Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

SENTINELLE I

Date: October 24th - 25th

Location: Charlevoix, Québec

Next year, Canada will host the 44th annual G7 Summit in June 2018 in the Charlevoix region of Québec. As per the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Request for Assistance to the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces in support of the 2018 G7 Summit, DRDC CSS will develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated exercise program designed to confirm roles and operational plans along with federal, provincial and local organizations supporting the safety and security of Summit operations. The first preparedness exercise, SENTINELLE I, will be a tabletop exercise to inform partners of each other’s mandate, jurisdictional responsibilities, and operational posture.

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The Fifth Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE V)

Date: November 15th-16th

Location: Whatcom County in Washington, and lower mainland British Columbia (B.C.)

This is the fifth iteration of an experiment aimed at further enhancing cross-border communication and situational awareness for local responder agencies in Canada and the U.S. The CAUSE V experiment aims to provide the Pacific Northwest region in the U.S. and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia with access to enhanced interoperable communications, mutual aid planning and response technologies to better plan for and respond to incidents affecting both sides of the border.

This experiment will be attended by various U.S. and Canadian first responder stakeholders, as well as two DRDC CSS members:

  • Joe Fournier, Portfolio Manager, Wireless Technology
  • Glen Weimer, Portfolio Manager, Emergency Management Systems

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Past Events

VIP Event/Facility Tour: United States Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Acquisition Program

Date: July 26, 2017

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), United States (U.S.) Coast Guard, and the United States Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate showcased ongoing research relating to the heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program at NRC’s facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This partnership was formalized through the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Border Security (CIPABS) Agreement, managed by the DRDC CSS.

This event was attended by:

  • Dr. Williamson, Director General

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Announcement of New Firefighter Training Curriculum

Date: September 29th, 2017

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

The City of Ottawa and DRDC CSS unveiled its recently completed international firefighter training curriculum, which keeps up to date with the modern science of fire dynamics. This collaborative, evidence-based curriculum is part of a project funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program.

Several dignitaries spoke at this event, such as Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament, and Kim Ayotte, Ottawa Fire Chief, as well as one DRDC CSS speaker:

  • Mark Williamson, Director General

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Transforming Road Transportation in Canada: A Knowledge-Building Workshop

Date: March 8-9, 2017

Location: Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

DRDC CSS and Transport Canada co-hosted a workshop in Ottawa. The primary aim of the workshop was to help prepare Canadian federal, provincial and municipal transportation officials for the adoption and eventual deployment of connectivity and automation into their ongoing operations. Sessions included information on testbeds and pilots, standards, certification, training and HQP, and cybersecurity and other key vulnerabilities issues.

The conference featured guest presenters from different organizations, as well as two DRDC CSS members:

  • David Pedersen, Director, Directorate of Knowledge and Technology for Security
  • Helen Tang, Portfolio Manager - Cyber Electromagnetics

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DRDC CSS/Transport Canada Automotive Cybersecurity Meeting

Date: March 10, 2017

Location: DRDC CSS Vanier Building, Ottawa, Ontario

This half-day vehicle and transportation infrastructure cybersecurity meeting facilitated in-depth discussions on collaborative opportunities (nationally and internationally) as well as updates on cyber-security projects.

The meeting featured guest presenters from different organizations, as well as three DRDC CSS members:

  • Helen Tang, Portfolio Manager - Cyber Electromagnetics
  • Stephen Nemeth, International Program Policy Advisor
  • Mark Williamson, Director General

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Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Date: March 7-9

Location: Montréal, Québec

Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Regional Platform marked the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss and agree on a Regional Action Plan to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework).

DRDC CSS’s Tony Masys led a Plenary Session/World Café titled Innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop – Sciences & Technology Solutions on Day 3 (March 9th). Around 800 delegates participated during engaging and collaborative roundtable activity. CSSP also held a booth at the Exhibition space.

The Innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop featured guest presenters from the Americas, as well as two DRDC CSS members:

  • Anthony Masys, Defence Scientist
  • Mark Williamson, Director General

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Speakers from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at the 13th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

Date: November 23-25, 2016

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal, Quebec.

The 13th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium (CRHNet)'s theme of 'Reducing Risk through Partnerships' calls attention to the need for partnerships to enhance the understanding of, and provide tools for, the development of comprehensive programs to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of disasters - natural, technological or human-induced.

Five speakers from DRDC CSS will be featured this year:

Wednesday, November 23

10:30-11:00: Suzanne Waldman,Analyst: The rise of networked emergency management in Canada: From emergence to governance

12:00-1:30: Dr. Mark Williamson,Director General, and Colin Murray,Director, Knowledge and Technology: Community Safety: Plenary: International Responder Session

Thursday, November 24

11:00: Suzanne Waldman, Analyst, and Simona Verga, Psycho-Social Portfolio Manager: Science and technology challenges from the United Nation's Office of Disaster Risk Reduction's Sendai Framework (2015)

1:30: Shaye Friesen, Risk Management Portfolio Manager, Knowledge and Technology: Transition Innovation: Developing Canada's National Risk Profile

13th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium Full Program

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DRDC CSS will co-host a member meeting of the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation

Date: November 21-22, 2016

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal, Quebec.

Along with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, DRDC CSS will co-host the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) member meeting in Montreal. The IFAFRI provides a platform to discuss shared first responder capability gaps, collaboration on research and development initiatives and solutions, characterize global first responder markets, and educate first responders about available technology.

DRDC CSS attendees include Dr. Williamson, Director General, and Colin Murray, Director, Knowledge and Technology: Community Safety, who are members of the forum representing Canada.

The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation web page

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DRDC CSS expert participates in Google Hangout Session with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)

Date: 7 June, 2016

Time: 2:00PM (ET)

To watch the Hangout, click here.

Kevin Wennekes from CATA Alliance hosted a LIVE Google Hangout session where he was joined by DRDC CSS Director, Knowledge and Technology: Community Safety, Colin Murray. The two discussed the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation, an organization of international government leaders concerned with the development of affordable and innovative technology that will help first responders worldwide.

IFAFRI web page

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Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) experts participating and speaking at the 2016 Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Annual Conference

Date: May 31 – 2 June, 2016

Location: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon

The theme of this year’s Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Annual Conference was focused on leadership and setting the stage for the future direction of Paramedic services in Canada. The conference program featured keynote and plenary speakers with a focus on leadership, professional development, community paramedicine and mental health. Attendees had the opportunity to share research and expertise with industry partners and subject matter experts.

On June 2nd, at 10:30AM, Doug Socha, DRDC Paramedic portfolio manager, hosted a panel about the Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment IV (CAUSE IV).

2016 Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Annual Conference

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STTechTalk - CAUSE IV Twitter Chat

Date: 24 May, 2016

Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM (ET)

Location: DRDC_RDDC Twitter Page

DRDC CSS and the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate held a LIVE Twitter Chat (#STTechTalk) to answer questions and share information about the fourth installment of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE IV) which took place from April 26th to 28th 2016.

CAUSE IV experiment Webpage

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Speakers from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at METSEC 2016

Date: May 11-13, 2016

Location: Shaw Centre, Ottawa

METSEC 2016 was an opportunity for subject matter experts from across the world to gather and share views on the latest trends, projects, and initiatives to counter the threat of terrorism and improvised explosive devices at home and in conflict areas.

The conference featured guest presenters from different organizations, as well as seven DRDC CSS members:

  • Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General
  • Marc Roy, Portfolio Manager, Explosives/Forensics
  • Mark Espenant, Section Head, Decision Support and Project Management
  • Marco Di Fruscio, Portfolio Manager, Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear
  • Shaye Friesen, Defence Scientist, Knowledge and Technology: Transition Innovation
  • Brian Greene, Portfolio Manager, Border & Transportation Security
  • Joe Fournier, Portfolio Manager, Wireless Technology

METSEC 2016 Event Outline

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Government of Canada hosted Stakeholder Day in advance of CSSP Call for Proposals launch

Date: March 7, 2016

Location: John G. Diefenbaker Building, Ottawa

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) hosted a Stakeholder Day to give potential bidders an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on the science and technology requirements and process for the Canadian Safety and Security Program’s upcoming Call for Proposals. Stakeholders were provided with general information about the call and the program.

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Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at Securetech 2015

Date: November 25-26, 2015

Location: EY Centre, Ottawa

Booths: #711 and #715

Canada’s leading security showcase and conference - Securetech 2015 focused on cyber security protection and resilience, counter-terrorism, emergency management, personal protective equipment.

DRDC CSS and National Research Council (NRC) experts co-hosted the Innovation Zone, a special showcase in the Conference Hall Program, which featured the CSSP, a selection of project posters and examples of technologies that have benefited from CSSP investments, as well as a number of NRC posters highlighting intellectual property which the department hopes to transition to industry.

On November 25th, at 1:00PM, Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General of DRDC CSS, spoke about the CSSP as well as framing organizational competencies that enable collaboration within Canadian communities.

Full Securetech 2015 Conference Program

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Speakers from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at the 12th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

CSSP hosted a booth at this year's CRHNet Symposium

Date: November 4-6, 2015

Location: Coast Plaza Hotel, Calgary

The 12th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium (CRHNet) explored disaster resilience through a multifaceted discussion of the factors that contribute to disasters, and how these factors could be addressed through the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phases.

Three speakers from DRDC CSS featured from November 4-6:

November 4

  • 3:30PM-5:00PM: Colin Murray, Director, Knowledge and Technology: Community Safety, spoke about framing organizational competencies that enable collaboration within Canadian communities.

November 5

  • 1:30PM-3:00PM: Simona Verga, Operational Research Analyst (Security), spoke about building resilient communities from the ground-up – how science and technology can help.
  • 1:30PM-3:00PM: Suzanne Waldman, Analyst, spoke about bridging municipal, emergency management organizations with social media spontaneous volunteer organizations.

12th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium Full Program

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Speakers from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference 2015

CSSP hosted a booth at this year's IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference

Date: 31 May - 4 June, 2015

Location: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference 2015 (IHTC 2015) was not merely a showcase of technologies with potential application in the developing world. It focused on bringing together technology providers with organizations and individuals working in the fields of humanitarian aid and sustainable development. The aim was to foster community engagement, dialogue, mutual learning and understanding around the role and successful application of technologies aimed at improving the lives of many.

Six speakers from DRDC CSS were featured from June 1-3.

June 1

  • 6:00PM: Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General (Opening Ceremony Keynote)

June 2

  • 10:30AM: Matt Godsoe, Portfolio Manager, Threats and Hazards, and
  • 6:00PM: Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General (Conference Banquet Keynote)

June 3

  • 9:45AM: Simona Verga, Operational Research Analyst (Security)
  • 12:30PM: Simona Verga, Operational Research Analyst (Security)
  • 12:40PM: Bill Casey, Exercise Program Manager and Joe Fournier, Portfolio Manager - Wireless Technologies; and
  • 1:05PM: Kate Kaminska, Operational Research Scientist (Security)

IEEE International Humanitarian Conference Full Program

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Speakers from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) featured at METSEC 2015

Date: 4-7 May, 2015

Location: HYATT Regency Montreal, Montreal

METSEC 2015 explored the training, technology, and actions required to counter current and emerging threats in Canada and abroad. Leading national and international security experts from government, military, police, and industry participated in discussion on various issues ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives, to infrastructure protection, to transit security and communications interoperability.

Four speakers from DRDC CSS were featured on May 5th:

  • 8:10AM: Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General;
  • 8:45AM: Marc Roy, Portfolio Manager, Explosives and Forensics; and
  • 10:30AM: Colin Murray, Director, Knowledge and Technology: Community Safety;
  • 1:00PM: Joe Fournier, Portfolio Manager, Wireless Technology.

METSEC 2015 Conference webpage

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology First Responders Group Capacity Webinar – Communicating with International Partners During Emergencies

Date: 12 March, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM (ET)

Location: Register: http://bit.ly/reg4int

The First Responders Group of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be hosting a webinar entitled “Communicating with International Partners during Emergencies”, offering lessons learned, best practices, and resources on how to communicate with international partners during emergencies.

The webinar will feature guest presenters from different organizations including two DRDC CSS members:

  • Philip Dawe; and
  • Kate Kaminska

If interested, but not available to participate, a podcast of the recorded webinar will be available on iTunes.

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STTechTalk - CAUSE III Twitter Chat

Date: 30 January, 2015

Time: 1:30PM to 2:30PM (ET)

Location: DRDC_RDDC Twitter Page

DRDC CSS and the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate held a LIVE Twitter Chat (#STTechTalk) to answer questions about the Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE III), which took place on both sides of the border in November 2014.

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8th Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop

Date: 30 November - 3 December, 2014

Location: The Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

CSSP Booth: 12

The 2014 Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop again broke new ground on key voice and data interoperability issues facing today's public safety sector. The program aims to support and promote the transfer of best practices and experience, and the development of a more unified approach to public safety interoperability across the country, between nations and internationally.

Two speakers from DRDC CSS featured during the workshop program:

  • Philip Dawe, Portfolio Manager, Emergency Management Systems and Disaster Resilency, Centre for Security Science; and
  • Joe Fournier, Portfolio Manager, Wireless Technologies, Centre for Security Science.

Full Conference Program

8th Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop webpage

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Digital Volunteer-Supported Recovery Operations Experiment at the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Forum

CSSP hosted a booth and a Social Media experiment at this year's Disaster Management Forum

Date: 19-20 November, 2014

Location: Holiday Inn Harbourview, Halifax

CSSP Booth: #12

The theme for the 2014 Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Forum was focused around the increasing frequency and complexity of disasters - both man-made and natural.

The Red Cross partnered with the Canadian Safety and Security Program to host a user-friendly experiment in Social Media in Emergency Management (SMEM) designed to explore how the emergency management community can partner with digital volunteers to strengthen their capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Digital Volunteer-Supported Recovery Operations Experiment

2014 Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Forum webpage

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SecureTech 2014

Date: 3-5 November, 2014

Location: Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa

CSSP Booth: #106

This year, Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre Security Science (DRDC CSS) planned a Safety and Security Knowledge and Technology Forum on 3 November as part of the annual 2014 SecureTech Conference presented by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). The theme for the Knowledge and Technology Forum was “Engaging Canadian Innovation for Public Safety and Security”.

Full Forum program

Two speakers from DRDC CSS featured during the Securetch conference’s program:

  • Paul Hubbard, Portfolio Manager Border and Maritime Security, spoke on the Border Security Panel; and
  • Carey Larsen, Head, Threats and Hazards, spoke on the Counter-Terrorism panel.

Full SecureTech Conference Program

Exhibitor Floor Map

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11th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

Date: 22-24 October, 2014

Location: Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

The 11th Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium (CRHNet) explored various elements of Canada’s emergency management (EM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) challenges. 

DRDC CSS was proud to feature two of its experts: Simona Verga, Acting Psycho-Social and Community Resilience Portfolio Manager, on building resilient communities; and Matthew Godsoe on fellow DRDC CSS colleague Kate Kaminska’s work on social media in emergency management.

Full conference program

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106th Annual Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Conference

Date: 15-17 September, 2014

Location: Westin Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa

The 2014 Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) Conference was dedicated to advancing science and technology research within the Fire and Emergency Service in order to prevent outcomes caused by fires. DRDC CSS held an information booth at the site on all three event days.

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