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Best Defence Virtual Conference



The Best Defence Conference is a premier defence conference and exhibition that provides exceptional opportunities to form strategic partnerships, develop supply chains, and engage in general networking within the defence and security industry. Our B2B and B2G meetings have consistently provided exceptional value to attendees.

Why Attend?

The Best Defence Conference will provide expert insights on procurement opportunities and challenges as well as hearing from the military on their upcoming programs.  

Our B2B platform provides you with a great opportunity to connect with government, prime contractors, systems integrators, and SMEs.  FedDev Ontario will have their team participating in the conference and available for B2B meetings.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

0900 Welcome –Heather Pilot, Pilot Hill Ltd. & Peter Studer, CFN Consultants
0905 Canadian Armed Forces Mini Outlooks
0905 Col Christopher Renahan, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
0935 Col David Pletz, Director Air Requirements, Royal Canadian Air Force
1005 Capt (N) Blair Brown, Director Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
1045 Break
1100 Supporting Viable Chains of Critical Minerals
Andrew Ghattas, Director, Critical Minerals Task Force
Natural Resources Canada
1130 Research Capabilities in Advanced Manufacturing
The Advance Manufacturing Consortium
(McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Western University)
1200 Lunch Break
1230 Canada’s Post-Covid Procurement Outlook
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Perry, Vice President
Canadian Affairs Institute (CGAI)
1310 Trends in the Application of the Value Proposition: Potential Impacts for
Canadian Industry

Stephanie Batstone, Managing Partner, NyRAD
1345 Industry Updates
• Airbus Helicopters François Dufault
• GDLS-C Ted Middleton
• IMT Defence Remo Assini
1400 B2B Networking + Exhibitors
1530 Day 1 Closes

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

0900 Welcome Remarks
9010 Transformation in a Digital Era
Brigadier-General P.C. Sabourin
Director General, Information Capabilities Force Development
Department of National Defence
0945 Modernizing the Defence Supply Chain from Factory to Foxhole:
The Advantage of Holistic Planning & Partnering

Judith Bennett
Director General, Materiel Systems and Supply Chain
Department of National Defence
1015 Accelerating Digital Transformation in Defence with BlackBerry IVY: An Intelligent
Data Platform

Sarah Tatsis, Sr Vice President, IVY Development
1045 Break
1100 Balancing the Development & Growth of the Canadian Economy with National
Security Risks

Katherine Hanna, Regional Director General (Toronto Region)
Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS)
1130 CyberSecure Canada Program
Erle Higgins, Manager
CyberSecure Canada
1200 Lunch Break
1230 Accelerating Diversity & Inclusion: Spotlight on Indigenous Inclusion
Matthew Sreter, Director General Strategic Contracting Procurement & Indigenous Relations Management
Public Services and Procurement Canada
1300 Cyber Security Challenges in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
A.J. Khan, President
Global Syndicate for Mobility Cyber Security
1330 Bringing Innovations to Life in Optics-Photonics
Patrice Topart, Director – Defence, Security & Aerospace Business Unit
INO Canada
(INO is the largest centre of expertise in optics & photonics in Canada and is among the
best technological research centers in the world)
1400 B2B + Exhibitor Booths
1530 Wrap Up
Heather Pilot and Peter Studer


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