In its role as the ‘Voice of Defence’, the Conference of Defence Associations (15 Regular Member Associations with a total number of over 400,000 members, as well as a growing number of Associate organizations supporting the Security and Defence sector in Canada. The CDA firmly believes in the importance of public discourse of security and defence needs for Canada as an integral part of the healthy functioning of a democratic society. Founded in , the ) represents promote informed public discourse on national security and defence issues, while advocating for credible security and defence policies and support of the men and women of the Regular and Reserve components of Canada’s Armed Forces.
Enabled by the evidence-based research of its sister-organization – the CDA Institute – the CDA delivers on its mandate through its ‘Outreach’ program to Government, industry, academia, like-minded organizations, and the general public. The ’s ‘Outreach’ program principally consists of the following activities:
- - Meeting with and informing key members of government, key defence officials, opposition parties, defence organizations and policy institutes
- - Keeping key stakeholders and the general public informed on matters of security and defence through electronic distribution of regular briefs, analyses, articles and blogs, and appearances on national and local radio and television
- - Jointly with our sister organization, the planning, organizing and delivering a two-days annual
The CDA National Office acts as a ‘big tent’ organization maintaining continuous contact with its member associations, while promoting their program, activities and events, and representing their overall interests at the national and international level
Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau (Ret’d)
Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Management. After completing his bridge watchkeeping training in Esquimalt, British Columbia, he was assigned to operational ships on the East Coast including positions as Executive Officer of HMCS SKEENA, and in Command of HMCS ATHABASKAN. Following Destroyer Command, he became the first Canadian Naval officer to join NORAD in Colorado Springs, USA, where he served as a Missile Officer in Cheyenne Mountain. He subsequently joined the initial Canadian Military Staff to serve in the United States Space Command, USSPACECOM, at Peterson Air Force Base in 1998.
Vice-Admiral Rouleau completed the Advanced Military Studies Course (AMSC) at the Staff College in Toronto in the fall of 1998. In June 2002 he graduated from the National Security Studies Course (NSSC) and was appointed as Commander of the Fifth Maritime Operational Group and Deputy Fleet Commander (CMOG5) in Halifax. In December 2003, he assumed the responsibilities of Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ Ottawa, and in May 2004, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Director General Maritime Personnel and Readiness.
In the fall of 2005, he was selected for the Standing NATO maritime Group One Commander’s position, and Vice-Admiral Rouleau commanded the Multi-National NATO Force at sea for one year, from January 2006 to January 2007. Upon his return to Canada in the spring of 2007 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed as Chief of Programme at NDHQ, in Ottawa. In June 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.
Vice-Admiral Rouleau was appointed to serve as Canada’s Military Representative to NATO, Brussels in August 2010. He retired in September 2012 after 39 years of service, and currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Libby.
Denis Rouleau took over as Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations on 19 February, 2016.