A Convergence of Disruptors: uOttawa Conference 2020

A Novel Approach to Looking at National Security

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.


Conference Keynote Speaker

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.

Register Today

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

  • Geopolitical events happening around the globe have an impact on Canada. Within this theme, the conference explores the influence that developments beyond our border have on Canadian diplomatic relations, trade, and international cooperation

    Proposed Topics:

    • Continued turmoil in the Middle East
    • Saudi-Iranian influence the Muslim world
    • The future of Hong Kong
    • Fall of the ISIS 'Caliphate' and Islamist terrorism
    • Post-Brexit European Union
  • Global warming is upon us bringing significant challenges to the present and immediate future. No segment of the country is immune whether it be to the effects of rising oceans on coastal provinces and territories, pressures on the Canadian immigration system or farming challenges.

    Proposed Topics:

    • Climate change and the impact on disease vectors
    • Costing carbon neutral policies
    • Rising oceans, droughts and mass migration
  • Canada is generally a safe and prosperous nation. The theme explores both the social and economic challenges that can negatively affect the country's current status quo. 

    Proposed Topics:

    • Anti-immigration sentiment and the rise of populism in the west
    • The aging population viewed as a disruptor
    • China: Economic partner or existential threat 
  • Information is gold but also an online goldmine for hackers and infiltrators. Data integrity is tied to safe and secure transmission, sharing and storage so what happens when Canadians lose faith in the trustworthiness of these systems? This theme examines the social and financial costs to a compromised Canadian cyber infrastructure.  

    Proposed Topics:

    • Internet of Things
    • Toxic Twitter: Online hate speech
    • Election interference
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