Best Defence 2021 Program

Learn more about what’s taking place at Best Defence 2021.
*Please note the program is subject to change

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

8:00 AMRegistration
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AMKeynote Speaker
9:30 AMCanadian Armed Forces (CAF) Mini Outlooks
Directors of Requirements for the Army, Navy, and Air Force
10:30 AMBreak & B2Bs
11:00 AMSupporting Viable Chains of Critical Minerals
Andrew Ghattas, Director, Critical Minerals Task Force
Natural Resources Canada
11:30 AMCanada’s Post-Covid Procurement Outlook
Dr. David Perry, VP, Canadian Government Affairs Institute
12:00 PMLunch
1:30 PMResearch Capabilities in Advanced Manufacturing
The Advance Manufacturing Consortium (Uwaterloo, Western, McMaster)
2:00 PMTech Showcase
2:30 PMINO: bringing innovations to life in Optics-Photonics
Patrice Topart, Director, Defence, Security, and Aerospace Business Unit
3:00 PMBreak & B2Bs
3:30 PMIndigenous Benefits Plan / ITBs
Matthew Sreter, Director General, Strategic Contracting,
Procurement and Indigenous Relations Management
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
4:30 PMWomen in Defence (WiDS) Speed Networking
5:00 PMB2Bs & Networking (+ WiDS)
6:00 PMWelcome Reception

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

9:00 AM Transformation in a Digital Era
Brigadier-General P.C. Sabourin, CD
Director General, Information Capabilities Force Development
9:30 AMModernizing the Defence Supply Chain from Factory to Foxhole: 
The advantage of holistic planning and partnering
Judith Bennett, Director General, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain (ADM (MAT) DGMSSG
10:00 AMBlackBerry®
10:30 AMBreak & B2Bs
11:00 AMCyberSecure Canada Program
Erle Higgins, Manager, CyberSecure Canada
11:30 AMBalancing the development and growth of the Canadian economy with national security risks
Katherine Hanna, Regional Director General
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Toronto Region
12:00 PMLunch
1:30 PMSustainable Chemicals
Elisabeth Luther, Principal Sustainability and Knowledge Transfer, Yordas Group
2:30 PMNetworking
3:30 PMConference Closes