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Space, Aviation, Social Media
A former F-18 pilot and test pilot, Chris Hadfield became an astronaut after retiring from the Canadian Forces. He was chosen as one of four new Canadian astronauts in 1992 and became the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, the only Canadian to ever board the Russian space station Mir and was the first Canadian to walk in space. In December 2012 Chris Hadfield was again launched into space and commanded the Inter­na­tional Space Station for the second half of a 5-month mission.
Land & Air Systems
Mark Halinaty is Deputy Country Director for Thales Canada Inc. and Vice President Land & Air Systems. Mark has attained successive management responsibilities within Thales. Prior to this position, he held Vice President positions at Thales Canada's Transportation, Defence & Security and Aerospace businesses. He joined the Alcatel Transportation (now Thales) in 1983 as a Safety Engineer working on the original deployments of the company's automated Communications-Based Train Control system on Vancouver's SkyTrain and Toronto's SRT. During his tenure, he has been involved in a wide range of projects and held a number of key commercial and technical positions within the company, including Managing Director of Thales Rail Signalling Solutions in the UK. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Halinaty has also been involved in the Space and Nuclear Power technology fields.
Maritime Studies
Commander Kenneth P. Hansen is the Military Co-chair of the Maritime Studies Programme at Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has served in a number of destroyers and frigates of the Atlantic Fleet, and as a staff officer with the 1st Maritime Operations Group.
Prime Minister of Canada
First elected to Parliament in 1993, Stephen Harper has been at the forefront of national debate since becoming Leader of the Opposition in 2002 and impressing many as an effective, energetic MP who served the Reform Party as a leading spokesperson for issues related to finance and national unity. Stephen Harper spearheaded the effort to unite Canada ’s two conservative parties as the new Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected its leader in March 2004. After losing their first federal election, his party went on to win the January 2006 election, and The Right Honourable Stephen Harper is now leading a majority Conservative government as Canada ’s 22nd Prime Minister.
Kris Hatashita is a consultant to the Department of National Defence and a subject matter expert of electromagnetic sciences. Certified TEMPEST Professional, Level II (CTP II) since 1990, he has been around the world testing and certifying systems for the Government of Canada during the past 20 years. Kris was sent to Kandahar twice to test the electromagnetic integrity and security of communication systems of Canadian vehicles participating in the NATO International Security Assistance Force. It was during his second mission that he was sent to the forward operating base at Ma Sum Ghar where the incidents described in his article occurred.
VAdm (retd)
Navy, NATO, Diplomacy
Vice-Admiral (retd) Darren Hawco
Darren Hawco is a retired Vice-Admiral from the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to his retirement, he was Canada’s Military Representative to NATO, and before that was the Chief of Force Development and lead military official for the development of Canada’s Defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE). He is currently an Executive Advisor with Deloitte Canada.
LCol (ret)
Air Force, Government
Laurie joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964 and received his pilot wings in 1967. His many roles included commanding a CF-18 Tactical Fighter Squadron and overseeing the operation of six squadrons. He retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel after 30 years in the Air Force, and served an additional five years as Honourary Colonel of 417 Combat Support Squadron. Laurie then entered the financial services business, holding senior supervisory positions. In a decisive election victory in 2006, Laurie became the representative for Edmonton Centre. Re-elected in October 2008, and served on the Standing Committee on National Defence, and the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan. He also chaired the Special Legislative Committee on Bill C-30 (the Clean Air Act), served on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay.
President, WiDS
Currently the President of Women in Defence and Security in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Executive Director of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International – Canada, Anne was also the General Manager for Canadian Defence Industries Association for 13 years. Prior to AUVSI-Canada, Anne was a Director with EADS Canada. She has been a member of Canadian Society of Association Executives and has been the VP of Membership for the Carleton University World Affairs Club, a fundraising coordinator for the Canadian War Museum and the Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus. Anne has attained the Certificate of Appreciation from the US Army Research, Development and Standardization Group-Canada, the Merit Award for exceptional and distinguished Public Service, a Project Management Certification and majored in Political Science at Carleton University.
Gen (ret)
Chief of the Defence Staff (2005-2008)
A proud Newfoundlander, General Rick Hillier likes to boast that he joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. In May 2003 he was chosen as the new Commander of the Army and a few months later, in October, he Commanded ISAF, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul, Afghanistan. This deployment shaped his future and he was quickly promoted to General to assume the duties as Chief of Canada's Defence Staff in February 2005. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2008.
LCol (ret)
Doc has an extensive background in field, locating, and air defence artillery – including command, staff and instructional duties. He was project director for the RIIP and LLAD projects and a program analyst on the VCDS staff. He has been the Canadian Forces liaison officer with the US Army at Fort Bliss, Texas and has been the Head of Delegation on a number of international working groups. Since retirement from the CF, he has been the Director of Simulation and Training Systems for Simtran Technologies (now FATS Canada). As a consultant, he has played a key role in the Enhanced Leadership Model and the Rx2000 Medical projects.
Parliamentary Analyst
Hudson R. Rock (no relation to Rock Hudson) was formed in Newfoundland and Labrador (the ‘Rock’). Young Hudson gradually carved his own career path across Canada. He was stoned in British Columbia, worked at the bottom of the pile at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta, performed with a rock band in Manitoba (but got tired of being taken for granite). He also sought a position in Quebec, but was unhappy being just another pierre. Eventually, his finely chiseled features were noticed by a Toronto architect who invited Hudson to sit as a gargoyle on the old Maple Leaf Gardens. Hudson was subsequently invited to sit on the East Block on Parliament Hill before being elevated to the Peace Tower, from which he continues to protrude today.
Political Science
Dr Rob Huebert, University of Calgary
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also severed as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the board of the Van Horne Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes and comments on issues of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His most book, written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths, is "Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship".
International Affairs
Ambassador Robert E. Hunter is Senior Advisor at the RAND Corporation, Washington, DC. He is also President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Chairman of the Council for a Community of Democracies, and Senior International Consultant to Lockheed-Martin Overseas Corporation. He was US Ambassador to NATO (1993-98), Director of West European and Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council (1977-81), Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and served on the White House Staff. His PhD. is from the London School of Economics. He has more than 800 publications in print and has traveled to more than 90 countries.