Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT: A day in the life of our Canadian Army soldiers

News Release

September 19, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Close to 400 civilian participants will be immersed in army life during Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT 2017, from September 19 to 22, taking place at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa. This hands-on military experience will give participants a better understanding of how the Canadian Army (CA) is able to be “Scalable, Agile, and Responsive.”

Held annually, Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT provides senior members of the public service and leaders from Canada’s business community a deeper appreciation of the expertise of Canadian soldiers, and how their skills provide the CA with a range of capabilities essential to support a variety of tasks at home and abroad.  

During the exercise, participants will have the opportunity to directly engage with our well-trained, professional soldiers and witness the capabilities of the CA’s equipment by participating in day tours of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa. 

Additional multimedia

 A member of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group consults with a British exchange soldier during exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa in Ontario on September 20, 2016. Photo: Master Corporal Precious Carandang, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs © DND / MND 2016


“Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT 2017 is an extraordinary opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with our stakeholders by showcasing the outstanding professionalism and skill, our soldiers, and the equipment that they use on a day-to-day basis.”

— Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander, Canadian Army

Quick Facts

  • Demonstrations of soldiering skills will cover: weapons familiarization; vehicle operation; engineering demonstrations; and an equipment display. These demonstrations are designed to show participants how the Canadian Army is “Scalable, Agile and Responsive.”

  • Participation in Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT is done via invitation through Canada Company, the Young Presidents Organization, the Business Council of Canada, and the Policy Officer Recruitment Programme. 

  • The main focus of Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT is to connect Canadians with the Canadian Army’s great asset: our soldiers. 

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Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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