Security & Defence Forum, National Defence

Building naval ships in Canada has been a long-standing policy. However, the 2010 National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) brings a new dimension to this tradition by awarding long-term and multiple contracts.

A closer look at the NSPS needs to be considered for two fundamental reasons. FIrst, based on the recent experiences fo similar countries such as Britain, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany, a major question is whether NSPS production contracts will generate incentives for efficiency and technological improvement. Second, while NSPS is a shipbuilding industry policy, can this type of policy be developed to cover other defence industrial policies?

The Chair of Defence Management Studies, with the support from The Royal Military College of Canada and the Security and Defence Forum at National Defence Headquarters, is holding an international conference entitled "New Paradigms for Defence Procurement and Industrial Policy?". This event will be held on 27 February 2012 at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and is open to the public.

The conference aims to explore whether a new Canadian industrial policy is:

(a) in the works,

(b) feasible, and

(c) desirable in light of the NSPS.


Conference Registration is now open. The cost is $175.00 CDN.