Canada proposes Halifax as North American location for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic


Canada proposes Halifax as North American location for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic


Nov. 18, 2022

Global Korean Post


Hosting one of the NATO DIANA Regional Offices in Canada is expected to bring tangible benefits to Canadian industry and the defence technology sector by encouraging participation from Canadian companies, existing accelerators, and academic and research institutions.


Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced today that Canada is proposing the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, to host the North American Regional Office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). DIANA is a new NATO body that will create a network of innovation sites in North America and Europe, coordinated through one regional office in North America (Canada) and one in Europe, which is co-hosted in London, U.K., by the United Kingdom and Estonia.

The objective of NATO DIANA is to facilitate cooperation between military operators and the Alliance’s best and brightest start-ups, scientific researchers and technology companies to solve critical Allied defence and security problems. With a thriving innovation ecosystem that sustains more than 300 entrepreneurial science and technology start-ups, and as home to several major universities and research centres, as well as Canada’s Atlantic naval fleet, Halifax would serve as an excellent backdrop to support DIANA moving forward.


The establishment of DIANA was agreed by NATO Leaders in 2021, and was formally announced by NATO in April 2022. The network of accelerators and test centres across Allied nations in North America and Europe that will be created under DIANA will concentrate on emerging and disruptive technologies that NATO has identified as priorities, including artificial intelligence, big-data processing, quantum-enabled technologies, autonomy, biotechnology, novel materials, and space. As NATO DIANA advances, these networks and test centres will sharpen the Alliance’s technological edge, and benefit innovators and industry across Canada and the United States.


At the NATO Summit in June 2022, the Prime Minister announced Canada’s intent to host the DIANA North American Regional Office in Canada, and NATO welcomed Canada’s offer. With today’s announcement, Canada is one step closer to delivering.