Keynote: Killer robots – a Canadian perspective

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, News Leave a Comment


When: 6 p.m.,  April 4, 2016

Where: ROOM 1-42

Cost: Free

Summary: Fully autonomous lethal weapons systems, more commonly referred to as killer robots, have been called the third revolution in warfare. What are they and what should Canada do?

P's picAbout the Speaker: Paul Hannon is the Executive Director of Mines Action Canada (MAC), the Canadian member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. MAC has worked domestically and internationally to build government support for bans on landmines and cluster munitions. Hannon became MAC’s Executive Director in July 1998.

Hannon and Mines Action Canada co-founded the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) which was the driving force for the 2008 ban on cluster munitions. He led the process to merge the ICBL with the CMC and is the Vice-Chair the ICBL-CMC. He and Mines Action Canada are also co-founders of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

Hannon brought to the campaign 15 years of experience with the Canadian development sector including working and consulting with Africa Emergency Aid, AlterNET Communications, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, International Development Research Centre, Mozambique Task Force, Oxfam Canada, the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Fund , and Partnership Africa Canada. He has also worked for the Canadian federal government and a major Canadian financial institution.

In 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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