Russia-proofing your election: Defending against disinformation and cyber threats

Russia has unleashed all-out information warfare against the democracies of the West – a television and digital onslaught on the liberal democratic values and institutions of multiple Western societies. What is the aim of these attacks? Nothing less than breaking the political, economic, and military framework of European and North Atlantic cooperation. When NATO and the European Union lose public support, cooperation breaks down and national interests take over. In a fragmented European and North Atlantic community, Russia gains power and influence.

Elections provide a particularly fertile ground for Russia to damage Western democracies. We have seen attempts to meddle in recent elections prominently in the US, but also in the Baltic countries, France and elsewhere in Europe. Other countries that are adversarial to the West, such as Iran and China, have similar goals and employ similar methods.

Canada is also not immune to this danger, and our federal election is rapidly approaching in 2019. We need to be better prepared to combat foreign meddling in our democratic processes – to “Russia-proof” our elections, so to speak.

To understand best practices in defending the integrity of Western elections from disinformation and cyber campaigns, MLI has brought together a panel of key experts to answer your questions about the issue. The event will include remarks by Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Democratic Institutions and the Minister of Justice who will explain the Canadian government’s plans, and a panel discussion featuring:

Marcus Kolga, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Allan Rock, Canadian commissioner of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, and former Justice Minister

Jakub Janda, Executive Director of the European Values Think Tank and Head of the Kremlin Watch Team

Liz Wahl, broadcast journalist, candidate for the US Congress

Event details:

  • Date: June 11, 2019
  • Time: 12 pm – 2 pm (Registration starts at 11:30 am)
  • Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street, Ground Floor

For more information about the event, including registration, please contact Allison Carrigan at


Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will obtain a special occasion parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) on the following streets:

  • Chapel Street
  • Blackburn Avenue
  • Russell Avenue
  • Sweetland Avenue
  • Goulbourn Avenue

We will provide a copy of this permit to registrants closer to the event, and will also have some copies available at the registration desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at


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