June 17, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
As a founding nation of NATO, Canada remains a dedicated member of the Alliance and partner in the defence of the North Atlantic region. In a rapidly evolving global security environment, multilateral cooperation within NATO and with external partners is essential in keeping the transatlantic community safe, free, and prosperous, while helping to ensure global peace and stability.
Today, the Minister of National Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan, participated virtually in an engaging panel discussion titled NATO 2030: How to get there? as part of the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Minister’s co-panellists included Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic and Radmila Šekerinska, Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Minister Saijan and his co-panellists discussed key defence and security issues, including NATO 2030, evolving challenges such as climate change and emerging operational domains like cyber, as well as the role of outside stakeholders in helping NATO respond to current and future security threats.
Minister Sajjan spoke about increasing engagement with industry and academia to strengthen technological innovation, and highlighted Canada’s collaboration with Canadian innovators through the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. He emphasized the important role of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in maintaining Canada’s critical infrastructure and resilience, and protecting Canadians from cyber threats. Also, he highlighted the investments made in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence underlining the Government of Canada’s commitment to work closely with industry to provide greater certainty on defence planning and procurement.
Minister Sajjan reiterated Canada’s commitment to helping NATO adapt, strengthening collaboration between Allies, and preserving the Alliance’s unity of purpose. NATO is stronger and more resilient when everyone works together.