Defence and Security Studies Programme

The Defence and Security Studies Programme is a critical component supporting the educational mission of the RCMI. To achieve that goal, the Programme delivers an expert-speaker series, hosts a multi-presenter annual conference on a designed theme of significance, and publishes the RCMI’s in-house professional journal, SITREP. These initiatives are overseen by the Defence and Security Studies Programme Committee which includes former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, senior executives in business and government, as well as multi-disciplinary academics. Brief biographies for Committee members may be accessed by clicking on the names shown on this page.

The Programme is based on an expansive view of defence and security issues, with a focus on current and future trends and topics that are important and relevant to Canada both domestically and internationally. A quick review of our past conferences listed below demonstrates the multifaceted range of subjects that have been addressed and studied.

The vast majority of the Programme’s speaker series and conference content is recorded and available on YouTube's RCMI Toronto channel. In addition, current and past editions of SITREP may be found on the ‘Collections’ tab of this RCMI website. Suggestions for speakers, conference subjects and SITREP articles are always welcome.

Defence and Security Studies Conference

2024: Managing Security and Defence in the 2020's and Beyond

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
1100 - 1515, Otter Room

Dr. Craig Stone, Associate Professor Emeritus, Canadian Forces College and Co-Editor, Managing Security and Defence in the 2020’s and Beyond
Kristen Csenkey, PhD (ABD) in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs
Dr. Eric Ouellet, Professor, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College
Dr. Mike Rostek, Defence Scientist, Defence Research and Development-Toronto Research Centre
Dr. Alistair Edgar, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Associate Dean, School of International Policy & Governance, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Ivan (John) Jaworsky, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
Dr. Miloud Chennoufi, Associate Professor of International Relations, and Chair of the Master of Defence Studies Programme, Canadian Forces College
Dr. Ann M. Fitz-Gerald, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Co-Editor, Managing Security and Defence in the 2020’s and Beyond

Past Conferences:

2023: A Resilient Canada - A Resilient NATO - A Resilient Ukraine
Conference recordings: Speaker 1Speaker 2Speaker 3Speaker 4Speaker 5

2022: Cold War(s) II?
Conference recordings: Part 1Part 2Part 3

2021: Climate Change: Impacts on Canadian National Security and Beyond
Conference recordings: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

2019: Global Challenges to Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic and Beyond
Conference recordings: Opening address by Hon. Bob Rae, Closing address by Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Session 1Session 2Session 3

2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges
Conference recordings: Keynote Discussion Dr Barbara Falk & RAdm Jennifer Bennett
Session 1Session 2Session 3

2017: Crisis Response - Canada & the World
NATO Association of Canada & RCMI

2016: "Are we Prepared?" Emergency Preparedness in the 21st Century
Conference recordings: Session 1Session 2Session 3