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SUNIL RAM International Defense and Security Analyst

A former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he went on to be a military advisor to the Saudi Royal Family, Sunil Ram taught for two decades at American Military University in the Military History Department and the School of Security and Global and Studies. He is currently the Director of Intelligence for private concerns in the UAE and works as an international defense consultant to major private enterprises around the world.


Mr Rasiulis was an analyst with the Directorate of Strategic Analysis at DND, specializing in strategic politico-military issues pertaining to conventional forces before becoming Section Head of the Directorate of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy. At NATO, he was Defence Advisor to the Canadian Delegation for Conventional Arms Control Talks, Central and Eastern Europe Policy Section Head, and Director of the Military Training Assistance Programme.

JOHN J.D. READ Acquisitions Policy

Mr. Read joined Public Works and Government Services Canada in 1992, after 20 years in consumer services and competition policy. Since then he has occupied a number of managerial and executive positions in the procurement field, including strategic policy, operational policy and processes, quality assurance and risk management, real property contracting, program integrity, dispute resolution, and delegation of contracting authorities. After serving on the Parliamentary Secretary’s Task Force for the Government-Wide Review of Procurement in 2005, he became Senior Director, Policy and Process, and on January 3, 2004 moved to the new position of Senior Director, Defence Procurement Liaison.


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Col (ret) GARY H. RICE Military Affairs

Colonel (retired) Gary H. Rice served in Germany at the height of the Cold War during the 1961 Berlin Crisis and 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, with Allied Command Mobile Force (Land) in North Norway and in all regions of Canada. He was the Army’s first Director of Medical Administration and Resources, Chief Instructor, Medical Services School, Commanding Officer 1st Canadian Field Hospital, and Head of Medical Plans and Operations. He retired after 37 years of active service. Since 9/11, he wrote several papers on national security and defence issues, and independently worked to strengthen Canada’s defence structure. He passed away in December 2010, and will be missed by many, including his friends at FrontLine.

BRYAN RIDDELL Disaster Recovery

A veteran and former professional athlete, Bryan Riddell is the Chief Executive Officer of Team Rubicon Canada, a non-profit disaster response organization. Bryan served eleven years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an officer in the Canadian Army, and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. He completed operational tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and received a Mention in Dispatches for distinguished service in combat. He holds a B.A. in Politics, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University and Queen's University. 


Jerrod Riley is the National Deputy Director of the Navy League of Canada.

TOM RING Procurement and Contracting

As the Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch at PWGSC, Tom Ring is responsible for the entire procurement and contracting cycle of major commodities from highly specialized military equipment to common office supplies. His team is currently involved in procurement reform. Tom has over 30 years experience in the public service and has worked in Transport Canada (Coast Guard), Privy Council Office, Canadian Heritage, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Defence and Public Works. Tom has also recently completed a MA program at the Royal Military College.

COLIN ROBERTSON International Affairs

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. He is chair of the board of Canada World Youth.

MARK ROMANOW Writer & Defence Analyst

Previously a successful oil and gas industry broker in both Public and Private sectors, Mark is an Independent defence/geopolitical analyst with interests in maintaining adequate defence capability for Canada. A University of Alberta Graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Geography/Cartography, he has written numerous articles and National Reports for respected publications since mid-1998. Mark provides clients with tailored, concise, impartial research & analysis. His comprehensive article on Canada's new Victoria class submarines was published on both the Submariners Association of Canada web site and the Defence Associations News web site.

JÜRGEN K.G. ROSENTHAL International Correspondent

A retired Captain of the German Air Force (2004), Juergen KG Rosenthal combines his military background with studies in business management, air traffic control, intelligence and counterintelligence, and investigations (partially in multinational/ bilateral operations). Bundeswehr Military Intelligence Centre: current intel and managing Air Orders of Battle. Intelligence: imagery interpreter (UAV and space). Bundeswehr Operations Command: Targeting/Weaponeering Officer. NATO experienced, missions abroad. Since retiring, he has been freelancing as an editor and journalist for international defence and aerospace magazines: Managing Editor MILITARY TECHNOLOGY; Deputy Editor-in-Chief HARDTHOEHENKURIER; Editorial support with FRONTLINE at NATO conferences.

DAN ROSS Former ADM (Mat)

Dan Ross spent 30 years in the Canadian Forces and 10 years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Public Service in Canada.


David Rudd is a defence scientist with the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA) at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. He is currently attached to the strategic analysis team in the office of the Associate Deputy Minister (Policy). His previous postings include the former Canadian Forces’ Operational Support Command and the Chief of Force Development. His specialties include NATO and Canadian military transformation, NATO-EU relations, Arctic security, and the transformation of allied navies. He previously served and president and executive director of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.