Who We Are

For more than 75 years, the CDA is still the leading national voice on security & defence issues, which have expanded to include national sovereignty, individual liberty and freedom, and developments around the globe which affect the peace and security of Canada.

Member Associations

The CDA is the oldest and most influential advocacy group in Canada’s defence community, consisting of associations from all parts of the country. The CDA expresses its ideas and opinions with a view to influencing government security and defence policy. It is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit organization.

Join Us

Your organization can join today. Become an integral part of our mission in advocating for the best possible security & defence policies for Canada. You will receive the latest news, get to attend topical roundtables and conferences, and engage with a wide range of members from across Canada.

Announcements / Annonces

Welcome to our New Website!!

The CDA has been working for some time to create a website that is more timely, more accurate, more relevant and useful, and easier to read.  It has proven harder than we expected, but we are beginning to see the results of our work, and now you can start to see those...

VAC Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund Grant

Did you know that VAC, through The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, provides grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of Veterans and their families?...

Please send any information about events to sean.mcgrath@cdainstitute.ca

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Ottawa, CDA Institute Roundtable: Canadian Security and Defence When “Trump Cards” Are Being Played 11:00 am
Ottawa, CDA Institute Roundtable: Canadian Security and Defence When “Trump Cards” Are Being Played @ KPMG Offices
Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Moderator: Richard Fadden is a former National Security Advisor and is a member of the CDA Institute Board of Directors. Panelists: Dr Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and[...]
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Ottawa: RoundTable, “Blunt” Talk: Legalised Cannabis when Lives & Livelihoods are at Risk, with LGen Charles Lamarre, Chief of Mil Personnel (CDA Inst) 2:00 pm
Ottawa: RoundTable, “Blunt” Talk: Legalised Cannabis when Lives & Livelihoods are at Risk, with LGen Charles Lamarre, Chief of Mil Personnel (CDA Inst) @ Hill & Knowlton Strategies Offices
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The legal consumption cannabis is soon to be a reality in Canada. While much of the current discussion has centred about the sale of this soon to be legal commodity, the impact on many workplaces,[...]
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Kingston: Graduate Student Symposium (CDAI)
Kingston: Graduate Student Symposium (CDAI)
Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day
See: http://cdainstitute.ca/events/graduate-student-symposium/

The Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence

SAVE THE DATE 12-13 February, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario ~ Fairmont Château Laurier Join decision makers from the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, Public Safety, business, defence and security industry and Academia at the 2019 edition of the Ottawa...