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CHRIS HADFIELD Space, Aviation, Social Media

A former F-18 pilot and test pilot, Chris Hadfield became an astronaut after retiring from the Canadian Forces. He was chosen as one of four new Canadian astronauts in 1992 and became the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, the only Canadian to ever board the Russian space station Mir and was the first Canadian to walk in space. In December 2012 Chris Hadfield was again launched into space and commanded the Inter­na­tional Space Station for the second half of a 5-month mission.

MARK HALINATY Land & Air Systems

Mark Halinaty is Deputy Country Director for Thales Canada and Vice President Land & Air Systems. Mark has attained successive management responsibilities within Thales. During his career, he has been involved in a wide range of projects and held a number of key commercial and technical positions within the company, including Managing Director of Thales Rail Signalling Solutions in the UK.

Cdr KENNETH P. HANSEN Maritime Studies

Commander Kenneth P. Hansen is the Military Co-chair of the Maritime Studies Programme at Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has served in a number of destroyers and frigates of the Atlantic Fleet, and as a staff officer with the 1st Maritime Operations Group.

STEPHEN HARPER Prime Minister of Canada

First elected to Parliament in 1993, Stephen Harper has been at the forefront of national debate since becoming Leader of the Opposition in 2002 and an effective spokesperson for issues related to finance and national unity. Harper spearheaded the effort to unite Canada ’s two conservative parties as the new Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected its leader in 2004 and the party went on to win the 2006 federal election.


Kris Hatashita is a consultant to the Department of National Defence and a subject matter expert of electromagnetic sciences. Kris was sent to Kandahar twice to test the electromagnetic integrity and security of communication systems of Canadian vehicles participating in the NATO International Security Assistance Force. During his second mission, he was sent to the FOB at Ma Sum Ghar where the incidents described in his article occurred.

VAdm (retd) DARREN HAWCO Navy, NATO, Diplomacy

Darren Hawco is a retired Vice-Admiral from the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to his retirement, he was Canada’s Military Representative to NATO, and before that was the Chief of Force Development and lead military official for the development of Canada’s Defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE). He is currently an Executive Advisor with Deloitte Canada.

LAURIE HAWN Air Force, Government

Laurie joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964 and received his wings in 1967. His many roles included commanding a CF-18 Tactical Fighter Squadron. He retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel after 30 years in the Air Force, and eventually entered politics. In a decisive election victory in 2006, Laurie became the representative for Edmonton Centre, served on many Committees and as Parliamentary Secretary to Peter MacKay.

ANNE M. HEALEY President, WiDS

Anne was the General Manager for Canadian Defence Industries Association for 13 years.

Gen (ret) RICK HILLIER Chief of the Defence Staff (2005-2008)

A proud Newfoundlander, General Rick Hillier likes to boast that he joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. In May 2003 he was chosen as Commander of the Army and a few months later, commanded ISAF, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was promoted to General in 2005 to assume the duties as Chief of Canada's Defence Staff. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2008.

LCol (ret) DENNIS R. (DOC) HOPPER Simulation

Doc has an extensive background in field, locating, and air defence artillery – including command, staff and instructional duties. He was project director for the RIIP and LLAD projects and a program analyst on the VCDS staff. He has been the Canadian Forces liaison officer with the US Army at Fort Bliss, Texas and has been the Head of Delegation on a number of international working groups. Since retirement from the CF, he has been the Director of Simulation and Training Systems for Simtran Technologies (now FATS Canada). As a consultant, he has played a key role in the Enhanced Leadership Model and the Rx2000 Medical projects.

HUDSON ON THE HILL Parliamentary Analyst

Hudson R. Rock (no relation to Rock Hudson) was formed in Newfoundland and Labrador (the ‘Rock’). Young Hudson gradually carved his own career path across Canada. He was stoned in British Columbia, worked at the bottom of the pile at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta, performed with a rock band in Manitoba (but got tired of being taken for granite). He also sought a position in Quebec, but was unhappy being just another pierre. Eventually, his finely chiseled features were noticed by a Toronto architect who invited Hudson to sit as a gargoyle on the old Maple Leaf Gardens. Hudson was subsequently invited to sit on the East Block on Parliament Hill before being elevated to the Peace Tower, from which he continues to protrude today.

ROBERT HUEBERT Political Science

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also severed as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the board of the Van Horne Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence  policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes and comments on issues of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His most book, written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths, is "Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship".

CONNOR HUNERFAUTH Military, Business Admin

Connor Hunerfauth graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2015 with a B.Eng in Civil Engineering. He served with the Royal Canadian Engineers (and blew bubbles as a combat diver) until 2022 when he retired from the Army to pursue a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas in Austin McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas.

ROBERT E. HUNTER International Affairs

Robert E. Hunter is Senior Advisor at the RAND Corporation, Washington, DC, and was a Senior International Consultant to Lockheed-Martin Overseas Corporation. The former US Ambassador to NATO (1993-98), Director of West European and Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council (1977-81), Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Hunter served on the White House Staff.