This volume and the conference that gave rise to it have benefited from the strong support of a number of people and institutions. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary have encouraged the editors from the start. Professor David Bercuson, Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, was a genial and stimulating host who helped us refine our themes and select our contributors. He was ably assisted by the redoubtable Nancy Pearson Mackie, who provided outstanding assistance “on the ground” in Calgary. We thank them both.
The success of our conference owed much to the efforts of the individuals who chaired its sessions: Patrick Lennox, Duane Bratt, Gordon Houlden, Brig.-Gen. Robert S. Millar, Terry Terriff, and Ariel Delouya. They carried out their duties with the requisite combination of firmness, goodhumour, and wisdom. Two exceptional public servants and diplomats, Mel Cappe and Don Campbell, enlivened the proceedings with frank reflections on their own efforts to define and pursue Canada’s national interest.
Several individuals with a strong interest in Canada’s foreign policy and its rich past were also very helpful in bringing this volume together. The following individuals deserve our special thanks: Jean Bourassa, Weldon Epp, John Ferris, Mary Halloran, and Philippe Lagassé.