Azøth-HGD is a non-profit organization specializing in the field of security which puts all its expertise at the service of the defense of human rights and the protection of the environment around the world.
With offices in Montreal and Paris, the Azøth-HGD team is composed of specialists from different backgrounds and nationalities. The strength of our structure rests on our security department made up of senior military officers who guarantee rigorous and relevant international operations.
We aim to fill a void by being the first non-profit NGO to specialize in Civil Peacekeeping.
Our Planet needs help.
It is the mission of Azøth-HGD to protect the well-being and security of all humanitarian missions worldwide, though cooperation & partnership with humanitarian relief clusters and organizations. We relieve and protect those who suffer more than ourselves.
Training Standards (brief)
Azøth-HGD has and continues to develop training – both in-house and with external partners – that aims to incorporate the highest of proven and existing norms defined by international humanitarian actors.
Members of Azøth will receive fulfilling training that is steeped in an ethos of cultural compatibility and the most professional standards, all working toward the mandate of providing safety and security for humanitarian aid missions.
The Security council is mandated to plan, consolidate and manage training. Council members selected are only those with a wealth of considerable background experience with international civil, military & relief operations to ensure our development stays relevant to real world demands.
The Board of Directors is mandated to ensure that Azøth meets its humanitarian mandate, acting as, representatives for all Azøth members and partners to establish policies and to make decisions on major organization issues. Our directors are experts in each of their respective fields, utilizing in depth knowledge of logistics, communications, military and emergency and relief operations.
“Today the world is experiencing an unprecedented increase in innocent victims of armed conflict. These victims have included Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), working in regions that most need their assistance. This violence has undermined desperately needed humanitarian assistance and stabilization. That’s why I fight today to improve the situation and the urgent needs of this new reality.
My name is Jean-François Larose, former Canadian Federal Member of Parliament from 2011 to 2015. Through my experience in the National Defense Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee, my business trips around the world – particularly as spokesman for NGOs in Ottawa – I have seen increasing dangers threatening the humanitarian aid field. So I set up the company Azøth Humanitarian Global Defense (HDG), a non-profit organization (NPO) that acts to defend human rights and ensure respect for humanitarian law through peacekeeping.
Let’s make the protection of Humanitarian Aid our mission and together build a peaceful and just world.
Letter from the founder
(Genesis of our NPO)
For 25 years, founding CEO Jean-François Larose, has held the ambitious dream of bringing about an essential change for international security. Having served as a peace officer, former military, corrections officer and most recently federal MP to the National Defense and the Foreign Affairs Committees he holds a qualified perspective to accomplish this dream.
Noting a lack of alternatives available to NGOs on the ground, and growing insecurity in peacekeeping missions, he decided to found Azøth Humanitarian Global Defense (HGD).
The organization is dedicated to supporting humanitarian missions and local populations in a sustainable manner. On the one hand, humanitarian missions do not necessarily have the technical or logistical means to ensure their own protection. On the other, the local authorities in risk zones may not have the human or financial resources to oversee it.
Azøth works with both Humanitarian Aid missions to ensure safety of teams and facilities, as well as with communities by providing services & training to bring about the general sense of security essential to the development of peace.
Azøth works to empower communities to be independent and in control of their own future.
Azoth is an alchemical term.
On its meaning, opinions differ, on the etymology too.
“Azoth” was believed to be the essential agent of transformation in alchemy. It is the name given by ancient alchemists to Mercury, the animating spirit hidden in all matter that makes transmutation possible.