Defence Leadership Symposium



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent appearance was one of several highlights before civilian and military senior leaders gathered for the two-day Defence Leadership Symposium.

The Symposium, held January 26-27, brought together Defence leadership in Ottawa at the future National Defence Headquarters, the Carling Campus.

The event was also attended by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Associate Defence Minister Kent Hehr, and the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick. In addition, the National Security Advisor and former Defence Deputy Minister, Richard Fadden, spoke about the current and potential national security issues facing Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.


These leadership gatherings occur on a regular basis and provide leaders from across the country have the opportunity to network and discuss Defence strategic priorities and related issues. This year, the Symposium, attended throughout by Deputy Minister John Forster and Chief of the Defence Staff  General Jonathan Vance, focussed on a number of subjects, including defence policy, international security, and mental health.

QUOTES to go with photos CDS and Surgeon General:

“…We must keep the conversation going, we must show support to those who need it and ensure that this doesn’t fade away as an issue.”

—Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff


“The DND culture is one that demands a great deal of its personnel in terms of commitment, performance and tempo. As the senior leaders within DND, you are in a unique position and can foster a change in culture that may change the way in which we approach mental health”.

— BGen Colin MacKay, Surgeon General

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