A Novel Approach to Canada's Security Challenges
As Canada progresses into the 21st Century its place in the world is increasingly dependent on security, economic strength and technological evolution.
These issues are inseparable as Canada strives to keep pace with unfolding disruptive issues related to geopolitics, socioeconomics, the environment and cyber-information.
Disruption is a two-sided coin: it can lead to political destabilisation and international security crises but also creates opportunities for positive democratic, social and economic changes.
This event is offered to all security, economic and technology experts, both public servants and private sector, across all levels, and all academics as well as the general public.
- The registration price is $675 per person (plus HST)
- Prices include lunch
Date: April 20, 21, 2020 | 8:45 am to 4:00 pm (EST)
Location: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Conventry Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1K 4S3
Conference Keynote Speakers
Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, 2013 - 2017
Jeh Johnson was the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from December 23, 2013 to January 20, 2017. As such, he led the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 employees and 22 components including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service.
Under Secretary Johnson’s leadership, DHS was responsible for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, administration and enforcement of our immigration laws, protection of our national leaders, protection of critical infrastructure, detection of and protection against chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to disasters.
Evan Solomon, National Affairs Specialist
Based in Ottawa, Evan Solomon is Bell Media Radio’s National Affairs Specialist, host of CTV’s weekly political journal of record, Question Period, and now host of CTV News Channel’s daily marquee political program, Power Play. Mr. Solomon is also the host of daily national radio program, newly titled Overview with Evan Solomon on iHeartRadio Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Solomon is a two-time Gemini Award-winner and best-selling author who has covered federal and provincial politics, news, and current events for more than 15 years. Throughout his career, Solomon has interviewed many key political players, from prime ministers, world leaders, and U.S. presidents, to the Dalai Lama and Jimmy Carter, among others.
Conference Themes & Speakers
As well as two keynote speakers, the A Convergence of Disruptors 2020 conference explores, in-depth, four themes with expert speakers and panelists.
Within this theme, the conference explores the influence that developments beyond our border have on Canadian diplomatic relations, trade, and international cooperation.
- The Nature and Implications of the Saudi-Iran Rivalry - Dennis Horak, Head of Mission/Chargé d'Affaires in Tehran and former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen
- Terrorism in a Changing Middle East - Colin Clarke, Prof. CMU and Sr. Research Fellow at the The Soufan Centre
- The Emerging Great Power Competition: China, Russia, India, United States and the Implications for Canada - Jonathan Manthorpe Journalist and Author
- Panda or Dragon? Dealing with China in the age of XI Jinping - Margaret McCuaig-Johnson
This theme explores the social and economic challenges that can negatively affect Canada's current status quo as a generally safe and prosperous nation.
- The Resurgent Canadian Extreme Right: Contours and Countering - Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor, Ontario Tech University
- Anti-Immigration Sentiment and the Rise of Populism in the West - Dr. Larry Rosenthal, Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies
- Hatred, She Wrote: White Nationalists and Islamic State Women-Only Forums - Dr. Yannick Veilleux-Lepage, Asst. Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
Global warming is bringing significant challenges to the present and immediate future. No segment of the country is immune to the effects of rising oceans on coastal provinces and territories, pressures on the Canadian immigration system or farming challenges.
- The Science Communication Challenges of Environmental Issues - Jay Ingram, Science Writer and Broadcaster
- Security Opportunities and Challenges for Canadian Energy in an Age of Climate Change - Dr. Monica Gattinger, Professor, University of Ottawa
Information is gold but also a goldmine for hackers and infiltrators. This theme examines the social and financial costs to a compromised Canadian cyber infrastructure.
- The Protection of Critical National Infrastructure: A Risk-Based Approach to Insider Threats - James Malizia, Chief Security Officer, Bank of Canada
- The Internet of Things: A Present for Hackers and Infiltrators / Election Interference: How to Reliably Determine who is doing what? - Dave Masson, National Security & Cyber Expert
- Strategic Autonomy in Frontier Technologies - Robert Mazzolin, General (Ret'd) and Chief Cybersecurity Strategist
Phil Gurski - Professional Development Institute S.E.T Director, former senior strategist analyst at CSIS and CSE and the author of five books on terrorism.
Alan Jones - Executive Advisor to the Professional Development Institute and former senior CSIS official
Vassy Kapelos - Canadian political journalist, currently the host of Power and Politics on CBC. Formerly Ottawa bureau chief for Global News and host of political affairs show, The West Block.
Hannah Thibedeau - Canadian political journalist. Veteran political reporter covering the Hill for more than 15 years. Covers politics for CBC TV, CBC Radio and CBC Politics online.