Sajjan, Harjit Singh

Sajjan, Harjit Singh

Minister of National Defence of Canada

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Vancouver South in 2015. 

Minister Sajjan immigrated to Canada from India with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in South Vancouver and benefitted from everything its diverse and culturally rich community has to offer. 

Minister Sajjan has made serving others a cornerstone of his life. He has served as a former detective with the Vancouver Police Department, a former Lieutenant Colonel with the British Columbia Regiment, and a long-time advocate for youth education and mentorship programs. 

For 11 years, Minister Sajjan was a member of the Vancouver Police Department, based primarily in South Vancouver. He completed his career as a detective with the gang crime unit. As a member of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), he participated in four operational deployments—one to Bosnia and three to Afghanistan. 

Minister Sajjan has lived in Vancouver for many years with his wife and two children.

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Thursday 17 June

  • NATO 2030: How to get there?

    • Heusgen, Christoph
    • Mulligan, Katrina
    • Braže, Baiba
    • Rizzo, Rachel
    • Naď, Jaroslav
    • Šekerinska Jankovska, Radmila
    • Sajjan, Harjit Singh
    • Dozier, Kimberly

    What has NATO overlooked when trying to prepare for the next black swan event? How can the private sector and NATO better collaborate to understand emerging geopolitical and technopolitical challenges? How should the findings of the NATO 2030 report be applied to strengthen NATO’s position vis-à-vis China and Russia?

    Expert's insights by:

    • Amb. Christopher Heusgen, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
    • Katharina Mulligan, Director, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
    • Ambassador Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • Led by: Rachel Rizzo, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.

    Followed by a panel discussion:

    What is NATO’s role in helping support Allies foster innovation ecosystems to quickly adopt new technologies? How can NATO and its Allies protect and embed our values in new standards for the safe and ethical use of emerging disruptive technologies? Against the backdrop of the ongoing transatlantic economic hardships, how can Allies better pool resources and maintain fair burden-sharing? What does future transatlantic collaboration between the public sector and private sector resemble when it comes to addressing long-term challenges?

    • H.E. Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    • H.E. Tibor Benkő, Minister of Defence of Hungary
    • H.E. Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia
    • Led by: Kim Dozier, CNN Global Affairs Analyst, Washington, D.C.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
    Live broadcast