“The Man Called Intrepid” – presentation by Col. Gary Chris Solar

UCiM Men’s Group is hosting a double-feature – special event!

All men in our community are invited to our Men’s Group pork-loin dinner Thursday, November 23;  5:30 – 7:00 PM, in the MacAskill Room – cost $7

Sign up in foyer, is requested – or contact Doug Purdey

Everyone in our community is invited to a free special presentation 7:30 – 8:30 PM –  “The Man Called Intrepid” by Colonel Gary Chris Solar.


The Man Called Intrepid:  SIR WILLIAM STEPHENSON, CC, Kt, MC, DFC


Winnipeg’s Sir William Stephenson served valiantly in World War I where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Military Cross, the Croix De Guerre avec Palmes and the Legion D’Honneur.

In World War II, he undertook that which earned him a knighthood from Britain, America’s highest award, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Merit, the Order of Canada and the everlasting gratitude of the free world.

His contribution in the field of military intelligence and counter espionage resulted in the saving of thousands  of lives and shortened the war by some six months.

Stephenson, otherwise immortalized as “The Man Called Intrepid”, was a spy master, a canadian soldier, fighter pilot, industrialist and inventor. He was the real-life Inspiration for “James Bond“.

Between the wars he established a number of companies including the British Properties Development Ltd in British Columbia,  Aero Engines Limited, General Aircraft Limited, the General Radio Company, Sound City Films Ltd. and the Pressed Steels Company in the UK and later after the war, the Alpha Cement Company, the Jamaica Cement Company and lastly, the consortium which controlled the major hotels in Bermuda.

As the director for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and the British Security Coordination (BSC) Office in New York for the entire western hemisphere during World War II, he was Churchill’s personal advisor for Allied intelligence and acted as his personal liaison with U.S. President Roosevelt.

He was pivotal in decimating the raw data collected by the Ultra transcripts at Bletchley Park from the German Enigma Ciphers’. He influenced the American public with the help of American newspaper columnists of the axis plans and developed covert intelligence and propaganda in North, Central and South America in an effort to bring the United States on side with the British efforts to destroy the axis forces.

BSC installed a ten-kilowatt transmitter at Camp X. By mid 1944, Hydra was transmitting 30,000 and receiving 9,000 message groups each day, much of the secret Allied intelligence traffic going across the Atlantic.

Prior to the United States entering the war, he established a spy training facility in Ontario, called camp “X”. Over 2,000 operators from the US, UK, IOS, OSS, FBI, RCMP, MI5, MI6, the US Navy and US military Intelligence services, the Office of War Information were trained there, among them five future directors of the CIA.

His efforts not only committed logistical support for embattled Britain, but also supported the embryonic organization initially headed by General William J. Donovan, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which ultimately became the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1947.

After the war Stephenson was named chief government adviser for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and then a similar appointment to Manitoba’s industrial development program.

A true man of mystery, much of Stephenson’s known biographical informention may have been deliberaty ficitcious.  As time goes on, researchers are finding what was false seems to be true and what was true may have been a cover story.

Our guest presenter:  Colonel Gary Chris Solar, MSM OStJ, CD.

Colonel Solar served as the Commanding Officer of the Fort Garry Horse, Commander of the Manitoba Militia District and retired as the Deputy Commander of Prairie Area in 1989.

He was elected Chairman of the Sports Federation of Manitoba, served as a member of the Canada Games Council, Western Canada Games Council, Manitoba Games Council, the Sports Development Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee of the University of Manitoba School of Physical Education, and later appointed President of the Sports Federation of Canada, Director General of IANCS, the International Association of National Confederations of Sport (America’s Region) and was Canada’s delegate at the IANCS international conference in Switzerland .

He was appointed Special Advisor on Military Affairs to the Manitoba government. In 2012, he served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Asian Crime Studies (CACS) in Washington DC. In 2014 he was appointed Director of Operations for the Center for Crime and Terrorism Studies (CCTS). He serves as an adviser to DHD, an International consulting firm for security based in Winnipeg

Gary is semi-retired and spends his time with family (which include four children and six grandchildren) and a host of volunteer agencies. Some of which are, former President and Provincial Commissioner of St. John Ambulance (Manitoba Council), President of the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation, representative on the Hospital Wellness Institute campaign, chair of the Tri Hospital Lottery (Seven Oaks, Misericordia and Victoria Community Hospitals), Director, Royal Commonwealth Society (2008) and President of the Intrepid Society (2008 to date).

He has authored and co-authored a number of publications on military history, sport and management development. He was inducted into Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” museum in 1957. His hobbies include fly-fishing, photography, painting, writing, golf and music. He lectures on military history, espionage and the “Man called Intrepid”.

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