Army Commander enhances relationships with partners at Conference of European Armies

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October 27, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, participated in the 25th Annual Conference of European Armies (CEA), in Wiesbaden, Germany from October 25 to 27, 2017. The conference is one of the premier European security cooperation events for senior leaders and contributes to increasing understanding, improving cooperation, and enhancing peace and stability in the region through Army-to-Army engagement.

Lieutenant-General Wynnyk provided remarks on the topic of “European Strategic Challenges: Terrorism and Deterrence” and emphasized implications for resources and capabilities. During the conference, he also engaged with the leadership of various European armies and explored opportunities to enhance multilateral and bilateral cooperation to better position Canada’s respective land forces to confront current and emerging security challenges.

Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s defence policy affirms Canada’s unwavering commitment to long-standing alliances and partnerships. Canada’s participation in conferences like the CEA works towards collaboratively addressing threats abroad in an unpredictable and complex security environment. This is one of many instances in which the Canadian Armed Forces are actively contributing to seek solutions for challenges shared by Canada, its Allies and partners.

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“The Conference of European Armies remains a key multinational engagement opportunity to enhance the Canadian Army’s understanding of the regional issues and the complexity of both current and future international challenges. By reinforcing ties with our European partners, the Canadian Army continues to demonstrate that Canada is a reliable partner in the defence of common interests.”

    —  Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army

Quick Facts

  • The Conference of European Armies is an annual United States Army Europe initiative and serves to build strong international relationships between representatives from over 40 countries.

  • Canada has participated in the Conference of European Armies since its inception in 1992, and it continues to provide the Canadian Army with the opportunity to engage with its European Allies and partners.

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