Upcoming Activities

What better way to learn about those stories that shaped our lives, than to hear it from the experts? The work we do at  Canadian Military Exhibition is aimed at bringing the stories of our military heroes to you, in a most engaging and personalized way.  We invite the best in their fields to come and present their work, and we invite you to join us!

Speakers Conference
March 28, 2020, 1:30 pm
Michael J. Fox Theatre

5455 Rumble Street,

Burnaby, BC V5J 0V2

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David O'Keefe

Military Historian, Author, Professor, and Producer/Host of War Junk

Seven Days in Hell

DAVID O’KEEFE is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in the Canadian Forces in Montreal and worked as a Signals Intelligence research historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage (DND). He has also created and collaborated on more than fifteen documentaries for History Television and National Geographic and has appeared on the CBC, CTV, Global Television and the UKTV Network in Great Britain. He wrote and produced the groundbreaking documentary Dieppe Uncovered, which made headlines around the world, as well as the documentary Black Watch Snipers. He is also the writer, producer and host of the History Television program War Junk. He is the bestselling author of One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe, a finalist for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize, the CAA Lela Common Award, and the RBC Taylor Prize. O’Keefe lives and works in Rigaud, Quebec, with his wife and children.


Ted Barris

Esteemed author of 19 bestselling books

Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years teaching, he has just retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.


Barris is the author of 19 bestselling, non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada: Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944 … Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945 … Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air War … Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953 … Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917 … Breaking the Silence: Veterans’ Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan.


His writing has also been published in such anthologies as The Canadian Encyclopedia … Total Hockey: The Official NHL Encyclopedia … A History of Maple Leaf Gardens … and a volume of learned papers presented to the Canada-Korea Conference at the U of T.


Barris’s remaining books are: Rodeo Cowboys … Spirit of the West … Positive Power (Story of the Edmonton Oilers) … Playing Overtime (A Celebration of Oldtimers’ Hockey) … Carved in Granite (125 Years of Granite Club History) … Making Music (Profiles from a Century of Canadian Music) co-authored with his father Alex Barris … and Fire Canoe, a Mark Twain-like retelling of Canada’s 19th century steamboat history.


In 2011, he was one of 19 civilians presented with the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation. The citation reads: “Ted Barris has made such exemplary contributions by generously giving of himself, and so both benefiting veterans and making manifest the principle that Canada’s obligation to all who have served in the cause of Peace and Freedom, must not be forgotten.”


In 2012, the Air Force Association of Canada selected Ted Barris to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His citation reads, in part: "The medal … is a tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians ... who have built and continue to build this caring society and country through their service and achievements."


His 17th book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (shared with astronaut Chris Hadfield). During a speaking tour in the U.S., Ted addressed members of the U.S. Stalag Luft III POW Association, who recognized his work in the Great Escape book with a Certificate of Honor. The original certificate, awarded annually, will be archived in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.


In 2018, HarperCollins has published Barris’s 18th book – Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany – about the famous 1943 attack on the Ruhr River dams that powered Nazi Germany’s industrial war production. The Globe and Mail featured the book on its bestsellers list for 8 straight weeks and named it one of the Best 10 Non-Fiction War Books of 2018. At year’s end, the RCAF Association awarded Ted Barris and Dam Busters its 2018 NORAD Trophy for “significant and unequalled contribution to the preservation of Air Force values, traditions, history and heritage.”


Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire, also published by HarperColliins, is Ted’s 19th non-fiction book.


Dr. Peter Berg
Professor of Mathematics & Physics, Chair Department of Science at U of A

The Science and Story of the Enigma Machine

Dreaming to be a scientist since age ten, Peter studied physics in Germany before obtaining a PhD in mathematics in the UK. After academic appointments in

Ontario and Trondheim, Norway, he returned to Canada in 2015 to take up a position as professor of mathematics & physics and Chair of the Department of Science at the University of Alberta. While he enjoys his research on fuel cells, his true passion is “Ze Enigma Maschine”.

Peter Berg is a Professor of Mathematics & Physics, and Chair of the Department of Science at the University of Alberta, Camrose Campus, with a not-so-secret passion for the Enigma story.

Beyond the Imitation Game

From Turing & James Bond to Canada & Quantum Encryption

Discover the remarkable story of the Enigma machine, a device invented in 1918 that would encrypt the most secret communications in Hitler’s Germany. Learn about the machine’s inner workings, the code-breaking efforts of Alan Turing, the crucial role of pinch raids, the ties to modern encryption technology, and what Canada and James Bond have to do with it all. Finally, don’t miss an on-stage Enigma demonstration