Features CAF Leader
Patrick Finn, assistant deputy minister (materiel) for the Department of
National Defence and the Canadian
Armed Forces (CAF), spoke at the chapter’s Christmas luncheon in December.
During his 35-year career in the CAF,
Finn developed expertise in leadership
and management of materiel readiness
for operations as well as complex project
management. After serving on various
ships and in submarines, Finn worked
on acquisitions and modernization projects for the Royal Canadian Navy and
subsequently has provided oversight
for projects in all branches of Canada’s
Highlights IT Security Program
Scott Jones, assistant deputy minister of
the Information Technology (IT) Security
program for Canada’s Communications
Security Establishment, spoke at the chapter’s executive breakfast in December. The
IT Security program is responsible for supplying cryptographic solutions that protect
the most sensitive information of Canada’s
government; providing security advice
and guidance about the next generation
of technology; building relationships with
industry to increase security; and actively
defending against malicious cyber activity.
Defense Policy Review Update
David Pratt, principal of David Pratt and
Associates, a government relations and strat-
egy firm in Ottawa, spoke to members at
the chapter’s November luncheon. He pre-
sented updates on defense policy review and
defense and security procurement.
Continuing Education Course
Focuses On Security Virtualization
In November, Tim Brown from Network
Utility Force led a class on security virtualization at the Carolina Skies Club on Shaw
Air Force Base. The material covered the
new tools available to network and security
architects to more deeply secure networks
and allow more freedom in design challenges. Brown educated users on the virtual
appliances—network and application firewalls, monitoring appliances, load balancers
and intrusion detection—and described
how these appliances can quickly solve
NORTH CAROLINA—Brig. Gen. David T.
Isaacson, USA, U.S. Army Forces Command
(FORSCOM) deputy chief of staff, G- 6, speaks
during the chapter’s luncheon in November.
NORTH CAROLINA—Gen. Isaacson
(l) accepts a chapter coin from Chapter
President Paul Reimers in appreciation for
his presentation at the November luncheon.
NORTH CAROLINA—In November, Reimers
(l) presents Matt Young, FORSCOM civilian
contractor, with Carolina Panthers football
tickets provided by Walker and Associates
as a prize in the chapter’s membership drive.
OTTAWA—Attending the chapter’s December luncheon are (l-r)
Chapter Vice President of Programs Dave Johnson; Chapter
President Kelly Stewart-Belisle; and guest speaker Patrick
Finn, assistant deputy minister (materiel) for the Department of
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
OTTAWA—Attending the executive breakfast in December are (l-r) Brian Deeks,
representing breakfast sponsor Maplesoft; guest speaker Scott Jones, assistant
deputy minister of the Information Technology (IT) Security program for Canada’s
Communications Security Establishment; Chapter President Stewart-Belisle; and
Maplesoft’s Scott Spencer.
OTTAWA—Members gather for the chapter’s executive breakfast in December.
OTTAWA—Guest speaker David Pratt
receives a certificate of appreciation and
membership package from Chapter President
Stewart-Belisle at the November luncheon.