Leadersphere 2022

Leadershère 2022

Analyse, Decide, Act: Responding to Contemporary Security Challenges
4 October 2022 - Grand-Fort room of Dextraze Pavilion

Leadersphere is Royal Military College Saint-Jean’s flagship annual conference. It addresses challenges facing Canadian leadership in the international environment, bringing academic research and practitioner expertise to bear on contemporary international problems.

In 2022, Leadersphere is themed ‘Analyse, Decide, Act: Responding to Contemporary Security Challenges’, with each panel framed around a key point in the strategic decision-making process. The first ‘Analyse’ panel showcases academic expertise on contemporary security challenges: democratic decline; cybersecurity; sexual violence in armed conflict; climate change; and pandemic response. The second ‘Decide’ panel is a forum for women leaders to reflect on gender in security decision-making. The final ‘Act’ panel features practitioners, who will reflect on the same challenges as panel one through an operational lens.


8:30 | Coffee & tea

9:00 | Welcome

Dr James Groen, Academic Director, RMC Saint-Jean

9:05 | Opening remarks

Dr Marina Sharpe, Assistant Professor, International Studies, RMC Saint-Jean

9:15 | Panel 1 - Analyse: researcher expertise on contemporary security challenges

Moderator: Ms Aphrodite Salas, Assistant Professor, Journalism, Concordia University

Democratic decline: Dr Charles-Philippe David, Professor, Political Science, UQÀM

Cybersecurity: Mr Alexis Rapin, Reseacher, Observatoire des conflits multidimensionnels, UQÀM

Sexual violence within armed forces: Dr Megan Mackenzie, Simons Chair in International Law & Human Security, International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Climate crisis: Dr Alexandra Lesnikowski, Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University

Pandemic response: Dr Caroline Quach-Thanh, Canada Research Chair in Infection Prevention, Medicine, Université de Montréal

11:15 | Lunch

12:45 | Panel 2 - Decide: gender in security decision-making

Moderator: Dr Élisabeth Vallet, Associate Professor, International Studies, RMC Saint-Jean

Ms Madeleine Redfern, Chief of Operations, CanArctic Inuit Networks Inc.
Ms Martine Saint-Victor, General Manager, Edelman Canada
Ms Béatrice Vaugrante, Programme Director, Global Movement Building, Amnesty International
Lieuntenant-Colonel Melanie Lake
Ms Christine Normandin M.P., Member for Saint-Jean & Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on National Defence

14:45 | Coffee & tea

15:15 | Panel 3 - Act: operational and practical responses to contemporary security challenges

Moderator: Ms Catherine François, journalist, TV5

Democratic decline: Dr Laurence Deschamps-Laporte, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Université de Montréal

Cybersecurity: Brigadier-General James Lambert

Peace support operations: Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

Climate crisis: Dr Laure Waridel, Adjunct Professor, Environmental science, UQÀM & Co-founder, Mothers Step In

Pandemic response: Brigadier-General Krista Brodie

17:15 | Concluding remarks

Dr Marina Sharpe, Assistant Professor & Dr Élisabeth Vallet, Associate Professor

17:30 | Closing

Col Gaétan Bédard, Commandant, RMC Saint-Jean


For more information and to register, visit https://lepointdevente.com/billets/leadersphere2022?lang=en.

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