In recent years, the protection of public spaces has progressed from the visible deployment of public resources such as metal detectors, armed police and concrete barriers to include undetectable protection built into existing and new infrastructure development.

The shift from “keeping people safe” to “making public spaces safer” involves a holistic approach to security. Citizens have the right to feel protected, but more importantly, they have the right to feel safe.

The difference lies in the perception of freedom and a shift in the understanding of the creative and dynamic interplay between architecture and public safety.

It should not be especially dangerous to walk on a sidewalk, attend a concert, visit City Hall or go to a rally. The public should be free to do that without conspicuous security. At the same time, the public should feel protected.

Good planning, a sophisticated understanding of environment, materials and technologies, and intelligent governance means that a building, a public square, sidewalks and streets, a city, can be made safer without being made unwelcoming.

Infrasecure is offering a unique introduction to the highly specialized field of protecting public spaces. This is an emerging area of public policy interest and investment for security experts, urban planners and for architects, engineers and developers. Protection of public spaces offers distinct challenges to public and private sector decision-makers and the insurance industry.

The guest speakers you will hear from have first-hand knowledge of the need for greater and better protection of public spaces and will share their experiences. The experts you will meet at the interactive workshops are at the forefront of their fields and will guide you through the distinct challenges of protecting public spaces and enhancing public security.


Richard (Dick) Fadden, OC

Richard (Dick) Fadden was the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada from January 2015 to March 2016. Previously, he was Deputy Minister of National Defence (2013-2015) and served as Director of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (2009-2013). He also served as Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2006-2009) and Natural Resources Canada (2005-2006). He was President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (2002-2005) and Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office (2000-2002), during which he assumed the additional duties for Security and Intelligence Coordinator in 2001.

Over the course of his career, Richard worked in a variety of positions in the Department of External Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal and a B.A. (Political Science) from McGill University.

Ken Stewart, QPM

Mr. Ken Stewart, QPM was formerly Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime and Counter-Terrorism in the City of London Police.  He is currently the Managing Director of Stewart Risk Solutions Ltd. He is a leading expert in pro-active anti-terrorism policing. A recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal, he was promoted to Head of Counter-Terrorism for the City of London in 2002 where he became the lead for Project Griffin, a police initiative protecting the UK from the threat of terrorism.

In 2008, he was appointed to his senior role at the City of London Police where he directed all major intelligence and surveillance operations, undercover and public protection units, source handling, the Special Branch and the Criminal Investigation Department. Mr. Stewart was responsible for providing security for some of London’s most iconic landmarks while preserving open access to the public. Additionally, he was involved in the investigations of the Bishopsgate, St Mary Axe and Heathrow Airport terrorist bombings in London, as well as the response to the 7/7 terrorist attacks.


There is no cost to attend this event. Attendance is by invitation only. Seating is limited.
Please register by completing the online registration form. Registration Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019 by 5:00 PM.

Government issued Photo ID will be required for each attendee when collecting a badge onsite. Badges must be worn at all times during the conference.

For questions or inquiries about the event, please contact Jonas LeBlanc-Wilmink, by telephone at (613) 680-7600 or by email at

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8:00 AM

Registration Desk Opens

8:30 AM

Welcome on Behalf of the Infrasecure Group

The Honourable David Pratt, P.C.

Principal, David Pratt and Associates and former Minister of National Defence

Moderator Opening Remarks

Major-General (Ret’d) Jerry S.T. Pitzul, CMM, CD, QC, BAdm, MBA, LLB

Senior Associate, David Pratt and Associates

8:45 AM

Understanding the Emerging Threat Environment

Richard (Dick) Fadden, OC

Canadian Key Note Speaker

9:15 AM

Sharing the UK Experience in Public Safety

Ken Stewart, QPM

International Guest Speaker

9:45 AM


10:00 AM

Interactive Workshops (one hour each)

Our presenters will outline a series of security scenarios to guide participants in developing proactive plans which address possible outcomes.

Current Urban Public Security Threats: Methods and Means of Mitigation 

This workshop will focus on the various threats faced by public facilities and institutions in a modern Canadian environment.  It will emphasize practical perimeter protection techniques and technology – from design through installation and operations. 

Security by Design: Applications of Modern Materials and Techniques
This session will focus on the latest techniques being used in the design of structures and environments that mitigate the effects of blast and ballistics.  Led by subject matter experts, the latest asset protection technology and techniques will be shared with participants.  

The Explora Foundation’s subject matter experts will lead both workshops. Each session will highlight potential threats within the context of Ottawa’s urban environment which are applicable to similar situations across Canada and around the globe. The sessions will review and cover practical mitigation solutions with feedback and participation from the audience. Please do bring your public security challenges to the workshop to engage with other attendees and workshop leaders. The aim is to achieve an interactive and responsive discussion that highlights challenges, potential mistakes and possible solutions in a collaborative learning environment. Resources for follow-up ‘table top’ exercises can be made available to invited guests upon request— helping to build designed solutions to real-world challenges in local environments.

12:00 PM

Closing Remarks


12:15 PM

Networking Reception

Light standup lunch to be provided by the event sponsor Infrasecure Group (no alcoholic beverages to be served)

1:30 PM

Close of Conference


The Infrasecure Group Inc. (Infrasecure™) is a company headquartered in Canada with international partnerships that brings together security sector experts, technicians, engineers, construction and material designers and threat identification specialists under a single enterprise.

Ottawa-based Terlin Construction established the venture in 2018 with three international firms, Dynasystems and Exsel Group from the United Kingdom and Perimeter Protection Group (PPG) from Germany.

Infrasecure works closely with public and private sector entities and offers an integrated, single-point design-to-delivery portal for modern and evolving physical security needs.

The company specializes in government, industrial, institutional and commercial construction, as well as perimeter, high security and diplomatic consultancy services. For more information on Infrasecure, visit our website at:

The Explora Foundation is a charity based in the UK dedicated to research into resilience and physical protection systems. Activities include materials science, civil, mechanical and electronics engineering and testing of designs and structures. They have supported numerous international projects.

The Explora Foundation was established as an unincorporated association in 2011 to provide scholarship support to the dependents of those who have lost their lives or become seriously injured and permanently disabled and members of the UK Armed 

Forces and Security Services who have been disabled in the service of their country. 

The Foundation aims to develop and extend the knowledge and practice of physical protection to reduce the risks to those in government service in the future. To further these aims and objectives the Foundations was registered as a not-for-profit, private company limited by guarantee on 10 September 2014. For more information about the Explora Foundation and its initiatives, visit to learn more.


Conference Location

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown
361 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 0C7

For questions or inquiries about the event, please contact Jonas LeBlanc-Wilmink, by telephone at (613) 680-7600 or by email at