Defence and Security Studies Programme

The Institute organizes periodic roundtable discussions ('Defence and Security Studies After Hours') presented by the Defence and Security Studies Programme. These forums are designed to allow attendees to actively participate in the discussion of current issues from terrorism to current conflicts in an informal setting after work. Depending on a speaker's schedule, luncheons are occasionally organized. Check RCMI Dispatches and our Calendar for updated information.

At the Annual General Meeting of January 25, 2017, the RCMI Board of Directors announced the stand-up of the DSSPC after a hiatus of some years. The Committee held its first meeting on February 23, and its initial membership consists of: Maj Daniel Eustace, (Ret’d) ChairMGen Fraser Holman (Ret’d)Capt Robert Kennedy (Ret’d)Ms. Julie LindhoutMr. Reid MordenMr. Eric Morse, and Col John Selkirk (Ret’d).

The Committee provides strategic guidance to, and supports planning and execution of, RCMI’s defence and security studies program initiatives and activities under the direction of the Director, Defence and Security Studies Program, who is also the Chair of the DSSPC. The DSSPC is mandated to assist the RCMI achieve its aim and mission by proposing and supporting educational activities, as well as providing insights, contacts and linkages with external organizations and persons who may also assist the RCMI achieve its aim and mission, all in accordance with the policies and direction established by the Board.




2022 Virtual Defence and Security Studies Conference

Cold War(s) II?

14:00 Tuesday, April 12 
Conference recordings: Part 1Part 2, Part 3


Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College

Former political advisor to NORAD, Department of Foreign Affairs

Former CO, JTF2

School of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham University

Keynote Speaker
Former Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to NATO 2015 to 2018

Click HERE for full programme and biographies. 

Past Conferences:

2021: Climate Change: Impacts on Canadian
National Security and Beyond
2019: Global Challenges to Canadian
Sovereignty in the Arctic

Conference recordings:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Conference recordings:
Opening address by Hon. Bob Rae
Closing address by Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Session 1Session 2Session 3
International Security in 2018:
Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges
2017: Crisis Response - Canada & the World
NATO Association of Canada & RCMI 

Conference recordings:
Keynote Discussion Dr Barbara Falk & RAdm Jennifer Bennett
Session 1Session 2Session 3

2016: "Are we Prepared?"
Emergency Preparedness in the 21st Century

Conference recordings:
Session 1Session 2Session 3