"Home Front Canada, Looking Back and to the Future"

Chastelain Event

2017 McIntosh Gallery Distinguished Lecture
Sunday, April 2nd at 2 P.M.
BMO Financial Group Auditorium in Ivey Business School
Western University
Free & Public Event

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This year’s lecture will be presented by Canadian General (Ret'd) John de Chastelain whose career has included commands in Canada, Germany, Cyprus and ultimately as Chief of the Defence Staff. In 1993, he was appointed Canada’s 17th Ambassador to the United States but the following year was recalled to Regular Force duty and re-appointed Chief of the Defence Staff until his retirement in December 1995. From 1995 to 2011, he was Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, which was responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland

Accompanying Exhibitions

In the beginning, 1942 and Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front During the First and Second World Wars are currently on display as part of Western’s Canada 150 programming in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. In the Beginning, 1942 recreates the first exhibition at McIntosh Gallery and celebrates our 75th Anniversary as Ontario's oldest university art gallery. Works by future Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, and Frederick Varley will join those of fellow Canadians Maurice Galbraith Cullen and John William Beatty.  Behind the Lines provides a glimpse into the personal sacrifice and hard work of determined Canadians at home who collectively supported the armed forces overseas during two world conflicts.  Through them we witness unprecedented developments in manufacturing, travel, and social upheavals such as the changing roles of women entering the workplace and armed forces.  

McIntosh Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Western’s Canada 150 Committee, which has made these exhibitions and related programs possible.

For more information contact Mitra Shreeram, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at mshreera@uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 ext. 87576

Getting Here


FREE parking available at Springett and Elborn College lots to the North and South of the Richard Ivey Building. Please contact Mitra at mshreera@uwo.ca if you need parking assistance. 



Take the #2 Bus going Westbound up Western Road and get off either at Sarnia Road and Western Road (the Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre will be on your left) or get off at Alumni Hall. Proceed to Walk over to the Richard Ivey Building. Schedules available at http://ltconline.ca/Routes.htm 

Map & Images

Richard Ivey Building (roadside view)

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Richard Ivey Building (Main Entrance - Northeast corner)

main entrance