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Canadian Army explores ways to optimize the human dimension in warfare

February 3, 2016

OTTAWA – Today, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) launches the 2016 Conference of its Milton F. Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. This year’s Conference focuses on the Human Dimension of Warfare as it relates to the Canadian Army.

The two-day Conference provides an open venue for military and academic personnel to discuss issues relevant to the study of war and to the profession of arms. In today’s world of proliferating low‑cost technologies, Canada and its allies increasingly attempt to optimize the human performance in an effort to defeat potential future adversaries and security threats.

The presentations consist of a combination of military speakers from the Canadian Army’s Combat Training Centre (CTC) and academics who present ideas on topics relating to their personal experiences, research and employment.

Quick Facts

  • The Conference identifies and assesses the physical and mental challenges soldiers face in an evolving contemporary operational environment.
  • It seeks to incorporate lessons learned from past experiences of both Canadian and allied training methods into future operational practices.
  • It aims to optimize the human performance with better trained, more versatile and more resilient soldiers and instructors.
  • CTC is headquartered at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, in New Brunswick, and has participated in and supported this UNB annual conference for over 31 years.


“The mental and physical health of our soldiers continues to be a priority, and it is our goal to provide the best possible support for our soldiers so they can continue to maximize their potential. We appreciate that our academic partners are working with us in addressing this area of key interest to the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

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