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CNRS 2010 Conference and AGM

in association with Dalhousie University CFPS Maritime Conference

The Canadian Navy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – The ships, the sailors, their equipment and what they did

Halifax — 16 - 19 June 2010


The Society is pleased to hold its 2010 Conference and Annual General Meeting at the famous Pier 21 on the Halifax waterfront, in association with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) of Dalhousie University.

This conference has been integrated into the Canadian Navy’s centennial celebration events and also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Canadian naval Research & Development community; as a result, that community is a major contributor to the conference. The conference also commemorates Dalhousie’s long association with the Navy, especially the Centre for Foreign Policy’s direct, 40-year relationship with the Navy. The Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) will hold its annual general meeting in Halifax at the same time and an additional day will be given over to other topics of more general interest to Society members.

This conference complements the naval policy conference being organized by the Naval Staff in Ottawa for 05-07 May 2010 (see separate notice). Hence the Halifax conference will not include papers on naval strategy, policy, or doctrine.

The CFPS conference has two main aims:
(1) look back over 100 years of Canadian naval evolution at select activities, operational and training concepts, conditions of service, ship types, and operational equipment (including aircraft) that have influenced the evolution of the Navy; and
(2) examine new and emerging technologies and concepts that are likely to influence future naval evolution in Canada.
There will be three, one-day sessions Wednesday-Friday 16-18 June inclusive covering:
(1) ships and people;
(2) equipment (systems), and operations (including training); and
(3) future challenges and possible technological responses.
A fourth one-day session will be set aside on Saturday 19 June for Society business and papers on other topics of interest to CNRS members.

There will be an evening reception at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Wednesday 16 June and a conference dinner in the evening of Thursday 17 June. A tour to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenberg ( is being considered for Friday 18 June for Society members in lieu of the future challenges session but at extra cost to be determined.

Paper proposals are invited for submission to the conference organizers, Peter Haydon ( and/or Richard Gimblett ( no later than 31 March 2010. Applications for the Gerry Panting New Scholar’s Award can be similarly directed. Accepted papers will be considered for publication with first right of refusal by CNRS-CFPS.

A block of rooms is reserved at the conveniently co-located Westin Hotel at a preferential conference rate of $175/night; other accommodation options can be investigated at:

Further information about the conference can be obtained from the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies’ website ( or by direct e-mail enquiry to the organizer, Peter Haydon, at An on-line registration form, with a direct link to the conference hotel, The Westin, will be available on the Centre website in November 2009.


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