The Military Museums

TMM Lecture Series and Films

The Lecture Series is your opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of historical and military related topics. The lectures are held various evenings at The Military Museum from September until May. Unless otherwise stated, the lecture format is as follows:

Lecture Series Information

  • Location QEII Atrium at TMM
  • Reception 1800 hrs (6:00 pm)
  • Lecture begins 1900 hrs (7:00 pm)
  • Admission By donation. (Suggested donation, $10)

Upcoming Lectures

Thurs 27 Feb 2020: Flying the MiG-29

Lecturer: Maj (Retd) Bob Wade

Join us on February 27, 2020 with former RCAF fighter pilot and CF Snowbirds pilot, Major (Retd.) Bob Wade for his engaging presentation on his flight with the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan MiG-29.

In 1989, the Soviet Union decided to market and demonstrate their MiG-29 to the western world, but their efforts were hindered by a crash during a demonstration in Paris. They were also met with American resistance. While the Soviet Union was keen to have western pilots test their MiG-29s, American authorities were reluctant to allow Soviet pilots fly any of the latest western fighters in return.

That's where Major (Retd.) Bob Wade comes in.

Bob held an impressive career serving as an instructor and fighter pilot in the RCAF for 23 years. He flew with the Snowbird Aerobatic Team and later on as a ground attack pilot and instructor on the CF-104 Starfighter with NATO. He then became an instructor and air defence pilot on the CF-18 Hornet with NORAD. Through a strange set of circumstances, he also became the first pilot in the western world to fly the Soviet MiG-29.

In this presentation, Bob will speak about his selection for the role, his experience, and how the aircraft compared to its western counterparts.

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Fri 27 Mar 2020: Chasing Codes

Lecturers:Dr. Peter Berg and David O'Keefe

Join us on March 27, 2020 as these two distinguished lecturers tell the journey of the Enigma machine and the attempts to break it, especially the 4-rotor version, to modern day online encryption and the strange world of quantum cryptography. Learn about the human efforts and shortcomings that have enabled code breaking - until now.

Peter Berg 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 Chair of the Department of Science at the University of Alberta. While he enjoys his research about fuel cells, his true passion is “Ze Enigma Maschine.”

David R. O’Keefe is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada 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 over 15 documentaries for History Television and appeared on CBC Radio, Global Television, and the UKTV Network in Great Britain." - Penguin Random House Canada

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