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The Vanguard Podcast

Welcome to the Vanguard Podcast, a weekly radio show discussing news, trends, and event coverage for the Canadian Defence Industry. Vanguard is Canada’s oldest trade journal of record that provides a forum for Canada’s security and defence community, discussing strategic perspectives and overviews of government and military policy and practice, through interviews with leading practitioners and contributions from renowned experts, including representatives from industry. Intersecting strategy, technology and policy, Vanguard explores emerging trends and best practices to help enhance Canada’s holistic approach to defence and security, both domestically and internationally.
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Now displaying: May, 2022
May 25, 2022

Host, J. Richard Jones, speaks with Paul Guindon, CEO, Commissionaires Ottawa and National Business Management Committee Chair. Commissionaires is one of Canada’s leading security solutions providers and the largest private sector employer of veterans. It is founded on the core military values of dedication, responsibility, and sense of mission. It also employs 22,000+ people from coast to coast to coast.

In this episode:

  • Digital fingerprinting
  • Infrastructure
  • Background checks
  • Risk assessment
  • And many other areas of security
May 24, 2022

Join host, J. Richard Jones as he speaks with Chris Pogue, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Canada and Jeff Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Atreides as they discuss the promise of trust as a catalyst for transformation. It’s been five years the Government of Canada awarded Thales the AJISS (Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship/Joint Support Ship In-Service Support) contract, which includes In-Service Support (ISS), refit, repair, maintenance, and training for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS). This is the largest ISS contract in Canadian history. In the meantime, the need for, and urgency of further accelerating digital transformation has been growing.  

In this episode:

  • What has changed since the AJISS contract was awarded?
  • When and how Thales and Atreides met
  • What they have accomplished together
  • The promise and potential of collaborative innovation between primes and SMBs
  • And much, much more
May 18, 2022

Welcome back! In episode three of our special 5-part podcast series, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer, and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe explore the idea of service as it relates to digital natives. Just what are digital natives looking for and how can the military meet that need?

In this episode:

  • Meeting the needs of digital natives
  • Inspired through service
  • Pattern of service or hybrid service - the flexible establishment model
  • The digital future of military
  • And so much more!

Coming soon:

Episode 4: New Engagement Channels: Incorporating Innovation

May 18, 2022

Welcome back! In episode three of our special 5-part podcast series, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer, and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe explore the idea of service as it relates to digital natives. Just what are digital natives looking for and how can the military meet that need?

In this episode:

  • Meeting the needs of digital natives
  • Inspired through service
  • Pattern of service or hybrid service - the flexible establishment model
  • The digital future of military
  • And so much more!

Coming soon:

Episode 4: New Engagement Channels: Incorporating Innovation

May 17, 2022

Get the full heads-up display in this episode of Vanguard Radio as J. Richard Jones speaks with Jordan Freed, President and Managing Director for Kongsberg Geospatial and Paige Cutland, Vice-President Sales and Marketing for Kongsberg Geospatial. Based out of Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospacial is the leading provider of mission-critical real-time mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defence.

In this episode:

  • Learn what problems Kongsberg is solving for clients
  • What kind of applications Kongsberg produces
  • Successful use cases of the TerraLens
  • The latest updates on their IRIS product
  • Latest products in the pipeline
  • And so much more!
May 16, 2022

Pull up a chair for this electrifying episode of Vanguard Radio as J. Richard Jones speaks with Bruce Alexander, President, Raymond EMC about military electromagnetic capability (EMC), emissions security (EMSEC), and TEMPEST technology. Your security is the issue in this conversation about bad actors who could be stealing your data, keystrokes, and video.

Also in this episode:

  • Bruce Alexander’s journey in the industry
  • What exactly is EMC?
  • The four pillars of EMC testing
  • What is EMSEC and TEMPEST
  • What’s at risk?
  • And more!
May 13, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, the topic of conversation revolves around satellites and Arctic communications services. Host, J. Richard Jones, interviews Gill Fortin, Director Business Development, Canada, Inmarsat. With experience spanning Customer Service, Operations, Technical Support, Product Management, Account Management, Sales and Business Development, Gill has seen and contributed to the changes that have helped shape the satellite industry as it is today and offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those requiring communications services in the Arctic.

In this episode:

  • Why are Arctic communications services so vital?
  • Who benefits from satellite services in the Arctic?
  • How would Arctic satellite services be used in the future?
  • What’s the biggest impediment to Arctic satellite service?
  • How are world events affecting Arctic interests?
  • And more…
May 12, 2022

Welcome back to episode two of our special 5-part podcast series.  Join host, J. Richard Jones and special guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe. In the episode listen in as they examine the challenge facing all militaries across the West around engaging digital natives – with a particular focus on the future fight and the need for militaries to build out their digital armies.

Also in this episode:

  • The business of military is changing fast. We need to be prepared, we need to build our armies, and this includes digital armies
  • How technology and digital environments are disrupting established ways of operating
  • Growing demand for cyber demands a new approach to recruitment
  • The number one reason for retirement
  • And so much more!
May 5, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones speaks with James Baker, CEO of Keynote Search, a full-service search and recruitment firm with a unique 12-month success guarantee. Keynote has a particular focus on the aerospace, technology, non-profit, and financial services sectors within Canada. In their discussion, Mr. Baker pinpoints the unique challenges for both employers and employees in the current employment climate. He also touches on the strong competitiveness being seen between employers now and highlights how COVID has impacted employment and the way we think about work, including working hours, incentives, remote work, and equity.

Also in this episode:

  • Discover the biggest pressures on the talent sector
  • Learn about successful tactics for attracting and retaining talent
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) considerations in the defence industry
  • Labour market forecast
  • What sets Keynote Search apart from other search firms?
May 5, 2022

In this episode of Vanguard Weekly, J. Richard Jones welcomes back special guest Caleb Walker, Vice President Defence and Federal, WithYouWithMe. Tune in as they discuss what is a Tech Design Sprint and how you can participate. Government faces common technology challenges as they build their digital strategies. The Design Sprint will have a theme focused on ‘building national resilience’ and provide opportunities for participants to co-design tech solutions to real problems. But its so much more than that!

In this episode:

  • Why the Design Sprint and what are the objectives?
  • Talking about and working through tech solutions to help with common digital challenges
  • The business process, getting started and mapping it out, before the technology
  • New ideas and learning from different departments
  • Understanding the user experience and how to improve
  • Design Sprint, a week of knowledge and exploration
  • The Design Sprint and how to participate
May 4, 2022

Welcome to episode 1 of a special 5-part podcast series. Join host, J. Richard Jones and guests, General Sir James Everard, former senior British Army Officer and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and LTCOL Caleb Walker, Global Vice President of Defence for WithYouWithMe, as they take a deep and revealing dive into the ongoing process of engaging with and attracting the digital-native generation to the modern military and defence industry. There is a skills crisis unfolding in western armed forces and attracting the hearts and minds of digital natives is the key to winning this talent war.

Also in this episode:

  • The digital space
  • The lack of digital talent
  • The changing character of war
  • Attracting digital natives
  • Training digital technology Jedi
  • The human edge and information dominance
  • The role of education
  • Adventure, purpose, opportunity, and social impact
  • Preparing to fight the future fight
  • And even more!
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