The first-ever #WeAreNATO Summit in partnership with Connect Model United Nations and sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division took place between 23rd and 25th of November 2018. Sixty high school students from all over the lower mainland gathered at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel to simulate NATO’s decision-making processes and experience crisis resolution at the expert level to see how the NATO structure resolves security and political issues.
The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished guests with a military, policy, and academic background stressing the importance for students to attend summits like #WeAreNATO to enhance their understanding of public diplomacy and decision-making policies. Brigadier General Jay Janzen spoke to the students on NATO’s relationship with Canada and Canada’s role in the world. Students also heard from Karun Prakash, a policy advisor for the Department of National Defence, Retd Major Patrick Rechner and Dr. Alexander Moens on NATO values and contemporary challenges.