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Security and Defence Policy
Eleanor Davidson is a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, specializing in security and defence policy. She has written about Canadian defence and the global refugee crisis for iPolitics and The Globe and Mail, and completed the prestigious Canadian Military Journalism Course. Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from the University of King's College, in Halifax.
Dr Nicola Davies is a Psychologist and writer with an interest in the psychology behind frontline work.
War Studies
Since retiring from his position as Logistics Officer in the Canadian Air Force (2004), Major Robert Day continues his passion for research and military analysis. His military service has included posting in almost every region of the country and in Canadian Forces Europe. He has several degrees including an MA in War Studies from RMC where he was the Hunt Prize winner as the top graduate of his graduating year. He is currently completing his PhD in Canadian History. His dissertation is an investigation into the relationship between defence policy and defence procurement.
International Affairs
A former diplomat, de Kerckhove began his auspicious career as an intern at the United Nations Development Programme before entering the Canadian Foreign Service. He retired from the Foreign Service some 38 years later. He is a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is President of Ferry de Kerckhove International Consultants Inc.
Editor, Opérationnels SLDS
Murielle Delaporte
Murielle Delaporte, born in 1961 in France, is the founder and editor of the only bilingual magazine (French and English) that focuses in particular on sustainment and logistics, Opérationnels SLDS (formerly Soutien Logistique Défense).
Gen (ret)
UK & NATO Affairs
General Sir Jack Deverell retired from the British Army in March 2004. An infantryman, his experience lies mostly in the field of operations and training. His command appointments have included a battalion in Northern Ireland, an All Arms Brigade, (the NATO assigned United Kingdom Mobile Force), and two NATO appointments, Deputy Commander (Operations) SFOR in Bosnia and finally CinC AFNORTH. His time as Deputy Commander (Operations) SFOR and CinC AFNORTH gave him experience of multi-national operations. As CinC AFNORTH, he commanded the initial NATO Response Force and was responsible for the operational direction of the first NATO ISAF in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Steven Dieter was the Assistant Adjutant of the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment in Kingston, Ontario. An Associate Air Force Historian with the Office of Air Force Heritage and History, he is the former historian of the Billy Bishop Museum in his home town of Owen Sound, Ontario. Lieutenant Dieter is presently undergoing training as a Regular Force Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Forces.
Journalist/Writer & Soldier
Kean Doherty began his writing career after a 9-year stint in the Canadian Armed Forces, mostly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He left in the mid-90s to pursue a diploma in journalism and has since written for weekly and daily newspapers in Southwestern Ontario, covering golf and junior/professional hockey, and for the pure pleasure of it. Kean is currently a reservist in the intelligence field and also has broad experience in the defence industry, having worked at a leading arms manufacturer as a technical salesman.
Unmanned Vehicles
Dewar Donnithorne-Tait’s 20+ years of service with the British Government included operations, intelligence, defence technology, defence procurement, security, NATO, international relations, R&D management (particularly focused on defence systems). His involvement with unmanned systems began at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, where he studied UGV sensors. Since then he has worked with a range of UGV and UAS research, development and acquisition projects. Trained to operate and fly a light unmanned aircraft and with UK CAA operational approval, his family company, Veitch Moir Ltd, is flying light UAS commercially. He is currently President & CEO of the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (
Military Affairs, Nova Scotia Intergov Affairs
Recently retired from the position of Military Affairs Advisor with the NS Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, Tim is a retired Cdn military PA officer with 37 years of service. His experience includes peacekeeping missions in Israel, Egypt, Syria and the Balkans. He served with NATO’s peace support missions in Bosnia Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Albania and Kosovo. He has conducted seminars worldwide, and held numerous public affairs management and leadership positions, most notably with the Media Centre for the recovery operations for Swissair flight 111, and with NATO-led exercises in France, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2001, Bulgaria awarded him the Medal for Loyal Service, its highest military award, for his work during a major NATO exercise that paved the way for Bulgaria to join the Alliance.
Space and satellites
Colonel Dupuis joined the Canadian Forces in 1979. He has held a variety of operational and staff tours throughout his career in air defence, space operations and strategic planning. The first Canadian Forces member qualified as a Missile Warning Crew Commander at the 7th Missile Warning Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, he has held several command position include the CO 51 Aerospace and Warning Squadron and the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre Detachment Ottawa. In 2009 he took over his current duties as the Director of Space Requirements at National Defence Headquarters Ottawa.