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May 28, 2022

Aman Lara and Canadian Naval Memorial Trust Announced as Samuel Group’s 2022 Spotlighted Charities

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Each year, the Samuel Group of Companies chooses two charities to partner with in advance of CANSEC and DEFSEC Atlantic, the nation’s largest security and defence tradeshows. The Group is proud to announce this year’s spotlighted charities: Aman Lara for CANSEC 2022, and the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for DEFSEC Atlantic 2022. While CANSEC takes place next week from June 1-2 in Ottawa, Ontario, DEFSEC Atlantic will be held between October 4-6th at the Halifax Convention Centre this Autumn.

Aman Lara, meaning “Sheltered Path” in Pashto, is directed by Brian Macdonald, one of the Samuel Associates’ Senior Political Associates. It is a Canadian non-profit organization that evacuates at-risk civilians from nations facing crisis situations.

Since its inception, Aman Lara has helped thousands of Afghans escape the Taliban and find refuge in the West. As the Russia-Ukraine War rages, Aman Lara has also commenced operations in Ukraine to evacuate civilians with a path to resettlement in Canada. Samuel Associates is delighted to co-sponsor its first annual charity golf tournament and dinner with Aman Lara this upcoming Monday, June 30, in honour of the firm’s clients and Senior Associates ahead of CANSEC 2022.

Later this Autumn, the firm will highlight the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (CNMT), a non-profit organization made up of more than 1,200 trustees and volunteers. Its main objective is to preserve the historic HMCS Sackville, Canada’s oldest warship, in perpetuity for the benefit of all Canadians. The ship is berthed in the Naval Dockyard from November to mid-June each year, before moving to Sackville Landing, near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, from late June to late October each year.

The HMCS Sackville is the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes, and it played a pivotal role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War. She has been restored to her war-time configuration and is home to exhibits and artefacts dedicated to the legacy of those who served at sea. It was prominently featured in the 2019 film Greyhound, starring legendary American actor Tom Hanks. Samuel Associates is honoured to support the CNMT’s efforts in restoring the HMCS Sackville and preserving our nation’s storied naval heritage.

To learn more about the Samuel Group’s past philanthropic engagements and other charitable commitments, reach out to our team at

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