13-14 April at Vancouver Community College

The Laurier Military Centre is pleased to be partnering with the British Columbia Regiment (BCR) to host the 2nd Annual Vancouver Military Studies Conference. The first event in 2011 was a great success attracting an audience of over 140 people.  This was a remarkably successful attendance for an inaugural event, especially considering it debuted on the night of the Vancouver Canucks second home game of the playoffs.

With an improved venue at Vancouver Community College, this year’s conference starts on Friday evening with the William Hart-McHarg Memorial Lecture.  Hart-McHarg was the original commanding officer of the 7th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (perpetuated by the BCR) and was killed during his unit’s first battle at Second Ypres on 24 April 1915. It is very appropriate that Professor Terry Copp, author of a recent guide to the Canadian battlefields of the First World War, will be delivering a lecture on “War & Memory: Canada and the Second Battle of Ypres.”

The program continues on Saturday and features a mix of British Columbia military history combined with discussions of the Canadian contributions in Afghanistan.  The capstone lecture of the conference will be given by LGen (ret’d) Ray Crabbe, a former deputy chief of the defence staff, who will be talking about “Canada’s Post Cold War Military: The Balkans and Beyond.”

Lunch on Saturday will be held at the BCR drill hall where there will be displays from all the sponsoring regiments. You will also be able to visit the BCR museum.

Full details on the conference can be found here.  Please visit http://2012vancouvermilitarystudiesconference.eventbrite.com/ to register in advance for the conference.

For more information, please contact:

Keith Maxwell – 604-740-8124 or 604-865-0612 – [email protected]
Mike Bechthold – 519-884-0710 x.4594 – [email protected]