The True North: Canada's Final Frontier

Featured Speakers' Bios

James Fergusson

James Fergusson is the Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, a Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, and a Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. His recent publications include “The Right Debate: Airpower, the Future of War, Canada’s Strategic Interests and the F-35 Decision.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Winter 2012; Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence 1954-2009: Déjà vu all over again, Canadian War Museum Military History Series. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.

In addition to his academic publications, Dr. Fergusson has been commissioned to write several reports for the Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs. He lectures to a wide range of military audiences, including the Canadian Forces College. Dr. Fergusson has testified on several occasions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Standing Committee on National Defence. He is also a member of the Defence Science Advisory Board.

Dr. Fergusson is currently working on two major research projects: Complicating Simplicity: Essays on Canadian Defence Policy, and Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence: The View from Washington.

Norman Halden

Norman Halden was appointed to the University of Manitoba in 1983. Early in his career he established a multidisciplinary approach to understanding trace element distribution in minerals involving geological fieldwork (much of it in northern Europe and northern Manitoba) and microbeam analysis and theoretical modeling of self-organized geochemical systems. He has been extensively involved in the development and use of novel microbeam analytical techniques including PIXE (proton-induced X-ray emission) laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry. He currently operates one of a handful of near infrared femtosecond laser facilities in the world (NIR-fs-LA-ICP-MS). He and his graduate students have been applying these techniques to the analysis of fish otoliths in areas impacted by mine tailings and in the Arctic as an aid to sustainable development of northern resources.


Chris Trott

Chris Trott is presently the Warden and Vice-Chancellor of St John's College as well as an Associate Professor of Native Studies.  Since 1979 he has conducted research with Inuit on Baffin Island, first in Arctic Bay and then in Pangnirtung.  His most recent project looked at Inuit perceptions of climate change and contributed to the film by well known Inuit film maker, Zach Kunuk, called Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change.



Umut Özsu

Umut Özsu joined the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in July 2011. He holds J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. His pre-law training was in philosophy, a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Alberta and an M.A. from the University of Toronto.

Professor Özsu's research interests lie principally in public international law and the history and theory of international law. His current research involves the international legal implications of nation-building and humanitarian intervention, a particular source of concern being the (relatively under-examined) experiences of states and regions on the "semi-periphery" of the international legal order. He also maintains a strong research interest in legal and political theories of state sovereignty. Professor Özsu's doctoral dissertation concerned a crucial episode in the international legal history of nation-building – the post-First World War Greek-Turkish population exchange.

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