invited Speakers

cap. (ret'd) kurt salchert, Captain (RCN) ret'd

Kurt salchert

Delivering Maritime Security in Global Partnership: Addressing 21st Century Collaboration Challenges

A recently retired naval captain and decorated combat veteran, Kurt Salchert now brings his extensive expertise and leadership in international outreach, strategic planning, decision-support technologies, remote sensing and other advanced technologies to the private sector.

Upon leaving public service in 2013, Kurt founded Beyond the Border Consulting Ltd. an executive-level professional services firm that provides tailored support to governments, NGOs and corporations to help them make sense of complex, cross-disciplinary global strategic and analytical challenges. Over the past year, he has provided customized services to a consortium of multinational clients to understand, validate and mitigate gaps, seams and barriers to maritime situational awareness and global supply chain security. He has also been retained to support concept development, planning and execution of Canadian government national-level table top exercises as well as live/synthetic incident response and decision-support training through the use of state-of–the-art C4ISR systems. Recognized as an authority on remote sensing and advanced decision-support and visualization technologies, he was sought by name to provide specialist insights at the 2013 Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing and provided expert technical advice to clients regarding the search for flight MH370.

Kurt spent his final years of public service in Washington, D.C. where he was handpicked as Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command’s primary Canadian advisor in the U.S. national capital. With offices at the Embassy of Canada and various locations throughout the U.S. defence, research, intelligence and interagency communities, he was responsible for nurturing strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders from around the globe to facilitate dialogue between national security planners, political decision-makers, industry, and academic stakeholders with actionable insights regarding the most significant global strategic challenges of the day.

gregory d. burt

Information related challenges: a CDI perspective

Colonel Gregory Burt joined the Canadian Forces in 1980 and received his commission from the Collège Militaire Royal of Saint-Jean in 1985.

His first operational tour was with the 2 Battalion Royal 22e Régiment in 1985 where he served as platoon commander and duty officer in Cyprus. In the summer of 1987, he was posted to 1st Battalion Royal 22e Régiment at Lahr, Federal Republic of Germany. During his time there, he was employed as platoon commander and subsequently commander of the reconnaissance platoon. In July 1992, he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment, where he served as Second-in-Command 1 Commando in Somalia. Upon his return to Canada, he served as the Regimental Adjutant and then Officer Commanding (OC) combat support company of the Regiment. In March 1995, he was posted to 2 Battalion Royal 22e Régiment. There, he served as OC Combat Support Company in the former Yugoslavia, OC C Company, and OC of Service Support Company. From 28 June 2001 to 23 July 2004, Colonel Burt served as Commanding Officer of the Land Force Quebec Area Training Centre. From March to October 2009 he commanded the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) in Afghanistan.

His staff positions include Adjutant in 1990 and the first standards officer in 1991 for the Royal 22e Régiment Battle School. In 1998, he joined the British 3 (UK) Division Headquarters in Bosnia as SO2 G3 Plans with MND (SW). Upon returning to the UK, he served as SO2 G3 Operations and Exercise Planning. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in July 2000, and was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to the office of Director Land Strategic Concepts. In August 2004, Colonel Burt was posted to NDHQ and assumed the leadership of the Performance Management Core Action Team as DDM 4. In January of 2006, he was promoted Colonel and assumed the post of Director Defence Strategy Management. On 13July 2007, Colonel Burt assumed the position of Chief of Staff of Land Force Québec Area / Joint Task Force (East). Concurrently starting in 29 April 2006 he also served as the Director of Infantry until September 2008. Upon his return from Afghanistan in October 2009 he was assigned to the position of Director Future Security Analysis and Director-General Partnerships and Emerging Issues. On 6 June 2011 he was posted to CDI to the position of Director-General Intelligence Capabilities within the Chief Defence Intelligence until 30 Aug 2013.

Colonel Burt completed professional development courses in 1989 at Staff School Toronto and, in the fall of 1992, at the Land Forces Command and Staff College Kingston. In 1997-8 he completed the inaugural course of the Joint Services Command and Staff College Bracknell, England. In March 2011 he completed the Joint and Combined Warfare Course at Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk VA. He has a Bachelor's degree from CMR in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King's College London. He also holds a Master's degree in public administration from the École nationale d'Administration publique de Québec (Quebec National Public Administration School).

On 18 Sept 2013 Colonel Burt was appointed as the 1ST Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group (CF INT GP).