Climate change, economic development and foreign activity have heightened public interest in Arctic issues. These issues have also created expectations among Canadians regarding the Government's ability to respond to challenges arising in the North. While the Arctic continues to be a priority for the Government, operating in this region remains a challenge given the harsh climate, large area, sparse population and limited infrastructure. With their unique capabilities and presence, the Canadian Armed Forces play a key role in exercising sovereignty, protecting Canada's northernmost region and assisting civil authorities in emergency responses. Please join Philippe Hébert, Director of Policy Development at the Department of National Defence, for a discussion on the role of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Arctic.
Philippe Hébert is the Director of Policy Development for the Department of National Defence. He joined the Department of National Defence in 1998, where he first worked as a policy officer in the Directorate of Parliamentary Affairs. In 1999, he accepted the position of adviser to the Canadian delegation to the First Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations. He subsequently returned to National Defence where he worked as an analyst for the Directorate General of Strategic Planning before spending two years as a speechwriter for the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff.
In 2002, Mr. Hébert was named Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister of National Defence. He joined the Directorate of Policy Development in 2003 and was named Director in 2007. His team led the development and drafting of the Canada First Defence Strategy. His responsibilities include defence policy, Arctic security, space and cyber policy. Mr. Hébert holds a Master’s Degree in history from the Université de Montréal. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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