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Queen's University

Kingston Conference on International Security

KCIS2013 Ethical Warriors The Profession of Arms in Contemporary Perspective


Monday, 12 May  Fort Frontenac Officers Mess

Welcome Meet & Greet

1730 - 2200


Major-General Stephen BowesCommander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center (CADTC); 
Major-General Eric Tremblay, Commander Canadian Defence Academy (CDA)


Tuesday, 13 May  St Lawrence Rooms, Marriott Residence Inn 


0700 - 0830:  West Seventy6 Grille/Hearth Room



0730 - 0830:  Foyer

Welcome and Conference Challenge

0830 - 0900

Lieutenant-General Marquis HainseCommander Canadian Army

Panel l: From NBC to CBRNe: The Evolution of a Threat

examines the historical evolution of CBRNe over the course of the 20th century, with the intent of providing a backdrop to the present concerns.  What were the key historical and technological developments in the development and deployment of chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear weapons? How and why have views towards the deployment and use of these agents changed over time? In particular,  when and why has the use of such agents as weapons become widely seen as "immoral"? How has the international community responded to these developments over the course of the Cold War and into the post-Cold Ware eras?


0900 - 1030


Chair:   Dr. Harry J. Kowal, Principal, Royal Military College of Canada


Colonel Jeff Brodeur, Commandant, CBRN School, US Army

Dr. Robert Bunker, Distinguished Visiting Professor-Minerva Chair, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Marius Griniusfrmr Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea, the UN and CD, Geneva



1030 - 1100

Panel ll: The Current Threats - Global

provides an overview of the threats to Canada and its allies from CBRNe at the global level.  How concerned should the international community be about the continued existence of uncontrolled CBRNe material, weapons and capability?  Are bioterrorism and biowarfare a continuing threat?  What threats to global peace and security are posed by the problems of "loose nukes"? What threat do non-state actors pose?


1100 - 1230


Chair:  MGen (ret)John Adams, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


Dr. Erika SimpsonAssociate Professor of International Relations, Western University

Amy Smithson, PhD.,Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Chrystiane RoyDeputy Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada



1230 - 1330:  West Seventy6 Grille

Panel lll: The Current Threats - Regional

focusses more specifically on the CBRNe threats that are posed at a regional level.  What threats do the nuclear ambitions of states like North Korea and iran pose? What lessons do the cases of chemical weapons in Iraq in the 1990s, and Syria today, hold for current threat assessment? Are some regions more threatened than others by the potential for CBRNe events?


1330 - 1500


Chair:  Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky , Director, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen's University 


Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Associate Professor, Angelo State University

Dr. Roger Kangas, Academic Dean, NESA Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Dr. Peter Jones, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa



1500 - 1530

Panel lV: The Current Threats - Local

will survey the CBRNe threat in Canada at present? What is the likelihood of a CBRNe event in Canada? What is the level of threat, and from where does it emanate? To what extent is the primary threat the issue of domestic radicalization, and recruitment of Canadians by radical movements overseas? Does domestic radicalization and recruitment of jihadis in Canada have implications for cross-border security?


1530 - 1700


Chair:  Dr. Bill Bentley, Director, Canadian Forces Leadership institute, Canadian Defence Academy


Professor Richard Parent, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Inspector Ken Faulkner, Officer in Charge, CBRNe Operations, Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP)

Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada


Conference Dinner

1830 - 2200:  St Lawrence Ballroom

Keynote: "Global Governance of Nuclear Technology: an insider's view"

Dr. John Barrett, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association


Wednesday, 14 May  St Lawrence Ballroom, Marriott Residence Inn 


0730 - 0830:  West Seventy6 Grille/Hearth Room

Opening Synopsis

0830 - 0900

Major-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Command (CADTC) 

Panel V: The International Challenges

examines how the international community has responded to the evolution of CBRNe threats. Has international governance managed to keep pace with evolving CBRNe technology? How have western allied governments and their militaries responded to the expansion of the challenge of CBRNe? What difficulties do governments face trying to ensure the global governance of proliferation? Do international mechanisms for control exist, and are they sufficient? What are the regional/political differences in attitudes towards addressing non-proliferation? Are there any actions the international community can take to deter proliferation and/or assist in control of movement above and beyond the existing treaties/sanctions? This session will also focus on the mechanisms in place for bilateral cooperation between Canada and the US, with emphasis on intelligence-sharing, coordination against threats of nuclear plant sabotage, and cross-border proliferation of CBRNe material.  What is working well? What changes might be considered? Are we equally capable on both sides of the border?


0900 - 1030


Chair: Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command


Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Wolf Rauchalles, Managing Director, German Association for Defence Technology

Michael Collins, Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force Civil Support, NORTHCOM

Major Michael Blanchette, Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force, Canadian Army



1030 - 1100

Panel Vl: The Domestic Challenges

focusses on some of the challenges of coordinating domestic responses to potential CBRNe events in Canada? Is the current CBRNe framework in Canada - cooperation between the federal, provincial and local governments - enough to meet potential threats? Is there sufficient interdepartmental cooperation? Has the Canadian Armed Forces made improvements to support CBRNe defence for hosted international events that occur in Canada such as summit meetings, or international sporting events?


1100 - 1230


Chair:  Major-General Christopher Coates, Deputy Commander Continental, Canadian Joint Operations Command


Janet Davis, Deputy Planning Lead, Pan/Parapan AM Games, Integrated Security Unit

Jean-François Duperré, Director, Emergency Response Services, Public Health Agency of Canada

Rockland Prosser, Director, Protection Services, Kingston General, Providence Care, Hotel Dieu Hospitals



1230 - 1330

Panel Vll: Policy Implications

will seek to draw out some key policy implications for policy-makers at the national and local levels.  What diplomatic measures should the Government of Canada be taking to support anti-proliferation efforts of like-minded countries and allies? What are the implications of global CBRNe challenges for defence and security policy?  What are the policy implications of domestic challenges?


1330 - 1500


Chair:  Professor Kim Richard Nossal, Director, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


Yves Goulet, Director of Strategic Analysis, ADM (Policy), Department of National Defence

Dr. Anna Gray-Henschel, Senior Director, National Security Policy Division, Public Safety Canada

Professor Frank Harvey, Eric Dennis Chair of Government and Politics, Dalhousie University


Closing Remarks


Lieutenant-General Stuart BeareCommander Canadian Joint Operations Command

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