An Introductory Briefing on the New International Forum on Peace, Security and Prosperity 

When: 23 October 2020, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT

Aim: The goal of this online event is to brief policy makers, researchers, students, and other interested parties on a new initiative from Operation Husky: The International Forum on Peace, Security and Prosperity. The briefing will provide an overview of the 2021 Conference on the theme of “Post-Conflict Governance: From World War II to the 21st Century – Lessons Learned (and Relearned)”, which will be held as a virtual, public event on 18 and 19 February 2021.

Join us for this 90-minute forum on 23 October 2020, as four distinguished experts from Canada and Italy present the topics and panels which will be featured during the main conference on 18 and 19 February 2021.

One of our goals is to engage and interest senior high school students. One of our panels will include high school students having distinguished themselves in an essay writing contest, currently being organized through the Sicilian school system.

Our moderator for this short, 90-minute event, will be Professor Emanuele Sica, PhD, Department of History, Royal Military College of Canada.


Collège militaire Royal de Saint-Jean

Institut militaire de Québec

Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Walk for Remembrance and Peace


10:30 – 10:40

Welcome and overview of Operation Husky and the International Forum on Peace, Security, and Prosperity, presented by Mr. Steve Gregory, Founder and Chair, Operation Husky, and Honorary Colonel, 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.


Introduction to Panel 1:  Historical Experience – Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories in Sicily, 1943

Presented by Prof. Andrea Ungari, PhD, Professor of Contemporary History, Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi


Introduction to Panel 2:  Contemporary Experience – Creating the Conditions for Peace, Security and Prosperity in Afghanistan, 2001 to Now

Brigadier General (Ret’d) Richard Giguère, Senior Fellow, École supérieure d’études internationales, Université Laval, President, Institut militaire de Québec, former Commandant, Canadian Forces College, Toronto


Introduction to Panel 3:  What Role for Peacekeeping in Post-Conflict Governance?

Presented by Prof. Bruno Charbonneau, PhD, Associate Professor, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Director, Centre for secuRITy and crIsis governanCe (CRITIC), Director, Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions (Chaire Raoul-Dandurand)


Introduction to Panel 4: Presentation by students of their winning essays with discussion

Presented by Lieutenant-Colonel Carlo Massimo, Italian Ministry of Defence


General discussion and Q&A with presenters and organizers. This is your chance to make suggestions and delve deeper into the purpose of the new International Forum and Conference on Peace, Security, and Prosperity.


Summary and Conclusion


Contact: Richard Martin, Richard.martin@alcera.ca, (514) 453-3993



Dr. Bruno Charbonneau (PhD Queen’s University) is Associate Professor of International Studies at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. He is also Director of the Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Missions of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2015, he has been an editorial board member of the academic journal International Peacekeeping. His work examines the power politics of and interactions between international interventions and armed conflicts. In particular, he analyses the regional and international dynamics of conflict management and resolution in the Francophone West African Sahel. He is currently working on the consequences of the “division of labor” between the international counter-terrorist forces and the UN peacekeeping forces deployed in the Sahel. He is also developing a research project on the links between armed conflict, counter-insurgency and climate change. His research has been funded by, among others, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and Global Affairs Canada. He is the author of France and the New Imperialism: Security Policy in sub-Saharan Africa (2008), and coeditor of Peace Operations in the Francophone World: Global Governance Meets Post-Colonialism (2014), Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top -down and Bottom-up Approaches (2012) and Locating Global Order: American Power and Canadian Security After 9/11 (2010). His research has been published in several world-renowned academic journals: Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, International Peacekeeping, Les Temps modernes, Afrique contemporaine, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Conflict, Security & Development, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and more. Current publication projects include a book manuscript on Mali (with Adam Sandor and Jonathan Sears) under contract with Zed Books, and the coedited (with Niagalé Bagayoko) Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding, under contract with Routledge.

Brigadier-General (retired) Richard Giguère, OMM, MSM, CD is a Senior Fellow at l’École supérieure d’études internationales at l’Université Laval, Associate Professor at l’École nationale d’administration publique du Québec (ENAP), and Lecturer at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Brigadier-General (retired) Giguère specializes in issues related to international security, the foundations and the transformation of warfare, the strategy of organizations, the principles and challenges of public administration and strategic management. With more than 35 years of extensive experience in the Canadian Army (an infantry career with the Royal 22e Régiment), he has worked in operational environments in Canada (Oka Crisis) and abroad (Germany, Haiti, Kabul, Kandahar), diplomatic (Military Attaché in Washington) and academics. In particular, he commanded the 2nd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment and the Citadelle of Quebec, the Land Force Quebec Area (now the Canadian 2nd Division) and the Joint Task Force (East), and the Canadian Forces College Toronto whose mission is to prepare high-ranking military and civilian leaders (Canadian and international) to face complex defence and security challenges. He is a graduate of l’École de guerre de Paris and holds a bachelor’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from l’Université Sorbonne Paris Nord. He is the president of l’Institut militaire de Québec and the deputy director of the Center for International Security (CSI) associated with l’École supérieure d’études internationales (ESEI) at Université Laval.

Stephen (Steve) Gregory, MSM has led IsaiX Technologies Inc. since 1989, a firm specializing organizational development and technology for sales. In addition, he sits as a director on the boards of two TSX-listed public companies.

In 2006 he co-founded the “3rd Battery of Montreal Artillery,” a charity which supports cadets and veterans. In 2015 he co-founded The Respect Campaign, which facilitates a national networking initiative involving forums in more than 20 Canadian cities. This network promotes collaboration among stakeholders who support the mental health of our men and women in uniformed service. In various capacities, he has assisted in raising over $3 million for the families of our troops and various community outreach initiatives.

Steve led 325-km marches across Sicily in 2013 and 2018 in honour of those who fought and died during Operation Husky, the Allied campaign to liberate Sicily in 1943. Three Op Husky documentaries are now broadcast in Italy and Canada, keeping alive the memory of the fallen. In 2023, Steve and his team of Sicilian volunteers will open the Walk for Remembrance and Peace (Percorso della Pace), a 235-km fully mapped walking trail with accompanying historical descriptions, that retraces the path of the Canadian soldiers during the summer of 1943.

Steve is the Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and has been presented with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and commendations from the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Commander of the Army for his work in support of our troops and veterans.


Lieutenant Colonel Carlo Uberto MASSIMO is a regular army officer of the Cavalry branch, currently serving at the Military Command of the Italian Army in Sicily, where he holds the position of Section Head for Public Information and Promotion of Recruitment. In this context, he deals with contacts with the mass media, with schools, and with numerous local issues. He works to promote the public image and recruitment for the Army in Sicily.

Lieutenant Colonel MASSIMO has had a long military career, serving in Italy and abroad. He has served in several Cavalry Operations Units (Montebello Lancers Regiment” in Rome, Lancers of Aosta Regiment in Palermo, and Lancers of Novara Regiment in the province of Udine) in both command and staff roles. He has served as commander of the demonstration and training squadron of the Cavalry School, has deployed on operational missions at home and abroad (Albania, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Lebanon), has served with NATO at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium and in High National Commands, including the Joint Forces Operational Command HQ and the Southern Military Region Command.

He began his career as a commander of small armored scouting units and patrol boats. He subsequently specialized in international contingency operations with a focus on crisis management, personnel selection, recruiting, public relations, and media affairs. Lt Col Massimo is the designated project officer for the Italian component of the current initiative, under the authority given to the Commander of the Army in Sicily as directly by the Defence General Staff.

Emanuele Sica is an Assistant professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches military history, European history and strategic studies. A specialist in Italian military history in the 20th century, he published Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera (University of Illinois Press, 2016; for the Italian version Soldati francesi sulla Riviera francese: l’occupazione italiana della Francia, 1940-1943, Rodorigo Editore 2018). He also co-directed Italy and the Second World War, Alternative Perspectives (Brill Publishing, 2018) with Richard Carrier. His work focuses on the occupations of the Axis during the Second World War, the air power in Italy and the Italian war effort during the First World War.

Andrea Ungari is a full professor of Contemporary History at the Guglielmo Marconi University in Rome, where he also teaches the history of international relations. He is adjunct professor of the History of Political Parties at Luiss Guido Carli University, where he taught the history of Italy, comparative European history and the history of international relations. His main research interest is the history of Italy, from a political, cultural and military point of view. He has studied the Italian monarchist movement during the period of the post-World War II Second Republic. More recently, during the last eight years, he has concentrated on the Italian liberal state, focusing on the role of the monarchy of Savoy. His research pays particular attention to the international framework and its influence on domestic policy. He is currently working on a book about the attitude of the monarchy towards the crisis of the liberal state (1919-1925).

Recent publications include a book on the role of the Italian monarchy during World War I (La guerra del re. Monarchia, Sistema politico e Forze armate nella Grande guerra, 2018); a volume describing the capture of Rome in 1870 (Roma Anno Domini 1870, 2020) and an e-book, with Francesco Anghelone, on the crisis of the EU as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic (Ultima chiamata. Da Ventotene al Covid-19 l’Europa in bilico, 2020).




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