Best Defence 2022 Program

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

RBC Place London, 300 York Street, London, Ontario

0830Registration Opens
0915Welcome
Heather Pilot, Pilot Hill Ltd. & MC Peter Studer, CFN Consultants
0930Keynote Address
1000Canadian Armed Forces Mini Outlooks
1000 Capt (N) Blair Brown, Director Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
1020 Col David Pletz, Director Air Requirements, Royal Canadian Air Force
1040 Col David MacIntyre, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
1100Networking Break + B2B meetings  
1130Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
Stacy Bostjanick, Director of CMMC Policy
U.S. Department of Defense
1200Lunch Break
1300Next Generation Combat Vehicle
Moderator:  Peter Studer, CFN Consultants
Brant Dayley, Business Creation for Electrification, Automation & Connected Vehicles, GM Defense
Steve Pietrangelo, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada
Mark Patterson, Managing Director, SRC Canada Inc.
1400National Cybersecurity Consortium
(Received $80M grant from ISED to undertake cybersecurity related R&D across Canada)
Moderator:  Andrew Walenstein, BlackBerry 
Marius C. Ghinescu, Director of Engineering & Technology, Raytheon Canada
Ken Barker Ph.D., FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP, University of Calgary
Director of the Institute for Security, Privacy, and Information Assurance (ISPIA);
Founding Director, National Cybersecurity Consortium
1430Networking Break + B2B meetings  
1500Driving Economic Reconciliation through Defence Procurements
Moderator: General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada
Thomas Benjoe, President, FHQ Developments, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council,
Regina Saskatchewan
Stephen Isaacs, Business Development, Marshall Aerospace Canada
1645Best Defence Reception until 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 17, 2022

RBC Place London, 300 York Street, London, Ontario

0830Registration Opens
0900Welcome
MC Peter Studer, CFN Consultants
0905Palantir Technologies Canada
0915Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier
Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Royal Canadian Air Force
1000Next Generation Aerospace Panel
Moderator: Richard Foster, Vice President, L3 Harris Technologies, Canada
François Dufault, Key Account Manager – Defence, Airbus Defence Canada Ltd.
Michel Lalumiere, International Strategic Development Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Alex Tsoulis, Director, Business Development & Advanced Manufacturing, MHI Canada Aerospace Inc.
1100Networking Break + B2B meetings  
1130From Known Procurement Processes to Innovation
Simon Page
, Assistant Deputy Minister / Defence and Marine Procurement Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada
1200Lunch Break
1300Technology Fast Forward
Panel discussion the security challenges and opportunities for Next Generation Defence and Security
Moderator: John de Boer, Sr Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, BlackBerry
Colonel Allan Ferriss, Director of Air Domain Development (DADD), Royal Canadian Air Force
Derek Dobson, Defence, Intelligence & Federal Public Safety Leader, Microsoft Canada
Jim Merson, Sr Client Manager, Palantir Technologies Canada Inc.
1345Implications of the Ukraine Conflict for Canadian Defence & Security
Dr. David Perry, President
Canadian Government Affairs Institute
1430Trade Commissioner Service & the Defense Sector: Spotlight on Eastern Europe
Uday Sequeira,
Trade Commissioner (Aerospace, Defense and Security)
Global Affairs Canada, Toronto
1530Conference Wrap-up and Networking
1630Event Concludes