Best Defence 2021 Program


A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
Master of Ceremony:  Peter Studer, CFN Consultants

Virtual Platform:  Eventmobi

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

0900WelcomeHeather Pilot, Pilot Hill Ltd. & Peter Studer, CFN Consultants
0905Canadian Armed Forces Mini Outlooks
0905 Col Christopher Renahan, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
0935 Col David Pletz, Director Air Requirements, Royal Canadian Air Force
1005 Capt (N) Blair Brown, Director Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy

Sponsored by General Dynamics Lands Systems – Canada
1045Break
1100Supporting Viable Chains of Critical Minerals
Andrew Ghattas, Director, Critical Minerals Task Force
Natural Resources Canada
1130Research Capabilities in Advanced Manufacturing
The Advance Manufacturing Consortium:  McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Western University
Peter White Executive Director, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Western University
1200Lunch Break
1230Canada’s Post-Covid Procurement Outlook
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Perry, Vice President
Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI)

Sponsored by Airbus Helicopters Canada
1310Trends in the Application of the Value Proposition: Potential Impacts for
Canadian Industry

Stephanie Batstone, Managing Partner, NyRAD Inc.
1345Industry Updates
• Airbus Helicopters, François Dufault
• GDLS-C, Ted Middleton
• IMT Defence, Remo Assini
1400B2B Networking + Exhibitors

Sponsored by Canadian Defence Review (CDR)
1530Day 1 Closes

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

0900 Welcome Remarks
0910Transformation in a Digital Era
Brigadier-General P.C. Sabourin
Director General, Information Capabilities Force Development
Department of National Defence
0945Modernizing the Defence Supply Chain from Factory to Foxhole:
The Advantage of Holistic Planning & Partnering

Judith Bennett, Director General, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain
Department of National Defence

Sponsored by IMT Defence
1015Accelerating Digital Transformation in Defence with BlackBerry IVY: An Intelligent
Data Platform

Sarah Tatsis, Sr Vice President, IVY Development
BlackBerry
1045Break
1100Balancing the Development & Growth of the Canadian Economy with National
Security Risks
Katherine Hanna, Regional Director General (Toronto Region)
Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS)
1130CyberSecure Canada Program
Erle Higgins, Manager
CyberSecure Canada
1200Lunch Break
1230Accelerating Diversity and Inclusion in Federal Procurement – Focus on Indigenous Procurement
Understand how federal procurement is becoming more inclusive and accessible for diverse and underrepresented small businesses!
Dennis Brunner
Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada

Introduction by:  Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos
Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC)
Public Services and Procurement Canada – Ontario Region
1300Cyber Security Challenges in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
A.J. Khan, President
Global Syndicate for Mobility Cyber Security
1330Bringing Innovations to Life in Optics-Photonics
Patrice Topart, Director – Defence, Security & Aerospace Business Unit
INO Canada
(INO is the largest centre of expertise in optics & photonics in Canada and is among the
best technological research centers in the world)
1400B2B + Exhibitor Booths

Sponsored by Canadian Defence Review (CDR)
1530Wrap Up
Heather Pilot and Peter Studer