Keynote Speaker

David Perry
Senior Analyst
Canadian Global Affairs Institute

David Perry is the Senior Analyst with the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.  He was previously the Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, where he authored multiple publications related to defence budgeting, transformation and procurement, including Putting the ‘Armed’ Back Into the Canadian Armed Forces and The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means.  He is currently a doctoral candidate in political science at Carleton University where his research examines the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, he was the Deputy Director of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies.  His research has been published in Defence Studies, Comparative Strategy, International Journal, and Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and he is a regular columnist for the Canadian Naval Review. He often provides comment for Canadian and international media on defence and security issues.  

Jennifer C. Hubbard
Director General, International and Industry Programs Division,  Department of National Defence

Ms. Jennifer Hubbard is the Director General International and Industry Programs responsible for the development and execution of international and industry programs and activities in support of the materiel acquisition and support mandate of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. She manages the international materiel agenda within both a multilateral and bilateral environment and provides leadership in the management of Canadian defence industry relations. In July 2016, Ms. Hubbard was selected as the Chairperson of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization Agency Supervisory Board, a subsidiary body established by the North Atlantic Council with a view to meeting the collective requirements of NATO nations in the fields of acquisition, capability, support and logistics provision.

Ms. Hubbard attended the University of Ottawa and received a Baccalaureate of Social Sciences with a Minor in Sociology.

Christopher Baird
Senior Director, Build in Canada Innovation Program
Public Services & Procurement Canada

Christopher Baird is the Senior Director responsible for the Build in Canada Innovation Program which is situation within the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement.   The program supports Canadian companies with innovative, pre-commercial goods and services in getting their innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace through a competitive procurement process.  In this role, Mr. Baird manages the overall program delivery, and engages extensively with the programs strategic partners and stakeholders in both public and private stakeholders. Previous, Christopher led the development of the Defence Procurement Strategy Secretariat which was charged with the development of the Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) with an aim to better support policy and economic outcomes, working with National Defence, Industry Canada, International Trade and others in its development. Previous to this role, Christopher held position of Acquisitions Account Executive, and he spent almost 10 years with the Information Technology Services Branch of Public Service and Procurement in the telecommunications product management area. Mr. Baird holds an MBA in high technology management from the University of Ottawa, and an Arts Baccalaureate in Biology from Harvard University.

Michael Petric
Canadian Lead

Michael Petric leads Avascent’s growth in Canada. He serves clients from diverse backgrounds and helps them identify industrial and technological priorities, export opportunities, and evaluate program outcomes. Michael has recently led projects on diverse topics including Public Private Partnerships (P3s) and the role of foreign direct investment in defence.  Prior to joining Avascent, Michael engaged in a year of intensive professional development at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and Human Rights First in Washington, DC. Before moving to the United States, Michael served as a civilian advisor to the Canadian Government on matters of national security and also served as an Infantry Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Michael’s service in the Canadian military included an operational tour to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Canadian Joint Operations Command Commendation for his work professionalizing the Afghan National Army.

Michael graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in History and Political Science and completed a M.A. in international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is pursuing an M.B.A. through IE University in Madrid, Spain.

Colonel Nicolas J.L. Pilon, CD, P. Eng.
Director, Land Requirements
Canadian Forces

Colonel Nicolas Pilon is currently the Director of Land Requirements for the Canadian Army working in the Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa.  Colonel Pilon enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992 and graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  He completed his Military Engineer officer training in 1997 and throughout his career he has served with the Royal Canadian Engineers field forces for over 9 years, including commanding 2 Combat Engineer Regiment in Petawawa, Ontario from 2012 to 2014.  He has held many staff appointments that include working in the J5 Plans Branch of the Canadian Joint Headquarters in Kingston, in the G3 operations staff in Canadian Army Headquarters, as Chief of Staff of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and as the Senior Joint Engineer in the Canadian Joint Operations Command in Ottawa.  Colonel Pilon has also served at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineers where he was responsible for the training of all Military Engineer officers.  Colonel Pilon has four overseas deployment that include East Timor (1999), Afghanistan (2003 and 2005) and Haiti where he was the Chief of Staff of the Military Forces to the United Nations Stabilization Mission from July 2015 to July 2016.  He is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.  Colonel Pilon holds a Master’s degree in Defence Studies and is also a licensed Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario.  He is married and has three children.