Targeted Engagement Grants 2014-2015 (Round 1)

Canadian International Council – $6,665

“Power Shifts and Vibrant Economies: Canada Awakens to the Opportunities and Risks in South East Asia”

This one-day conference on Southeast Asia examined Canada’s risks and opportunities in the region. Participants included representatives from government, academia, business, think tanks, NGOs, the media, and private citizens. The panels addressed why Canada should be involved in Southeast Asia; examined the region in political, social and economic terms; assessed the Southeast Asian market for trade and investment; analysed the region's security and defence issues, as well as their relevance to geopolitics; and, considered strategic options for Canada in its relations with Southeast Asia.

Chatham House, United Kingdom – $25,000

“A Changing Security Environment: The Needed Response from NATO and its Member States”

This project consists of two workshops – each to be followed by an outcome paper – dealing with how NATO and its member states can meet the challenges that lie ahead in the aftermath of the 2014 Wales Summit. The workshops will bring together experts from NATO member states, as well as the private sector, think tanks, NGOs, academia, and the media. The project will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities for the Alliance as it navigates an increasingly dynamic security environment, as well as the opportunities its member states have to shape NATO’s future role and capabilities. 

Conference of Defence Associations Institute – $25,000

“83rd Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence”

This annual conference consists of a series of presentations, keynote speeches and panel discussions that involve notable security and defence experts, military and defence officials, operational commanders, and high-level political and policy speakers. The participants will address themes related to international affairs, security and defence. The panels at the 2015 event will deal with: new cyber challenges in the Twenty-first Century; forecasting future threats and the role of NATO; Western leadership and Canadian interests; Canadian defence policy; and, the Asia-Pacific region.

Conference of Defence Associations Institute – $5,333

“Annual Graduate Student Symposium”

The Symposium consisted of a two-day conference where approximately 20 scholars at the Master’s and PhD levels were given the opportunity to present their defence-related research. This year’s event consisted of six panels that dealt with: foreign deployments; institutions and industry in national security and defence; the terrorist threat; mastering the capability/environment matrix; technology – then and now; and, Canada’s security and defence priorities.

Dalhousie University, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies – $4,000

“National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, Part II: Human Capital and the NSPS”

This one-day event brought together representatives from numerous sectors to identify, discuss and share perspectives on the potential challenges concerning the human dimension of ships and shipbuilding. In particular, the event aimed to address the challenge of ensuring that the appropriate quantity and quality of skilled personnel is available to meet future Canadian needs. The conference consisted of three panels that dealt with building, crewing, and sustaining, respectively.

Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies – $20,800

“Canada-US Cooperation in Trans-Sahel Counter-Terrorism Operations”

This workshop and research project will: examine the security challenges posed by terrorist groups across the trans-Sahel region; review ongoing responses to these threats; focus on Canadian initiatives undertaken in the region; and, assess what capabilities the CAF can bring to counter-terrorism initiatives in the region. The project results will be made public on the website:

NATO Council of Canada – $2,331

“NATO Council of Canada Ukraine Conference: The Future of International Norms”

This one-day conference provided an opportunity for members of the defence community to discuss Canada’s defence engagement in Ukraine, and the challenges and opportunities NATO faces in that region. The conference consisted of three panels, entitled: “The Issues” (Sanctions, Energy, and International Law); “A View from the Neighbours”; and, “Security Perspective.”

Security and Defence Agenda, Belgium – $14,774

“2014 Security Jam”

This biennial project is a 54-hour online brainstorm that brings together security and defence stakeholders from different sectors and countries, to develop 10 recommendations with the goal of laying out a roadmap for NATO, EU and other global decision-makers. This year, participants were expected to include defence and security experts, NGOs, industry representatives, military members, journalists, scholars and policy-makers. The Jam was organized into six forums, titled: “The New Global Balance”; “The EU as a Global Security Broker”; “NATO’s Role in 2025”; “Cyber-security and Cyber-defence”; “Ukraine and Russia”; and, “Syria”.

Queen’s University, Centre for International and Defence Policy – $16,650

“Executive Course in International Security: Threats, Technological Innovations and Responses”

During this five-day course, participants will engage with top Canadian and international experts to study topics such as crisis management in various regional contexts, innovations in military technology, the defence procurement process, as well as targeted sessions for professionals working in crisis zones. The course will bring together participants from multiple sectors (government, academia, military, NGOs, and the private sector) to engage in analysis and discussions on what they consider to be the most pressing security and defence issues.

Queen’s University, Centre for International and Defence Policy –$16,650

“Lost in Translation? The Impact of Military Organizational Culture Within NATO”

This initiative contains two parts. The first is a research project studying the impact of divergent organizational cultures as a key variable to explain allied military coordination within NATO. The findings will be published in a scholarly journal and in a policy brief. The second part of the project is a two-day workshop that will gather scholars specializing in military and strategic culture, as well as experts on NATO and other partner states. The workshop will result in an edited volume on the cultural dimension of multinational defence cooperation from various national and organizational perspectives.

Queen’s University/Women In International Security Canada – $8,325

“Rethinking Foreign and Defence Policy in Canada”

The WIIS-Canada workshop is an annual event focused on security and defence issues, with the goal of training the future generation of defence scholars. It offers participation in a growing network of security and defence professionals while highlighting the work of women in the field. This year’s workshop will aim to assess Canadian priorities on the international stage in light of contemporary global defence and security challenges.

University of Calgary, School of Public Policy – $5,000

“KICs II: Leveraging Canadian military procurement through key industrial capabilities – second annual symposium”

This is the second annual symposium organized by the School of Public Policy on the theme of Canadian military procurement. The symposium began with an update on the status of key Canadian defence procurement projects, followed by two panels in which speakers would attempt to define and identify the Canadian military industrial base, and discuss the ideal methodologies for designing the value proposition required by the new Defence Procurement Strategy.

University of Manitoba, Centre for Defence and Security Studies – $25,000

“The Status of NORAD’s Maritime Warning Mission and Implications for North American Security”

This research project will examine the status of the NORAD maritime warning mission, including the number of maritime warnings, agencies involved, gaps and overlaps, as well as jurisdictional and coordination challenges Canada and the US face. The project will ultimately provide policy advice regarding the status of the NORAD maritime warning mission to Canadian and US defence officials. It will culminate in the production of a final report, as well as the publication of academic papers in a special edition of a Canadian peer-reviewed journal. 

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