A Convergence of Disruptors: uOttawa Conference 2020

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.

Event Information

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.

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When: April 20, 21, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
Cost: $675 (plus tax) | Includes lunch

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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 relationstrade, and international cooperation


This theme explores the social and economic challenges that can negatively affect Canada's current status quo as a generally safe and prosperous nation. 


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. 


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. 



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.



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