Presentation by Peter G. Bates
Canadian Political Advisor to the Commander of NORAD & USNORTHCOM
Opening Remarks by Zaib Shaikh Canadian Consul General
This meeting is in cooperation with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:45-7:20 pm
Program begins:7:30 pm
Gainey Ranch Golf Club
7600 E Gainey Club Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Early-Bird Rate through January 12th
Standard Registration: $55
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Table (up to 10 attendees): $700
Standard Registration: $65
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Please join PCFR for a dinner discussion with Mr. Peter G. Bates, Canadian Foreign Service Political Advisor to the Commander.
Mr. Bates will offer informed perspectives on NORAD and the future of North American defense in an era of renewed great power competition and the threat of advancing weapons and military technology. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is the only bi-national command in the world. It is jointly operated by the U.S. and Canada. NORAD provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for North America.
Zaib Shaikh Bio:
Introductory remarks will be provided by Consul General Zaib Shaikh. Zaib Shaikh began his mandate as Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles in December 2018. He is the Government of Canada’s senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. He comes to the posting after an extensive career in the media and entertainment industries, having worked as an actor and producer in theatre, film and television. His work includes acting roles in Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children, as well as starring in the CBC comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie, which has been seen in more than 80 countries. Mr. Shaikh co‐produced the special Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75 and co‐wrote, directed and co‐produced the film Othello: The Tragedy of the Moor. He also co-founded and served as an artistic producer of the Whistler Theatre Project in British Columbia.
Mr. Peter G. Bates Bio:
Mr. Bates is a 25-year veteran Foreign Service Officer who joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1989. His previous assignment was the Deputy Director, South Asia Relations in the Department of Foreign Affairs where he was responsible for India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.
He has served overseas at the Canadian Embassies in Moscow (1991-1994), Washington, D.C., (1996-2000), Tehran (twice 2000-2002 and 2011-2012), Kyiv (2006-2009), and Cairo (2009-2011).
In Ottawa, he has worked in the Defence Relations and Non-proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament divisions. He was the Canadian representative to the NATO High Level Task Force (HLTF) on conventional arms control and deputy head of the Canadian delegation to the 1996 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty review conference. He was the first Deputy Director for Counter-terrorism in the International Crime and Terrorism division. In September 2012, he was one of the five remaining Canadian diplomats who closed the Canadian Embassy in Tehran.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the National Security Studies Seminar at the Canadian Forces College Toronto.
A former Canadian Forces Land Reserve Officer, he is also a graduate of the Armour School, Combat Training Centre Gagetown, where he was awarded the Radley-Walters Sword as the top graduating reserve armoured officer in 1980.
He is married to Margaret Gibson and has two sons, Frederick and Geoffrey.