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2012 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

Through two World Wars, the Korean War, and in combat and peace support missions around the globe, the Canadian Forces (CF), supported by the Department of National Defence (DND), has a proud history of defending Canada, its allies, and our values both at home and abroad.

The mandate of the DND and the CF is to:
Protect Canada and defend its sovereignty;
Remain a strong, reliable partner in defence of North America; and
Project leadership abroad.

On any given day in Canada, our Navy, Army and Air Force have thousands of personnel protecting Canadian territory, our air space, maritime approaches, and our interests. From the Arctic and life-saving search and rescue missions, to helping civilian authorities respond to crises and natural disasters, the CF and National Defence stand ready to protect Canada.

Totaling 105,000 members in the Regular Force, Reserve Force, and Canadian Rangers, the CF is also supported by civilian personnel. With the Government of Canada’s strategic investments, the CF continues to be a first-class, modern military, and with an integrated civil-military defence team, Canada is positioned for excellence in defence.

The Canada-United States defence relationship and the unique binational partnership of our countries through the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), is the bedrock of Canadian and continental security and defence.

In the wider hemisphere, the Canadian defence team plays an important diplomatic and operational role in support of the Government of Canada’s Americas Strategy, including through our contribution to key missions in the hemisphere and our deepening defence partnership with the countries of the Americas.

And around the world, the Canadian Forces and National Defence play a significant role in meeting crises and challenges to international security and regional stability, including through NATO and alongside allies and partners in operations from Kosovo to Sudan, from the Middle East to Libya and Afghanistan. CF personnel serve overseas on 15 missions.

After 10 years of combat and operations in Kandahar, Canada continues to invest in Afghan security through the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, whose purpose is to transfer responsibility for security and governance to Afghanistan by 2014. We have provided up to 950 CF trainers, their support personnel, and 45 Canadian civilian police to help train Afghan National Security Forces.

As we transitioned to a training mission in Afghanistan, we also worked to ensure those ill and injured who returned to Canada have the care they need. Canada is regarded as an international leader in our care for ill and injured personnel.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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 in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative, and productive, by working with diverse 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 start-ups, 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

Public policy is at its best when it is a result of disciplined and educated dialogue between the private and public sectors.  Every November, government and industry leaders of the world’s democracies gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days to develop strategies to strengthen security and expand opportunity and prosperity for their citizens.

Halifax International Security Forum is known around the world as one of the most important international summits on issues of security and prosperity.  Backed by a significant investment from the Government of Canada, the Halifax International Security Forum creates a unique environment where government and industry leaders come together to find solutions to complex—and otherwise intractable—issues.

In recognition of the important contribution to mutual education on strategic issues between the public and private sectors, the Government of Canada and MEG Energy in August 2012 the creation of the Halifax Canada Club — a permanent body for the private sector to support the work of the Halifax International Security Forum.  Together, this public-private partnership of the Government of Canada and the Halifax Canada Club will ensure that the Halifax International Security Forum’s fundamental mission to build greater international security and global prosperity will continue to grow.

The purpose of the Halifax Canada Club is to ensure that the Halifax International Security Forum continues to create the unique environment that allows for significant education between government and industry that, in turn, leads to cooperation, action and results on matters of global concern.  Halifax Canada Club members agree that when responsible industry and democratic governments work together, the result is enhanced public policy that leads to increased prosperity and greater international security.

The Halifax International Security Forum community, including the Halifax Canada Club, is limited to respected leaders in their fields with a declared commitment to international peace and security.


The Halifax Canada Club serves as a permanent body for the private sector to support the work of the Halifax International Security Forum.  The Halifax Canada Club ensures that Halifax International Security Forum continues to create a unique environment that allows for significant education between government and strategic industries that, in turn, leads to cooperation, action and results on matters of global concern.

The Halifax Canada Club will be extending membership invitations to prominent Canadian and international companies and individuals who are respected leaders in their fields with a declared commitment to international peace and security.

If you are interested in exploring membership opportunities, please contact Mr. Joseph Hall, Halifax International Security Forum Vice President, at +1 (202) 688-2469 or

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.

DLA Piper

Department of National Defence

DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world in 2005 through a merger of unprecedented scope in the legal sector. We were built to serve clients wherever in the world they do business – quickly, efficiently and with genuine knowledge of both local and international considerations. Whether our clients require seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location, they can count on us to deliver the right service and solutions.


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.


Department of National Defence

AUDI is the official car of the Halifax International Security Forum. In 1971, Audi was first introduced to the Canadian market. Today, a network of 41 Audi retailers sell and service a range of premium vehicles nationwide. Headquartered in Ajax, Ontario, Audi Canada markets a line of luxury cars built in plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany, as well as Slovakia, Belgium and Hungary. The parent company, AUDI AG, resides in Ingolstadt, Germany.

General Dynamics

Department of National Defence

General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology. Since its founding in 1952, General Dynamics has been a leader of innovation and creativity in the field.

Henrich Böll Foundation North America

Department of National Defence

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.


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.


Department of National Defence

DynCorp International is a global government services provider in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives, delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy, and international development.

Air Canada

Department of National Defence

Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. Together with our regional partner Air Canada Express, Air Canada serves over 33 million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 170 destinations on five continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance™, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.

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