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2014 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

2014 marks the anniversary of a number of defining moments in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces. In 1914, Canada joined the fight in the First World War, a war that would come to define it as a nation. In 1944, Canadian forces and their allies stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, in an offensive that would prove decisive in ending the Second World War. Throughout the Cold War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Canada stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its allies and continues to do so today. Finally, 10 years ago, Canada took command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, highlighting the strength of our commitment to that country. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), supported by the Department of National Defence (DND), can look back on a proud history of defending Canada, its allies, and our values both at home and abroad.

The mandate of DND and the CAF is to:

• Protect Canada and defend its sovereignty;
• Remain a strong, reliable partner in defence of North America; and
• Contribute to international peace and security.

On any given day in Canada, our Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force have thousands of personnel protecting Canadian territory, airspace, maritime approaches, and our interests. From patrolling the Arctic and conducting life-saving search and rescue missions, to helping civilian authorities respond to natural disasters, the CAF stand ready to defend Canada.

Together, DND and the CAF form the Defence Team, which includes:

• 68 000 Regular Force members;
• 27 000 Reserve Force members (including 5 000 Canadian Rangers who operate in Canada’s North); and,
• 24 000 civilian employees.

The CAF is a strong and reliable defence partner to the U.S., Canada’s closest ally. Together, we monitor and defend North America’s airspace and watch its maritime areas through the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). We also carry out training and exercises together, and remain highly interoperable to meet any challenge.

The CAF contributes to international peace and security by carrying out the full spectrum of operations — from humanitarian assistance, to stabilization missions, to combat operations. We currently serve overseas on 14 missions, and at any given time one third of the deployable force is preparing for, engaged in, or returning from an overseas mission. We show our 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.

Recently, the CAF has made important contributions to the NATO-led assurance measures in Central and Eastern Europe. These contributions include committing a frigate to NATO’s Standing Maritime Forces, contributing aircraft and personnel to training duties in Romania and to NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltic states, and deploying soldiers to Eastern and Central Europe to take part in a variety of training exercises. The CAF is also currently taking part in international efforts to counter the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.

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 gives the private sector an opportunity to participate alongside government in creating conversations that inspire action on leading international challenges and now serves as a permanent body supporting the Halifax International Security Forum. The Halifax Canada Club will be extending membership invitations to select prominent companies and individuals who are respected leaders in their fields 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. Begun with a significant investment from the Government of Canada, the Halifax International Security Forum has gained a reputation as one of the most important international events 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 one of the largest business law firms in the world with 4,200 lawyers in offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. We represent more leading companies in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than any other law firm in the world including more than half of the Fortune 250 and the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. 


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

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.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

Department of National Defence

A Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) acts as Canada’s international contracting and procurement agency. CCC reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade under Schedule III Part I of the Financial Administration Act. The Corporation was established in 1946 to assist in the postwar reconstruction of Europe, with a mandate “to assist in the development of trade between Canada and other nations and to assist persons in Canada to obtain goods or commodities from outside Canada, and to dispose of goods and commodities that are available for export from Canada.

In 1956, the Defence Production Sharing Agreement gave the Corporation additional responsibility as the gateway between the U.S. Department of Defense and Canadian suppliers, a relationship that was soon expanded to include NASA. Since 1978, CCC has operated within the International Trade portfolio of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) along with Export Development Canada.


Department of National Defence

Compañía Inversora Corporativa, S.A. de C.V. (CIC) is a Mexican Holding Organization with more than 50 years of experience in diversified industries, such as:

- Oil & gas
- Renewable energy
- Aviation
- Infrastructure development
- Public Services, and Advertising

CIC’s strategy has grown the group to over 3,000 employees. CIC Group is a managerial leader, establishing its strength by participating with the most effective and committed business professionals in the country, each of whom helped build a world-class group.

Lockheed Martin

Department of National Defence

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. As Canada’s defence partner for 75 years, Lockheed Martin Canada has delivered advanced solutions to our customers’ most challenging and complex problems. By applying the innovative approaches of our highly skilled and experienced Canadian-based workforce, we are a valued and trusted partner in delivering electronic products and systems to all branches of the Forces. We stand ready to continue our support to Canada’s future with advanced technology and solutions for the next 75 years and beyond.

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