Waterloo Defence Research Forum

October 10, Federation Hall

The Waterloo Defence Research Forum 2019 conference will bring together defence primes, Canadian SMEs, and university researchers for keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and panels on topics such as:

  • Critical issues in cybersecurity
  • Advanced and evolving materials
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Advances in autonomous technologies                                                                                 


8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Address 

Sanjeev Gill, Associate Vice President, Innovation

University of Waterloo

9 a.m.

Morning Keynote: Overlooked - The First Step of Innovation

Ben Graham and Kevin Li from Waterloo's Problem Lab demonstrate how patient problem analysis can further research outcomes and unleash extraordinary opportunities.

10 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.

Panel: Critical issues in Cybersecurity

Moderator: Lewis Humphreys, Managing Director, Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

11:15 a.m.

Panel: Advanced and Evolving Materials

Moderator: Sushanta Mitra, Executive Director,Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology 

12 p.m.  Lunch Break and Networking
1:30 p.m.

Panel: Breadth of Artificial Intelligence

Moderator: Branka Marijan, Senior Researcher, Project Ploughshares

2:15 p.m.

Panel: Advances in Autonomous Technologies

Moderator: Ross McKenzie, Managing Director of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)

3 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m.

Keynote: Key Emerging Industrial Capabilities Research at Defence Research and Development Canada

  • Eric Fournier, Director General (Science & Technology), Defence Research and Development Canada
4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Networking Reception