Canadian Armed Forces co-hosts Kingston Conference on International Security

News Release

June 12, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces 

The 12th annual Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) is now underway in Kingston, Ontario, from 12 to 14 June, 2017. The conference is annually co-hosted between the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College, and the NATO Defence College in Rome. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Developing the Super Soldier: Enhancing Military Performance.’ 

KCIS brings together perspectives from academia, industry and military operators in order to stimulate a detailed and unnuanced examination through panel discussion and expert perspective. This event is also noteworthy in that it is the first Canadian security conference following the release of Canada’s new defence policy “Strong, Secure, Engaged.”  

This year’s event focus will be on a number of cultural and gender based topics including: overcoming human limitations; enhancing physical performance; processing and analyzing information for optimal decision making; increasing social awareness; improving soldier resilience; and, ethical implications of developing super soldiers and performance enhancement.


“Through partnership and cooperation, NATO has secured peace and freedom for nearly 70 years. In today’s dangerous world, events such as the Kingston Conference on International Security contribute to the effectiveness and cohesion of the Alliance and enhance the  transatlantic cooperation which is needed more than ever.”

Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross, Commandant, NATO Defense College

“It is our hope that the attendees gain knowledge and awareness on the multiple facets of the soldier and military performance – including spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and familial components. The Kingston Conference on International Security, as a world class international conference, brings into scope NATO and international perspectives, which are always valuable and informative for the attendees.” 

Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre

“Different stakeholders bring with them different perspectives. Academics tend to think longer term, so bringing back the implications of their research to the immediate strategic, operational and tactical impacts is made possible through this conference. For the operational community and military leaders, engaging more analytically with concepts, doctrine and strategy is not something that the rigors of the job always permit, yet those lessons can be tremendously useful.” 

Stefanie von Hlatky, Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy

Quick Facts

  • Several prominent national and international speakers will participate in the conference, including:

    • Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross, Commandant, NATO Defense College;
    • Major-General Wayne Eyre, Military Personnel Command, Canadian Armed Forces;
    • Major-General Michael Rouleau, Commander CANSOFCOM, Canadian Armed Forces; and
    • Professor William G. Braun III, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College.
  • Previous topics have included:

    • Engagement between Peace and War: How Soldiers and Military Institutions Adapt;
    • Robotics and Military Operations;
    • Ethical Warriors: The Profession of Arms in Contemporary Perspective; and
    • The Changing Arctic.

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Catherine St-Georges
Communications Advisor
Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre
Phone : (613) 541-5010 ext. 2049

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
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