Our ASsociation

The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is the national industry voice of more than 800 Canadian defence and security companies that produce world-class goods, services and technologies made across Canada and sought the world over. The industries contribute to the employment of more than 63,000 Canadians and generate $10 billion in annual revenues, roughly 60 per cent of which come from exports.

CADSI is committed to:

  • Bringing together companies that develop and deliver the best defence and security goods, services and technologies the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, and Canada‚Äôs security service providers need to keep Canadians safe and secure on a daily basis;
  • Working as a thoughtful, trusted and reliable partner with the Government of Canada to openly and honestly articulates the needs and concerns of our industries; 
  • Providing a platform for our members to interact with governments in Canada and abroad to showcase the world-class goods, services and technologies developed and produced by Canadian defence and security companies so that they can compete globally; and
  • Demonstrating to Canadians the innovative and world-class goods, services and technologies our members offer to help build a prosperous and stronger Canada for all.

CADSI has a dedicated team based in Ottawa, Ontario who work on events in Canada and internationally, advocacy, and member relations. The team, led by CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani, is further guided by our Board of Directors and supported by Operating Committees.

The concept of CADSI first came to being in 1991 with the founding of the Canadian Defence Preparedness Association. The association became known as Canadian Defence Industry Association in 1998. It grew to include security and changed to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries in 2001.