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 for credible national security and defence policies in Canada.   The CDA Institute is an independent and non-partisan research organization that provides relevant, authoritative and timely contributions to enable informed debate on security, defence and military issues.   Both the Association and Institute are not-for-profit organizations.

The successful candidate will act as Executive Director for both the CDA ( and the CDA Institute (    The ED is accountable to the CDA Executive Council and the Institute’s Board of Directors for delivering each organization’s programs.   As the senior member of a small but talented full and part-time staff at the National Office in Ottawa and a growing network of volunteers, the ED is responsible for providing strategic leadership to achieve multi-year and annual objectives.  (S)he does so working collaboratively with the two organizations’ governance and advisory bodies, a wide range of defence stakeholders, including corporate sponsors, and the staff and volunteer team in order to fulfill each organization’s mandate and objectives while continually seeking to increase sponsorship and the revenues that will enhance research and expand programs.

A good understanding of the Canadian defence and security sector is essential for the desired candidate as is a demonstrated ability to plan, organize and lead high profile activities such as: The Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence; The Vimy Award Gala; the Graduate Student Symposium; as well as the ongoing Institute research program.  Important personal qualities include excellent interpersonal and strategic communications skills and the ability to build effective relations with politicians, senior government officials and military leaders.   The position of ED demands a collaborative and cooperative leadership style in order to develop and sustain partnerships with industry, academia, international institutions and other stakeholders.  The successful candidate will be a good public speaker able to communicate in both official languages and at ease representing CDA and the Institute in media engagements.

CDA and the Institute are looking for an ED that will prove to be an innovative and skilled business developer, program planner and financial manager with the ability to continually deliver programs of exceptional value as perceived by donors, sponsors, stakeholders and clients.    The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in developing strategies and business plans and a strong track record of building relationships across diverse groups of stakeholders.   An understanding of corporate board governance and experience with fundraising and revenue generation would be considered assets.

Applicants interested in finding out more about this unique leadership opportunity can contact Matthew Overton at 613-236-9903 or are asked to submit a curriculum-vitae, the names and contacts of three references and a letter of introduction highlighting interest in the position as well as availability and salary expectations.  Applications are requested in a single pdf document sent to  Consideration of complete applications will begin 15 January 2019 and continue until the position is filled.   Interviews with select candidates are expected to take place 4-5 February 2019.