Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Connections North (Ottawa, February 22)

Join_the_Team_RCAF.jpgThis is rather last minute notice—probably because we’ve put it together at the very last minute—but Canadian readers will be interested to learn that Defence Research & Development Canada and PAXsims will be hosting Connections North, a one day miniconference on professional wargaming, in Ottawa on Monday, 22 February 2016. Among the presenters will be Jim Wallman (Past Perspectives), who is visiting the colonies this week.

Ottawa—deliberately located so as to be beyond the immediate reach of an US invasion, and with its scenic Rideau Canal providing strategic mobility for Imperial troops in the event of American aggression—is obviously the perfect place for such a get-together. You can’t be too careful.

Update—further details

We’ll be meeting in a meeting room at the Lord Elgin Hotel (100 Elgin St, Ottawa). The agenda for the meeting is below.

0930 Arrive at meeting location and set-up
0945 General Introductions: Workshop Overview and Objectives
1000 Presentation on DND matrix game trials

Dr. Murray Dixson (DRDC)

1015 Break
1030 Presentation on DND`s Rapid Campaign Analysis Toolset (RCAT) trial

Paul Massel (DRDC)

1100 Gaming the Semi-Cooperative: Peace Operations, HADR, and Beyond

Prof. Rex Brynen (McGill University)

1130 Perspectives on Wargaming

Jim Wallman (Past Perspectives)

1200 Lunch
1315 Round table discussion on the application of wargaming to defence analysis and to support strategic decision making
1400 Demonstration of AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game

Rex Brynen (McGill University) and Thomas Fisher (Imaginetic)

1530 Final Points and Conclusion

We hope to see members of the Ottawa wargaming community there, as well as those working on national security issues more broadly and others interested in the use of serious games for education and policy analysis. Pass it on!

5 responses to “Connections North (Ottawa, February 22)

  1. Rex Brynen 19/02/2016 at 5:41 pm

    Brian: I would quite like to make this an annual event–not on the scale of Connections US or UK, of course, but somewhere for at least some of the Canadian wargaming community to get together. One possibility might be to time it around CANGAMES (in May), so people could come for both.

  2. Christopher Weuve 18/02/2016 at 4:36 pm

    Under the benefits of Ottawa, you forgot to mention that there is a poutine establishment on every corner, that in the summer time you can buy maple syrup that is too good for Americans (okay, she didn’t **quite** phrase it that way, but I’m not stupid), and that they have a very nice bookstore downtown that has more customer service personnel than all US bookstores combined.

  3. brtrain 18/02/2016 at 3:58 pm

    Glad you snagged that mad Britisher Wallman for the conference!
    I hope you (/DRDC) will do it again…

  4. Rex Brynen 18/02/2016 at 3:49 pm

    It’s what the management types call “just in time” conference organization.

  5. brtrain 18/02/2016 at 3:21 pm

    NOW he tells us…

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