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Each fall the Department of History, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, the HMCS Griffon, and the Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council partners to hold a free symposium focusing on issues relating to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Additional partners include the Ontario Historical Society, Thunder Bay Military Museum, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, Northwestern Ontario Archivists' Association, Lakehead University Library Archives, Lakehead University Alumni Bookstore, Rose N' Crantz Roasting Company, and the Thunder Bay Public Library.
The 2017 symposium was held on 25 November and focused on "Post Combat and Recognition." Our keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher McCreery, MVO, FRCGS FRHSC who spoke on "Canada’s Afghanistan Experience and the Coming of age of the Canadian Honours System."
The 2016 symposium was held on 14 November and focused on "Exploring Diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces." Our keynote speaker was historian Dr. Tim Cook of the Canadian War Museum who spoke on "Vimy: Battle and Legend."
The 2015 symposium was held on 14 November and focused on a variety of areas, with a particular emphasis on domestic security. Our keynote speaker was historian Dr. Jack Granatstein who spoke on "The Best Little Army in the World? The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-45."
The 2014 symposium was held on 8 November and focused on the First World War, with a particular emphasis on Northwestern Ontario. Our keynote speaker was strategic analysis and historian Dr. Andrew Godefroy who spoke on "Apprentice in Arms: Major General Arthur Currie and the Battle of Mount Sorrel.”