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Communications, Military Public Affairs
BRIAN BERUBE
Brian Berube is a communications consultant and president of Berube Communications Group Inc.. He has served as Director of Communications for the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, as a strategic communications advisor to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Directorate of CBRN Defence, the CAF’s Canada Command, and the Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force of the Canadian International Development Agency.
Search and Rescue
A former infantry officer, and a lawyer by profession, Don Blakely has been involved in Ground Search and Rescue since 1987. Currently a Manager with Vernon SAR in BC, Don has responded to hundreds emergencies including floods and urban wildfires. He is a founding member and currently a Director of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada and of the BC SAR Association. Don was responsible for the creation of the National GSAR Liability Insurance program and is a co-author of British Columbia's SAR Strategic Plan. He is a Lead Instructor with the SAR Program at the Justice Institute of BC and has participated in the development and continued evolution of BC's SAR training standards and management programs. Don is a regular presenter at Canada's national SARSCENE conference. Don was BC's 1999 SAR Volunteer of the Year and was also the executive producer/program manager for a SAR training film for the JIBC's GSTL program.
Government Contracts
After guiding over 5000 Canadian companies to win over $200M in US government contracts during 15 years as a Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, Judy Bradt launched her consulting practice in 2003. She is Principal and CEO of Summit Insight, and is dedicated to maximizing Canadian companies' effectiveness and win rate when they seek US government business -- especially in the defence and security niche. She writes and consults for Canadian firms and the trade facilitators who serve them, and is a renowned speaker at conferences across North America on secrets to US government contract success. Her free monthly e-newsletter is available through www.summitinsight.com
Writer/Reporter
Richard Bray began his media career in 1972 in West Germany as an announcer with the Canadian Forces Network, a radio service for Canadian military personnel serving with NATO. Before 1984 when he began a freelance career, Mr. Bray worked with the national radio and television networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto as a producer, reporter and senior news editor. During that time, he wrote and presented material on‑air for such national news and current affairs broadcasts as Sunday Morning, The World at Six and World Report.
Writer / Intelligence
After a distinguished career in Canada’s federal Public Service (CSE, PCO, TBS Program Branch, CSIS and the Solicitor General Secretariat), Alan Breakspear began his consulting practice in 1994. He is now President and CEO of Ibis Research Inc. , and a Director of BGB Advantage Corp. providing international clients with services in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management. Founding Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, he has taught Competitive Intelligence in many settings, including the University of Ottawa’s EMBA program and several federal departments, and has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at conferences throughout North America.
Aviation & Policing
A 16-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Jacques Brunelle is currently an investigator with their National Security Investigation Section in Ottawa. His first book on the RCMP, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the 1990s: Their Uniforms and Kit was well received and a second edition is currently in the works. He has written numerous articles for Blue Line, Pony Express and Information magazines dealing with police matters and police aviation in particular. Originally from Lachine, Quebec, Jacques attended Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal. He was selected to be a pallbearer for both Canada's Unknown Soldier and the following year for the former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Intelligence
Casey Brunelle is a serving member of the Canadian Army Primary Reserves in Ottawa. His interests extend to strategic military policy and procurement, critical infrastructure protection, and international development theory. He has recently completed a 450,000-word political science fiction novel, with further editions in the works. While currently attending the University of Ottawa, as an honours student in International Development and Globalization, Casey regularly attends security and intelligence symposiums within the National Capital Region.
A hands-on executive with expertise in software and hardware engineering, new product R&D and consulting, Alan developed software tools for military, security, emergency response, business and government markets. Former the VP of Engineering and senior software architect at Black Coral Inc, he went on to become President of Orcagis Inc., specializing in mission- and safety-critical systems. Upon retirement, Alan became a champion of environmental responsibility, writing many articles and commentaries plus maintaining an information portal on the internet. He passed unexpectedly away after an accident in January 2012.