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Posted by rmcclub on 28th November 2010

M0819 Captain Christopher Nobrega (RMC 2001), Officer Commanding SkyHawks (former UTPNCM – Otter Squadron)

Captain Christopher Nobrega was born on 4 March 1969 in Georgetown, Guyana and was raised in Toronto, Ontario from the age of six. He joined the Queen’s Own Rifles as part of the Primary Reserves in 1987 before component transferring to the Royal Canadian Regiment of the Regular Force in 1996. He served as a Corporal with the 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment in Petawawa, Ontario until being accepted to The Royal Military College in Kingston during 1999. Following his commissioning and graduation from RMC in 2001, he returned to Petawawa to serve with 3 RCR until 2005. After completing his second tour of duty in Petawawa, he then served as RSS with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry until moving to Trenton, Ontario in 2008.

Captain Nobrega has completed an operational tour of duty in Bosnia and has twice been to Afghanistan, returning from his latest tour in August of 2007. He started his parachuting career in 1989 and served as a paratrooper with the Queen’s Own Rifles and Mike (Para) Company 3 RCR. After being posted to Trenton, he subsequently completed his Military Freefall Parachute course at the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre where he is now employed as the SkyHawks Team Captain. Source


16733 Col Michel Lalumière (CMR RMC 1989) – Wing Commander 19 Wing Comox

Born and raised in Montreal, Colonel Lalumière joined the military in 1984 at the Collège Militaire Royal (CMR) de St-Jean, graduating from (RMC) in Kingston, with an engineering degree.

After receiving his wings in 1990, he served at 103 Search and Rescue Unit in Gander NF on the CH113 Labrador helicopter, followed by 442 (T and R) Squadron in Comox BC, and at the 442 Squadron Operational Training Flight as an instructor.

In 1997, he joined the New SAR Helicopter (CSH) Project in Ottawa in its definition and evaluation phase. The Italian/English Consortium EHI was selected to build the 15 new Canadian helicopters, and in 1998 the Lalumieres moved to Italy, where he served as the Detachment Commander for the Project Management Office. He took part in the first transatlantic delivery mission of CSH 904 and 905 from Italy to Comox in 2001. For his work in the CSH project, Col Lalumière received a Special Achievement Award from BGen Lucas, DGAEPM.

On graduation from Command & Staff College at Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Col Lalumière was given Command in 2003 of 424 Transport & Rescue Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton. This entailed implementing the CH149 Helicopter to Operational status in this fourth SAR area, and retiring the venerable CH113 Labrador helicopter. As CO, he was also actively involved in the 1 Canadian Air Div Project Transform, and the C130 Hercules fleet hours rationalization.

Posted to Ottawa in 2005, he had the opportunity to experience the NDHQ challenges fully: first by being assigned to the Air Staff with responsibilities in NATO, NORAD and other cooperation efforts with our allies; then the newly formed Strategic Joint Staff for the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Hillier; and finally, joined the Chief of Air Staff Exec staff as Executive Assistant to CAS and Commander of Air Command LGen Watt.

Col Lalumière attended the Advanced Military Studies Program, and is currently completing the inaugural National Security Program again at CFC in Toronto. He is presently working on a masters degree in Security and Defence Management and Policy.

Col Lalumière and Ms Nathalie Charest joined their lives at the beginning of this great adventure. They have two wonderful children, Chloé and Hugo, a little gymnast and a swimmer.


14681 Colonel J.A.M. Bigaouette (CMR 1985) Wing Commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw

Colonel Bigaouette joined the Canadian Forces in 1980. In 1985, he graduated from the Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and one year later, he obtained his pilot wings in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. His first posting is with 403 Squadron in Gagetown, New-Brunswick. During the course of this assignment, he will deploy on two occasions to the Sinaï with the Multinational Force of Observers (MFO) to implement the Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt. In 1990, he is assigned to 450 Squadron in Ottawa for the stand up a Flight dedicated to the RCMP Special Emergency response Team (SERT).

In 1993, he is posted to 10 Tactical Air Group (10 TAG) Headquarters as staff officer operations. Upon promotion to the rank of Major in 1996, he resumes flying as Officer Commanding B Flight, with the Canadian Forces Special Operations Forces. During his mandate, he will effect the transfer of the counter-terrorist Flight from Montreal to Petawawa and a transition from the CH-135 Twin Huey to the CH-146 Griffon before occupying the function of Operations officer at 427 Squadron.

In 1999, Colonel Bigaouette is assigned to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, as pilot career manager. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 2003, he pursues his military education at the US Air Force Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. He returns to Ottawa the following year as section head in the Chief of the Air Staff Directorate of Force Employment. During this period, he will participate in the planning of CF operations in Haiti and Afghanistan.

In May 2005, following a decision by the Canadian Government to acquire a new fleet of tactical helicopters, Colonel Bigaouette is assigned to the Directorate of Air Requirements as Project Director for the fielding of a Medium to Heavy Lift Helicopter (MHLH).

In July 2007, he takes over as Commanding Officer of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Québec. After nine months of readiness training, Col Bigaouette deploys to Kandahar to command the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan – CHF (A) – in combat. Upon his return to Canada in November 2009, he is promoted to his current rank and assigned to the Second Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg as Director Air Force Training.

In July 2010, he takes over as Commanding Officer of 15 Wing Moose Jaw and the military director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada Program (NFTC).

During his career, Colonel Bigaouette has accumulated over 2500 hours of flying on five types of aircraft. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, the Land Forces Command and Staff College and the US Air Force Command and Staff College. He has a bachelor in administration from the Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and a Master in Military Art and Science from the US Air Force University.


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Mike Kennedy remembers………

Posted by rmcclub on 21st November 2010

Mike Kennedy remembers………

22 November 2010

Thirty-four years ago today, I awoke to celebrate my 19th birthday at RMC. By that time, my class had been at the College for exactly three months, having arrived on 22 October 1976. Though barely ninety days had passed since we first assembled on the Parade Square, by that point in time our experiences in military college had irrevocably changed our lives. There was still a long, long road to be travelled, but in the thirteen weeks that had already gone by we had made the climb from being raw recruits to full-fledged members of the Cadet Wing. It had been an enormous and in many ways arduous transition, and one that represented the first important milestone in the path towards becoming a commissioned officer.

Like a great many others who have attended the Colleges over the years, I did not eventually make it to graduation, and that has always been one of my great regrets in life. But even so, the year I spent at RMC was an experience from which I was able to take away lessons which have helped me in my endeavors ever since. Many of the people I met at the College – my seniors, members of the academic and military staffs, and my own classmates – were remarkable individuals whose influence had a profound impact on shaping my perceptions and values. I think it would probably be fair to say that my views in this regard would be shared by almost anyone else who has ever been a Cadet, even if only for a very brief period of time.

At the request of the RMC Club, I have agreed to write a series of short vignettes that will attempt to encapsulate my memories of College life and various people I encountered during my time at RMC more than three years ago. What I plan to write will describe things as I saw and experienced them during the mid-1970’s, but I suspect that in at least some respects the stories I will share may be timeless in their appeal, and will reflect memories that Ex-Cadets of many other vintages can relate to. I’d certainly welcome comments and feedback on the various situations and people I will be writing about, and would encourage other interested readers to join in and share memories of their own. By doing so, we will be able to work together to record the unofficial, but no less important, aspects of the three Colleges’ histories, and the role they played in shaping the lives and destinies of successive generations of Canadians.

In this first piece, I will be introducing you to one of the more interesting and memorable characters I met during my time at the College. When you read about Scotty Miller, you’ll undoubtedly recognize someone that you knew at whichever College you attended; possibly you might even recognize elements of yourself. Scotty was one of those individuals who didn’t exactly fit the mould, and there were times when he had to pay the price for his misdeeds. But even so, there’s no denying that in one way or another he made an impact on just about everyone he crossed paths with, and most of the time, it was in a way that changed our lives for the better.

As far as I am concerned, RMC was and still remains a place that could use a few more Scotty Millers. The same holds true for Canada, and indeed, for the rest of the world. Now, let me tell you about my memories of him.

As every Ex-Cadet who has passed through the Colleges will know, the accolades tend to be showered on the keeners who get appointed to the high bar positions and accumulate the merit badges on their sleeves. Invariably, these cadets are the high fliers who somehow seem to coast through the system effortlessly and unscathed. They’re the guys who are front-and-centre when the Wing goes out on parade, and they’re the ones for whom great things are predicted in the future.

But the truth of the matter is, it is the lowly Cadet Section Commanders – the guys of supposedly more modest ability who may sometimes struggle mightily without any hope of ever winning one of the academic prizes or military or athletic awards – who are the front line of leadership for the more junior classes of cadets. They’re the ones who march beside us in the ranks, play alongside us on the sports fields, and deal with us on a day-to-day basis. They’re the guys who play the dual role of disciplinarian and big brother; the ones who have to haul us on the carpet when we come up short, but at the same time, are there to help guide us through the rough spots. Regardless of whether your CSC is good, or indifferent, the one thing you can be sure of is that sooner or later (invariably sooner) you’ll get to know what he is really like, and whether he genuinely cares.

Most cadets will have several different CSC’s during their time at the College, but I don’t think anyone would dispute that the most important CSC is the first – the Rook Flight CSC. He’s the guy in the strange uniform who’s waiting for you when you get off the bus, and he’s the one who tosses you and your fellow Rooks head-first into the depths of hell. You’d never realize at the time, but what the two of you are going through together is just as hard on your CSC as it is on you. And if he’s doing his job properly, in time you’ll come to admire him; maybe you might even like him. For sure, you will remember him for the rest of your life.

When I was a recruit in 1976 in November Flight in 5 Squadron, we were very fortunate to have three first-rate CSC’s assigned to us. As I look back over 30 years later, I realize that those three guys were an interesting and in some ways unique group. For one thing, we were the only Rook Flight in the Wing whose CSC’s represented the fighting arms of the three services: one was a Naval officer, the second was headed for the Armoured Corps, and the third eventually became a fighter pilot.

As well, “N” Flight was the only one where all three of our CSC’s had come from Roads. As a result, even though the fifteen of us who made it through first year were all purebreds, by the time our training had ended the 5 Squadron recruits of 1976 had nonetheless became intimately familiar with Royal Roads, or perhaps more precisely, with the receiving end of Royal Roads.

All joking aside, as I look back in retrospect, I realize now that my own CSC, 11155 Ron Thompson, was an exceptional leader, as was his colleague 11573 Dan Trynchuk. But of the three of them, the one who provided the comic relief that prevented all of us from otherwise going insane was the imitable 11530 Scotty Miller, a guy whose nocturnal excursions to Kingston frequently gave a whole new meaning to the term “drunken sailor”. Perhaps the best way to begin to describe what Scotty was like would be to refer back to a quote from Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher, the eccentric but brilliant Flag Officer who literally dragged the Royal Navy into the 20th century by the sheer force of his personality.

Known for wandering the hallways of the Admiralty wearing signs around his neck reading “I HAVE NOTHING TO DO” or “GIVE ME SOMETHING TO SIGN”, Fisher had a particular fondness for officers who demonstrated an aptitude the art of naval gunnery. When once called upon to defend Percivial Scott, the talented but somewhat controversial Director of Gunnery at HMS Excellent, Fisher made his views about the man known in no uncertain terms. “I don’t care if he drinks, gambles, and womanizes” the Admiral declared. “He hits the target.”

Something tells me that Admiral Fisher would have hit it off with Scotty Miller like a house on fire.

Scotty had entered RRMC in 1973 as a reserve cadet, and he graduated from RMC with the Class of 1977. While at the College he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering and played as a member of the rugby team, and during summers undertook training as a MARS officer. As noted above, he was also well known for being a regular visitor to the watering holes of downtown Kingston, and as will be described below, he had more than a few brushes with the forces of law and order as laid down in CADWINS.

To suggest that Scotty wasn’t exactly the epitome of a “keen cadet” during his time at the Colleges would be a bit of an understatement, to say the least. I remember him as being one of those colourful and flamboyant characters who made no secret of the fact that they didn’t take the system too seriously, and who had little time and less respect for senior cadets or members of the military staff who took unfair advantage of the authority entrusted to them to belittle or abuse their subordinates. Nevertheless, whenever he was called upon to answer for his alleged misdeeds, Scotty was one of those guys who would take their punishment like a man, and who would refuse to back down when they believed they were right.

I remember him telling us about one celebrated incident that had reportedly taken place during his third year, not long before my own arrival at RMC. The story was that, believing that no one would notice they were gone, he and a few of his friends had snuck off one weekend for a bit of “unofficial” leave. Returning to the College after an alcohol-filled sojourn, Scotty was mortified to discover that he had completely forgotten about the fact that he had been scheduled to serve as Squadron Duty Cadet that Sunday. The upshot of his adventures was three weeks’ Beta punishment, courtesy of a martinet Squadron Commander who apparently didn’t see the humour in this particular episode.

Scotty himself, however, didn’t lack for a sense of comedy, and that was one of the things that undoubtedly helped a lot of the “N” Flight rooks to survive. One well known and memorable Miller innovation which appeared very early on during our training was the decision to awaken the Flight at 06:00 every morning to the sounds of the Cat Stevens’ tune “Morning has Broken”. I vividly remember the feeling of putting down my head on my pillow, dead exhausted after yet another brutal day of the recruit life, only to be awoken from a deep sleep after what seemed like just a few minutes’ respite by the opening piano chords of that song.

What I remember best about Scotty, however, was how he became a valued friend and mentor to the recruits of “N” Flight during the long and arduous grind that we endured during our first few months at the College. As his position required, Scotty demanded that his rooks measure up to the prescribed Cadet Wing standards. At the same time, however, his mischievous sense of humour and ability to see through much of the BS that represented the less admirable aspects of the system helped many of us to survive, persevere, and eventually, prevail. It is worth noting that of the eight recruits from “N” Flight that eventually made it to graduation, four had started out in Scotty’s section, and two eventually became Cadet Wing Officers. So he must have done something right !

If I were to describe Scotty as being a perfect example of anything, I would have to say that he was one of those irreverent and loveable characters who had that rare ability to make RMC feel like a fun place to be, even for lowest recruit. Maybe he didn’t always endear himself to his superiors, but no one who knew Scotty (especially if they happened to come up against him on the playing field) could have any doubt that underneath those numerous eccentricities there was a very solid individual who combined a razor-sharp intellect with both a will of iron and a heart of gold. It’s true he had his share of shortcomings as a cadet, but a lack of fighting spirit certainly wasn’t one of them. I have always believed that Scotty was the kind of guy who, if he were thrown into the middle of a crisis situation, would never fail to stand up and do something heroic.

I hope Scotty is out there somewhere reading this, because I want him to know that I remember him very well, and have nothing but good memories of him. I think I can speak for all the Rooks of “N” Flight 1976 when I say that I have never forgotten, and will always appreciate, everything he did for us during that pivotal and unforgettable time in our lives.

Scotty, you’re one of those guys who was really and truly unforgettable, and it is only with the passage of time that those of us who knew you at the College have come to realize just how much value guys like you added to our lives. So what if you spent something like two months’ on Beta punishment during your four years in the system ? Your leadership as a 20 year-old CSC left an indelible imprint on the lives and characters of a group of teenage boys who were making an extraordinarily difficult passage to manhood, and you’ve have done us all proud by virtue of your accomplishments in life after leaving the College.

I understand that you are currently hanging out in the in the depths of darkest Africa, and if that’s the case, then I can only hope that that you’ve finally found a place where you can manage to stay out of trouble, if only for a short while. But more importantly, I hope that you have managed to find happiness and satisfaction in life, because you’re a guy who deserves it.

Scotty, we hardly knew ye. It was only for a year. But it was a year we will never forget.


12570 Mike Kennedy

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Rewarding career in the Infantry

Posted by rmcclub on 14th November 2010

Caption: 17639 Stéphane Bilodeau traveling by Black Hawk from Massum Ghar to Camp Nathan Smith, in Kandahar city.

Rewarding career in the Infantry

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

Feeling the need for adventure, and with the possibility of traveling around the world, Major 17639 Stéphane Bilodeau (1991) decided to join the Collège militaire royal (CMR) de St-Jean during his second last year at high school, in Rouyn-Noranda, QC, his hometown.

“Being part of a great team and the opportunity to have new and interesting challenges were the main reasons that led me to join the CF and the Military College,” he said.

Maj Bilodeau experienced the esprit de corps of life at the college, and was part of the Broomball Rep team for two years. As a third year, he held the position of the CMR Band Drum-Major, and he also had the opportunity to lead Montcalm Squadron as the Cadet Squadron Training Officer (CSTO) and Cadet Squadron Senior (CSS) in his fourth year.

“CMR was a great and challenging experience on its own for me; a place where I could learn about myself, my strengths and my limitations, a place I could learn about the organization and its history, and also learn about my fellow buddies, how we can count on each other during good and challenging times. Also, we had great role models in the military staff, some great teachers at the académie that were able to open our minds and pass on their passion,” he said.

Learning how to manage his priorities was key for Maj Bilodeau, as there were so many activities going on at once. It was also important to learn to take the time to relax and have fun even when things got busy.

“‘Work hard – play hard’ was certainly a motto that resonated with all of us at the time.”

After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Military Studies and a minor degree in Military Psychology, Maj Bilodeau was posted to 3R22eR in Valcartier, QC, as an infantry platoon commander.

“It was a great posting to start my infantry career. I had a great team and a remarkable bunch of soldiers; we did many interesting live firing exercises and training at all levels (sub-unit to brigade level, and even at division level during RV 92),” he explained.

Maj Bilodeau put his training to use on a number of deployments around the world. He was a platoon commander in the Medak Pocket in Krajina from 1993-94; assisted in the 1998 OP RECUPERATION, the ice storm in Montreal and Montérégie; was the Battle Group anti-armour platoon commander on OP PALLADIUM with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia from 1999-2000; participated in OP NIJMEGEN in 2001; acted as the Liaison Officer between 3R22eR Battle Group and Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from 2007-08; and was the Army Lessons Liaison Officer for the Land Component Command for the Olympics in 2010 on OP PODIUM.

“The most rewarding and valuable experiences for me in all operations were when I was either helping the Canadian population or the local population where we were deployed; the feeling of contributing and making the difference by our actions (i.e. providing security, providing human assistance and hope) was very rewarding. I’m happy to have been able to serve my country,” he said.

On his tour in Afghanistan, Maj Bilodeau worked as a Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) operator for almost a month outside the wire.

“I was able to accomplish some valuable liaisons and build some relationships with the civilian population in order to help them, and also to gain their trust and their cooperation to improve their conditions, so they were supportive of our efforts,” he explained.

For the future, Maj Bilodeau would like to have a tour in Sinaï with the Multinational Force Operation (MFO).

“Because of the complexity of this sensitive and high profile region, the dynamics of the local populations and its rich history, this part of the world fascinates me and I would like to contribute to the peace support effort,” he said.

After eight postings to four provinces, Maj Bilodeau has enjoyed the challenges from each posting. He is currently working in Kingston, ON, at the Army Lessons Learned Centre as an analyst.

“We collect, analyze, disseminate and track evolutions of key lessons identified and observations that are gathered in Land and CF Operations. Our mandate is to permit the Army to become a learning institution that is agile and able to adapt to the contemporary evolving operation environment. As you can imagine, our focus have been on OP ATHENA in Afghanistan over the past four years, but this past semester, we have also collected some lessons during OP HESTIA (Haïti – Human Assistance operation), OP CADENCE (CF support to G8 and G20) and during OP PODIUM, the CF support to the 2010 Olympics Games in Vancouver, where I had the privilege to serve,” Maj Bilodeau explained.

With a 19-year career in the Army, working as an infantry officer has been an incredible opportunity.

“Time flies so quickly, so it’s important to learn to live in the moment and appreciate all the dimensions and opportunities that you have. The importance to maintain balance between work and your loved ones is so critical to have a complete and a rewarding life. In the end, our most important resource in the CF remains our soldiers and people, so to the youngsters who just graduated from RMC, learn to take good care of them.”

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 7th November 2010

Peter Dawe(L), Executive Director, RMC Club and Gord Clarke (R), President RMC Club traveled to Ancaster, Ontario on Thursday 5 November,with several members of the Hamilton Branch in attendance.

The occasion was the presentation of the certificate of Honorary Life Membership in the RMC Club to H2552 Bill Young (centre).

Bill was nominated for Honorary Life Membership in the Club by the Hamilton Branch.


8399  William E. Clark, RMC  Class of 1970 – photo taken at the 40th Reunion

This is an update to his report back in 2007-8 as they have now completed the Berth 3 and associated Habitat Compensation construction projects on Roberts Bank (Deltaport).

(Click on photos for better viewing)

William is now working on the first phase of extending the Public Works Graving Dock in Esquimalt Harbour while awaiting mobilization to the Waneta Hydro Expansion project near Trail BC.  “Yes Dr. Ellis I’m still working …and as a Civil Engineer to boot!”


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5573 Layne Larsen – Former RMC Director of Cadets – Busier Than Ever!

Posted by rmcclub on 24th October 2010

5573 Layne Larsen (RR RMC 1962): Director of Cadets RMC, Kingston – 1981 – 83

  • entered Miliary College out of Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Institute, Moose Jaw, SK;
  • earned Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1962); & Master of Electrical Engineering (1967);
  • Jun 62-Oct 62: completed Phase IV of classification trg ANAV/RO, received Honour Graduate plaque
  • Oct 62-May 63: #2(M) OUT, RCAF Stn Summerside, PEI
  • June 63-Oct 64: 405(MP) Squadron, RCAF Stn Greenwood, NS
  • Oct 64-Mar 66: Maritime Radar Trainer instructor, RCAF Stn Greenwood NS
  • Apr 66-Sep67: Aeronautical Experimental and Test Establishment, RCAF Stn Uplands, on detached duty to RMC as first full time graduate student in engineering.
  • Sep 67-Mar 71: Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence, NDHQ (promoted Major Mar 71)
  • Apr 71- Oct 71: CF Air Navigation School, CFB Winnipeg, earn 2nd aircrew wing as ANAV/LR
  • Oct 71- Feb 75: 404(MP) Squadron, CFB Greenwood, NS
  • Mar 75-Jun76: Staff Officer, Organization and Establishment, MARCOM HQ, Halifax, NS
  • Jul 76-Jun 77: Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Course #1 of new Joint Services Programme
  • Jul 77-May 81: Director, Defence Services Programme Information System, NDHQ< Ottawa
  • Jun 81-Jul 83: Director of Cadets and V/Comdt, RMC, Kingston
  • Aug 83-Jun 88: Director, Technical Intelligence, NDHQ Ottawa
  • Jul 88-Aug 91: Section Chief, Command and Control Requirements Analysis (Peace) and HQ Information System Manager (War) at SHAPE, Casteau, Belgium
  • Sep 91-May 94: Director, Military Manpower Distribution, NDHQ, Ottawa
  • He attained the rank of colonel prior to retiring from the Canadian Forces.
  • Career following military service includes: Artist, free-lance journalist and small business owner (speciality archival picture framing);
  • Life member of the RMC Club of Canada.

Layne is currently filled with volunteer work in addition to running his framing shop and spending as many afternoons a week as possible on his art. In addition he is, or has been:

  • Current President of the Visual Artists of Gananoque Area;
  • Immediate Past Pres and current Journal Editor (for past 7 years) for the Canadian Aviation Artists’ Association;
  • Past Pres and current Treasurer of the Thousand Islands Fine Arts Association;
  • Previous Board member and Corporate Secretary of the Kingston Artists Association;
  • Current Chairman of the Board of the Historic Thousand Islands Village Foundation;
  • Chairman of the Board of the Arthur Child Heritage Museum;
  • Member of the Curatorial Committee of the Marian Von Silfout Gallery at St. Lawrence College, Brockville;
  • Current VP of the Kingston chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

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Where are they now? Jacques Tremblay & Bill Lewis

Posted by rmcclub on 24th October 2010

Today, Jacques Tremblay, 76, is running a minor hockey hockey school at the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee. He coached Men’s Hockey at Royal Military College (1989-1996). He made his mark at the Royal Military College, leading the then-Redmen to the the playoffs in the 1995-96 season. It was a feat that earned him CIAU and OUAA Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year (1995-96).

Hockey schools aren’t new for Tremblay, who would run summer camps at Centre 70 and the Memorial Centre while coaching at RMC (1989-96) and at Queen`s (1997-2001). He has coached at various levels over his illustrious career including extended stints as head coach of both the Swiss the French National Teams and head coaching duties in Canadian Major Junior Hockey for the St. Jean Castors (1984 – 86) and the Kingston Canadians (1986-87).

He coached Women’s Hockey at Queen’s (1997-2001) and St. Lawrence College men’s hockey program (2009-10). “My passion is teaching (hockey) although I still get called coach,” Tremblay said.”I don’t want to quit the game.”  Read the entire article here


Pictured is Right Worshipful Brother Bill Lewis, District Deputy Grand Master for Prince Edward District 2009-2010 with Mr. Jon O’Connor, Communications Director for the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Local Masons Fundraise In Support of the Wounded Warrior Fund

Masons from Prince Edward District had a very successful fundraising year in support of the Wounded Warrior Fund, raising $18,000.00 throughout the year.

Each year, Masonic Districts choose a charity to support, and this past year Prince Edward District decided to support a charity that is certainly near and dear to many in the local area. Prince Edward Masonic District is comprised of 13 Lodges from Bancroft in the north to Picton in the south, and from Brighton to Belleville. Each Lodge chose their own method of fundraising, from pancake breakfasts and turkey suppers, to raffles and private donations in support of this most worthwhile charity.

The Wounded Warrior Fund ( was originally started in September 2006 to support our wounded veterans with personal items that were not being supplied by the military. Since its inception, it has become the beneficiary of the nation’s empathy towards Canadian soldiers, and the outpouring of support from Canadians has been overwhelming. It is certainly a success story borne out of a horrible tragedy that continues to support those in need.

For more information on Prince Edward District, please contact Bill Lewis,

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Fund, please contact Jon O’Connor,

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Brent Fisher: In Conversation with Gino Bruni

Posted by rmcclub on 17th October 2010

Gino Bruni in Quad at Jesus College

Almost an entire year has passed since 23988 Gino Bruni (RMC 2008) was declared a 2010 Canadian Rhodes Scholar, RMC’s first in over 20 years. Last month, he departed for the University of Oxford, where he will be studying for the next two years. Brent Fisher recently spoke with Gino regarding his initial impressions of the Oxford experience:

B: Gino, when did you arrive, and did you start classes right away?

G: I arrived in Oxford on Sept 27, and didn’t start class until October 6. The first week was filled with Rhodes events in order to get to know Rhodes Scholars from different countries and from upper years. I also had an orientation period at my College where I was admitted to the College. I attended many events to meet other graduate students.

B: Studying at Oxford requires that you take membership in one of its colleges or private halls. What is your college, and what makes it special?

I am at Jesus College. It is located right in heart of the city of Oxford, which is one of the main reasons I chose it. Jesus College is one of the smaller colleges with only 400 students. As I am taking a second BA in Law I am part of what is called the Middle Common Room, which is a room for graduate students. The MCR also organizes events throughout the year that allows me to interact with graduates in my college.

B: What are your impressions of the Jurisprudence program?

G: I love the jurisprudence program. It is very busy – I have never read so much in my life! – but the content is very intriguing; I especially like the lectures and the material on criminal law. There are so many interesting current cases in criminal law that you couldn’t even imagine. In addition to lectures, I have also attended tutorials or “tutes” as they call them here. This is the main way that subject matter is taught at Oxford. It has been quite enjoyable, but I was very surprised by the intelligence of the 18 year olds that are taking law and are in tutes with me.

B: How many others hold senior status?

G: I am not entirely sure. In terms of the Rhodes group, there are three including me. It is important to note that in most countries law is an undergrad program, and therefore many international students take a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), MJur in Law or DPhil.

B: What did you do throughout the month prior to leaving for Oxford?

Throughout the month of September I was mostly back at home in Calgary saying farewell to my parents and friends. I also was back in Kingston for a week where I stayed with Bill and Rolande Oliver, for which I am most thankful.

B: Before leaving you attended the Rhodes Gala. Can you describe the experience and comment on your interactions with the other Rhodes Scholars?

G: The Gala in Ottawa was extraordinary. It took place on the last weekend in September, just prior to our departure to London. It was the first chance for me to interact with the other Rhodes Scholars from Canada in my year. We visited the National Art Gallery, the Ada Khan Foundation, and had a private tour of Parliament from MP John Baird.

The highlight of the weekend, however, was the sailing out dinner on the Saturday. It was at this point where you had the chance to interact with scholars from prior years. For instance, I interacted with a Jesus College graduate from 1965. There was also a great and frank speech from a Justice of the Court of Appeal in Ontario who explained the realities of Oxford. I really appreciated her honesty and I have already used some of her advice.

B: Will you be involved in any extra-curricular activities at Oxford?

G: I have decided to partake in two extracurricular activities: I am on the Varsity Blues ice hockey team, and I also plan to row for my College.

B: What are your overall impressions of the experience so far?

G: I was walking down High Street in Oxford towards my Matriculation Ceremony, which is a traditional ceremony for admittance to Oxford University, and it hit me how beautiful Oxford is, and how lucky I am to be here. The environment is something I believe everyone should have an opportunity to experience, even if only during a short vacation. My program probably ranks in the top two or three in terms of workload in comparison to those of the other Rhodes Scholars, so already I have had to try and organize my time efficiently. But for the first time in my life I feel like I am doing something I truly enjoy and not just doing something because I am good at it or that it comes naturally.

B: Thanks again for your time Gino. Do you have a message for cadets and alumni back home?

G: To the current students of RMC who still have an opportunity to apply for the Rhodes, please do so. To be at Oxford is an enlightening experience, and I have loved every minute of it so far. I also want to say that RMC has prepared me very well for my experience here: I am again feeling the time constraints of school along with other duties such as sports. My six years at RMC helped me to develop time management skills that are transferable to my experience here at Oxford.

“Gino Bruni”

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 17th October 2010

22735 Victor Bertrand (RMC 2004) completed Phase IV Infantry upon graduation in 2004. He was then posted to 1R22R as his first regimental tour. During that tour he was infantry platoon commander, including a deployment in that position in Afghanistan during ROTO 2 & 3 with the Force protection company at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, and reconnaissance platoon commander.

He also completed the advance reconnaissance course during his first tour at the unit. During his “out of unit tour”, he was instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, aide-de-camp to Comd LFDTS and employed in the Standards cell at the Peace Support Training Centre in Kingston. This was followed by his second regimental tour with 1R22R where he completed the Army Operations Course.

Upon the beginning of the pre-deployment training for ROTO 3-10 in Afghanistan, he was employed with 1R22R Battle Group as company 2 I/C and subsequently as S3 Ops of the Battle Group.


16004 Major Trevor McLeod (RMC 1987) is currently posted in Ottawa as Deputy Judge Advocate – Ottawa. He joined the CF in 1983 as an ROTP cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in civil engineering. After being accepted into the Military Legal Training Program in 1999, Major McLeod attended law school at the University of Ottawa and graduated in 2002.

After completing his Bar Admissions Course for the province of Ontario, Trevor officially joined the Office of the JAG in 2003. As a Legal Officer he has advised in the areas of administrative law concerning personnel issues and of general military law. He had an opportunity to advise on operational law issues during a deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he filled the position of Deputy Military Legal Advisor to the United Nations peacekeeping force in that country.  Source


9479 Brigadier-General (retired) Gaston Cloutier (CMR 1973) has been named director general of the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport. Mr. Cloutier joined the Canadian Forces in 1968 under the Regular Officer Training Plan and, in 1973, graduated from le Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics. In June 2007, he joined the Air Reserve and most recently served as special adviser to the chief of the air staff.  Source


21018 Mr Luc Beaudoin (CMR RMC 1998) joined Public Safety Canada as the Chief of Cyber Operations for the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre. He received a degree in electrical engineering with honors from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Québec in Montréal, and a Master of Sciences from University of Ottawa. Mr. Beaudoin served ten years in the Canadian Forces as a telecommunication officer, during which he namely held the position of Watch Officer at the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre. After leaving the military, Mr. Beaudoin joined the Defence Research and Development Canada – Network Information Operations section, where he led a number of cyber security research projects associated with situational awareness, dynamic risk response, decision making and automated defense. Mr. Beaudoin is author of a number of network security research articles published with organisations including IEEE and NATO.  Source


7317 LCol (Retd) John Tyrrell (RMC 1967) recently relocated from Medicine Hat to Nanaimo, where he invites old friends to track him down. He remains, as he has been since 1994, contentedly retired. Since his retirement, John has been active in creating and maintaining the largest agnostic web site on the internet – The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic (* which is based in part on an epiphany he had in 1965 in second year at RMC.


13715 Captain (Ret’d) Jeremy Byatt (RRMC RMC 1982) is Director, Environmental Responsibility for Bee’ah, an environmental company operating in the Emirate of Sharjah; and the first of its kind in the Middle East. He has held this position since August 2008. Positions held include Policy Director of Friends of the Earth Canada, where he led the international ozone depletion campaign. He was an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s OzonAction programme and a member of Canada’s delegation to the Montréal Protocol. He has also worked as a consultant to the Asia-Pacific Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. A comprehensive range of academic qualifications is further enhanced with a BA in politics and economics from the Royal Military College of Canada. Source


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 11th October 2010

16449 LCol Jason E. King (RMC 1988) is Commandant of the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC). The mission of the PSTC is to provide specific, individual training to prepare selected DND, OGD and foreign military personnel for Full-Spectrum Operations (FSO). He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce.

Throughout his career, Lieutenant-Colonel King has been fortunate to participate in five UN and NATO Missions abroad in Cyprus; Lahr, Germany; Visoko, Bosnia-Hercegovina; Damascus, Syria and in Afghanistan. LCol King is married to a spectacular gal Cynthia and they have two outstanding and gifted sons, Harrison (11) and Aiden (9). LCol King doesn’t skate, runs quite slowly, but loves to play football.  Source




14475 Brigadier-General Jay Milne (RMC 1984) was appointed the Deputy Commander, Land Force Doctrine and Training System in July 2010. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1980 and completed his Bachelor of Science in Honours Mathematics and Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1984.

He served nine months in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Senior Mentor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, General Staff and Army Institutions with the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Upon return to Canada in June 2009, Brigadier-General Milne was promoted to his present rank and appointed Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Central/Land Force Central Area.  Source





Terry Cushing, a former staff member of Royal Roads Military College and a member of the local Wrens association, has donated three Navy Lady Rose bushes to Royal Roads University and a dedication ceremony was held in the rose garden on July 14, 2010.

As part of the Navy’s centennial celebration, the event included short speeches by Cushing, 13211 Commander Tony deRosenroll (RRMC 1981) from CFB Esquimalt and university president Allan Cahoon with Wrens, university staff and faculty and representatives of the Vancouver Island Ex-cadet club in attendance.

The AC(tm) Navy Lady rose has been named as a dedication to the thousands of Canadian women who served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS), known as Wrens, and the women who continue to serve today as members of the Canadian Navy. Source


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd October 2010

17325 Robert Duchemin (RMC 1990) (photo on the right), a long standing Ice Hockey Australia (IHA) on-ice official was granted “Official of the Year for 2009“. Rob commenced his officiating duties at the age of 12 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He officiated in Nova Scotia’s minor hockey system until the age of eighteen. He was compelled to interrupt his officiating duties for four years when he was selected and played with the Royal Military College Redmen in the Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) League.

Post his Redmen career, Rob returned to officiating when he moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Rob was appointed and worked four years as a referee and linesman in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and three years as a linesman in the Western Hockey League before moving to Australia in 1996 where he played for the Newcastle North Stars for a further four years. After finally retiring from a playing career, Rob spent five years as a referee in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).

Rob’s career highlights included appointments to two international games in Canada, the 1996 Royal Bank Cup Final (National Junior A) and refereeing at the IIHF World Championships in Turkey and Mexico. Rob currently runs a development program for 4 – 8 year old players and assists coaching the North Stars Atom team. He still actively officiates and also conducts on-ice official courses in New South Wales.


Commodore Bill Truelove, Commandant, Royal Military College of Canada (right) presents a College coin to Dr. Roger Godard on Monday, Sept 27, 2010. The Commandant joined staff from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, where Dr. Godard is Professor, Emeritus, to thank him for his 31 years of service and to wish him well in his retirement.

Photo by: Dr Rachad Shoucri


RMC Pipe Major to Shearwater – Le cornemuseur principal du collège part pour Shearwater

Pipe Major WO Daniel Smith will be leaving for a posting to Shearwater, NS after two busy years at the college. RMC Pipes & Drums will remember him for his excellent teaching and mentoring.

Le cornemuseur principal Adjudant Daniel Smith nous quitte cette semaine pour un transfert à Shearwater, NE après deux années bien remplies au collège. Les Cornemuses et Tambours du CMR se rappelleront de lui pour son excellent enseignement et mentorat.

From left to right : CWBO Ocdt IV Evan Heath, CWDM Ocdt IV Marc Jacquard, WO Daniel Smith, WO Eugene Heather (new Drum major).

De gauche à droite: DIMU Élof IV Evan Heath, DITAM Élof IV Marc Jacquard, Adj Daniel Smith, Adj Eugene Heather (nouveau Tambour major)

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 26th September 2010

Former Paladin Toiling in the Professional Hockey Elite League in France


Paul Bradley is playing hockey in Strasbourg, France for the L’ Etoile Noire this season. Former Ex cadets who served in Baden and or Lahr will be very familiar with Strasbourg as it was just a short driving distance away from both bases. Rolande and I crossed the border there many times over our four years in Baden – 1961-65.

The 2009 RMC Tommy Smart Cup winner competes in the elite league called the Magnus Ligue; there are about 45 Canadians in the league, mostly from Quebec.

There are strict import rules in France like all other European leagues. The hockey, although a little different from the traditional North American hockey in terms of its physicality and system play, is very good. It is in many ways a step up from the CIS, especially the top two lines of each team.

Paul is on the first line with Jan Cibula, a Slovak a decade older than him;  and a French Canadian slightly older than by the name of David Cayer. So far, the trio are playing quite well together and hopefully it will continue to get better. The regular season is similar to that of the CIS, however there are cup tournaments throughout the season as well as a longer pre-season.

The Calgary native has been there since early August. The team will likely play between 50-60 games this year and will finish up in March. When asked about the training and practises, he replied. “The training here is much more intense given that it is our job, although I want to dedicate myself to learn the language as well.” He also spoke about the local conditions. “As for Strasbourg, it is a beautiful city in the Alsace region of France, rich in history. I have a very large and clean apartment that I share with a great Finnish guy.”

He spoke about his decision to play professional in Europe. “All in all, I am quite happy with my decision to come here and I feel it only benefits my career, my life experiences and it complements my style of play on the ice.”

Paul played four years for the RMC Paladins racking up an impressive total of 55 goals and added 72 assists for a total of 127 points.  For his final year of CIS eligibility he went off to Wilfrid Laurier University and added 20 more goals and 22 assists for a total of 169 OUA points.  The ever soft spoken Bradley added. “Europe was my goal, and I don’t know how long I will be here but I will take it one season at a time and enjoy doing what I love everyday.”

He concluded our chat with memories of the Limestone City. “I regularly check up on my boys back in Kingston and I wish them the very best this season.”

Other e-Veritas Paul Bradley articles:

Hockey Paladins Wrap-Up Season…

Paladin hockey star – winner on the ice / classroom and with PWOR


18365 Glenn Lanteigne (RMC 1992) has been appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer / eHealth Lead at the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

In his new role, Glenn will provide direct leadership and accountability for the creation and implementation of a shared LHIN wide eHealth strategic plan that will ensure and integrated, aligned, and community-responsive healthcare system. He will be responsible for electronic and information sharing initiatives to promote, maintain and improve the health status of the community and the patients served.

Glenn has over 18 years of leadership, management, and consulting experience across the entire healthcare continuum with multiple eHealth, Telehealth and IM/IT initiatives. Most recently, Glenn was the Director, Healthcare at TELUS Healthcare Solutions providing overall strategic leadership for a full range of business and electronic health initiatives in regional care, acute care, community care, primary care, home care, and consumer care. Glenn also has extensive customer service experience working in healthcare organizations in Ontario as well as across Canada and the USA.

His work has been dedicated to the support and promotion of eHealth as a key enabler in healthcare and draws upon his experience in leadership roles with in the private sector with GE, CLINICARE, Eclipsys and TELUS. Glenn also has 9 years experience of public sector experience with the Government of Canada where he served as an Armoured Corps Officer.

Glenn is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada where he holds a Honours Degree in Economics and Politics. In addition, Glenn holds an MBA from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from GE.

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In keeping with the family tradition

Posted by rmcclub on 12th September 2010

In keeping with the family tradition

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

Coming from a long line of Canadian military members, John Carswell decided not to break tradition, and attended the Royal Military College.

Born in Vancouver, Carswell was raised all over Canada because his father, Andy Carswell, was a career Air Force pilot.

“I am third generation military. My grandfather, Sergeant Morrison Carswell, spent five years in the trenches with Toronto Motorized Machine Gun Battalion in the First World War, and was awarded a Military Cross for bravery. My father was a Second World War Lancaster pilot and rejoined the Air Force for a peacetime career. He was awarded the Air Force Cross,” he explained. “My uncle Jim Carswell was part of the RMC “War Class” and served with the Artillery in the Second World War. He was a classmate of Brigadier General (Ret’d) William W. Turner CD, ADC (RMC 1940), who was Commandant when I was at RMC in 1976-77.”

Carswell’s son, Colin, is currently a second-year at RMC, which makes him fourth generation Canadian military.

“His RMC Cap Badge was presented by BGen Turner at last year’s Recruit Parade,” Carswell said proudly.

Carswell enjoyed his time at the military colleges, and while he didn’t have his sights set on leadership, his involvement at CMR and RMC made this inevitable.

“I played a lot of sports and ended up involved in a lot of activities at CMR and RMC. I was an editor of the CMR newspaper, Le Defile yearbook, belonged to the debating club, played rugby and water polo, and I also did high box,” he said.

He also held cadet bar positions at both CMR and RMC. The chance for cadets to practice and perfect their leadership skills in a supportive learning environment was, and continues to be, a tremendous opportunity.

“I am very glad that the Cadet Wing has been reinstated at RMC and cadets once again have a chance to run their own organization.”

Carswell attributes his success as a public speaker to his membership in the Debating Club at the colleges, as well as his writing skills.

“I write very well due to Dr. Aichinger at CMR, who made the Arts types write essays until we could do it effectively. He taught us the process of writing from the start to finish, and I still use it today,” he explained. “The other thing you learn at RMC is how to deal with all types of people. The stress and pressure of cadet life means you get to know how people react in various situations, which is very valuable.”

After graduating from RMC, Carswell earned his Air Navigator wings and spent his Air Force career at 436 Transport Squadron and 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton.

Search and Rescue missions were the most fulfilling and exciting: “We scrambled at first light at 424 Sqn to look for a missing aircraft just south of Montreal in the United States. In our trusty old Buffalo, using the Mark 1 eyeball, we not only found the missing aircraft, but discovered two previously unknown crash sites and pointed them out to the U.S. Air Force searchers,” he said.

The Commerce program at RMC put Carswell in an excellent position to succeed academically when he completed his MBA.

“My average increased 20 percent from RMC Commerce to the Queen’s MBA. I was on the Dean’s List at Queen’s and won the Finance Award. Probably the best training was Professor Newcombe’s accounting courses, which have given me a leg up for both the MBA and CFA programs,” he explained.

Carswell is currently a portfolio manager. He founded Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. in 1997, and named it after the PBY5-A Canso, which his father flew when he won the Air Force Cross.

“The military training at RMC and in the Forces prepared me very well to manage people and run a complex business. We hired Joe Morin last year who is also an RMC graduate. I didn’t know Joe was an Ex-Cadet until he asked me for my College Number. He has been an excellent contributor and is now a partner, in large part due to his RMC and military background,” Carswell said.

When Carswell started marketing at Mutual Life, he wore his Ex-Cadet tie for presentations, and he was very successful. He also wore it at TAL and Foyston Gordon Payne, where he was a major contributor to their significant growth.

“I have worn my tie for every new business presentation since I started Canso and we now have over $5 billion in assets, so it has been a lucky tie! I have worn out five or 10 ties since 1985, so I have also been a major revenue generator for the RMC Club Tuck Shop,” he laughed. “We also just completed a successful offering of a closed end fund on the TSX, the Canso Credit Income Fund, and I wore my tie for the entire road show.”

Carswell is married to Kim Carswell, who he met at the “Meet and Greet” for Queen’s women at RMC in 1977.

“We have three great children that we’re very proud of; Rachael, Colin, and Natalie. When it comes right down to it, no matter what your rank or wealth, it is your family and friendships that really count in life.”

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 12th September 2010

9869 Clément Fortin (CMR RMC 1973) has lead the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) as its new CEO since August 2010 Clément  stepped down as director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, a position he has held since 2005.

He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1973, a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1985.

Mr. Fortin established the Prototech Center for rapid product development at École Polytechnique and founded Polyplan Technologies Inc., a spinoff of Polyvalor, which developed an innovative software to manage manufacturing processes (Manufacturing Process Management – MPM). He helped develop the undergraduate program in Aerospace Engineering at École Polytechnique, a first in Québec. Through his knowledge of academia and research, his experience in running an SME, his 1600 hours of flight (he was a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces at the beginning of his career), Mr. Fortin will unquestionably be an asset to CRIAQ. Clément Fortin is a member of the Order of Engineers of Québec (OIQ), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Design Society. He was awarded the SAE Teetor Award in 1985 and the Dean’s Excellence Award from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1990.

In 2008, he was named Pratt&Whitney Canada Research Fellow.


11199 Jacques St-Laurent (CMR RMC 1976) is a native of Baie-Comeau, Québec. He began his career in the Canadian Armed Forces, graduating in 1976 from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1978, he pursued his studies at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, in Patuxent River, Maryland, where he enrolled in the graduate engineering test pilot course.

In 1995, he obtained an MBA from the École des sciences de la gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also completed a training program on governance best practices at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS).

Mr. St-Laurent joined Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. (BHTCL) as an engineering test pilot in 1984. After holding several engineering and program management positions at the company, he was appointed to the position of Vice President of Engineering in 1998, making him the first Canadian to hold this position at BHTCL.

He became President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. in November 2002, a position he held until he left for Europe in October 2008, where he was President of European operations until June 2009. He then became an executive advisor.

Mr. St-Laurent was the founding President of the Board of Aéro Montréal, the metropolitan Montréal aerospace cluster, from 2003 to 2008. He was a member of the Montréal International Board of Directors between 2006 and 2008. Thanks to his unifying leadership and negotiating skills, he was instrumental in mobilizing the region’s key players around high- benefit projects that contribute to the growth of Greater Montréal.

Mr. St-Laurent is also closely involved with the regional community. His activities include chairman of the fundraising committee for the Fondation de l’Hôpital St-Eustache, spokesperson for the Guignolées Moisson Laurentides fundraisers, and partner and spokesperson for PREL, a regional organization that encourages student retention.

In June 2009, he received an honorary degree from the Université de Montréal.


13325 Paul Mercier (RMC 1982) is the senior director, RAAF and UAV Programs L-3 Communications. He has 31 years in the aerospace environment. Following an exciting military career as a Military Aerospace Engineering on Fighters and Helicopters, he joined Bell Helicopter in engineering and project management.

He then joined Bombardier Defence Services in 1997 in engineering business development and program management. He has since assumed roles of increasing responsibilities where he became Director of Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Six Sigma, Business Development, Programs and UAVs. His most recent appointment has been to lead the Australian portfolio with a clear mandate to grow the F/A-18 business down-under. He has a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College.



8612 Richard Bastien (CMR RMC 1971) is the Vice President, Business Development L-3 Communications. He completed a successful 35-year career with the Canadian Forces, culminating in his final appointment as Second in Command of the Air Force. During his military service, he held a number of internationally-based CF positions, including Commander of the Defence and Liaison Staff in the United Kingdom, and Defence Attaché for UK and Ireland. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff where he instituted a new Succession Planning Program for senior officers and oversaw the development and implementation of the Air Force Strategic Vision.

Before joining L-3 MAS, he acted as a consultant for some prominent commercial, aerospace and defense organizations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, and later completed and Executive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).


14969 Davender Gupta (RMC 1984) received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, 1984) and a Master’s in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, 1990). “I remember how happy I was on my graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada. The double-major I chose had the heaviest course load of any program at my college, so each fall and spring exam session was a gruelling non-stop blur. I was so happy to never endure another exam for the rest of my life!” After 15 years of service, he left the military to launch a technology consulting business, then was involved in a major software development startup at the end of the 1990s. A decisive, soul-searching moment in 2000 triggered a career change which led to the founding of the Visioneering Institute.

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8335 Claude Naud (CMR RMC 1970) begins his five year term as director of the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph on August 23, 2010. He grew up on a small dairy farm at Cowansville, Que., obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Royal Military College in Kingston and had a distinguished career in the air force that included posts as commandant and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads Military College in Victoria and director of space development for the Canadian Forces.

Retiring from the military in 1998, he served eight years as senior vice-president academic at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto and obtained a doctorate in education from the University of Calgary in 2007. Already a resident of Kemptville, he had been working as a consultant.

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RMC just the beginning for Senior PAO

Posted by rmcclub on 6th September 2010

RMC just the beginning for Senior PAO

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

For Major 20755 Holly Apostoliuk (RMC 1998), joining the Canadian Forces and becoming an officer was never a question of if, but when.

She is currently the Senior Public Affairs Officer for 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region, but when she was in Grade 8, she knew that she would one day be a part of the CF.

“I never considered seeking anything but leadership as a career choice. I remember a poster that we were asked to create just before graduating from Grade 8 that illustrated where and what we wanted to be at different ages in the future – for age 25 I had sketched myself in an Army uniform with the rank of major,” she said.

Maj Apostoliuk was in the Army Cadets growing up, and it was then that she decided RMC would be the way she would make her career goals come true.

“My mother returned from a university information session with a sheaf of pamphlets for me about the College. I was an Army Cadet at the time, having joined because I wanted to learn the skill of rifle shooting and thought I might as well learn from the ‘experts.’ My family is intensely patriotic, but I was the first child to join cadets and take an active interest in military service,” Maj Apostoliuk said.

When asked what has made her grow the most as an officer, she responded that it was likely on her first posting and deployment with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, when as a young lieutenant she had the responsibility of providing public affairs advice to 12491 LCol David Barr (now Colonel) during work up training and deployment to Bosnia.

“What I learned from soldiers doing soldiers’ work throughout the Battle Group and from its leadership still informs my decision-making processes today.”

After five operational deployments, Maj Apostoliuk has experienced many different working environments.

“I served in Bosnia at both the battle group and national command element levels in 2000 and 2003, and deployed with the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Pakistan in 2005,” she explained. “I supported the Strategic Advisory Team – Afghanistan through a month-long Technical Assistance Visit in 2006, and recently returned from an 11-month deployment as military assistant and public affairs advisor to the International Security Assistance Force spokesperson in Kabul.”

On the last mission to Afghanistan, Maj Apostoliuk worked for Brigadier General 13595 Richard Blanchette and with Lieutenant (Navy) 23258 Marc Wallis.

“I recall with appreciation the teamwork I experienced when part of a very small team on my last mission to Afghanistan. As the Office of the ISAF Spokesperson, we had the challenge of communicating the facts of the mission against a backdrop of insurgent propaganda and creative conspiracy theories,” she explained. “The strength and positivity of our working relationship helped us surmount significant obstacles in accomplishing the mission despite, or perhaps because of, our very different backgrounds and experiences.”

Maj Apostoliuk received the ISAF Commander’s Commendation in 2009 for her contributions to ISAF.

As the Senior PAO at 1 Canadian Air Division, Maj Apostoliuk is responsible for providing the Commander and the leadership team PA advice, leading the Division public affairs (PA) office in providing PA support, as well as providing guidance to Wing PAOs across the Division consistent with the Commander’s intent and with strategic guidance.

“What that means more simply, is that I am the lead go-to-girl for public affairs advice throughout the Division on a wide-range of issues including support to operations, issues and crisis management, community relations, the employment and at times deployment of Air Force public affairs officers, and identifying opportunities to tell the operational Air Force story,” said Maj Apostoliuk. “My responsibilities require a great deal of coordination, consultation and teamwork, as at any given moment Air Force activities may be in support of any of the four operational commands, NORAD, or in support of the Navy, Army – and yes, the Air Force.”

Maj Apostoliuk has had the opportunity to work for General Rick Hillier as his PAO.

“One of my fondest memories is being called ‘bossy,’ I hope in jest, by Gen Hillier when I was preparing dignitaries for the launch of the Military Families Fund. My only possible reply is to plead guilty that I was a product of his ‘get-on-with-it’ leadership,” she said.

“My proudest moments have been those where I felt I was concretely helping, or at least temporarily easing, a bit of the pain for some of the families of our fallen. Their sacrifice and burden is immeasurable,” she said. “The opportunity for me to offer those families some comfort, advice or support has been the greatest service I think I can provide to Canadians.”

When asked if her gender affected her decision to join the Army, or her experiences at RMC, she had this to say.

“The fact that I was a woman at RMC was immaterial to me, and, I believe, immaterial to everyone else. I am more notable for my size, my attitudes, and my approach to work than for my gender, and I do not expect that to ever change. From my experience on deployments it is clear that the Canadian Forces approach to gender is far from universal among our allies, so I no longer take that equality for granted.”

Maj Apostoliuk is married to 20066 Mike Apostoliuk. They have one huge garden, two large dogs, and are expecting their first child.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd August 2010

RD3, Inc. (dba RD3 Sustainable Solution), founded and owned by 15285 Rob de Grasse (CMR RMC 1986), was awarded the Building Commissioning for the new construction of the US Coast Guard Headquarters (St. Elizabeth’s West Campus). The new HQ campus is a 11-story office building providing about a 1.2 million square feet for 3,860 employees, a separate central utility plant, and two seven-story parking garages.

RD3 will be the Commissioning Authority on the project conducting a number of QA/QC functions including the functional performance and acceptance testing of all major systems. RD3 will be working under the General Contractor (GC) Clark Construction.



The CDA Institute is pleased to announce that the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, PC, has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Vimy Award for 2010. The award will be presented on Friday, 19 November, at a mixed gala dinner in the LeBreton Gallery of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.

Madame Clarkson was sworn in as Canada’s 26th Governor General in 1999. Madame Clarkson is a distinguished Canadian who has exhibited the highest standards of leadership throughout her career of service to Canada and to the Canadian Forces (CF), as Commander-in-Chief. During her tenure Madame Clarkson gave recognition to the duties carried out by members of the CF by her visits with Canada’s troops in Kosovo, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, and moved and educated Canadians on the role of the CF in our great nation with her tributes to the Unknown Soldier and Canada’s war Veterans, and their families. In 2007, she became the third Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). She was appointed as the Patron of the PPCLI Association later that year.

The CDA Institute is dedicated to increasing public awareness of Canada’s security situation and the vital role that is played by the Canadian Forces in our society. The Institute is the sponsor of the Vimy Award. Since 1991, the Award recognizes one Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.

Previous recipients of the Vimy Award include eminent Canadians from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some of those recipients include the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark (first recipient), General John de Chastelain, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, Major-général Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Jack Granatstein, the Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson, Vice-Admiral Larry Murray, the Hon. Barnett Danson, Air Commodore Leonard Birchall, Colonel, the Hon. John Allan Fraser, General Paul D. Manson, Dr. David Bercuson, Mr. Gordon Hamilton Southam, Général Ray Henault, General Rick Hillier, and Warrant Officer William MacDonald (last year).

The Vimy Award Selection Committee was composed of Dr. John Scott Cowan as Chairman, and, as Members the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Général (Ret) Raymond Henault, General (Ret’d) Paul D. Manson, Dr. George A. Lampropoulos, Monsieur Richard Bertrand, Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Lieutenant-General (Ret) Richard J. Evraire, Monsieur Pierre Camiot, Mr. Chris MacDonald, and Mr. Colin Robertson.


L’Institut de la CAD est heureux d’annoncer que c’est la Très honorable Adrienne Clarkson, CP, qui a été choisie à l’unanimité comme récipiendaire du prix Vimy pour 2010. Le prix lui sera remis le vendredi 19 novembre lors d’un dîner de gala mixte qui se tiendra à la Galerie LeBreton du Musée canadien de la guerre, à Ottawa.

Madame Clarkson a été assermentée comme le 26ème gouverneur général du Canada en 1999. Madame Clarkson est une Canadienne distinguée qui a fait preuve des plus hauts standards de leadership tout au long de sa carrière au service du Canada et des Forces canadiennes (FC) alors qu’elle en était le commandant en chef. Pendant son mandat, Madame Clarkson conféré un statut de reconnaissance envers les tâches accomplies par les membres des FC par les visites qu’elle a faites des troupes canadiennes au Kosovo, dans le golfe Persique et en Afghanistan, et elle a ému et éduqué les Canadiens concernant le rôle des FC dans notre grand pays par les tributs qu’elle a payés au soldat inconnu et aux anciens combattants du Canada et à leurs familles. En 2007, elle est devenue le troisième colonel en chef du Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Elle a été nommée “Patron” de la PPCLI Association plus tard cette année-là.

L’Institut de la CAD consacre ses activités à sensibiliser davantage le public à la situation du Canada en matière de sécurité et au rôle vital que jouent les Forces canadiennes dans notre société. C’est l’Institut qui est le commanditaire du Prix Vimy. Depuis 1991, le prix reconnaît un Canadien ou une Canadienne qui a fait une contribution significative et exceptionnelle à la défense et à la sécurité de notre pays et à la préservation de nos valeurs démocratiques.

Parmi les récipiendaires précédents du prix Vimy on compte d’éminents Canadiens de toutes provenances. Ce sont notamment le Très Honorable Joe Clark (premier récipiendaire); le Général John de Chastelain; le Major-Général Lewis MacKenzie; le Major-général Roméo Dallaire; M. Jack Granatstein; le Très Honorable Brian Dickson; le Vice-Amiral Larry Murray; l’Honorable Barnett Danson; le Commodore de l’air Leonard Birchall; lr Colonel l’Honorable John Allan Fraser; le Général Paul D. Manson; M. David Bercuson; M. Gordon Hamilton Southam; le Général Ray Henault; le Général Rick Hillier; et l’Adjudant William MacDonald (l’an dernier).

Le comité de sélection du prix Vimy était composé de M. John Scott Cowan, qui en était président, et, comme membres, de la Très Honorable Beverley McLachlin, du Général (ret.) Raymond Henault, du Général (ret.) Paul D. Manson, de M. George A. Lampropoulos, de Monsieur Richard Bertrand, du Vice-Amiral Bruce Donaldson, du Lieutenant-Général (ret.) Richard J. Evraire, de Monsieur Pierre Camiot, de M. Chris MacDonald et de M. Colin Robertson.

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