The focus of Canada’s National Security has been foreign relations and national defence. The understanding of what constitutes Canada’s National Security should evolve and encompass its broader and deeper interests, as Canada copes with changes in technology, global relationships, and its physical environment.
A significant argument can be made that Canada’s strategic interests with respect to how it is governed, its democratic institutions, its economic and human concerns, and its energy and food supplies, are vital to how it approaches the future as a matter of national security.
To explore this matter, the PIF has established the National Security Studies Program.
Through a series of podcasts, conferences, and research projects, the National Security Studies Program will focus on how Canada’s National Security interests need to be redefined for the digital era.
By analyzing Canada’s National Security through the lenses of specific elements – threats, foresight, resilience, and protection – the Program aims to provide a broader outlook and transcend traditional approaches to raise awareness and facilitate informed discussions regarding current and future National Security risks.
Geoffrey St. John is Program Director for the National Security Studies Program (NSSP) at the Policy Insights Forum. Geoffrey served for nearly forty years in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND). Prior to his retirement from the military, he served as a senior member of the Canadian Armed Forces Intelligence Branch. He was responsible for the CAF imagery intelligence directorate, was director of transnational intelligence issues, and he was Chief of the Middle East / North Africa sections at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ).
While in service, Geoffrey was a Commonwealth exchange intelligence analyst at the US Defense Intelligence Agency. He was also the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Intelligence Advisory Committee at the Privy Council Office (PCO). Geoffrey completed two United Nations (UN) tours and was the head of the Global Affairs Canada peacekeeping policy section. He served two postings as the Canadian Defence Attaché for Italy, Greece, Albania and Israel.
He is a graduate of Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Louis E. Romet serves as a Business Policy Analyst and Researcher at the Samuel Group of Companies and Policy Insights Forum (PIF) and is the 2023 recipient of the Dr. Robert Spencer Transatlantic Award in Strategic Studies. As a fully bilingual (FR/EN) professional, Louis’s work focuses on strategic consulting and government relations relating to the defence, security, and technology sectors as well as responsibilities within the PIF dealing with NATO, EU, and foreign government engagements.
Prior to joining the Samuel Team and the PIF, Louis held various progressive positions in the consulting industry covering government relations and law. His experience has led him to work with numerous companies in the defence, aerospace, energy, mining, and healthcare sectors.
Louis completed a Master’s degree in Political Science (MSc) at the University of Montreal and wrote his Master’s essay on defence policy, procurement, and strategy in the Canadian Arctic.
Louis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law with a Minor in Economics and Management from Paris-Panthéon-Assas University and a joint degree in U.S. Law from Emory University School of Law, Georgia State College of Law, and the University of Warsaw Center for American Law Studies. He also completed a Certificate in Oil and Gas Operations and Markets from Duke University.
Brigadier Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses the current situation in Ukraine in this new installment in the Strategic Thinkers Series.
The current threat of the PRC (People's Republic of China) is highlighted in the Strategic Thinkers Series. Host Dr. J. Paul de B. Taillon is joined by the author of 'War Without Rules: China's Playbook for Global Domination', Dr. Robert Spalding, and Senior Fellow Dr. Charles Burton, to share their views on the situation at large and what can be done.
Dr. J. Paul de B. Taillon, along with guests Hon, Lt. Gen, (Ret'd), Andrew Leslie, and Joe Varner, provide an assessment of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict, and lessons drawn from what has transpired.
Dr. J. Paul De B. Taillon is joined by Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security for the United Nations, Gilles Michaud, to discuss current threats and challenges facing the UN, and Humanitarian Operations
Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Dr. Charles Burton discusses the current issues between the People's Republic of China and Canada, China's non-kinetic strategy against Canada and the West, and other PRC issues facing Canada and the world.
Dr. J. Paul De B. Taillon is joined again by Colonel Viktor Siromakha, Ukranian Defence, Naval and Air Attaché to Canada, to give a final presentation describing the current war in Ukraine
Dr. J. Paul De B. Taillon is joined by Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Mark Norman to discuss the Canadian Navy in this new installment of the Strategic Thinkers Series.
Benedict Rogers is known as a human rights activist and journalist who has written on topics related to Asia, especially regarding human rights issues.
Policy Insights Forum, Dr. J. Paul De B. Taillon is joined again by Colonel Viktor Siromakha, Defence, Naval and Air Attaché of Ukraine to Canada, to discuss the ongoing war efforts in Ukraine.
Policy Insights Forum, Dr. J. Paul De B. Taillon interviews Dr. Robert Spalding, USAF BGen (Ret'd), on his latest book, War Without Rules: China's Playbook for Global Domination.
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This event took a Whole-of-Government approach to discuss bolstering Canada's Arctic presence, as well as the importance of Canada's alliance within NATO and other Arctic partners. The speakers addressed the "Northwest Passage Question" and the Public Diplomacy Strategy, and what Canada is doing to engage Canadians on this strategic issue.
The purpose of this event was to both define resilience, as well as address aspects of Canadian society that require resilience and how it can be developed within the population. This discussion included the role of government and industry in the facilitation of national resilience and mobilizing a National Strategy for the future.
The session will discuss Russian strategy and operational methodology, including the current deployment/redeployment of Russian troops along Ukrainian border and what it represents. It will also discuss the ongoing provocative activities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet related to access denial operations in the Sea of Azov.
Discussions of Canada and the quad and the implications for the future, as well as Canada's defence relationships with Japan, South Korea, and Australia. This event also addressed potential for South East Asia Trade and Defence Organization (SEATDO).
This event explored the importance of surveillance and sovereignty issues, with Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Mark Norman CMM, CD, Former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada; Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Yvan Blondin CMM, CD, Senior Aerospace Associate, Samuel Associates.