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  • NDWCC Youth Council: 20 Questions with your Defence Leaders
    11:00 -13:00

    The NDWCC Youth Council has been hard at work trying to get more youth involved in the NDWCC campaign. We keep hearing that young public servants and young military members want more opportunities to network with senior leaders.


    We heard you! And this year, we are hosting our own event; “20 Questions with your Defence Leaders” in support of Operation Come Home.


    Join us and sponsor an item for an Operation Come Home Care Kit, which are given out to at-risk youth. Operation Come Home is dedicated to preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults.


    If you sponsor any of the items, you will be entered into a draw to win an hour session with a National Defence Senior Leader.


    To find out more about Operation Come Home and the amazing work they are doing with Youth please visit their website below.





    Operation Come Home BackpackPrice Ticket
    Sponsor various items for

    (e.g.: Snack Bars, Scarves/Mitts, Toques)

    $55 tickets
    Sponsor various items for

    (e.g.: Gift Cards, New Thermal Wear, Heat Packs)

    $1012 tickets
    Sponsor various items for

    (e.g.: Backpack)

    $2025 tickets

    ***Stop by our booths to learn about Operation Come Home and receive one free ticket to the draw.



    To sponsor any of the items listed, you can contact your L1 Youth Council Representative (see list here). Tickets will be on sale from 11 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.


    There will also be a booth set up at the Carling Campus in Building 8/9 in front of the Tim Hortons and NDHQ on the concourse on the days below:


    Wednesday 11 December 2019 – 11am- 1pm

    Wednesday 18 December 2019 – 11am- 1pm

    Wednesday 15 January 2020 – 11am- 1pm

    Wednesday 22 January 2020 – 11am- 1pm


    Individuals who win an hour with a senior leader will be contacted by 31 January 2020.




    Senior Leaders


    The Youth Council sent out the call to all Defence Leaders and many have graciously donated an hour session. The list of all defence leaders participating is below.


    Deputy Minister’s OfficeDeputy MinisterJody Thomas
    Associate Deputy MinisterClaude Rochette
    Associate Deputy MinisterGord Venner
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation and Analytics)Assistant Deputy Minister (Data, Innovation and Analytics)Stephen Burt
    Director General Data Strategy & InnovationChristiana Cavazzoni
    Director General Analytics Support CentreMarta Mulkins

    Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance)


    Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance) & Chief Financial OfficerCheri Crosby
    Director General, Strategic Financial GovernanceMaria Hourani
    Director General, Costing, Investment Planning & ApprovalsAllan Weldon
    Acting Associated Deputy MinisterLinda Drainville
    Acting Chief Financial ManagementBrigadier-General Richard Goodyear
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resource – Civilian)Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resource – Civilian)Kin Choi
    Director General Human Resource OperationsBarbara Williams
    Director General Human Resources Strategic Directions, Chief of StaffVikesh Srivastava
    Director General Workplace DevelopmentMonica Kolstein
    Director General Workplace ManagementPeter Hooey
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Material)Assistant Deputy Minister (Material)Troy Crosby
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)Pete Hammerschmidt
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)Chris Henderson
    Acting Director Military Strategic CommunicationLieutenant-Colonel Holly Apostoliuk
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Review Services)Assistant Deputy Minister (Review Services)Julie Charron
    Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology)Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology)Isabelle Desmartis
    Canadian ArmyCommander Canadian ArmyLieutenant-General Wayne Eyre
    Canadian Force Military Police GroupCommander Canadian Force Military Police GroupBrigadier-General Simon Trudeau
    Deputy Commander Canadian Force Military Police GroupColonel Martin Laflamme
    Canadian Force Military Police Group Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer Martin Rousseau
    Canadian Forces Legal AdvisorCanadian Forces Legal AdvisorMichael Sousa
    Chief of the Defence StaffCanadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond
    Corporate SecretaryCorporate SecretaryIsabelle Daoust
    Independent Review Panel for Defence AcquisitionIndependent Review Panel for Defence AcquisitionIndependent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition
    Judge Advocate GeneralDirector Military ProsecutionsColonel Bruce MacGregor
    Judge Advocate GeneralCommodore Geneviere Bernatchez
    Military Personnel CommandMilitary Personnel Command Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Office J.C.D. Geoffroy
    Commander Military Personnel CommandVice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson
    Director General of Compensation and BenefitsBrigadier-General Virginia Tattersall
    Military Personnel Command Chief of Staff, StrategyMajor-General Marc Gagné
    NORADNORAD Deputy Commander NORAD and USNORTHCOMLieutenant-General Christopher Coates
    Royal Canadian Air ForceCommander Royal Canadian Air ForceLieutenant-General Al Meinzinger
    Sexual Misconduct Response CentreExecutive Director Sexual Misconduct Response CentreDr. Denise Preston
    Vice Chief of the Defence StaffDirector General Professional Military Conduct – Operation HONOURCommodore Rebecca Patterson
    Vice Chief of Defence StaffLieutenant-General J.M. Lanthier
    Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence StaffMajor-General Frances Allen
    Director General Capability and Structure IntegrationBrigadier-General Derek Basinger



    Please do not hesitate in contacting the NDWCC Youth Co-Champion Michelle Hudon ( or the Youth Council Event Coordinator Jessica Cayer ( if you have any questions.

  • Hometown Hero – Honouring Qapik Attagutsiak
    10:15 -12:00

    100, rue Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M8

    100, rue Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M8

    Hometown Hero

    Parks Canada, together with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Museum of History and the Inuit community, will honour Qapik Attagutsiak from Arctic Bay, Nunavut, who is turning 100 years young in 2020.

    This Inuk Elder will be honoured as a Hometown Hero on behalf of all Inuit from her camp as well as various communities in the Canadian Arctic who collected and bagged animal bones and carcasses for shipping to rendering plants in southern Canada during the Second World War. These animal by-products were used to make cordite (a propellant used in munitions), aircraft glue and fertilizer. Parks Canada captured her oral history, which has never before been told. 


    The event will feature a welcome to traditional lands, Inuit dancing and singing, military musicians, a video montage, interactive displays, 200 school children, as well as veterans of the Second World War. The Honouree is also expected to speak.


    A reception will follow, with refreshments, finger foods and traditional Inuit “country food.’’


    Please RSVP to no later than January 15, 2020.

    Should you like to add a guest to accompany you, please indicate this when you RSVP.


    Hometown Heroes

    Launched in 2015 to support Government of Canada commemorations, Parks Canada’s Hometown Heroes is a community-based initiative that honours men and women, both military and civilian, who contributed to the cause of freedom during either or both of the World Wars. To date, more than 140 individuals have been recognized across the country.


  • VCDS Bell Let’s Talk Breakfast
    08:00 -09:00

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    Looking for a unique opportunity to engage on Bell Let’s Talk (BLT) Day with your senior leadership? Look no further.


    Mental Health Co-Champion, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, is pleased to host a Bell Let’s Talk Breakfast on January 29 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Carling Campus focusing on mental health in the workplace. He will be joined by special guest and his Mental Health Co-Champion, Deputy Minister Jody Thomas.


    This informal session will provide a small group of Defence Team members the opportunity to share breakfast and discuss important mental health topics at Defence. This breakfast will provide a unique opportunity to learn about leadership’s key goals and priorities and for them to learn about what is top-of-mind for military and civilian members across the Defence Team.


    The goal of BLT Day is to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and support mental health initiatives around the country by talking, texting, and tweeting about mental health. So, let’s talk and encourage the normalization and continuity of this important conversation.


    Interested in attending?

    Please send your name, your organization, what it is you do, and any other information about yourself you would like to share, as well as the main mental health questions you would like to discuss to: +Internal Communications internes@ADM(PA)@Ottawa-Hull by no later than Wednesday, January 22. *Building and room location to follow in invitation.

  • Bell Let’s Talk Day Panel Discussion: Mental Health – Creating Positive Change Through Action
    10:00 -11:00

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    Defence Team members in the National Capital Region (NCR) are invited to attend an event highlighting #BellLet’sTalk Day. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 29, from 1000 hrs to 1100 hrs in the atrium of Building 5 (by the Starbucks) at NDHQ(Carling).


    The event will focus on actions to create positive change in the workplace where there is an increased awareness around mental illness and acceptance of talking about mental health. It is an opportunity to learn simple and practical tips that can help you have a positive impact on your life and those around you, learn about the resources available to support your personal well-being, and hear what Defence is doing to build and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.


    During this event, audience members will be invited to participate and electronically submit questions in an informal arm chair discussion highlighting the mental health of all Defence Team members, featuring Mental Health co-Champions Deputy Minister, Jody Thomas, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, and Mr. Jerry Ryan, President of the Federal Government Dockyard Trade and Labour Council East, who will be joined by departmental mental health and well-being experts.


    Defence Team members who have questions but are unable to attend the event can submit a question for the panelists ahead of time, or follow the event on the official DND/CAF social media accounts.


    Kiosks offering important information on military and civilian mental health support services will also be available.



     Vanessa Pok Shin

    Mental Health and Well-Being Advisor, Total Health Management, ADM(HR-Civ)





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