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CDR Radio Episode 25 – Christyn Cianfarani

CADSI President and CEO, Christyn Cianfarani, recently joined CDR’s Ottawa Bureau Chief, James Careless, to preview CANSEC 2022 on the CDR Radio podcast. Their discussion covered CANSEC 2022’s extensive COVID-19 protective measures, the impact of increased federal defence spending, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the future of CADSI and Canada’s defence & security industry.

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CDR Radio Episode 24 – Kevin Mooney

For CDR’s ongoing series of podcasts, we asked Senior Staff Writer, Joetey Attariwala, to interview Mr. Kevin Mooney, President of Irving Shipbuilding. Their discussion covered a wide range of topics including the recently delivered AOPS, new capabilities for CSC, building schedules & more.

CDR Radio Episode 23 – Anita Anand

CDR recently sent Ottawa Bureau Chief, James Careless, to interview Canada’s newly appointed Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, for the CDR Radio Podcast. Reforming the CAF’s culture in the wake of sexual misconduct scandals, responding to Russian aggression against Ukraine, managing major procurements like FFCP and CSC, and exploring potential successors to Canada’s Victoria-class submarines, were some of the many topics covered in this in-depth interview.

This episode was recorded on January 14, 2022.

CDR Radio Episode 22 – Major-General Michel-Henri St-Louis, Acting Commander of the Canadian Army

For CDR’s annual report on Canada’s Army we interviewed the acting Commander of the Canadian Army, MGen Michel-Henri St-Louis. A portion of this conversation can be heard here on the CDR Radio Podcast with the full interview available in the upcoming issue of CDR.

CDR Radio Episode 21 – SkyAlyne

CDR’s Aviation Editor, Joetey Attariwala, recently interviewed executives from SkyAlyne, a joint venture organization formed by two Canadian aerospace companies — CAE and KF Aerospace. Together, through SkyAlyne, these two Canadian companies hope to continue their important work by winning the contract for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program.

Abir Kazan is the capture manager for SkyAlyne. She serves as the company’s primary point of contact with the Government of Canada, and she guides a team of experts through the process of creating a solution for FAcT that will best prepare future members of the RCAF for the challenges of the 21st century. Kazan has more than 20 years of experience in navigating complex defence proposals and contracts for CAE.

Bill Ryan is the Deputy General Manager for SkyAlyne. He spent more than 28 years as a member of the RCAF, notably as a CF-18 fighter pilot where he served in the first Gulf War in Iraq, and later as a member of the Snowbirds. Ryan was previously KF Aerospace’s Site Manager for the RCAF training program at Portage la Prairie.

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CDR Radio Episode 20 – Jean-Claude Siew

For CDR’s on-going series of podcasts, we asked Ottawa Bureau Chief, James Careless, to interview Bluedrop’s EVP of Technology and Simulation, Jean-Claude Siew, about his company’s success in the military helicopter simulation market, how Bluedrop has kept afloat during COVID-19, and why he hopes Bluedrop’s staff can return to the office, as long as they can do so safely.

CDR Radio Episode 19 – Alan Williams

For CDR’s on-going series of podcasts, we asked Ottawa Correspondent, James Careless, to interview the former ADM MAT at DND about why the CSC procurement has fallen off the rails and how the situation might be remedied.

CDR Radio Episode 18 – Chris Pogue

On this episode of the CDR Radio Podcast, James Careless, CDR’s Ottawa Bureau Chief, talked to Chris Pogue. On November 23, 2020, Chris Pogue took over as Managing Director and Vice President of Thales Defence and Security Canada. In his new role, Chris Pogue is leading more than 250 Thales Canada workers nationwide. He is now responsible for the company’s maritime, sea, land, optronics, and air programs, including the 35-year, $5.2 billion AJISS contract for the RCN.
Since the recording of this interview, Chris Pogue was promoted to CEO of Thales Canada.

CDR Radio Episode 17 – Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, Commander of the RCN

As part of CDR’s on-going series of interviews with military commanders, we asked Senior Staff Writer, Joetey Attariwala, to sit down with the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
This episode of CDR Radio is sponsored by Davie Shipbuilding, proudly delivering world-class specialized ships to the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Visit their website:

CDR Radio Episode 16 – Yvan Blondin

As part of CDR’s on-going series of interviews with military commanders, we asked Senior Staff writer, Joetey Attariwala, to sit down with Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Yvan Blondin. Blondin was a fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force and had the distinction of being the Commander of the RCAF from 2012 until his retirement in 2015. It was a wide-ranging and candid discussion about how the Gripen E may be the best fighter deal for Canada, why the Griffon Helicopter should be replaced, the ill-conceived sole-sourcing of the Super Hornet & much more. This episode of the CDR Radio podcast is sponsored by Peraton – A trusted partner for over 35 years to the CAF and RCAF, providing industry-leading mission sustainment solutions for both domestic and deployed operations. Visit their website

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