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Backgrounder / May 27, 2014


Maple Guardian

Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN (Ex MG) was Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE’s predecessor. Ex MG began in 2006 as preparatory training for Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan. During the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan Ex MG was the troop’s last stop before deployment.

As the Canadian Armed Forces combat mission in Afghanistan drew towards a close the training evolved to focus on developing general purpose, combat-capable soldiers.

In fall 2011 it evolved into Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE (Ex MR). Ex MR has averaged between 3000 and 4000 participants over the past three iterations. Since 2006 Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN and MAPLE RESOLVE were held in Wainwright, Alberta.


Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE (Ex MR) is under the responsibility of the Canadian Army Doctrine Training Centre (CADTC), headquartered in Kingston, Ontario. CADTC focuses on assuring the intellectual development of soldiers and conducts exercises across the country at various sites.

The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) currently plans and conducts the exercise under the wing of CADTC. Ex MR is essentially a full-scale dress rehearsal for the battle group slated to deploy.

CMTC is the national training centre which designs and delivers collective training from it’s location in Wainwright, Alberta. Short of an actual deployment, CMTC provides the most realistic and dynamic experience imaginable of operational situations.

The exercise often includes support from the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy and varied units from other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, as well as other allied and partner forces.

High Readiness

Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE provides the arena for Army soldiers to sharpen their skills within a realistic, complex and challenging operating environment. It is foundation training with the end goal of the exercise to test and confirm that participating Army units are ready for deployment anywhere in the world and at any time, as directed by the Government of Canada.

This training event employs a scenario to create a force-on-force conventional fight with a challenging enemy, in addition to some unconventional and insurgent elements. This is done within an environment where the realities of a deployment are replicated as accurately as possible.                

Many adaptive scenarios are incorporated into the training and various Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and other support-element capabilities are leveraged to promote realism.

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