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October 29, 2013 – Cyber Security Roundtable in Vancouver

Vancouver Roundtable  – “Perspectives on Canada’s Role in International Cyber Security”


Canada has embraced the internet like no other nation in the world. Information and communications technology has contributed tremendously to our economic prosperity, national security and quality of life. At the same time states, non-state actors, organized criminal organizations, terrorists and individuals utilize the internet for a variety of malevolent activities. This makes Canada, and Canadians, vulnerable on a variety of fronts.

As cyberspace is indeed global and not governed by traditional regimes of law and normative behaviour; it requires individuals, corporate and state level actors to cooperate and pool resources as never before. We invite you to the NCC’s first roundtable discussion on the West Coast, where we will explore the current cyber security policy environment, outline the threats posed to Canadians, and lastly, highlight opportunities currently available to Canadian policy makers to shape the international cyber landscape.




Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and a Senior Fellow in American Policy at the Fraser Institute. He is a researcher with the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century, and a Fellow of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.  Dr. Moens teaches international relations, and specializes in American Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy as well as in the Politics and Foreign Policy of the European Union.

Dr. Moens is the author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy, Loyalty (2004), Foreign Policy Under Carter (1990), co-editor of Disconcerted Europe: The Search for a New Security Architecture (1994), NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the Cold War’s End to the Age of Terrorism (2003), and Immigration Policy and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States (2008).



Ambassador (Ret’d) Paul Meyer is a Senior Fellow at the Simons Foundation, an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and a Centre of Dialogue Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University.

Ambassador Meyer retired in 2010 from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade after a 35 year career with the Foreign Service, and, served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Office of the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2003 to 2007. Along with teaching a graduate course on multilateral diplomacy, he pursues research on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security and cyber security.



Commodore Darren Hawco is the current Director General Cyberspace at National Defence Headquarters. Commodore Hawco has operationally deployed five times including  deployments from both coasts and a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

His Command experience includes HMCS OTTAWA in 2006-2007 and Commander Atlantic Fleet in 2012- 2013. In 2013, he was appointed as Director General Cyberspace.


 Event Details

Tuesday October 29, 2013
4:00pm – 6:00pm

SFU Harbour Centre – Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre
515 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Room 1410

Admission: Free


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For additional information please contact Manisha Dutta at, or Katie Joyce at

Thank you to our sponsor FASS (SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).



The NATO Council of Canada is dedicated to the view that the transatlantic relationship between Canada, the United States, and the nations of Europe, is of critical importance to Canada in terms of culture, security and economic prosperity. In order to realize this vision as the premier sponsor and support organization of NATO in Canada, the NATO Council of Canada performs a number of fund raising, public outreach, and educational initiatives.

One of the most engaging initiatives the NCC undertakes is our roundtable conference, which gathers Canada’s top military, academic, and professional leaders to discuss pertinent issues which face our nation in securing our future. Our Vancouver Roundtable discussion will be the first of its kind on the West coast.

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.