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Canada and NATO: Global Defence and Security Challenges


The NATO Association of Canada held a conference in Ottawa on Tuesday November 10th at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in the Cadieux Auditorium of the Lester B. Pearson Building at 125 Sussex Drive. The keynote address was delivered by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, the current chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The NATO Association of Canada’s Fall Conference provided an opportunity for members of the Canadian defence community to discuss Canada’s defence engagement in the world, specifically as it related to Canada’s ongoing commitments to NATO and the impact of the 2014 Wales Summit. Representatives from the Department of National Defence, NATO, foreign governments and academics discussed security issues and international collaboration at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa. Several panels and speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities NATO faces in terms of international security, including its ongoing operations in Afghanistan (including the Resolute Support Mission), and the impact of the NATO Readiness Action plan.

Watch as students discuss the impact of attending this conference.

Videography: Magdalena Surma
Editing: Magdalena Surma
Photography: Eric Morse and Magdalena Surma

NATO Association of Canada Conference




Magdalena Surma
Magdalena Surma is currently Canada's NATO Program Contributor and Outreach Coordinator. Former Program Editor of Global Horizons, Magdalena completed a BA in Legal Studies (Honours) and a Masters in Public Service at the University of Waterloo. She also attended Harvard during two summers, where she completed courses in psychology, government, and law. In addition, she successfully completed Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program in Negotiation and Leadership. Magdalena is currently completing an LLB through University of London’s International Program. She is passionate about law, government, and charitable non-profit organizations. As an avid researcher, she hopes to extend her research to investigate women in security while examining society, culture, and international relations. In addition, Magdalena is also passionate about international business and economy. She is very excited about being involved with various projects at NATO, specifically engaging youth and society about international affairs. Apart from a love of politics, Magdalena enjoys fine art, ballet, and classical music.