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.

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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

Position of Executive Director, CDA & CDA Institute

The Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute are welcoming applications for the position of Executive Director which will become open in the first quarter of 2019.   The CDA with over 40 member associations promotes informed public discourse and advocates...


  RETIREMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORCDA INSTITUTE AND CONFERENCE OF DEFENCE ASSOCIATIONS VAdm (Ret’d) Denis Rouleau, Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations Executive Council, and MGen (Ret’d) Daniel Gosselin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the CDA...

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...