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5th Annual IBM Smarter Defence Summit on November 13th, 2013


   
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

2013 IBM SMARTER DEFENCE SUMMIT SPEAKERS

Plenary Keynote: Emerging Global Threats and Defence Industry Trends<br /><br />Zachary  J. Lemnios Plenary Keynote: Emerging Global Threats and Defence Industry Trends

Zachary J. Lemnios

Vice President, Research Strategy, IBM - Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering)

Mr. Lemnios is responsible for the formation and execution of the IBM Research strategy across IBM's twelve global laboratories and network of collaboratories. He works across the IBM Research Enterprise and with the Senior Vice President and Director of Research, other IBM senior vice presidents, division vice presidents, and general managers to set and execute the long-term research agenda. This includes selection, and execution of the major IBM research investments including grand challenges, big bets and strategic initiatives.

Mr. Lemnios leads the Global Technology Outlook, the strategic initiative used by IBM's CEO and Senior Vice Presidents on an annual basis to identify and leverage technology disruptions coming over a 3 - 10 year horizon. This Outlook identifies disruptive technology opportunities and compelling investment recommendations by coordinating the work of the worldwide Research team.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served three terms in high level civilian leadership in the Department of Defense with detailed and extended interactions across the whole of US government and with leaders across US allied nations. Most recently, Mr. Lemnios was confirmed as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) by the United States Senate. In this position, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer for Department of Defense and shaped the Department’s technical strategy to support the President’s national security objectives and the Secretary’s priorities. He launched Department and international initiatives in large data analytics, decision support, engineering education, electronic warfare, cyber, autonomy, advanced propulsion, hypersonics, and rail gun concepts as future capabilities for the nation

Mr. Lemnios served in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and led the Microsystems Technology Office and the Information Processing Technology Office. These offices launched the deeply scaled microelectronics, semiconductor manufacturing, photonics, MEMS and cognitive system revolutions in industry.

Mr. Lemnios was the first Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Assistant Division Head of the Solid State Division. He held technical positions of increasing responsibility within Hughes Aircraft Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Ford Microelectronics, Inc. and pioneered early GaAs device, integrated circuit and manufacturing concepts.

Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on numerous national security, industry and academic committees. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced GaAs device and MMIC technology and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Mr. Lemnios received special recognition from the Australian Government Department of Defence and was awarded Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Plenary Presentation: IBM Defence Technology Outlook: How the Evolution of Information Technology will Affect Future Military Operations<br /><br />John Palfreyman Plenary Presentation: IBM Defence Technology Outlook: How the Evolution of Information Technology will Affect Future Military Operations

John Palfreyman

Director - Defence, Intelligence & Public Safety, IBM Software Group Europe

John Palfreyman joined IBM in 1996, as part of the acquisition of Data Sciences where he was General Manager of the Aerospace Division. Whilst with IBM John worked at a European and Global level as leader of a number of emerging technology businesses including Pervasive Computing, Wireless e-business, Linux Services, Grid Computing and Open Source Services before joining the Global Business Services team as Global Solutions Leader for Defence, Intelligence and Public Safety.

After four years in this role, John moved his current role in the Software Group Europe CTO Team where he focuses on Cyber Security, Social (Media) Business, Open Architectures and Stream Computing for real time defence and intelligence applications. He holds an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from Cranfield University.

General Officer Panelists: Enabling Globally Integrated Operations


Brigadier-General Chuck Lamarre Brigadier-General Chuck Lamarre
OMM, CD, Director General Operations, Strategic Joint Staff

Brigadier-General Chuck Lamarre joined the Canadian Forces from Calgary, AB, in June 1981. During his career, he has commanded at the Platoon, Company, Battalion and Formation level. He has also served as a G4, the officer within a Headquarter responsible for logistics, at the District, Brigade, and Area level, and is a former G4 of the Canadian Army. His most recent assignment was as Commander, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, Mission Transition Task Force. The Task Force was responsible for enabling the transition to Canada’s Training Mission in Kabul, and the closure of OPERATION ATHENA, Canada’s extensive commitment in Southern Afghanistan. Previous operational tours include Croatia and Bosnia, and Afghanistan. He is currently assigned as Director General Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

Brigadier-General Lamarre is a graduate of the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Command and Staff College Toronto, and of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defence University (NDU), Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters Degrees in Defence Studies (RMC) and a Masters of Science in National Resource Management (NDU). He is married to Ellen (née Broughton) and they have three sons, Chris, Paul and Thomas.

Brigadier-General Rob Mazzolin Brigadier-General Rob Mazzolin
OMM, CD, Director General Information Management Operations

Brigadier-General Robert Mazzolin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He served with the Special Service Force in Petawawa in a number of roles and worked briefly with the tactical communications systems project at National Defence Headquarters. He then attended the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, England, earning a Master of Science with specialization in Electronics and Guided Weapon Systems.

He subsequently returned to project duties and attended Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College. He then deployed to Somalia as Liaison Officer to the Italian Army “Folgore” Parachute Brigade and Officer Commanding Canadian Joint Force Headquarters and Signal Squadron. He was awarded the Italian Chief of General Staff “Solemn Commendation” in recognition of his professionalism and courage. In 1993, BGen Mazzolin became the senior IT security engineer for the Department of National Defence. He moved to 79 Communication Regiment in 1996 as the Deputy Commanding Officer and helped stand up Canada’s deployable strategic communications extension unit. In 1999 he completed his studies at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. BGen Mazzolin then worked in Washington, D.C., within the American, British, Canadian and Australian Armies Program, for which he was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal. He also completed a Ph.D. in Engineering Management. He was appointed Director of Information Management Security in 2002 and assumed command of Canadian Forces Station Leitrim and the Canadian Forces Signal Intelligence Operation Centre in 2004. In 2006 BGen Mazzolin became Director Land Command Systems Program Management, providing critical support to the Afghanistan mission.

He was appointed Officer to the Order of Military Merit in 2009. In 2010 he completed the National Security Program and assumed command of the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group. In May 2012 he was promoted to his current rank and appointed Director General Information Management Operations.

Major-General Steven Noonan Major-General Steven Noonan
CMM, MSC, CD Deputy Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

Major-General Noonan enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1978 and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Fuels and Materials (minor in hockey) in 1982 from Royal Military College in Kingston.

As a line officer, MGen Noonan commanded the airborne engineer troop and squadron in 2 CER, was second-in-command of 77 Armoured Engineer Squadron with 32 Armoured Engineer Regiment in British Army on the Rhine, commanded 41 Field Squadron in 4 Combat Engineer Regiment (during which he deployed to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia as part of Operation HARMONY Rotation 0), commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton 1999-2001, commanded Task Force Afghanistan Rotation 0 Aug 05-Mar 06 leading the Canadian effort in theatre for operations ARCHER, ATHENA and ARGUS (where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross and the US Bronze Star Medal), the CF Experimentation Centre Jul 08-Jul 09 and the Information Management Operations Division Jul 09-Jun 12.

His staff officer postings include four years as A/Divisional Engineer, G3 Engineer and G3 Plans (Exercises) with 1 Canadian Division Headquarters in Kingston, one year as part of the J3 Engineer staff in Ottawa, three years with the CLS staff where he was involved in Army Transformation, and he acted as the J3 for Canadian Expeditionary Force Command from Jul 06-Jan 08. He is a graduate of Canadian Forces Land Command and Staff College (1991), the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course (1999) and the National Security Studies Programme (2008), and the US Capstone Program (2009).

MGen Noonan was promoted to his current rank in 2012 and is currently Deputy Commander within the newly formed Canadian Joint Operations Command having transitioned to this position through the Command of Canadian Operational Support Command.

Panel Moderator:  Michael J. Ward Panel Moderator: Michael J. Ward
Major-General (Retd), MSC, CD2, RMC, Legion of Merit - Partner, Defence Sector, IBM Global Business Services
IBM

Brigadier-General Robert Mazzolin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He served with the Special Service Force in Petawawa in a number of roles and worked briefly with the tactical communications systems project at National Defence Headquarters. He then attended the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, England, earning a Master of Science with specialization in Electronics and Guided Weapon Systems.

In 1999 Colonel Ward commanded the Canadian Contingent of the Kosovo Force during the NATO intervention there. He has commanded the Combat Training Centre at Gagetown NB, the Home of the Army, and later commanded the Army’s Land Force Doctrine and Training System in Kingston. He was promoted to Major-General in April 2006 and was appointed as Chief of Force Development to produce the Canada First Defence Strategy and introduce Capability Based Planning to the Canadian Forces. This included functional responsibility for Joint C4ISR, Unmanned Aerial Systems, CBRNE, Force Protection and Space capabilities.

Thereafter he served as Director General for International Security Policy at NDHQ, responsible for international military relations with Canada’s allies abroad. Most notably, this focused on interdepartmental security and defence cooperation, NATO relations and support to operations in Asia and Afghanistan, the Americas and Middle East.

From 2009-2010 Major-General Ward served in the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul as the first Deputy Commander of the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan and was responsible for all aspects of Afghan National Police training, development and professionalization.

Decorations include the Meritorious Service Cross, Officer of the Legion of Merit (US), CD2, NATO SSM, UNFICYP, UN PKSM, Kosovo and Afghan Star. He has a BA (Honours) in Economics and Commerce from the Royal Military College (1980) and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University (1994). He became a World Fellow at Yale University in 2003.

Major-General Ward retired in January 2011 following 35 years serving Canada at home and abroad. He joined CAE Incorporated, Canada’s largest Defence company and a global leader in modeling and simulation products, as the strategic lead for global land systems. In April 2013 he joined IBM Global Business Services Canada as Partner for the Defence portfolio.

He is an enthusiastic bagpiper, and mediocre golfer, cyclist, scuba diver and skier.

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