Kiernan McClelland – Project Manager

Kiernan is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at Carleton University with a doctoral focus on space security. His current research focuses on space power theory, space security, and decision-making apparatus within national space agencies. Kiernan has participated and staffed Carleton Model NATO for the past seven years. He has held the positions of crisis co-ordinator, crisis director, and chair. Kiernan served as Secretary-General for the 2016 Global Model NATO Summit hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kiernan and the executive team have been working hard to make this the best conference yet, and he is excited to welcome everyone in February to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary at Carleton Model NATO 2019!

Davina Basse – Deputy Project Manager 

Davina is an MA candidate at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. Her research focuses on German-Russian relations and the security relationship between the European Union and NATO. Although this is her first year at Carleton, Davina has participated in, staffed, and organized various Model United Nations and Model NATO conferences across North America for almost a decade.

As Deputy Project Manger, Davina is responsible for the logistics of the conference and is acting as the Chief of Staff to the conference. She is very excited to welcome all delegates from across North America to Carleton and is excited to hear the discussions that will take place at the conference.

Kelsea Gillespie – Secretary-General

Kelsea is a student of the combined JD/MA program run jointly through the University of Ottawa’s Common Law School and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Kelsea received her BA in 2017 from Concordia University of Edmonton in English and Political Science. During her time at Concordia, Kelsea participated in over ten local and international Model United Nations conferences and served as the Secretary General of National Model United Nations Canada 2017. In fall of 2017, she was also Canada’s Youth Delegation Lead at the Global Youth Trends Forum in Taipei.

Kelsea and the rest of the Secretariat are working hard to host Carleton’s best MNATO in celebration of NATO’s 70th anniversary and to welcome students to Ottawa this February.

Douglas Fergusson – Crisis Director

Douglas is currently enrolled in his second year of graduate studies at Carleton University in the department of Political Science. His thesis examines the effects that Hypersonic Weapons are likely to have on nuclear deterrence in the near to medium future. Although this is his first time being involved in Model NATO, his studies in international relations, and security and defence, have afforded him the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to create pragmatic, yet challenging scenarios for the students; inviting them to test their mental faculties and think like their NATO counterparts in Brussels.

Doug graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2017 with a Double Honors Degree in Political Studies and Religion. He developed a fondness for the Cold War at a young age, and looks to bring his expertise concerning power politics to the fore this February; with the intent to foster the development of bright new minds in the security and defence field.