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In Commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War

Canada and France in the Great War 1914–1918

Symposium Canada–France, November 11 and 12, 2014

Symposium Canada-France, November 11 and 12, 2014

Sir Robert Laird Borden, Prime Minister of Canada
“Why are the descendants in Canada of those who fought under Wolfe and of those who fought under Montcalm … now standing together in the Empire’s battle line? ... One such impulse is to be found in the love of liberty, the ideals of democracy, and the spirit of unity founded thereon.”
London, July 29, 1915
Logos of The Canada-France Interparliamentary Association and La Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale


Ottawa – Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2:30 p.m.
Official opening of the symposium in the Senate
Welcoming addresses:
The Hon. Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate
His Excellency Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada
3:00 p.m.

Beginning of the symposium’s academic portion
Professor Frédéric Rousseau:
Ouverture académique du colloque
The Hon. Serge Joyal:
Le Parlementarisme du Canada pendant la guerre 14-18


Ottawa – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Morning Session – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.
Professor Yves Frenette:
Signification de la Grande Guerre pour les francophones nord-américains
Carl Pépin, PhD:
Relations France-Québec, 1914-1918
Health Break

10:30 a.m.

Professor Françoise Le Jeune:
Français du Canada au combat dans des unités françaises
Jean-Pierre Gagnon, PhD:
Le 22e Bataillon dans la Grande Guerre

Lunch – at your leisure

Afternoon Session – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. Mourad Djebabla, PhD:
Le rôle de l’économie canadienne dans l’effort de guerre
Professor Laure Quennouëlle-Corre:
Le rôle des banques françaises et anglaises dans le financement de la Grande Guerre
Health Break
3:30 p.m. Professor Donna Coates:
La Grande Guerre dans la littérature féminine canadienne
Professor Catherine Milkovitch-Rioux:
Influence de la Grande Guerre sur la littérature française
5:00 p.m. Academic closing address:
Professor Serge Bernier
5:30 p.m. Closing of the first symposium session


Ottawa Session

Dates: November 11 and 12, 2014

Senate Chamber
Parliament of Canada
Centre Block
111 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Simultaneous interpretation available

Patrons of Honour:
  The Hon. Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate
His Excellency Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada
  The Canada-France Interparliamentary Association
   The Hon. Claudette Tardif, Senator, Chair of the association
   The Hon. Michel Rivard, Senator, Vice-Chair of the association
  Veterans Affairs Canada
La Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale
CIRST – Centre interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Science et la Technologie
Serge Bernier, Historian, Université du Québec à Montréal, Symposium historical advisor
The Hon. Serge Joyal, Senator – Canada, Symposium organizer
Ms. Béatrice Richard, Historian, symposium assistant
Mr. Paul-André Linteau, Historian, Université du Québec à Montréal – Symposium expert advisor

RSVP by November 1 to obtain a pass
Address: The Hon. Serge Joyal, P.C.
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A4 CANADA
Telephone: +1 (613) 943-0434

Open to the publiclimited seating available
Please present your pass and identification at the Senate entrance

Please note that no parking is available on Parliament Hill

Sir Arthur W. Currie, Lieutenant General
“I am a good enough Canadian to believe, and my experience justifies me in believing,
that Canadians (soldiers) are best served by Canadians (commanders).”
May 1918


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