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International conference in Victoria set to explore challenges in maritime security
Victoria – Leaders from around the world will gather in Victoria Oct. 1 to 3, to discuss solutions to some of the most challenging international maritime security issues. The Maritime Security Challenges 2012 conference, hosted by Royal Roads University, is a bi-annual event that sees high-ranking naval personnel, researchers and industry experts from 20 countries come together under one roof.
“This is a very timely conference that brings together leaders to discuss challenges the navies of the world currently face,” says Dr. Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. “Building on our earlier history as a military college, Royal Roads has a world-recognized graduate program in peace and conflict management studies and a proud tradition of connecting thought leaders with ideas and experiences to create positive global change.”
The conference is being supported by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) of the Royal Canadian Navy. Co-chair Rear Admiral (retired) Tyrone Pile sees the event as an important platform. “This conference addresses one of the most critical issues of the 21st century,” Pile says. “Co-operation in the maritime domains – notably security – will determine success or failure for future generations as they respond to the challenges of globalization, food scarcity, resource exploration and extraction, global warming and disputes over territorial seas.”
Keynote speakers include Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, who will open the conference on Tuesday morning with his presentation: Strategic Co-operation in this 21st Maritime Century. At the banquet that evening, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy will present Navies in the Age of Austerity.
Panel sessions at the conference will cover topics including the illegal movement of people and illicit cargoes at sea, developments in aircraft carriers, maritime applications of unmanned and autonomous vehicles and, of local interest, shipbuilding and future naval requirements. The conference will begin on Monday with attendees participating in a day sail onboard Royal Canadian Navy Frigate HMCS Vancouver.
Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.
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