Pre-Conference Focus Day

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM A Pragmatic Response To Civilian Drones: Balancing Regulations With Counter-Drone Capability

Julien Sabene, Secretary General of Defense and National Security, French Government

• An overview of French UAV regulatory frameworks for both civil and commercial drones
• How effective is regulation in minimising accidents, particularly involving hobbyists? Is awareness and training sufficient?
• Risk-based analysis of drones in the French national airspace
• Considering strategies for the short and long-term to counter the threat of hostile drones
• What role should international aviation legislation play in developing drone legislation?

Julien Sabene

Secretary General of Defense and National Security
French Government

9:55 AM - 10:35 AM "Can We Just Shoot Them Down?" - Countering Uavs In Canada

Mark Espenant, R&D Project Manager, Canada's Centre for Security Science
• Evolving regulatory environment in Canada, including privacy considerations and countermeasure limitations.
• Implementation of new Transport Canada rules governing pilot licencing, commercial use, and drone registration.
• Threat considerations – what do we need to think about in designing a counter-drone capability, and how does it depend on the scenario?
• Canadian counter-drone trials – how we evaluated detection, electronic countermeasure, and physical countermeasure systems for VIP and critical infrastructure protection.
• Results of the trials – what worked, and what did not, including current recommendations.
• Development of a standard test protocol and assessment capability for new counter-drone technologies

Mark Espenant

R&D Project Manager
Canada's Centre for Security Science

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM Morning Coffee and Networking

• What criterion is being used to develop risk assessments and insure against drone accidents?
• Are statistics originating from manned aerial vehicles effective and realistic for developing drone insurance?
• How will insurers and risk managers generate frameworks around counter-drone employment?
• Balancing high probability accidents with low probability, high consequence incidents involving critical national infrastructure and public safety
• Legal sticking points for civil and commercial bodies that are vulnerable to drone accidents or attacks, or that want to employ countermeasures to combat drones

David Greene

Senior Partner, Commercial Litigation
Edwin Coe LLP

Simon Phippard

Of Counsel
Bird & Bird

John Hanslip

Senior Vice President, Aviation & Aerospace Practice

James Johnstone

Account Manager, Aerospace
Willis Towers Watson
• Given the anticipated boom in counter-drone technology, how should policymakers, legal practitioners and insurers respond to the employment of these systems? What are the potential risks?
• What systems are appropriate for what contexts? Should industry register to use counter-drone systems?
• Should organisations most at risk from a drone attack have appropriate insurance to cover liability for injury or death as the result of an accidental or malicious drone incident?
• Should facilities deemed to be a high public safety risk from a drone attack, such as airports, be legally obliged to deploy counter-drone solutions and thereby minimise their public liability?

Julien Sabene

Secretary General of Defense and National Security
French Government

Mark Espenant

R&D Project Manager
Canada's Centre for Security Science

Garik Markarian

Principal Investigator, EU FP7 GAMMA Project
Lancaster University

12:25 PM - 12:35 PM Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Focus Day