Roundtables and Briefings 

This section provides information on what the interactive roundtables are, and information regarding our upcoming events.

CASIS Vancouver meets at 1800 every third Thursday of the month at SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425,  in downtown Vancouver, BC.  

Each meeting is divided into two sections: An expert briefing and an entirely seperate Roundtable event.

Each meeting starts with a briefing by an expert for 45 minutes and a question and answer session follows for a further 15 minutes. The expert presents a briefing on a topic of their interest- disseminating new knowledge or examining existing knowledge on a security, intelligence or defence issue.

The second part of the evening begins at 1920. The meeting is called to order and the roundtable session is convened. During the roundtable a member of CASIS leads off a discussion on a current security, policing, intelligence or defence issue. 

This roundtable is unique in that the audience is comprised of security practitioners, reservists, police officers, naval and other military professionals in addition to researchers at all levels of academia. Its purpose is to allow for a dialogue informed by a variety of perspectives on a current issue of concern. The reason attendance is capped is to ensure that this is a small enough group to enable a productive practitioner focused discussion.

At the end of each session a question is asked and answers collated so that snapshots of perspectives can be captured for research and awareness.

A brief four question anonymous survey is given out at each event to allow immediate feedback.


Briefing notes on each event are placed in the membership library subsequent to each event.

Meetings are for members only and are generally held under Chatham House rules. There is limited seating and numbers are restricted. Please RSVP. 

Speakers include police, military, intelligence, and academic researchers involved in policy, tactical and strategic contribution. 

Contemporary conflict, law enforcement initatives and imperatives, and issues such as fifth generation warfare and hybrid criminal activity will be deconstructed and critically engaged with.

The ethos behind each round table is to ask 'what if questions' as they relate to security policies and intiatives. 

The roundtable seeks to present decision makers and law enforcement with a variety of informed perspectives which critically probe the security problems presented at both the roundtable and expert briefing.

Members are encouraged to ask tough questions and dissect assumptions so that we may contribute to more robust, secure and ethically sound, security decision making. 
Roundtable Speaker List and Topics of Discussion

22 February 2018 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Blusson Hall room 10011 at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus
Presenter: Adjunct Professor Candyce Kelshall, Simon Fraser University 
Chair: Tyler Goudal, Fifth Generation Warfare Knowledge Centre UK (
Topic: Contemporary Conflict the the Fifth Generation of Warfare

22 March 2018 18:00 - 20:00
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425 
Presenter: Dr. Eva Busza, Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Foundation Canada
Topic: Chinese-Russian Collaboration: The Ice Road in the Arctic
Q &A Questions: 
1) How should Canada be approaching sovereignty issues in the Arctic in view of the growing economic interests in the region.
2) How should Canada be positioning itself in the context of the evolving Russia -US/ China-US relationship?

19 April 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Dr. Nicole Jackson, Simon Fraser University
Topic: Canadian & NATO Responses to Russia, Post-2014
Q&A Questions:
1) How should Canada be responding to Russia? Are we doing enough, if not, what are we not doing?
2) What is the role of defense, diplomacy, intelligence, and society in responding to Russia?

17 May 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Victoria Dittmar Penski, Center for Fifth Generation Warfare Studies
Topic: Changing Face of Crime in the Americas: What to Expect in the Coming Future
Q&A Questions:
1) How should Canada respond to the threat of organized crime in the Americas, 
taking into account that groups are more fractioned than before?
2) Are drug policies enough to counter organized crime groups? What alternatives could we be looking at?

21 June 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location:  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Mr. Grant Duckworth, Vancouver Strategic and Integrated Research
Topic: The Global Migration-Security Nexus
Q&A Questions:
1) Migration management involves a balancing of supply and demand factors. 
What are some of the policy challenges that Canada is likely to encounter in securing an open society? 
2) The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has committed to working more collaboratively with the world's city mayors. 
Should Canadian cities be given an elevated role in national immigration policy?

19 July 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Mr. Desmond MacMillan, Knight LLP
Topic: A Canadian Perspective on Lawfare

16 August 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Professor Antonio Sanchez Ortega, University of Granada, Spain: Dean-International Relations
Topic: Eurasia-China Energy Relations and Reprocussions for Energy Security for Europe and the Asia-Pacific

20 September 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location:  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Presenter: Mr. John Pyrik, former Analytic Methodologist and Intelligence Analyst - Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) 
Topic: Lessons Learned in Intelligence Analysis

18 October 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location:  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425
Presenter: Steven Pearce
Topic: What You Need to Know About Cyber Security in an Information Warfare Age

15 November 2018 18:00 - 20:00 
Location:  SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425
Presenter: Dr. Richard Frank, International CyberCrime Research Centre
Topic: The Role of the Dark Web in the Crime and Terrorism Nexus
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