Watch the April 12 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight the:

  • recently launched Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security program;
  • Month of the Military Child; and
  • Respect in the CAF mobile application


Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Lt(N) Jeffrey Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

As outlined in the Strong, Secure, Engaged Defence policy, the Government of Canada is putting a significant focus on innovation.

The recently launched Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program, or IDEaS, sees Defence turning to thinkers across Canada to submit their best innovation solutions to some key challenges facing the Canadian Armed Forces.

Here’s what Eric Fournier, the Director General responsible for the program, had to say about how IDEaS will benefit Canada and the Defence Team:

IDEaS is a great opportunity for Canada, both for the Defence community and the innovation community. For the innovation community having the access to a large source of funding, 1.6 billion dollars over the next 20 years for the defence and security domains, is a great opportunity to help the Defence department solving its challenges.

And for the Defence community having access to the Canadian innovation community is going to support us, is going to help us achieve the results that we need solving our challenges and priorities in the future.

April is the Month of the Military Child, an opportunity to recognize military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

The Defence Team has worked hard over the years to strengthen support for military families. The Military Family Resource Centres provide CAF families with the programs and services, information, and referrals to local services and agencies. The centres also offer special programs for children, such as deployment workshops and emergency childcare in times of crisis.

On April 14th, everyone is encouraged to wear purple to pay tribute to the children of military families for their strength and resilience.

The Respect in the CAF mobile application has recently been updated. Designed for CAF members as part of Operation HONOUR, the app is a digital toolkit that enables access to victim support resources and important educational information, no matter where you are in the world.

Recent improvements include expanded resources for leadership teams, added victim support content, and the addition of 14 new tools and guides. The app is continuously updated to provide the best information and guidance possible, and all Canadian Armed Forces members are strongly encouraged to download it from their app store of choice.

Be a part of the solution, and do your part for the ongoing effort to eliminate sexual misconduct from our ranks.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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