The following is a list of some of the people who have expressed their support to Great War commemoration and the work of CEF100. They have no formal relationship with, or obligations to, CEF100.
Kristine Alexander: University of Lethbridge
Dr. Kristine Alexander is the Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Postdoctoral Fellow in History at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of numerous articles on the history of childhood, and is currently writing a book about Canadian families and correspondence during the First World War. Some of this research, on the exchange of letters between children and their enlisted fathers, was recently published as “An Honour and a Burden: Canadian Girls and the Great War,” in A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War, edited by Sarah Glassford & Amy Shaw (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012)
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, PC, OC, OBC
Ms. Campagnolo was Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, 2001 – 2007. Ms. Campagnolo is an Honourary Patron of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and has visited battlefields and Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries on the Western Front.
Wade Davis: Washington, DC, USA and the World
Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, is a Canadian anthropologist, ethnographer, botanist, writer, photographer and filmmaker.
His most recent book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest won the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, one of the most prestigious awards in literature. In this book, Wade “takes us … to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered. In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honour and decency, the Everest expedition, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope.”
Wade’s English grandfather served in the Great War.
Serge Durflinger: University of Ottawa
Dr. Serge Durflinger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa. From 1998 to 2003 he served as an historian at the Canadian War Museum. His fields of interest include Canadian military and diplomatic history, naval history, war and society, and commemoration and memory.
His books include:Veterans with a Vision: Canada’s War Blinded in Peace and War. University of British Columbia Press (2010), Fighting from Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec. University of British Columbia Press (2006), and Lest We Forget: A History of the Last Post Fund 1909-1999. The Last Post Fund. Montreal. 2000. He also co-edited (with Jeffrey A Keshen): War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada,Thomson-Nelson (2006).
Professor Durflinger’s grandfather, Léopold Ste-Marie (1886-1963), enlisted in the 167th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in September 1916. He served at the front with the Battalion, the “Van Doos.”
Brian R. D. Smith Q.C.
Brian Smith has had a distinguished career as a lawyer and politician. He was mayor of Oak Bay, BC (1974–1979), member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly (1979–1989) during which time he held the posts of Minister of Education, Minister of Energy and Mines, and Attorney-General of BC. Brian was chairman of Canadian National Railways (1989–1994) and executive chair of BC Hydro (1996 and 2001). He is currently a public policy adviser with the legal firm Gowlings.
David Tattersfield: Yorkshire, England
David is the Development Trustee for the Western Front Association (WFA). He has also been the treasurer and deputy chairman of the WFA Yorkshire branch.
After visiting the France during the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, David says he returned home and saw the war memorial in his local church at Ravensthorpe, Yorkshire with different eyes. This led David to research and write a book titled A Village Goes to War and to his earning a Masters Degree in history at the University of Birmingham. His dissertation was “Divisional Usage in the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front 1916-1918” which analyzed the elitism (or otherwise) of British Divisions via a statistical approach to various factors.
Jonathan Vance: University of Western Ontario
Jonathan F. Vance is a writer, historian, and holder of the J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario, where he teaches military history, Canadian history, and social memory. He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Conflict and Culture and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.
Jonathan is the author of many books and articles, including the multi-award winning Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997) that examines Canada’s collective memory of the First World War through the 1920s and 1930s beginning with the Armistice in 1918. For more information on Jonathan’s many other books and articles, please visit his web site War, Memory and Popular Culture at: www.jonathanvance.com
Timothy Winegard: Colorado Mesa University
Dr. Timothy Winegard is the author of For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012 and Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
While pursuing his in education in history and war studies (Nipissing, Guelph, RMC and Oxford), Timothy served as a Captain, Canadian Forces Reserve, 1st Hussars Regiment, London/Sarnia, Canada and spent two years with the 7th Battalion, The Rifles, British Army. His family connections to the Great War include a great-great-grandfather and a great-grandfather. Timothy is currently teaching at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.
For more information on Timothy, his books and publications, please visit his website at: www.timothycwinegard.com/
Peter Broznitsky is the Chair of the Western Front Association – Pacific Coast Branch (Canada/USA). Genealogical research into his Russian-born grandfather led to his 2008 article “For King, Not Tsar: Identifying Ukrainians in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918,” published in Canadian Military History. Peter is also an administrator and moderator of the respected CEF Study Group Forum (www.cefresearch.ca). He serves on the Heritage Advisory Commission for the Corporation of Delta and is a member of the British Columbia Historical Federation.
Gary Mitchell was the Provincial Archivist and Director, Collections, Research and Access, Royal British Columbia Museum. He was also Secretary, Association of Canadian Archivists Foundation; Secretary, BC/Yukon Chapter, Royal Heraldry Society of Canada; and 2nd President, British Columbia Historical Federation. Gary also has a long-standing interest in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Wayne has been a freelance aerospace journalist and editor since the mid-1970s and has written two books of military biography: William Barker VC (2007); and Aces, Warriors & Wingmen (2005) both published by John Wiley and Sons Canada.
Born at St John’s, Newfoundland, Wayne served as a pilot and flying instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1965 to 1973. He was the Department of National Defence’s Strategic Studies Scholar at the University of Calgary in 1981 and 1982, where he completed a Master of Arts thesis on the Canadian weapons systems acquisition process.
Dave Sinclair is the Past-President of the Royal Canadian Legion – BC/Yukon Command and chair of the Command’s Legion Foundation. He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy before retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1977.
Amongst other things, Dave was instrumental in launching a program called The Canadian Military & Veterans Transition Program which has established clinics to help military members—both serving and retired—as well as their families with operational stress.
Dr. James Wood
Jim is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria, where he has also served as Assistant Director of the Canadian Veterans’ Oral History Program since 2009. Born and raised in Muskoka, Ontario, he first became interested in military history while serving as an infantry reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1995 to 1999. He has since taught Canadian, European, and military history at UNB, WLU, Trent University, University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, the Royal Military College of Canada, and the University of Victoria (UVic), where he won the History Department’s “Most Valuable Professor” award in 2009-10.
Paul Cora, Chair, WFA – East Coast Branch
Paul is the Chairman of the Western Front Association – East Coast Branch (USA), which, since 1990, has steadily worked to encourage scholarship and remembrance of all facets of the Great War 1914-18. Since earning an MA in History from the University of Maryland, Paul has worked in the fields of public history and museums. He is the Curator of Historic Ships in Baltimore, is active in The Historic Naval Ships Association, the Company of Military Historians, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society.
Paul is currently researching and writing a centennial monograph on the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in World War I for the US Army’s Center of Military History (CMH). He has also written widely on aviation history and naval subjects including one book, Yellowjackets! The 361st Fighter Group in World War II, along with numerous articles appearing in journals and magazines such as World Ship Review, WWII History, Aviation History, Flypast, and Air Enthusiast.
Steve Suddaby, Past-President: World War One Historical Association
Steve is Past-President of the World War One Historical Association (WW1HA). His primary research interest is the aerial bombing campaigns of the Great War. Steve and his father Allen published French Strategic and Tactical Bombardment Forces of World War I in 2007. He is a two-time winner of the Thornton D. Hooper Award for Excellence in Aviation History and is a member of several other historical societies, including the Western Front Association and the League of WWI Aviation Historians.
One of Steve’s grandfathers was from Gananoque, Ontario.