Moderator: Evan Solomon
Evan Solomon is a two-time Gemini Award-winning journalist and anchor of CBC News Network's Power & Politics—as well as CBC Radio One's The House. Prior to this, Evan co-hosted the Gemini Award-winning weekly news and current affairs shows CBC News: Sunday and CBC News: Sunday Night. During this run, he reported from all over Canada and around the world, on stories ranging from federal elections to the tsunami to piracy in the Persian Gulf.
Throughout his career, Evan has interviewed many key political players, from Prime Ministers, world leaders and a U.S. President, to the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger and Kofi Anan, among others. He has covered federal elections for CBC News: Sunday and been part of The National's federal election night coverage. His documentaries about the economic meltdown, such as "The Great Wall Street Swindle", foresaw much of what happened over the last year. He was the first Canadian journalist inside Iran following the death of Zarah Kazemi, where he reported on the political instability before the last election. Solomon was also one of the first Canadian journalists inside Guantanamo Bay Prison and reported from Banda Aceh in Indonesia just after the Tsunami hit.
Considered "one of the top 100 people to watch" by Maclean's magazine, Evan was the co-founder of Shift, an international award-winning magazine about technology and culture. He was the editor-in-chief from 1992 to 1999.
Evan’s first novel, Crossing the Distance, was a bestseller. He also wrote and edited the best-selling 2004 book, Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy Will Change Everything. It was nominated for both the Business Book of the Year and the Science book of the year. He also co-edited the award-winning 2005 book, Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, How to Solve the World's Food Crisis.
Evan holds a B.A. and an M.A. from McGill University.
LGen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire
Roméo Dallaire was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2005 and and is a retired Canadian Army Lieutenant-General. Notably, he was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. A devoted humanitarian, LGen Dallaire is President of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative, a project aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as the best-selling author of Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers; They Die Like Children. LGen Dallaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the United Nations Association of Canada’s Pearson Peace Medal.
With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador to Germany, and adviser to Prime Ministers Mulroney and Trudeau -- Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With the Centre for International Governance Innovation since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University. Paul has authored, edited and contributed to a number of books and articles on international relations, especially on the UN, and authored the book, Getting Back in the Game: A Foreign Policy Playbook for Canada. He has also written op-eds for Canadian and foreign periodicals, made presentations to Canadian parliamentary committees, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian Forces Staff College, and numerous
institutions around the world.
Dr. Bessma Momani
Dr. Bessma Momani is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is both Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario and the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. She has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and at the Amman Institute, a research centre to improve local governance in the Middle East. Bessma has received a number of awards for her research and work. She is a Fulbright Scholar and co-authored Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice. Bessma is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post online magazine and is a regular media contributor, having done over 300 live interviews, including with CBC, CTV, Al Jazeera and BBC.
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Rafal Rohozinski is co-founder and principal of The SecDev Group, a recognized leader in complex analytics. Prior to founding SecDev, Rohozinski spent 17 years working in an operational capacity in 37 countries including conflict zones in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. Rohozinski previously served as director of the Advanced Network Research Group, University of Cambridge. He is the cofounder of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor, and co-author of the Ghostnet study of Chinese cyber-espionage. His recent publications include, "Forging Special Operations Cyber Capabilities to Counter Terrorism" (JSOU, Forthcoming), "Cyberspace and Open Empowerment in Latin America" (Strategic Note, 2013), "The New Reality of Cyberwar (IISS, 2012), "Stuxnet and the Future of Cyberwar" (Survival, IISS, 2011), "Liberation vs. Control: The Future of Cyberspace" (Journal of Democracy, 2010), "Cyclones in Cyberspace: Information Shaping and Denial in the 2008 Russia-Georgia War" (Best paper, ISA 2010), "New Media and the Warfighter" and "Strategic utility of cyberspace operations" (2010 US Army War College), and "Risking Security: Policies and Paradoxes of Cyberspace Security" (International Political Sociology, 2010). He is also a lead editor and contributor to Access Denied: the practice and policy of global Internet filtering (MIT, 2007), Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (MIT 2010), and Access Contested: Security, Identity and resistance in Asian Cyberspace ( MIT 2012).
Rohozinski is a frequent commentator on cyber security and cyber war, and his work has been featured in newspapers, television, and radio shows, including The New York Times, BBC, Globe and Mail, CBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, WIRED, and the Financial Times.
SecDev Group provides cyber-based non-lethal assistance to Syrians under a program funded by the US State Department. It also provides support to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development's Direct Diplomacy initiatives.