Security & Defence Forum, National Defence

MGEN (R) JOHN ADAMS graduated from the Royal Military College in 1965 with a Chemical Engineering Degree. A coveted Rhodes scholarship took John to Oxford University until 1967. A career as a Military Engineer with the Canadian Forces then began in Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack with 3 Field Engineer Squadron, a unit that he would later command in 1974. A 35-year career with the Canadian Forces concluded with John retiring as the Senior Serving Military Engineer in 1995. After a three stint as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Department of National John moved to become the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. John then moved back to the Department of National Defence as an Associate Deputy Minister and Chief of the Communications Security Establishment. He was there from 2005 until his appointment as the Skelton – Clark Fellow here at Queen’s on the first of February.  

DR. UGURHAN G. BERKOK is Assoc. Professor of Econ. at the Royal Military College and Adjunct Assoc. Prof. at Queen’s University. (BA Econ. from Bosphorus Univ., Turkey, MA Quantitative Econ. from Univ. East Anglia, UK and PhD in Economics from Queen’s Univ.) His teaching positions have included Laval, McGill, Montreal, UQAM, Concordia and Sussex in the UK. His current teaching interests cover game theory, public economics, health economics, defence and national security economics. His current research interests are defence procurement offsets as signal-jamming, peacekeeping and collective action, force generation, interagency coordination, and political incentives of terrorism insurance. He is currently the Director of the Master’s program in Security & Defence Management and Policy at the Royal Military College of Canada where he is also the Director of the Institute for Defence Resources Management. 

DR. DOUGLAS BLAND is Professor and Chair of the Defence Management Studies Program in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.  His research is concentrated in the fields of defence policy making and management at national and international levels, the organization and functioning of defence ministries, and civil-military relations.  He has published books, articles, and reports and lectured in these fields in Canada, the United States, Europe, and South Africa. From 1999-2001 he was a visiting lecturer at the Center For Hemispheric Defense Studies, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bland retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990 after more than 30 years of service.  He held command appointments in Canada and Europe and staff positions also in Europe and at the Canadian National Defence Headquarters.  In his final years of service, Dr. Bland was Senior Staff Officer for Curriculum Development at the National Defence College of Canada.
Dr. Bland has completed numerous reports in defence organization and civil-military relations for the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of National Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and other departments and agencies in Canada.  He has taught defence policy and civil-military relations at The Royal Military College of Canada, at Kingston and lectures regularly at the Canadian Forces College and other defence institutions.  Dr. Bland was a technical adviser to the government of Canada Commission of Inquiry Into The Deployment of The Canadian Forces to Somalia. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Canadian Military Journal and the American journal Armed Forces & Society. In 2003, he was appointed as advisor to ADM (Materiel) Defence Industry Advisory Committee.
Dr. Bland is a graduate of the Canadian Army Staff College, the NATO Defence College at Rome, and holds a doctorate from Queen's University.  He was a 1992-93 NATO Fellow.  Among other works, he wrote, in 1987, The Administration of Defence Policy in Canada 1947-84, and in 1995, Chiefs of Defence: Government And The Unified Command of The Canadian Armed Forces. 

MR. STEVE DURRELL, P.Eng, President of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Fleetway Inc. Steve Durrell was born in Farmington Maine. In 1984 he graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy where he completed his Bachelor of Science (Marine Engineering). Steve has enjoyed a successful career with the shipbuilding group for over 24 years. Steve started his career with Irving as an engineer at Saint John Shipbuilding in the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program. In 1994 he came to Halifax in the role of Ship Manager and has most recently been leading Irving Shipbuilding Inc.’s Commercial Group. In August of 2008 he took on the role of President and is currently responsible for all operations at Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Fleetway Inc. On a personal note, he and his wife Karen have two sons.  

COLONEL ROSS FETTERLY was posted in June 2011 as the Comptroller Chief of Military Personnel following two years as the 8 Wing Trenton Administration Officer. He was previously employed in the Air Staff where he was the Section Head in Director Air Comptrollership and Business Management (D Air CBM) responsible for financial management of the Air Force Budget and for Cost Analysis in the Air Staff. Col Fetterly has also been employed as the Section Head in Director Strategic Finance and Costing (DSFC) within Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services) at National Defence Headquarters responsible for costing analysis of all capital projects and major departmental initiatives, as well as the Section Head in Director Budget responsible for Economics. Col Fetterly completed a tour in February 2009 as the Chief CJ8 at COMKAF HQ, the NATO Base HQ at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. In this position he was responsible for Finance, Procurement and Contracting. Col Ross Fetterly will be graduating in May from RMC with a PhD (War Studies). His PhD Dissertation was entitled Arming Canada: Defence Procurement for the 21st Century. He has a Master of Administration (MAdmin) from the University of Regina in Public Policy, a Master of Arts (MA) in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from McGill University. His PhD fields of study are Defence Economics, Canadian Defence Policy and Defence Cost Analysis.

MR. ANDREAS GLAS, is assistant professor for procurement and logistics at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. In this position he is responsible for the „Competence Network Performance-based Logistics“, which is a research cell with three Ph.D. applicants and several research and practice projects. These projects focus on public and defense procurement and integrated logistics support. Mr. Glas is going to defend his Ph.D. thesis “Public Performance-Based Contracting” in March 2012. In this work he analysed numerous defense acquisition projects in Germany and how to use performance-based contracts in German defense. His latest publication on this subject is “PBL-Portfolio for Contracting Military Supply” in the Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, forthcoming in 2012. Besides performance-based contracts or logistics, his other research interests include service procurement and outsourcing. Prior to his work at Bundeswehr University, Mr. Glas served for 12 years (1998-2010) as an officer in the German Army, which included assignments in multiple postings in Germany and France (platoon, company leader, tactics education officer). He graduated Bundeswehr University in 2005 and holds a master degree in economics, business administration and organizational sciences (Dipl.-Kfm. WOW).  

MR. PAUL HERRING began his public service career in 1983 as an economist with the Department of National Defence (DND), joining the Centre for Studies in Defence Resources Management, Royal Military College, Kingston, after completing a Master of Arts (Economics) degree at Queen’s University. At RMC for the next seven years, Mr. Herring taught several economics courses; wrote more than a dozen academic studies/papers germane to the issue of defence acquisition/policy and resource management; and was responsible for delivery of the original Defence Resources Management Course, the sister course to the International DRMC now being offered. In 1990, Mr. Herring moved to Ottawa, joining the Directorate of Defence Industrial Resources, initially as a staff officer working in the area of Electronic Warfare, but later as a policy officer responsible for the development of Canada-U.S. defence materiel cooperative projects and programs. In 1992-93, Mr. Herring attended NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. Mr. Herring progressed through the ADM(Materiel) organization at NDHQ during the remainder of the 1990’s, leaving the department in 1999 as Team Leader, Americas, International and Industry Programs. From 1999-2003, Mr. Herring worked at Public Works Government Services Canada, first as Manager and then as Director, Strategic Policy, Supply Operations Service, where he was responsible for PWGSC participation in domestic and international trade agreement negotiations dealing with government procurement; environmental and aboriginal issues; and the application of federal government laws, policies and regulations to the procurement process. In April, 2003, Mr. Herring returned to DND as Director, Industry Relations, Analysis and Policy (DIRAP), in the International and Industry Programs division. In this capacity he is responsible for the management of Controlled Goods (including U.S. ITAR) within the Department of National Defence, and provides defence industrial expertise to the ADM (Materiel) on a full range of procurement and procurement policy related matters.

DR. ROBERT HUEBERT is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was a senior research fellow of the Canadian International Council and a fellow with Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. In November 2010, he was appointed as a director to the Canadian Polar CommissionDr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests includes: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal.. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most recent book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.

MR. GEORGE MACDONALD, Lieutenant-General (Retired), joined CFN Consultants in 2005 after serving 38 years in the Canadian Forces, culminating in the position of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 to 2004, following three years as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD. As a Senior Partner with CFN, he focuses on clients with an interest in aerospace projects. Initially, LGen Macdonald spent several years as an operational fighter pilot. He has commanded at the squadron, base/wing, and air division level. Throughout his career, he held many leadership positions in Ottawa, and has served with NATO forces in Germany and Norway, and with North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in both Winnipeg and Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also held the position of Director of Operations in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. In addition to his operational experience, LGen Macdonald has extensive executive-level expertise in military requirements and capability planning, all aspects of defence program management, corporate change management, international security issues, and Canada-U.S. relations. In his last position as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Macdonald was the senior resource manager for DND and was responsible for strategic planning. As the second senior officer in the CF and chief of staff of National Defence Headquarters, he worked closely with both the Deputy Minister and the Chief of the Defence Staff on both resource and operational issues. LGen Macdonald is a graduate of the University of Calgary and the National Defence College. He has been published on several topics, including change leadership, interoperability, knowledge management, ballistic missile defence, defence strategic planning and resource management, and CF operations in Afghanistan. He is active as a board member with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and a Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

CAPTAIN(N) JOEL PARENT is the Vice-President of RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute which conducts policy analysis in the European public interest.  He also directs RAND Europe's defence and security team and is responsible for the RAND Corporation’s European defence research programme.  Hans is an expert on maritime acquisition issues, leading a wide range of studies on naval procurement, industrial base sustainment, defence R&D, export markets, and maritime cost analysis.  He has also spoken at conferences on European maritime and industrial strategy, support to anti-piracy operations, and capability planning.  His other research interests include security, military personnel, and strategic policy.  Prior to joining RAND Europe in 2002, Hans served as an engineering officer in the United States Army and held assignments in South Korea, Germany, and multiple postings in the U.S.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hans also holds an M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis and an M.St. in British History from Oxford University which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.

MR. HANS PUNG is the Vice-President of RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute which conducts policy analysis in the European public interest.  He also directs RAND Europe's defence and security team and is responsible for the RAND Corporation’s European defence research programme.  Hans is an expert on maritime acquisition issues, leading a wide range of studies on naval procurement, industrial base sustainment, defence R&D, export markets, and maritime cost analysis.  He has also spoken at conferences on European maritime and industrial strategy, support to anti-piracy operations, and capability planning.  His other research interests include security, military personnel, and strategic policy.  Prior to joining RAND Europe in 2002, Hans served as an engineering officer in the United States Army and held assignments in South Korea, Germany, and multiple postings in the U.S.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hans also holds an M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis and an M.St. in British History from Oxford University which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.

BGEN(R) WILLIAM (BILL) RICHARD is the Executive Director of the Public Executive Program at Queen's University. He is a retired Brigadier General having served in the Canadian Army for over 37 years. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership, information technology, program management, policy, and international affairs. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University and senior fellow in Defence Management Studies in the School of Policy Studies. As a Management Consultant, he has recently completed projects in strategic planning and change management at Queen's University and National Defence. He is a past member and chair of the Board of Directors of Kingston General Hospital. With a passion of concern and interest in the healthcare of our veterans, he was the Co-Chair of the Implementation Team that established the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. He is the recipient of Chamber of Commerce President's Award and Rotary Club Paul Harris Award for building community partnerships. Prior to his retirement from the Canadian Forces, William Richard was the Commander, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London, England), responsible to the Chief of Defence Staff and the Canadian High Commissioner for bilateral Defence Relations with the United Kingdom, requiring regular liaison at the top level of government. During this period, he was most successful in assisting Canadian Defence Industry to enter the market in the United Kingston and facilitating new military partnership with the British military, particularly as they related to military operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Iraq. William Richard has also been the Base Commander at CFB Kingston and held several senior government executive appointments in Ottawa and at NATO Headquarters Brussels.

MR. TOM RING is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch at Public Works and Government Services. This function entails the entire procurement and contracting cycle of major commodities from highly specialized military equipment to common office supplies on behalf of the Government of Canada. His team is responsible for procurement reform to significantly improve management of the function to generate savings, streamline operations and business processes and reduce costs of procurement operations within government. Tom has over 30 years experience in the public service and comes to us from the Department of National Defence. He started his career in the Coast Guard, and over the course of 17 years, has held numerous positions including Director General, Rescue and Environmental Response. During his five-year tenure at the Privy Council Office, he held several senior positions, including Director General of Federal-Provincial Relations. In 1999, he joined Canadian Heritage, and in 2002, was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Planning at Human Resources Development Canada. In 2004, he moved to National Defence as the ADM of Public Affairs. He has also recently completed a MBA program at the Royal Military College.

MR. TIM RUNGE is President of C&I Projects Inc., which is part of the C&I Projects Group with offices in Melbourne, Australia and New Delhi, India. C&I is a corporate consultancy specialized in the design and execution of pro-active socio-economic development programs in order to enhance the competitive position of companies bidding for government contracts, mostly infrastructure. An important part of C&I’s work relates to defence offsets where it has worked with most of the major global defence contractors including Lockheed Martin, EADS, Israel Aerospace, Nexter Systems and Sikorsky in many countries of the world where these companies have offset obligations. Of particular interest to Tim is Canada and its Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy. Tim has been actively involved in the field of countertrade and offsets since the late 1980’s where he worked with engineering and manufacturing company Babcock and Wilcox as their manager of Countertrade responsible for all reciprocal trading arrangements (including Barter) wherever they were required. He has traveled extensively throughout the world on many projects. Tim is a graduate of Commerce from Queen’s University where he first heard the term, “offset”.

MR. JOHN SHAW, P. Eng.  Vice President Government Relations and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards.  John joined the Washington Marine Group in September 2007 as Vice President - Process Improvement, bringing over 30 years of experience in the marine industry. John was responsible for identifying and implementing new technologies to improve the capabilities of the Shipyards. 

In 2010, John took on the role of Vice President – Program Management responsible for the development of strategies and capabilities to secure selection of Seaspan Shipyards in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.  Following the recent selection by Canada of Vancouver Shipyards to build future Non-Combat ships, John has taken on the role of government relations and business development.

After completing his apprenticeship at sea, John graduated from Queen’s University in1982 and joined Dome Petroleum as a Research Engineer in their Beaufort Sea Development Group.  He was involved with the design of upgrades and modifications to drill and support ships operating in the Beaufort Sea and was also involved in the full scale icebreaking testing of the icebreaking supply ships Kigoriak and Robert LeMeur.

In 1986, John graduated with a M. Sc. in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and joined Yard Inc. as a Marine Systems Engineer.  He was responsible for systems verification for the CPF project and was machinery systems designer for the initial Maritime Coastal Defense Vessel proposal. 

In 1988 he joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping as Engineer Surveyor in Vancouver, BC.  John completed a M.B.A. in 1992 and was transferred to Halifax to run the operations in Nova Scotia. He progressed to the rank of Principal Surveyor in 1996 responsible for Eastern Canada.  He oversaw the growth of Lloyd’s Register business in Eastern Canada in both offshore certification and ship new construction.

John joined Thordon Bearings Inc. in 2000 as Technical Director, responsible for engineering in the development of new products and product application.


COMMODORE DANIEL SING is a 1981 graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, a 1995 graduate of Canada's Command and Staff Course and a 2010 graduate of Canada's National Security Programme. He also holds a Master of Arts (Security and Defence Management Policy) from the Royal Military College of Canada.
His sea postings have included assignments as Communications Officer, Anti-submarine Air Controller and Deck Officer in HMCS RESTIGOUCHE from 1983 to 1984, Executive Officer in HMC Ships CHIGNECTO and COWICHAN from 1985 to 1987, Combat Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN from 1992 to 1994, Executive Officer in HMCS FREDERICTON from 1998 to 1999, Commanding Officer of HMCS REGINA from 2003 to 2004, and Commander of Maritime Operations Group Four from 2004 to 2006. As the first Combat Officer to serve in the newly-TRUMPed ALGONQUIN, he saw the ship through first-of-class weapon trials and a 1993 deployment as the Flagship to the Commander Standing Naval Force Atlantic, during which the NATO Force was dispatched to the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation SHARP GUARD. As Commanding Officer of HMCS REGINA, he participated in Exercise RIMPAC 2004, and executed a goodwill deployment to Japan, China and South Korea. As Commander of Maritime Operations Group Four, he provided direction and oversight to five Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels, the Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific), two Port Security Units and Canada's West Coast submarine, HMCS VICTORIA.
His shore postings have included assignments as a Recruiting Officer in 1987, Canada's Naval Attaché to France from 1988 to 1991, a Curriculum Planner at Staff College from 1995 to 1997, a Watch Officer at the National Defence Operations Centre from 1997 to 1998, the Navy's Business Planner from 1999 to 2003, Director of Maritime Requirements (Sea) from 2006 to 2007, acting Director General Maritime Force Development in 2008, and Director General Maritime Strategic Management from 2008 to 2009.
Commodore Sing was appointed Director General Maritime Force Development on 13 June 2010. He is fluent in French.

DR. BINYAM (BEN) SOLOMON Senior Defence Scientist, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis-Defence R&D Canada and Team Leader, Defence Economics Team. Mr. Solomon joined the public service in 1990 as a research analyst with the Time Series Analysis Division of Statistics Canada (SC) and later as a Statistician for the transportation division. He is currently Senior Defence Scientist, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis-Defence R&D Canada and Team Leader, Defence Economics Team, at National Defence Headquarters. He has previously worked for the Assistant Deputy Minister Finance as Chief Economist and head of the Defence Economics Research and Analysis section as well as the Policy group where he conducted a multi-lateral study on Allied military training in Canada, attrition and recruitment modeling and forecasting; and an interdepartmental and intergovernmental project on the economic consequences of infrastructure reduction on the national, provincial and local economies. Mr. Solomon has also conducted various studies on peacekeeping economics including a case study on the United Nation mission in Haiti. Mr. Solomon holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a Ph D in Defence Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom. He has also completed courses in Defence Resource Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Peacekeeping Management and Command Course from the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Nova Scotia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and RMC and co-Director of the Institute for Defence Resource Management (IDRM).

MS. JANET THORSTEINSON is Vice President, Government Relations at the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). Janet joined CADSI after decades as a federal public servant in the defence and procurement fields. She ended her public service career as the Executive Director of Military Procurement wherein she was responsible for developing and obtaining approval of the procurement strategy for the largest military procurement package since the Second World War. She was the public service head of the Government-Wide Review of Procurement. As A/Assistant Deputy Minister Acquisitions, she was responsible for procurement of over $10B of goods and services on behalf of some 100 departments and agencies.

Janet is a graduate engineer as well as a graduate of the government's Career Assignment Program.

MR. MICHEL G. VERMETTE was appointed Deputy Commissioner, Vessel Procurement in the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) in May 2010. His responsibilities include CCG implementation of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and the renewal of the CCG vessel fleet, including over $1.4 billion in capital projects. Prior to this, he was Director General, Maritime Services in the CCG where his responsibilities included the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue, Environmental Response, Marine Communications and Traffic Services, Aids to Navigation, Waterways Management and Icebreaking programs. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Vermette was Director General, Program Planning and Coordination in Fisheries and Aquaculture Management in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), where he was responsible for policy and financial oversight of the fisheries management program. Mr. Vermette joined DFO in 1990, working in various positions including as a Policy Analyst and as the Deputy Minister's Executive Assistant. In 1994, Michel took a leave of absence from the federal public service to become Director, Quality Assurance and then Director of Policy, Communications and Regulatory Affairs at the Canadian Blood Agency. His work at the Agency overlapped with the Commission of Inquiry into the Blood Program in Canada (the Krever Inquiry) after which he became Director, Government Relations at the newly formed Canadian Blood Services. He returned to DFO in 1999. Mr. Vermette completed a Bachelor of Science (1985) in Biology and a Master of Science (1987) with a focus on physiology at the University of Ottawa. He was a Parliamentary Intern in 1987-1988, following which he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Western Ontario in 1990. Born in Ottawa, Ontario Michel spent his formative years in Ottawa and Moncton, New Brunswick. Michel and his partner Lorri MacKay own a 150 year old farm in Lanark County near Ottawa, where they sleep in the house but live in the garden.