Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, participated in the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA) in Washington D.C, United States from November 6 to 9, 2017. The Commander’s Conference of American Armies is an opportunity for Army leaders from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to meet to discuss areas of mutual interest and share lessons learned. The conference contributes to the security and democratic development of member countries from a military perspective.
During the conference, Army Commanders reflect on the work of the past cycle and provide guidance for the execution of the next two-year cycle. While at the conference, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk conducted bilateral meetings with several partner nations from within the region.
Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s defence policyaffirms Canada’s unwavering commitment to long-standing alliances and partnerships. Canada’s participation in conferences like the CCAA works towards collaboratively addressing hemispheric security challenges shared by Canada, its Allies and partners.
“I commend the Conference of American Armies members for their achievements during the 32nd cycle and look forward to the productive discussions in the next cycle. This long-term and active multilateral dialogue allows member nations to better understand and identify the needs, challenges, and areas for potential collaboration. Canada is a committed partner in these efforts and will continue to work with member nations to address the complex security challenges of today and tomorrow in a manner that promotes partnerships and cooperation.”
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army
of American Armies (CAA) is an international military organization comprised and run by the Armies of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean with authorization from their respective governments. The CAA operates independently under its own by-laws approved by the member army commanders.
Founded in 1960, the aim of the Conference of American Armies is the analysis, debate, and exchange of ideas and experiences related to matters of common interest in the field of defence.
The Conference of American Armies presently consists of 21 Member Armies, four Observer Armies, one Special Observer Army, and two Observer International Organizations.
The Conference of American Armies (CAA) leadership, known as the Permanent Executive Secretariat of the CAA, changes voluntarily every two years among the Member Armies.
The Conference of American Armies (CAA) functions over a two-year cycle as a series of Specialized Conferences, Ad Hoc Meetings, and Exercises, which support a Mandatory Theme approved by the Member Army Commanders. The CAA culminates at a Commanders’ Conference of American Armies at the end of the cycle. It is currently in its 32nd Cycle.