NATO Association of Canada

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The NATO Association of Canada (NAOC, formerly the Atlantic Council of Canada)[1] is a non-governmental organization founded in 1966 to promote knowledge and understanding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Canada.

NAOC is a member of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, which coordinates some forty similar organizations in other NATO member and Partners for Peace (PfP) nations. The vision of the NAOC is to promote the critical importance in cultural, security and economic terms of the transatlantic relationship among Canada, the United States and the nations of Europe and be the premier sponsor and supporter of NATO in Canada.

The official logo for the NAOC.

The association is headed by the Chairman, the Honorable Hugh Segal, and day-to-day operations are overseen by the President, Robert Baines. The NATO Association operates from its national office in downtown Toronto, Ontario, with a small professional staff, including volunteers and interns.

The association organizes and promotes conferences, seminars, roundtables, speakers’ dinners and lunches as well as an annual Spring Conference in Toronto and a Fall Conference in Ottawa.

The organization also releases 20-25 articles a week, on issues pertaining to peace, prosperity and security in order to better educate Canadians about NATO. [2]

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