Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence
March 7-8, 2024
In person at the Ottawa Fairmont Château Laurier or Virtually Around the Globe
The Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence is the largest and longest-standing event of its kind in Canada.
Among its 2,000 registered guests, people in the room include Senators, Members of Parliament, senior public servants from 20 different government departments and agencies, foreign dignitaries, a large and senior delegation from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence, as well as industry and academia.
Founded in 1932, the Conference of Defence Associations is a umbrella organization for 45 member associations who represent over 400,000 active and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Meet the decision-makers. Engage with a community of thought leaders in defence & security.
- Gain geostrategic insight for better informed future business decisions.
- Gather the timeliest expert threat analysis and understanding of technological developments.
- Showcase your products and solutions by purchasing an exhibitor table.
- Military personnel and dignitaries from around the world will be present to meet and engage with.
Transatlantic Security Cooperation | Indo-Pacific | Readiness | Recruitment & Retention | Policing | Arctic Security & NORAD | Artificial Intelligence | NATO | Technological Innovation | Foreign Interference | Global Realignment | Climate & Domestic Emergency Response
National Security in Times of Great Peril
What would it take? A majority of Canadians do not support greater investment in the military and the broader security sector, despite a clear deterioration in the state of global peace and security, with the first war of conquest breaking out in Europe since 1939, foreign assassinations on Canadian soil, wars raging in Gaza and the Sahel, and the impacts of climate change calling our forces to action more often domestically than ever before. Deliveries of equipment are late to need. Our allies are concerned about our commitment. We are left on the sidelines of global decision-making. It is hard to imagine a greater gap between the reality of threats and our general consciousness of and reaction to them.
Building on one another, they include the weaponization of artificial intelligence; a personnel shortage in public safety and military roles; a lost ability to forge political consensus around security & defence; the rise and execution of powerful global revisionism; burden sharing woes shaking the NATO alliance; and a wavering of support to Ukraine, intertwined with foreign disinformation campaigns sowing disunity and undermining our will to uphold justice and human rights.
The question cannot be simply what needs to be done but, more urgently, what can be done with the capacity we have now rather than an ideal future capacity we might never get. Given the gap between what Canada can do and what it will be called upon to do, our nation will necessarily find itself facing heart-wrenching trade-offs with life and death consequences.
Our moderators will propose conversations on how together we can flip the tide by leveraging the very forces we are up against in offsetting the risks they present. Can the pain of burden sharing among allies be offset with greater specialization and can we build the trust and interoperability so that together we fill one another’s capability gaps? Knowing that climate action can serve as a powerful call to service, can we better engage younger generations into serving in the security sector workforce? How can we instrumentalize A.I. to reduce the costs of force projection? Is it better to choose the “best in class” or the “fit to purpose” when making materiel decisions? Should our future forces be maximized towards both expeditionary and domestic capabilities by design?
The challenges ahead are novel and intimidating in their compounding effect. However, they are not insurmountable, insofar as we uncover and utilise the underlying leverage at our disposal and prioritize diligently. Most importantly though, is to shape and communicate a strong wake-up call for Canadians and their political leaders.
Ottawa Conference Exhibitions and Sponsorships
Join us at the Ottawa Conference Exhibitions to maximize your company’s exposure and networking potential. Our event offers tabletop exhibitors exclusive opportunities to connect with attendees throughout the two-day, in-person conference. You can engage with participants during morning opening networking sessions, health breaks, luncheons, and the renowned Ottawa Conference Reception. By becoming an exhibitor, you’ll also receive complimentary registrations, gain onsite visibility, access consent to share lists*, enjoy the convenience of a private exhibitor meeting room, and leverage exceptional branding opportunities to captivate both our in-person and global online audience. Please note that space is limited, so secure your spot now.
Furthermore, consider elevating your company’s presence by becoming a sponsor of the Ottawa Conference. This sponsorship not only enhances your networking prospects but also boosts your visibility on both a Canadian and global scale.
For more information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at OC, contact Jennifer Giguere at email@example.com.
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The Honourable Andris Sprūds
Minister for Defence, Republic of Latvia
Former Canadian Ambassador to NATO
Board Member of the CDA Institute
Stéfanie von Hlatky
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Security, and the Armed Forces
Fellow, Centre for International and Defence Policy
Full Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University
Vice-Chair of the Board for the CDA Institute
Former Associate Deputy Minister, Department of National Defence, Canadian Diplomat and Ambassador
Lieutenant-General Guy R. Thibault, CMM, MSC, CD (Ret'd)
Chair of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute
Former Vice Chief Of The Defence Staff
Dr. Youri Cormier
Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute
Adjunct Professor at the Royal Canadian Military College