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.




2021 Virtual Defence and Security Studies Conference

Climate Change: Impacts on Canadian National Security and Beyond

14:00 Tuesday, April 20 
Now available for viewing in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


Director of the Center for Climate and Security 

Principal, The Security and Sustainability Guide

Director General for Continental Defence Policy,
Department of National Defence

Head of the Hybrid Challenges and Energy Security Section,
Emerging Security Challenges Division

Click HERE for full programme and biographies. 
"Canada has embraced the need to combat climate change, and has recognized that a shifting climate context will affect its future security. It has developed a comprehensive strategy to lower emissions, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and has integrated a proactive stance on climate into important strategic documents such as Strong, Secure, Engaged, its 2017 defence policy...To some degree, Canada’s security enterprise has been oriented towards addressing the security implications of climate change for Canada, particularly in the Arctic. However, the Government of Canada could benefit from a more comprehensive plan to integrate climate change into broader efforts that deal with human and national security, and to further adapt its security structure to the changes that are coming."
- From The Climate Security Plan for Canada, February 2021, The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute of The Council on Strategic Risks

Past Conferences:

2019: Global Challenges to Canadian
Sovereignty in the Arctic
International Security in 2018:
Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges

Conference recordings:
Opening address by Hon. Bob Rae
Closing address by Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Session 1Session 2Session 3

Conference recordings:
Keynote Discussion Dr Barbara Falk and RAdm Jennifer Bennett
Session 1Session 2Session 3
2017: Crisis Response - Canada & the World                                 2016: "Are we Prepared?"
NATO Association of Canada & RCMI                                          Emergency Preparedness in the 21st Century
                                                                                                         Conference recordings:
                                                                                                         Session 1Session 2Session 3