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2015 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

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 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 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) stand ready to defend Canada.

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Protect Canada and defend its sovereignty; Remain a strong, reliable partner in defence of North America; and Contribute to international peace and security.

Together, DND and the CAF form the Defence Team, which includes 68 000 Regular Forces; 27 000 Reserve Force members (including 5 000 Canadian Rangers who operate in Canada’s North); 24 000 civilian employees. The CAF is a strong and reliable defence partner to the United States, 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. The CAF currently serve overseas on operational missions. Canada shows 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.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first time that Royal Canadian Air Force personnel entered combat in the Second World War. More than 100 Canadians flew in the Battle between July and October 1940, the largest air battle of its time. Historians have described the Battle, which involved almost 3,000 Allied airmen, as a turning point of the Second World War. The victory, referred to by Sir Winston Churchill as Britain’s “finest hour” halted a planned invasion of Great Britain and gave hope to a demoralized Britain and northern Europe. It was the first battle to be won by air power. Canada’s important contribution to the Battle of Britain is but one example of the CAFs’ proud history of defending Canada, its allies, 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 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

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. 

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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.&amp

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 fast and simple acquisition approach that reduces risk and enhances bilateral relationships. CCC reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of International Trade.


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;
Infrastructure development;
Public Services, and

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.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Department of National Defence

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), under the J.D. Irving, Limited Group of companies, builds quality ships and repairs vessels. Headquartered at Halifax Shipyard with four locations throughout the Maritime Provinces, ISI is Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder and, in 2011, was awarded a 30-year military shipbuilding program by the Government of Canada under the merit-based National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Learn more at

Northrop Grumman

Department of National Defence

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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