26-27 May 2023

Hosted by the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada, the 33rd Canadian Military History Colloquium will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University on 26-27 May 2023.

This page will be updated frequently. Last update: 24 May 2023

Conference Program

[last update: 19 May]

Irene Gammel

Irene Gammel

Toronto Metropolitan University


C.P. Stacey Plenary

Painting the Living and the Dead: Mary Riter Hamilton’s Empathic Battlefield Art
Dean F. Oliver

Dean F. Oliver

Canadian War Museum



Alliances in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Terry Copp

Terry Copp

Wilfrid Laurier University


Closing Plenary

Strategic Conflict, Operational Uncertainty: The Italian Campaign Eighty Years On

On the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily and the mainland battles at Salerno, the Sangro and Ortona this talk will examine the effects of Anglo- American strategic conflict on the operations of both Fifth and Eighth Armies, with special reference to the Canadian experience.

While there is agreement that the primary purpose of the campaign was to establish airfields for the strategic bombers on the Fogia plain and contain German Divisions that might otherwise join in the defence of Normandy the question of how best to accomplish this remains open.

An epilogue will comment on the problem of strategic conflict and operational uncertainty in the war in Ukraine.


Affordable on-campus accommodations are available through Hotel Laurier, with rooms from $65.

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Directions & Parking


Wilfrid Laurier University is located at 75 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON.

The majority of events will take place in the Senate & Board Chamber and Paul Martin Centre. Both the Senate & Board Chamber and Paul Martin Centre are in the Dining Hall building, close to the main entrance off University Ave. You can find it on Laurier’s interactive map.


Parking rules differ for weekdays and weekends. Click here for visitor parking information.

Pay & Display Lots 4 and 20 are closest to the Paul Martin Centre and Senate & Board Chambers. Due to construction, you must enter these lots from King St N, near the Science Building at King and Lodge. There is no access via University Ave.

Additional Pay & Display parking is available in Lot 33 behind Lazaridis Hall. The entrance to Lot 33 is off Balsam St, between Hemlock and Hazel.

Click here for a map of paid visitor parking.

Accessible Building Access

Construction is obstructing the most direct accessible route to the conference venue. There are three alternate routes:

Option 1. Enter via The Solarium. Take the sidewalk from University Ave (located at the pedestrian crosswalk across University Ave) to the Solariaum. Once inside, follow signs to Senate & Board Chamber / Paul Martin Centre / Arts 1C17.  

Option 2. Enter via The Quad. This option is closest to Pay and Display Lots 4 and 20 and best if you are parking your own vehicle. Take the ramp at the east end of MacDonald House. Turn left and head towards The Quad. Turn right just before the statue of Wilfrid Laurier. Follow the path around the perimeter of the quad, past the pergola. Continue past the first entrance to the Dining Hall to the far (east) end of the glassed-in dining area. Enter here. Once inside, follow signs to the elevator to the Senate & Board Chamber / Paul Martin Centre / Arts 1C17.  

Option 3. Enter via the Dr. Alvin Woods Building. This option is best if you are being dropped off. Use the Lot 42 Accessible Drop Off Area to access the Dr. Alvin Woods Building. Once inside, follow signs to Senate & Board Chamber / Paul Martin Centre / Arts 1C17.

If you require assistance, email cmhc@studyofcanada.ca.


Registration is now closed.