Canada and Joint Multi-National Forces: Integration of JIMP With Military Readiness

Feb. 4-5, 2015
Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Conference 2015

The theme for our 2015 conference surrounded the past, present and future of Canadian and multi-national expeditionary operations. Conference participants considered how Canada and its allies balance maintaining readiness to mount joint multi-national operations with the fiscal reality of 2015. 

The 2015 conference consisted of a two-day program of panels considering past case studies, current practice, and future concepts for Canadian and allied joint military expeditions, including their diplomatic, aid and development dimensions. In addition to historical examples featuring the research of Gregg Centre Faculty, the program considered contemporary Joint and Multi-National Operations with presentations by Major-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Brigadier-General David Patterson, Major-General Charles Lamarre, and Major-General Steve Bowes, as well as others. Day two of the program began with a training case study workshop on "The Child Soldiers Threat to Peace and Stability: Fostering Strategic and Tactical Preparedness" with Dr. Shelly Whitman, the Director of the Child Soldiers Initiative and Major (Ret'd) Brent Beardsley. See the full program for more.

In 2013, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff predicted a future where “US commanders should expect to conduct military operations as part of a multinational force (MNF)”. Our 2015 Annual conference considered the relevance of joint operations in a world in which the United States remains Canada’s closest ally and the Asia-Pacific region looms ever larger in global affairs. The conference is run in partnership with the Canadian Army Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown. Major findings and selected papers/presentations will be published.  

Annual Gregg Centre - Combat Training Centre Conference

This event brings Canadian Forces personnel, academics, officials from partnered government departments, NGOs, students and the general public together in one forum to discuss defence matters of import to the nation. Our unique emphasis falls on how national and international policy relates to soldiers deployed on active operations. The event is co-organized with the CTC's Tactics School.

Key participants include instructor cadre from corps and branch schools at CFB Gagetown's Combat Training Centre making this event a vehicle for disseminating new research throughout the army. Members of other Canadian Forces elements and branches are encouraged to attend. The conference is also open to civilians, academics and students who wish to see inside today's Canadian Forces.