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Communications
Andrew Warden is the Maritime Affairs and Communications Manager for the Navy League of Canada. With over 12 years' experience with the cadet programme, Andrew also holds a Master's Degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Security and Defence Management and Policy. He focuses on maritime security policy and Canada's developing position with regards to Arctic sovereignty and security.
Contributing Editor
After graduating from Seneca College’s Aviation and Flight Technology program in 1989, Blair flew aerial survey in several countries. Between 1996 and 2005, he worked in air traffic control training, airport operations and project management, airline instructional design, and technical writing. During the past few years, he has written for Canadian, British, and Australian periodicals about military and homeland security topics. Since 2006, he has covered aviation subjects for magazine publishers and news media companies in Canada, the U.S., and Britain.
Defence Journalist
Raised at naval air bases across Canada, Chris Wattie is now a senior national reporter with the National Post, specializing in defence and military affairs. He has written extensively on the Canadian military over his more than 20 years in journalism, for the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Press, and for the last 5 years, the Post. He has covered the 1991 Gulf War, peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, the NATO campaign in Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was recently "embedded" with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Kabul.
Gregory D. Westfall is Marketing Manager, Raytheon Security and Transportation Solutions, Waterloo, Ontario. He is responsible for the development of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) business and is primarily responsible for marketing Raytheon’s High Frequency Surface Wave Radar, Marine Small Target Tracker and TracShare products. He is a recognized innovator in the field of MDA, a co-inventor in several key patents and has a particular interest in leveraging the power of networks and information sharing. Mr. Westfall believes the combination of HFSWR and space-based AIS holds the key to affordably protecting and managing the world’s fisheries for future generations.
Ph.D
Professor
Dr. Whitehead specializes in Policy and Program Evaluation, Criminology and Social Problems. In his 36 years as an academic and consultant he has worked with many provincial ministries and departments and published over 100 books, monographs and articles in scientific journals. He has completed numerous projects for the Canadian Forces on such topics as the use of alcohol and other lifestyle issues, the treatment of alcoholism and associated training, and behaviour of military personnel on deployment. He has done work for and with police services including the design and conduct of the only experimental study of the effectiveness of helicopter patrols in policing.
Defence Management Studies
After holding senior positions at INAC, Mr. Williams was then appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Supply Operations Service, at PWGSC where he was responsible for ensuring the fairness, transparency and integrity of the procurement process. Appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) for the Department Of National Defence (DND) in 1999, he was responsible for ensuring effective materiel acquisitions for both DND and the Canadian Forces. Retiring from the public Service in April 2005, Mr. Williams is now President of The Williams Group, providing expertise in the areas of policy, programs and procurement.
Col
Canadian Armed Forces
Colonel P.J. Williams is the Commander of the Kabul Military Training Centre Training Advisory Group (2013). He has previously served on operational duty with the United Nations in Angola and Cyprus, and in Bosnia with NATO. He is a former Commanding Officer of the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) in Shilo, Manitoba, and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. He holds a Masters Degree in History from the Open University in the United Kingdom and a Master of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra. This is his second tour in Afghanistan.
International
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Mark Willis is a freelance journalist and contributing analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). His work primarily focuses on international and European political and economics affairs. Previously he worked as an analyst for Roubini Global Economics in London.
Col (ret)
Aviation
Robert Wilsey is a retired Colonel in the British Royal Marines with 31 years service. He has seen operational service in command of a rifle troop, a company and a battalion. A qualified helicopter flying instructor, he commanded 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM in Northern Iraq in 1991. After a tour with UNOMIG in Georgia, his final service appointment was as ACOS Amphibious Warfare at STRIKFORSOUTH, Naples. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and now works for CMC Electronics, an Esterline company. In his spare time he writes regularly on military history and early military rifles.
Defence Journalist
Thomas Withington is a defence journalist and writer based in France. He has published articles for a range of specialist and general publications on contemporary and historical defence matters. The author of four books, he is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Defence Studies, King's College London.