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Ottawa, ON 

7:30 - 16:30

January 30, 2018



RAdm D.C. Hawco, MSM, CD

Chief of Force Development

Rear Admiral Hawco has conducted several operational deployments. Following initial training and employment as a shipborne air controller, he was deployed to the Adriatic for OP SHARP GUARD as a member of the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic staff, enforcing a UN embargo against the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. As Executive Officer of HMCS VANCOUVER and in response to the attacks of September 11th 2001, he was immediately deployed to the Persian Gulf for OP APOLLO integrating with USS JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Battle Group. As Commanding Officer of HMCS OTTAWA in 2006, he was deployed in support of OPERATION ALTAIR as an integrated unit within the USS BOXER Expeditionary Strike Group, where he was subsequently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by both Canada and the United States. Finally, in December 2010 he was selected for a one-year deployment to Afghanistan as an Advisor to COMISAF within his Commander's Initiatives Group Staff.

In his career, Rear Admiral Hawco's non-operational shore appointments included the RCN's Senior Advanced Air Control Instructor in the CF Naval Operations School in Halifax; Combat Division Commander at the CF Fleet School in Victoria; Senior Staff Officer Schedules, Plans & Exercises in Victoria; Executive Secretary to the Chief of the Maritime Staff in NDHQ Ottawa; Director Maritime Requirements Sea for the RCN in NHDQ Ottawa; Director General Maritime Strategic Management in NHDQ Ottawa; and Director General Cyberspace in NDHQ Ottawa. In addition to Command of HMCS OTTAWA, he was appointed as the Commander Atlantic Fleet in 2012-2013.

His academic credentials include a BAdmin from the College Militaire Royal de St-Jean, a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, and a Masters in Defence Policy and Management from the Royal Military College.

RAdm S.E.G. Bishop, CMM, CD 

Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and Chief of Defence Intelligence

Rear Admiral Bishop embarked on a naval career in 1983. Early on, Rear Admiral Bishop specialized in navigation, successfully completing both the Destroyer Navigation Officer course and the Maritime Advanced Navigation Officer Course. In 1995, Rear Admiral Bishop attended a yearlong warfare course for future Operations Room Officers, after which he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and posted to HMCS VANCOUVER as the ship’s Combat Officer. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Officer in HMCS ATHABASKAN. After being promoted to the rank of Commander in 2003, he was selected to command the frigate, HMCS HALIFAX in 2005. In 2011, he deployed on OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR as the Chief of Current Operations in the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters to enforce NATO's no-fly-zone and embargo against Libya. Rear Admiral Scott Bishop was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and Chief of Defence Intelligence in June of 2016.

His most recent command appointments have been Commander Maritime Operations Group Five, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, and Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic. Over his career, Rear Admiral Bishop has worked in many staff appointments, including: member of the Chief of Defence Staff’s capability action teams; Director of Transformation and Strategic Planning for the Chief of Force Development; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff; Director of Operations with the Strategic Joint Staff and, more recently, Director General International Security Policy.

Rear Admiral Bishop holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the US Navy’s War College. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2016.

Charlie Jamieson

Director Business Development- Canada, ThinkLogical

Charlie is an experienced executive with over 35 years delivering C4ISR Defence and Security solutions in the Canadian Defence and Aerospace market.

He is a highly respected, client-focused executive with a broad base of experience from bottom up to top down. Strong and intuitive business acumen provides an ability to assess and understand complex business issues and relationships. A recognized track record of creating and building strong relationships with clients, partners and staff. Clear, crisp and direct communicator with strong leadership skills. Unflappable, tenacious and just doesn’t give up. A pragmatic and creative problem solver; “there is seldom a no, most often the issue is how”. Adept at strategic thinking, and agile conversion to tactical action plans.

Charlie’s career has included assignments with CMC Electronics, Lockheed Martin Canada, and General Dynamics Canada as well as various consulting engagements. He has been supporting Thinklogical as Director Business Development since 2015.

LGen (Retired) Stuart Beare

Strategic Advisor for Defence and Public Safety, Accenture 

LGen Stu is proud to have served 36 years alongside great Canadians in and out of uniform. Retiring in late 2014, he commanded at every level – Battery, Regiment, Brigade, Division, Land Force Doctrine and Training System, Expeditionary Forces Command, and lastly as Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command where he was responsible for the anticipation of, preparation for, and conduct of Canadian Armed Forces across Canada and around the world. He has extensive operational experience in Canada and globally – including Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He has led Defence strategic analysis, joint capability and force development, and has extensive experience in partnering and integrating across security Ministries at home, and with diverse international partners abroad.


Today Stu is a member of Canada Company and a supporter of Veterans in transition. He is Chair of the Board of Soldiers Helping Soldiers – a newly established Not for Profit that serves to find, connect with, and connect homeless Veterans to those who can help them. And he recently embarked on year 3 working with Accenture as Strategic Advisor for Defence and Public Safety – living and serving at the intersection of industry and his former profession. 

Richard L. Williams

Director Quality Assurance, L3 Technologies

Richard “Rick” Williams is a former U.S. Navy Flag Officer, with over 30-years of leadership responsibilities in complex operations and management of multi-faceted organizations. Rick’s senior-level experience range from Squadron Command, Deputy of an Operational Fleet, to achievement and conclusion as Carrier Strike Group Command. During his tenure, Rick also commanded a Middle East Combined Maritime Security Task Force CTF-151 that supported coalition efforts against the war on terror. Recently hired by L3 Technologies, Communication Systems-East, Rick brings his unique experiences in maritime C5ISR operations and the development of Electro-Magnetic Maneuver Warfare to influence corporate strategy and business development pursuits. As a member of the business development team, Rick is developing and leading L3’s strategic initiatives to advance U.S. defence forces and our allies to create breakthroughs in the control of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum.

Rick earned a Master of Business degree from the University of Maryland, holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and completed the MIT Strategic Security Seminar XXI Fellowship. Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2 awards) Legion of Merit (4 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards).

BGen (Retired) John Turnbull CD

Associate, CFN Consultants

John Turnbull is a former Army Signal Officer with a strong background in Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence. He was the Director Land Command Systems Program Management during the launch of the Land Force ISTAR capital project. He is also a past commander of the CF Information Operations Group and DG Military SIGINT. After his military career, he joined at the Communications Security Establishment in the IT security business line for 5 years. 

He retired from CSE in 2016 as Director General Cyber Protection, responsible for Cyber Assurance Standards and Policies for the Government of Canada. He is currently an associate with CFN Consultants working with clients in the IM/IT, cyber, ISTAR and EW domains.

Carl Sharpe

Senior Principal, Artificial Intelligence, Accenture Public Safety

Global Lead, Public Safety Innovation

Carl joined Accenture in 2016 and is the global lead for Public Safety Innovation and Digital Intelligence as well as Canada’s Lead for Analytics for Health and Public Service.

An Advanced Analytics and AI professional, Carl has over 17 years’ experience working with government, military, and industry. Carl was part of the leadership group that established The Dock, Accenture’s global innovation hub, where led the development of the Intelligent Decision Support portfolio. He also serves as a domain expert in the field of and Security Intelligence. Prior to joining Accenture, Carl worked in the Public Safety and National Security portfolio with the Government of Canada, domestically and internationally, developing and leading analytics investigation teams and designing and delivering big data backed advanced analytics solutions.

Carl also works with the Vector Institute, a Toronto based partnership of academia, government, and industry that advances the application, adoption, and commercialization of AI across Canada.

Jerry McLean

Vice President Managing Director, Defence & Security Thales Canada 

Mr. McLean was appointed to his current position in January 2015. In 2009, he assumed the responsibilities of Director, Marketing, Sales where he led the successful pursuit of prime and Tier 1 contracts under the Land Command Support System program and National Shipbuilding Strategy. In 2007, he joined Thales and was responsible for the development and capture of all maritime programs including the Halifax Class Modernization SMART S Mk II and IMIC3.

He held significant Program Management responsibilities during his military career, including as the Director of Marine Propulsion and Electrical Distribution Systems, Director Above Water Warfare and Underwater Warfare Systems, and Director Naval Training Systems. A graduate of the Canadian Forces College in 1997 and College Militaire Royal in 1985, Mr. McLean served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years as a Combat Systems Engineer.

Most recently, Mr. McLean was proud to support his team in the capture of AJISS, Canada’s largest naval in-service support contract.

Col Darrell Russel, CD

Director Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre

Colonel Russel enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987. He postings include Forward Observation Officer, the First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Battery Commander F Battery He commanded his battery from 2001 to 2004, which culminated with a deployment as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan under 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group in Kabul. From 2005 to 2007 he was appointed as the Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Artillery School. In 2007, Colonel Russel was posted to the Directorate of Army Training in Kingston, Ontario. In 2008, he attended the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where he was awarded a Master of Defence Studies through the Royal Military College of Canada. 

He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in June 2010 and appointed as the Chief of Staff / Commanding Officer of the Combat Training Centre Headquarters. In 2011, he was appointed as CO 4th Air Defence Regiment, RCA. Following unit command, he served two years as the Resource Manager for the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. In 2015, Col Russel was promoted to Colonel and posted to Kingston as the Director of the Canadian Land Warfare Centre. 

MGen (Retired) Steve Noonan, CMM, MSC, CD

Partner, CFN Consultants

Steve Noonan joined CFN Consultants after 36 years of service as a Combat Engineer officer in the Canadian Forces. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Steve has commanded at all levels, highlighted by the command of all Canadian troops in Afghanistan from August 2005 until March 2006 to ensure the orderly transition from stabilization operations in Kabul to combat operations in Kandahar. His command opportunities culminated as Commander Canadian Operational Support Command where he developed expertise in logistics, communications, engineering and signals support to deployed operations. In addition, he has served in senior staff positions, including the Chief Operations Officer (J3) for the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, where he was responsible to coordinate operational level activities for all operations conducted outside of the North American perimeter.

Although MGen (Ret’d) Noonan’s primary area of work is facilitating army procurement programs, he brings a significant expertise in defining joint and army requirements particularly in C4ISR and the Cyber Warfare domain.

MGen (Retired) Denis Thompson, CMM, MSC, CD

MGen (ret’d) Thompson graduated from RMC in 1984. As a junior officer he served with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) in Winnipeg, Cyprus and Germany and with Joint Task Force 2 in Ottawa.

In 1996, he commanded G Company, 2 RCR, leading them on the initial NATO mission in Bosnia. In 2000, MGen (ret’d) Thompson assumed command of 3 RCR redeploying with them to Bosnia in 2001. On leaving Regimental duty, he took up a post as a policy officer including a secondment to Foreign Affairs. In 2006, MGen (ret’d) Thompson was appointed Brigade Commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa until assuming command of NATO’s Task Force Kandahar in 2008/09. He was appointed Commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command in 2011 until he took command of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai from 2014 to 2017 retiring in June 2017.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Applied Military Science.

LGen (Retired) D. Michael Day  CMM, MSC, CD, MA

LGen (Retired) Mike Day joined the Canadian Forces in 1983. He had the privilege of serving and commanding within his Regiment, and spent majority of his career as an Operator within Canada’s Counter Terrorist and Special Forces community commanding both Joint Task Force Two ( JTF 2) & Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command. Mr. Day was deployed operationally to Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan and was responsible for the preparation, training and oversight of NATO’s Response Force, with distributed command throughout Europe.

He has served in a variety of Senior Staff appointments including the Canadian Armed Forces Senior Military Officer in the Defence Policy Group, and the Chief Strategic Planner for the CAF where he also oversaw the development of the Department of National Defence’s Space and Cyber Programs. Mr. Day has a degree in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Arts in War Studies, from the RMC of Canada.

LGen has received the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross for his service in Afghanistan and various international awards like the US Legion of Merit, US Special Operations Command Medal and the Polish Silver and Bronze Medals. After retiring in September 2015, he currently consults many companies, is a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and is the President of the PPCLI Charitable Foundation.

Strategic Adviser, MAG Aerospace

BGen M. Lalumiere, CD 

BGen Lalumière served for the first half of his career operationally at numerous SAR Sqns in Canada as a helicopter pilot.

He joined the SAR Helicopter (CSH) Project and also served as the Detachment Commander for the Project Management Office in Italy. He received a Special Achievement Award from DGAEPM. In 2005, he was assigned to the Air Staff and finally joined the Chief of Air Staff Exec as Executive Assistant to CAS and Commander of Air Command.

Later, he was appointed as Director Air Force Readiness to then be deployed on Op ATTENTION in ISAF Headquarters, Kabul Afghanistan. He received a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation. In 2012, he served as Senior Advisor to Commander Canadian Joint CJOC. He was promoted and appointed Director-General Space. He returned to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2016 as DG Air FD.

BGen Lalumière completed the Advanced Military Studies Program, and graduated from the inaugural National Security Program at CFC.

Director - General, Air Force Development

Col Orest Babij, MSM, CD, DPhil

Col Orest Babij enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1987. After graduation in 1991, he began a doctorate in British military history at Oxford University. While completing his doctoral dissertation, he returned to RMC and taught military history from 1996-1999

As an intelligence officer, Col Babij has had diverse experience at the tactical and strategic levels. He has led numerous analytical teams at the strategic level. As a Lieutenant, he worked as a Balkans analyst in the National Defence Intelligence Centre. He led the Afghanistan Intelligence Response Team (AIRT). He commanded the Canadian All Source Intelligence Centre in Afghanistan twice and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, he was made the Deputy-Director and, then, Director for Policy and Programmes (Intelligence) in CDI. LCol Babij was appointed the Commanding Officer of Joint Task Force X. He was posted to Canadian Army Headquarters as the G2 and Director Intelligence and later promoted to Colonel. In 2017, Colonel Babij was posted to the position of Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations at CFINTCOM Headquarters in Ottawa.


Andre Dupuis

André Dupuis has over 35 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces as a senior the leader in Air and Space operations and strategic planning.  

Throughout his career with the US Department of Defence and US Air Force, he led a number of highly-visible command and transformational initiatives. He led the Canadian Armed Force’s Space Cadre during his last 8 years. His last assignment in the DND was as the Director of Space Requirements. His active participation in international and inter-departmental space programmes provide him with a unique understanding of the role space plays in support of national security objectives and how it has become an integral part of the commercial and civil national critical infrastructure.

After retiring from the CAF, he founded Space Strategies Consulting Ltd. SSCL focused on providing trusted, independent advice to the Canadian civil, commercial and national security space enterprise across the entire spectrum of capabilities. André is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and of the Canadian Forces College, Toronto.

President, Space Strategies Consulting Ltd

LCol (Retired) Greg Jensen

Greg had an exciting career of over 40 years as an Infantry soldier, Signals Intelligence Operator and Army Intelligence Officer. As an Intelligence Officer, his career was “bookended” by the Canadian Airborne Regiment at one end and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) at the other end. He was the first J2 of CANSOFCOM.

He has served on posts including Electronic Warfare Squadron, Army G2, Chief Current Intelligence in HQ Allied Forces Northern Europe, and Chief of Defence Intelligence Staff (CDI). He also led the capable CANSOFCOM J2 team which designed and delivered Special Operations Intelligence Centres (SOIC) for the first six Special Operations Task Force deployments to the Afghanistan theatre. 

Greg is currently supporting the Canadian Joint Operations Command J2 as a special advisor focused primarily on ISR capability integration. He is a graduate of the U.K. Joint Staff Intelligence Course, Oslo University, Norwegian Defence College and the Canadian Army Command and Staff Course. He is married to the lovely Sylvie of Fulham, London, England.

J2 Capability Integration, Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters

J. Sotropa

J Sotropa is a Chief Engineer at General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada with 15 years of experience providing expertise in systems engineering. In the defence, mining and manufacturing industries, he worked with a wide variety of stakeholders, eliciting requirements and delivering solutions that provide value to end users.

Previously LEISC Chief Engineer, he worked with Director Land Command Systems Program Management (DLCSPM) to evolve and sustain the Land Command and Support System (LCSS) – introducing new network hardware and software components and bearers – while integrating the system into the Army’s new LAV6 and TAPV platforms. During his association with General Dynamics, he led the technical team, working jointly with DLCSPM at Multinational Experiment 4; a coalition technical exercise with US and British partners. J was also a member of the Bowman Program (British Army) team, responsible to manage the challenges of the harsh mobile tactical environment.

J holds an Industrial Systems Engineering degree from the University of Regina (UR).

Chief Engineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems 

Eric Fournier

Mr. Fournier is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the CAF. Eric began his career with DRDC as a Defence Scientist. He spent most of his scientific career in that establishment and held a number of positions in the Weapons field of study.

In May 2006, he was appointed Director, Science & Technology Air. Later, he was appointed as Director of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA), and was responsible for the delivery of a Science and Technology program in the areas of operational research, strategic analysis, and scientific and technical intelligence. In 2014, Mr. Fournier took up the position of Defence R&D Counsellor at CDLS (London) where he was responsible for liaison in defence Science and Technology between Canada and the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

In 2017, he was appointed DG for Strategic Decision Support and also selected to develop and lead the implementation of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) initiative.

Director General S&T Strategic Decision Support, IDEaS

Jeff Tasseron

Jeff Tasseron, CCC’s Director of Aerospace Business Development, is a retired Naval Aviator and RCAF Colonel. Trained as an Air Navigator, his operational background includes extensive deployed sea service with the RCN and flying the CH-124 Sea King helicopter. When not flying, he held senior staff appointments as Director Canadian Forces Transformation, Director Joint C4ISR, and Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff. His final post in the Canadian Forces was to lead a combined civilian, military, and industry team.

Upon retirement, he joined General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada as the Senior Manager of Air & Naval business development and then KPMG as the Director of Defence Advisory Services, providing specialized defence and security consulting expertise, before taking on his current role with CCC.

As Director of Aerospace Business Development, Jeff is responsible for establishing and sustaining strong client relationships with Canadian military and civilian aerospace exporters, and with assisting them to access government procurement markets in other countries through CCC’s unique contracting model.

Director, Aerospace Business Development, Canadian Commercial Corporation

Capt(N) John N. Tremblay

Capt(N) John N. Tremblay is currently assigned as the Royal Canadian Navy’s Director of Naval Information Warfare and is a principal on the Executive Steering Committee of the AUSCANNZUKUS Maritime Information Warfare Organization. He holds warfare specialties in Anti-Submarine Warfare, Mine Countermeasures and Information Warfare.


His sea assignments include Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Combat Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of HMCS Protecteur (AOR 510) and HMCS Preserver (AOR 509). During these seagoing assignments, Capt(N) Tremblay participated in four Standing Naval Force Atlantic deployments; Operation SHARP GUARD, Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOR in support of NATO Article 5 operations against terrorism, Operation APOLLO, the Canadian contribution to the global war on terrorism; and Operation Caribbe.

Staff appointments include Curriculum Development and Planning, Operations Officer at the Fifth Maritime Operations Group, Commanding Officer of Base Information Services Esquimalt and Chief of Staff Operations for Canadian Fleet Pacific. Capt(N) Tremblay is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College, holds an Honours Degree in Commerce, and a Master Degree in Defense Studies.  

Director Naval Information Warfare