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Alain Pellerin

Former Executive Director, C.D.A. and Conference of Defence Associations Institute

Colonel (Ret’d) Alain Pellerin is a former Senior Executive in the Canadian Armed Forces with an impressive 35-year military career.  He has extensive experience in public policy, diplomacy, and problem solving, not only in Canada but also in numerous European countries.

His career with the Department Of National Defence included his appointment with 22ieme Regiment and the Royal Welch Fusiliers (UK), and Command and Staff Appointments in Canada, the UK and Germany. He later served as a Faculty Advisor-Facilitator at the Canadian Forces Staff School, Policy Advisor Peacekeeping at the Directorate of International Policy, Senior Staff Officer Canadian Military Representative to NATO in Brussels, and Director and Deputy Director of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy.

An excellent bilingual communicator and writer with a proven track record as a mediator. He became Chief of Staff at the NATO Defense College following his Military career and ultimately was appointed as Executive Director for the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and Conference of Defence Institute (CDAI) in 1998, where he remained until his retirement in 2014. He currently serves as an ambassador for the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation.

He earned an MA, Summa Cum Laude in International Relations at Boston University; BA, Honours in Economics/Political Science, at the Royal Military College of Canada; a Diploma in Political/Economic/Social/Military Aspects of Collective Security and Defense, at the NATO Defense College; and Executive-level Leadership and Conflict Management one year Course at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.

Colonel (Ret’d) Pellerin was appointed Officer to the Order of Military Merit (O.M.M.) in February 1995. In 2010, he was awarded the Brigadier-General George G. Bell Strategic Leadership Shield Award for Strategic Excellence by the Canadian International Council, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to promoting research in and public awareness of Canada’s defence and security interests, and his dedication to this cause through his outstanding leadership and management of the Conference of Defence associations and its Institute. He was invested into the Order of St. George in 2014.

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As of February 5, 2016, Parks Canada announced that it would no longer be a partner or a supporter in the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and would as well, refuse permission for its construction at the Green Cove site. While the NFNM Foundation remains as a registered charity and continues to accept donations, we would however like to make it abundantly clear, that we are not actively engaged in any and all fundraising activities, that would be specifically intended for the sole purpose of the actual construction of this very same memorial at the Green Cove, or for that matter, at any other alternative and/or suggested sites.

However, we have and will remain strongly committed to our current mandate/goal of “Keeping The Flame Alive” for the sole purpose of achieving the final successful realization of the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and with that, in the creation of Mother Canada at that very same Green Cove site, and one that will forever be in the sanctity and the protection of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.



A warm welcome and please do take a moment to properly review the considerable amount of information that is available on this site.

A great deal of careful attention, planning and research has gone into its creation, and we sincerely hope that you will passionately agree, as we do, that there is indeed an absolutely vital need for this national memorial to be proudly built on Canadian soil.

If so, then we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to contact your local MP to clearly express your strong personal support and enthusiasm for the successful realization of the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and with that, in the patriotic creation of Mother Canada at the Green Cove site, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.