Waterloo, Canada – January 30, 2015 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to host archeologist Marc-André Bernier, who was a principal participant in the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus.

On February 3, 2015, Bernier will participate in a day of activities at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario. As part of this, media are invited to:

  • Press Briefing with the Franklin Voyage Discovery Archeologist
    Featuring: Marc-André Bernier (Parks Canada)
    Tuesday, February 3, 4:30-5pm
    CIGI Campus, Balsillie School of International Affairs Boardroom
  • CIGI Signature Lecture: Discovering the Erebus: Mysteries of the Franklin Voyage Revealed
    Featuring: Marc-André Bernier (Parks Canada)
    Discussant: CIGI President Rohinton Medhora
    Tuesday, February 3, 7-9pm
    CIGI Campus Auditorium

Discovering the Erebus: Mysteries of the Franklin Voyage Revealed is a free public lecture that will also be live webcast to a global audience. As an evening of celebration and Arctic exploration of Canadian underwater discoveries surrounding Sir John Franklin’s long-lost ships, the lecture will offer never before heard anecdotes and a glimpse of artefacts from the historic Franklin expedition. Members of the public can register for the CIGI Signature Lecture, and watch an event trailer, by visiting: www.cigionline.org/franklin.

Media interested in attending the press briefing or free public lecture should e-mail: [email protected].  


Marc-André Bernier has served as Chief of Underwater Archaeology Sciences at Parks Canada since 2008. Bernier has both directed and contributed to several shipwreck excavation projects, including the Elizabeth and Mary and the HMS Investigator, and is currently a member of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH). He served as Board Member of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) from 2011 to 2014.

Rohinton Medhora is President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Previously he was Vice President, Programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a research funder. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His publications include co-edited books on development thought and practice, Canada’s relations with Africa, and Canada’s role in the international financial system.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]    

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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