Chris Kilford - Keynote Speaker
Dr. Chris Kilford is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and President of the CIC Victoria branch. He holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University (2009) with a focus on civil-military relations in the developing world. Today, he is a Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a Research Fellow with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and he has taught numerous distance-learning courses for the Royal Military College and the Canadian Forces College focused on geopolitical issues.
His long career in the Canadian Armed Forces was capped with postings to the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Canadian Deputy Military Attaché from July 2009 until July 2010 and then to the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey as the Canadian Defence Attaché from July 2011 until August 2014.
Since retiring from the military in late 2014, his articles and opinion pieces on Canadian defence and foreign policy issues, plus Turkish and Middle Eastern matters have appeared in many Canadian and international publications and he has conducted numerous television and radio interviews on similar subjects.