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18777 BGen Sébastien Bouchard takes over as 47th commandant / Le Collège militaire royal du Canada à Kingston accueille un nouveau commandant

Feature caption: The change of command ceremony of the Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) between outgoing Brigadier-General Sean Friday (right), and incoming Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard (left), was presided over by Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi,(centre) Commander, Canadian Defence Academy, at RMCC in Kingston, Ont., on July 14, 2017

 Photo by Steve McQuaid, CFB Kingston Base Photo

18777 BGen Sébastien Bouchard takes over as 47th commandant

Article by: WJO

18777 Sébastien Bouchard has taken the top command position at Royal Military College of Canada  during a 55 minute ceremony Friday morning (14 Jul)  in historic Currie Hall.

The presiding officer was 16204 Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi.

Bouchard officially became the 47th commandant replacing 16855 BGen Sean Friday, who is moving to NDHQ Ottawa and will fill the position of Chief of Staff for Vice Chief Defence Staff.

Bouchard entered the military colleges system at CMR in 1988 and graduated from RMCC in 1993 with a degree in mechanical engineering and commissioned as a electrical and mechanical engineering officer (EME).

The Lac St-Jean native has an impressive résumé highlighted with a number of international and domestic leadership accomplishments.

The ‘family’ has quite the military college connection. His wife is 19619 Karine Chayer and is a 1995 CMR grad. Two sons are currently in the system – one entering II year at RMC and the other just starting at RMC Saint-Jean. Two daughters were in attendance and watched proudly as their dad signed on as the new commandant.

Threatening weather dictated that the Change of Command ceremony was moved inside.

Weather aside the event was well attended with Currie Hall being full on the main floor and the balcony.

Over the 55 minutes there were three main speeches  – outgoing commandant; presiding officer and the incoming commandant. All three pretty well touched all the bases on what one has come to expect in this type of handover (See the Whig Standard article below).

What was inspiring to this writer and many others was the blessing given by the chaplain – LCdr Catherine MacKinnon:

LCdr Catherine MacKinnon – Chaplain

If it be your tradition I would invite you to join me in asking God’s blessings and protection for those in uniform and of course on the outgoing and incoming Commandants of RMCC. If you have not already done so I would invite you to remove headdress. If you are not a person of prayer then kindly take this time to reflect on your own wishes and hopes for our CAF personnel and these two men.

Good and gracious God, traditionally summer is a time to “down tools”, to rest, and be re-energized. Grant rest, we pray, to all of our CAF personnel, especially our staff and students, and their families.

Pour ceux et celles qui ne peuvent pas profiter d’une pause estivale : pour nos troupes déployés outre-mer ou qui combattent des feux de forêt dans l’Ouest du Canada ; pour le personnel des Forces aériennes qui les transportent (parmi d’autres tâches) ; et pour les marins dans nos navires déployés. Protèges-les et aides, nous te prions, les membres de familles de tous les membres de nos Forces Armées.

We ask your blessings on the outgoing Commandant and his spouse, Anne-Lucie. General Friday led this College during an extremely difficult period rife with challenges: BOIs a major SSAV; the deaths of a few students; and one staff member. The task of leadership was not an easy one.  May God bless you both, and your family, as you turn your attention to new challenges in the Nation’s Capital.

Prions aussi pour Brigadier Général Bouchard et sa famille. God grant General Bouchard a sense of humour, a ton of energy, a sound life-work balance, compassion, wisdom, and courage as he assumes the mantel of power over hundreds of staff members and students here at RMCC. May he, with the help of his leadership teams, create an environment where morale is high, people desire to come to work, and students crave the next day of learning and growth. May the example that he gives by all of the choices he makes be a positive influence on every member of the Royal Military College of Canada. Amen.

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Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard

‘Cadets need to trust the system’: RMC Commandant

Whig Standard article

Le Collège militaire royal du Canada à Kingston accueille un nouveau commandant

Article

More photos from the CoC on flickrHere

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47) 18777 Brigadier General  Sébastien Bouchard

2017 –

46) 16855 Brigadier General Sean Friday

2015 – 2017

45) 16888 – Brigadier General Al Meinzinger

2013-2015

44) 14835 – Brigadier General J.G. Eric Tremblay
2011-2013

43) 15181 – Commodore Bill Truelove,
2009–2011

42) 12192 – Brigadier-General Thomas J. Lawson

2007–2009

41) E1607 – Brigadier-General Jocelyn Lacroix
2005–2007

40) S133 – Brigadier General Jean Leclerc
2002–2005

39) 8850 Commodore David Morse
2000–2002

38) 9098  Brigadier General  Ken Hague
1997–2000

37) 6496 Brigadier-General  Charles Émond
1995–1997

36) S123 Colonel Howie Marsh
1996–1997 (acting)

35) 6719 Brigadier General Michel Matte
1993–1996

34) 8790 Brigadier-General Jean Boyle

1991–1993

33) 4459 Commodore Edward Murray
1987–1991

32) 3543 Brigadier General Walter Niemy
1985–1987

31) 3572 Brigadier General Frank J. Norman
1982–1985

30) 3173 Brigadier General John A. Stewart
1980–1982

29) 4860 Brigadier General John de Chastelain
1977–1980

28) 2816 Brigadier General William W. Turner
1973–1977

27) 2530 Brigadier General William Kirby Lye
1970–1973

26) 2576 Commodore William Prine Hayes
1967–1969

25) 2364 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall
1963–1967

24) 2424 Brigadier G.H. Spencer OBE, CD, ADC
1962–1963

23) 2265 Brigadier William Alexander Beaumont Anderson
1960–1962

22) 2184 Commodore Desmond Piers
1957–1960

21) 2140 Air Commodore Douglas Bradshaw
1954–1957

20) 1137 Brigadier-General Donald Agnew
1947–1954

19) 2727 Major-General John Whiteley
1947

18) 2120 Brigadier-General J. Desmond B. Smith
1945–1946

17) 1841 Brigadier D.G. Cunningham
1944–1945

16) 2727 Major General Halfdan Fenton Harboe Hertzberg

1940–1944

15) 816 Brigadier General Kenneth Stuart
1939–1940

14) 749 Brigadier General Harry Crerar

1938–1939

13) Brigadier Henry H. Matthews
1935–1938

12) 624 Brigadier William Henry Pferinger Elkins
1930–1934

11) 621 Brigadier Charles Francis Constantine
1925–1930

10) 151 Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Macdonell
1919–1925

9) Brigadier-General Charles Noel Perreau
1915–1919

8) Brigadier-General L. R. Carleton
1913–1914

7) Colonel J.H.V. Crowe
1909–1913

6) 45 Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Thornton Taylor
1905–1909

5) Colonel R. N. R. Reade
1901–1905

4) Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald C. Kitson
1896–1900

3) Major-General Donald Roderick Cameron
1888–1896

2) Major-General John Ryder Oliver
1886–1888

1) Colonel Edward Osborne Hewett

1875 – 1886

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