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2014 Participants


Zaffar Abbas

Mohammed Abulahoum
Justice and Building Party, Yemen

M.J. Akbar
Bharatiya Janata Party

Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini
Ambassador of Iraq to Canada
Embassy of Iraq, Ottawa

Irakli Alasania
Former Minister of Defense
Ministry of Defense, Georgia

Mohamed Ali
Executive Director
Iftiin Foundation

John Allen
Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Against ISIL
United States Department of State

Samir Altaqi
General Director
Orient Research Centre

Conrado Aparicio Blanco
Inspector General and Comptroller of the Navy
Secretariat of the Navy, Mexico

James Appathurai
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Michael Auslin
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Shlomo Avineri
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Alyssa Ayres
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia
Council on Foreign Relations

Baek Seung-Joo
Vice Minister of National Defense
Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Korea

John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

James Baker
Principal Deputy Director, Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy and Strategist to the Chairman
United States Department of Defense

Falah Mustafa Bakir
Head of Foreign Relations Department
Kurdistan Regional Government

Christophe Balducchi
Defense Attaché
Embassy of France, Ottawa

Ehud Barak 
Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defense

Rafael Barak
Ambassador of Israel to Canada
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Kevin Baron
Executive Editor
Defense One

John Barrasso
United States

Peter Bates
Canadian Political Advisor to the Commander
North American Aerospace Defense Command

Sham Bathija
Ambassador of Afghanistan to Canada
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan

Jean Bétermier
Forum du Futur

Carl Bildt
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Steven Blaney
Minister of Public Safety
Public Safety Canada

Øystein Bø
State Secretary
Ministry of Defense, Norway

Peter Boehm
Associate Deputy Minister
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

Adrian Bogart
Deputy Chief of Commander’s Planning Group
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Giorgi Bokeria
Former Secretary of National Security
National Security Council, Georgia

Susan Bonner
Host, World at 6
CBC Radio One

Max Boot
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Ralf Brauksiepe
Parliamentary State Secretary
Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Darrell Bricker
Global Chief Executive Officer
Ipsos Public Affairs

Laura Bridge
Manager, External Relations
Halifax International Security Forum

Yves Brodeur
Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

Ian Brodie
Research Director, School of Public Policy
University of Calgary

Rosa Brooks
Senior Fellow, New America Foundation;
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Christian Brose
National Security Advisor
Senator John McCain

Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence, New Zealand

Kerry Buck
Assistant Deputy Minister of International Security
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Arnd Busche
Executive Officer
Ministry of Defense, Germany

Cengiz Çandar
Radikal and Al Monitor

Scott Carpenter
Director, Free Expression
Google Ideas

Joyce Carter
President and Chief Executive Officer
Halifax International Airport Authority

Anthony Carty
Vice-President, Risk & Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Canadian Commercial Corporation

Blaise Cathcart
Judge Advocate General
Canadian Armed Forces

Wendy Chamberlin
Middle East Institute

Rebecca Chavez
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs
United States Department of Defense

Joseph Cirincione
Ploughshares Fund

Tom Clark
Chief Political Correspondent
Global News

Steve Clemons
Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic;
Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

Victoria Coates
National Security Advisor
Senator Ted Cruz

Marlene Colucci
Executive Director
The Business Council

Tom Cotton
United States

Karen Courington
National Security Policy Advisor
Senator Tim Kaine

Anne Marie Creskey
Embassy Magazine

Michael Crowley
Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Ted Cruz
United States

Arnaud Danjean
Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense
European Parliament

Gregory David
Gregory J. David Foundation

Glenn Davidson
Former Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

Howard Dean
Former Governor of Vermont;
Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP

Luke Dearden
Private Secretary to Secretary of State
Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom

Pavol Demeš
Transatlantic Fellow, Bratislava Office
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Paul Dewar
Member of Parliament, Ottawa Centre, Ontario
House of Commons, Canada

Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America
Embassy of Canada to the United States

Lyse Doucet
Chief International Correspondent

Jill Dougherty
Public Policy Scholar
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

James Drage
Managing Partner
Atlantic Venture Capital

Dan Dugas
Director General, Communications and Marketing
Transport Canada

Comfort Ero
Program Director, Africa
International Crisis Group

Philippe Errera
Undersecretary for Policy and Director of Strategic Affairs
Ministry of Defense, France

Richard Fadden
Deputy Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence, Canada

Michael Fallon
Secretary of State for Defence
Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom

Shane Farrell
Director of Country Risk
Five Dimensions Consultancy

Dean Fealk
DLA Piper

Marian Fernet
Chief of Staff
Department of Justice, Canada

Mary Fitzgerald
Foreign Affairs Correspondent
The Irish Times

Bill Fletcher
Special Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff
Canadian Armed Forces

Richard Florizone
Dalhousie University

Christopher Fomunyoh
Senior Associate, Regional Director for Central and West Africa
National Democratic Institute

Robert Fonberg
Former Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence, Canada

Ralf Fücks
Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Tulsi Gabbard
United States

Evan Garcia
Undersecretary of Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Ulf Gartzke
Managing Partner and Founder
Spitzberg Partners LLC

Mike Geiger
Executive Director
Chief Executives Organization

Rob Gillies
Canada Bureau Chief
Associated Press

Andrew Gilmour
Director, Secretary-General’s Office for Political, Peace-keeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights
United Nations

John Glenn
Policy Director
US Global Leadership Coalition

Diba Nigar Göksel
Turkish Policy Quarterly

David Gough
Chair, Atlantic Chapter
American Chamber of Commerce in Canada

Camille Grand
Foundation for Strategic Research

Frank Grass
National Guard Bureau

Jerrold Green
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Council on International Policy

Maryscott Greenwood
Senior Managing Director
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

François Guimont
Deputy Minister
Public Safety Canada

Abdullah Gül
11th President
Republic of Turkey

Marquis Hainse
Canadian Army

Joseph Hall
Vice President
Halifax International Security Forum

Jens Hanefeld
Head of International Politics
Volkswagen Group External Relations and Government Relations

Cecil Haney
United States Strategic Command

Jane Harman
Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Woodrow Wilson Center

Allison Hart
Special Advisor, Public Diplomacy
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Jan Havránek
Head of Defence Advisors
Permanent Delegation of the Czech Republic to NATO

Gilberto Hernández Andreu
Inspector and Comptroller General of the Army and Armed Forces
Secretary of the National Defense, Mexico

Bruce Heyman
United States Ambassador to Canada
United States Department of State

Peter Hogan
Vice President, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Ellen Hols
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence, Canada

Matthew Mark Horn
MMH Global Strategies, LLC

Chaviva Hošek
President Emeritus
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Andrew House
Chief of Staff
Public Safety Canada

Michelle Howard
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Bob Howse
The Chronicle Herald

John Hudson
Senior Reporter, National Security & Diplomacy
Foreign Policy

Heather Hurlburt
Director, New Models of Policy Advocacy Project
New America Foundation

Toomas-Hendrik Ilves
Republic of Estonia

Charles Jacoby
United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command

Cesar Jaramillo
Program Officer
Project Ploughshares

Laura Jewett
Regional Director, Eurasia
National Democratic Institute

Matthew Johnson
Project Director, Ships
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Major Initiatives and Projects Office, Nova Scotia

Bill Jones
Senior Associate Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence, Canada

Tim Kaine
United States

Matthew Kaminski
Member, Editorial Board
The Wall Street Journal

Mykola Kapitonenko
Associate Professor. Institute of International Relations
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Mikhail Kasyanov
Former Prime Minister of Russia;
Co-Leader, Republican Party of People’s Freedom

John Kavanagh
A/Director, Policy Advocacy & Coordination
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

John Kelly
Commander, United States Southern Command and Representative;
Commandant of the United States Marines

Madonna Kent
Director General, ACOA Ottawa, Advocacy & Industrial Benefits
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Corinne Keyes
Executive Assistant to Commander
National Security Agency

Persis Khambatta
Senior Director, South Asia

Roderich Kiesewetter
Member of the Bundestag

Adam Kinzinger
United States

Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Visiting Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress

Michael Klare
Professor, Program in Peace and World Security Studies
Hampshire College

Rachel Kleinfeld
Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Kathleen Koch
Author, Journalist, and Founder

Yoji Koda
Vice Admiral (Ret.)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Bassel Korkor
Legal and Policy Director – US
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom
McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ján Kubiš
Former UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Isabelle Kumar
Journalist and Presenter

Pam Kunze
Public Affairs
United States Navy

Francois Lafond
Executive Director

Karin Landgren
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia
United Nations

Isabelle Lasserre
Associate Editor
Le Figaro

Thomas Lawson
Chief of the Defence Staff
Canadian Armed Forces

Monika LeRoy
Senior Policy Advisor
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Dawisson Belém Lopes
Professor of International and Comparative Politics
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Natalia Loukacheva
Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law
University of Northern British Columbia

Gal Luft
Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

Tony Lynch
Deputy Secretary of Defence
Ministry of Defence, New Zealand

Kent MacDonald
President and Vice Chancellor
St. Francis Xavier University

Brian Macdonald
Member of the Legislative Assembly
New Brunswick Legislature

John MacDonell
Stewart McKelvey

Peter MacKay
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Department of Justice, Canada

Barry MacLeod
Senior Director, Operational Plans & Capabilities
ATCO Structures & Logistics

Merle Maigre
Security Policy Advisor to the President
Office of the President, Republic of Estonia

Tim Mak
Senior Congressional Correspondent
The Daily Beast

Firas Maksad
Managing Director
Global Policy Advisors

Scott Malcomson
Director of Communications
International Crisis Group

Pippa Malmgren
DRPM Group

Anja Manuel
RiceHadleyGates LLC

Bill McCaffrey
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
MEG Energy Corporation

John McCain
United States

Don McClure
Vice President, Business Development
Lockheed Martin Canada

Stephen McNeil
Nova Scotia

Membathisi Mdladlana
High Commissioner of South Africa to Canada
South African High Commission

Angel Julian Melo Moya
Chief of Aides
Secretariat of the Navy, Mexico

David Merkel
Senior Fellow
Johns Hopkins Center for Transatlantic Relations

Mauricio Meschoulam
Universidad Iberoamericana

Jeanne Meserve
Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute
George Washington University

Ayman Mhanna
Executive Director
Samir Kassir Foundation

Alfredo Miguel Afif
Chairman of the Board
Compañía Inversora Corporativa

Alfredo Miguel Bejos
Chief Executive Officer
Compañía Inversora Corporativa

Vladimir Milov
Institute of Energy Policy

James Mingo
Chief of Commander’s Planning Group
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Don Moe
Senior Vice President, Supply and Marketing
MEG Energy Corporation

Saad Mohseni
Chairman and CEO
Moby Group

Duane Monea
Vice President, Public Relations
MEG Energy Corporation

Mouaz Moustafa
Executive Director
Syrian Emergency Task Force

Yusuf Müftüoğlu
Adviser to the President
Republic of Turkey

Jeff Mullen
Director of Enterprise Development
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Alaa Murabit
Founder and President
The Voice of Libyan Women

Maureen Murphy
Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence, Canada

Juan Nagel
Caracas Chronicles

Mary Naylor
Legislative Director
Senator Tim Kaine

Pauline Neville-Jones
Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business on Cybersecurity
House of Lords, United Kingdom

John Newton
Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic

Rob Nicholson
Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence, Canada

Masashi Nishihara
Research Institute for Peace and Security

Mark Norman
Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy

Natalie Nougayrède
Columnist and Foreign Affairs Commentator
The Guardian

Elizabeth O’Bagy
Foreign Policy Advisor
Senator John McCain

Jacqueline O’Neill
The Institute for Inclusive Security

Tolu Ogunlesi
West Africa Editor
The Africa Report

Dayo Olopade
Knight Law and Media Scholar
Yale Law School

Manal Omar
Acting Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa
United States Institute of Peace

Japheth Omojuwa

Dixon Osburn
Executive Director
Center for Justice and Accountability

Paul Owens
Manager, Special Initiatives
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Jean-Paul Paloméros
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Roland Paris
Director, Centre for International Policy Studies
University of Ottawa

Bob Paulson
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Petr Pavel
Chief of Defense
Czech Armed Forces

Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic
Minister of Defense
Ministry of Defense, Montenegro

William Pentney
Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General
Department of Justice, Canada

David Perkins
Commanding General
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Tom Perriello
Special Representative for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review
United States Department of State

J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa
Center Atlantic Council

Mike Pompeo
United States

Ilya Ponomarev
MP; Chairman, Innovations and Venture Capital Subcommittee
Russian Parliament-State Duma

Esa Pulkkinen
Director General, Defense Policy Department
Ministry of Defense, Finland

Rune Rafaelsen
General Secretary
Norwegian Barents Secretariat

Richard Riley
Consul General
United States Consulate General, Halifax

Carla Robbins
Clinical Professor of National Security Studies, Baruch College/CUNY;
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Colin Robertson
Vice President
Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute

Antonio Rodiles
Estado de SATS

Michael Rogers
Commander, United States Cyber Command;
Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

Joshua Rogin
Bloomberg View

Gideon Rose
Foreign Affairs

Luis Rubio
Center of Research for Development

Daniel Runde
Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Christopher Sabatini
Senior Director of Policy
Americas Society and Council of the Americas

Stella Sabiiti
International Trainer, Facilitator
Peace and Security Expert

Lobsang Sangay
Central Tibetan Administration

Andrei Sannikov
European Belarus Foundation

Mike Savage
Halifax Regional Municipality

Onur Şaylan
Chief of the Cabinet
Office of the President, Republic of Turkey

Nadia Schadlow
Senior Program Officer
Smith Richardson Foundation

Randy Scheunemann
Orion Strategies

Adam Schiff
United States

Sarah Schmidt
Staff Assistant to the Ambassador
Embassy of the United States, Ottawa

Peter Semneby
Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Richard Sendall
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations
MEG Energy Corporation

Vance Serchuk
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

Robin Shepherd
The Commentator

Charles Shin
Senior Advisor, Chief’s Action Group
National Guard Bureau

Vasil Sikharulidze
Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia
Republic of Georgia

Peter Siklosi
State Secretary for Defense Policy and Defense Planning

Alfonso Silva Navarro
Ambassador of Chile to Canada
Embassy of Chile, Ottawa

Donald Sinclair
Former Director General
International Security Bureau, Foreign Affairs Canada

Jill Sinclair
Executive Director – External Engagement and Partnerships
Department of National Defence, Canadian Defence Academy

Randa Slim
Director, Initiative for Track II Dialogues
Middle East Institute

Julianne Smith
Senior Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies LLC;
Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President

David Smolansky
El Hatillo Municipality, Venezuela

Milan Solár
Managing Director
Slovak Atlantic Commission

Nancy Southern
Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer
ATCO Group

Janice Gross Stein
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto

Edison Stewart
Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Affairs
Department of National Defence, Canada

Karen Stewart
Political Advisor
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Michael Svetlik
Vice President, Programs
International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Jane Taber
Atlantic Bureau Chief
The Globe and Mail

Andrew Tabler
Senior Fellow
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Eric Tamayo
Minister and Consul General
Embassy of the Philippines, Ottawa

Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor
Foreign Affairs

Sue Mi Terry
Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University

Peter Tertzakian
Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director
ARC Financial Corporation

Ian Thompson
Associate Publisher
The Chronicle Herald

Eka Tkeshelashvili
Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies

Hideshi Tokuchi
Vice-Minister of Defense
Ministry of Defense, Japan

Frances Townsend
Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs
MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc.

Ira Trivedi

Simon Tucker
High Commissioner of New Zealand to Canada
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand

Gürcan Türkoglu
Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Turkey to UNESCO

Selçuk Ünal
Ambassador of Turkey to Canada
Embassy of Turkey, Ottawa

Vaidotas Urbelis
Policy Director, Director of Euroatlantic Cooperation
Department Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania

Guillermo Valdés Castellanos
Grupo de Economistas y Asociados

Peter Van Praagh
Halifax International Security Forum

Jonathan Vance
Canadian Joint Operations Command

Róbert Vass
Executive Vice President and CEO
Central European Strategy Council

Gordon Venner
Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy
Department of National Defence, Canada

Tom Venner
Assistant Director Policy & Strategic Partnerships
Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Nirmal Verma
High Commissioner for India to Canada
Ministry of External Affairs, India

Alexander Vershbow
Deputy Secretary General
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

John Vinocur
Editorial Page Contributor
Wall Street Journal

Kurt Volker
Executive Director
McCain Institute for International Leadership

Alexandre Vulic
Deputy Head of Mission
Embassy of France in Canada

Tsuneo Watanabe
Director of Foreign and Security Policy Research & Senior Fellow
The Tokyo Foundation

W. Bruce Weinrod
Senior Counselor, Defense
Global Impact Inc.

Jonathan Weisstub
Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto;
Chairman of the Board, Halifax International Security Forum

James Wellons
Executive Officer to the Commander
United States Southern Command

Paul Wells
Political Editor

Christian Whiton
Hamilton Foundation

Alexis Wichowski
Director of Media Analysis & Strategy, United States Mission to the United Nations
United States Department of State

Terri Wills
Director of Global Initiatives
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Taylor Wilson
Nuclear Physicist
University of Nevada, Reno

Werner Wnendt
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada
Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Christine Wormuth
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
United States Department of Defense

Peter Wright
Development Officer, Aerospace and Defence
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Shingo Yamagami
Ambassador and Deputy Director-General, Foreign Policy Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Martin Zablocki
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Commercial Corporation

Dov Zakheim
Senior Fellow
Center for Naval Analyses

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