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Jul 13, 2021

Babcock Canada, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, and BMT, have been working together for over 12 years with the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott, the FMF Cape Breton, the Department of National Defence, and Public Services and Procurement Canada to maintain, refit, and upgrade Canada’s Victoria-Class Submarines.

These three companies are a part of what is called the ‘Team Victoria-Class’. In this episode of Vanguard Radio, we have the privilege to hear from three distinguished executives from these three companies.

Anthony March - Anthony is the Vice President Engineering Service at Babcock Canada. He worked previously with the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as the Marine Systems Engineering Officer in HMC Submarines Victoria, Windsor, and Corner Brook.

Tony Winter. Tony is Vice President, Project Delivery, Victoria Shipyards (Seaspan). He also has a military background, serving with the Royal Australian Navy before taking up his current role with Seaspan.

Keith Cunnane. Keith is Vice President, Operations for BMT in Canada. He served in the UK’s Royal Navy for over 20 years on several attack submarines that were deployed on operations around the world.

Hear more about on how the Team Victoria-Class started, submarine sustainment, the supplier network, the benefits to Canada and the future of Team Victoria-Class.

 

Jul 6, 2021

In this episode, hear about the increasing value of data for defence and the impact of digital transformation in response to the pandemic.

Through digital transformation and innovation, Microsoft is empowering government organizations to achieve more as they engage with citizens, empower employees, optimize operations and reinvent government services and business models.

Jun 21, 2021

The Government of Canada has tasked EY and WithYouWithMe, a company that helps jobseekers get tech jobs without having to invest years and money into training, to support Canada’s internal cyber capability, through its Cyber Workforce Enablement Program (CWEP).

As part of this, WithYouWithMe is providing Canadian Military Veterans with free transition, including training and support to start a career in technology, post military service. The program will validate the demand for Canadian military members to start technology careers and to roll them into government tech roles.

On the show today, hear from Caleb Walker who served 20 years in the Canadian Army, including three tours to Afghanistan. As a Task Force Commander, he received a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation. While deployed in Kandahar, he saw first-hand the potential of the Canadian veteran and their ability to operate and adapt to complex environments. After retiring from the Canadian Army, Caleb joined WithYouWithMe as the Country Manager and is seeking to solve underemployment across Canada for marginalized communities.

WithYouWithMe has a supply arrangement with Shared Services Canada to deliver technology talent from the veteran and military spouse communities. This summer WithYouWithMe will train 1,000 Indigenous people for free so that they can join this journey.

Hear more about the Cyber Workforce Enablement Program and how WithYouWithMe is working with Canada on this, Canada's digital talent accessibility problem, the government's skill gap, why does government talent need to be agile and skills over controls.

Mar 10, 2021

The need for body worn cameras to be widely adopted emerged as a major topic in law enforcement, security and other sectors in 2020 and continues to be a trending discussion in 2021. Body worn cameras act as an unbiased witness to any incident, can act as a deterrent to unwanted behaviour and can be used as an effective training tool. But what are the implications of using body worn cameras? Can using body worn cameras truly make a difference?

In the show today, we will hear from John Merlino, Segment Development Manager, Government at Axis Communications, Inc. about this topic of body worn cameras.

Jan 25, 2021

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, hear about the Comply-to-Connect program that is currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) and how it compares to what Canada's DND is using. J. Richard Jones talks with Colonel Dean G Hullings, who retired from the United States Air Force after over two decades of service and now works as a Global Defense Solutions Strategist for Forescout Technologies, about this program.

Dean leverages his extensive knowledge and 30 years of experience in information technology and in the U.S. Air Force to guide and grow Forescout’s engagements within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Dean’s unique insights and strategic counsel enable Forescout’s defense team to successfully navigate key decision chains inside the DOD, resulting in customer success through enterprise deployments. He also assists Forescout’s global public sector engagement efforts in part by educating customers on best practices gleaned through Forescout’s extensive participation in U.S. government programs.

Prior to joining Forescout, Dean served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a communications and cyber officer, serving in various leadership positions for Air Force and Joint Commands.  

Learn about what the Comply-to-Connect program all about, DISA’s (Defense Information Systems Agency) main goals in implementing the Comply-to-Connect program, how Comply-to-Connect differs from other DISA and DND-provided enterprise programs, how will Comply-to-Connect make existing tools more effective and support the automation of routine processes, the kind of training opportunities that will be provided for this program, especially during the current environment due to COVID-19 and why is now the right time for DND to take on such a large project and how will this benefit the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada.

 

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