Best Defence 2022 Program

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

RBC Place London, 300 York Street, London, Ontario

0830Registration Opens
0900Conference Opening
Heather Pilot, Pilot Hill Ltd
Peter Studer, CFN Consultants (MC)
0930Canadian Armed Forces Mini Outlooks
Sponsored by FHQ Developments

0930 Capt (N) Blair Brown, Director Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
0950 Col David Pletz, Director Air Requirements, Royal Canadian Air Force
1010 Col David MacIntyre, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
1030Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
Stacy Bostjanick, Director of CMMC Policy
U.S. Department of Defense
1100 Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Kadie Ward Commissioner and Chief Administrative
Officer at Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
1105Keynote Address
Her Excellency Yuliya Kovaliv, Ukraine Ambassador to Canada
1130B2B Networking Break
Sponsored by Canadian Defence Review
1200Lunch Break
Sponsored by FPH Group

1215 VoltSafe Inc. – TechShowcase Pitch
1220 Hexagon
TechShowcase Pitch
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.
Niklas Ålund, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Saab Group
1400National Cybersecurity Consortium
(Received $80M grant from ISED to undertake cybersecurity related R&D across Canada)
Moderator:  Andrew Walenstein, Senior Director, BlackBerry Labs
Terry Manion, VP and GM, 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
1430Coffee Break
Sponsored by Canadian Defence Review
1500RedLoreTechShowcase Pitch
1505Akimbo Technologies Inc – Techshowcase Pitch
1510Driving Economic Reconciliation through Defence Procurements
Moderator: Doug Wilson-Hodge, Director, Strategy & Canada Business Development,
General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada
Thomas Benjoe, President, FHQ Developments, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council,
Regina Saskatchewan
Stephen Isaacs, Program Director, Marshall Canada
Philip Ducharme, Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
1645Best Defence Reception until 6:30 pm
Sponsored by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada
Note:  B2B Meetings may be scheduled over lunch and breaks or at your discretion.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

RBC Place London, 300 York Street, London, Ontario

0830Registration Opens
Peter Studer, CFN Consultants (MC)
0905Palantir Technologies Canada
Jim Merson, Senior Client Manager,
Jared Greenberg, Senior Client Partner,
Palantir Technologies Canada Inc.
0915Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier
Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Royal Canadian Air Force

Sponsored by Planatir Technologies Canada Ltd.
1000Pro Metal Industries Ltd.
Mark Brown, President, Pro Metal Industries Ltd.
1005Next Generation Aerospace Panel
Moderator: Peter Studer, Partner, CFN Consultants
François Dufault, Key Account Manager – Defence, Airbus Defence Canada Ltd.
Michel Lalumiere, International Strategic Development Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc
Alex Tsoulis, Director, Business Development & Advanced Manufacturing, MHI Canada Aerospace Inc.
1100Coffee Break
Sponsored by Canadian Defence Review
1130From Known Procurement Processes to Innovation
Simon Page
, Rear-Admiral (retired) , OMM, CD, Assistant
Deputy Minister, Defence and Marine Procurement, PSPC
1200Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Hexagon

1215 CCX Technologies – TechShowcase Pitch
1220 KA Imaging – TechShowcase Pitch
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
Sonny Sarkar, Air & Space Lead, Palantir
1400SAAB Canada
Vera Reifenstein, Director, Sales & Marketing Canada, Saab Canada
1410Implications of the Ukraine War for Canadian Defence & Security
Dr. David Perry, President
Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Sponsored By SAAB Canada
1445Conference Wrap-up and Networking
Note:  B2B Meetings may be scheduled over lunch and breaks or at your discretion.