Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 21, 2010 09:24 ET

Defence Minister Attends IX Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is attending the ninth biennial Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), which is being hosted this year in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He will be accompanied by General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. This conference brings together defence ministers and senior officials from the Americas to discuss common regional defence and security issues.

"Our government is working to promote a vision of democracy, prosperity, and security across our hemisphere," said Minister MacKay. "This conference provides an important opportunity to do just that. By developing and reinforcing key relationships with our defence partners in the Americas, we are reaffirming our commitment to work with our allies to improve the institutions that keep our hemisphere safe and secure."

"Minister MacKay and I are pleased to take the opportunity of this year's conference to introduce to his counterparts the next elected Chair of the Inter-American Defence Board, Major-General Guy Thibault," said Gen. Natynczyk. Maj.-Gen. Thibault, a 32-year veteran of the Canadian Army, begins his two-year term on July 1, 2011. 

The Inter-American Defence Board is a forum of nationally appointed military representatives that provides the Organization of American States and its members with technical and educational advice, and consultancy services, on hemispheric defence matters.

This year, the IX CDMA will focus on the modernization of defence institutions, including the role of civilians, and the improvement of disaster response. For more information on the CDMA please see http://www.cdmamericas.org.

For the biography of Major-General Guy Thibault see: http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dsa-dns/sa-ns/ab/sobv-vbos-eng.asp?mAction=View&mBiographyID=348

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