Chief Executive Officer
Tony Battista served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 40 years, initially as an enlisted rank and retired as a colonel.
Among his varied national command and staff appointments, he served as Personal Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Commandant of the School of Intelligence and Security in Borden Ontario, the Military Police Academy and the School of Military Intelligence. He was RCAF Provost Marshal and Deputy Commander of the Experimentation Centre in Ottawa, and Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy.
His international appointments include postings to Lahr, Germany, United States Joint Forces Command, and Deputy National Liaison Representative to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation. He served 4 tours as Canadian Defence Attaché to 10 countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Malta).
Tony holds a BA from RMC St. Jean, a MA in War Studies from RMCC Kingston, and was an Associate Professor at RRMC Victoria.
In 2014, he assumed the civilian position of Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of these 2 organizations in February 2016.
He is fluent in English, French, Italian, and German (working knowledge).
Office Manager and Project Officer
Financial Officer and Treasurer
Research Manager and Senior Editor
Business Development and Program Manager
CDA Association Outreach