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ANDRÉ LAFRANCE Simulation Specialist

Currently employed as the simulation specialist for the ISTAR project, André LaFrance has worked as a military simulation consultant since retiring from the British Army in 1998. Seven of his 21 year service were spent in the Canadian Forces with the R22eR and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Throughout his career he has held training and simulation related appointments at Armoured Division and Army level in the UK as well as Army level in the Royal Army of Oman. Specializing in collective command and staff training, he has managed a variety of constructive simulations to suit numerous land and joint training challenges in many parts of the world.

Dr ROBBIN LAIRD US Defense Analyst

The senior editorial advisor for SLDInfo.com, Dr. Robbin F. Laird is a a long-time analyst of global defense issues. He has worked in the U.S. government and several think tanks, including the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is a Columbia University alumnus, where he taught and worked for several years at the Research Institute of International Change, a think tank founded by Dr. Brzezinski. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the defense press, and has written several books on international security issues.


Danny Lam was an independent analyst based in Calgary.  Always pushing boundaries, Danny was well-known for his relentless challenging of conventional wisdom throughout his work. Sadly, he passed away on 11 February 2018.

Capt ALEXANDER LANDRY Security issues

Captain Alexander Landry, P.Eng, PMP is a Canadian military engineering officer currently serving within the Engineering Division at NATO Allied Land Command. He has experience on operational deployments both domestically for natural disaster response in Canada, and within an expeditionary setting in Ukraine. He currently writes for various professional journals on topics related to future security issues concerning both Canada and NATO. He volunteers as the Strategic Initiatives Specialist for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management.

Col (ret) PIERRE LEBLANC CF Northern Area

Pierre Leblanc, a retired Colonel, is a Montreal native and an RMC graduate. In May 2003 he formed Canadian Diamond Consultants Inc. to provide advice in the exciting Canadian diamond industry. Previously located in Yellowknife, he has since relocated to Ottawa. Pierre specializes in the Canadian diamond pipeline and is a member of the World Diamond Council. As well as being the Executive director for the Diamond Manufacturers Association of Canada he is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Diamond Code Committee.

Dr. TEOFILO L. LEE-CHOING Sleep & Pulmonary Medicine

Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr., MD is a Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health and at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He has authored or edited 16 textbooks in Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and has participated in more than 30 research projects. He edits and reviews several medical journals and publications. Dr Lee-Chiong completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Yale, and his post-fellowship training in Sleep Medicine at Dartmouth. He joined Philips Respironics as its Chief Medical Liaison in 2011. He has Chaired numerous associations and committees and has served on the Council of Governors for the American College of Chest Medicine (ACCP).

MGen (ret) JOHN LEECH Columnist, Info Briefs

MGen (ret) John Leech, CMM, CD was the first DND Chief Information Officer. He retired in 1997 after almost 37 years in the Canadian Forces. Commissioned in RC Signals, he served at unit, formation and headquarters levels in Canadian, US, UK, and UN Forces, and at NATO HQ, in communications (electronics, operations and personnel policy) positions. A graduate of RMC, Canadian Land Forces Command & Staff College and the National Defence College, he commanded the HQ & Signal Sqn of 5ieme Brigade and CF Communication Command. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 1994. Until very recently, MGen Leech was the General Manager of AFCEA Canada.

E.G. (TED) LENNOX Arctic Aviation Specialist

Ted's 31 years of mgmt experience led to the founding of LPS Aviation Inc., a specialty airport and aviation consulting company. The company has undertaken some 170 air transportation planning and management assistance projects world-wide for a broad array of institutional, government and private sector organizations. Mr. Lennox has delivered executive mentoring, formal training courses and public presentations in such diverse localities as China, Russia, the United States, Canada and Romania. He has undertaken numerous aviation and air transportation assignments throughout the circumpolar environment.

PATRICK LENNOX Military Studies

Patrick Lennox is the J.L. Granatstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary. He has recently returned from being embedded for two months on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Iroquois and Protecteur as they patrolled in the Arabian Sea during Canada’s most recent contribution to the maritime dimension of the American-led war on terror. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume entitled An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada? Challenges and Choice for the Future that will be published in December by the University of Toronto Press.

ASA LINDESTAM Sweden's Defence Committee

Ms. Åsa Lindestam is a member of the Swedish Parliament, currently on the Committee on Defense. She is also an alternate member of the Swedish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and of the Swedish Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Ms. Lindestam is a Member of the Board of the Swedish Coast Guard. She is also very active in the local politics and is the chairman of the Municipal Party Organization in Söderhamn. Striving to achieve equal rights, opportunities and obligations for all human beings is the most important political battle for Mrs. Lindestam - and her reason for being a Social Democrat.


Lieutenant Colonel Chris Linford is a 25 year veteran of the Canadian Forces. He joined as a Nursing Officer in 1988 and deployed overseas to the Gulf War, Rwanda and Afghanistan. He commanded 1 Field Ambulance in Edmonton from 2007-2009 and was deployed as the Executive Officer to the NATO Role 3 Combat Hospital in Kandahar from 2009-2010. LCol Linford recently released his book: Warrior Rising- A Soldier's Journey to PTSD and Back. It is his story of struggle and triumph over PTSD chronicling his war traumas, his treatment, and his return to health and active life as a public speaker on this issue. He is currently awaiting medical release in January 2014 and lives near Victoria BC.

MGen (ret) TERRY LISTON Military Affairs

Major General (ret) Terry Liston served as Chief Operational Planning & Force Development at NDHQ as well as in policy and public affairs. He commanded the rapid-reinforcement air-sea transported (CAST) brigade group, based on 5eGBC, and the 1er bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment in Germany. His UN tours included the Congo (awarded MBE) and head of a military mission to the Western Sahara. On retirement he held senior positions with MIL Davie Shipbuilding and Canadian Pacific, as well as his own GatewayAmerica consulting practice. He is a graduate of Queen's University, National Defence College, and the École nationale d'Administration publique.

TIM LYNCH Defence and Security

Tim Lynch was a passionate journalist who wrote about Pacific Maritime issues from public policy perspective. He has researched and written several articles about law enforcement and security in the maritime setting. Before his death in January 2017, he had been engaged in defining the relationships among policy fields associated with National Defence and National Healthcare in Canada with the goal of defining security as a determinant of healthy communities.