Cesar Jaramillo

Several overlapping international security challenges demanded the concerted attention of Project Ploughshares during 2019. And while much work remains to be done in 2020 and beyond, I am exceptionally proud of the work carried out by our capable and committed staff throughout the year.

With a troubling global security landscape as backdrop, we continued to produce evidence-based research and to communicate the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in Canada and abroad. With credible analysis, effective outreach, and strategic partnerships as key priorities for each of our program areas, we endeavoured to advance our core mission and long-term objective of a more just, peaceful, and secure world.

At the start of 2020, the diplomatic calendar for matters of international security, like so many facets of human activity, was severely upended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that compelled us at Project Ploughshares to think creatively about the best ways to continue advancing our objectives during uncertain times.

We are prioritizing disarmament education and public engagement, including through the organization of a series of public webinars. We are sustaining and nurturing key partnerships with likeminded organizations around the world. We remain active participants in international coalitions, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the International Network on Explosive Weapons, Control Arms, and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. And we will continue to pursue regular engagement with Canadian government officials.

I invite you to read through our Annual Report for details on the work we carried out during 2019.

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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PROJECT PLOUGHSHARES is a Canadian peace research institute with a focus on disarmament efforts and international security, specifically related to the arms trade, emerging military and security technologies, nuclear weapons, and outer space.

Project Ploughshares is the peace research institute of The Canadian Council of Churches.

Project Ploughshares operates out of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College on the University of Waterloo campus. The CPA is home to University of Waterloo faculty and graduate students, as well as peace-oriented entrepreneurs and established local peacebuilding organizations.

Policy work and program implementation are often carried out in collaboration with other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), in Canada and internationally.

Project Ploughshares is a member of the following groups:

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
Control Arms
Canadian Defence and Security Network
Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
International Action Network on Small Arms
International Network on Explosive Weapons
Canadian Council for International Co-operation


Nuclear Weapons

As nearly 14,000 nuclear weapons remain in existence, arguments in favour of the purported benefits of possessing nuclear weapons are being challenged by a renewed emphasis on the humanitarian imperative for disarmament. Among key challenges, the breakdown in the strategic relationship between Russia and the United States, the pursuit of a Mideast zone free of weapons of mass destruction, the overt nuclear deterrence policy endorsed by all NATO members, and the growing impatience by non-nuclear-weapon states over the lack of credible progress toward nuclear abolition underscore the precariousness of the global nuclear disarmament regime.

In 2019 Ploughshares staff:

  • attended the third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) (May), as well as the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (November). Project Ploughshares met with the Canadian delegation to each of these meetings to discuss prospects for nuclear disarmament;
  • collaborated with domestic and international networks working on nuclear disarmament, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, SEHLAC, Canadian Pugwash Group, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention and the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons;
  • participated in the conference “Speeding towards the Abyss” at the University of Ottawa and presented on key challenges facing the multilateral disarmament regime (October);
  • produced commentary and analysis, including on the Iran nuclear deal and on the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on nuclear disarmament efforts.

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Conventional Weapons Control

The global trade in conventional weapons fuels armed conflict, props up tyrannical regimes, and contributes to the destruction of the lived and natural environment. For more than four decades, Project Ploughshares has been collecting and sharing data on the Canadian trade and transfer of conventional weapon systems. Ploughshares research and analysis aims to curb irresponsible arms sales, monitor Canada’s adherence to export controls, and support multilateral efforts to reduce the humanitarian threats posed by the global arms trade.

In 2019 Ploughshares staff:

  • welcomed Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty, after years of data-driven advocacy to the Canadian government;
    attended the 5th Conference of States Parties on the Arms Trade Treaty (August), as well as related Preparatory Committee meetings;
  • continued challenging Canada’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia, with analysis appearing in more than a dozen Canadian and foreign publications;
  • deepened their involvement with the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) and were directly involved in the multilateral process to develop a political declaration addressing the harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

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Space Security

Earth is becoming more and more reliant on outer space for social, scientific, and economic benefits at a time when no clear regulations exist to prevent an arms race in outer space.

In 2019 Ploughshares staff:

advocated against the establishment of space forces and warfighting in space to members of the Conference on Disarmament at the Space Security Conference hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (May);
presented the findings of the Space Security Index at the plenary meeting of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna (June);
co-hosted a one-day workshop for diplomats on the linkages between security in outer space, and space safety and sustainability, alongside the meeting of the UN First Committee in New York (October);
Managed and produced the 16th volume of the Space Security Index (SSI), the annual, comprehensive, and systematic assesment of international developments that have an impact on the security of outer space.

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Emerging Technologies

Technological advancements continue to pose new challenges for global security. While some applications have clear societal benefits, others threaten to be destabilizing and dangerous. Ploughshares participated in UN discussions on autonomous weapons, conducted research and advocacy on the humanitarian implications of emerging technologies, and hosted public events on autonomous weapons systems.

In 2019 Ploughshares staff:

  • attended Meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems at the United Nations in Geneva (March, August);
  • participated in the 1st Global Meeting of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in Berlin, Germany (March);
  • organized a workshop on digital literacy in Waterloo (May);
  • presented at the True North Conference in Waterloo (June);
  • attended the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (October);
  • hosted a discussion on Autonomous Weapons in Vancouver (August);
  • Hosted 5 policy labs in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Waterloo (September-December).

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Governing Committee

  • Bruce Adema Christian Reformed Church in North America (started Dec. 2019)
  • Stephanie Brubacher Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  • Paula Butler The United Church of Canada (ended May 2019)
  • Rev. Dr. James Christie Chair, Member-at-large
  • Bob Clarke Vice Chair, Canadian Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends
  • Kathryn Hare Treasurer, The Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • Dwayne Hodgson The Anglican Church of Canada
  • Reina Neufeldt Member-at-large
  • Colin Read Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Rebekah Sears Mennonite Central Committee Canada
  • Vacant Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace


  • Julia Bandura Administrative Assistant
  • Kenneth Epps Policy Advisor on the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Kelsey Gallagher Research Assistant (August 2019)
  • Tasneem Jamal Communications Officer
  • Cesar Jaramillo Executive Director
  • Branka Marijan Senior Researcher
  • Matthew Pupic Director of Operations
  • Ben Skinner Multimedia Assistant
  • Wendy Stocker Editor and Archivist
  • Barbara Wagner Donor Services Administrator
  • Jessica West Senior Researcher

Interns and Volunteers

Polly Averns McGill UniversityAlissa Bishop-Thorpe University of AdelaidePhillip Craig University of AdelaideCheikh Faye George Washington UniversityMurtadha Faraj Peace and Technology InternDrew Garza George Washington UniversityKelsey Gallagher Research Assistant InternBoris Hall McGill UniversitySophie Howe University of AdelaideRenata Knittel Kommel George Washington UniversityAndrea Morales Peace and Human Security InternRachel Neef University of Adelaide Claire Oto George Washington UniversityTobias Pang McGill UniversityLukas Price University of AdelaideLuc Reisbeck George Washington UniversityConnor Rossi University of AdelaideRory Shiner Wilfrid Laurier UniversityTakuya Wakimoto George Washington UniversityYuchen Zhu Wilfrid Laurier University

Financial Report

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 2019, 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 Canada in Vancouver for its generous financial support.

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    Margrith Loretz
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  • $4,000-$9,999

    Robert Clarke & Helen Jenks Clarke
    Dona Harvey
    Ellen R. Judd
    Julie Stobbe
    Mersynergy Charitable Foundation
    Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto

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    Margaret Franklin
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    Anne Winter
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    Ruth Konrad
    Martin A. Kuhn
    G. Bradley Lennon
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    Donald E. Forsyth
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    Robert Fulton
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    Marian D. Hebb
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    Shirley Ross
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    Dr. Paul F. Wilkinson
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    Anne E. Wills
    Simon Sipen Wing
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    Marc Zwelling
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    Felician Sisters of St Francis
    Donald Taves Medicine
         Professional Corporation
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    St. Aidan’s Anglican Church
    Basic Spirit Inc
    Eglinton St George’s United
    Church-Peace With Justice
    64 Anonymous

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    Audikesavan Dharmalingam
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    R. Daniel Norman
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    G. Clarke Topp
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    Prof. G. Ron Williams
    Zane M. Williamson
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    Professional Corporation
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    35 Anonymous Donors

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