Monthly Archives: February 2019

Next 2 weeks: Cybersecurity and Scaleups. You’re Invited!

From another of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Upcoming C100 Events
Thursday, February 28th
Palo Alto, CA**

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Join C100 for an evening welcoming the visiting entrepreneurs from the Lazaridis Institute’s Scale-Up Program, one of Canada’s top accelerator programs. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us February 28th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend. Location will be announced 48 hours before the event.

**Please note the change of location from San Francisco to Palo Alto. If you’re unable to make it to Palo Alto, please let us know**

Tuesday, March 5th
San Francisco, CA

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
C100, in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada and the Government of Ontario welcomes cybersecurity entrepreneurs and partners for an evening of discussion and networking.
This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend. Location will be announced 48 hours before the event.

Please join us!

C100 Event Recap
Growth Summit & Canadian Intern Event
On February 5-6, C100 hosted our 2nd annual Growth Summit for a dynamic group of CEOs and execs from 19 of the highest-growth startups in Canada and Silicon Valley, and leaders from C100’s supporting corporate and ecosystem partners.

Founders behind three of Canada’s most influential startups (Ritual, Hopper, and Borrowell) shared their stories of entrepreneurship and why they believe Canada is poised to lead.

Several more distinguished leaders including Laszlo Bock, Michele Romanow, Chris O’Neill, Rahim Fazal, Brittany Forsyth, Derrick Fung, Nilam Ganenthiran, Shuman Ghosemanjumder, Ashira Gobrin, Oleg Rogynskyy, Melissa Taunton, Irfhan Rawji, Mark Jacobson and Michelle Zatlyn, shared their advice on scaling and growth, leadership, and talent.

To learn more about 2020’s Growth Summit, keep an eye on our newsletter andwebsite for updates. For more details on the speakers, schedule and topics from this year, please visit:

The Canadian Intern Event: February 12, 2019
Did you know that dozens of Canadian undergrads complete internships in the SF Bay Area each semester?
On February 12, we hosted 40 of them in our San Francisco office for an evening of dinner and conversation. Fangjin Yang (pictured above), Co-Founder & CEO of Imply, a Bay Area startup focused on real-time analytics with Apache Druid shared his entrepreneurship journey, including how he transitioned from engineer to co-founder, built meaningful business connections in the Valley and made the most of his internships to kick-start his career as an entrepreneur.

If you are interning in the Valley or are interested in hosting them, please let us know!

Special thanks to our Foundational Partners, Corporate Members, and event partner, PadPiper, for helping us make this event possible!

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CAN Announcements

From one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Canadian Studies Colloquium Feb 26
Dr. Peter Loewen
The 2015 Canadian federal election was a dynamic affair. Each of the three major parties held the lead in polls at some point in the campaign. However, by the end of the campaign the Tories finished where they started, the Liberals pulled far ahead, and the NDP saw all their previous gains fall away. Why did this happen? Using data from the Local Parliament Project, I show that there were two related forces underwriting the Liberal victory. First, increasingly positive evaluations of the leadership of Justin Trudeau. Second, increased expectations that the Liberals could defeat the governing Conservatives. By contrast, the victory was not easily attributable to issue positions or economic performance. I conclude the talk by considering the implications of these findings for the next federal election, to be held in October 2019.
Peter Loewen is a Professor of Political Science, Global Affairs, and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He works on voting behaviour, elite behaviour, and the relationship between technology and good governance. His work is published in leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, and Transactions of the Royal Society B. He is a co-investigator of the Canadian Election Study and in 2015 was Co-Principal Investigator of the Local Parliament Project, the largest ever election study in Canada.
11:30 AM, Tuesday February 26
223 Moses Hall
Canadian Studies Sproul Fellow Jia Li seeks student participants for an upcoming Canadian Film Study Project. For more information contact Professor Li at
Call for Proposals
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States 25thBiennial Conference
Canada: Forces of Inclusion and Exclusion
November 13–16, 2019
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec
Conference Theme—Disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholarly inquiries dedicated to examining the conference theme of inclusion/exclusion in Canada and Canadian affairs are encouraged. In what ways can Canada be regarded as an inclusive society by the international community? What policies has Canada established and pursued over the past 150 years to foster and expand inclusivity? Have there been notable variations over time, across issues and governments, and in Canada’s approach toward inclusivity? How might these be explained? How is Canada currently positioning itself to embrace inclusivity given the variety of global concerns in the international community?
We welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students, professors, independent scholars, practitioners, and exceptional undergraduates.Scholars interested in submitting a proposal should forward a working title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with a current vitae (2 pgs. maximum) to the appropriate section chairs no later than April 15, 2019. Paper presenters must be current ACSUS members. Confirmations will be sent to participants by May 15, 2019.
Digital Moose Lounge
Please note: Canadian Studies is pleased to forward the below as a courtesy announcement from our valued community partner, the Digital Moose Lounge. Canadian Studies and UC Berkeley do not endorse any particular tax strategy or tax professional.
You’re Invited to the 2019 Cross-Border Estate, Tax, and Investment Wealth Management Panel Discussion
Digital Moose Lounge Members and Friends!  Our panel will be on hand to answer your Estate, Tax, Investment and Wealth Management questions. Limited seats available, so get your tickets early.
The Panel:
Your Host: Wayne Baxter, One Capital Management, LLC
Wayne works with families, residing in the U.S. and Canadian residents with U.S. investment assets.  He advises wealthy families on growing, protecting and ultimately distributing their wealth in an effective and efficient manner according to their personal goals.
While practicing in Canada with Investment Planning Counsel, The Baxter Team grew from one location in 1994 to four Southern Ontario locations in Etobicoke, North York, Georgetown, and Newmarket.
James Stephens, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law
James is designated by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. He is a member of the Trusts & Estates section of the California State Bar (1998-2019).
His law practice focuses on estate planning (Will and Trust drafting), probate and trust administration (including court appearances and tax compliance), contested estate matters (litigation), and cross-border estate planning.
Marc Gedeon, Esq., CPA (CA), CPA, CA (ON)
Marc is a licensed as an Attorney and CPA in California and licensed as a CPA, CA in Ontario. His firm, Gedeon Law & CPA is a unique team that represents select clients in the USA, Canada, and Australia in cross-border tax matters.
Started in 2006, Gedeon Law & CPA is California’s only specialized U.S.-Canada cross border tax firm and is the only cross border tax firm officially licensed to practice in both California and Ontario, Canada.
Randol Curtis, CFA, One Capital Management, LLC
Randol is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for One Capital Management, LLC. One Capital Management’s investment philosophy is that in order to achieve our clients’ objectives, capital must be deployed around the globe to reach assets with high real return. Randol is a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee, specializing in Fixed Income Investing.
Prior to joining One Capital Management LLC, Randol was a founding partner of C-QUADRAT Asset Management (UK) LLP, and past Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in London, UK, where he served as Lead Portfolio Manager of the Global Convertible Funds for both the Morgan Stanley Institutional Management (MSIM) and the Private Wealth Management Divisions in Europe. Previously, he was a member of the Morgan Stanley international convertible bond research team which earned the #1 ranking by Institutional Investor Magazine.
 Registration check-ins start at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.
Complimentary beverages and light snacks will be provided. For any questions about this event, please email us at
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley213 Moses Hall #2308Berkeley, CA 94720


Always the first one to know

From the Legion Magazine.

Always the first one to know

Always the first one to know

“Sometimes it’s going to be a smell. Sometimes it’s going to be a sound,”
says Hélène LeScelleur. “And then it reminds me of the horror that we’ve been through.”

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
“Seeing people decapitated, it’s not that usual for anyone,” says former army medic Hélène LeScelleur. “I saw a lot.”

It wasn’t an image she had contemplated when she signed up for the militia and fell in love with the military.

LeScelleur had challenged authority her entire youth, so when military brass told the newly minted lieutenant and by then 12-year army veteran that she was “too junior” to carry out her duties in Afghanistan, she went on the offensive.


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Military Milestones
Fierce Fighting at Reichswald Forest

Fierce fighting at Reichswald Forest

On Feb. 19, 1945, midway through Operation Veritable, the Allied plan to surge into Germany, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and Essex Scottish were in a tight spot.

They were part of a pincer movement launched on Feb. 8 and wrapped up in March, in which the British XXX Corps and 3rd Canadian Division in the north and U.S. 9th Army in the south intended to destroy German forces west of the Rhine River.

However, the Americans had been delayed by flooding, allowing the Germans to focus their efforts on the Canadian advance.


The Battles: Canada and the Second World War
This week in history
This week in history

February 18, 2010

John Babcock, last known Canadian First World War veteran, dies.


Hearing Life
Legion Magazine

WWI DISPATCH February 19, 2019

From the World War One Centennial Commission.

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February 19, 2019

Letters home from African American soldiers share details of their separate and unequal treatment in World War I

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During Black History Month, we have been bringing forward a number of little-known, unique stories about the experiences of African Americans in World War I. Today, we offer a remarkable article, created by Mr. Calvin Mitchell, that gives a broad, insightful overview of the experiences of those 360,000 African Americans who served — based on their letters home. Mr. Mitchell is Research Associate, and former Assistant Curator of Philately, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Click here to read the entire thoughtful article on the African American experience in WWI.

Making of the Novel “Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I”

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer had always known the story of the handful of Choctaws who used the tribal language to save lives and help bring a swifter end to the First World War. However, over the years she discovered that this “fantastic and monumental part of our American and military history was still unknown to the public.”  So she decided to write the novel Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I. to make the story more accessible. But when Sarah began educating herself on WWI doing research for the novel, she quickly “learned how little I knew about it beyond the black and white Sergeant York movie, a staple in my home when I was growing up.”  Click here to read more about the research that spanned years and continents to help bring the story of the Choctaw Code Talkers alive again in 21st Century America.

A Coast Guardsman At Sea in WWI


A Coast Guardsman’s photos and letters home provide a ‘from-the-deckplates’ view of patrol service in the Atlantic, in this article from Naval History Magazine by Commander Stephen Surko, USN (Ret).  Frederick Richard Foulkes, just four days after enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1917, wrote home to ask his family to send him his new camera. Thereafter, Foulkes wrote frequently to his family in Philadelphia and made ample use of the camera he had requested—the result being a rich trove of letters and photographs. Click here to read excerpts from his letters, along with a sampling of his dozens of photographs, that provide an up-close look a century later at wartime duty on board a heralded cutter of Squadron 2, Division 6, Atlantic Fleet Patrol Forces.

Troopship Rescue from Fire Island!

SIgnal flag to grounded troop ship

In the early morning of January 1st 1919 Surfman Roger Smith reported sighting the U.S.S. Northern Pacific a few miles southeast of Fire Island, Coast Guard Station #83. Unbeknownst to Smith, the initial report was the beginning of an 18 day saga that remains one of the most amazing, yet often forgotten, rescue stories of World War I. Harry Kidd is a volunteer at the U.S. National Archives working on textual and photographic digitization projects, and a former Navy photographer.  He came across this story while researching military photographers. Click here to read the entire story of why the troopship carrying wounded soldiers back from Europe got stuck on a Fire Island sandbar, and how a potential disaster was averted.

Harder than the War: Disabled Doughboys Fight for Recognition


Dr. Ed Lengel, noted author & historian, explores on his blog some of the post- World War I reminiscences of veteran Harry Zander, who in his memoir of wartime and postwar experiences, Thirteen Years in Hell, published in 1933, chronicled what Lengel describes as the  “many thousands” of disabled WWI veterans who “would die young from war-related illnesses in shelters, flophouses and small hospitals, their sacrifices unacknowledged and forgotten.” Click here to read the entire article regarding how America’s WWI wounded and disabled too frequently became casualties a second time in the postwar nation.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

A Teacher on Teaching WWI:
Michael Sandstrom

Michael Sandstrom

On February 1st’s edition of the WWI Centennial News Podcast, Episode 108, host Theo Mayer spoke with high school teacher and National History Day’s Legacies of World War I participant Michael Sandstrom about his experiences teaching history, especially World War I history, to the current generation of high school students. Sandstrom is a Social Science teacher at Chadron High School in northwestern Nebraska, about 20 minutes from the South Dakota border. Click here to read a transcript of the entire interview.

The Civil War and Beyond:
the Connection Between Reconstruction and the Great War

Carol Mosley Braun

On February 8th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 109, host Theo Mayer observes that in telling the story of African Americans in World War I, in order to put the history into context, we really need to go back an additional generation to what is known as the Reconstruction Era. With the help of Senator Carol Mosley Braun (right), this episode explores how changes to the U.S. Constitution and in American society set the stage for African Americans to serve gallantly in World War I. Click here to read the transcript of this episode of the podcast.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Georges Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson

Episode #110
Highlights: The League of Nations

Host: Theo Mayer

Wilson Explains The League of Nations – Host | @02:10

A Seat at the Table: Japan – Host | @14:55

Turmoil at the Conference – Mike Shuster | @18:45

Formation of the American Legion – David Rehbein | @23:25

James Reese Europe – Jason Moran | @30:05

Fort Des Moines & Black Medical Officer Training – Doug Fisher | @35:55

Speaking WWI: GI – Host | @43:10

Articles & Posts: The Dispatch – Host | @45:20

Literature in WWI This Week

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First I Said No

By Mary L. Doyle

When Army veteran Mary L. Doyle was first asked to help write the 100-year-old history of Ft. George G. Meade, a history that began with WWI, she said no.

Primarily a fiction writer, Doyle had only co-authored two works of nonfiction: memoirs of African American women in uniform because she felt compelled to bear witness their untold raw, honest experiences. When she did agree to write about Ft. Meade, she discovered that she had developed a knack for uncovering what had been forgotten.

In this post, Doyle discusses the journey she took to bring 100 years of a rich, diverse history together, a journey in which she discovered African American doctors who volunteered during WWI. Read Doyle’s Ft. Meade adventure at WWrite this week!

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Charm Pendant

Charm Pendant

Proudly wearing the WWI 100 Years charm pendant is a fantastic way to let folks serving in the military, along with veterans, know that we still honor those who served our country one hundred years ago. This satin nickel charm, worn on a necklace or bracelet, is a simple, yet meaningful, way to display your pride and remember those who sacrificed throughout our nation’s great history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes towards funding the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.

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On the heels of his enormously successful World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, director Peter Jackson has released the first trailer for his upcoming J. R. R. Tolkien biographic film. The new movie will explore how the horrors of World War I that Tolkien (in his British army uniform above) witnessed were eventually channeled into “a fantastical adventure story about good and evil, destiny and prophecy,” which we know as his Lord of the Rings trilogy. In a recent article on the Sovereign Nations web site, author Desmond Berg looks at the effects of the Great War on Tolkien and his lifelong friend author, C.S. Lewis, and how “both used the experience of war to shape their Christian imaginations” and produce fantastic works of literature. Click here to view the trailer for the new Tolkien movie, and read the insightful article on how World War I is still shaping popular culture today.

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Joseph Thomas Hughes

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

Joseph Thomas Hughes

Submitted by: Gerald Hathaway (Grandson} 

Joseph Thomas Hughes born around 1895. Joseph Hughes served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Joseph Thomas Hughes (1895 – 1933)

By Gerald Hathaway, October 9, 2018

It was a hundred years ago today, or maybe tomorrow, that Pvt. Joseph Thomas Hughes was wounded in action, in France. If today is that anniversary, the casualty was incurred while attacking the Germans for control of Hill 269 in the Meuse-Argonne, 80 kilometers east of Reims, not far from the Belgian and Luxembourg borders. If the hundredth anniversary of his wound is instead tomorrow, he was wounded while successfully defending Hill 269 from being retaken by the Germans. The uncertainty of the date of the wound is due to conflicting reports. After all: the fog of war.

Joseph Thomas Hughes was born in Philadelphia in 1895, of Irish immigrant parents, who met in Philadelphia. His father, Thomas Hughes, died when Joseph was nine years old. When America joined the Great War, Joseph, then not quite 22, said goodbye to Philadelphia and enlisted, on May 5, 1917, reporting at Fort Slocum, in New Rochelle, New York. He was assigned to the newly formed First Engineers, First Division, American Expeditionary Forces. On August 7, he boarded the SS Finland in Hoboken, New Jersey and set sail for Saint-Nazaire, France, arriving August 20, 1917. His ship’s convoy fended off U-Boat attacks.

Read Joseph Thomas Hughes’ entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.