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2013 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 partnerhip 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 partnerhip 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 partner 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 (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, by working with diverse com- munities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of 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 announced 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 partnerhip 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 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

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.

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.


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 partnerhip with our teams in order to service our clients most effectively.

Discovery Air

Department of National Defence

Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate over 160 aircraft with our 850 team members, delivering airborne training to the Canadian military; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

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 a global security, aerospace, and information technology company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.

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

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.