What a year.

In 2016, a year in which Project Ploughshares marked 40 years of continuous work, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. We were busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and out of government, in Canada and abroad.

Some highlights:

The Colombian government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) reached a comprehensive agreement to end the only remaining conflict of its kind in the Western hemisphere, one which Ploughshares has been tracking for 30 years in our annual Armed Conflicts Report.

Ploughshares supported the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty internationally, in some of the regions most affected by armed violence.

Ploughshares engaged civil society partners and government officials in Canada and beyond to emphasize the urgent need for nuclear abolition and the gravity of the nuclear-weapons threat.
In the area of refugees and forced migration,

Ploughshares conducted research and analysis on the governance and policy implications of the current migration crisis, examining the key drivers of migration, the implications of different categorizations of migrants, and different national responses to the crisis.

I hope you will read through our Annual Report for more highlights of a remarkable year.

Cesar Jaramillo
Executive Director

Established in 1976, Project Ploughshares is an operating division of the Canadian Council of Churches that supports arms reduction and control, nuclear disarmament, space security,
and peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
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Cover photo: Laura Jarriel/UN


Project Ploughshares has been tracking Canadian military exports since its founding in 1976.

Ploughshares’ Canadian Military Industry Database compiles publicly available records of military contracts awarded to Canadian companies as well as annual government records of arms exports to overseas countries.

The purpose for collecting the data is to provide concrete examples on where military export policies or their implementation should be improved so that human rights and other humanitarian concerns are foremost in decision-makers minds.

Throughout 2016, Canadian journalists regularly sought Ploughshares’ research and experts for their reports on Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia. In addition, Ploughshares’ staff published opeds, blogs and reports. All of which contributed to a more informed public debate on this important issue.

"NGOs don’t have to be big to work. Project Ploughshares has been an uncompromising and commanding voice on nuclear disarmament and arms control and rightly measures success in terms of policy impact. The organization assesses its progress in relation to its overall goal of disarmament, rather than to an arbitrary cost-per-capita metric. But these kinds of organizations are becoming the exception, in no small part because they do not cede to political interests, nor are they conveniently positioned for Point of Purchase donation at Walmart.”

- Samantha Nutt
Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid


Nuclear Disarmament


  • Participation in UN-established Open-Ended Working Group to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.
  • Commentary and analysis on latest developments, including proposal to negotiate legally binding prohibition on nuclear weapons.
  • Meetings with officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and the UN High Representative for Disarmament to discuss ways forward on nuclear disarmament.
  • Participation in seminars organized by the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

 Go to the Nuclear Disarmament Page

Conventional Weapons Control 

  • Continued research and analysis concerning Canada’s multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia as well as arms shipments from Canadian-owned Streit Group’s manufacturing facility in UAE to countries such as Sudan, South Sudan and Libya.
  • Close dialogue and collaboration with Global Affairs Canada—including the export controls division and the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs—on Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Statement on behalf of international civil society delegates to the second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Testimony before Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Go to the Conventional Weapons Page

Space Security

  • Managed the production of Space Security Index 2016, the only report of its kind in the world.
  • Organized panel discussion event during UN General Assembly First Committee, in partnership with the Government of Canada.
  • Delivered statement on outer space security to plenary of UN General Assembly First Committee on behalf of international civil society.
  • Gave presentation on key outer space security trends before the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Go to the Space Security Page

Refugees and Forced Migration

  • Produced major research paper on the humanitarian consequences of restrictive migration policies, in partnership with Doctors without Borders.
  • Hosted public panel discussion “Digging deeper: Policy and practitioner responses to the refugee crisis.”
  • Continued research and analysis on governance of migration crisis.

Go to the Refugee and Force Migration Page

Armed Conflicts Report 2017 Highlights 

From January to December 2016,
armed conflicts were waged in

No new conflicts were added to this year’s report, and one conflict was removed.

For the purposes of the annual Armed Conflicts Report, Project Ploughshares defines an armed conflict as: a political conflict in which armed combat involves the armed forces of at least one state (or one or more armed factions seeking to gain control of all or part of the state), and in which at least 1,000 people have been killed by the fighting during the course of the conflict.



Africa hosted 43% of 2016's armed conflicts

The most of any continent.

Africa led in contributions to peacekeeping missions

with 49,164 military, police, and observer deployments.

The United States, China and Saudi Arabia led the world in military spending

Once again, the U.S. outspent all countries by a wide margin, accounting for 40 per cent of global military spending.

In Colombia, FARC rebels and the government reached an agreement to end the country’s 52-year-long civil war

While this agreeement was narrowly rejected by in a popular referendum, a revised agreement was approved by Colombia’s congress on November 24 2016.

Despite the peace agreement, Colombia remained on the 2016 Armed Conflicts Report.

Colombia Conflict Report

In August 2016, after over 40 years of conflict, the National Democratic Front (NDFP) and the Filipino government agreed to a ceasefire and resumed peace talks.

Fewer than 25 CPP/NPA conflict deaths were reported in each of 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Philippines CPP/NPA conflict was thus removed from the ACR in 2016. The Philippines Mindanao conflict remains on the report.

Philippines CPP/NPA Conflict Report

The Syrian conflict, with almost 50,000 fatalities, was the deadliest in 2016.

According to unofficial United Nations figures, total fatalities in Syria—since the conflict began in 2011—have exceeded 400,000.

Syria Conflict Report
Armed conflicts continued to displace people at an alarming rate. According to the UNHCR, over
0 million
people remained displaced worldwide at the end of 2016.

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Governing Committee

Paul Berg-Dick Treasurer, Member-at-large • Paula Butler The United Church of Canada • Bob Clarke Canadian Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends • Rev. Dr. James Christie Chair, Member-at-large • Samir Gassanov, Christian Reformed Church in North America
Debbie Grisdale The Anglican Church of Canada • Kathryn Hare The Presbyterian Church in Canada • Reina Neufeldt Member-at-large • Peter Noteboom Member-at-large Stephanie Brubacher, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada • Colin Read Canadian Unitarian Council •Vacant Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace • Jennifer Wiebe Mennonite Central Committee Canada


Kenneth Epps Policy Advisor on the Arms Trade Treaty • Debbie Hughes Assistant to the Directors • Tasneem Jamal Communications Officer • Cesar Jaramillo Executive Director • Branka Marijan Program Officer • Sonal Marwah Program Officer • Matthew Pupic Director of Finance and Development • Wendy Stocker Publications and Records Management Assistant • Barbara Wagner Financial Assistant • Jessica West Program Officer

Interns and Volunteers

Iseoluwa Christopher Akintunde McGill University • April Bradey University of Adelaide •
Stephen Garber George Washington University • William Gloster University of Adelaide •
Bayar Goswami McGill University • Joel Lisk University of Adelaide • Phillip MacFie The Presbyterian Church in Canada • Maria Manoli McGill University • Nella Pack George Washington University Law School • Soraya Pradhan University of Adelaide • Melissa Rees Wilfrid Laurier University • Jordan Sandel George Washington University Law School • Eng Teong See McGill University • Patrick Segsworth Peace and Human Security Intern • Tom Skevington University of Adelaide • Emelia Zibaei Wilfrid Laurier University

Financial Report 2016 

Operating Fund

Project Ploughshares is audited each year by an independent accounting firm, and accounts are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The audited financial statements are available on request.

Thank You. 

  • Project Ploughshares is grateful to our sponsors. In 2016, 6,000 individuals and organizations, including those listed below, generously provided over three-quarters of our funding.

  • Peace Advocate ($1000 or more)

    Victoria Foundation -The Hugh and Helen Mogensen Fund
    Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
    Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, Saint John
    Congregation of Notre Dame,
    Sisters of Providence, Kingston
    The Daly Foundation, Toronto
    Holy Cross Fathers, Welland
    The Stephen A. Furbacher
    Charitable Trust, Paso Robles

  • Hiroko Alston
    Rev. John R. Barker
    Paul Berg-Dick
    Winifrede W. Burry
    Robert Clarke & Helen Jenks
    Joe Foster
    Margaret Franklin
    Christopher Hart
    Dona J. Harvey & Dr. William Klassen
    Gerda & Gudrun Hesse
    Ellen R. Judd
    Audrey Kenny
    Dr. Scott Kline
  • Gary & Brenda Leis
    Regine Maass
    Ronald MacFarlane
    Catharine Mains
    Robert Malcolmson
    Michael Manley-Casimir
    Ralph C. Martin
    Rick & Nancy Martin
    Rev. Isobel McGregor
    Johanna McKenzie
    Paul & Victoria Midgley
    Ms. Margaret A. Motz
    Mary Anne & Thomas Neufeld
    G. Wayne & Carolyne Pepper
  • Nancy & Ernie Regehr
    Leslie Shanks
    John Siebert & Carolyn Wiens
    Linda & Alan Slavin
    Julie Stobbe
    Karen Tjaden & Rob K.
    Phyllis J. Waters
    John & Jennifer Wiebe
    Anne Winter
    6 anonymous donors
  • Peace Builder ($500 – $999.99)

    LiUNA! 183, Toronto
    Sisters of Holy Cross, Ottawa
    Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton
    Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Toronto
    Sisters of Saint Martha, Antigonish
    The Howard Family Foundation Inc., Saskatoon
    St. Paul’s United Church,
    First Christian Reformed
    Church of Toronto, Toronto
    Meadowlands Fellowship
    Christian Reformed Church,
    Scarboro Foreign Mission
    Society, Scarborough
    Presentation Congregation, St
    John Armstrong
    Margaret Aubert
    Brice Balmer

  • Joan M. Bolt
    Paul Born & Marlene Epp
    Sikko Bosman
    Renee Bozowsky
    Liwana Bringelson & Gloria
    Georgina M. Brunette
    Charlotte & Mac Campbell
    Drs. Juan Carlos Chirgwin &
    Kaberi Dasgupta
    Rick & Louise Cober Bauman
    Robin W. Collins
    Sheila & James Crummey
    Diane Dias
    Leonard Dick
    Dr. Paul Dick, MD
    Otto H. Driedger
    Mrs. Mary Lou Eden
    Judy Eising & Ron
    Anton & Freda Enns
    Gathie Falk
    Nancy Fitch
    Steven Furino & Sabine Behnk
    Samir Gassanov

  • James Goertzen
    Frank & B. Leigh Greaves
    Malcom Griffin & Sharon M.
    Lori Guenther Reesor & Barry Reesor
    Mr. Connor Hannon
    Ted & Judith Hayes
    Gwendolyn L. Hollaar
    Dr. Gordon Hollway
    Dr. David Howe
    Dr. Margaret Hunsberger
    Moira & Roger Hutchinson
    Dr. & Mrs. C. Kenneth Johnstone
    Gerhard Klaassen
    John T. & Alice Klassen
    Ruth Konrad
    Martin A. Kuhn
    Irene Lathe
    Juanita C. MacDonald
    E. Joan McConnell
    R. Bruce McFarlane
    Alex McMillan
    Deirdre Melton
    Robert & Margaret Nally
    David Neufeld & Joy Waters

  • Dr. Elizabeth A. Oliver-Malone
    Diana Partridge
    Genevieve & Donald Patterson
    John K. Rempel
    Celia Rodd & Atul Sharma
    Christine Roulston
    John Rozema
    Lorne Siebert
    Grant Snider & Sharon Cohen
    Frank Testin
    Tom Thomas
    Gordon L. Toombs
    Roger & Cynthia Townshend
    John Thompson
    Steve & Liza van de Hoef
    Anne Van Egmond
    Paul & Mary Anne Vanderham
    Herbert & Barbara Whitney
    Prof G. R. Williams
    Zane M. Williamson
    Alisa & James Wilson
    Dr. Lois Wilson
    19 anonymous donors
  • Peace Partner ($250 – $499.99)

    J. Clarke Medicine Professional
    Corporation, London
    Felician Sisters of St Francis,
    Donald Taves Medicine Professional Corporation,
    Basic Spirit Inc., Pugwash
    Mrs. Mary F. Alexander
    G. F. Andrus
    Halszka Arcisqewska
    Donald Baergen
    Ricardo Bain
    Mr. & Mrs. Michel Basek
    Michael & Janet Bast
    Judith & Stephen Bates
    Dr. Gregory Baum
    Lorna Beairsto
    Scott Beech & Cynthia Lebold
    Mary Beech
    Dr. Marianne Belau
    Ms. Janis Belgum
    Timothy L. Bergen
    Miss Betty Bergin
    Don Best
    Daniel Bigham
    Femmy & Grant Birks
    Janet & Sterling Bjorndahl
    Kenneth Blain
    L. A. Bogert-O’Brien
    Dominique Boisvert
    Doug Brown
    Paul & Shirley Bruer
    Ms. Maaike Buma
    Mrs. Margaret Burkhart
    Bernie Burnett
    Susan K. Burns
    John D. Buttars
    Robert Campbell
    Jenny Carter
    Margaret Casey
    Jean Christie
    The Rev. Dr. James T. Christie
    Carole Christopher & Rick
    Dr. John A. Clark
    Myra Anne Clarke
    James W. & Ardree Clayton
    Penny Coates
    Paul Connelly
    David J. Cooper
    Linda D. Cormick
    Alan W. Craig
    Elizabeth Craigie
    Sheryl Cronk
    Ms. Pamela Cuelenaere
    Lawrence S Cumming
    Lorraine Dansereau
    Greg de Groot-Maggetti
    Beverley Delong
    Michel Desjardins
    Leland H. Donald
    Dr. Walter Dorn
    John G. Dueck

  • Michel A. Duguay
    Margaret & Ross Dumoulin
    Rev. Bill Dyer
    David Edwards
    Margarete Emminghaus
    Elsbeth Epp Moyer
    Daniel & Esther Epp-Tiessen
    Don Evans
    Lowell M. Ewert
    Dr. Dianne Fahselt
    David Fallis
    Victor & Rebecca Fast
    Gillian Faulkner
    Carol Fedrau-Ens
    Mr. & Mrs. Norman Flinton
    George Ford
    Margaret Clare Ford
    Donald E. Forsyth
    John W. Foster
    Don & Wendy Fraser
    Alice Frey
    Thomas M. Fyles
    Louise Gallie
    Mr. Gord Gater
    Alain & Cindy Gaucher
    Mrs. C. Warren Goldring
    Dr. Beverly & Mr. Lou
    Jane Gordon
    Juliette Granger
    Shirley Green
    Lynne & Karl Griffiths-Fulton
    Debbie Grisdale
    Mary I. Groh
    Jacqulin B. Guthrie
    Mr. W.J.N. Haggins
    Ed & Jo-Anne Harder
    Kathryn Hare
    Sarah Harmer
    Richard M. Haughian
    Yvonne H. Heerema
    John O. Hess
    Henry G. Hiebert
    Adam P. Hitchcock
    Mrs. Anne Holloway
    Garth & Maureen Holloway
    Mr. Gordon Horner
    Dr. Robert R. Hudgins
    Juliet Huntly & Michael Cooke
    Marlene A. Hutlet
    Brian Iler
    David P. Jackson
    Colin Jackson
    Darlaine & Burl Jantzen
    Mrs. William J. Johnson
    Dr. Adrian B. Jones
    Mrs. Valerie Joosten
    Mrs. Irma Kaethler
    Brian Kain
    Larry J. Kelly
    Marion D. & Patrick Kerans
    M. Elaine & Wayne Kinsella
    Herb & Nadine Klassen
    Susanna Klassen
    Joel & Haven Klassen
    Sheila & Al Koop
  • David Kraatz
    Tim & Janet Kroeker
    Ted Kuntz
    Anne Lake
    Patrick Landers
    Raymond Larkin
    Alvin A. Lee
    Robert K. & Emily Leland
    Bradley Lennon
    Edward Levinson
    *Cynthia J. Llewellyn
    Mrs. Ruth Loomer
    Gail & Bill Lorimer
    John G. Low
    Duncan J MacDonald
    Mary A. MacEachern
    Rob & Lori Macintosh
    Cathy MacKenzie
    Paul MacKey
    E. M. Iona MacLean
    Sonya Makaroff
    Robert & Nancy Mann
    Muriel Marsten
    Dr. E. Massarelli & Dr. R.
    Ronald J. & Gudrun L. Mathies
    Dr. Tom Mayberry, MD
    Constance Mayor & Don
    James K. McDonald
    Rev. Edwin McDonald
    Ray McGinnis
    Sandra McKendry & Jim
    David Melhorn-Boe
    Ms. L. A. Meloche
    Dr. Mehdi Meshgini
    Paul Meyer
    Rev. Paul Morris
    Joy M. & Dave Morris
    William & Trudy Moul
    Robert Moulton
    E. J. Napier
    Michael Nash
    Dorothy Naylor-Crowder
    Marlene & Robert Neufeld
    Sue Neufeld
    Harold Neufeld & Dorothy Barg Neufeld
    Reina Neufeldt
    Brenda Neuhofer
    Hilde F. Neustaedter
    Gail Newell
    H.H. Newman
    John P. Nickel
    R. Daniel Norman
    Michael Norman
    Vicki Olds
    Eric & Linda Oliver
    Jane Olson
    Albert Orban
    Prof E. M. Orsten
    Marion Overholt
    James Pankratz
    Christopher J. Parfitt & Marg Taylor-Parfitt
  • Barbara Paterson
    Mary Anne Peters
    Lara Petkau
    Walter Pitman
    Matthew Pupic
    Lynne & Jerry Quigley
    Mateen Raazi
    Colin Read
    Hilda M. Regier
    Esther M. Reimer
    Geoffrey Richardson
    Gordon Ritchie
    William & Mary Ann
    Douglas J Roche
    Gordon J. Rogers
    Chris Rolton
    Dr. Donald Ross
    Ellen G. Russell
    Peter Ryall
    Judie Sahadeo
    D. A. Sanderson
    Heidemarie Schroter
    Douglas Scott
    Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar
    Ronald Shirtliff
    Dr. Thomas Shoniker
    Margaret & William Singleton
    Catherine St Pierre
    Allan Stauffer
    Stephen Stewart
    Maurice A. Sullivan
    John & Norma Thiessen
    John D. Thomas
    Steven W. & Mary Anne
    Andrew S. Thompson
    Murray Thomson
    Karen Tjaden & Rob K.
    Jennifer E. Toews
    Alice Valk
    Fred Vock
    Mark & Elisabeth Wagschal
    D. Waldon
    Jewel Walker
    S. P. Walp
    Norm & Marg Warren
    Mark Weber
    Byron & Ann Weber-Becker
    John Whidden
    Jonathan Whistler
    Stephen Whitney
    Rudy & Tena Wiebe
    Martha Wiebe & Dennis
    Jennifer Wiebe
    Ernie & Charlotte Wiens
    Linda & Erwin Wiens
    Dr. Paul F. Wilkinson
    V. Lorraine Williams
    Anne Wills
    Mr. Simon Sipen Wing
    Jane Witherspoon
    Anne Woods
    47 anonymous donors


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*Estate of Joan Arleigh Hadrill
*Estate of Harriet Ruth Mowat
*Estate of Edith M. Fowke

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