the American University School of Public Affairs, and has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State and for the US Department of Homeland Security. In 1999-2000, Dr. Sands was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. His PhD is in Canadian studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University.




Stephen Saideman Dinner
April 3, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. His research interests are in the fields of international security, comparative foreign policy, civil-military relations, and ethnic conflict.


Before joining Carleton University, Prof. Saideman was Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict. Prior to that, Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He has also taught at Texas Tech University and the University of Vermont. He has won two awards for teaching.


He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald). He has written on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations in leading academic journals, including International Organization and International Studies Quarterly. Professor Saideman writes online at, Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva and his own site ( He also tweets too much at @smsaideman. He has also appeared in more traditional media (newspapers, television and radio) in Canada and the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, which is where he also earned his M.A. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.




John Hamre Dinner

March 10, CG&CC, Calgary

On March 10, 2014, John Hamre gave a talk entitled "The Geopolitics of the Current Energy Revolution."
John Hamre was elected President and CEO of CSIS in January 2000 and named Pritzker Chair in December 2012.  Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.  Prior to holding that post, he was the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 1993 to 1997.  As Comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the Secretary of Defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs.  In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as Chairman of the Defense Policy Board.

Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Hamre worked for 10 years as a professional staff member of the Senate Arms Services Committee.  During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research, and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee.

From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office, where he became its Deputy Assistant Director for National Security and International Affairs.  In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Dr. Hamre received his Ph.D, with distinction, in 1978 from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where his studies focused on international politics and economics and U.S. foreign policy.  In 1972, he received his B.A., with high distinction, from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, emphasizing political science and economics.  The following year he studied as a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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From left to right:
John Hamre and Ian Wild of ATB Corporate Financial Services




Duncan Hawthorne Dinner
February 12, CG&CC, Calgary

Duncan Hawthorne is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power, the largest independent power generator in Ontario. With roughly 30 years in the power generation business, Duncan began his career as a craft apprentice in the Scottish electricity industry and advanced to hold senior positions in power companies in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. As the executive lead during the acquisition of several power plants in North America, Duncan was responsible for the acquisition of the Bruce nuclear facility and the formation of Bruce Power.

Duncan is an active advocate for the nuclear industry and is the Past Chairman of the Canadian Nuclear Association and current Chairman of the prestigious Board of Governors of the World Association of Nuclear Operators – Atlanta Centre.

Duncan’s leadership has been recognized by his peers through a series of awards such as the Ontario Electricity Association Leader of the Year and the Ian McCrae award for leadership in the Canadian nuclear industry. He has also been honoured by the Association of Power Producers of Ontario with their 2004 Hedley Palmer Award for outstanding contributions to Ontario’s electricity generation industry and by the Energy Council of Canada as their 2005 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.

Duncan is a chartered engineer with an honours degree in control engineering and an MBA from Strathclyde University in Scotland. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


From left to right:
Ian Wild of ATB Corporate Financial Services
and Duncan Hawthorne




Jim Prentice Dinner
January 9, CG&CC, Calgary

The Honourable Jim Prentice PC, QC is Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice-Chairman of CIBC and joined the Bank in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for expanding CIBC's relationships with corporate clients across Canada and internationally. He also provides leadership on strategic initiatives for the Bank.

He speaks extensively on behalf of the Bank and is a respected authority on foreign investment, energy and the environment.

Mr. Prentice holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. He was designated as a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and a Privy Councillor in 2006.

From 1980, Mr. Prentice practiced law in Calgary, Alberta for more than 20 years, specializing in the litigation of property rights and the resolution of aboriginal land claims. During that time he was involved in a wide range of community, philanthropic and political activities at the provincial and national level.

Mr. Prentice ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003 and was subsequently elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Calgary North Centre in 2004. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2008.

From 2006 to 2010, he served as one of the most senior Ministers in the Canadian Government. He chaired the Operations Committee of Cabinet and served variously as the Minister of Industry, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. During his tenure, he also sat as a member of the Priorities Committee of Cabinet.


Upon his retirement from public life in late 2010, the Prime Minister of Canada described Mr. Prentice's role as that of the 'Chief Operating Officer of the Government of Canada' between 2006 and 2010.

In addition, Mr. Prentice managed the Government's environmental, energy and climate change agenda through to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. In that capacity he also served as Canada's principal intermediary on the Clean Energy Dialogue with the Obama administration.

His tenure as Canada's Minister of Environment was marked by a dramatic expansion of Canada's National Park system. He remains a passionate conservationist.

Mr. Prentice is a member of the Board of Directors of Bell Canada (BCE Inc.), a member of the Board of Directors of CPR and a member of the Board of Directors of Coril Holdings Ltd. He is the Canadian Chairman of the Trilateral Commission. He serves on the International Advisory Committee of Lafarge Group. He serves as a Governor of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and as a Governor of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

You can download a copy of Prentices's speech here.




From left to right:
Ian Wild of ATB Corporate Financial Services
and The Honourable Jim Prentice







2013 Speaker Series



George Friedman Dinner

December 3, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

George Friedman is the Chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996 that is now a leader in the field of global intelligence.  Dr. Friedman guides Stratfor’s strategic vision and oversees the development and training of the company’s intelligence unit.


Dr. Friedman is the author of The New York Times best-seller The Next Decade which forecasts the major events and challenges that will test America and its presidents over the course of the next decade.  Dr. Friedman’s previous book, The Next 100 Years was also a New York Times best-seller and was published in over 20 languages.  His other books on warfare and intelligence include America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge.


A very popular keynote speaker, Dr. Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events for major financial firms and many Fortune 500 companies.  He has briefed the Australian Command and Staff College, Elgin Air Force Research Laboratory, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and many other military and government organizations.  Dr. Friedman is frequently invited to speak internationally, including in Turkey, Germany, Poland, Azerbijan, Australia and New Zealand.  The world’s top media organizations regularly ask Dr. Friedman to appear as an international affairs expert.




John Negroponte Dinner
November 21, CG&CC, Calgary

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, John Negroponte gave a talk entitled, "“Canada & the World Speaker Series: Energy and North American Security" 


John D. Negroponte joined McLarty Associates as Vice Chairman in 2009, following a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security. Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008.


He has been ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as deputy secretary of state, where he served as the State Department’s chief operating officer.


While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was executive vice president of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also chairman of the French-American Foundation. In 2009 Ambassador Negroponte began a part-time position at his alma mater, Yale University, as a distinguished senior research fellow in grand strategy and as a lecturer in international affairs. Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Philippines Society, a member of Secretary of State Clinton's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and Chairman of The Intelligence and National Security Alliance.


Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Medal on two separate occasions, the highest award which can be conferred by the secretary of state, and on January 16, 2009, President Bush awarded Ambassador Negroponte the National Security Medal for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security.




From left to right:
John Negroponte and Ian Wild of
ATB Corporate Financial Services




Jack Granatstein Luncheon
October 21, Terminal City Club, Vancouver 

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 he is 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 Canadian national history--the military, defence and foreign policy, Canadian-American relations, the public service, and politics, and he 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 is a member of the Advisory Council for CDFAI.


On October 21st, 2013, he gave a talk entitled, “Another Decade of Darkness for the Canadian Forces? What will it mean for the RCN and ship building in BC?”

David Bercuson Luncheon
September 23, Terminal City Club, Vancouver

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. David Bercuson is Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and Program Director for CDFAI.

On September 23rd, 2013, he gave a talk entitled, ""Why the United States will Always be Canada’s best bet and not China." 




Colin Robertson Luncheon
June 3, Vancouver Club, Vancouver

Colin Robertson is a Senior Strategic Advisor for McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP and Vice President, CDFAI. On June 3rd 2013, he gave a talk about the potential  implications of President Barack Obama's re-election on US recovery and any implications thereof for Canada


You can download a PowerPoint presentation of Robertson's discussion here.  




Don Campbell Dinner
February 5, CG&CC, Calgary

Donald W. Campbell is Senior Strategy Advisor with Davis LLP. He has a lengthy background in the international arena in both the public and private secor. From 2000-2007 he was Group President at CAE Inc. His distinguished career with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade includes serving as Deputy Miniter of Foreign Affairs and G8 Sherpa 1997-2000, Canadian Ambassador for Japan 1993-1997, Deputy Minister of International Trade 1989-1993 and Canadian Ambassador to Korea 1984-1985.


He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF) and Co-Chair of the 26 nation Pacific Economic Cooperative Council. He currently heads an APF Task Force examining and making recommendations on Canada's investment in Asia Pacific regional institutions and agreements.  




From left to right:
 Donald Campbell and CDFAI Director of Programs,

Dr. David Bercuson



Yuen Pau Woo

Dinner, March 7, CG&CC, Calgary

Yuen Pau Woo is President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.   He is a thought leader of contemporary Asian affairs and trans-Pacific relations.  He has served on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, and as an advisor/consultant to the World Bank, APEC, the OECD, Asian Development Bank, the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre, and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.  He is also on the Global Council of the Asia Society, a member of the Greater Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Mosaic Institute.  


Mr. Woo has previously worked for the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.  He is on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs.  As one of Canada’s most respected analysts on Asia, Mr. Woo is frequently consulted by senior officials, business leaders, and civil society organizations.



From left to right:
Bob Gibson of Stuart & Company Limited and
Yuen Pau Woo









2012 Speaker Series



Wendy Dobson Dinner

November 20, CG&CC, Calgary

Wendy Dobson is a professor at the Rotman School of Management and Co-director of the Rotman Institute for International Business. She is a former Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in the Canadian government and a former President of the CD. Howe Institute, Canada's leading independent economic think tank and a non-executive director of Canadian companies in finance and energy. She is also a director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, Senior Fellow at Massey College and member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute of International Economics. She chairs the Pacific Trade and Development Network (PAFTAD).

She has written extensively on the banking and financial systems of China and India. Her writings include Gravity Shift; Will the Renminbi Become a World Currency?; The Contradiction in China's Banking Reforms; The Transition from Imitation to Innovation: An Enquiry into the Technological Capabilities of China's Firms; Financial Reforms in India and China: A Comparative Analysis; and China's integration into the Global Financial System.

From left to right:

From left to right, Wendy Dobson  and
Bob Booth of Bennett Jones LLP




Colin Robertson, Scotty Cameron, Jonathan Baron Debate

November 7, Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary

On November 7, 2012, Scotty Greenwood, Jonathan Baron and Colin Robertson discuss the results of the US election and the challenges ahead for the new Administration and Congress: "What Does it Mean for Canada, Alberta & The Oil Patch".


Scotty Greenwood serves in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Washington DC office as a senior managing director on the International Trade and Public Affairs teams. She is a government relations practitioner, assisting clients with legislative and public policy challenges in the US and Canada.


Jonathan Baron is the founder and principal of Baron Public Affairs LLC, a firm specializing in solutions for mitigating risk created by government policy.


Finally, Colin Robertson is a former Canadian diplomat and a member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and the NAFTA.



Jim Boutilier Dinner
October 22, CG&CC, Calgary

Dr. James Boutilier is the Special Advisor (policy) at Canada's Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Esquimalt, British Columbia. His particular area of responsibility relates to naval initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Boutilier was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and attended Dalhousie University (BA History: 1960). McMaster University (MA History: 1962), and the University of London (phD History: 1969). Dr. Boutilier served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1956 - 1964 as a navigating officer and in the same capacity in the Royal Navy Reserve from 1964 - 1969.

Dr. Boutillier taught at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, from 1969 to 1971 before
taking up an appointment at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, Be. He spent twenty-four
years on staff at the RRMC serving as department head and Dean of Arts. He was instrumental in establishing the military and strategic studies degree program at the college and taught courses on naval history, contemporary Asia, the history of the Pacific, and strategic lessons. During that time he was an adjunct professor of Pacific Studies at the University of Victoria and the Chair of the South Pacific Peoples Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Boutilier's field of expertise is Asia-Pacific defence and security. He published RCN in Retrospect in 1982 and has written extensively on maritime and security concerns. He lectures nationally and internationally on political, economic, and security developments in the Asia-Pacificregion.

Dr. Boutilier is a member of the Canadian Consortium on Asia-Pacific Security and serves on the
Canadian board for the Council on Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific.



From left to right:

Michale Shaw of ATCO and Dr. James Boutilier




Kofi Anan Roundtable
September 19, Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary

On short notice, CDFAI hosted a one hour, in-camera, Chatham House Rule conversation with Dr. Kofi Annan for up to 20 people prior to the Bon Mot Book Club's exclusive and intellectually stimulating dinner evening with the same individual. Most recently serving as the United Nations / League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan has a unique perspective on world order - past, present, and future. Drawing on his experiences and lessons learned during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, the fighting between Israel, Hezbollah, and Lebanon, the conflicts of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, and the geopolitical transformations following the end of the Cold War, Annan will be available to candidly discuss his time at the UN, including the ongoing challenges in the context of global politics.


Dr. Annan was not without controversy during his time as Secretary General of the United Nations. He has been quoted as saying that "suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere." From 23 February until 31 August 2012, Annan was the UN - Arab League envoy to Syria, to help find a resolution to ongoing conflict there. He quit after becoming frustrated with the UN's lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution, stating that "when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council."

Harvey Rishikof Dinner
May 29, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

On May 29th, 2012, Harvey Rishikof gave a talk entitled “Canada-U.S. Interests: The Future of Relations.”


Canadian born, Harvey Rishikof is currently chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and is a senior policy official with the Directorate of National Intelligence and on the Board of Visitors for the National Intelligence University.  He was a Professor of Law and National Security Studies at the National War College (NWC) in Washington, DC. and is the former chair of the Department of National Security Strategy at the NWC.  He specializes in the areas of national security, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties, and the U.S. Constitution.  


Mr. Rishikof’s career includes experiences in the private sector, academia and public service and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute.  He is a former member of the law firm Hale and Dorr, a Supreme Court Fellow, the former Dean of the law school in Rhode Island, and has been a consultant to the Word Bank and USAID on law reform.  As Legal Counsel to the Deputy Director of the FBI (1997-99), Mr. Rishikof focused on FBI policies concerning national security and terrorism, and served as liaison to the Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice.  Mr. Rishikof worked on developing a variety of programs, e.g. National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, and was involved in the drafting of Presidential Decision Directives in the national security area.  


Mr. Rishikof has written numerous law review articles, monographs and book chapters, his most recent book is co-edited with Roger George, The National Security Enterprise, Navigating the Enterprise, (Georgetown Press, 2011).




David Silver Dinner

March 8, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

David Silver is a partner with Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP.  He represents corporate clients, both inward investing and locally established companies, carrying on business in the Middle East..  David has been engaged in international practice in or related to the Middle East since 1982 and has been a resident in the region for more than 25 years. His presentation offered a short introduction to the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) and its member countries followed by a discussion on the relative ease of doing business in the GCC countries and their business culture.



From left to right:
 David Silver and CDFAI President Bob Millar



Paul Maddison Dinner
February 16, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Vice-Admiral Maddison was commissioned in 1980 and in 2008 was appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic in Halifax. Vice-Admiral Maddison was commissioned in 1980, and earned his Bridge Watchkeeping and Above-Water qualifications in HMC Ships Terra Nova and Qu 'appelle. Vice-Admiral Maddison's sea-time has been equally divided between Canada's Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, including Combat Officer of HMCS Skeena (1988), Executive Officer of HMCS Winnipeg (1994), and command ofHMC Ships Calgary (1997) and Iroquois (2002).


Other sea-going appointments have included: Staff AntiSubmarine Warfare Officer to NATO's Commander Standing Naval Force Atlantic (1989), Staff Weapons Officer to the Commander Canadian Task Group deployed to the Persian Gu/f(1991), Combat Officer Sea Training Atlantic (1992), Executive Officer Sea Training Pacific (1996), and command of the experimental Standing Contingency Force (2006).


Vice-Admiral Maddison's shore appointments have included: Aide-de Camp to the Governor General (1985), command of a joint Space Control Center crew in Colorado Springs (2000), Director General Maritime Force Development (2005), and Assistant Chief of Military Personnel (2007).


In 2008 Vice-Admiral Maddison was appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic in Halifax. He returned to Ottawa in 2010 to serve as Deputy Commander Maritime Command and Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff.


Vice-Admiral Maddison was promoted to his present rank and assumed Command of the Royal Canadian Navy in July 2011.


On February 16th, 2012 he gave a talk entitled "The Royal Canadian Navy in the 21st Century".




Michael Novak Dinner
February 2, CG&CC, Calgary

Michael Novak is the Executive Vice-President and a member of the Office of the President at SNC-Lavalin. Mr. Novak spoke as part of CDFAI`s Canada and the World Series: Middle East and North Africa on '40 Years of Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa, the SNC-Lavalin Experience and perspective on the Future: Significant Challenges, Significant Opportunities.'


To listen to the speech, please click here.



From left to right:

Bob Gibson of Stuart & Company Limited and
Michael Novak







2011 Speaker Series



Paul Nelson Dinner
November 14, CG&CC, Calgary

Paul Nelson joined the Corporate Security Department at Nexen on June 1, 2008, after 30 years of federal government service – six with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in British Columbia, and 24 with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).  


A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Paul’s CSIS experience included counter-terrorism, counter-espionage, and counter-proliferation work at all levels, from front-line investigator and analyst to senior manager, including corporate responsibilities.  


In his government career, Paul was posted to Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Canberra, Australia.  In addition to his responsibilities at Nexen Inc., Paul is also the Honorary Consul for Australia at Calgary, Alberta, with jurisdiction for the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.   Paul is married with three children.  He enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with his family.


From left to right:

Bob Booth of Bennett Jones LLP and Paul Nelson




Richard Cohen Breakfast
November 4, Westin Hotel, Calgary

On November 4th, 2011 Richard Cohen spoke about about "Making Conservative Defence Policy" Richard graduated Royal Military College in 1966 and served with both the Canadian and British army, upon his retirement he founded the Marshall Centre Senior Executive Seminars for very senior politicians, civil servants and military leaders.


He served as Senior Defence Advisor to the Minister of National Defence, from 2007 to 2011 and is currently the President of RSC Strategic Connections. Additional accomplishments include:


 Graduated Royal Military College (BEng, Chemical) 1966 (Cadet Wing Commander, Sword of Honour),  Post Graduate Studies (MSc), Imperial College of Science and Technology, London (Earl of Athlone Fellowship) Rifle platoon commander, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Germany.  Rifle company commander, reconnaissance platoon commander, Canadian Airborne Regiment, Valcartier, Edmonton,  Student, Canadian Land Forces Command and General Staff College, Kingston,     Secretary to COS Operations, Mobile Command, St. Hubert, Quebec,  Joined British Army, The Light Infantry (now The Rifles) 1973,  Rifle Company Commander; Germany, Northern Ireland,  Rifle Company Commander, 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles, UK, Hong Kong, Borneo,  Deputy Chief of Staff, HQ 8th Infantry Brigade, Londonderry, Northern Ireland,  Battalion 2IC, The Light Infantry, UK, Germany,  Operations Staff Officer, HQ British Forces Falkland Islands,  Student, Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich, London,  Chief Instructor, Battalion Battle School, British Army Training Team, Zimbabwe,   Battalion Commander, 1/9 Co. Antrim Battalion, Ulster Defence Regiment, Northern Ireland,   British Liaison Officer, US Army Test and Experimentation Command, Fort Hood, Texas, Director and Instructor, Basic Tactics Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,   Student, NATO Defence College, Rome, Chief, Military Cooperation Branch, International Military Staff, NATO Headquarters, Brussels,  Retired from British Army, 1994 Professor of NATO and European Security Affairs, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 1994-2002 Founder and Director of the Marshall Center’s Senior Executive Seminars for very senior politicians, civil servants, diplomats and military leaders.  President, RSC Strategic Connections, Ottawa, 2003-2007 . Senior Defence Advisor to the Minister of National Defence, August 2007-July 2011; advised the Minister on: o    Development of the Canada First Defence Strategy o    Canada’s role in Afghanistan, Libya, counter-piracy and other international operations.  The defence component of government strategy in the North.  Expanding Canada-US defence cooperation.  Relations with NATO and international bilateral defence relationships.   CF disaster relief organisation and operations at home and abroad.    Defence support to other government departments, especially Public Safety; Vancouver Olympics, G-8, etc.     Search and Rescue policy development.  Policy on major Procurement issues. Defence issues in Quebec and the Western Provinces Resumed role as President, RSC Strategic Connections, Ottawa, 2011




David Pratt Luncheon

 October 28, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

On October 8th, 2011 Hon. David Pratt, Senior Vice President Public Affairs, and former Minister of National Defence discusses "Reflections on Where We've Been and the Way Forward fora  Canadian Foreign & Defence Policy".


David is a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and served as Senior Parliamentary Expert with the USAID sponsored Iraq Legislative Strengthening Program.  


David Pratt is Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for GCI Group.  Most recently he spent five months in Baghdad, Iraq as a Senior Parliamentary Expert with the USAID sponsored Iraq Legislative Strengthening Program – currently the largest legislative capacity building project in the world.


From 2004-2008, he served as Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) where his focus was on humanitarian issues.  He also led the CRC’s ‘Auxiliary to Government’ project which promoted a new relationship between the CRC and governments at all levels.


Mr. Pratt served as an elected representative at the municipal, regional and federal levels for 16 years.  He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and was Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2003.  He served as Canada’s 36th Minister of National Defence in 2003-04.


He is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.




Michael Bell Dinner

October 20, CG&CC, Calgary

Former Ambassador Michael Bell is currently Paul Martin (Sr.) Senior Scholar in International Diplomacy at the University of Windsor.  He is also Co-chair of the Old City Jerusalem Initiative, a major study focussed on the future governance of the Old City.  From 1967-2003, he was a Foreign Service officer, having spent 36 years in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, primarily focused on the Middle East.  He was Canada's Ambassador to Jordan (1987-90), Egypt (1994-98) and Israel (1990-92 and 1999-2003). He has also chaired the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, with projects administered through the United Nations and World Bank. 


 He was Chief of Staff to the Right Honourable Robert Stanfield respecting the Jerusalem Embassy affair in 1978-79 as well as Director of the Middle East Relations Division in DFAIT from 1983-1987.  Mr. Bell has been a Senior Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and at the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto.

To listen to the speech, please click here.



From left to right:

Michael Bell and Bob Millar, president of CDFAI




Richard Giguere Luncheon

October 13, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

A native of Quebec City, Brigadier-General Richard Giguère enrolled in the Canadian Forces under the Officer Candidate Training Plan in August 1979 and completed his infantry officer training at the Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick.  Upon graduation, he joined the ranks of the Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR).


Between 1980 and 1991, he served with three battalions of R22eR in various command and staff positions, including in Lahr, Germany, and during the Oka Crisis in 1990.  He was posted to the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in 1991 and then to Paris in 1993.  Brigadier-General Giguère graduated from the Collège Interarmées de Défense and left France in 1995 to join the ranks of 1 Battalion, R22eR, as unit deputy commanding officer. It was in that capacity that he served in Haiti from March to October 1996 as part of a United Nations mission.


Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1997, he was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to the Director Land Strategic Concepts, where he worked on developing the army of the future.  In July 1998, he returned to Québec City and took command of 2 Battalion, R22eR and the Citadelle of Québec.  He participated in a number of exercises with his unit and, among other things, managed the arrival of the Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV III) at 5 Canadian Mechanised Brigade Group.


On completing his command tour in June 2000, he was sent to University Laval to start work on a PhD in political science while occupying a research position  at the Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (IQHEI).  In the summer of 2001, he was posted to the Royal Military College as a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Economics.  He moved to Montréal in July 2002 to become the Operations Officer (G3) for Land Forces Quebec Area.  Following promotion to Colonel, he was deployed to Kabul from January to July 2004 as Chief of Staff of a multinational brigade.  He was then posted to Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington as the Canadian Forces Military Attaché.


Posted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa in 2008, he held the position of Director Current Operations, Strategic Joint Staff.  In 2009, he was selected for training at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, United States (Combined Warfighting School [JPME-II]).  Brigadier-General Giguère was deployed to Kandahar in September 2010 as Deputy Commander of the Canadian Task Force with rotation 5-10 of Joint Task Force – Afghanistan.


A member of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference (1987), Brigadier-General Giguère is a recipient of the Chief of Land Staff Commendation and the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation. He has been a member of the US Legion of Merit at the degree of Officer since 2008.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree with specialisation in military and strategic studies from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and a graduate degree with specialisation in strategic studies from the Université Paris-Nord.  He assumed command of Land Forces Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (East) on 05 August 2011.   




Colin Robertson Luncheon
September 21, Westin Hotel, Calgary
(Rob Huebert spoke instead)


Canada and the United States are currently engaged in three initiatives around border access, regulatory reform and clean energy that would significantly build on the current FTN/NAFTA platform.  At the same time, the Harper Government is engaged in a series of negotiations that would widen opportunities for Canadian business in Asia, Europe and the Americas.


A former diplomat, Colin Robertson is Senior Strategic Advisor for McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.  He is Vice President and Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.  He is an Honorary Captain (Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate, Royal Canadian Navy. 


Living in Ottawa, Robertson writes and speaks on international affairs and he is a commentator on CTV, CBC, CPAC and SUN-TV and a contributor to the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, The Mark and a contributing writer to Policy Options.




David Malone Dinner
June 2, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

On June 2nd, 2011, David Malone, a career foreign service officer, spoke  about the future of India and its relationship with Canada. In 2008, he became President of Canada's International Development Research Centre. Previously, he served as Canada's High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Minister in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Dr. Malone's recent book, "Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy", published by Oxford University Press provided background for this presentation. 


David M. Malone is a career foreign service officer and an occasional scholar.  In 2008, he became President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre.  Previously, he served as Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal from 2006 to 2008.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Minister in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  


He was President of the International Peace Academy, New York.  He served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.  Earlier foreign assignments took him to Egypt, Kuwait, and Jordan.  He is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal, of the American University in Cairo, and of Harvard and Oxford Universities.  He has been a Guest Scholar at both the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC and Columbia University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.   He has published extensively on peace and security issues in a variety of journals.  He has written commentary for the International Herald Tribune, The Globe & Mail and a number of other publications.  He continues to write for the Literary Review of Canada.   Dr. Malone’s recent book, “Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy”, published by Oxford University Press will provide the background for his presentation.




Margaret Cornish Dinner
March 9, CG&CC, Calgary

Margaret Cornish

On 9 March, Ms. Margaret Cornish gave the fourth and final lecture in CDFAI’s speaker series “Canada & the World: China.” As Canada now celebrates forty years of diplomatic relations with China and attempts to strengthen its strategic parternship with the country, it is increasingly important for government officials and Canadian citizens to understand China’s investment strategies related to Canada.  


Margaret Cornish serves as Senior Advisor (China) and Beijing Representative of Bennett Jones Commercial Consulting Inc. In her presentation, she argued that in a changing global landscape, Chinese energy firms have emerged as key players, but little is known about their intense profit orientation, highly diversified global asset base, or managerial and technical depth.  

Canadian firms, she contends, need to capitalize on opportunities to sell services and access new managerial and technical networks in order to make Canada a global leader.


To listen to the speech, please click here.


From left to right:

Margaret Cornish and Bob Gibson of

Stuart & Company Limited




David Wright Dinner
February 9, CG&CC, Calgary

On 9 February, Dr. David Wright gave the third lecture in CDFAI’s speaker series “Canada & the World: China”. As Canada now celebrates forty years of diplomatic relations with China and attempts to strengthen its strategic partnership with the country, it is increasingly important for government officials and Canadian citizens to understand China’s investment strategies related to Canada.  


Dr. David Wright, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary specializing in imperial Chinese and Mongolian history, spoke on China’s Arctic policy. He noted that one idea being discussed in China is creating an arrangement like that of the Svalbard Treaty of 1920, which would guarantee Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic, but would give all signatory states the right to develop and exploit the natural resources in the Arctic.  He concluded by arguing that Canada must be aware of this and that the Government must make it clear to Chinese officials that Canada’s Arctic sovereignty is not open for discussion.

To listen to the speech, please click here.


From left to right:

Bob Gibson of Stuart & Company Limited,

the evening's sponsor, and David Wright 






2010 Speaker Series



Pierre Fournier Dinner
November 29, CG&CC, Calgary

On 29 November, Pierre Fournier gave the second lecture in CDFAI’s new speaker series “Canada & the World: China”. As Canada now celebrates forty years of diplomatic relations with China and attempts to strengthen its “strategic partnership” with the country, it is increasingly important for government officials and Canadian citizens to understand China’s investment strategies related to Canada.

Dr. Fournier, a geopolitical analyst with the National Bank of Canada with an extensive background in financial research and economic policy, spoke on China’s investment strategy in Canada and how the government should respond. Specifically, he addressed the intention behind Chinese investment and if Canada’s strategy towards it makes sense. He also addressed whether Prime Minister Harper’s approach towards China has been successful or not.

To listen to the speech, please click here.

From left to right:
Pierre Fournier and Bob Engbloom of 
McLeod Dixon, sponsor of the event



Ralph Sawyer
Dinner, September 27, CG&CC, Calgary

On 27 September, Ralph Sawyer spoke at the first lecture in CDFAI’s new four-part speaker series, “Canada & the World: China”. In addition to a strong trade relationship, Canada and China share political, scientific, cultural and academic ties. This year’s series, which will continue into 2011, will shed light into this complex nation.

In his talk, Dr. Sawyer examined Sun-tzu’s Art of War that, according to Dr. Sawyer, continues to impact every conceivable realm of human endevour in China. He argued that in order to understand the PRC’s behaviour today and future developments, the Art of War and its influence must be first understood. He discussed several keys to understanding the text and indicated the core concepts that are exerting the greatest influence in contemporary world affairs.

Ralph Sawyer is an internationally renowned strategic scholar, best selling translator of the Art of War and other Chinese martial treatises, author of seminal Chinese military studies, and consultant to international corporations and intelligence agencies.

To hear his speech, please click here.

Ralph Sawyer




Nelofer Pazira Dinner

March 16, CG&CC, Calgary

Nelofer Pazira is the fourth, and final, speaker in the CDFAI Afghan Speakers Series. Canada has been involved in the counter-insurgency was in Afghanistan since 2003, pouring both blood and gold into the mission. There are many questions surrounding this part of the globe and each speaker in this series brought their unique perspective to this debate.  Nelofer Pazira, the star of the movie "Kandahar", was born in India, into an Afghan professional family in 1973. The family returned to Kabul when Nelofer was a child and she grew up in Kabul during the Russian occupation. Her family fled to Pakistan in 1989, when Nelofer was sixteen. As a refugee, Nelofer lived in Pakistan for one year before emigrating to Canada. She obtained degrees in Journalism and English Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa and is working on her M.A. thesis at Concordia University, Montreal. Since 1996, Nelofer has made two documentary films about Iran.


As a journalist, she has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio, written for Sight & Sound (British Film Institute Magazine), Elm Street, McLeans, The Ottawa Citizen, The Toronto Star, Panorama, and EI Semanal. Nelofer played the lead role in Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film "Kandahar" – a film based on Pazira's life story. The film made her, unwittingly, a representative of a cause: bringing the world’s attention to the tragedy of the Afghan war.  

She was awarded "Prix de interpretation" by the New Cinema, New Media – Montreal Film Festival (October 2001). Ms Pazira commented on the human side of this conflict and her perspectives on the future from the Afghan point of view.


From left to right:

Tom Cox, ATCO Group and Nelofer Pazira 

John Vance Dinner
February 2, CG&CC, Calgary

Brigadier-General Jon Vance is the third speaker in the CDFAI Afghan Speakers Series. Canada has been involved in the counter-insurgency was in Afghanistan since 2003, pouring both blood and gold into the mission. There are many questions surrounding this part of the globe and each speaker in this series brought their unique perspective to this debate.


Brigadier-General Jon Vance presented at the Calgary Gold and Country Club on the 2nd of February. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1982 and was commissioned into The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1986 following graduation from Royal Roads Military College. Following several postings he found himself posted, in 1993, to 1RCR in Petawawa and served as the Battalion Operations Officer and as a company commander.


In 1994, while employed as the battalion operations officer, he was awarded a Mention-in-Dispatches for his leadership while commanding a task force during the battalion's UN mission in Croatia. B.Gen Vance assumed command of Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Gagetown, NB in August 2001. After he relinquished command he completed a year of professional development before being posted as a member of the Directing Staff at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto in 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel and served as Chief of Staff Land Force Central Area in 2005.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Military and Strategic Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in War Studies from RMC. He assumed command of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in August 2006 for two very operationally demanding years. Upon relinquishing command, he stood up Task Force 5-09, the Canadian Headquarters that commanded and coordinated Canadian and Coalition civil-military operations in Kandahar Province from February to November 2009.


His talk focused on his time in Kandahar Province, the successes, failures and challenges.



From left to right:

R.S. Millar, CDFAI President, B.Gen Jon Vance,

Don Chynoweth, SNC Lavalin Senior Vice-President,

Defence Programs



Colin Robertson Luncheon
January 15, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Colin Robertson presented at the Rachmen’s Club on 15th of January. His presentation focussed on 'Obama's First Year: Achievements, Disappointments and the Road Ahead'. Colin Robertson spent more than half his career following Canada-U.S. relations and served in New York, Los Angeles and Washington and was a member of the team that negotiated both the Canada-U.S. FTA and NAFTA.


His talk, ecompassing Obama’s first year and the challenges ahead, is especially important as Obama is the first Democrat in over 30 years to be elected President with more than half the popular vote and majorities in both the House and the Senate, Barack Obama promised a new beginning. He wanted an end to political and cultural divisions, a resolution to the economic turmoil, and legislation to reform health care, immigration and education as well as a plan for climate change that would reconcile conflicting energy and environmental pressures.


Arguably the most radical agenda since Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and as ambitious as Lyndon Johnson's civil rights reforms, Obama has faced the realities of the separation of powers and the polarization that now characterizes American political life.

Colin Robertson









2009 Speaker Series



Kitson Vincent Luncheon

December 2, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

On December 2nd Kitson Vincent spoke at the Ranchmen’s Club on how to fight a cultural war. Kit, a good friend of Ian Griffin, Honourary Chair of Research Capital Corporation has pursued an interesting career in television and public policy. For the past 15 years he has been involved in a dynamic and unusual project to rebuild the conditions for popular support of the Canadian Forces.

Kitson Vincent




Ian Hope Dinner

November 4, CG&CC, Calgary

Ian Hope is the second speaker in the CDFAI Afghan Speakers Series. Canada has been involved in the counter-insurgency was in Afghanistan since 2003, pouring both blood and gold into the mission. There are many questions surrounding this part of the globe and each speaker in this series brought their unique perspective to this debate.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hope presented at the Calgary Gold and Country Club on the 4th of November. He is an instructor at the U.S. Army War College and previous commander of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006 where his soldiers experienced intense and sustained combat. He has served in infantry and airborne battalions in the Canadian and British armies and his operational experiences include the Balkans, Africa, and Afghanistan. He has served as a strategic planner with United States European Command and with NATO Headquarters International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan to formulate a development strategy for that country.


He has been the Canadian liaison officer to United States Central Command in Florida and holds a Bachelor of History Degree (Hon) from Acadia University, a Masters of Military Arts and Science, and a Masters of Strategic Studies. He is enrolled as a PhD candidate in history at Queen’s University. LCol Hope is a graduate of the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies and the U.S. Army War College. His talk provided a realistic and refreshing military perspective on Canadian Forces operations in Afghanistan.  



Ian Hope




Matthew Fisher Dinner

September 21, CG&CC, Calgary

Matthew Fisher is the first speaker in the CDFAI Afghan Speakers Series. Canada has been involved in the counter-insurgency was in Afghanistan since 2003, pouring both blood and gold into the mission. There are many questions surrounding this part of the globe and each speaker in this series brought their unique perspective to this debate.


Matthew Fisher presented at the Calgary Gold and Country Club on the 21st of September. Based out of the middle east, Mr. Fisher has covered wars, revolutions, coups and insurgencies in over 150 countries. From Gaza to Kandahar, Matthew Fisher has seen it all and reported on it. Currently he is Canada's longest serving war correspondent in Afghanistan, reporting for Canwest newspapers. Mr. Fisher knows the story of Canada's Afghanistan mission inside and out. He has covered Kabul and Kandahar and spent time with British, Canadian and U.S. troops in the field from the mountainous border within Pakistan to the poppy fields of Helmand province. Mr. Fisher offered an up-to-the minute briefing on what is going on in Kandahar province and the Canadian mission there.

Matthew Fisher

John Malevich Breakfast

May 15, Bow Valley Club, Calgary

On 15 May LCol John J. Malevich, Deputy Director of the Counterinsurgency (COIN) Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, spoke at a breakfast in Calgary at the Bow Valley Club. LCol Malevich discussed the nature of insurgency and counterinsurgency, as well as the lessons learned in Afghanistan. In his presentation he noted that the Canadian Forces currently uses a tactical, techonology-dependent approach to counterinsurgency but he stressed that in order to be successful, the CF must adopt a strategic approach in their counterinsurgency operations that addresses the root causes of insurgency.


From left to right:
Breakfast Sponsors Kevin Saruwatari

and Sheldon Baranec of Qsine Corporation Ltd with

LCol Malevich (in middle)




Barry Cooper
March 23, University of Alberta, Edmonton

On 7 April Dr. Barry Cooper, CDFAI Fellow and Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, spoke at the University of Alberta’s Business School on “The Evolution of Al-Queda.”  




Jamie Cade Breakfast

March 23, International Hotel, Calgary

Colonel Jamie Cade, recently returned Deputy Commander Canadian Task Force – Afghanistan, spoke at a breakfast on 23 March in Calgary. His talk, “The Struggle for Kandahar: Canadian Soldiers Making a Difference in Afghanistan” examined the Canadian military role in Afghanistan and the progress our country’s soldiers are making in Afghanistan, a topic rarely covered by the media.



Jamie Cade




Lewis MacKenzie Luncheon

March 12, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Major-General Lewis MacKenzie happened to be in Calgary on March 12th and joined some old friends for a discussion on current events.




Perrin Beatty Dinner
January 20, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

On 20 January, CDFAI hosted a dinner in Calgary at which Perrin Beatty shared his views on the changes in the Canadian economy and the relationship between Canada and the U.S. at this time of economic downturn. Perrin Beatty is a member of the CDFAI Advisory Council, former Minister of Defence, and President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.



Perrin Beatty








2008 Speaker Series



Brian Flemming Luncheon
November 10, CDFAI Office, Calgary

On 10 November Brian Flemming, CDFAI Fellow and Canadian policy advisor, spoke on “Canada-U.S. Relations in the Arctic” in Calgary. This talk preceded the December release of a quarterly research paper he wrote for CDFAI, “Canada-U.S. Relations in the Arctic: A Neighbourly Proposal.”

Brian Flemming

Derek Burney Dinner
October 8, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Derek Burney, spoke on Canada-U.S. relations in a talk entitled “The Audacity of Common Sense” at the Ranchmen’s Club in Calgary on 8 October. This event was held on the eve of a Canada-U.S. relations workshop hosted by Carleton University, in partnership with CDFAI, the Alberta government, and other contributors. Derek Burney is a Senior Research Fellow with CDFAI, a Senior Strategic Advisor to Ogilvy Renault LLP, and a former Canadian Ambassador to the United States.



Derek Burney



Peter MacKay Luncheon
September 2, Sheraton Eau Claire, Calgary

On September 2nd, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary hosted a luncheon for military and defence experts at which the Honourable Peter MacKay spoke. At the lunch, the Minister announced the Atomic Veteran’s Recognition Program that recognized the sacrifice of military veterans and DND technology workers who participated in nuclear weapons testing in the United States during the Cold War. The Program will offer financial compensation to those people as well as to those who decontaminated the Chalk River nuclear reactor after two incidents in the 1950s.


From left to right:

the Honourable Peter MacKay and David Bercuson




David Bercuson

April 23, University of Alberta, Edmonton

David Bercuson, CDFAI Director of Programs and Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, spoke on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan at the University of Alberta on 23 April




Sarah ChayesLuncheon
March 31, Ranchmen's Club, Calgary

Sarah Chayes gave a talk entitled, “Security and Development in Afghanistan: A Reality Check” at the Ranchmen’s Club in Calgary on 31 March. Ms. Chayes is a former National Public Radio journalist, author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban, and founder and operator of Arghand, a cooperative in Kandahar.



Sarah Chayes







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