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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 28th August 2011

10218 Paul Crober completed his time at Joint Task Force Games (JTFG) during the actual Olympics and Paralympics as Chief of Staff to RAdm Tyrone Pile.

Just prior to the Games he was informed by Commander Canada Command that he was to be presented with the Officer level of the OMM, which did occur in December 2010 at Govt House.

Paul had just retired the month prior — after over 42 years of service in the Reserves and Regular Force.

The best move he ever made was to take up the previous Admiral’s request to become the initial planning officer for the Games in Joint Task Force Pacific (before the creation of JTFG), having put in about 9 years provincially/federally in emergency management leadership positions after departing the Regular Force as a LCol in 1997.

To top it off (his rather disjointed career, that is), Paul was about to attend, as a retiree, the Depart with Dignity of one of the JTFG senior officers at the Esquimalt Wardroom in June, when he was informed the day prior to be there earlier — since they had just learned that Paul was to be awarded the CDS Commendation(!) — apparently awarded for his work within JTFG but more specifically because of his position as the chief liaison between the CF and VANOC before/during/after the Games.

Whatever doubts Paul had about leaving a perfectly good Director’s position in the Federal Public Service in 2006 to become a full-time officer again after a 9 year absence had fairly well dissipated as the Games wound up. Those doubts completely vanished in a twinkling when that CDS Commendation came his way.

Paul is  about to turn 60 in less than a couple of weeks and he has ended his rather stop/start career on a high note. He is so very grateful for the opportunity to have done so and, most importantly, to have served with such an incredibly talented group of superiors, peers and subordinates from the RCN, The Cdn Army and the RCAF — the nature of whom were a major factor in how successful the CF “Olympic” mission was last year.

As a last comment — Paul was not what one would call a great student at RRMC/RMC. Having said that, the lessons that those institutions imbued in him remained throughout his entire career (and also during his time as a provincial and federal manager), culminating in ways too numerous to list during the preparation for the Olympics. Paul continues to be grateul that he attended RRMC and RMC instead of one of the three universities in Ontario he had been accepted at (way back in 1970).

The training, education, discipline, etc offered by RRMC/RMC were instrumental in his successes — whether he knew that decades ago — or not.




14481 Dr. Linda Newton (RMC 1984) has moved to London, England with her husband (13898) Maj Keith Laughton who has been posted on exchange to the UK Ministry of Defence for three years. Although she is now across the pond, she remains an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and is still employed with Defence Construction Canada (DCC) part time whilst in the UK. She has since established the first DCC “satellite” office in London from her 2nd floor office at her house in Ealing. She wants everyone to know that the recent London riots had nothing to do with her & Keith’s arrival!




Alex Morrison Heading Back to Cornwallis From Royal Roads

Alex Morrison and wife Elizabeth attended the Commandant change of command parade at RMC last month. He has been on the move a lot over since the Spring. He isn’t slowing down.

A few months ago, they had a very good visit with General Tremblay in Fort Lewis, Washington and were well briefed by him and his staff on military activities at the large Army and Air force base.

Alex’s extended contract here at Royal Roads University came to an end on the 26th Aug.

He and Elizabeth, with their dog Magic, will be motoring all the way across the country to their home in Cornwallis, NS. Before reaching home, they will be stopping in various places to visit relatives and friends. They will be in Cape Breton on 9-11 Sep for the annual reunion of the Cape Breton Highlanders.

CBH veteran Ted Slaney and Alex wrote The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders And each of them served as Honorary Colonel. Thus they are especially looking forward to this reunion as the CBH name has recently been revived and there will be a special rebadging ceremony.

Alex concluded, “We enjoyed being out here on this coast for the last 15 months and seeing the great job all the folks at Royal Roads University are doing to maintain excellent relations with Royal Roads Military College graduates. I also had a chance to attend some of the Ex-Cadet Club gatherings and to renew old friendships as well as meet new folks.”




Journey to Turkey, Greece and Israel

As they have done several times before, next April our Club Chaplain, #8457 Rev. Paul Robinson (RMC 1971) and his wife Carol will be leading another exciting trip to the Middle East, this time to Turkey, Greece and Israel.


They will be flying Air Canada from Toronto to Istanbul on Tue, April 10, eventually returning on Air Canada non-stop from Tel Aviv to Toronto on Mon, April 23.


Highlights include:

  • Ø the Acropolis and Mars Hill in Athens
  • Ø the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar & Yerebatan Cisterns in Istanbul
  • Ø the cities of the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey – including Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth, Ephesus
  • Ø five of the seven churches named in the book of Revelation
  • Ø the Dardanelles & Gallipoli
  • Ø the Meteora Monasteries and ancient Delphi
  • Ø sailing on the Bosphorus and the Sea of Galilee
  • Ø Tiberias, Capernaum and Beit Shean archaeological excavation
  • Ø Jerusalem & the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Ø the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a crippled man
  • Ø the dungeon in Caiaphas’ House where Jesus likely spent his last night
  • Ø the Via Dolorosa, Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb (where we will have communion)

Paul and Carol maintain that their guide, Micha, who has guided on previous tours, is the very best in Israel, having been named “Guide of the Year” out of 3,600 guides! Micha recently conducted a personal tour for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife. A PhD archaeologist, Micha is credited with finding the first extra-biblical evidence for the existence of Pontius Pilate.


Cost for the trip including flights, meals and accommodations, as well as ALL TAXES AND tips is $4,730 (CAD). If you would like to know more about this trip, you can email Paul at Or catch him at Reunion Weekend!


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 21st August 2011

22309 Dr. Jan Adamowski (RMC 2002) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. He is the Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program and the Associate Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. He came to McGill University in 2009 after working as a Post Doctoral Associate (PDA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During and after his undergraduate studies, he served in the Canadian Forces (Reserves) for six years, first as an Infantry Soldier, then as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, and finally as an Officer in the Navy.




23803 Jen Donofrio (RMC 2007), former assistant women’s basketball coach at RMC, has moved to Olds College as a Jr. Development Officer within the Office of Advancement.

Jen was a two time OUA All Star and fourth ranked scorer in OUA history while playing for Royal Military College. Jen earned the Kelly Gawne Memorial Cup and was on the Dean’s Honour’s list.

She completed an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration program at RMC. Jen said, “It has often been challenging to quantify success, as wins have been very hard to come by. I believe personal commitment is what will lead to true success, not just wins or losses but rather a sense of pride in one’s abilities and the abilities of one’s teammates.”




M0610 LCol Kirk Soroka (RRMC 1993) was selected for the University Training Program for Men in 1989,and completed a Bachelors with distinction in Military and Strategic Studies at Royal Roads Military College. He was posted to Moose Jaw, SK where he received his pilots wings and was subsequently pipe-lined onto fighter aircraft.

LCol Soroka has amassed over 3,000 flying hours, with 2,400 hours on the CF-18 Hornet. He has served with 441 “Silver Foxes” Tactical Fighter Squadron during combat operations in 1999, 410 “Cougars” Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, 409 “Nighthawks” Tactical Fighter Squadron, as the Officer Commanding of the Air Force Tactical Training Centre (Maple Flag) and is currently the Wing Operations Officer at 4 Wing.




Kyle Frese is a graduate student 1 year into the Masters of Public Administration program at the Royal Military College of Canada, with a focus on Security, Defense, & Policy. His research interests include Russian foreign, domestic and military policy and capabilities, Pakistani & Iranian military policy, and Canadian-American defense relations He worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. Christian Leuprecht.





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Greg McPherson: Pursuing New Professional Opportunities

Posted by rmcclub on 21st August 2011

Greg McPherson

Greg graduated from the RMC MBA program with First Class Distinction in April 2010. He decided to attend RMC as a civilian because he felt the institution provided a high-quality practical education that prepared students well for positions within the private sector and within the defense industry. In addition to a full-time course load, he completed contracts for Calian and the Department of National Defense Synthetic Environment Co-Ordination Office to help finance his education. These academic and professional opportunities helped him develop strong proficiencies in both management information systems and accounting.


Greg continued his professional development at Queen’s University. He was the only student to graduate from the Queen’s School of Business MSc program in Management Information Systems this past year. Greg used his knowledge of IT strategy and IT performance measurement to conduct his thesis research for the Monieson Research Center. His research resulted in the development of a measure that assesses the benefits that intranets provide to employees within organizations. This measure has been implemented by the Queen’s School of Business IT Department and Empire Life Insurance to help justify potential intranet investments in excess of $500,000.

Greg also worked part-time during his MSc degree as a management accountant consultant for Scott Environmental Group (SEG). He used his knowledge of management accounting and performance measurements to develop semi-automated metrics that assess the current performance of SEG divisions and help forecast their future profitability. These metrics are currently in use by the organization and assist senior management with strategic decision-making processes.

Greg is highly motivated and is very interested in pursuing new professional opportunities in either management information systems or accounting.

Greg may be reached:



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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 14th August 2011

18864 Lieutenant-Colonel Deanna “Dee” Manson, CD, P.Log, M.A., was appointed W Admin O at 4 Wing on 15 Jul 11, after graduating from the Joint Command and Staff Programme at CFC on 24 Jun 11.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to cross-pollinate into the personnel administration and human resources discipline of the Logistic Branch, having spent most of my career in the fields of transportation, air movements and movement control.”

Her last position prior to CFC was as CO of 4 CFMCU in Montreal. “I was lucky to have deployed as CO of the Intermediate Staging Base in support of Op HESTIA Jan-Mar 2010.”




Dr. Diane Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at the Royal Military College of Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at Queens University. She earned a M.Eng. and a PhD. in software engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. She has over twenty years of software development experience in industry, mainly in the areas of nuclear power generation and bulk power transmission. Most of her work has been with safety-related simulation software. Her research interests blend her industrial experience with software engineering in looking for methods to improve the quality and maintainability of engineering and scientific based software.




6454 LGen (Ret’d) William (Bill) Leach served more than 40 years in the Canadian Army and the Canadian Forces (Regular). In September, 2000, he retired from his last positions of Chief of the Land Staff and Commander Land Force Command, in the rank of Lieutenant-General. He graduated from The Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, in 1965 with a degree in Economics and Commerce. Subsequently, Bill graduated from the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College (PSC) and numerous other Canadian and allied schools, courses and seminars. During his career, he held appointments at all levels. In the field of logistics, he held positions in supply, finance and operational support. He served with the British Army in Germany and in United Nations missions. During the 1990/91 Gulf War, he was the Director of Logistics Plans and Operations on the National Joint Staff. He served in both Air and Land Force Command Headquarters. At the national level, he was in the Finance Group and he was Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) in the Materiel Group. In his last position as the Canadian Army Commander, he was a member of Armed Forces Council and Defence Management Committee; as such, he dealt with Department of National Defence and Government of Canada policies, processes and operations.

He is a recipient of the Canadian Order of Military Merit (Commander) and the US Legion of Merit (Commander). Following his retirement in late 2000, he spent 10 years in the private sector; first with Honeywell International as Vice President Operations, Honeywell Canada Logistics Services; and, more recently with Mincom, Australia’s largest software company. He left Mincom in December 2010 to devote more time to his volunteer interests. Bill is now the President of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum; until recently he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre; he is on the Executive Committee of the Military Families Fund (MFF); he is the Honorary Colonel of the Ottawa Service Battalion; he is the Chairman of the Defence and Security Committee of the Royal Canadian Legion and he is on the board of the University of Ottawa Institute of Health Research. Bill was born in Sarnia, Ontario, the son of a career Army officer. He considers Ottawa his home. He has two daughters and a son, two grandchildren and three huge dogs (the smallest one is a Newfoundland). Bill lives in Kars on the south side of Ottawa, trying to master the art of rural life. He is in the midst of four generations of family, from parents through siblings and children to grandchildren. His golf game is improving very, very slowly. Source:





The Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), cofounded by Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada, is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity and effective knowledge exchange. With a network of academic researchers from across Canada, it serves as a focal point for all interested Canadian universities who have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the military, veterans and their families.

Researchers include:

• Dr. Stephanie Bélanger, a professor at the French Department of the Royal Military College of Canada, is the Associate director of the CIMVHR, and the co-chair of the 2011 Forum for Military and Veteran Health Research. She also serves as a logistics officer in the Naval Reserve (2004). Her research focus on the representation of the warrior through Just War Theories and Testimonies and she is the author of the recently published book Guerre, sacrifices et persecutions on the representation of warriors and just war theory (Paris: Editions l’Harmattan, 2010). She is also co-editor of two other collectives published by Canadian Defence Academy Press, Transforming Traditions (2010) and Le Leadership des femmes dans les Forces canadiennes (2009), and she just submitted a third collective that she is co-editing, on Military and Veteran Health Research. She is co-chair of the Kingston Diversity Advisory Group for Persons with Disabilities.

• Dr. Valérie Langlois, an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at RMC performs research on environmental toxicology, endocrinology, endocrine disruption, thyroid hormones and sex steroids, gene expression, gonadal histology, embryonic development, enzymatic activity and amphibians.

• Dr. Amal Zouaq, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at RMC, performs research in the area of knowledge extraction, knowledge engineering, text mining, graph-based metrics and network analysis.

• Dr. Alain Beaulieu CD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMC, performs research on body worn sensors and wireless body worn network of sensors, model driven development, real-time object oriented design, computer guided, computer guided surgery, medical telemetry, and software engineering.

• Dr. Michael Greenwood, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at RMC, performs research in mechanisms regulating cell death, Apoptosis/Anti-apoptosis, autophagy, gene structure function, cardiac diseases, environmental toxins and yeast as model cell.



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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 7th August 2011

Effort makes pilot’s dream real

By Mary Golem – Article first appeared in the Owen Sound Sun Times – 26 July

Hanover native 23821 Adam Runge has fulfilled a childhood dream and is ready to be part of Canada’s air defence system as a fighter pilot.

The 26-year-old son of Paul and Lorrie Runge of RR 3 Hanover has been posted to the 409 Nighthawks Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta and says the tasks ahead “will vary with government direction,” but he will almost immediately be involved in Canada’s commitment to the defence of Canada and the United States through NORAD.

“As a new wingman I will continue training to become combat ready,” he said via e-mail.

Becoming a fighter pilot has not been easy. It has taken Runge years of study, hard work, practice and on-the-job training.

“Flying is something I’ve wanted to do since before I can remember,” he said, describing his Type A personality “and sucker-for-punishment attitude” mixed with a dream to fly as what made “flying fighters a natural choice.”

Runge says he’s wanted to fly since he was two years old.

“I launched my sister’s shiny new tricycle off a two storey deck that didn’t yet have the railing installed. That would have been my first takeoff,” he recalled.

His first successful landing “wasn’t until years later when I completed my glider licence with the cadet program at age 16. I guess after learning to glide, it was a natural progression of wanting to fly the fastest, most capable aircraft in Canada.”

After graduating from Grade 12 at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover in June 2003, Runge completed basic officer training in the summer of 2003 and then attended the Royal Military College (RMC) with the rank of Officer Cadet (OCdt).

During the summer of 2004, Runge did a short flying course in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, to assess whether he was cut out for military flight training.

“After completing my studies at the RMC in May 2007, I was commissioned into the Canadian Forces as a Second Lieutenant and I was posted to Trenton, Ontario, for one year for on the job training due to the backlog for military flight training. My real pilot training started in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in May 2008.

“I flew about 100 hours on the CT-156 Harvard II. This consisted of basic aircraft handling, instrument flying, low level navigation and formation flying. After this I was selected for fast jet training,” he said, adding he flew an additional 50 hours on the Harvard consisting of advanced aerobatics and more formation flying.

“Once my flying was complete on the Harvard, I was awarded my Canadian Force’s Wings and promoted to Lieutenant. In July 2009 I started flying the CT-155 Hawk, which is a single engine jet trainer. I flew the Hawk for about seven months learning a similar syllabus to the Harvard. This was basically a checkout onto a new airframe that was twice as fast and more manoeuvrable than the Harvard.”

Once checked out on the Hawk, Runge was promoted to captain and moved to Cold Lake to begin training with the 419 Tactical Fighter Lead-in Training Squadron.

“This is where the real fun began,” he said. “I spent eight months at 419 learning to use an aircraft as a weapon system. The syllabus consisted of Basic Fighter Manoeuvres (modern day dogfighting), Air Combat Manoeuvres (multiple aircraft in one fight), Air Intercept, Academic Weapon Delivery (academic bombing range) and Air to Surface Tactics (strike missions).”

After completing the course at 419 Squadron, Runge was posted to the 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron in Cold Lake and has spent the last eight months on course flying the CF-18 Hornet.

“This 410 course is made up of a similar syllabus to 419, except this time in a much more capable jet with up-to-date electronics and 32,000 pounds of thrust, and less time to make errors,” he said. “We transition on to the Hornet in seven flights. After this it was immediately into two flights of formation checkout, air-to-air refuelling and into the tactical training. I spent about 20 flights learning to engage aircraft in the visual arena and beyond visual range. I then spent about 10 flights learning to deliver air-to-ground weapons with accuracy and within close proximity to friendly forces. The course finishes with an Air Interdiction phase, that puts all the aspects of training together. We have to fight our way into enemy territory against air and ground threats to deliver weapons against a pre-assigned target or two. We then fight our way back out of the enemy territory to get home,” Runge said.

“The Hornet course has felt like an exam routine at school for eight months straight,” he said. “There’s a lot of reading, studying, testing, and problem solving along the way. It becomes mentally and physically exhausting at times, but with good task prioritization, it is completely possible to succeed. Giving up is not an option in this business.”

Runge now plans to take a week off to enjoy some time with his wife Ashleigh “who has supported me through all of the training, often home alone and hundreds of miles away.”

What advice does Runge have to offer others?

“Had I listened to my guidance counsellor in high school, I would not have been where I am today,” he said. “That’s not to say they do not have good advice to offer, they definitely do. I just think it is difficult to judge your ability until you’ve given it a shot. There will be bumps along the road, but having a great support network of family, friends and co-workers makes it all possible. It takes a community to raise a child and I had a lot of help from people of Hanover and the surrounding area to make this possible. I want to thank all of you. I’m honoured to be able to serve the country in this manner.”






“RMC Class of 198916924 Gary Whelan, 16912 Mike Thomson, 16883 Brian Maranta and 16834 James Bower graduated from the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario on 24 June 2011.”


“RMC Class of 198916777 Captain (Navy) Simon Page graduated on 24 June 2011 from the National Security Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario.”

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 24th July 2011

24912 Jeremy Whalen ’11

By: Jennifer Ochej

2 Lt Jeremy Whalen convocated and was commissioned in May 2011, and things certainly didn’t slow down for him then! Just weeks later, on June 4, he was married to his beautiful wife Callyn, a 2011 graduate of Crandall University in Moncton, NB. After an “incredible” honeymoon cruise through the Adriatic Sea, during which they visited Dante’s tomb, rode in a gondola, and witnessed some traditional glass blowing, they returned to Canada and moved from Halifax to Ottawa, for Whalen’s first posting.

Originally from Halifax, Whalen grew up wanting to be a pilot. During two years at Bible college in New Brunswick, friends often (only half-jokingly) placed bets on how long it would be before he enlisted in the Canadian Forces; by the end of his second year, he was enrolled at RMC! Always a top student and athlete (an avid soccer player, Whalen played competitively and refereed through high school), he emerged quickly as one to watch and earned many honours including being named Cadet Wing Commander.

Working as Special Projects Officer in the Space Systems Group at Defense Research and Development Canada, Whalen seems to have jumped head first into all that is the Canadian Forces. One of his most surreal moments thus far, he says, was his first time being saluted since commissioning; the one saluting this young 2 Lt happened to be the Chief Warrant Officer! Whalen laughs when he says it took a moment or two to realize he was, in fact, the one being addressed.

This fall, he plans to begin his Law OPME, as well as traveling to British Columbia in September for Sea Survival training, and Manitoba in November for Primary Flight. No doubt he will also find time for a soccer league or two, and enjoy life in Ottawa with his wife and their new kitten, Todd. The future is bright for Jeremy Whalen, RMC class of 2011.

Bill & Rolande Oliver are the proud grandparents of the writer of this article Jennifer Ochej


Matthew V. Hartney former RMCC PG student and Paladins hockey goalie passes on the following information:

Please join me in congratulating 22421 Jason Maldonado on successfully completing his final examination requirement for Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Ontario. This is a well deserved accomplishment that demonstrates years of hard work and dedication.

It will be a privilege to welcome Jason, a fellow Royal Military College MBA graduate, into the CMA community.

My understanding is that Jason is now eligible to submit his CMA certified membership application.

Jason’s contact information is listed below:

Health Canada | Santé Canada

180 Queen Street West, Floor 9

Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L7

Tel | tél: 416-973-5950 or Fax | téléc: 416-973-2166





The RMC Athletic Department has a number of staff attending the CISM Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The following RMC staff are in attendance; Patricia Howes (Fencing Coach), Head Coach Fencing Scott James (Bball Coach), Asst Coach Men’s Basketball Carolyn Welden (W Vball Coach), Head Coach Women’s Volleyball Kara Mazerolle (PE teacher), Assistant Coach Women’s Volleyball Kelly Lupton (PE Mgr), Acting Mgr Women’s Volleyball.  David Howes from the RMC. fencing team coaching staff is part of the Rio games coaching staff.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 17th July 2011

New Dean of Arts

By: E3161 Victoria Edwards

9144 Dr. Lawrence McDonough was appointed the Director of Learning and Innovation at the Canadian Defence Academy in 2008 and has recently taken on the duties of the Dean of the Arts Faculty at RMCC. He hails from Sherbrooke, PQ. After completing high school in New Brunswick he followed the ROTP path through the College Militaire Royal de St. Jean and the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. He graduated from RMC, 1972, served for a short while in the Navy (both coasts), and then attended Queens University graduating with a PhD in economics in 1980.

Dr. McDonough joined the faculty in the Department of Politics and Economics at the RMCC in 1979. He has spent periods of time at Queen’s University in the Economics Department and in the School of Policy studies. He took a two year leave of absence to teach and research at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 1991-1993.

Professor McDonough served as the Treasurer of the Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association and later as the President of the Association. Professor McDonough also served as the Head of the Department of Politics and Economics. His research interests and publications include the theoretical analysis of racetrack betting (uncertainty), government grants, and trade models. His policy related work includes child care, education, constitutional issues, defence economics, and most recently, institutional frameworks and interagency governance.

The Class of 1972 Endowment Fund was established in 2004 thanks to his hard work. He is a member of the Canadian Military Journal / Revue militaire canadienne, which is the official professional journal of the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.




Johanna Kendall, Helen Stowe, Gerry Stowe and Wayne Kendall on the afterdeck of the MS Eurodam in June 2011


Submitted by 5611 Gerry Stowe

We thought we would take a cruise through the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and get away from everything and everyone so there we were, having dinner onboard the MS Eurodam, when I got a tap on the shoulder, turned around and met 8828 Wayne Kendall (’71), fellow member of the Kingston Branch and fellow member of the RMC Club Executive Committee, taking the same cruise with his wife Johanna. You can’t escape – you will run into Ex-Cadets all over the world. Wayne said that, as he and Johanna were passing through Gatwick Airport, he spotted another member of the Kingston Branch, too far away to hail; it turned out to be 5256 Gwyn Griffith (’61), arriving for a three-week holiday in England and Wales.


We encourage Ex cadets, other former students & staff to submit short articles of – Where they are now.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 26th June 2011

8014 Mr Brian Barrie is a trial lawyer specializing in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law with Greenfield And Barrie, serving Owen Sound & Grey-Bruce Counties. He graduated with an honours English degree from RMC, followed by a Masters degree from the University of New Brunswick. He wrote his thesis on obscure poet and lawyer Abraham Moses Klein. Then Barrie was accepted into medicine but he chose law. He worked at the Somalia Inquiry and represented an environmental officer at the Walkerton inquiry.

His first book is “The Neighbour That Wasn’t”, (Ginger Press, 2008) a ghost story centred on what was a spooky old house at 932 3rd Ave. W., the former American consulate which his kids walked past on their way to and from school. His second book “The Lady of the Cat” (Ginger Press, 2010) is based on a myth about the Northern Lights, he told his daughters Alexa & Talya and his son Morgan, when they were much younger. His third children’s book is “Est: The Story of a Bear Twice-Told” (Ginger Press, 2011).

He writes the stories for his children and his three grandchildren Rachel, Andrew and Grace. Local artist Bonita Johnson De Matteis illustrated all three books and also produced full-size paintings based on the illustrations.

Brian thinks one of his best accomplishments is that he has stayed married to his wife Helen for 42 years and they still love each other. She was a Kingston girl and he married her in his graduation year.




Métis Rear Admiral Honoured by Governor-General

Tyrone Pile entered RRMC 1975

Article first appeared: NetNewsledger By: James Murray – June 22, 2011

12324 Retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile received the Meritorious Service Cross from His Excellency, David Johnston, Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada’s Armed Forces at a ceremony in Rideau Hall on June 10th. Rear Admiral Pile is Métis and the brother of Tim Pile, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO). The decoration recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

The citation for the award reads: “As Commander of Joint Task Force Games for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ mission in support of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rear Admiral Pile led one of the most complex domestic military operations ever conducted in Canada. He demonstrated exceptional leadership in shaping a co-operative and effective working environment among dozens of partners, including all levels of government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as their civil and military counterparts in the United States. His ability to facilitate the collaboration and coordination of these entities, while ensuring that strategic and operational goals were understood, respected and met by all, was instrumental to the success of Operation Podium and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.”

Retired Rear Admiral Pile is the son of Eileen Pile and the late Herbert Pile of Geraldton. As a teenager he was the senior cadet at 227 Raven Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces upon graduating from Geraldton Composite High School and attended both Royal Roads and Royal Military College, graduating from the latter in 1979. During his career as a naval officer he served in a number of Canadian warships, including a brief tour aboard Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia in 1983 during the Queen’s Royal Visit to North America. In 1995 he was appointed as Commanding Officer of the new frigate HMCS Regina, later becoming the first Canadian warship to fully integrate with a United States Carrier Battle Group on deployed operations. He subsequently served as Director of NATO Policy and as Commander of Maritime Operations Group Four in Victoria before being promoted to Commodore and appointed as Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic in 2003. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 2005, he served as Chief Military Personnel and Commander of Military Personnel Command until being appointed Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he was also concurrently appointed as Commander Joint Task Forces Games, leading Canadian Forces support to security and public safety for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games for which he received this award.



Kingston man lands spot at defence headquarters

A Kingston man is the new director general of Land Capability Development at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

13041 Jim Simms Article

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 19th June 2011


Class of 1956 – Annual Golf Tournament – Pictured (left to right) are: 3535 Bob Sexsmith, 3630 Marmoru (Sugi) Sugimoto, 3461 George Jackson, 3557 John Rutherford, 3671 Norm Freeman, 3583 Steve Oaks, 3521 Charlie Simonds, 3613 Barry Culham, 3528 Paul Manson, 3448 Andy Henning and (kneeling) H3550 Murray Johnston. In addition 3646 Fred Simpkin participated in 19th hole and dinner activities.

Golf-not-at-the-Farm (a.k.a. Golf – Class of 1956 style)

For the past many years the Class of 1956 has held an annual golf tournament at Tweed, Ontario and was hosted by H3536 Jack Vance at his farm. Annually about a dozen and a half participants enjoyed a couple of rounds of golf mixed in with some gourmet meals and a bit of bridge. This popular event rekindled the traditions of classmate camaraderie and easy-going competition and was dubbed Golf-at-the-Farm.

However, time has taken its toll on our host and on the number of golfers able to participate. So last year the tournament was held in Ottawa. This year it was held at Smugglers Glen near Gananoque June 14th and 15th and is now called Golf-not-at-the-farm.

This year there were 11 golfers who enjoyed two days of warm, breezy golfing weather, excellent accommodation and gourmet meals at the nearby Glen House. As they gathered at the Club House for a tournament photo before teeing off on the second day, a Beer Store delivery van drove up to ensure that there were adequate refreshments for us during the day and at the 19th hole – it also provided a suitable back drop for the official tournament group photo.




11488 Dr Gordon Fleming was appointed President of BMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy on 12 May 2011.

A former Canadian Naval Officer, Gordon has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defence industry with a focus on the naval marketplace. He holds a BSc from Royal Roads Military College as well as an MSc and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the United States Naval Post-Graduate School.

Gordon joins BMT from Rolls Royce where he led the company’s activity with respect to the new Canadian Naval and Coastguard Shipbuilding Programs that are unfolding as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).

Prior to this Gordon worked for a number of high profile defence contractors. His wide ranging experience includes involvement in the HYDRA sonar program for Sweden’s Visby corvettes, advanced concept systems design work for the USN’s DD21 Project, engineering management on the Aurora Modernization Project and the Maritime Helicopter Project and time with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) as the General Manager in Halifax.


2PPCLI: Wright takes over command

19431 Mike Wright /16591  Shane Schreiber



Canada shuffles key diplomatic, military duties

12966 Marquis Hainse / 13337 Stu Beare11275 Marc Lessard



Veterans not pushed out: CF

14369 Andy Smith



Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce is now an Assistant Professor (tenured) in theDepartment of English at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her Queen’s PhD thesis was called “Voices of Silence, Texts of Truth:

Imperial Discourse and Cultural Negotiations in Nineteenth-century

British Arctic Exploration Narrative.”

Her book, ‘As affecting the fate of my absent husband’: Selected Letters of Lady Franklin Concerning the

Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition, 1848-1860, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2009. Erika also worked in the Disraeli Project as a Research Associate, and worked at RMCC as an

Instructional Designer, Special Projects Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance.




Christine Powers-Tomsons sees her job divided into four main responsibilities: (a) running the intramural sports program; (b) overseeing the recreation programs, which involve management of 23 clubs such as Climbing, Debating, Paintball, Theatre, Triathlon, Sailing; (c) organizing the Cadet Wing Sports Days; and (d) managing the Non-Public Finances for the Athletic Department.

Over 700 students at RMC are involved in both the intramural sports and recreation clubs. Organizing the programs, scheduling, booking facilities and gathering equipment requires close cooperation between Christine, Chad Blundy (Rec & IM Assistant) and the Officer-Cadets placed in leadership positions within these programs.  ” Getting the opportunity to work with the Officer-Cadets is what I enjoy the most out of my position,” she says. “We’ve made many positive changes to the Intramural and Recreation programs in the past few years and although there is always room for improvement, I feel we are in very good shape. I’ve just returned from being on maternity leave for a year so I look forward to getting back into the swing of things at the College.”

For more information about our programs visit the following links:

RMC Intramurals –

RMC Recreation Clubs –




Dr. Michael Hurley is a poet and graphic novelist as well as a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, where his motto is the old Celtic saying, “Never give someone a sword who hasn’t learned to dance.”

Dr. Hurley considers himself eminently prepared to cope with day-to-day life at RMC thanks to occasional stints over the decades as a stand-up comic, a clown (“Soofee”), a cartoonist, a community volunteer/activist, and a guy psychiatrists contact to do his schtick or present his poems as therapy for folks.

As the icing on the cake, he is also the spiritual runt at retreats led by Tibetan lamas, Buddhist monks and nuns, Hindu pujaris, Sufi whirling dervishes, Zen fools, aboriginal elders conducting sweat lodges, and assorted non-denominational wise guys. How could he not end up teaching poetry to the military?

A student of yoga and meditation for time out of mind, Hurley introduces cadets to world literature (including the planet’s sacred scriptures and mystical writings, both dear to Northrop Frye) and Canadian literature, film, and music. Besides giving conference papers on authors from Atwood to Purdy, he has recently completed a book-length manuscript focusing on the novels of Graeme Gibson in the context of Southern Ontario Gothic, as Atwood and others have called a curious strain of writing emerging out of a curious province.

Dr. Hurley’s published works include The Borders of Nightmare: The Fiction of John Richardson and The Blue Heron Press Anthology: New Voices from Kingston.




20035 Geoff Kliza is Managing Partner / Business Development on the Hybrid Forge Leadership Team. Geoff holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute, and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Geoff has been active in the Telecommunications and IT sector for over twelve years. His leadership, operations, project management, and construction management experience were gained in service of the Canadian Forces and Bell Canada, among others. Geoff was responsible for Bell’s commercial network deployment within the Alberta SuperNet project, leading the implementation of wire-line and wireless networks through 27 of Alberta’s largest communities.

Most recently, Geoff has been providing strategic operations and IT consulting to a number of Alberta-based technology start-up companies.



19915 Chad Smith is Managing Partner / Software Architect on the Hybrid Forge Leadership Team. Chad Smith holds a computer engineering degree from the Royal Military College, is a Microsoft-certified Solutions Developer and a member of both IEEE and CIPS. He is a software design, development, and deployment expert with a diverse background of software lifecycle experience.

Following military service as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Canadian Air Force, Chad provided database application design and development, systems integration, and consulting services to companies across many industries such as broadcast television, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and healthcare in Canada and the United States. As a result of his technical leadership productivity enhancing IT systems were deployed at Abbott Laboratories, BP, Chevron, Weatherford, Bank of Montreal as well as many small and medium-sized businesses.

As a principal of Hybrid Forge, Chad offers innovative and successful IT solutions to his clients by integrating proven processes with the smart application of technology.


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21 Years Later He Makes it Back Through the Arch

Posted by rmcclub on 5th June 2011

Former ROTP cadet graduates twenty one years later

For newly minted 19326 2LT Jeremy D’Souza the circle is now complete. After first marching through RMC’s Memorial Arch in August 1990, he has succeeded in “marching out” of the Arch over two decades later – degree in hand!

D’Souza, was fortunate to return to the CF as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC), part of the Class A Reserves, after being released in 1994 from the ROTP one year prior to graduation from RMC, during the Force Reduction Plan (FRP), in the early 1990s.

“For many of the cadets in their scarlets, including myself, the Canadian Cadet Movement (CCM) was their first exposure to the military. After volunteering with both an Air Cadet Squadron and then an Army Cadet Corps for four years, I was privileged to be offered a position in uniform once again.”

The goals of the cadet program are to teach and instil good citizenship and leadership practices, physical fitness, and an interest in the related element of the Canadian Armed Forces.

One of the added bonuses for its officers is to take university courses via RMC Division of Continuing Studies (DCS)”.

During that summer following enrolment, D’Souza contacted RMC’s DCS to enquire about studying towards a new degree.

“I told them that I was once a cadet at the College and I was asked for my old college number, which I quickly rhymed off and was told to await a return phone call as they verified their records”

Within thirty minutes, he was called back and told by DCS that he would be able to “recover” his incomplete Bachelor of Science by taking just a few more courses.

D’Souza asserts, “I was off work at the time, availing myself of parental/paternity leave with my newborn daughter. My wife was extremely supportive of me which allowed me to study during the evenings whilst she settled our baby. I now have the utmost respect for UTPOs and UTPMs, who are able to complete their RMC studies while juggling home and family commitments on top of those academic, second language and military at RMC.”

D’Souza thoroughly enjoyed the online learning opportunities as well as the varied experiences, worldwide, of his “virtual classmates”, some of whom were deployed throughout the world in places such as exchanges with the USAF, Canadian embassies overseas, and even Khandahar, Afghanistan.

“The contribution that they made via online postings was invaluable to the class, as their perspectives and collective experiences complemented the learning of all students”.

Academic staff at RMC DCS were also extremely accommodating with deadlines, for example – knowing that priorities change and online access is not always available (limited internet access in different time zones across foreign lands and telecom systems).

2LT D’Souza is extremely proud to finally be a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada. He wishes to be a standing testament to lifelong education and professional education. As an Administration Officer with an Army Cadet Corps in Tottenham, ON – he hopes that he will continue to mentor and advise young men and women who may not have thought of the innumerable benefits of a career in the CF – Regular or Reserve Forces.

Upon returning to Kingston for his 15 year, Class of 1995 Reunion and marching in the Ex-Cadet Parade on the Sunday – he was sure to mention and invite his former classmates to attend his convocation and graduation from RMC. He was fortunate to have present this past Graduation Week, classmates: Erin O’Toole, member of RMC Board of Governors, LCdr Roman Antoniewicz, C Div Comd, Major Nick Vlachopoulos of the Civil Engineering department and Secretary – Class of 1995, Captain Lee Wendland, 3 & 4 Sqn Comd, and Lt(N) Ian Flannagan (who found a sword to loan 2LT D’Souza as he made his trek through the Arch following the 4th Year Graduates).

Dr. Thomas Racey, Dean of Science and one of 2LT D’Souza’s former professors twenty years ago bestowed the Bachelor of Science Hood upon him at the convocation. His RMC Club of Canada tie was given to him by LCdr(Ret’d) Gerry Stowe, Adjutant of the Old Brigade, who he first met as a high school student on a tour of RMC in autumn 1988.

2LT Jeremy D’Souza hopes to continue in a career in educating youth as he embarks on applications to various faculties of education in an attempt to become an elementary school teacher, specializing in French language learning.

Bravo Zulu!


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 8th May 2011

Canada has 28 officers and NCMs deployed with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt. The Canadian Contingent is part of a unique 12 nation Peacekeeping mission of military and civilians responsible for enforcing the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel. The MFO mission, which began on 25 April 1985, is Observe, Report and Verify the limitations on military forces and equipment in the Sinai and border region with Israel as stipulated in the Protocol to the Treaty.

Currently, there are 3 ex-cadets serving with the MFO: Colonel John Roeterink (12231 – class of 79), the Commander Task Force El Gorah and the MFO Chief of Liaison; Captain Jody Hanson (21784 – class of 2000), the MFO Staff Officer Air Traffic Control; and Lieutenant (N) Charles Brunet (21918 – class of 2002), the MFO Staff Officer Protocol and Visits.

Their very interesting one-year deployment in the Sinai will end on 21 July 2011.




” The co-tour leaders of the Kanata Nepean Bike club leading a tour to Wakefield QC resplendent in their RMC Club cycling shirts – left 6602, Jim Cale (65) and 6776 Tim Sparling (66)





After 40 years of government service 11075 Commander (ret’d) Bob Gebbie has started a new career as a triathlon coach. Bob recently joined his wife, Carolyn, to run TriStars Training which was established in 2004. Both are nationally certified Triathlon coaches. Bob Gebbie, served in the Navy as a Marine Systems Engineer onboard HMCS TERRA NOVA as well as shore positions in NDHQ and both dockyards in Halifax and Esquimalt. He then served 15 years in the BC provincial government as a Director of Information Protection.

Bob’s sports credentials include being the 2005 Canadian Long Distance Triathlon Age Group Champion, a 4 time Ironman finisher, and a 3 time age-group member of the Canadian National Triathlon Team. TriStars Training provides a fun and supportive environment to develop and improve swim, cycle and run skills both for beginners or seasoned triathletes. New for 2011, the company is now offering training camps in Oliver and Penticton, BC and Kona, Hawaii. TriStars Training is featured in the May issue of Triathlon Magazine Canada. Find out more about TriStars Training by visiting their website at

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The Spilkin brothers – George & Jeremy

23537 Captain Jeremy Spilkin,  retired from the Canadian Forces on 2 May 2011. Born Oct 10 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Ottawa and Gatineau area. He has one older brother who has served two tours in Afghanistan and also just recently retired from the military. When he was 12, he moved, with his family, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he started his first business. Surrounded by 118 golf courses, he became an expert at retrieving golf balls, washing them and selling them to vacationing Canadians between the 9th and 10th hole, just when they were starting to run out. While in the U.S, Jeremy followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Junior ROTC. At the end of his first year, he was awarded the Outstanding Cadet Award, Military Order of World Wars award for academic achievement and selected to command the unit’s competitive drill team.

His family returned to Canada in June 2000 and his brother was off to RMC. Jeremy joined the CF two years later and left his home in Buckingham, QC in June 2002 for BOTP in Saint-Jean-sur –Richelieu. In 4th year, his team from the department of Civil Engineering had entered and won the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race as a rookie team. Video is available on Youtube. He graduated from RMC in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and was posted to the AERE School in Borden, ON, for a final year of training. Throughout 5 years of training, he had the opportunity to work in Trenton, Shearwater, Gatineau, Bagotville, and Cold Lake.

In May 2007, he was posted to his current position with the Air Technical Training Renewal project with the Materiel Group in Ottawa.

In Jan 2008, he decided to get his real estate license in the province of Quebec, his chosen field of employment upon retirement. He is an agent with the Royal Lepage Vallée de l’Outaouais in Hull, Quebec. We have also included the logo of his National Military Relocation Network (NMRN). The network was founded in Jan 2010, and spans across the nation. The goal is to directly or indirectly assist members of the Canadian Forces with their relocations throughout the country. Using the network is free of charge to all. 613-858-2322

Note: George Spilkin (23035) officially retired on February 25th, 2011 after having completed two tours in Afghanistan and having served 5 years as a Non-Commissioned member of the Canadian Forces. George has settled down in Toronto, and is currently working on completing his undergraduate degree through RMC. He’s also pursuing a career in the building trades with a focus on green technologies.



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We missed one – 5th Ex-Cadet Running in Federal Election

Posted by rmcclub on 25th April 2011

Last week we ran an article about 4 Ex Cadets running in the 2 May Federal Election. We were advised of another one – 8927 Patrick Hunt – a classmates – 8788 Geoff Bennett brought the omission to our attention.

Conservative takes the high road discussing chances at defeating NDP incumbent


“What makes you think you can knock off Denise Savoie?”

Federal Conservative candidate Patrick Hunt doesn’t miss a beat as he shakes hands with the group of seniors having beers around a table at Smuggler’s Cove Pub.

He immediately launches into how he has the most respect for Savoie, Victoria’s NDP MP seeking re-election, “But I feel that I can help out the citizens of Victoria even more,” he says.

Hunt had been door-knocking in the Ten Mile Point area all afternoon, but had stopped by for a chat and a pint at the pub. Sipping a glass of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Hunt noted that in two days he would turn 62.

He’s long past the days when he was the youngest MLA elected to the Nova Scotia legislature, in the riding of Hants East in 1978. He served a three-year term then moved to Victoria with his family in 1983. He ran as Reform party candidate in Victoria in 1993 and has worked behind the scenes since for the Conservative party.

Before being elected in 1978 he served eight years in the Canadian Navy, receiving a B.A. in economics and political science from the Royal Military College in Kingston. He has worked in the high tech industry.

Hunt is unfailingly polite. When the opportunity opens up to slag Savoie he declines, then admits he would want to “duplicate her efforts in the way she helps out her constituents.” He differs from her in that he thinks a mega-yacht marina in Victoria harbour would be a good thing – “They bring money into the harbour,” he says.

His main talking point is that he’d like to build Victoria up as a corporate training centre, something he says he’s already discussed with Immigration Minister Diane Findlay. Victoria is ideally suited to be a national training hub for corporate executives, he says

“There are lots of assets in the tourist trade. It’s very busy in the summer, but under-utilized in winter. It would be a great perk for someone to come out here.”

Hunt and his wife, Deborah, live on Cook Street near Kiwanis Village. They have two adult children, Adrian, 35, and Jen, 33, who have both left the Island to find work in Kelowna and Vancouver, respectively.

“They would both love to be in Victoria, but the jobs are there,” Hunt says.

“We do a disservice to young people if we don’t create jobs.”

It’s a concern he heard a lot while door-knocking earlier that afternoon, he says. “People are a little worried, if not about their own jobs, then their children’s, or the economy in general.”

Hunt allows a little poke at Savoie’s leadership.

“The things she talks about are either provincial or municipal issues: health care, homeless(ness), the needle exchange … I’m going to go to Ottawa for strong foreign affairs. We need to make sure we have a strong national defence,” says the man who as a teen wrote an essay about the positive aspects of nuclear submarines.

“If we don’t have a strong nation that’s well protected, all the rest doesn’t matter.”



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At Least 4 Ex Cadets Running in 2 May – Federal Election

Posted by rmcclub on 17th April 2011

We have been checking around and have identified four Ex Cadets who have won nominations and are running for election May 2nd.

Let us know if there are others!

7977 John Kidder

Grit Kidder has ‘deep, personal understanding’ of Merritt area

Robin Poon – News Reporter – Merritt News

His family ranch is in Ashcroft and his campaign headquarters are in Penticton, but Liberal Okanagan-Coquihalla MP candidate John Kidder has deep roots in the Merritt area.

“Douglas Lake is kind of an old stomping ground for me,” says Kidder.

“I cannot think of a greater honour than being the MP for the Nicola Valley after coming of age there on a saddle horse.”

According to Kidder’s website, he “was born in the North, grew up in the East, and came of age in the West.”

Among his extensive travels over the years were stints as a working cowboy at Douglas Lake and time spent mining Highland Valley Copper’s deposits.

“I’m sure I’m the only candidate who worked as a flotation operator in that mine,” says Kidder.

He has also founded and ran several companies centred on fibre-optic and software technology. According to his biography, he studied mathematics, agriculture, and economics at College Militaire Royale de Saint-Jean in Quebec and the University of British Columbia.

Kidder says his “deep, personal understanding” of both the area and small businesses make him the right man for voters to send to the House of Commons.

The major issues voters that have brought up to him on the campaign trail are local economic development and health-care.

“There are so many retired people that it’s a real issue,” he says.

He notes that the basic question of how health care will be funded is “just the thin edge of the wedge.” Kidder adds that some wealthier voters have told him they are prepared to pick up a greater share of costs.

For his part, he says the campaign is an opportunity to bring the environment back into the forefront of Canadian political debate. Kidder says he believes that the Nicola Valley could take the lead in a debate on water issues and that young people would more likely get involved in politics if topics of interest to them, like the environment, were under discussion.

Accepting from the 2008 election that a carbon tax would be a hard sell even if it did reduce greenhouse gases, Kidder says, “Cap-and-trade is perhaps the second-best way to go about it.”

Asked if the controversy surrounding Conservative candidate Dan Albas’s nomination has been a major talking point, Kidder says some voters have mentioned it to him.

Still, he says, “The Liberal party platform is the platform.

“I just don’t play those games. I’m not interested in them.”

He stresses that the “Canadian” way of decision-making is through consensus and notes that he has found good ideas among the NDP, Green party, and the former Progressive Conservatives.

“We can all go out for coffee while we disagree.”

Kidder will be in Merritt all day on Friday and will return for the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce all-candidates forum at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology on April 20.

His sister, actress Margot Kidder, perhaps most famous for playing Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve Superman films of the 1970s and ’80s, will join him in campaigning in Merritt Friday.






14872 Pierre Lemieux is running for reelection as Federal Conservative candidate in Glengarry Prescott Russel. He obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and a Master of Science degree from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, in the UK. He went on to pursue a distinguished career with the Canadian Forces, serving his country for 20 years before he retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. A Professional Engineer since 1994, Pierre was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008. Most recently he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture. He also served as a Member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Living in a bilingual rural community, Pierre is committed to its farmers, families and seniors. He has worked diligently to represent their best interests in Parliament. He is dedicated to the promotion of the Franco-Ontarian and Celtic cultures ever present in his riding. Having been a small-business owner, he understands the importance of small- to medium-sized business for the riding’s economic well-being. Pierre has also employed his skills in the service of the community through extensive volunteer work. Pierre has been married for over 20 years and has been blessed with five children.eMail: Web:




Westland answers the call of duty

By: Michelle Nash

A 22-year veteran from the public service, 8475 Rem Westland has put his name forward to run as a Conservative for the federal seat in Ottawa-Vanier.

A former Canadian Forces officer, Westland said he will fight for local issues he knows well and would jump at the chance to represent the residents of this riding.

Westland immigrated to Quebec, Canada from the Netherlands in 1954. Growing up in Quebec City, he became involved in the Canadian Forces. A dutiful son, the young Westland went to the Royal Military College and joined the Canadian Forces because it was a family tradition to serve in the military.

“For me it was something I did because I felt the call of duty, as expressed by my father at the time… In my family growing up, I had that sense that it was my duty and I became very proud of my RMC (Royal Military College) background,” Westland said.

A logistics officer in the army, Westland served four years and then went back to Carleton University. After finishing university, Westland joined the public service with the Department of Indian Affairs, where he spent the next eight years.

At the Department of National Defence, Westland was responsible for Aboriginal issues and real property. He said it was the best years of his career.

“I was happiest, with out any shadow of a doubt, at the National Defence. I felt it was a very meaningful involvement,” he said.

When it comes to issues that have plagued Ottawa-Vanier for the last few years, such as the redevelopment of CFB Rockcliffe and the inter-provincial bridge, Westland said he believes he is the best man for the job because of his long history as a public servant.

“I have overseen the successful sale and redevelopment of Masset, Nanaimo, Chilliwack, Calgary, Downsview, Shearwater, of a dozen places and stations working with Canada Lands Company, the same company that is involved here (CFB Rockcliffe),” he said.

A family man who believes in the value of eating at the supper table, Westland indicated he has had many discussions about politics with his family.

“I’ve never been a small talk kind of guy and that meant that at home as well, the discussions would be in depth.”

Westland retired from the public service and began work as a consultant and was the associate vice-president with the Corporate Research Group. There, Westland was doing what he likes best, delivering the substance of an issue to people.

The father of five said that running for parliament wasn’t necessarily on his “bucket list” for things to do, but when offered the chance, the long-time Conservative could not turn it down.

Now, with a sense of pride to be able to take this next step in working towards serving his country and his home of over 20 years, Westland felt now was the best time to fight for Ottawa-Vanier.

“I want to restore vibrancy in democracy in Ottawa-Vanier,” he said.

Westland answers the call of duty



8276 Marc Garneau

The Endless Campaign

“We have a message of hope. [Prime Minister] Harper has a message of fear.”

Liberal MP Marc Garneau’s blunt assessment of this year’s federal election embodies the balancing act his party has employed since the last time Canadians went to the polls in September 2008.

For what has essentially been a 30-month-long campaign, the Liberals have scrambled across the country trying to inspire new voters while attempting to capitalize on a number of highly publicized Conservative blunders.

But for all their efforts, bus tours and town hall meetings, the Liberals have failed to gain much traction on their political rivals.

Since being elected to a minority government nearly three years ago, the Conservative Party has bobbed and weaved its way out of political defeat, escaping two potential no-confidence votes by proroguing parliament twice in a 12-month period.



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11002 Bill and Monika Sergeant’s Efforts Help Children of the Philippines

Posted by rmcclub on 17th April 2011


Caption: Bill and Monika Sergeant are pictured with 10 of the 6,000 children who received a bedkit during their distributions. 100% of the $35 donated goes towards purchasing the items shown in the picture. Each bedkit had 59 items in it, including a mat to sleep on and mosquito net to protect them from Dengue fever, which is prevalent outside of Manila.

11002 Bill and Monika Sergeant’s Efforts Help Children of the Philippines

Bill (RMC ’76) and Monika Sergeant, who are from Barrie, travelled with four other volunteers to the Philippines with the Canadian charity, “Sleeping Children Around the World” (SCAW) from 25 March – 9 April 2011. Working closely with volunteers from the Philippines, they helped the ‘100% Charity’ distribute 6,000 bed kits to needy children at 19 villages surrounding Manila.

Monika has been on previous SCAW trips to various parts of the world but this is their first trip to the Philippines. For Bill, it is his first trip with SCAW although his parents have been involved with the charity for over 25 years. His parents were the team leaders on a previous distribution to the Philippines in 1990 when they distributed 3,500 kits to needy children there.

SCAW is one of the few charities that can claim that 100% of each donation goes towards the bed kits for needy children. It is operated by volunteers, from the processing of donations to the distribution of bed kits. The Travelling Volunteers do so at their own expense and without benefit of a tax receipt. Travelling volunteers supervise the distribution of bed kits, photograph children with their bed kits, and write articles for the donor newsletter. Since SCAW’s inception, over 200 individuals have gone on bed kit distributions. Requisites for travelling volunteers are a love of children and travel experience — with the physical and emotional capacity to withstand this form of travel. All pay their own travel expenses. SCAW offers volunteer information workshops twice a year. If you are interested in travelling with SCAW, please contact us to attend an upcoming workshop.

SCAW relies on Overseas Volunteers in the country of distribution who select children with the greatest need, organize the manufacture of bed kits, choose distribution sites, and help travelling volunteers distribute bed kits. Examples of overseas volunteers include groups such as Community Service Clubs, Salvation Army, and Religious Orders. Locally produced bed kits result in:

- elimination of transportation costs

- provision of materials and labour at minimal cost

- employment for families in the country

- assistance to the local economy and the country as a whole.

More information about SCAW can be found at


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Robert Medeiros Back At RMC

Posted by rmcclub on 10th April 2011

22051 Lieutenant Navy Robert Medeiros – 11 Squadron Commander

Article by: 25323 OCdt Kate Haddon & WJO

Above photo: 25323 OCdt Kate Haddon

This week, I (Kate)  have had the opportunity to get to know 22051 Lt(N) Robert Medeiros, 11 Sqn Com.

As an officer-cadet, Robert was one of the better hockey players from his era. He had three great years with the Paladins before a wobbly knee prevented him from playing in IV Year. The flashy forward wore #22.  In 2000, he  scored the first goal and added an assist in a 3-0 victory against the Black Knights from West Point. This had been the first RMC win against USMA since 1987; their first shutout since 1938 – in what was then the longest international hockey rivalry in the world.

Following RMC, Lt(N) Medeiros, completed MARS training at NOTC Venture, Esquimault. His first posting was to HMCS Winnipeg where he earned his BWK, and had to opportunity to be deck officer taking WINNIPEG into refit in 2007. In August of 2010, he received his current posting to RMC as a Squadron Commander.

As a Squadron Commander, the Oakville, ON native expects 11 Sqn to work hard because when “you improve individually, you will improve as a team.” He also expects accountability because “responsibility is not accepting the consequences for your actions, it’s making sure there are never any consequences from the results of your actions in the first place.”

With warm weather approaching, his big plans for the summer include: “Fishing, camping, fishing – in that order,” he jokes. The message was a little vague; I think he may enjoy fishing… Photo left – Post varsity hockey game social – (Left – right) JJ Verran, Andy Anderson & Robert Medeiros

In his opinion, it is important “to drive home the importance that the best asset we  have in the Canadian Forces is our people.” It is paramount that we, as leaders,  dedicate our time and effort to ensure that the needs and well-being of our members  are being addressed.

“Every aspect of having Charge of a Major Warship at sea; specifically the duty to  keep the ship and her company safe, and the bond of trust between yourself and the  Commanding Officer” is, from his leadership experience, one of the most rewarding  past leadership positions.

Spending quality time with his three children, ages five, three, and 23 months, is his favourite past time.  “Whether it be ice fishing, bike rides, t-ball or just playing in the backyard; taking the time with them now” is important.

I asked Lt (N) Medeiros what one of his favorite pieces of advice given to him. He  replied: “Just before our first long deployment, two Navy buddies and I were talking  about the stress of leaving our families. A senior officer, a veteran of many  deployments, overheard our conversation and offered the following advice: “You  must be sensitive to your partners emotional needs,” he said. “Never, ever, whistle  while you pack!”


Caption: Pictured are proud parents, Lourdes and Manuel Medeiros on Robert’s first day at RMC following Basic Officer Training at Ste Jean, PQ in 1997. The Medeiros couple were constant visitors and big supporters to the college while their son was an officer cadet.

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