Major domestic and international developments related to our various areas of work kept us active in 2017. Through public outreach efforts, different publication vehicles, engagement with government officials and civil society colleagues, and participation at numerous key processes, we endeavoured to advance our core mission and long-term objective of a more just, peaceful and secure world.
Some highlights:
On July 7, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by more than 120 states at the United Nations, in what is considered by many stakeholders to be the most consequential nuclear disarmament development in decades. Project Ploughshares , a coalition member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was closely involved with the process that led to the adoption of the treaty the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Three months after its adoption, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that ICAN would be awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts.
With other members of the international Campaign to Stop Killer Robos, Project Ploughshares was present at meetings of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons on lethal autonomous weapons systems in Geneva. There we pushed for a proactive regulatory approach to these emerging weapons systems, including a preemptive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons systems.
The issuance of export permits for the sale of Canadian-made military equipment to Saudi Arabia—one of the worst human rights violators in the world—stands at odds with the claim made by successive Canadian governments that Canada has some of the strongest military export controls in the world. At the same time, Canada has announced its plans to finally accede to the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). During 2017, we continued to monitor Ottawa’s handling of the Saudi arms deal, which will constitute a key measure of its willingness to live up to the objectives, spirit and specific provisions of the ATT.
I invite you to read through our Annual Report for more details on our work last 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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Following the adoption of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July 2017, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of non-governmental organizations that includes Project Ploughshares.

According to the Nobel committee, ICAN “ received the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

Canadian citizen Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, was given the honour of jointly accepting the prize, along with ICAN’s Executive Director Beatrice Fihn, at a ceremony in Oslo in December.

“Hibakusha [survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki] have been part of this campaign from the beginning and they are the ones who brought the humanitarian consequences message already in 1945,” said Fihn. “I really hope that they take this award ... as an award to them as well.”

Thurlow, who was 13 when the United States attacked her city and killed more than 140,000 people, has been a leading figure in ICAN since its launch in 2007 and a supporter—and treasured friend—of Project Ploughshares since our inception.

"I’ve been waiting for this day for seven decades. And I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived. This is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons. To the leaders of countries across the world, I beseech you: if you love this planet, you will sign this treaty. Nuclear weapons have always been immoral. Now they are also illegal. Together, let us go forth and change the world."

- Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima survivor and world-renowned nuclear disarmament advocate on the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons


Nuclear Disarmament

  • Partnered and collaborated with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Participated in the UN negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • Contributed regular commentary and analysis on key developments, including the adoption of the nuclear ban treaty and the position of the Canadian government on this file.
  • Met with government officials from the offices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, among others.

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Conventional Weapons Control 

  • Continued research and analysis of the humanitarian implications of emerging security and military technology.
  • Attended meetings of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in November.
  • Participated in consultations and discussions with Global Affairs Canada on emerging technologies and warfare.
  • Engaged with academic researchers at a workshop on artificial intelligence (AI) at the University of Ottawa and seminars on AI ethics at the University of Waterloo.
  • Shared information with international and domestic civil society and community organizations.

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Space Security

  • Produced Space Security Index 2017, the only report of its kind in the world.
  • Organized panel discussion 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.

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Refugees and Forced Migration

  • Joined with The Canadian Council of Churches, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and Amnesty International in partnering with an individual litigant and her children to ask the Federal Court to strike down the Safe Third Country Agreement.
  • Continued research and analysis on conflict-induced forced migration and governance of migration crisis .
  • Participated in workshops and conferences on forced migration.

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Arms Trade

  • Continued research and analysis on Canada’s multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
  • Participated in the 3rd Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Raised awareness of shortcomings of proposed legislation for Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty (Bill C-47), in collaboration with a coalition of Canadian civil society groups involved in human rights, disarmament, and development.
  • Testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on Canada’s arms trade. 

Armed Conflicts Report 2017 Highlights 

In 2017, the overall condition worsened for
of the 28 countries we track.

The number of civilian deaths from explosive weapons -
- was 42 per cent higher than for the period of 2008-2012.

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.


According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute major weapons sales for the period 2013-2017...

...were 10 per cent higher than for the period 2008-2012.

Children are increasingly targeted...

...used as shields, and recruited to fight.

Important strides were made in the Colombian peace process, but implementation of the 2016 peace deal was fraught.

In June 2017, the United Nations Mission in Colombia certified that more than 7,000 FARC rebels had handed over their weapons and demobilized. By the end of the year, approximately 11,000 former rebels had disarmed.

According to the United Nations, more than 100 human rights activists and community leaders were killed in 2017 by hitmen, most in former rebel-controlled regions.

Syria remained the bloodiest conflict, although the death toll was lower than in 2016.

Reports indicate that 39,000 people, including 10,507 civilians, were killed in 2017. As well, 6.1-million people were internally displaced and more than 5.6-million were refugees.

Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict in Yemen.

Between March 2015 and December 2017, 5,000 children have died in the violence—an average of 5 children a day.

In Afghanistan, children accounted for 30 per cent of all civilian casualties.

In 2017, 10 of the 13 major food crises were conflict driven.

Food insecurity because of conflict was particularly acute in Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan.

From January to December 2017
0 armed conflicts
were waging in 25 countries.

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Governing Committee

Paul Berg-Dick Treasurer, Member-at-large • Paula Butler The United Church of Canada • Bob Clarke Vice Chair, 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 (ended April 2017) • Kathryn Hare The Presbyterian Church in Canada • Dwayne Hodgson The Anglican Church of Canada (started April 2017) • 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 Donor Services Administration • Jessica West Program Officer

Interns and Volunteers

Upasana Dasgupta McGill University • Chloe Evans University of Adelaide • Bayar Goswami McGill University • Ryan Green George Washington University • Tomas Hrozensky George Washington University • Taylor House Wilfrid Laurier University • Jack Kiraly George Washington University • Cody Knipfer George Washington University • Shannon LaFontaine University of Adelaide • Stephanie Lee Wilfrid Laurier University • Joel Lisk University of Adelaide • Caitlin Marshall University of Adelaide • Sebastian Murdoch-Gibson Peace and Human Security Intern • Dhananga Pathirana McGill University • Emily Pittman Wilfrid Laurier University • Lukas Price University of Adelaide • Amanda Reath Wilfrid Laurier University • Brian Rose George Washington University • Lisa Saloukvadze University of Adelaide • Maria (Benjamin) Skinner Multimedia Intern

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. 

In 2017, thousands of individuals, organizations, and churches, including those listed in the following pages, generously provided over three-quarters of our funding.

We are also grateful to our sponsoring churches and to The Simons Foundation in Vancouver for its generous financial support.

  • Peace Advocate ($1000 or more)

    The Stephen A. Furbacher Charitable Trust, Paso Robles
    Holy Cross Fathers, Welland
    Mersynergy Charitable Foundation, St. Jacobs
    Scarboro Foreign Mission Society, Scarboro
    Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, Saint John
    St. Paul’s United Church
    Sisters of Providence, Kingston
    Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
    Community Foundation of Ottawa
    The Daly Foundation, Toronto

  • Rev John R. Barker
    Winifrede W. Burry
    The Rev. Dr. James T. Christie
    Robert Clarke & Helen Jenks Clarke
    Judy Eising & Ron Groenenberg
    Matthew Endicott
    Dr. Dianne Fahselt
    Carol Fedrau-Ens
    Margaret Franklin
    Steven Furino & Sabine Behnk
    Samir Gassanov
    Dona J. Harvey & Dr. William Klassen
    Gerda & Gudrun Hesse
    Ellen R. Judd

  • Audrey Kenny
    Jacqueline Langlois
    Gary & Brenda Leis
    Ronald MacFarlane
    Catharine Mains
    Robert Malcolmson
    Michael Manley-Casimir
    Ralph C. Martin
    Evelyn & Bob Mayo
    E. Joan McConnell
    Johanna McKenzie
    Ms. Margaret A. Motz
    G. Wayne & Carolyne Pepper
    Lara Petkau

  • Colin Read
    Nancy & Ernie Regehr
    Leslie Shanks
    John Siebert & Carolyn Wiens
    Julie Stobbe
    Setsuko Thurlow
    Karen Tjaden & Rob K. McClement
    Gordon L. Toombs
    Phyllis J. Waters
    John & Jennifer Wiebe
    Anne Winter
    6 anonymous donors

  • Peace Builder ($500 – $999.99)

    St. Paul’s United Church, Dundas
    Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton
    First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto
    Sisters of Saint Martha, Antigonish
    Congregation of Notre Dame, Bedford
    The Howard Family Foundation Inc., Saskatoon
    John Armstrong
    Margaret Aubert
    Brice Balmer
    Paul Born & Marlene Epp
    Renee Bozowsky
    Liwana Bringelson & Gloria Nafziger
    Georgina M. Brunette
    Drs. Juan Carlos Chirgwin & Kaberi Dasgupta
    Dr. Julie Clarke
    Rick & Louise Cober Bauman
    Robin W. Collins
    Sheila & James Crummey

  • Gerard Daechsel
    John Deacon
    Dale Dewar
    Diane Dias
    Leonard Dick
    Dr. Paul Dick, MD
    Otto H. Driedger
    Mrs. Mary Lou Eden
    Anton & Freda Enns
    David Fallis
    Nancy Fitch
    James Goertzen
    Jane Gordon
    Frank & B. Leigh Greaves
    Lori Guenther Reesor & Barry Reesor
    Karen Hamilton
    Mr. Connor Hannon
    Kathryn Hare
    Gwendolyn L. Hollaar
    Dr. Gordon Hollway
    Dr. David Howe
    Dr. Margaret Hunsberger

  • Moira & Roger Hutchinson
    Dr. & Mrs. C. Kenneth Johnstone
    Marion D. & Patrick Kerans
    Ruth Konrad
    Bradley Lennon
    Juanita C. MacDonald
    Ronald J. & Gudrun L. Mathies
    Constance Mayor & Don Balanoff
    R. Bruce McFarlane
    Ray McGinnis
    Rev. Isobel McGregor
    Bill & Rosemarie McMechan
    David Melhorn-Boe
    Deirdre Melton
    Paul & Victoria Midgley
    Charlene Morton
    Robert & Margaret Nally
    David Neufeld & Joy Waters
    Peter Noteboom
    Diana Partridge
    James & Sheila Reesor
    John K. Rempel

  • Christine Roulston
    John Rozema
    Frank A. Russell
    Lorne Siebert
    Linda & Alan Slavin
    Mr. James Stayer
    Susan and Robert Burns Fund
    Frank Testin
    Tom Thomas
    John Thompson
    Jennifer E. Toews
    Roger & Cynthia Townshend
    Steve & Liza van de Hoef
    Anne Van Egmond
    Kathleen Wallace-Deering
    Jennifer Wiebe
    Ernie & Charlotte Wiens
    Prof. George R. Williams
    Dr. Lois Wilson
    Alisa & James Wilson
    17 anonymous donors

  • Peace Partner ($250 – $499.99)

    Sisters of Holy Cross, Cornwall
    Felician Sisters of St. Francis, Mississauga
    Donald Taves Medicine Professional Corporation, London
    Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Toronto
    Basic Spirit Inc., Pugwash
    Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo
    Vancity Community Foundation, Vancouver
    Mr. Thomas P. Alburger
    Mrs. Mary F. Alexander
    James & Wendy Anderson
    G. F. Andrus
    Donald Baergen
    Ricardo Bain
    Mr. & Mrs. Michel Basek
    Michael & Janet Bast
    Lorna Beairsto
    Scott Beech & Cynthia Lebold
    Mary Beech
    Dr. Marianne Belau
    Ms. Janis Belgum
    Timothy L. Bergen
    Don Best
    Femmy & Grant Birks
    Janet & Sterling Bjorndahl
    Kenneth Blain
    L. A. Bogert-O’Brien
    Dominique Boisvert
    Isabel Bouchard
    Lorne Brandt
    Kim Bright
    Doug Brown
    Paul & Shirley Bruer
    Ms. Maaike Buma
    Dorothy Butler
    Charlotte & Mac Campbell
    Jenny Carter
    Margaret Casey
    Jean Christie
    Carole Christopher & Rick Pollay
    Myra Anne Clarke
    Penny Coates
    Paul Connelly
    Linda D. Cormick
    Alan W. Craig
    Elizabeth Craigie
    Sheryl Cronk
    Ms. Pamela Cuelenaere
    Lawrence S. Cumming
    Gerard Daechsel
    Greg de Groot-Maggetti
    Michel Desjardins
    Leland H. Donald
    Margaret & Ross Dumoulin
    Ernest G. Dyck
    Rev. Bill Dyer
    David Edwards
    Margarete Emminghaus

  • Michael Ensley
    Elsbeth Epp Moyer
    Ken Epps
    Daniel & Esther Epp-Tiessen
    Don Evans
    Victor & Rebecca Fast
    Katie Fitzrandolph
    Marian Flinton
    George Ford
    Margaret Clare Ford
    Donald E. Forsyth
    John W. Foster
    Heather Franklyn
    Eduard & Christine Frensch
    Sara R. Frisch
    Alice Frey
    Robert Fulton
    Louise Gallie
    Mr. Gord Gater
    Dr. Beverly & Mr Lou Goodwin
    Juliette Granger
    Shirley Green
    Paul Gregory
    Malcom Griffin & Sharon M. Thompson
    Lynne & Karl Griffiths-Fulton
    Mary I. Groh
    Mr. W.J.N. Haggins
    Ed & Jo-Anne Harder
    Sarah Harmer
    R. Cole Harris
    Chris Hart
    Richard M. Haughian
    Ted & Judith Hayes
    Edward Healy
    Yvonne H. Heerema
    Dr. Ole Hendrickson
    Margaret & Carl Hennig
    John O. Hess
    Henry G. Hiebert
    Ernie J. Hildebrand
    Dr. P. Geoffrey Hodgetts
    Mrs. Anne Holloway
    Mr. Gordon Horner
    Dr. Robert R. Hudgins
    Mrs. Marguerite Hunt
    Juliet Huntly & Michael Cooke
    Marlene A. Hutlet
    Brian Iler
    David P. Jackson
    Colin Jackson
    Darlaine & Burl Jantzen
    Mrs. Doris Johnson
    Dr. Adrian B. Jones
    Mrs. Valerie Joosten
    Mrs. Irma Kaethler
    Larry J. Kelly
    Charles King
    M. Elaine & Wayne Kinsella
    Herb & Nadine Klassen
    Joel & Haven Klassen
    Sheila & Al Koop

  • Tim & Janet Kroeker
    Ted Kuntz
    Ronald W. Kushnier
    Anne Lake
    Patrick Landers
    Raymond Larkin
    Alvin A. Lee
    Edward Levinson
    Dr. Joel Lexchin
    Gail & Bill Lorimer
    John G. Low
    Dr. George MacDougall
    Mary A. MacEachern
    Cathy MacKenzie
    Paul MacKey
    E. M. Iona MacLean
    Robert & Nancy Mann
    Muriel Marsten
    Ralph C. Martin
    Dr. E. Massarelli & Dr. R. Thomas
    Dr. Tom Mayberry, MD
    James K. McDonald
    Alex McMillan
    Ray McGinnis
    Dr. Mehdi Meshgini
    Paul Meyer
    Charles D. Moore
    Joy M. & Dave Morris
    Robert Moulton
    Gerald Musselman
    E. J. Napier
    Michael Nash
    Marlene & Robert Neufeld
    Sue Neufeld
    Harold Neufeld & Dorothy Barg Neufeld
    Dr. Reina Neufeldt
    Brenda Neuhofer
    Jan Neuman
    Hilde F. Neustaedter
    Gail Newell
    H. H. Newman
    R. Daniel Norman
    Michael Norman
    Liisa L. North
    Peter Noteboom & Jeannette Romkema
    Jennifer Nussey
    Vicki Olds
    Eric & Linda Oliver
    Jane Olson
    Albert Orban
    Prof. E. M. Orsten
    Marion Overholt
    Alan & Alice Pallett
    James Pankratz
    Barbara Paterson
    Mary Anne Peters
    Lara Petkau
    Walter Pitman
    Sylvia Preto
    Matthew Pupic
    Lynne & Jerry Quigley

  • Judith Quinn & Guy Lallemand
    Colin Read
    Bob Reid
    Hilda M. Regier
    Esther M. Reimer
    Geoffrey Richardson
    Gordon Ritchie
    William & Mary Ann Robertson
    Celia Rodd & Atul Sharma
    Chris Rolton
    Dr. Donald Ross
    Ellen G. Russell
    Peter Ryall
    Judie Sahadeo
    D. A. Sanderson
    Rod & Janet Saunders
    David Schulze
    Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar
    Dr. Thomas Shoniker
    Margaret & William Singleton
    Dr. Jean Skillman
    Judith E. Skinner
    Catherine St Pierre
    Allan Stauffer
    Stephen Stewart
    John & Norma Thiessen
    John D. Thomas
    Steven W. & Mary Anne Thomas
    John Thompson
    Andrew S. Thompson
    Murray Thomson
    Fred Vock
    Allan H. Wachowich
    Mark & Elisabeth Wagschal
    D. Waldon
    Jewel Walker
    S. P. Walp
    Norm & Marg Warren
    Mark Weber
    Byron & Ann Weber-Becker
    Robert Weekes
    John Whidden
    Jonathan Whistler
    Herbert & Barbara Whitney
    Stephen Whitney
    Melvin G. Wiebe
    Martha Wiebe & Dennis Gruending
    Rudy & Tena Wiebe
    Walter Wiebe
    Linda & Erwin Wiens
    Dr. Paul F. Wilkinson
    Lorraine V. Williams
    Anne Wills
    Mr. Simon Sipen Wing
    Jane Witherspoon
    Dr. J. Wood
    Anne Woods
    Marc Zwelling
    57 anonymous donors


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