Renée Filiatrault has served three Ministers of National Defence for Canada. From 2009-2010 she served as a Foreign Service Officer in Afghanistan with Task Force Kandahar. Prior to this she was Head of Media and Public Affairs for the British High Commission in Ottawa. Renée is a regular commentator on defence and security matters with an emphasis on intervention and crisis management. She has appeared on CBC’s The National, Power & Politics, The Current, CTV’s The National, Question Period and Power Play. She has also contributed to Policy Options Magazine and been invited as a guest lecturer at McGill University and the Munk Centre for Global Affairs. Renée holds an Honours degree in Political Science from McMaster University and is accredited with Information Operations Battlefield Officer training with the Canadian Forces. She has received the Operational Service Medal for South-West Asia, the General Service Medal for Afghanistan and the Commander Joint Task Force Afghanistan Commendation while in theatre. Renée is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Battlefields Foundation.
- Crisis Management
- Renée Filiatrault, “Canada’s information battleground strategy requires enhanced oversight, inter-agency cooperation,” National Newswatch, 6 March 2014.
- Renée Filiatrault, “The View From the Ground,” OpenCanada.org, 14 December 2012.
- Renée Filiatrault, “Twiplomacy: Using Canada’s Voice in the Age of Digital Diplomacy,” OpenCanada.org, 17 October 2012.
- Renée Filiatrault, “Inside the Afghan mission: Up close and personal,” Policy Options, 1 April 2012.
- Renée Filiatrault, “Canada’s legacy in Kandahar,” Policy Options, 1 November 2011.