Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 21, 2014 10:00 ET

Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff Hosts Annual Meeting With his UK Counterpart

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 21, 2014) - Department of National Defence

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, hosted his counterpart from the United Kingdom this week, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, for the Partners in Defence Dialogue. This annual meeting enables high-level discussions on issues of mutual defence interest, including joint training and exercise opportunities, and the sharing of best practices.

Quick Facts

  • The Partners in Defence Dialogue is an annual military to military discussion which takes place between Canada and the UK, and highlights the active and mutually beneficial bilateral defence partnership between our two countries.
  • The host country rotates from year to year.
  • The last PDD was hosted in London in 2013.
  • The defence relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom is based on strong historical ties and is fostered by close cooperation in international organizations including the United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), among others. Both countries place a high priority on defence and security cooperation, as has been highlighted by operations in Afghanistan and Libya.


"This meeting provided Canada with a tremendous opportunity to exchange information with one of our closest and oldest allies. These discussions enable our nations to strengthen our military relationship, and to advance our work together to meet our common security challenges."

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff

Associated Links

For more information about the Office of the Chief of the Defence Staff, please visit the Chief of Defence Staff website.

For more information about Canada's relationship with the United Kingdom, please consult the following backgrounder entitled Canada-United Kingdom Defence Relations.


19 February 2014
Ottawa, Ontario

General Tom Lawson (left), Chief of the Defence Staff, hosted General Sir Nicholas Houghton (right), United Kingdom Chief of the Defence Staff, for the annual Partners in Defence Dialogue on 19 February, 2014, at National Defence Headquarters, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa.

Photo credit: Cpl Dolores Crampton,
Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) - Imaging Services
©2014 DND-MDN, Canada

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