Military Ethics Conference

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September 19th -20th, 2013
Kingston, ON

Join us this September 19th - 20th for the Military Ethics Conference hosted by the Royal Military College of Canada, with support from the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.

As the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) draws down its participation in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and as new security challenges present themselves on the global stage, it is of vital importance that a substantial body of knowledge on the subject of military ethics is available for political and military leaders at all levels in order to ensure that the ethical "lessons learned" in the past are retained by our personnel and so that the CAF is adequately prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow in an ethical manner keeping with the highest standards of military professionalism. On September 19th and 20th experts in the field of military ethics will gather at the Royal Military College of Canada to present their research. A dinner will be held at HMCS Cataraqui on September 19th, a fee of $30 will apply. Please email Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger at by September 10th, 2013 to register for the dinner, as attendance for the colloquium is free.

Royal Military College of Canada
Currie Hall - 15 Valour Dr.
Kingston, ON
Close to the RMC parade square.

  • September 19th: 13:30 - 17:00 - For an additional $30 attendees can join us for dinner at HMCS Cataraqui.
  • September 20th: 9:00 - 12:30

Military Ethics Conference Agenda

September 19

Time Activity

Opening Remarks

Dr. Daniel Lagacé-Roy, Associate Professor, Department of Military Psychology and Leadership, Royal Military College of Canada


Ethics in the Navy: A fix and a Leadmark

LCdr Rob Francis, M.Sc, MBA, CD, Department of Military Psychology and Leadership, Royal Military College of Canada


RCAF Ethics of Command - Theory and Practice

BGen (ret'd) Joe Sharpe, CD, OMM, J and L Associates


Networking Break


Military Ethics and the Comprehensive Approach: Some Preliminary Considerations

Dr. Peter Gizewski, Strategic Analyst RDDC CARO Canadian Army Land and Warfare Centre, CFB Kingston


Understanding How Soldiers Make Ethical Choices

Dr. Deanna L. Messervey, Defence Scientist, DGMPRA Chief Military Personnel National Defence; and Dr. Karen Davis, CMP, Professional Concept, Section Head - TBC


Considerations of Ethical Behaviour Driven by Needs

Col William J. Sternhagen, LOM, BSM, DMSM, US Army, Infantry, US Army North, Deputy Chief of Staff


Participants will take a short walk to HMCS Cataraqui, 24 Navy Way, Kingston, ON K7K 7B4


Networking Break


Those who will be staying for the dinner will be asked to take their seats for Col Jetly's plenary followed by dinner.


Dinner Plenary - Mental Health Ethics and Well Being

Col Rakesh Jetly, OMM, CD, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, DMH, Canadian Forces Health Service Group - TBC


Dinner (RSVP by September 10th to

September 20

Time Activity

Sex and the Soldier: The Effect of Competing Ethical Value Systems on the Health and Well Being of Canadian Military Personnel and Veterans

Dr. Allan English, Associate Professor, History Department, Queen's University and Member College of Peer Reviewers, Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research


Investigating Antecedents of Ethical Leadership

Dr. Damian O'Keefe, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Ethical Dilemmas in operational planning

Dr. Howard G. Coombs, Assistant Professor, History and War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada


Networking Break


Ethical Sensitivity During Military Operations: Without Mindfulness, there is no Reasoning

Dr. Allister MacIntyre, Associate Professor, Department of Military Psychology and Leadership, Royal Military College of Canada; LCol (ret'ed) Joe Doty, Ph.D., Duke University; and Daphne Xu, Singapore Armed Forces, CLD.


International Humanitarian Law Norms and the Use of Technologies

Katie Szilagyi, J.D., University of Ottawa


Closing Remarks

Dr. Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger, Associate Professor, Department of French Studies, Royal Military College of Canada & Associate Director, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

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