Defence and Security Studies Programme

2021 Virtual Defence and Security Studies Conference

Climate Change: Impacts on Canadian National Security and Beyond

14:00 Tuesday, April 20 via Zoom
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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

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"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:

2018: The RCMI/ WIIS-Canada Spring Conference

International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges

in partnership with The Center for National Security Studies, Canadian Forces College

2017:  The RCMI/NATO Association Spring Conference

Crisis Response: Canada and the World

2016: RCMI First Annual Spring Conference

Are We Prepared: Emergency Preparedness in the 21st Century

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 DSSCP 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) Chair
MGen Fraser Holman (Ret’d)
Capt Robert Kennedy (Ret’d)
Ms. Julie Lindhout
Mr. Reid Morden
Mr. Eric Morse
Col John Selkirk (Ret’d)

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The Defence and Security Studies Committee: Robert Kennedy, Dan Eustace, John Thompson, Julie Lindhout, John Selkirk, Reid Morden, Eric Morse.
Vignettes: Connie Carter, Fraser Holman

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.