Why Attend

In 2016, CANSEC, Canada’s largest defence and security exhibition, welcomed over 11,000 attendees. 

The audience included top level national and international military staff, major procurement officials, and representation from the entire industry supply chain, from large prime contractors to supplying companies. 

CANSEC 2017 will once again showcase leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units. This two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada.

The results of 2016:

  • Over 11,000 unique attendees 
  • 130+ Canadian decision makers
  • 76 foreign decision makers  
  • 300 defence & security suppliers of all sizes exhibiting

CANSEC 2017 will be held at the EY Centre, located at 4899 Uplands Drive in Ottawa, Ontario.

The EY Centre is conveniently located near the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and is just minutes from downtown Ottawa by car or public transit. Map & Directions

As Canada celebrates it's 150 years, excessive city wide volume is expected during the spring of 2017, CADSI recommends you book your accommodations at your earliest convenience.

Who Can Attend

Attendance at all CANSEC events, including the golf tournament, is restricted to CADSI members and government (federal, provincial, municipal, foreign) personnel only.

For Transitioning Canadian Armed Forces Members

CADSI is offering Transitioning Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members complimentary entry to CANSEC 2017. This invitation is a part of CADSI’s commitment to facilitate the future career development of members of the Canadian military who have left active service and to help veterans transition into the workplace.

At CANSEC, transitioning CAF members will get to build their network as they position themselves for a new career as well as view the latest technologies and trends in the defence industry. They can also purchase tickets to attend the CANSEC Evening Reception held on May 31, 2017 from 17:00 – 19:00.


To qualify for this offer

You must be a transitioning CAF member released or retired from CAF in the past two years. You will be required to show your record-of-service card at the CANSEC Registration Desk upon arrival at the event. 

If you are a transitioning CAF members at the rank of LCol and above or of a classification of EX-minus 2 and above and released or retired in the last 12 months, you may be unsure if you are subject to any post-employment restrictions. We recommend you contact the Conflicts of Interest section of the Defence Ethics Programme at or 1-855-447-1112, to ensure that there are no issues with your attendance. In addition, you can refer to the restrictions of the one-year post-employment limitation period under DAOD 7021-2, Post-Employment [].

To register for CANSEC

  1. Click the REGISTER NOW button at the top of the page.
  2. On the CADSI login page:
    1. If you are a Transitioning CAF Member with a profile under the organization name of “Canadian Armed Forces (Ret.)”, enter your Email and Password in the text boxes and click the Login button.
    2. If you don’t have a profile, click the Sign up for free button and follow the steps ensuring you use “Canadian Armed Forces (Ret.)” as your organization name.

NOTE: Once your profile has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email from CADSI and can proceed to the CADSI login page.

NOTE: Some email domains will require a manual approval from CADSI. If you receive an email stating your domain has not been approved, please wait a few days for CADSI’s manual approval to override.

  1.  Proceed with completing your CANSEC online registration.

For further assistance with CANSEC registration, please contact CADSI at 613-235-5337 ext. 42.



Note: Attendance at all CANSEC events, including the golf tournament, is restricted to CADSI members and government (federal, provincial, municipal, foreign) personnel only.