Digitalization of Defence and Security Summit

Sommet sur la digitalisation de la défense et de la sécurité

Wednesday November 17, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Thursday November 18, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Summit Objective:

The aim of the Summit is to bring together political, military, and industry leaders to discuss the convergence of digital and cyber technologies and their effect on defence and security. Since no nation or organization has complete dominance over cyberspace, it is critical for international peace, security, and economic stability to bring together prominent and influential leaders to address emerging threats to North America and Europe and how industries, sectors, and innovating companies are supporting Western Democracy.

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Summit Purpose and Background

The aim of the Summit is to bring together Western political, military, and industry leaders to discuss the convergence of digital and cyber technologies and their effect on NATO, the Five Eyes Community and national defence and security of the participating countries.

The Policy Insights Forum (PIF) and the Canadian Defence Review (CDR) are collaborating to bring together key Allied government and military decision-makers and defence industry leaders to facilitate a timely discussion in an era marked by strategic competitors (Russia, China) and disruptive technologies which are transforming the geopolitics of liberal Western Democracies.

Since no nation or organization has complete dominance over cyberspace, it is critical for international peace, security, and economic stability to bring together prominent and influential leaders to address emerging threats to the Transatlantic region and beyond as well as within the cyber domain.

Date and Timing

The Summit will take place over two days, from Wednesday, November 17 to Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST) each day.

The Keynote by Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, will take place from 9:15 to 9:30 AM (EST) on the morning of November 17 and the Keynote by Goldy Hyder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada, will take place from 9:15 to 9:30 AM (EST) on the morning of November 18.

The specific time slots allocated for the Speakers are from 09:35 to 10:25 AM (EST) for both days. This will be followed by the Speakers’ participation to the Roundtables, which will take place from 10:30 to 11:35 AM (EST).

Venue

The venue is hybrid, both online and in-person to be broadcasted from Ottawa, Canada. The specific location of the in-person event will be held at the Hilton Hotel Ottawa Downtown main conference room (361 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 0C7, Canada).

Theme and format

The Summit is designed to feature two Keynote Speakers, and a Roundtable of prominent Allied political, military, and industry leaders.

Each Speaker is given ten minutes to make opening remarks to be followed by an interactive Roundtable discussion. Questions will be prepared in advance and will be forwarded to the Speakers.

The theme of the Summit is the Digitalization of Defence and Security. The Summit’s aim is to encourage greater Allied government collaboration through better defence, security, digital and cyber cooperation to meet tomorrow’s strategic challenges.

Target Audience Description

We are looking to attract a wide audience composed of people from government, industry, military, and academia.
- This will include at a political-level, ministerial staff and at the ministry-level, deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers, director generals, directors, and policy analysts.
- At the military-level, this would include general staff officers, as well as cyber and digital security military experts.
- Regarding industry-level attendance, we expect participation from C-suite-level executives, vice-presidents, and senior company directors.
- In addition, attendance will also include think tanks, academic institutions, and government-operated learning institutions.

The event is public to facilitate a wider discussion, but subject to appropriate registration approvals and screening.

Background information on the Summit and organisers

FEATURED SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE STATEMENT

SPEAKERS FOR THE FIRST DAY - NOVEMBER 17, 2021

Général Philippe de Montenon

Maj Gen Jürgen Setzer

Stephen Burt

Air Vice-Marshal Tim Neal-Hopes OBE

Adjoint au Commandant de la Cyberdéfense
Deputy Chief, German Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr
ADM and Chief Data Officer for the Department of National Defence
Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration, UK Ministry of Defence

SPEAKERS FOR THE SECOND DAY - NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Angela Heise

Chris Pogue

Kevin Ford

Emiliano Kargieman

Corporate Vice President for Defence & Intelligence of Microsoft
Chief Executive Officer of Thales Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Satellogic

SUMMIT PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021
SUMMIT DAY 1: POLITICAL-MILITARY

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
SUMMIT DAY 2: CEO-INDUSTRY

9:00AM – 9:10 AM (EST): Event Opening
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:00AM – 9:10 AM (EST): Event Opening
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:10AM – 9:30 AM (EST): Keynote Statement Interview from NATO Headquarters (Brussels)
Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General

9:10AM – 9:30 AM (EST): Replay - Summit Keynote Interview from NATO Headquarters (Brussels)
Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General

9:30AM – 9:35 AM (EST): Moderator Speaker Introduction
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:30AM – 9:35 AM (EST): Moderator Speaker Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

9:35AM – 9:45 AM (EST): Germany Perspectives
Generalmajor Jürgen Setzer
, Vice Chief of the Cyber - and Information Domain Service and Chief Information Security Officer of the Bundeswehr

9:35AM – 9:45 AM (EST): Special Speaker Opening Statement
Goldy Hyder
, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada (Canada)

9:45AM – 9:55 AM (EST): Canada Perspectives
Stephen Burt,
Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation and Analytics) and Chief Data Officer for the Department of National Defence (Canada)

9:45AM – 9:55 AM (EST):
Kevin Ford
, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian (Canada)

9:55AM – 10:05 AM (EST): France Perspectives
Général Philippe de Montenon, général de brigade, Adjoint au Commandant de la Cyberdéfense

9:55AM –10:05 AM (EST):
Emiliano Kargieman,
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Satellogic (Argentina)

10:05AM –10:15 AM (EST): United Kingdom Perspectives
Air Vice-Marshal Tim Neal-Hopes OBE
, Director of Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration for the UK Ministry of Defence

10:05AM – 10:15 AM (EST):
Angela Heise,
Corporate Vice President for Defence & Intelligence of Microsoft (USA)

10:15AM – 10:25 AM (EST): Moderator Summary of Speakers’ Perspectives
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:15AM –10:25 AM (EST):
Chris Pogue
, Chief Executive Officer of Thales Canada (France)

10:25AM – 10:30 AM (EST): Tribute to Dr. Robert Spencer, a 101-Year-Old Canadian WWII Veteran and Eminent Scholar

10:25AM – 10:30 AM (EST): Moderator Summary of Speakers’ Perspectives
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:30AM (EST): Break

10:30AM (EST): Break

10:35AM – 10:40 AM (EST): Round Table Segment Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:35AM – 10:40 AM (EST): Round Table Segment Introduction
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve

10:40AM – 11:35 AM (EST): Round Table Discussion

10:40AM – 11:35 AM (EST): Round Table Discussion

11:35AM (EST): Closing Remarks
Brett Kitchen
, CDR Magazine Publisher

11:35AM (EST): Closing Remarks
Brett Kitchen
, CDR Magazine Publisher

SUMMIT CHAIRS

LGen (Ret'd) Michel Maisonneuve

Chair and Moderator for Policy Insights Forum

Brett Kitchen

Deputy Chair and Canadian Defence Review Publisher

Goran Samuel Pesic

Deputy Chair and CEO of Samuel Associates
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Summit Highlights

DAY 1: Political - Military Session
DAY 2: CEO Industry Engagement Session
Summit Video
NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană speaks with Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve, event moderator at the 2021 Digitalization of Defence and Security Summit, and discusses the importance of Canada’s participation in NATO.
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