The Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ship and its Future Operation in the Canadian North

The Centre for Foreign Policy Studies will host the third in its on-going series of workshops to discuss the nature of future operations in the Canadian arctic region made possible by the construction of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. The workshop announcement is available on the CFPS homepage (, along with the program. Here is the text of the announcement:

Irving Shipbuilding was awarded a contract on January 16th to build as many as six Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), to be known as the DeWolf-class. While the Royal Canadian Navy has previously conducted operations in the Arctic, they have been limited by the physical character of their vessels. The new ships represent expanded potential for northern and offshore tasks. Understanding the changing nature of the environment will help to shape expectations for the northern tasks that can be conducted by the AOPSs and their crews.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together invited Canadian Arctic stakeholders to identify, discuss and share their perspectives on the potential challenges and issues concerning Arctic maritime operations and the future employment of the Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ships.

Chatham House rules will be in effect. Media will not be invited but follow-on academic research and articles emanating from the discussions will be produced, with non-attribution in effect per the Chatham House rules.

Admission Fee Required

Friday June 5, 2015 - 11:30 AM

University Hall, MacDonald Building


Additional Information
Registration is $50.
Seating is limited, advanced registration is required by email at or telephone (902) 494-3769

For more information please see our workshop announcement.

Workshop Chairs
Ken Hansen, Resident Fellow
Dave Smart, CFPS Fellow