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CIC Saskatoon: The HMCS Margaret Brooke – The Navy’s New Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel

March 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST


Bigger than the Kingston Class and heavier than the Halifax Class frigate, the Harry DeWolf-Class Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) offer the Royal Canadian Navy a made-in-Canada vessel which is ice-capable – increasing our ability to service Canada’s north – and highly versatile – able to provide multiple levels of support in emergency and disaster situations.

Join us as we honour Commander Michele Tessier, the new commander of AOPV 431, the HMCS Margaret Brooke. This vessel is named after a Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister decorated for gallantry during the Second World War. Margaret Brooke was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, and will be honoured later this month as an Alumnus of Influence.

Commander Tessier will discuss the background of the development of the AOPVs, and will highlight their capabilities as an important next step in maintaining Canada’s readiness.

Speaker’s Biography

A graduate of Memorial University’s English literature program, Commander Michele Tessier grew up in Grand Bank, NL. She is the granddaughter of a fishing trawler captain, and she says the salt water is in her blood.

Commander Tessier joined the Naval Reserve in 1996 at HMCS Cabot in St. John’s, and completed basic officer training at the now closed Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, B.C. Her resumé is peppered with notable appointments including commanding officer of Naval Reserve Division HMCS Griffon in Thunder Bay, Ont., and Commander Coastal Forces Pacific, her current post.

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Dinner with the speaker (RSVP)
7:40 pm Doors open to the public
8:00 pm Public presentation begins


Two ways to register by Eventbrite:

[1] Presentation only – 8 pm – free
[2] Dinner with the speaker at 6 pm, followed by presentation.

Students – $20 per plate
All other CIC members – $25 per plate
Nonmembers – $30 per plate

If joining for dinner, payment by credit card (deadline: March 13, 4:00 p.m.). Dinner registrants will be expected to pay even if they cannot or do not attend. Persons with dinner reservations who cannot attend are encouraged to find someone else to take their place.

Contact Person: Dan Sutherland –


March 15, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST
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