Dr. Colin Magee

Colin Magee

Senior Evaluator, Concepts & Doctrine

Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace & Security

Canadian Defence Academy


613-541-5010 ext. 6752

CDA, Royal Military College of Canada


Dr. Colin Magee is the Senior Evaluator, and Concepts and Doctrine Developer at the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security, at the Canadian Defence Academy. Dr. Magee retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2020, with close to four decades of command, staff, concept development and teaching experience in Canadian and international civilian and Professional Military Educational institutions, as well as practical experience in planning, commanding and conducting operations. 

Dr. Magee received his PhD in Management (Organizational Leadership in Complex Environments) from the University of Guelph, and holds master’s degrees, in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s of Military Arts and Sciences, from the US Army Command and General Staff College. 

Dr Magee has taught courses in the Theories of War, Leadership, Ethics, Strategic and Operational Planning, Organisational Behaviour, Defence and Security Policy, at the graduate level at academic and professional military institutions. He has also extensively developed and taught courses at the Canadian Forces College, US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Australian Command and Staff College in subjects related to senior officer professional and academic development

Dr. Magee has a number of operational deployments to Cyprus, Somalia and Afghanistan. In addition, he has served with NATO, the US Army, Australian Defence Force and as the Deputy Military Advisor at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. His professional and academic backgrounds resulted in co-authoring a number of Canadian, Australian, American and United Nations policy documents, concepts and manuals, as well as academic works.    

Current Interests/Research:

  • leading diverse teams in dynamic and complex environments;
  • the changing nature/definition of peace and security;
  • the impact of gender and diversity on defence and security;
  • defence and military ethics; 
  • military professionalism and ethos; 
  • strategic and operational planning; and 
  • civil-military relations and military operations in complex environments.


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