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2016 Partners

Halifax International Security Forum owes much of its success to its partners: The Department of National Defence (DND), The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Foreign Affairs and the Halifax Canada Club.  These organizations, and the people who lead them, demonstrate a firm commitment everyday to building a more secure world.  Halifax International Security Forum is privileged to count them as partners and proud to work closely with each of them to make the November Summit a success.


Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

Defending Canada and protecting Canadians is the Government’s most fundamental responsibility. Together, the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) form the Defence Team. Consisting of more than 105,000 CAF personnel, and 25,000 civilian employees, we are responsible for protecting Canada and defending its sovereignty; partnering in the defense of North America; and contributing to international peace and security around the globe.


On any given day in Canada, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command have thousands of personnel standing ready to defend Canada and her interests at home and abroad.


The world in which the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operates has changed significantly in recent years. In the face of new and emerging threats and challenges Canada’s defence policy is also evolving, to ensure we remain a strong and reliable defence partner, able to meet our international obligations.


Alongside our closest ally, the United States, the CAF monitors and defends North America’s airspace and maritime areas through the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). We carry out training and exercises together, and remain highly interoperable to meet any challenges.


In addition to domestic operations which include search and rescue, and support to civil authorities at home, the CAF works with our whole of government partners to contribute to international peace and security by carrying out the full spectrum of operations — from humanitarian assistance, to stabilization missions, to contributing to international coalitions on multi-national operations.


Along with a renewed commitment to United Nations Peace Support Operations, Canada continues to show its commitment to international peace and security by building defence relationships and enhancing military cooperation with countries around the world, and by addressing global crises and security threats with our allies in NATO and other international partners.


2017 will mark a key milestone for our nation and our military. The 150th Anniversary of the Canada’s Confederation is an opportunity for Canadians the world over to connect with our history, celebrate our diversity, honour our Aboriginal, French and English heritage, reflect on our achievements and build lasting legacies for the future. As part of this legacy, the Canadian Armed Forces will highlight and showcase our proud history of defending Canada, our allies and partners, and our values both at home and abroad.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Department of National Defence

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is a Canadian federal government agency. Headquartered in the Atlantic Region, ACOA’s goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities.


The Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative, and productive, through working with communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.


With our many partners in economic development, ACOA works to strengthen the Atlantic economy through:


Enterprise Development— helping improve the business climate and lending a hand for individual business startups, modernizations, and expansions.


Community Development— working with communities to nurture economic growth, improve local infrastructure, and develop opportunities in the local economy.


Policy, advocacy, and coordination— being a champion for Atlantic Canada by representing the region’s interests at the national level in areas like policy development, research and analysis, and in work with other departments to ensure coordination of policies and programs.


ACOA puts special emphasis on initiatives that foster:


 – Greater productivity

– The commercialization of innovative technologies

– Improved global competitiveness

– Skills development


ACOA is made up of dedicated people working for the prosperity of the Atlantic region. We work with businesses and communities to make things happen in Atlantic Canada.

Halifax Canada Club

Department of National Defence

In August 2012, Halifax International Security Forum together with the Government of Canada and MEG Energy announced the creation of the Halifax Canada Club, a new public-private partnership, to ensure that world leaders continued their work toward mutual understanding and joint action at the annual Halifax International Security Forum.


The Halifax Canada Club serves as a permanent body supporting the Halifax International Security Forum, giving the private sector an opportunity to participate alongside government in creating conversations that inspire action on leading international challenges. In 2015, the Halifax Canada Club expanded internationally, welcoming prominent companies and individuals who are respected leaders in their fields and committed to international peace and security.


Every November, leaders of the world’s democracies gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for three days to share ideas to strengthen security and expand opportunities for their citizens. Backed by a significant investment from the Government of Canada, the Halifax International Security Forum has gained a reputation as one of the most important international gatherings on issues of security and democracy.

Foreign Affairs | Media Partner

Department of National Defence

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.


Department of National Defence

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s fundamental purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. NATO brings together 28 member countries from Europe and North America, consulting and cooperating in the fields of security and defence. In this respect, NATO provides a unique transatlantic link for political and security cooperation.

DLA Piper

Department of National Defence

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.


We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.


Department of National Defence

Ipsos is an innovative, entrepreneurial, client-focused organization, providing research services to clients on a global basis. We set ourselves high standards and aim to work collaboratively in partnership with our teams in order to service our clients most effectively.

BlueWater Federal

Department of National Defence

BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc. (BlueWater), headquartered in Chantilly, VA, is a leading provider of innovative global solutions and services to U.S. government customers. BlueWater possesses an exceptionally rated portfolio of capabilities in Cybersecurity, C4ISR, Enterprise Technology, Transportation Security and Integrated Logistics, and serves as an essential and trusted “Center of Excellence” to our customers in support of the nation’s defense, security, safety, and economic well-being. Learn more at

The Boeing Company

Department of National Defence

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, unmanned systems, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.


Department of National Defence

CAE is a global leader in delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry’s most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world’s largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.


CAE is headquartered in Canada, where almost 4,000 of our employees are based. We develop, deliver and support world-class training and simulation systems and services, including instructional design, courseware development, simulation equipment, classroom and simulator instruction, and in-service support for air, land, sea, and public safety customers. We are an expert training systems integrator and since October, 2015 CAE has been has been the prime contractor responsible for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program that produces qualified military pilots for defence customers. This acquisition significantly enhances CAE’s core capabilities as a training systems integrator (TSI), and expands our offering into support for live flying training of future military pilots, including next-generation fighter pilots, for the Royal Canadian Air Force and its allies. 


CAE is focused on being the global training partner of choice to help our customers enhance safety, efficiency and readiness.


Follow us on Twitter @CAE_Inc and @CAE_Defence

Canadian Commercial Corporation

Department of National Defence

CCC is a state-owned enterprise of the Government of Canada established for the purpose of assisting in the development of trade between Canada and other nations. As the Government of Canada’s government-to-government contracting organization, CCC is committed to being a trusted partner for defence and security acquisitions from Canada on a government-to-government basis.

CCC works closely with Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to meet the needs of purchasing governments for new equipment, while also supporting Canada’s defence relationship with its allies and partners. DND and CCC also collaborate closely regarding the sale and refurbishment of surplus military equipment from the CAF inventory. 


The Corporation was established in 1946 to assist in the postwar reconstruction of Europe and, in 1956, was given the responsibility for meeting Canada’s obligations under the U.S.-Canada Defence Production Sharing Agreement. Today, CCC assists governments around the world by providing a timely and simplified acquisition approach that reduces risk and enhances bilateral relationships. CCC reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of International Trade.

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