NATO Association of Canada

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NATO Association of Canada
NAOC logo.png
TypeRegistered charity
PurposePromote knowledge and understanding of NATO
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
AffiliationsAtlantic Treaty Association
Formerly called
Atlantic Council of Canada

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 Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations. The vision of 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.

As of November 2019, NAOC is headed by its chairman, the Hon. Hugh Segal, and the list of directors counts 51 persons. As of 1 November 2019, day-to-day operations are overseen by the president, Robert Baines. The association operates from its national office at 60 Harbour Street 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. NAOC also releases 15 to 25 articles per week, on issues pertaining to peace, prosperity and security, in order to better educate Canadians about NATO.[2]


  1. ^ "The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence Evidence". Parliament of Canada. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  2. ^ "Articles – NATO Association of Canada". Retrieved 2016-05-27.

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