First Annual Atlantic Military Affairs Symposium,

Charlottetown 2010

"Islanders at War and Peace"

Local Soldiers, Sailors and Aircrew form the core of a two-day conference focusing on the Island's role in the defence of Canada.

The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Prince Edward Island, HMCS Queen Charlotte and the Prince Edward Island Regiment teamed up to host the first annual Atlantic Military Affairs Symposium in Charlottetown.

This public military history and current affairs gathering took place on the UPEI campus on Friday, 16 April (for an evening keynote) and at the PEI Regiment's Queen Charlotte Armoury all day Saturday, 17 April.

The event included local and national military historians presenting on subjects ranging from the Island's 19th Century militia and contribution in two world wars to the role of today's PEI army and naval reservists around the world.

The organizers brought together historians, Island Reservists, students and the general public interested in how Prince Edward Island connects to Canada's military past and present.  Other featured speakers include The Gregg Centre's Lee Windsor and Brent Wilson, PEI's own Boyde Beck and David Campbell, and reservists from HMCS Queen Charlotte and the Prince Edward Island Regiment who've returned from service overseas.

The program

Friday, 16 April -

Will feature a keynote address by renowned Canadian naval historian, Professor Roger Sarty from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

In honour of Canada's Naval Centennial, Professor Sarty's address is titled: "By accident as much as by design:  The surprising origins and rise of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1881-1945"

The keynote address will be hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island in the Duffy Lecture Theatre (Room 135 in the Science Building).

Reception to follow at the Faculty Lounge in the MAIN Building.

Saturday, 17 April -

The Saturday program will be held at the Prince Edward Island Regiment's Queen Charlotte Armoury (on the corner of Haviland and Water Streets).

0815 - 0845 - Coffee

0845 - 0900 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

0900-1030 - From Confederation to the Great War

"Forging the Link: Joint NB - PEI Miitary Recruitment Service, 1885-1918,"
Brent Wilson, The Gregg for the Study of War and Society

"Action and Words: Andrew Macphail and the First World War,"
David Campbell, University of Calgary

1045 - 1215 - The Second World War

"Air Raids and Secret Missions: How the Second World War Came to Prince Edward Island,"
Boyde Beck, Prince Edward Island Museum/UPEI

"Islanders Across the Rhine: 'D' Company (PEI), North Nova Scotia Highlanders in the Battle for Beinen, Germany, March 1945."
Lee Windsor, The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society

1215 - 1300 - Lunch

1300 - 1400 - "The Prince Edward Island Regiment in Afghanistan"

1430-1530 - "Canada's Navy in its 100th Year:
                      From the Arctic to Haiti to the Indian Ocean"