When the first cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appeared in Canada in late January 2020, our supply chains were put to the ultimate test in a global melee to stock critical products from sensitive industries such as agri-food, pharmaceuticals, and health and medical supply manufacturing. Canada’s overreliance on unfettered globalization and an outdated National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure highlighted the ad hoc approach to supply chain resiliency and the circular relationship of national security and economic prosperity. To stimulate the battered economy and prevent further disruptions, Canada should seize the opportunity to create modern and resilient supply chains through further investment in advanced manufacturing.
In light of these policy challenges, the International Security Research and Outreach Programme and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) have partnered to bring you a four-part webinar series on COVID-19 security policy, based on CIGI’s new digital essay series “Security, Intelligence and the Global Health Crisis.”
The third part of the series, “Controlling the Commercial Security Epidemic: The Lasting Effects on Supply Chains, Economic Security and New Partnerships in the Post-COVID-19 Era,” will be held on Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. with speakers Mark Agnew and Bessma Momani.
Mark Agnew is the senior director of international policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy and is full professor and interim assistant vice‑president of international relations at the University of Waterloo.
A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.
Wesley Wark is a CIGI senior fellow and an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Public Management and Policy.