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Policing and Training
Stephen Sadler, a Sergeant with the Toronto Police, has served the citizens of Toronto for over 25 years. He has been involved in a variety of investigative and tactical roles, and has taught extensively in Search and Rescue, Public Order and Crowd Management and Emergency Management programs. He has been published in FRONTLINE and other policing magazines, and has helped train over 10,000 people in various disciplines across Canada and the United States, as well as Internationally. Stephen recently returned from a year-long tour in Afghanistan, working with EUPOL as a mentor and adviser for the Commanding General in charge of policing for the province of Badakshan. During that tour he co-created and implemented a Community Policing program model for the Afghanistan National Police.
Captain(N)
Hugh Segal joined the Canadian Senate in 2005 after four decades of public service which included Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Cabinet Secretary (Ontario) for Federal-Provincial Affairs and Policies and Priorities, Legislative Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition (Ottawa), President of the independent Institute for Research on Public Policy, Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, and past Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. A University of Ottawa graduate, he is a Senior Fellow at Queen’s (Policy Studies and Business), the CDFAI, and a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield University’s Centre for Security Sector Management. He sits on the Council of the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (Stockholm) and sat on the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London). Senator Segal was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003 and holds honourary doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada.
Air Navigation
Presently serving as an Air Controller at the Trenton Joint and Rescue Coordination Centre, Capt Jacques Simard, CD, is an accomplished Computer Programmer/Analyst. He subsequently graduated from the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School in 1991 and was chosen to fly on the CC-130 Hercules. He then served on three consecutive flying tours as a Strategic and Search & Rescue Navigator. During his last flying tour at 424 Sqn, he left his position as Navigator Leader and Chief Check Navigator to volunteer for a six-month tour in the Persian Gulf as the CF Central Air Force Command Liaison Officer.
Maj
Military Public Affairs
Major James Simiana is the senior Outreach (external communications and public relations) Public Affairs Officer for the CF/DND in Atlantic Canada. A 16-year member of the Canadian Forces who has previously served as a spokesperson with the Chief of the Air Staff and the Counter-Terrorism Special Operations directorate of the DCDS Group, his operational deployments include Croatia, Bosnia and most recently, Sudan.
South-East Asia Correspondent
Don retired in Queensland, Australia following a career in journalism, public administration and military. A professional speech writer, Don was onetime Managing Editor of the Base Gagetown Gazette, and has served in artillery, infantry and service units. Commissioned at Camp Borden, Don has edited and managed newspapers and journals in capital and provincial newspapers before joining the PR world. Don's articles have been published in Canada, UK, USA and Australia. Don rates his stay on the Bay of Fundy and Northumberland Strait as one of the high points in his life. Don is associated with Service groups such as the Royal United Service Institute and the Returned Services League in Australia.
US and Canadian Defence Policy
Elinor Sloan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and is a former defence analyst with the Department of National Defence. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BA), the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton (MA), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (PhD).
Systems Integration
Dave Spagnolo is currently the Vice President and General Manager of the Defence and Security operations of Thales Canada. Dave has held a number of positions with progressive responsibility within Thales for the past 15 years. Under Dave’s leadership, Thales has become a Premier System Integrator and Prime Contractor in Canada. The company has secured strategic positions in the areas of Army Command and Control, Force Protection, Communications, Mission Systems and Optronics.
Maritime & Northern safety and security issues
A maritime barrister and principal of the Horseshoe Bay Marine Group (HBMG) in West Vancouver Canada, Joe Spears has a long-standing interest in all aspects of emergency response, regulatory ,law enforcement and governance and the growing impact climate change has on these issues in Canada, an arctic and ocean nation. Joe has acted for ad hoc civil agent for the Attorney General of Canada and has prosecuted federal offenses on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He has developed and delivered a national investigation course for Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security. A graduate of Dalhousie University, with a Masters from the London School of Economics, London, England in Sea-Law law, Economics and Policymaking, he has acted for various private sector organizations and government departments as a legal, policy and training advisor (including commercial interests and insurers). A certified mariner and pilot, Joe is a frequent lecturer, commentator and writer both domestically and internationally on these issues. He has blog postings that ShippingMatters at www.wavepointconsulting.ca. Joe has been writing for FrontLine since 2008.
Air Force & Military
A Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Alan Stephenson holds a PhD from Carleton University, and is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He has 3600 fighter hours flying third-generation CF-104 Starfighters and fourth-generation CF-18 Hornets. He has held senior appointments in National Defence Headquarters, NATO and NORAD.
Dr
Defence R&D
Dr. Harold Stocker has been a Defence Scientist with the Directorate of Science and Technology Policy (DST Pol), Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) Programs since 2001. In his 25-year career, following post-doctoral assignments, including with the National Research Council of Canada, he held progressively senior mgmt positions with the Atomic Energy Control Board (now, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), and the nuclear regulatory authority in Canada. Although trained as a nuclear physicist, his interest and attention with DRDC are devoted to the study, analysis and assessment of emerging technologies in the defence and national security domains.
WO
Diarist
Warrant Officer Storey was the CEFCOM HQ War Diarist and OPI for Op KEEPSAKE which oversees the repatriation of mementos, memorials and artifacts from Southwest Asia. Prior to joining CEFCOM HQ in 2008 as a Reservist, Ed had a 26-year career as a Geomatics Technician with Mapping and Charting Establishment in Ottawa where he served on UN, NATO and CF DART overseas deployments to The Former Yugoslavia, Central Africa and Central America. An avid collector of Canadian Army militaria, he has authored over two dozen magazine articles and a book on selected aspects of material history. He retired from the CF in 2012.
Colonel
Army & Electronic Warfare
Colonel Sean Sullivan
As the son of a Radar Technician, Col Sullivan joined the “family business” straight out of high school under the Regular Officer Training Program. After graduation from the University of Manitoba and classification training he was commissioned as a Signal Officer. He has held a number of field positions providing communications at a variety of levels ranging from dismounted tactical radio with the Canadian Airborne Regiment to Corps Wide Area Systems while on exchange with the British Army in Northern Germany. He has had the honour and privilege of commanding at every level from Platoon to Regt, including independent unit command twice; first as the Commanding Officer of 2 Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron and as the Commanding Officer of 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment. He has held staff positions in project management with the Director Land Command Systems Project Management and a brief period in the Information Management Group. He gained experience at the operational level during his three years as the J6 with the Canadian Special Operations Forces. Col Sullivan has two operational deployments to Afghanistan. In 2003 he deployed on Roto 0, Operation Athena, where he commanded the Kabul Multi-National Brigade Signal Squadron and served as the J6 of the Brigade HQ. In 2010 he returned to Kabul, Afghanistan to serve as the Deputy Chief J6 of the International Security Assistance Force. He has experience in the areas of Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence from his time with 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment as well as his tenure as the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group. In 2014 he was appointed to the position of the Director Land Command Information/Army G6 in the Canadian Army headquarters as well as being selected as the Director Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.