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VAdm (ret)
Naval and maritime expertise
Over his 37 years of service in Canada's Navy, Vice Admiral Peter Cairns' sea commands included a submarine, two frigates, a submarine squadron and a frigate squadron. He has also had significant international experience, having completed two tours in the Royal Navy, the United States Navy and on NATO's maritime staff. He retired in 1994 after serving as the Commander of the Canadian Navy. He went into the industrial sector and for the past several years has been President of the Shipbuilding Association of Canada. He is also a naval consultant with CFN Consultants.
Military Communications
Joanna Calder is a communications advisor to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, responsible for internal communications and news production. She served in the primary reserve for 25 years, retiring as a major in 2001. Much of her time in uniform was spent as a public affairs officer on full-time service; in recent years her military and civilian appointments have included public affairs support to the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, Chief Military Personnel and ADM (Public Affairs). Ms Calder holds a B.A. (Hon.) from Acadia University.
LGen (ret)
National Security & Airpower Advocacy
A former fighter pilot, Lloyd Campbell concluded his military career in 2003 as Commander of Air Command and Chief of the Air Staff. Previously, he commanded 1 Canadian Air Division and the Canadian NORAD Region as well as Canadian Forces Base Baden-Söllingen and 4 (Fighter) Wing in Germany. Over the course of his 37 years in the military, he held numerous staff appointments in Canada and Europe, including J3 Operations, DG Force Development, DG Strategic Planning and, on an interim basis, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. He currently serves as Honorary National President of the Air Force Association of Canada and also chairs the Association’s Airpower Advocacy and Honours and Awards Committees.
Global Affairs
The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is Canada’s most credible source of expertise on global affairs. The work of their researchers, fellows and advisors sparks impassioned nation-wide discussions and debates that are designed to help Canadians better understand their role on the world stage. Established in 2000 and based in Calgary and Ottawa, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a registered charity, which comments repeatedly in the media and publishes extensively on defence, diplomacy, trade and development.
Journalism
Sean Cann-Sheppard is a 3rd year student of the Journalism: Online, Print and Broadcast program at Loyalist College. He has a strong passion for military and security journalism, with a particular interest in military aviation. Sean is currently an intern journalist for Frontline Magazine.
Cdr
Navy
Following his tour as Executive Secretary to the Chief of Maritime Staff, Commander Hugues Canuel was most recently appointed as Executive Officer in HMCS PRESERVER. He previously served in ships of the Pacific and the Atlantic Fleets, completing a tour with NATO’s Standing Naval Force and deploying twice to Southwest Asia. A graduate of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (BA) and the Royal Military College of Canada (MA), he completed the Command and Staff Course and gained a Masters degree in Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College.
Journalist
James Careless is an experienced freelance journalist whose credits include NBC-TV, CBC TV, CBC Radio, NPR, Radio Canadian International and Radio Earth International. In print, his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun. Careless writes extensively on defense issues, and has published in magazines such as Defense Helicopter, Rotorhub, Rotor and Wing, Avionics, and Urgent Communications. He is based in Ottawa.
Communications Advisor
David Carr is a communications advisor, freelance writer, and book author. He specializes in aerospace and air transport, and has spoken at length on these topics in the media and at conferences. A past editor of Wings magazine, he continues to write a column and features. Carr has also contributed to leading publications in Canada and the UK including, Jane's Airport Review and Airfinance Journal. He is a former political assistant and speechwriter.
A native of Drumheller, Alberta, Jim attended Royal Roads, received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from RMC in 1965 and his Ph.D. in EE in 1974 from Dalhousie (Tech). He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Command and Staff College class of 1977. Jim served as a general list officer and was the prototype for the Combat Systems Engineer (CSE) military occupation. After leaving the Navy in 1982 Capt(N) Carruthers was CEO of Norpak Corporation until he retired in 2006. He is the originator of the SHINPADS concept of ship combat system integration and the author of numerous papers on combat system design, interactive television and data broadcast.
President of NORSTRAT Consulting Inc.
Lee Carson has held a number of management and executive level positions in Canada’s space and defence industry, including 25 years at MDA and later with COM DEV Canada. He is very familiar with the federal government procurement system, with Major Crown projects, and with C4ISR systems – satellite, aircraft, ship or shore-based. Mr. Carson is now the President of NORSTRAT Consulting Inc., a company he created to help clients build responsible elements of Canada’s Northern Strategy.
Engineering
Richard Cayouette
Richard Cayouette, Eng., president of Martello Defence Security Consultants Inc. , has 31 years of experience in defence and security. Richard has an engineering physics degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario. As a former military officer , he has worked as an aerospace engineer for the 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron that fielded the first CF-18s in eastern Canada. He also worked for many years on Canada's Low Level Air Defence System which used the Air Defence Anti-Tank System and the Skygyard 35mm Twin Gun Systems. Richard has work experience in 19 countries for defence and security projects.
Gilles has been with the ADM(IE) organization for some 30 years and is currently responsible for the Zoning Program for military airfields, communication and ammunition storage facilities and wind turbine effects on military radars. He is developing a departmental airfield zoning regulation standard and has developed the Commemorative Naming Policy and Guidelines document for the Geographical Names Board of Canada. He has authored “Toponymy and Canadian Arctic Sovereignty” (2012) and is co-authoring “Au nom du Nord: valorization officielle d’une toponymie autochtone”.
Photojournalist
Jacqueline Chartier is a freelance writer and journalist. She earned a BA in English Lit. from the University of Calgary. Her academic credentials also include graduation from the Mount Royal College journalism school. She has always maintained a keen interest in Canadian military history and current affairs. Born into a military family, her early childhood was spent on the airbase at Cold Lake, Alberta. Jacqueline’s feature articles and photojournalism have appeared in such publications as FrontLine SAR, FrontLine Defence, Esprit de Corps, Airforce magazine, Alberta Museums Review and the Globe and Mail.
Karen Christiuk is the communications advisor for 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg and assisted with the public affairs activities for the 50th anniversary of NORAD celebrations throughout 2008. Prior to her current appointment, she was the communications coordinator for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education. Ms.Christiuk holds a BA and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba and a Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College. She is currently completing an Interdisciplinary MA in Disability Studies from the U of M.
President of CADSI
Christyn Cianfarani became President of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) in September 2014. Previous to her appointment with CADSI, she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Gov’t Relations at CAE Inc. Ms. Cianfarani was an expert advisor on the 2013 Jenkins Report: “Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procure­ment Through Key Industrial Capabilities”. In February 2014, she joined the Interim Board of Directors of the Defence Analytics Institute. Ms. Cianfarani holds a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and has served in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Financial Crime Prevention
Financial Crime Prevention expert and advocate, Garry Clement joined the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists team in 2016 as the Executive Vice President and helped lead strategic changes until April 2018. Garry also maintained his consulting and investigative firm, Clement Advisory Group which he founded in 2009. Garry has over 34 years of financial crime experience. Garry Clement relies on his 34 years of policing experience, having worked in roles as the National Director for the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program, working as an investigator and undercover operator in some of the highest organized crime levels throughout Canada. During Garry’s policing career, he received numerous awards and commendations for his investigative abilities
Security and Technology
Richard Cohen is president of RSC Strategic Connections, based in Ottawa. He has special expertise in counter-terrorism and national security policy development. Over the years, he has advised many of the new European democracies on the development of national security and defence strategies. He is helping to establish a Strategic Research Institute for the Serbia and Montenegro Ministry of Defence. He advises on public safety technology market development and is active in public-private sector national security collaboration for the Conference Board of Canada. He lectures widely and has published numerous articles on national and international security issues.
Writer & Journalist
Trevor Cole is a multiple-award winning magazine journalist whose work recently appeared in a 25-year retrospective of the best in Canadian magazine writing. After an acclaimed stint as a senior writer at the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, for which he twice won gold at the National Magazine Awards, he is now a regular contributor to Toronto Life and until recently wrote a fortnightly satirical column for Canadian Business magazine (garnering two silver NMAs as well as the 2002 Rogers Publishing award for best column). His fiction has appeared in Descant, and his first novel, Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life, was published in 2004.
Maj
Aerospace
During his 30 plus years in the CF, Major Collacutt, an Aerospace Control Officer, has participated in numerous military events around the globe. He accumulated almost 5000 hours flown on a number of military aircraft that include CP 121 TRACKER, CH 124A SEA KING, and NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft. Maj Collacutt was recently employed in Germany for a second tour where he played a significant role in the operational development of the NATO Mid-Term AWACS aircraft. Major Collacutt is currently a CF exchange officer employed at the Alaskan NORAD Region 176 Air Control Sqn as a NORAD Mission Crew Commander.
Family Resources
Dianne Collier, a military wife and founding member of CFB Petawawa's Military Family Resource Centre's Board of Directors, supports military spouses through numerous initiatives and speaking engagements. An author and columnist, her first book, Hurry Up & Wait was a Canadian bestseller. For her contributions to the military community, Dianne has been the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 medal, the CFB Petawawa Base Commander's Commendation, and the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment's Humanitarian Award. Her most recent book My Life, My Life is published by Creative Bound Inc. (2004).
Michael Comeau, B.Sc. B. Eng. (Chem), P. Eng. is the Special Engineering Projects Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Maritime Forces Atlantic. Retiring soon after serving in the Armed Forces for 17 years, he has worked at monitoring compliance and promoting shore based and shipboard pollution prevention initiatives for MARLANTs Hazardous Materials, Climate Change, Storage Tank, Contaminated Sites, Halocarbon, Solid Waste and Effluent Quality management programs.
Biomechanics, R&D
As the president and CEO of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Bernard Courtois is an outspoken advocate for the deployment of information and communications technology tools to improve business productivity and to achieve our societal and public policy goals. A lawyer with over 30 years experience in the telecommunications sector, Mr. Courtois served in a variety of executive roles with Bell Canada, including those of Chief Regulatory Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to that, he practiced law in Montreal and Ottawa serving a wide range of clients in telecommunications and other regulated industries.
Can/Am Affairs
President, The Americas at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ron Covais is responsible for business development in Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean. He is also responsible for govt relations and policy issues in the Washington arena. A retired U.S. Air Force officer, he held command positions in nuclear military operations and served as Political-Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Int'l Affairs and to the Secretary of Defense. Mr Covais is a member of the Presidential Advisory Board of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America . He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London , and most recently is providing a leadership role in the Canadian American Business Council.
BGen (ret)
National Security & Intell
After a 35 year military career that culminated in leading a NATO strategic military intelligence staff in Mons, Belgium from 1998-2001, Brigadier General (ret) Jim Cox has since pursued advanced national security and defence intelligence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he is currently a PhD candidate in War Studies. Prior to becoming associated with FrontLine magazines, he was the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS).
Dr
Biomechanics, R&D
Dr. Duane Cronin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in Impact Biomechanics with interests in numerical modeling and high rate characterization of materials to understand trauma to the human body and develop Personal Protective Equipment. Dr Cronin was also part of the NATO Task Group TG-024: Test Methodologies for Personal Protective Equipment Against Anti-Personnel Mine Blast. More information can be found at his website: