The findings of a special report on Canada and Australia cooperation in the Asia-Pacific will be presented at the CDA Institute’s 2014 Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security.

Published by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), the special report is the culmination of a year-and-a-half joint study led by CIGI Distinguished Fellow Leonard Edwards and ASPI Executive Director Peter Jennings.

The report, influenced by intensive consultations with key regional experts and policymakers in the Asia-Pacific, includes recommendations on how the two countries should strengthen regional security, bolster regional governance mechanisms, enhance bilateral defence cooperation, and boost defence industry and economic cooperation.

Members of the media interested in covering the launch of this special report should email Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected].

The report will also be presented at the 2014 Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Melbourne, Australia.

Speakers at Launch of Special Report

  • Fen Osler Hampson, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program
  • Leonard Edwards, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and CIGI Distinguished Fellow
  • Colonel (ret’d) John Blaxland, Senior Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University
  • Commodore (ret’d) Eric Lerhe, former commander, Canadian Fleet Pacific


Special Report Launch at the 2014 Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security, panel discussion on Canada-Australia Security in the Asia-Pacific

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
1 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ontario


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]  

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