IMDC 2018: Guidelines for Introducers, Chairs and Masters

26 January 2018

Guidelines for Introducers

Purpose: Breaking silos elegantly: IMDC brings together attendees from different professions and academic fields. Your objective is to introduce the speaker to an audience that is not aware of him or her and to (ideally) connect 1. his or her bio, 2. to his or her talk and 3. to conference themes in general in no more than 2 minutes! 


1. Introduce the speaker. (if you need bio materials, let me know) in 2 minutes.

2. Monitor time and show cards to speaker: 1. at 20 minutes mark = 5min. 2. at 22 min. mark = 3 min. 3. 24 min. = conclude  3.

3. Manage short Q and As provided there is time remaining before the next activity

For all infos:

Day Time Keynote Introducer


Jan. 30


8:30AM BGen. Carignan Mathieu Primeau
9:00AM Dr. (Col. ret.) Jim Greer Ben Zweibelson
10:30AM Dr. Antoine Bousquet Tarak Barkawi
1:30PM Dr. Tarak Barkawi Michael C. Williams


Jan. 31

8:30AM Eric Fournier & Col. Earl Vandahl Brett Nesbitt
9:30AM Dr. Ofra Graicer Philippe Dufort
12:00PM Ben Zweibelson Aaron Jackson
2:30 PM BGen. Porkolab & BZ Chris Paparone

Thursday, Feb. 1st

8:30AM BGen. Whale Robert Lummack
9:00AM Dr. Harold Nelson Jeff Van der Veer
10:30AM Cmdre Angus Topshee & Col. Matt Palma Paul Mitchell


Guidelines for Chairs

Purpose: Facilitating the discussion while ensuring that each presenter has equal opportunities to contribute and to get feedback. Providing general and specific comments on blogs and presentations to push the boundaries of knowledge based on your experience and or expertise.

Style: Ad lid, based on what you are most comfortable with. The academic conference or seminar lead (military) are both valid models for IMDC.


1.Introduce the panel theme and panelists.

2.Monitor time (max 15 minutes, preference for 10-12 min.) and show index cards to each speaker: 1. at 10 minutes mark = 5 min. 2. at 12 min. mark = 3 min. 3. 14 min. = conclude. Be strict.

3.Provide your own comments on blogs and presentations

4.Manage short Q and As and or discussion

5. Wrap-up the panel. (Conclusion)

Timing: You may end all panels on the time mark of the next activity or before (lunch or Ben’s keynote which is flexible). All panel lasts 1:30 hours.

Room arrangement: The Amphitheatre will remain in TedTalk style, meaning that presenters and the Chair will sit in the front row and raise up one after the other to present, facing the audience. Other rooms are in academic style, table and chairs facing the audience.

Blog: William Simonds will send you a blog package once they are available.

Masters:  The masterclass is like a reversed panel. Presenters take care of sharing prototypes, provisional ideas and steering the conversation. In return, masters provide comments and insights to feed the discussion based on their expertise or experience.

For all infos:

Day Time Room Panel Chairs


Jan. 30



11:00 AM

G-1139 Panel A: The Power of Devices, Artifacts and Narratives Tarak Barkawi
Amphi Panel B: Systems Thinking, Systems Practice Harold Nelson
G-1130 Panel C: Innovation in Global PME: The Gender Dimension Ofra Graicer


Jan. 31


10:30 AM



G-1139 Panel A: Diversity & New Development Aaron Jackson
Amphi Panel B: Practical Effectiveness William Mitchell
G-1130 Panel C: Critical Thinking and Holistic Education Design Chris Paparone

3:00 PM




Masterclass: Redesigning Canadian Forces College’s National Security Programme


Harold Nelson

Chris Paparone

Angus Topshee

Jim Greer


Thurs., Feb. 1


11:00 AM


G-1139 Panel A: Reconciling Innovation Methodologies and Planning Ben Zweibelson
Amphi Panel B: Institutionalizing Innovation Methodologies BGen. K. Whale (RCAF)

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