The Contributors

The contributors to The Vimy Report include some of the most experienced foreign affairs and national defence specialists of the past 40 years. We are always looking for new contributors for The Vimy Board. If you would like to participate or find out more, please contact us today.

The mission of the Vimy Report is to inject new information that will raise the quality of public discussion on security and defence issues, to do so with impact, and thereby to educate and influence the ultimate decision-makers: citizens and their elected representatives.

Paul H. Chapin

Paul Chapin is Executive Editor of The Vimy Report. During a 30-year career in the Canadian foreign service, he served in Tel Aviv, Moscow, at NATO, and in Washington where he was head of the political section. He can be reached at

BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

Jim is a former Canadian Army Brigadier-General with extensive UN and NATO operational experience. He is a Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. and he also teaches foreign policy and civil-military relations at universities in Ottawa.

Omar Samad

Omar Samad is CEO of Silkroad Consulting LLC, and former Senior Advisor to Afghanistan's Chief Executive. He served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada from 2004 to 2009 and as ambassador to France from 2009 to 2011.

Kurt F. Jensen

Adjunct professor at Carleton University in Ottawa where he teaches courses on intelligence in the department of political science, career foreign service officer who specialized in security and intelligence, deputy director of foreign intelligence at the Department of Foreign Affairs, author of Cautious Beginnings: Canadian Foreign Intelligence, 1939-1951 (UBC Press 2008).

Sven Jurschewsky

Retired Canadian Foreign Service officer who has specialized in political-military affairs, international security and intelligence, and nuclear arms control. Held senior positions at Canadian missions in Berlin, Bonn, Vienna, and Zagreb. Negotiator for Canada on the Charter for European Security and the 1995 extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Head of political section at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing during which he was responsible for the establishment of Canada’s diplomatic relations with the DPRK. Political counsellor, Canadian High Commission, New Delhi.

Guy Stanley

Dr. Guy Stanley is currently a research fellow in the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. His background is in diplomatic history and international commerce.

J.L. Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, York University. His most recent book is The Greatest Victory: Canada's One Hundred Days, 1918 (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Col. (ret) Brian S. MacDonald

President of Strategic Insight Planning and Communications, consultant on international and domestic strategic and business security issues. President of the Atlantic Council of Canada, senior defence analyst and member of the board of directors of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, prominent media commentator, editor, and author of Military Spending in Developing Countries: How Much is Enough? (Carleton University Press, 1997)

Randolph Mank

Randolf Mank is the President of MankAsia, a consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur specializing in assisting companies to enter and navigate markets in Asia. He is a former Vice President Asia for Blackberry and currently serves as a board director of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council. Mr. Mank is a three-time Canadian ambassador in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia), a former Director General for Asia at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and for five years headed the G-8 Foreign Ministers’ Secretariat for Canada.

David Harris

David B. Harris, a lawyer and director of the International Intelligence Program of INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc, has decades of experience in intelligence affairs. He has appeared as an intervener-counsel before terrorism inquiries, and has testified before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

George Jacoby studied international relations, economics and public administration at Dartmouth College (BA) and Carleton University (MPA). He spent 36 years in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in a variety of political, geographic, security and economic positions. His focus on Middle Eastern and African Affairs came about through service in the respective geographic divisions and postings in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia (African Union) and Algeria. Until recently, Mr. Jacoby was Chair of the Middle East Study Group at the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council.

Nicole Morgan, PhD

Dr. Schwartz-Morgan is Professor emeritus at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Sam Hanson

Sam Hanson is a retired Canadian Foreign Service officer with extensive experience in international security affairs and regional conflicts. An intrepid diplomat with a propensity to find himself in war zones, Sam served as Canadian Representative in Croatia from 1992-94 and Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1999 to 2003.

Ferry de Kerckhove

Ferry de Kerckhove is a former Canadian ambassador to Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia. He also served in Tehran, at NATO, and in Moscow. At Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, Ferry was deputy head of policy planning, director-general for international organizations, and the Prime Minister's special representative for La Francophonie. He is currently Executive Vice President of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.

Walter Dorn

Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC). He is also President of the World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC).

Marc Imbeault

Dr.Marc Imbeaut is Dean of Studies and Research at the Royal Military College, Saint-Jean, Quebec, where he teaches philosophy and leadership. He is currently conducting research in the fields of politics and ethics. Marc has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, has taught philosophy at several universities in both French and English, and is the author of a number of books and academic journal articles. He is a member of numerous associations including the Canadian Philosophical Association and the United States Naval Academy.

The mission of the Vimy Report is to inject new information that will raise the quality of public discussion on security and defence issues, to do so with impact, and thereby to educate and influence the ultimate decision-makers: citizens and their elected representatives.

Barbara Balfour

Foreign correspondent, reporter for media outlets such as BBC World News, the Economist Group, ELLE and almost every major newspaper in Canada. Fluent in French and Russian, holder of degrees in journalism, business, and Russian studies. Traveled to more than 30 countries and contributor to several tourism guidebooks including Fodor’s, two children’s books, and a volume on the enhancement of Canada-EU relations through youth perspectives.