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May 30: Conference – From Sea to Sea: The Search For Maritime Security

The NATO Council’s Maritime Security Conference

“From Sea to Sea: the Search for Maritime Security”


Purpose: As a nation surrounded by three oceans and the great lakes, Canada’s maritime security has been of preeminent importance throughout the country’s history. A secure marine environment is also essential to Canada’s prosperity. Despite this marked significance, there has been recent concern that Canada has slipped into a state of “maritime blindness,” characterized by a general lack of awareness concerning issues of national and global oceanic security. This problem is particularly pronounced in central Canada, along the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor.

Seeking to address this weakness, The NATO Council of Canada (NCC) has taken a greater role in investigating and highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian maritime security and matters concerning our surrounding waters. Our goal is to raise public awareness about Canada’s most important frontier.



Wednesday May 30th, 2012

8.30 – 16.00

All-day Conference

Including coffee, lunch and reception



George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto

15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8

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08:30 – 08:45      Opening Remarks – The Hon. Bill Graham, Chairman, NCC

08:45 – 10:15      Panel I – Canada and its Maritime Borders

 Security and Sovereignty in the Arctic  –  Prof. Whitney Lackenbauer, Chair, Department of History, St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo

Evolving roles of Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard – Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Cairns, President, Shipbuilding Association of Canada

Port Security in Major International Events – Commodore Gilles Couturier, Former Maritime Component Commander for OPERATION PODIUM (2010 Vancouver Olympics Security)

10:15 – 10:45      Coffee Break

10:45– 12:15       Panel II –North American Maritime Security

Security on the Great Lakes – Rear-Admiral Michael Parks, Commander Ninth Coast Guard District, (US Coast Guard)

Working with Joint Interagency Taskforce South in the Caribbean – Cdr James Clarke, Commanding Officer of HMCS St John’s (Caribbean Counter-Smuggling)

NORAD’s Maritime Warning Mission – Mike Dawson, Canadian Policy Advisor, NORAD

12:15 – 13:00      Keynote Address:Rear-Admiral David Gardam, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Force Atlantic

13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

14:00 – 15:00      Panel III – Maritime Dimensions of Global Security

Global Maritime Insecurity: Operation SAIPH – Lt.-Cmdr. Susan Long-Poucher, Operation SAIPH (Counter-piracy/terrorism in the North Arabian Sea)

 Canada and the Pacific – Rear-Admiral (ret’d) Tyrone Pile, President, Corvid Pacific Consulting Ltd.

15:00 – 15:45     Closing Keynote Address:

The Challenges Ahead for Allied Naval Forces – Vice-Admiral (ret’d) P. Dean McFadden, former Chief of the Maritime Staff, DND

16:00 – 17:00      Cocktail Reception

Please contact Robert Baines at for further information.

NATO Association of Canada
The NATO Association of Canada (NAOC) strives to educate and engage Canadians about NATO and its goals of peace, prosperity and security. The NAOC ensures Canada has an informed citizenry able to participate in discussions about its role on the world stage.