Canadian values alive and well in first-ever simulated peace operation for young Canadians



    PPC "production company" brings internationally-renowned training to
    student audience

    OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - An innovative idea from Canada's first
Commander in Afghanistan, Colonel Pat Stogran, comes to life today at the
first-ever simulated peace operation for young Canadians.
    The Model Mission in Fontinalis brings 130 university and college
students from across Canada to the Canadian War Museum today through Saturday,
March 17, 2007. Guided by experienced leaders and field workers in peace and
security, participants will experience the kinds of hands-on problem solving
crises military, police and humanitarian workers face on the ground. The play
unfolds against the backdrop of a sophisticated fictional country scenario
called Fontinalis developed by the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre over more than
a decade of training to an international audience. The goal of the simulation
is to help the leaders and politicians of tomorrow better understand the
evolving nature of contemporary conflict.
    Within the Model Mission exercise, former Canadian External Affairs
Minister Flora MacDonald plays the role of the Special Representative of the
Secretary General. Major General (retired) Lewis Mackenzie plays the role of
Force Commander. Chief Superintendent Graham Muir, A/Assistant Commissioner of
the RCMP and former Police Commissioner in Haiti, is the Police Commissioner
within the Model Mission. Internationally-respected expert in humanitarian
work Ted Itani plays the role of Humanitarian Coordinator.
    The Model Mission is the result of months of collaboration among partners
that include the Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada, Carleton University, Oxfam,
UNICEF, UNHCR, as well as the Department of National Defence, Canadian
International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs Canada and the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police. Corporate sponsors include CTV Globemedia, and SNC
Lavalin, with Trident International Business Solutions Inc. being the main
event sponsor.
    Senator Hugh Segal will deliver the keynote address at a reception to
mark the launch of the Model Mission from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the
Canadian War Museum. The Honourable Flora MacDonald will address a dinner open
to the public on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The event concludes with
a closing address to participants by Major-General (retired) Lewis Mackenzie
on Saturday, March 17, 2007. Visit www.peaceoperations.org for additional
details.




For further information:

For further information: Kelly Acton, (613) 520-5617 ext. 5909, Cell
(613) 327-0899

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