Kenneth P. Wagstaff, executive director of international affairs for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will deliver the keynote address at the first Pan-Canadian seminar on nuclear proliferation in Atlanta Friday, Feb. 18.

“We wanted to bring a speaker with extensive experience in international institutions, as well as issues of nuclear proliferation and safety, said Judith Costello, political, economic and academic relations officer at the Canadian consulate in Atlanta.

Dr. Wagstaff served with Canada’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna from 1991-93 and was appointed director of the Non-Proliferation, Safeguards and Security Division in 2000.

The event is a cooperative effort by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Norman Paterson School at Carlton University in Ottawa and the consulate general of Canada in Atlanta.

U.S. and Canadian experts will discuss the challenges of nuclear proliferation and prospects for a lasting agreement for East Asian security.

Visiting participants are David Dewitt, chair, International Strategic Research Group at Toronto-based York University; Trevor Findlay, director, Centre for Arms Control and Treaty Compliance at Carlton University; Fen Osler Hampson, director of Norman Paterson School, Carlton University;

Paul Evans, director of Canada-Asia Policy Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia-based University of British Columbia; Balbina Y. Hwang, policy analyst, of the Asian Studies Center at the Washington-based The Heritage Foundation and Charles L Pritchard, visiting fellow of the Washington-based The Brookings Institution.

John E. Endicott, director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy at Georgia Tech will also speak.

The free seminar will be held at the Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Institute of Technology from 8:30-1 p.m.

To register, contact Caroline Lavoie at (404) 532-2012 or by email at caroline