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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on 30th April 2012

4803 Tom Marshall, ’60 recently held his 75th Birthday party with family and friends in Toronto. Classmate, 4921 Howard Hunter and Tom’s co-workers (Yes, he is still enjoying working at various Milton area Courts) attended the evening get together. The former President, RMC Club/Foundation has announced that he plans to attend this October’s Reunion and Obstacle course as his nephew has been selected as a new RMC recruit entering the school and Air Force later this year.

8790 Jean Boyle ,’71, following his retirement from military service, Jean joined the Boeing Company as Vice-President, International Business Development (St. Louis, MO) and as Managing Director, Boeing International Corporation- Europe (Brussels, Belgium). In addition to his SPECTRUM Group appointment, General Boyle is President and CEO of JEBtek International, which specializes in distributed computer-based training for industry and government.

8833 John Leggat, ’71, became a Senior Advisor to CFN Consultants this past February. He spent 33 years in the Reserve component of the Canadian Forces, retiring in 2001 with the rank of Colonel.The native of Montreal is an Honorary Member of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was the President of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada from 1999 to 2000, the President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering from 2009 to 2010 and the President of the International Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences in 2010.

9927 John Edkins, ’74, is teetering on the precipice of retirement after 20 years in the Navy and 23 years in consulting. He is planning to divert more time, if that’s possible, to photography ( John and Conny live in Stittsville, Ontario and have three grown sons.

10590 Dan J. MacWhirter, ’75, has been a been a very engaged Ex cadet over the past 37 years. Included in his impressive list of positions: Branch Manager Canada Trust. Ottawa and Kingston; Branch Manager TD Canada Trust Kingston; Division Director and subsequent Senior Consultant, Investors Group Financial Services for the last 9 years. He specializes in business planning for successful business owners, specifically retired military who go back to work on contract. His tag line…”It’s not what you make that counts, it’s what you get to take home.” Dan is currently engaged with: the management and distribution of assets for a Regular Force association; Providence Care Foundation Board, member responsible for finance; University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Board, Member of Executive, Chair of Fundraising Committee; RMC Club, Life Member. Past President, The Rotary Club of Kingston -Paul Harris award winner.

10905 David Armchuk, ’76, retired from Bruce Power in January 2011, after a career with the electrical utility spanning 29 years. He and Helen are currently residing in Port Elgin, Ontario, where he keeps active helping neighbors with landscaping and home repairs, playing his trumpet with several area bands, cross country skiing, biking and golfing. Dave and Helen recently returned from a great vacation in Dominican Republic, and are looking forward to a summer full of BBQ’s with family and friends. We have lots of room for guests so all former classmates are welcome to visit.

11622 Doug Campbell, ’78, spent four years in the CF following grad from RMC. In1988 he went off to IMD in Lausanne Switzerland and earned a MBA, International Business. Since that time he has been a proven successful new business startup specialist with international Marketing and Sales expertise in telecoms and consumer electronics semiconductors. Presently Doug is an executive in his 4th startup. Previously he worked at Nortel Networks for 17 years, including 8 years in Asia, establishing new business.

11938 Don Olechowski, ’78, has an extra bounce to his step these days! Daughter Alison has been accepted into the Doctoral program at MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Alison finished top in her Mech Eng class at Queen’s in 2010, and has spent the two years since then at MIT in the Product Development specialty in ME. She is scheduled to receive her Master’s in early June. Dad couldn’t be prouder – Her Majesty sent him off to get his Master’s in Aero/Astro at MIT 31 years ago, so there is a kind of family tradition happening. Don currently lives in Palo Alto, California with partner Susan Kelly and daughter Jacqueline, 9. Older daughter Caroline is living in Edinburgh where she stayed on to do public charity work after earning her MA there, and Lilah will finish high school in Guelph, Ontario, this spring and gets to choose between Dalhousie, McMaster and U Ottawa.

16494 Dave Spagnolo, ’88, is Vice President and General Manager of the Defence and Security operations division of Thales Canada. Prior to this appointment, Dave has held a number of positions with progressive responsibility within Thales for the past 15 years.

17147 Earle G. Hall, ’91 - entered CMR in 1985, is currently the President & CEO of DEQ Systems which specialize in Casino technology. He lives in Quebec City and has a 12 year old son, Charles Edward.

17383 Lucy Cerantola, ’90, decided to do a few Bodybuilding competitions this season. She did the Arnold Amateurs on March 1st. in Columbus, Ohio, during the Arnold Sports Festival Weekend. It was an international stage with women bodybuilders from Russia, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and all over the United States. She finished a very respectable 7th out of the 12 Heavyweights. Lucy was off to her hometown, Winnipeg, last week to compete in the Canadian Natural Physique Championships.  Locally, on May 19th, she will be competing at the Luchka/OBrien Classic in Mississauga. She will be competing in a new class or division, introduced for women across the world this year called “Physique”. It’s similar to Bodybuilding but the poses and the look are more “feminine”.

JUST IN: Lucy placed first in the Open & Masters categories at the Canadian Naturals Women’s Bodybuilding event on Saturday 28 April. That event is an IFBB qualifier, so would have been against some serious competitors. Photos here & here.

M0488 Dawn Dew Ottman, ’91, is a pretty proud lady these days! She recently received word from her patent attorney in Ottawa…..that her 2nd patent has been issued. When her 1st patent was issued a few years ago, she felt validated….she could now call herself an inventor. “I wish I was as good at monitizing these inventions. I created a manufacturing company in Canada to make my 1st invention and hopefully create jobs back home, but I have limitations that make it impossible for me to continue down this road… if you know anyone who wants a challenge… that will be financially rewarding, please contact me. Aurora Lights Manufacturing is waiting in the wings for someone to take the lead.” Dawn has been offered $$ to sell her 1st patent and have it manufactured and distributed out of China. But, she is not interested in creating jobs in China! “I’m a person of ideas and ideals (TDV) and one of those ideals is to help out at home first. Besides, if I was only interested in making money, I wouldn’t have spent twenty years in the military….now would I?!” She closed with:, “I could really use some help/leadership in the manufacturing of my 1st invention and now with the issuance of my 2nd patent, maybe there’s some wind turbines out there that want to go hybrid?!” Previous e-Veritas article: Contact:

18314 Dr Jim Denford, ’92, It was announced by the RMC Principal and the Dean of Arts the appointment of Jim as Head of the Department of Business Administration. His appointment will commence on August 2nd 2012 until August 1st 2015.

18802 Richard Billard, ’93, spent a total of 20 years in the CF retiring as a Commander (Cdr). He has been the Manger, Business Development at MDA for the past three years and works out of Halifax. Following earning his Bachelour of Chemical and Materiel Engineering, Chemical and Materiels Engineering (RMC); he completed his Masters of Business Administration, Business at Saint Mary’s University; and his Masters of Defence Studies, Defence Studies at Canadian Forces College.

18821 Luc Dandurand,‘93, is Senior Scientist, CAT2 – Cyber Defence and Assured Information Sharing NATO C3 Agency at The Hague Area, Netherlands. As a Signals Officer in CF, he held various scientific and technical positions. In 2003 he left the CF and joined the Communication Security Establishment, now operated by both the CF and CSE. Two years later, he was tasked to lead the CyberLab, a team of scientists and engineers who prototype novel solutions to difficult Cyber Defence problems. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics and his Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering in 1999, also from RMC.

21454 Adrienne de Souza Morriss, ’99, recently moved east of Ottawa to a little, 24-acre hobby farm where she is working full time raising two toddlers, one husband, 150 chickens, 15 turkeys, 30 ducks, a few geese, 1 cow + 2 bulllings, 4 alpaca, and a small herd of goats. When she gets a spare minute (ha!), she works in the fields, woodlot and gardens.

22186 Francis Laparé, ’02, is the Principal at LGE Homes, Brighton, ON. started renovations in 2002, when he purchased his first house in Quebec City. Unexpectedly, he took a liking to the work after a great deal of success and praise – renovations soon became his hobby. Over the next few years the interests and challenges grew again with even more success. In 2010, he had reached a point in his professional life where he was ready to take the leap and turn his passion into a career – to enter into an industry in rapid evolution and which would allow him to accomplish something tangible for people.

22659 Kyung Hoon Back, ’03, is currently working at 402 Squadron and flies  CT-142 aircraft. He got married in 2007 and their first child was born in July 2011. He will be posted to Colorado Springs this July.

22813 Angela Court, ’04, recently accepted the position of Senior Communications Officer for the Department of Finance and Municipal Affairs – PEI. She previously held the position of Communications Officer for Innovation PEI, Prince Edward Island’s crown agency responsible for economic development.

22948 Ryan Ward, ’04 is currently working for the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in the Regional Offices Strategy and Operations Division in Ottawa. He has completed a tour at the Canadian Embassy in Indonesia as the Trade Commissioner responsible for ICT and Infrastructure. He previously worked for the Strategic Initiatives and South Asia Commercial Relations Divisions.

23414 Tim Banfield, ‘06, is an adventure / climbing / travel / CrossFit / landscape photographer based in Manitou Springs, Colorado. He is relocating to Calgary in early June and is looking for new opportunities.

24652 Anthony Marasco, ’10, recently completed his MASc Thesis “Control of Cooperative and Collaborative Team Tactics in Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using Decentralized Model Predictive Control.”


13750 Tim Justice, Class of ’82 sent us the following SOS a short time back: “Can you please put a notice on an on-going basis for RMC 82 members to “RE”- join the RMC ’82 Facebook group. “Facebook made changes to its format which wiped out “groups”. We had 100 members and it was an easy way to send out class messages. All members must rejoin and I would rather avoid the pain of sending 100 messages which will get me blacklisted for spam”,


The RMC Club recently had an independent audit completed. One of the findings from this audit was the observation a number of potential members who were making pay allotments for a Life membership overpaid.  Most of the people involved have been notified and have been reimbursed, some (who we will list in a future e-Veritas) directed that their refund be used for e-Veritas O&M – which we very much appreciate. 

We are still trying to contact the following people. If you know how to reach them would you ask them to contact Bill

Class of 2002

22311 Mitch Rivest; 22473 Todd Johnson; 22252 Gregory White; 22443 Stephen Cahill

Class of 2003

22637 Jonathan Simard-Mercier; 22954 Matthew Fullerton

Class of 2004

22733 Geneviève Bertrand

Class of 2005

23163 Melissa Haggart

Class of 2006

23697 Jeffery Coleman; 23311 Joseph Doubrough

Class of 2007

23303 David Degagné

Class of 2008

23991 David Chee-Hing;23854 David Cossette

Class of 2010

24539 Francis Bourret; 24658 Laura Duvall; 24589 James Burton

Class of 2012

25291 Ewan Canning; 25338 Daniel Mantai;25381 Ryan Zorn; 25318 Jean-Michel Genest; 25410 Armaan Khan


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Extraordinary Ex-Cadets: 17834 Jim Fasano

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt recently had the opportunity to correspond with 17834 Jim Fasano on his life and career since he graduated from RMC in 1991.

e-Veritas: What have you been doing since you left RMC…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I spent five years in the military after graduation. I was a Computer Engineering major, and I graduated into the Signals trade. My time in the CF included finishing my training at CFSCE, a stint with 2(EW) Squadron at the Signals Regiment and a few years as Operations Officer at the CF Electronic Warfare Centre. After leaving the military, I went back to school and did an MBA at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business for two years. This two years also included an internship with Goldman Sachs’ Mergers & Acquisitions group and a semester at New College, Oxford University.

Following graduation, I spent five years in investment banking initially with RBC Dominion Securities’ Mergers & Acquisitions group and then Merrill Lynch’s Media & Telecom group. Then took almost two years off to travel; much of which was done with two friends – one of which was a fellow Frigateer and the other was the sister of another Frigateer. Travel included such areas as: South America; Southern Africa; Nepal; Tanzania; Mongolia; Russia and many more.

e-Veritas: You also took time off to travel, did you not…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Yes, I did. I took two years off to travel after my time with RBC Dominion Securities and Merrill Lynch. Along with 17854 John Holmes and Christine Dube, sister of 17828 Eric Dube, I travelled to South America, Southern Africa, Nepal, Tanzania, Mongolia, Russia, and many other places.

e-Veritas: And where are you at currently…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I have now been with the CPP Investment Board for over seven years, including two years spent in the UK. I am currently the “Vice President & Head of Principal Investing” where I oversee a team of 35 across 3 offices (Toronto, Hong Kong, London). We do private equity and have a growing portfolio that is currently approximately $7 billion.

On a personal note, I have been married for 5 years and have two daughters: a three and a half year-old and an eight month old.

e-Veritas: What were the highlights of the time you spent in the CF…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Several memories stand out for me. These include being involved with the creation of a new unit (the CF Electronic Warfare Centre), having the opportunity for overseas training including the NATO School (Oberammergau) and the Royal Navy School of Maritime Operations, and spending time in the field with 2(EW) Squadron (1CSR). The two schools were my first real international experience and opportunity to work with officers from other nations.

e-Veritas: Any highlights from your civilian career…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Being named as head of the Principal Investing team at CPP Investment Board (CPPIB), and having the responsibility for a team of 35 professionals and over $7 billion in investments definitely stands out, as does getting the opportunity to work and live in New York (with Goldman Sachs) and London (with CPPIB) in addition to Toronto. While with CPPIB, I have lead deal teams for some of their largest investments (Skype, IMS Health, etc.), and I have also built out their Private Investments department from 8 people to over 140. I also enjoyed the semester I spent at Oxford University on exchange while at business school.

e-Veritas: Going back to your RMC days, what are your favourite memories from the College…?

17834 Jim Fasano: Winning the Governor General’s Award for top academic graduate certainly stands out for me, as does the tight group of friends I had in the Stone Frigate. One of my favourite memories is our “Back in Blue Night.” Our entire Fourth Year class had been breached, and as punishment we had to wear 4′s in town for a month, which is what the First Year’s also had to wear. We decided to have some fun with it and organized a huge class party at one of the bars downtown that we called “Back in Blue” night.

e-Veritas: Did you play any sports while at the College…?

17834 Jim Fasano: I was very involved with hockey while at RMC, playing 3 years with the Varsity team. I continued to play extensively until a few years ago, also playing with NDHQ for four years, including at Nationals.

In my last year at the College I played Intramural soccer, which reignited in me a passion for the game after I had spent 7 years away from it. I also played soccer extensively until a few years ago, including with NDHQ including going to Nationals a couple of times.

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Class Notes…Includes a Tim Justice SOS to 100 of his ’82 buds

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd April 2012

3169 Bill Smallwood, Class of Class of ’53: After thirteen years of interviews and research in archives, museums and libraries (the best source was the NDHQ library), I had my first book published in 2004.

I have visited schools and chatted about the capture of Quebec, the Halifax Explosion and early airforce work in the Canadian Arctic (408 Sqdn, 426 and 436 Sqdns). But my chief outside interest is buying my books from the publisher and giving them away to kids. Phyllis and I give about 100 books a year to schools, libraries (that are too small to buy them), and to individuals who express an interest in Canadian history. My classmates have been generous in taking the time to check on their local libraries and recommend the series to the librarian.

And we sell them too. We have two websites ( and ) to find more money for our “I’m Free! Pass Me Along After You Read Me” programme to make our history more available for kids.

5336 Art Burgess Class of ’62 had a career as a research scientist and wrote many research papers for publication in scientific journals. He also served as a reviewer of submissions for many journals and has been a member of a number of editorial boards. He recently sent along a few tips to help us and those who submit articles to e-Veritas:

(1) If a term was used multiple times in a paper, the acronym should be defined at its first appearance – Department of National Defence (DND), then DND would be used thereafter. One exception that many have employed is that if the acronym is defined and used in the introduction and then is not used again for many pages, it might be redefined as a courtesy to readers.

(2) If a term is used only once then the acronym was not even mentioned because it is not needed.

(3) If a term is very well known (e.g. science = DNA, or Canadian military = DND) – it is not defined.

(4) If a term is likely to be obscure to some potential readers, its acronym is never used without definition.

7517 Gordon Vachon, Class of ’67 is a Senior Consultant at The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization On-Site Inspection Division. He spent seven years as Head for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following over 17 years with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Canada.

7553 LCol (Ret’d) Karol Wenek, Class of ’68 is the Director General Military Personnel, Chief Military Personnel at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Director General Military Personnel (DGMP) leads the personnel management “Fight of Tomorrow” (2-10 years)through the development and integration of a personnel-management strategy that is aligned with the Level-0 defence strategy.

8828 F. Wayne Kendall, Class of ’71 is Senior Mortgage Underwriter at Sterling Companies (Bahamas) and Owner at CapriTaurus REAS (Caribbean) LTD. The former Artillery Officer is heavily involved in a couple of volunteer positions – as a member of the Executive Committee of the RMC Club and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100 (Brighton, ON) Services Officer.

M0135 Don McLeod, Class of ’79 – Look up the definition of volunteer in the dictionary and you will see a photo of Donnie McLeod. Just some of his high profile contributions going back to 1980:

  • Chair Crohns & Colitis Foundation Halifax Chapter Gutsy Walk 2012
  • Chair Operations 2003 World Jr Hockey Championship,
  • Chair Operations 2004 World Women’s Hockey Championship;
  • Co-Chair Logistics 2006 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
  • Chair Operations Men’s 2008 World Hockey Championships
  • Operations Halifax Mooseheads Bid Committee for 2009 and 2012 Memorial Cup
  • Co-Chair Hockey Operations 2011 Canada Games
  • Founder & President, John Ogrodnick Hockey School, Cold Lake Alberta 1981-83
  • President, North-East Alberta Minor Hockey Association 1981-83
  • General Manager Trenton Flyers Fastball Team 1980

13674 David Pyper, Class of ’82 is a Managing Partner at Blair Franklin Capital; from 1989 to 1997, he was a director in the Investment Banking Mining Group of ScotiaMcLeod Inc. in Toronto. 1999 to 2002, David was a Managing Director in the M&A Group of Scotia Capital Inc.. Prior to entering investment banking, he spent seven years in management positions with a small manufacturing company and the Canadian Forces.

13746 Peter Jarvis, Class of ’82,  is Senior Contracts Manager at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Prior to this he worked as : Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson LLP; Principal at JRM Law Corporation; Director Legal Risk Management at Arthur Andersen LLP and Corporate Counsel at Fletcher Challenge Canada.

13750 Tim Justice, Class of ’82 sent us the following SOS late last week: “Can you please put a notice on an on-going basis for RMC 82 members to “RE”- join the RMC ’82 Facebook group. “Facebook made changes to its format which wiped out “groups”. We had 100 members and it was an easy way to send out class messages. All members must rejoin and I would rather avoid the pain of sending 100 messages which will get me blacklisted for spam”

14464 Doug Lawrie, Class of ’84 is the Head Coach of the Red River College Rebels Varsity Women’s soccer team. He is also President and Head Coach of the Hornets Soccer Club competing in the Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League.The former team captain for the hockey Redmen graduated  with a BA in Economics and Commerce. Doug served 31 years in the Air Force as an Air Navigator; while in the military was an active participant in the Canadian Forces National Sports program in both hockey and soccer as a player, coach and administrator.

16158 Captain(N) Mark Watson, Class of ’87 – “Ceremonial bands play an integral part in our military traditions and protocol. They not only represent a microcosm of the skills, talent and diversity of the Canadian Forces, but they showcase the very best the CF has to offer to Canadians and foreign audiences alike.” More…

16389 John Yarymowich, Class of ’88 – served as an ammunition technical officer in the military and now holds a management position at SMC Technologies outside Montreal. He oversees the design and manufacturing specifications for the company`s line of defence products that includes ammunition and explosives. A 2nd degree black belt, John has been practicing Judo for 13 years, which followed a number of years as a competitive wrestler at the High School and University level. He was formerly president of Club Judo Anjou and Base Borden Judo Club in Ontario. John brings a sound sense of mechanics and discipline to his judo teaching at Seidokwan Academy of Judo Inc. in Roxboro, Québec.

17389 Maj Todd Smart, Class of ’90 recently received the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an Afghan National Security (ANSF) forces planner. Major Smart’s efforts facilitated a smooth integration of ANSF personnel into the demanding mission readiness exercise.”

18254 Col Michel-Henri St-Louis, Class of ’92 – While in his previous position as commander of the last battle group in Panjwa’i, Afghanistan, this infantry officer from the Royal 22e Régiment, (the Van Doos), received a call from 14274 General A. J. Howard , deputy commander of the Canadian Army, called him with some news. He was getting promoted, and he was being posted to the RCAF. More…

18418 John Turner, Class of ‘92 spent close to six years in the CF following graduation; he joined MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (Vancouver) as a Senior System Engineer, a position he held for eight years. Since November 2006 he has been a project Manager with MDA.

19081 Maj Emmanuel Bélanger Class of ’93 is retiring from the RCAF. Following grad he continued on with pilot training in Moose Jaw receiving his wings in ’94. During his career postings included: CFB Moose Jaw (2 CF Fts and 431 (ad) Sqn) and CFB Trenton (429 (t) Sqn and 436 (t) Sqn) during which he was deployed to Camp Mirage and Kandahar. In ’05 he attended national test pilot school where he received a MSC in flight test. Subsequently he was posted to AETE. Maj Bélanger along with his wife Myriam, daughter Rose and son Maxime will be relocating to Ottawa where he has accepted a 2nd career adventure with Transport Canada.

19298 Maj Anthony Ambrosini, Class of ’94 – “The day I graduated from RMC, I felt an incredible sense of pride; I had done something special and accomplished something more than I could have done at any other university,” he recalls. “That is another advantage we have on most employers; we have paid education programs where we pay your tuition and your full salary while you learn.” More

20467 Zoltan Gothard, Class of ‘96 has been a Software Engineer at Honeywell in the Kansas City, Missouri Area for the past 11 years; during his spare time he has been a Division Coordinator, U11+ Girls, Board of Directors at Shawnee Soccer Club – located just outside city limits of KC.

2140 Major Todd Murphy, Class of ’98  succeeded Major André Delhommeau (’98) as the Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Station CFS Alert during a change of command ceremony in Canada’s most northerly inhabited location on January 31, 2012. Major Delhommeau, posted to 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, had spent six months as the CO, in charge of the more than 60 members of the station, who support CF missions through signal intelligence facilities. Prior to his arrival, Todd was the Squadron Commander of Lancaster Squadron at CF School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering 16 Wing Borden. More…

23734 Morgan Burn, Class of ’07 – “I really like the Cadet’s videos that they put together, and am glad you are including them in e-Veritas. Has any work been done, to show these videos elsewhere, perhaps Red and White Club or ads? What I would really like to see, is a video featuring ex-cadets who are bona fide war heroes. Afghanistan produced a lot of valour winners, LCol Bill Fletcher, LCol Mike Wright, Capt Ashley Collette, and Capt Gab Chasse-Jean are 4 that come to mind. Not to mention those earned in Canada’s previous wars. Getting a degree, and fighting for your country are what really makes RMC a University with a Difference.”

24656 Lt Murray McClafferty, Class of ’10 – “Thought that it might be worthwhile to mention in an e-Veritas about Many military discounts are listed there, and the people that run the website encourage anybody who has gotten military discounts at other stores or programs to let them know so they can add it to the list.”

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Class notes & More…

Posted by rmcclub on 15th April 2012


Help us to keep you and your buds up-to-date: Send us current info – This section “Class Notes” is about habitual, casual reading to see who else among your peer group is grabbing headlines, making a difference. No experience / event is too big or too small.


8307 Paul Larose-Edwards, Class of 71, a legal and political practitioner on international issues such as human rights, democracy, governance, peacebuilding and peace operations. He earned a LLB Honours International Law and a LL.M. International Human Rights Law, University of Wales. He has been on missions to Kosovo, Rwanda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Gambia, South Africa, Yemen, India, Malaysia, Thailand, most of Western Europe, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, St.Kitts, Trinidad, and St.Vincent. In 1996, proposed its creation to the Canadian Government and in 1997 was funded by DFAIT to set up and run CANADEM, Canada’s civilian reserve which includes a national Roster of Canadians skilled in human rights, rule of law, peacebuilding, democratization, admin-logistics, security, reconstruction, and other field expertise. CANADEM also carries out deployments for the Canadian government. He started his career as an armoured corps officer in the Canadian Army.

9592 Claude Perras, Class of ’73, took off his uniform in 2011 having reached CRA 60. Joining at the age of 17, he was able to serve close to 43 years (from August 1968 to July 2011). This period corresponds almost entirely to the period when the designation ‘Royal Canadian Air Force’ was put on hold. The Unification Act came into effect in February 1968 and Air Command reverted back to RCAF in August 2011. (But Air Force officer cadets wore the RCAF TWs on parade at BOTC in Chilliwack summer 1969!)

Claude flew tactical helicopters (Kiowas and Twin Hueys) in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s. Some of the highlights included logging over 100 flying hours in the Kiowa supporting the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal and surviving EX BRAVE LION in northern Norway in 1986. In 1987, he flew with the Rotary Wing Aviation Unit (Twin Hueys) in the Sinai Peninsula (Multinational Force and Observers). His last flying appointment was CO 450 Helicopter Squadron in Saint-Hubert in 1995 (supporting special ops). The Squadron was disbanded in 1996.

He has served at NDHQ during the last 15 years of his military career working in the Policy Group (Secretary to the Canada-U.S. PJBD), the VCDS Group (Alternative Service Delivery Program) which was followed by a secondment at the Privy Council Office (Security and Intelligence Secretariat). During his last year at PCO, he coordinated the One Year Later report to Parliament regarding the implementation of the National Security Policy announced by the government in April 2004. In 2005, he secured a Reservist Class B contract (yes, double-dipping for six years) with the Infrastructure and Environment Group at NDHQ where he has been handling government-wide environmental issues such as the testing of the Agent Orange herbicide at CFB Gagetown in the 1960s.

Claude was able to sport his third rosette in the hallways of 101 Colonel By during in his last year of service. In elevators and in the gym locker room, to military personnel who seemed puzzled by the seemingly disconnect in having a slim and fit body wearing three rosettes, his line was that he joined at the age of 7 and was only 49 years old!

Claude will complete his second and last civilian casual employment contract in the IE Group in June 2012 and retire in his home town of Gatineau. There might be an opportunity for him to don the uniform one more time. He has indicated to the RCAF leadership his keen interest to be on parade to hand over the 450 Helicopter Squadron Colours to the in-coming CO, when the Squadron is re-activated to fly the brand new Chinook helicopters in Petawawa!


9982 Mgr Christian Lépine nommé Archevêque de Montréal par le pape Benoît XVI.

Mgr Lépine, qui est évêque auxiliaire à Montréal depuis l’an dernier, succédera ainsi au Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte qui a assumé la charge pastorale de l’archidiocèse de Montréal pendant 22 ans.

Le cardinal Turcotte a offert sa démission l’année dernière après avoir atteint l’âge de 75 ans, conformément au Code de droit canonique. En acceptant la démission du cardinal Turcotte, le Saint-Père a également annoncé qu’il le nommait administrateur apostolique de Montréal jusqu’à la prise de possession canonique du nouvel archevêque.

Né à Montréal en 1951, Mgr Christian Lépine a fait ses études au Collège militaire royal Saint-Jean (classe d’entrée 1969), puis à l’École Polytechnique et enfin en politique avant d’entrer au Grand Séminaire à l’âge de 25 ans. Il s’est consacré à des études en théologie à l’Université de Montréal et en philosophie à Rome. Ordonné prêtre en 1983, il a d’abord exercé son ministère presbytéral en paroisse, à Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal et à Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, pour ensuite travailler au service du Vatican, de 1998 à 2000. De retour au Canada, il a été directeur du Grand séminaire de Montréal. En 2006, il a été nommé curé des paroisses Notre-Dame-des-Champs et Purification-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie.

L’archidiocèse de Montréal, le deuxième en importance au Canada, compte 214 paroisses et missions.

14028 Doug Hoyle, Class of ’83, is Director of  Supply Chain, Renin Corporation located in Toronto. He filled various Roles in Army Logistics for 16 years following grad. He obtained his MSc, Operations Research – College Militaire Royal de St Jean 1992 – 1994.

16873 Rodney Keller, Class of ’89, General Manager – Public Works at City of Guelph; held a number of leadership positions for over 17 years following his days at RMC including his last tour as Base Commander at  CFB Suffield from 2009 to 2011.

17003 LCol Richard Quinn, Class of ’89  is currently the Materiel Group J4 Operations Officer and J4 Supply. He has been nominated as the next Task Force Commander for Operation SOPRANO, the CF mission in support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. He will be the lead Canadian officer amongst the twelve CF members and he is double-hatted as the Deputy Chief Logistics Operations Centre for UMISS. Richard is set to deploy for one year as of 15 June. This will be his second year long OUTCAN mission in the past two years as he was posted to OP PROTEUS in Jerusalem from Jul 09 to Aug 10.

17432 Thomas Bradley, Class of ’90, was Base Commander CFB Edmonton for the last two years and two months of his military career. He currently is Director-Regional Recovery Coordination Group for the Government of Alberta. He spent November 2007 – August 2008 (10 months) Chief of Operations – Task Force Kandahar.

17613 Robert Sarfi, Class of ’91, is managing partner at Boreas Group LLC in the Greater Denver Area. He went off to University of Waterloo after RMC and earned his PhD, EE in 1996. He spent about five years in a few different engineering positions prior to settling in with Boreas in 2000.

18351 Paul Jackson, Class of  ’92 is Senior Vice President, Corporate Client Group Director, Senior Investment Management Consultant at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in the greater Boston area.  Following graduation he spent five years in the Navy in a number of roles: including Surface Warfare Officer, Dive Team Officer, Air Controller, & Divisional Officer.

19377 Amanda Kalhous (nee Munro), Class of ’94 moved back to Toronto after taking her release in 1999 and completing an MEng at Dalhousie in May 2001 with her husband 18946 Tom Kalhous (RRMC ’93). In 2004 their daughter Emma was born followed in 2007 by a sister, Julia. Amanda joined General Motors Canada in 2005 and has enjoyed a variety of Engineering positions during the last 7 years. Amanda is currently an Engineering Specialist in Infotainment/Telematics and leads a small team in Advanced Technology projects. Amanda also mentors the University of Victoria’s team in the EcoCAR 2 advanced vehicle competition. Tom retired from the Navy in 2001 and after a summer of travelling around the world with Amanda, went to work for his father-in-law repairing restaurant kitchen equipment. In 2009 he decided to become his own boss and the family has been enjoying the flexibility ever since.

21064 Rhonda Stevens (nee Eddy) (Class of ’98) resides in Comox BC. She is posted to 442 Search and Rescue Squadron as an ACSO on the CC115 Buffalo and is the Squadron Operations Officer. Rhonda is married to Kevin Stevens and they have two daughters Sienna (age 4) and Sara (age 10 months).

22545  Shannon Veurink (Travis) , Class of ’03 is currently on Maternity Leave until June but has given notice that she is not going to return to the “outside” workforce in the immediate future. For the past three years she has been a Child Protection Worker – Family Services at Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk Children’s Aid.   She wants to be home with her children while they’re young. The other ‘news’ is that she was just published in the most recent issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology…the article is called ‘A Refocus on Foci: A Multidimensional and Multi-foci Examination of Commitment in Work Contexts’ (Vol 40, No 3, 2011) and it’s based on her thesis from the Psych degree she did in New Zealand in 2004. Shannon credits that her RMC education was really the foundational because she did a Business Major and Psych Minor at RMC, and her study was an industrial psychology topic, merging the two domains.

Ex Cadets Play Major Role in Regional Win

Article by 24498 A/SLt Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

The CFB Kingston Knights, the Base Women’s Volleyball team, represented RMC with three ex-cadets and a University Training Plan (NCM) cadet. The team moved through the round robin undefeated at the Canadian Forces Regional Sports Championship in Petawawa last week, and took home the gold.

The team, led by their Coach, Warrant Officer Richard Amos, has been playing together in a league in Kingston since the fall, and their hard work paid off.

“As a coach, the ultimate goal is to win gold, but for me, seeing my players evolve from the beginning of the year to now is success. Winning the gold medal was just the icing on the cake,” said WO Amos.

Playing together allowed the team to be well prepared for the tournament, “and it helped build a good team dynamic,” explained 23949 Captain Sarah Lemay (RMC 2008), the Libero for the Base team. “We also get the opportunity to increase awareness of CFB Kingston in the local community when we play in the league.”

Capt Lemay has been playing volleyball for 14 years, and she was part of the Volleyball Varsity team at RMC for the 2004-05 season. Capt Lemay currently works at 1 Wing Headquarters in the A4 Maintenance section.

22570 Captain Helene Pettis (RMC 2003), 9 Squadron Commander, has been playing on base teams since 2004, and while at RMC, she was part of the Varsity Running Team.

She’s played in the volleyball league in town for the past three years, “and I also play hockey and soccer, which keep me in shape,” Capt Pettis said. “This is the first time I’ve won a gold medal at a Regional’s, so it’s very exciting.”

The CFB Kingston Knights faced off against teams from Borden, North Bay, Trenton, and Petawawa in a round robin. The team won three straight sets in a best of five match against Trenton in the semi-finals, and then took Petawawa in four sets in the finals.

“It was a great feeling; we practiced hard, and played even harder,” said M0985 Officer Cadet Jennifer Wotherspoon, a cadet at RMC under the University Training Plan (NCM). She’s finishing her degree in Military Psychology and Leadership with a minor in History.

“We also had a good coach,” she explained. “A successful coach not only understands how to communicate with players in a way that achieves results, but will also effectively guide, inspire and empower their players to realize and develop their individual potential. Having a good coach not only means the difference between having a team that is successful and one that’s not, but also one in which the team members excel and thrive,” OCdt Wotherspoon said.

The team will get a chance to play together again during the CF National Sports Championship at the end of April in Greenwood, NS.

There are a number benefits of playing with a base team, and according to Capt Pettis, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience.

“The level of play is high, and you always seek to improve your game. You get to know the other players very well both on and off the court, and get the chance to interact with other military women of all ranks and units,” Capt Pettis said.



Ex-Cadets on Guard at the 95th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

By 22198 Capt Enno Kerckhoff, MSM, CD

21357 Maj Sean French, CD and 22198 Capt Enno Kerckhoff, MSM, CD participated in the Canadian Forces Guard of Honour at the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on 9 April, 2012. Representing the CF was a distinct honour for both ex-cadets, who were among the small military presence at the massive event. The guard was composed of soldiers whose units can trace their lineage to the battalions that carried the day at Vimy, now mostly Regiments of the Primary Reserve. Maj French, of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and Capt Kerckhoff, of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (currently posted to 1st Canadian Division Headquarters) were the only two Regular Force officers on the guard.

Along with the ceremony at Vimy Ridge, the guard and R22eR band participated in commemorative events at St. Julien and the Menin Gate in Ypres. The Menin Gate ceremony was particularly moving, as the Belgian people have conducted nightly Last Post events to honour the 10,000 Allied names inscribed on the Menin Gate monument. Marching through the city of Ypres to join Belgian buglers in honouring our dead was a poignant reminder of how Canadian sacrifices are still remembered by our hosts.

The last day at Vimy Ridge afforded the guard and band an opportunity to tour the cemetaries and monuments surrounding the Vimy area. This put historical context on the visit as the group saw the rear areas where artillery positions shelled the German trenchlines, walked the trenches and tunnels of the 3rd Canadian Division advance and saw the battlefield from a German perspective in the reserve trenches still visible between the now-grassy shell craters. In tracing the footsteps of the Canadian Corps and such influential Canadian military leaders as Worthington, Burns, Crerar and Currie, the entire group was given a more tangible understanding of the scale of the Vimy attack.

While most news stories in Canada focused on the over 4000 Canadian youth who travelled to attend the Vimy anniversary or the presence of the Governor General and Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Guard of Honour was more than just window dressing on the event. It was an opportunity to expose CF members to the sacrifices of their Regimental predecessors and a reminder to the French and Belgian peoples of the continued importance of these sites for the modern Canadian Forces.

A four-day trip is too short to provide full detail on the scope of the battlefield or to visit all the important sites in our collective military history, however Maj French and Capt Kerckhoff returned to Canada on Wed, 11 April with outstanding photos and memories to pass to their Regimental comrades. The Minister of Veterans Affairs already alluded to the 100th anniversary at Vimy being an event of apprpriate scale and representation; let the bidding begin for positions on the 2017 Guard of Honour!

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Victoria Edwards in Conversation: 13201 Capt (N) Paul William Catsburg

Posted by rmcclub on 15th April 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 13201 Captain (N) Paul William Catsburg, who was appointed as Director of the Defence Ethics Programme in 2011 under Chief Review Services.

e-Veritas: Which Military Colleges did you attend?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: I attended Royal Roads Military College from 1977 to1979. I then attended the Royal Military College of Canada from 1979 to 1981. I graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. I hold a minor in drill and ceremonial. (Joke).

e-Veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the college?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: My main extracurricular activities were all sports. On a long weekend at RR, you could go skiing one day, golfing the next and scuba diving on the third. I was a member of the Varsity Soccer teams at RR and RMC. At Royal Roads we played at Community College level, as well as against select local Universities who weren’t members of the league. At RMC we travelled all the time. Since RMC was a member of the Ontario University League, we competed against much larger universities such as U of T, Queens, and Brock. We traveled to the US to compete against Clarkson College and St Lawrence College. We also played against CMR and other CF teams.

e-Veritas: What is your worst memory, if any, from Military College?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: Although we won our share of matches, my worst memory was going to the University of Toronto for a Premier Division Ontario University league soccer match. We thought we were going to do reasonably well. The score was 10 – 1 for the U of T, despite a decent RMC squad.

e-Veritas: What are your best memories from Military College?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: My best memories involved having the opportunity to learn and experience Scuba Diving at RRMC, a memorable activity shared with great friends in a West Coast setting that boasts world class diving – wonderful! After learning to scuba dive in the Royal Roads pool, a trusted buddy and I began cold water open water diving year round in the open ocean on the coast of Vancouver Island. Over the course of a typical dive, we might see anemones, rock fish, orange sea pens, nudibranch, seals, octopus, crabs, and kelp beds.

e-Veritas: Your former ship, the HMCS Saskatchewan, is now a popular artificial reef for scuba divers.

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: Yes. As Marine Systems Engineering Officer, I sailed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Saskatchewan, then a Navy destroyer escort. The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) did extensive work to make the Saskatchewan diveable. The ship was de-oiled, contaminants were removed, and many access holes were cut the length of the ship. She was sunk in 1997 near Snake Island, just outside of Nanaimo Harbour.

e-Veritas: What have you been doing since you graduated?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: Since graduating, I have been sailing to interesting worldwide destinations. I have met diverse and interesting folks. I have worked at my profession. I have been raising a family and trying my best to contribute to the defence and local communities.

e-Veritas: You served in a number of marine engineering positions domestically and abroad.

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: Early on I focused on the applied aspects of my chosen occupation, marine engineering, and was fortunate to have enjoyed a number of thoroughly challenging positions, including Marine Systems Engineering Officer of now payed off HMCS Sakatchewan, and exchange officer at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth, England – teaching marine transmissions systems. After some time in NDHQ performing engineering and personnel work I was fortunate to have another exchange opportunity with the United States Navy, working for the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Pascagoula, Mississippi, to oversee the construction of Arleigh Burke Destroyers in preparation for delivery to the US Navy. Thereafter I returned to the East Coast as the Business Manager at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, followed by a tour as the East Coast Fleet Technical Officer. Then back to the West Coast as Commandant of Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt. Then it was back to Ottawa as Director of Maritime Personnel, then to Canadian Expeditionary Force Command as Assistant Chief of Staff and finally as Director of the Defence Ethics Programme.

e-Veritas: Did you expect to remain in marine engineering for your entire career?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: In retrospect I would have to say that I have been very fortunate to have been given such diverse and interesting / challenging opportunities. When I started the CF journey I had an expectation of remaining in the “marine engineering family”, so to speak, where the pinnacle would be ship’s engineer and CO positions at shore support organizations. However, as you gain experience and understanding of the bigger picture you come to realize that you can branch out to international or CF wide positions that challenge your skills and abilities to the utmost.

e-Veritas: How have you balanced work with the personal side?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: On the personal side I supported my spouse in the raising of our two children during all the moving and re-adjusting. These were growth opportunities for everyone, while also being difficult at times since the family support base was one of self-reliance. However, we made a tremendous number of good friends in interesting postings and shared some wonderful experiences – on the whole I believe that it was a journey worth taking and one that we would repeat if the opportunity arose anew. (I’d need to get a blessing on that one from the family!)

e-Veritas: Where exactly have you served?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: I served in several Canadian cities or bases: Ottawa- twice, Halifax – twice, Esquimalt – twice, Saint John NB, Plymouth, UK and Pascagoula, Mississippi USA.

e-Veritas: How did you and your family come to be evacuated to Texas while serving in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: I was selected for exchange duties with the United States Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, where I was the AEGIS project production Officer responsible for the naval overseeing of the Arleigh Burke Destroyer Class at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula Mississippi. My young family loved the warm Gulf coast climate: we went fishing, swimming, snorkelling and boating near the barrier islands. Since the area is prone to hurricanes and tornadoes, we tuned to the weather situation from May-Nov. During one of the hurricanes, the families evacuated west to Texas. The single naval personnel evacuated to Meridiam in Northern Mississippi. Ships went to sea with a skeleton staff and the shipyard was shut down.

e-Veritas: At RMC, the curriculum emphasizes ethics, for example: Professional Ethics and Defence Management (DM527); Business Ethics (BAE422); Leadership & Ethics (PSE402); Military Professionalism & Ethics (PSE401B); Social & Ethical Issues Of Business (MBA577); Military Ethics (WS527).

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: The defence ethics programme incorporates essential elements of the “Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service” and the CF’s military ethos as described in “Duty with Honour”. It also emphasizes other values such as courage and responsibility for military personnel, and “impartiality” for public servants. The defence ethics programme is in keeping with the goals and ethical culture of the Canadian Forces. Education and training to that standard are the keys to the success of the DEP, and an ethically sound Defence workplace.Ethics courses at RMC use lectures, practical exercises, case studies, and small group discussions to explore professional ethics. Students apply decision-making tools to resolve ethical scenarios, and subject matter experts provide evaluation and feedback based on experience and published research. Given the universality of service principle that all members of the CF must satisfy, officers need a deep understanding of ethics. The courses at RMC are a foundation that supports our mandate to conduct leadership to the highest ethical standards. Ethics in DND is a wide topic. The RMC curriculum therefore explores ethics in the context of command & leadership, business & procurement, and military operations across the spectrum of conflict.

e-Veritas: The International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) provides a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas relating to professional military ethics.

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: The Director of the Defence Ethics Program is on the advisory board of the ISME. Unfortunately my predecessors were unable to support / participate due to a number of factors, including budgetary considerations, differences in the US approach vs. the Canadian approach to Military Ethics, and subjects of interest to Canada vs. Allies. My intent is to re-engage in this activity, again subject to budget and topics of interest to the DEP. The next meeting is scheduled for 2013 and could provide topics of interest since Defence Ethics is a wide field and differing approaches normally provide “food for thought” for our own programme. I encourage alumni and students to respond to the call for papers.

e-Veritas: The Journal of the Defence Ethics Program has a call for papers.

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and academic excellence, and will publish work that reflects subjects in military ethics, leadership ethics, public-service ethics, or other important ethics issues related to either military or civilian personnel. Submissions or suggestions should be emailed to

e-Veritas: How did you come to manage the Royal Naval Engineering College squad that won the Navy Cup, the only Royal Navy officer team to have this honour?

13201 Capt (N) Paul Catsburg: After graduation from RMC marine engineers are required to take applications training. Back in 1982 it was conducted by the Royal Navy at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC), then located in Plymouth, UK. As a student I joined the college soccer team and enjoyed “English football” in the land where the beautiful game was conceived. Fast forward to 1989 and I was posted back to RNEC as course officer for a three year posting. At that time I rekindled my relations with the soccer club, only to be advised that the incumbent manager was being posted in short order. So this time I was recruited into the managerial position, in lieu of playing competitively. We were fortunate to have assembled two fine teams that competed in the Devon Leagues and also the military inter-services competitions. At the time RNEC was hosting many nations for engineering and applications studies, including Australians, Kiwis, Omanis, Germans, Saudi Arabians, Iraqis, and Norwegians etc. The very best players were selected to play for the College teams and in 1991 the first eleven or senior team were fortunate enough to succeed in winning the Navy Cup.

This is an open competition of all UK naval units and is fiercely competitive; in the professional realm it would be equated to the UK’s Football Association Cup, where all nationally registered teams are eligible to compete for the FA cup. With a gifted squad and a little bit of luck our team was victorious in the final and earned the distinction of being the first officer team to have won the Navy Cup. From there we went forward to play against the winners of the Army and Air Forces, but did not fare as well as in the Navy Competition. Nonetheless, a most memorable season with a great result overall.

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10950 David Hall Remembers…Major “Alfie” Bake

Posted by rmcclub on 15th April 2012

Major “Alfie” Bake worked in the library with Mr. (“splendid”) Watt. He was also the Chairman of the hockey team and had been so long before I got there in 1972. He was an extremely positive individual. He wasn’t very tall. He had a deep hearty laugh which we heard often. Both Major and Mrs. Bake attended many of our formals in those years. My very first impression – and a very clear one - was noting a significant line of medals on his scarlet tunic. He had been well decorated during the Second World War which included the liberation of Holland. Always well liked by the players, he acted as the liaison of sorts between academia and the varsity hockey team. He was as valuable – at least to me – as any of my coaches or senior officers ever were. For all intents and purposes, Major Bake was one of two mentors I had at the college. The other was LCdr Padre Howie.

My family was not of military stock for the most part. At least not operationally with the exception of my nephew who has now served two terms in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. Just because someone had bars on their shoulders or rings on their sleeves didn’t necessarily mean that respect should automatically follow. And I had trouble with this concept in my earlier RMC years. With hockey having the longest season of any RMC sport (August to February), “duty away” was a common sign on the door to my room. First year was just a rehash of grade 13 for me so there wasn’t much effort on my part dealing with this part of the curriculum. To be blunt I was at RMC because I got the RMC Club of Canada scholarship. I was at RMC because I wanted to play hockey! Everything else was second place and I think Major Bake picked up on that pretty quickly.

I remember after many hockey practises, especially in the earlier years, having many good chats with him. He also joined us on many road trips too. It may have been that there weren’t many first years on the team – I think 10918 Gordie Brown may have been the only other – but Major Bake showed an interest in my development. First years had no leave privileges up until Christmas that I can recall. (Yeah, it wuz “tough” back then!) But “Alfie” would overlook these rules more than a few times, and take me back to his house for dinners. And Mrs. Bake was a wonderful cook. This was great fun and a welcome break, but when your CSL, 9735 Keith “Radar” Wilson is the goalie on the hockey team, and you’re in the Stone Frigate, marching across the parade square at nine or ten o’clock after practise was possibly something that Keith understood but never said anything about.

A note about Mrs. Bake’s cooking….she made chicken wings better than most /any I’ve tasted. And I’ve had more than a “few” post-game beer and chicken wing dinners. The recipe was supposedly only given to hockey players either after they got married or graduated; I can’t remember now. Pure oversight on my part but since I didn’t get married right out of RMC, I never asked her for the recipe. Major and Mrs. Bake would be proud though. My date beginning in 1973 – LCdr Rosemary Park – and now my perma-date to this day – and I are still together. Best line mate I’ve ever had.

Major and Mrs. Bakes’ Christmas parties were always great fun. After playing hockey for fifty three years now, I know something about team dynamics – work-wise and otherwise. Sometimes there just isn’t any chemistry and regardless of the talent of individuals, the net results of the unit are just not there. For the most part, I was fortunate to play with a good bunch. Guys like 11409 Wayne Russell, 10918 Gordie Brown, 11068 Les Falloon, 11093 Wally Istchenko, 10601 Dickie Mohns, 10161 Marc Ouellet and 9699 “CC” Ouimet; the latter three whom I played with in the World’s in Quebec City a few years ago. Rank or hierarchy can kill a team; hockey included. But the Bakes had a way of bringing us all together. They were kind. They were informal. They were an important off-ice component for us. Certainly for me, anyway.

Rookies on the hockey team had another function. I’ll forego the stories about Tiger balm and “shaving” that we had to undergo as new members of the “Reddies”. (Paladins, the dumbest name in hockey, is what they are referred to now. I digress) However, it was the duty of a first year hockey player to take Major Bake’s daughter, Judith, to the Christmas Ball. Judy was a great girl and accompanied her Mom and Dad to many of our home games. And to maintain my player status, and reputation – hers and mine – I was ever the gentleman. And over my time at the College, the Bake family were in many ways my own family away from home. In fact, LCdr and Mrs. Howie were much the same way too. Two wonderful families whose company I enjoyed for years. Both got to know my own Mom and Dad reasonably well too.

I was in Applied Science in second year, largely because my older brother was an engineer. I had no idea what I really wanted to do “when I grew up”. But it was painfully clear that by Christmas of second year, I had absolutely no interest in “Apple Sci”. I remember what transpired quite clearly. Before I found out my final marks, it was both Major Bake and LCdr Howie who spoke to me and told me that I’d failed. Both convinced me to stay at the College because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to. But it was only after their intervention that I changed my mind to stay.

With Major Bake, it was through several conversations. But I first found out in a conversation with LCdr Howie in a rather unusual fashion. I was on 2nd phase MARS on the HMCS Mackenzie. LCdr Howie was a friend of the Captain at the time. He took me into the XO’s cabin and told me the news. I believe that it was largely on the recommendation of these two men that I was allowed to stay at RMC. For a twenty-year old, that was a big deal. I know others in my year weren’t given the same option. But these two men believed I was worth salvaging. When I won awards in third and in fourth year for combined academics and athletics, as well as the Tommy Smart, I have often thought in retrospect that these awards were partly theirs; an apt justification for their decision about a 20 year-old kid several years earlier.

Your marks had to stay at a reasonable level if you wanted to play varsity hockey. Being an RETP cadet, I certainly knew the importance (it took me my first two years to figure it out!) of good academic standing because private sector interviews would begin well before the end of fourth year. Major Bake came to the rink one night during our practise. I was expecting my mid-year marks for third year. He leaned over the boards, looked directly at me, and said something like “Oh you really did well” or something to that effect. I could have skated all night after hearing that. I never recall the conversations with my Squad bosses or any of my profs having the same impact as Major Bake or LCdr Howie. It was usually Major Bake who let me know how I was doing long before getting any formal receipt of a transcript. That was the way Major Bake dealt with many on the hockey team. He took an interest in all aspects of your development.

I regret not staying in touch more often with Major Bake or his family. I had gone back to the College reasonably often following Grad as I started my business career in Toronto. It wasn’t long after I left that Major Bake retired from the library. We did correspond a bit over the years as I did with LCdr Howie but disappointingly, not to the degree I should have. I haven’t pulled out my RMC year books in a long, long time. But I did the other day. He is in all our team pictures. It makes me feel good. Men like him and LCdr Howie are rare. I was fortunate to have both help guide me in my early years.

10950 D.M.Hall

Ed: David M. Hall, CMA, FCS is a Portfolio Manager for Burgeonvest-Bick Securities Limited in Toronto. We  asked him to recall his thoughts about a fine gentleman, Major Alfie Bake. If one’s memory discards or embellishes certain issues, then this is the prerogative of the writer. But after almost 40 years, some latitude is to be expected. David is not sure why or how certain anecdotes come to mind now. It’s been a long time. That being said, the fact that he would remember so many positive attributes about a significant person in his early stages of life speaks well of his friend and… of David .

Ex cadets from any of the three military colleges with similar type memories of their time as an officer cadet are invited to submit an article. Be as brief or as wordy as you like.

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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on 9th April 2012

H3550 Murray Johnston - 1956 The Scarlet and Blue Grad Parade

The announcement on April 1st that there would be an immediate change of head dress for the College caused me to think a bit about College traditions. It seemed to me to be a bit abrupt and a cruel way to fund other departments at the expense of RMC traditions. The Pill Box hat and Scarlet jacket were part of the British Army uniform at the time that the College was opened in 1876 and were adopted as the basis for the first RMC Cadet uniform. To-day they comprise a unique uniform with a history that goes back to not only the founding of the College but also to the founding of the country. The replacement as outlined in the special April 1st eVeritas, in my view, could not and would never command the same provenance.

However wearing a new type of uniform for the first time on graduation parade is nothing new for the Class of 1956. Our graduation parade marked the return of RMC Scarlets and Pill Boxes for the first time since the College had been closed for World War Two. In the Fall of 1955, as we entered our senior year, all cadets were issued with a Pill Box. Then Scarlet jackets appeared in bunches throughout the year starting with the seniors and working down. But sadly, this was not complete by graduation time. So on our Graduation parade the 4th, 3rd and 2nd year cadets were resplendent in Scarlets while 1st year cadets had to make do with their Blues. You could call it the “Scarlet and Blue” Grad Parade. However, everybody had a Pill Box.

I remember getting my Scarlet jacket in March and wearing it to a Queen’s University dance to which my girl friend, Joan, (now my wife for 55 years) had invited me. It goes without saying that that bit of sartorial splendour was the hit of the evening as it was when, a couple of months later, our Grad Ball took place in the New Gym. A proud and colourful RMC and Kingston tradition had been firmly and happlily re-instated!

I still have my Pill Box. My first reaction on finding out that the hat replacement announcement was a joke, was a twinge of disappointment. Earlier on reading the announcement in the April 1st eVeritas I had had dreams of selling my Pill Box for an enormous sum because it would become a rare collector’s item. The subsequent “confession” the next day burst that dream!


H3550 Murray Johnston (Class of ’56)

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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on 1st April 2012

“Class Notes”

Help us to keep you and your buds up-to-date: Send us current info – This section “Class Notes” is about habitual, casual reading to see who else among your peer group is grabbing headlines, making a difference.  No experience / event is too big or too small.

3818 Clair Woodbury, Class of ’57, was in Victoria this past January, and like many who attended RMC the whole four years, from his Class, had never been to Royal Roads. He enjoyed the visit, especially the museum with the class picture including those who graduated there in 1955 and moved on to RMC.

7207 Edmond Ferenczi, Class Major for his 1962 CMR entry year class, sent us this note: “We are in the midst of locating and motivating our classmates to attend the 7-9 September ex-cadet reunion at CMR. I also encourage all to attend the RMC Kingston event at the end of September. I put together a CMR 1962 class web-site. The link :

I am hoping that e-Veritas could help to reach some of our less reachable class mates by highlighting the existence of the site and inviting all to get in contact with me at

5586 Ian Mottershead , Class of ’62, spent his first few years after graduation mostly at sea on both coasts; he left the Navy in 1966. He soon earned a MBA majoring in Finance at Queen’s university which set him up for a long career in investment analysis and management. He and Rosemary are now able to spend two to three months each year traveling.

6913 John Richard Hosang, Class of ’66, spent 26 years in the Canadian Forces as a Military Engineer. Later he joined the Manitoba Government Department of Highways as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Engineering and Tech Services. Since retiring for the second time in 2006 he has been living in Winnipeg with his wife Patricia.

8120 Bill Gard, Class of ’69 and wife Judy (Photo left) at the Boone Hall plantation Saturday 31 March. The Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is an antebellum plantation located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

H25917 Major Danny McLeod, honourary member, Class of ’70, recently was special guest at the 2012 University Hockey Championship. UNB Athletic Director John Richard was asked for his highlights from a host perspective: “I thought Major Danny McLeod on the ice presenting his own award as MVP was pretty impressive.” McGill Redmen, coached by former RMC coach Kelly Nobes won the championship.

10101 Bob Edwards, Class of ’74, just retired after 41.5 years of service just short of his third rosette! He completed a tour in Afghanistan during his last year of service. After a full career in the Navy from sailor to captain, he spent the winter skiing and sailing in the Caribbean and hopes to relocate to Toronto closer to his family.

10279 Michael Moore, Class of ’74, is the Principal at Moore Management Consulting. Prior to this he was a management consulting partner with Deloitte & Touche – a large, international accounting and management consulting firm.

10472 Steven Poole, Class of ’75, Steve’s career included 25 years in the CF as an EME Officer, 8 years as a GM & VP in IT the private sector and 5 years as CEO & CIO (ADM) managing IT for the Federal Government. Since retiring in 2008, Steve has been providing Strategic Advisory services to public and private sector executives in Ottawa on a part time basis. This leaves him lots of time for grand-kids, golf and travel with his wife Marie-Josee

13077 Dean Black, Class of ’81,  currently serves as Executive Director of the Air Force Association of Canada and Publishing Editor of Airforce magazine. As Publishing Editor, he has been responsible for all aspects of magazine production, editing, writing, advertising, subscriptions, ad design, artwork, layout and presentation. He also serves as national secretary to the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust Fund.

13702 Dan Ward, Class of ’82, after graduating from RMC in Electrical Engineering, Dan completed naval training as a Combat Systems Engineer. He served aboard HMCS Yukon, MacKenzie, Annapolis, and the Nippigon. In 1986, he move to Ottawa to work for Lockheed Martin Canada until 2010, worked at MAQ Sonar for 16 months, and is now a Founding Partner and Chief Technical Officer of Echotec Sonar.

14444 Dorothy Hector, Class of ’84, has spent the last 6 years working two terms as a councillor for Lakeside District and the City of Kingston. As such, she has served as the Deputy Mayor twice and on several occasions has been Acting Mayor. She was also the Chair of the Olympic Torch Relay Organising Committee in Kingston. She worked with Kosovar refugees in the early 1990s, and, in 2001, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from RMC.

14956 Heather De Champlain, Class of ’84, is an AERE officer currently posted to Ottawa. She recently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, with the Canadian Strategic Advisory Team – Afghanistan (CSAT-A).  The team continues to provide assistance in many areas, one of which is Gender Equality; in particular, the drafting of a policy on Gender Equality for the Afghan Civil Service.

16052 Craig Thomson, Class of ‘87 – has been President of LML Payment Systems Inc. since February 4, 2009 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Beanstream Internet Commerce Inc. since July 2000, He has also been featured in several business magazines including Canadian Business, Profit and Success Magazine. In 1999, Craig received the prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in manufacturing, wholesale and distribution for Pacific Canada by Ernst and Young.

19882 Mark McCullins, Class of ’95 was in the final group of 10 Astronaut Candidates selected by the Canadian Space Agency out of a pool of 5300 for potential Astronaut Training with NASA (June 2008 to June 2009). An avid aviator, aquanaut, and traveler;  always looking for new experiences and the chance to work with leading edge technologies and high performance teams to develop and test the next generation of aircraft and systems. Currently, Experimental Test Pilot at Airbus Military, Madrid Area, Spain.

21768 Russell Eyestone, Class of ’00 with Hons Econ and Poly Sci. Served five years with 5e RALC ; with tours in Bosnia (troop commander 2001-2002) and Afghanistan (FOO/FAC 2004). He was accepted into medical school in 2005 and spent five years at McMaster. Also, married in 2005 to Sandy Labbé and now they have 4 children, all boys, ages 6,5,3 and 1 (a half section). At this moment, they’re covering behind chairs and learning fire and movement with Nerf guns. Since his return to 5e Amb de Campagne in 2010, Russell has completed the flight surgeon course and has been back to Afghanistan as a FOB doctor. He is now serving as a Medical Officer at 5e Amb de Campagne.

24025  Luke Pearce, Class of ’08 is completing his second year as General Manager / Head Coach, Merritt Centennials – Junior “A”, Tier 2 team in the British Columbia Hockey League. At press time, his Centennials were still in the play-off hunt. Merritt won their first play-off round with a four-game sweep of the Prince George Spruce Kings. They now match up against Penticton Vees. The Vees lead the best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference Final Series three-games-to-one.

We need your help in locating the following buds: If you are in possession of contact info – would you have them contact us ASAP.

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22637 Jonathan Simard-Mercier, Class of ’03; 23163 Melissa Haggart, Class of ’05; 23431 Jaroslaw Ciesinski, Class of ’06; 23991 David Chee-Hing, Class of ’08; 24197 Scott Smith, Class of ’09; 24539 Francis Bourret, Class of ’10; 24589 James Burton, Class of ’10; 24612 Mathieu Fréchette, Class of ’10; 24844 Martin Côté, Class of ’10; 25318 Jean-Michel Genest, Class of ’12; 25338 Daniel Mantai, Class of ’12; 25381 Ryan Zorn, Class of ’12; and 25410 Armaan Khan, Class of ’12.

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Spotlight on Professors: 16420 Maj John de Boer

Posted by rmcclub on 1st April 2012

Popular Physics Professor Gets Around

Article by 25752 OCdt (III) Christopher Lane

As one of the veterans of the RMC Physics Department, 16420 Major John de Boer has seen many cadets pass through the college. This being his second stint at RMC, he has taught at the college for a total of ten years, as well as completing his Masters and PhD at the institution. Although happily settled in Kingston with his family of seven, Maj de Boer has done his fair share of travelling in his time with the Canadian Forces.

Maj de Boer graduated from RMC in 1988, excited to start his career as a CF Pilot. He then made a transition that would be shocking to any RMC pilot today; he went to Moose Jaw for Phase II with no delay after grad! He would return to Portage la Prairie the next year to complete his helicopter training.

Maj de Boer’s first posting was at Bagotville, flying SAR missions on the Iroquois helicopter, awaiting an opportunity to fulfill his dream of flying tactical helicopter missions. His time would come after two years at Bagotville; in 1991 he arrived at 408 Squadron in Edmonton, flying the reconnaissance Kiowa helicopter. The Major spent two years in Edmonton, and they are among some of his favourite years flying in the CF.

It would be a long time before Maj de Boer would find himself in a cockpit again. He returned to RMC in 1993 to complete his Masters and taught for three years. After five years at the college, Maj de Boer was ready to return to the skies, but a posting freeze forced him to remain in Kingston, now working at 1 Wing HQ. Although he craved to fly, the Major gained experience at 1 Wing which would be beneficial to him in the future.

After a couple of years at 1 Wing, Maj de Boer applied for the AETE program, and was delighted to be accepted as a Test Pilot candidate despite being grounded for seven years. He spent a year in England completing the challenging Test Pilot course before settling in at Cold Lake for a five year stint as an AETE Test Pilot. Despite the long winters and the distance from his extended family, Maj de Boer found this stint of his career to be highly rewarding.

In 2007, Maj de Boer took the opportunity to receive his PhD at RMC, and has been at the college ever since. He finished his PhD in 2010, but continues to conduct research in the electric currents of the ionosphere, as well as rotorcraft aeroelasticity.

In the classroom, the Major is known for his interest in the subjects he teaches, and his passion for history. It is regular for Maj de Boer to open a class with a Winston Churchill speech, marking the anniversary of a significant historical event. Among cadets, he is a popular member of the Physics faculty and is appreciated for taking extra time out of his research to help students when they need it.

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Class Notes & Hiring doesn’t have to be an uncertain process!

Posted by rmcclub on 25th March 2012

Attention: Heads Up to all members of the RMC Club – in good standing.

The Spring edition of the Veritas magazine was sent out last week to postal addresses. If your membership is up-to-date and you have not received your copy – confirm your postal address with Panet House –

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Class Notes:

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3954 William Hughes, Class of ’57 spent a little over a month on an enjoyable vacation in Hawaii; their winter break started slowly because his wife Eleanor was recovering from an attack of Shingles. The two guide books, which he highly recommends, are “Oahu Revealed” and “Hawaii The Big Island Revealed”. William & Eleanor last spent 5 weeks in a rented condo in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii during Jan – Feb 2010.

4976 Reg (Mike) Watts Class of ’60 and wife Patricia spent the month of February in Florida this year. Reg is still working as a management consultant, but he wrenched himself away from that and RMC Club projects for this treat. They rented a private residence in a gated community and spent most of the month visiting state parks, conservation areas and wildlife refuges. Hooked on wildlife, Reg and Patricia are buying a spotting scope and heading south again next year. Both are still active in photography and videography, so wildlife, look out! Anyone interested in renting the excellent property they used can see it at:

The only sad note to the vacation was the passing of two close classmates, Bob Billings and Bill Claggett. Reg is the President of Kingston Branch, and he invites you all to join the branch luncheon at the SSM, first Wednesday of each month.

8056 John McCormick, Class of ’69, recently changed jobs or more accurately he has changed companies. John left ALT Software, Inc. and now works for Core Avionics & Industrial LLC s – Director of Embedded Graphics. CoreAVI is setting up an office in Kitchener where the former star all-round CF ball player expects to work three days a week and from his home office the other two days.

8060 Harry Mohr, Class of ’69: Managing Director and CEO at EODC Inc. His career experience includes: Twelve year’s Project Management, ten year’s managing EODC, 35 years in the military including reserve time (32+ Regular). He follows the Ottawa Senators faithfully and is currently holding his breath and hoping that the “Sens” can hold on to a play-off spot.

8360 Dave Shaw, Class of ’70, is owner, manufacturing & operations management consultant; owner Taurus Stampings Inc. in Guelph, Ontario – a metal stamping company specializing in deep drawn stampings.

9982 Christian Lépine, Class of ’75, was recently  appointed Archbishop of Montréal. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Lépine was Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal. Born in Montréal on September 18, 1951, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine was ordained to the priesthood on September 7, 1983. He studied Theology at the University of Montréal and Philosophy in Rome.

11026  Kerry Watkin, Class of  ’76, is living in Kingston on the waterfront these days! The former RMC Club/Foundation staffer now works for a firm called OntarioMD overseeing the funding and installation of Electronic Medical Record systems.

12985 Yvan Lavallée,  Class of ’82, recently retired after more than 34 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Forces. Following graduation from CMR he then proudly served aboard HMCS Ships Athabaskan, Iroquois, Protecteur, and Provider. In between and after his postings to the fleet, Yvan was posted ashore to CFB Halifax, Marlant HQ, NAVRES HQ, the Trump program and CMS. Yvan will be moving to the Québec Eastern Townships.

13805 Claude Van Ham, Class of ’82 spent seven years in the CF following graduation mostly involved in engineering positions with the CF 18. He later spent a year at Campus Computing Centre Head at University of Hawaii. Over the past dozen years or so he has been deeply involved in various engineering positions and currently is Senior System Engineer – Integrated Tactical Network at General Dynamics Canada C3ISS in Calgary.

14428 Don Fisher, Class of ’84,  is the Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver. He married in ’84, and has three grown up children.  The 1980 Kamloops senior secondary graduate took FRP in ’95, and went to the seminary soon after. His passions are coaching baseball and fishing the rivers of BC.

14293 Gilles Larocque, Classe de ’85- Directeur – Projet d’agrandissement et de réaménagement de l’hôpital Fleurimont at Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke.

 M0424 Ray Idzenga, Class of ’89, Comp Eng. With 30 years service, retired in 2007 upon returning from Afghanistan and now works on a Reserve Class B contract at the Canadian Defence Academy.

17393 Michael Sullivan, Class of ’91, has been the  Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School Commandant, CFB Gagetown since June 2010. On his 1991 graduation from Artillery training, was posted to 1 RCHA in Lahr Germany. Since that time he has had numerous tours in and out of Canada. He is an amateur historian who enjoys photography and bike riding.

18685 Pierre Lalancette, Class of ’93 completed 21 years of service as a Tactical helicopter pilots flying missions in all parts of the world including, Haiti, Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Recently retired, he is now focused with partners on building Britelynx, an IT enterprise that delivers Air Operations Management Systems for the Aviation, Defence and Security market.

19798 Sean Carscadden , Class of ’95 recently left the regular force to provide more long-term stability to his family. He is currently exploring various post-military career options while thoroughly enjoying a return to his piloting roots with 400 Reserve Squadron at CFB Borden. Besides flying he is busy in a variety of other roles with including standards and instructing, where his previous experience is serving him and the Squadron well.

20760 Brock Heilman, Class of ’97, is the J3 at Canadian Material Support Group. The former Redmen goaltender in the Jacques Tremblay & Andy Scott eras now lives in Orleans just outside of Ottawa. He is originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta.

24446  Jackie Power, Class of ’09, is the quarter master of 2 Service Battalion in Petawawa and loving it! The I Term 2008 RMC Cadet Wing Commander got engaged to another CF officer this past November; the wedding is scheduled to take place next summer (he is deployed on Op ATTENTION right now). Over the past year, Jackie also competed in the Petawawa Iron Man and travelled to Brazil with the C.F. fencing team for the CISM world games.

M0994 Brandi Sarmazian, Class of ’13 and wife Varant welcomed baby Hovaughn Maxwell Sarmazian, born 15 March, 2012 at 1:44pm, 6 pounds, 3 ounces, 46cm. Hovaughn is the couple’s first child (Photo left -  a sure fire future soccer star – likely with the Paladins). Brandi spent many years with the First Battalion the Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR.). He is now an aspiring intelligence officer. OCdt Sarmazian is a III year Otter Squdron student majoring in economics. He is a varsity soccer player and the Squadron’s Sports Officer.

9143 Bruce McAlpine, Class of ’72 – sends along these tips:

Hiring doesn’t have to be an uncertain process!

1. Who am I REALLY looking for?
2. Where am I going to find him/her?
3. How am I going to evaluate him/her?
4. How am I actually going to hire him/her?
5. How am I going to successfully “on-board” him/her?
6. How am I going to retain him/her?

Question 1 – Who am I REALLY looking for?

In our 40 years of experience we have found that a successful long term hire must start with identifying who you REALLY are looking for. It is also our experience that this step is usually either overlooked, or simply assumed.

You need to start by asking the question “What do I need to get done?” (the “Job Specification”) before you can determine “What kind of person could do this?” (the more traditional “Job Description”).

Once you are crystal clear on the task, you then need to identify educational background, work experience and personality/character traits necessary for someone to be successful in the role.

It’s all about the fit!

Actually, once you know who you are looking for, you will easily be able to screen prospective candidates in terms of education and experience right from their resumes. What you can’t get from a resume is this fuzzy construct called “fit”. Consequently, firms often hire on the basis of education and experience, and fire 6 months later on the basis of fit – “Smith just didn’t work out, although I don’t know why”.

2 Tricks to figure out “Fit”

Here are 2 techniques to help you get a handle on “fit”. First, think back to the best person you have ever had in that role, and identify what you liked about him/her. Similarly, think back to some of the failures, and identify why they just didn’t make it. The other technique is to imagine yourself writing your successful new hire’s glowing first annual review, and complete the following thought: “Smith worked out really well because.”, and think about the underlying character traits that made him/her so successful.

Need help?

Fulcrum Search Science Inc. is a Toronto-based search firm with global reach that brings professional search and assessment rigour to the critical $100-250K compensation band. To get our team working for your team contact Bruce McAlpine at 416.847.4989 (toll free 866.409.4990) or and start looking forward to your next hire.

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Extraordinary Ex-Cadet: 18798 Steven Beggs

Posted by rmcclub on 25th March 2012

Varied Career for Ex-Cadet

Article by 25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt

18798 Steven Beggs graduated from RMC in 1993 with a degree in Honours Economics and Commerce. He headed to the Armoured School at the Combat Training Centre after graduation, but a serious knee injury early on in the course saw him back at the College while he waited for the career managers to figure out what to do with him. “This happened to be during the period impacted by the FRP (Force Reduction Plan),” Beggs recalls, “so instead of being reclassified I was given a golden hand shake and released from the Regular Force.” That move lead to a varied career for Beggs, both in the civilian world and as a Reserve officer.

“The same day that I released from the Regular Force, I joined the Reserves, rebadged Logistics, and started working with Reserve (now 762) Electronic Warfare Squadron. At the same time, I went back to school, working toward an MA in War Studies at the College,” he says. Beggs graduated with his MA in War Studies from RMC in 1996 and, with a research focus on ethnic conflict and refugee management issues, he transferred to 1st Canadian Division Headquarters as a Civil-Military Cooperation Officer (J5 Ops 2). Beggs spent a year there before going back to the Armoured world as the Quartermaster of the Governor General’s Horse Guards in Toronto. He left the Reserves in 2002.

Beggs moved to Mississauga in 1997 to join a boutique sales and leadership training consultancy, where, he says, ” I had the privilege of working with some amazing companies, helping them create world class selling organizations.” He spent six years there before moving to American Express, where he served in a variety of roles, including call centre training, before ending up with the responsibility for establishing and managing a sales training and certification program for one of the card member acquisition channels that operated in 18 countries.

In 2009, Beggs joined Home Depot as the Senior Manager, Learning, where he currently leads one of the instructional design teams responsible for non-store operations (merchandising, supply chain, etc) and in-store product knowledge and specialty department training.

There are bound to be a number of highlights from such a varied career. “Qualifying to deploy and “fight” an Electronic Warfare Squadron was one of the highlights of my military career, as that is something normally reserved for officers in Signals or Intelligence, not Logistics,” Beggs says. “It was also rewarding to be able to use the research from my MA during OP Assurance, the operation to repatriate Rwandan refugees, in 1996.”

He also has a number of highlights from his time in the civilian world. “The first opportunity that I had to lead a multi-national team, when I took over responsibility for Amex call centre training in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, was a high point for me. While working for Amex, I was also able to achieve consensus among 18 different countries regarding the requirements to certify a sales-person. I also helped lead the re-launch of a card member acquisition channel for Amex Sweden.” More recently, he lead the the launch of a new Learning Management System for Home Depot Canada.

This varied career began with four years at RMC, and Beggs has plenty of memories from those years. “One of the memories that is burned in my mind,” he says, “was refereeing an IM soccer match in the Old Gym. In walked one of the Commissionaires. He asked us what we were all doing there, didn’t we know that the Coalition forces had just started bombing Iraq? Needless to say, the game ended rather abruptly and I recall squeezing myself into the 8 Sqn lounge to watch the same CNN footage replay over and over until 3 or 4 in the morning.”

While he didn’t play any Varsity sports during his time at the College (he calls himself an “IM Warrior”), Beggs did represent RMC as a member of the debating team. “I was particularly proud to represent the College, along with 18418 John Turner at the 1992 World Debating Championship in Dublin, Ireland. I was also part of the team that beat West Point twice, once in 1992 with 18418 John Turner and again in 1993 with 18803 Michael Black.”

Beggs had his share of lighter moments, too. “18419 Paul Turner and I were the only 2 survivors in the Hons Ec and Comm program,” he recalls. “At that time, we were “discouraged” (actively) from taking coffee from the Mess over to our classes… something about not being able to salute while carrying a briefcase in one hand and a coffee in the other. Being undeterred in this, Paul and I began an informal competition to see who could bring the largest cup of coffee to class. It started with normal mugs, quickly progressed to extra-large travel mugs, and ended when Paul showed up one day with a West Point “mug” that was intended to hold drinks for an entire family while attending a football game. It easily held 3 or 4 liters, which he had filled by draining at least one (possibly two) of the coffee urns in the Mess.”

These lighter moments also included, from time to time, his professors. “4824 Dr Jack Treddenick (Class of ’60) was one who stood out. I don’t think 18419 Paul Turner, 18898 Maryellen Seguin and I will ever forget the infamous maroon sweater, or celebrating the day Dr Treddenick actually showed up to our Quantitative Analysis class wearing a different sweater. It only happened once that I recall; perhaps we made too big a deal of it at the time.”

“I remember Dr. Jim Finan as well, who I also did Post-Grad Studies with. While doing my MA, with much respect (and never to his face) we knew him as “Dr Doom” because “We’re all going to die… horrible, fiery deaths.” A brilliant man, who challenged us to look at every side of an issue, despite what we perceived at the time to be his somewhat pessimistic outlook. He’s also the only prof that I recall who ever gave me an A for one of my papers, and he did it twice. How could I forget that?”

Dr. Bill Hurley was another prof that I remember. Dr Hurley introduced Paul and I to Kuhn-Tucker Conditions. Despite the fact that we were unable to solve a single problem using these, Dr Hurley generously provided us with 2 (possibly 3) scenarios on our final exam that required us to use them. He was also a defensive line coach for the Queens football team, which may have been why he was interested in using the Kuhn-Tucker conditions to determine the optimal price for Argos tickets. (If you’re interested, despite our best efforts, the answer, it turns out, is not -$1000.)”

Steven and his wife Judy, who were married in 2003, currently live in Richmond Hill, Ontario and are active members of their church, Upper Room Community Church in Vaughan. He serves on the Board of Elders and they both help to teach Sunday School. They have one daughter, Danya, born in 2007.

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Spotlight on Professors: LCol Joy Klammer

Posted by rmcclub on 25th March 2012

First Female Tactical Navigator A “Role Model for Cadets”

Article by 25752 OCdt (III) Christopher Lane, CWPIO

Before enrolling in PSE 401, Military Professionalism and Ethics, I had never been exposed to LCol Joy Klammer, the Deputy Department Head of the MPL Department. This course has proven to be unlike any I have taken before, where classes are typically dictated by class discussions on what it means to be a leader, on ethical dilemmas and the values and ethics we must embody as future leaders. Few would assume from LCol Klammer’s modest demeanor that she has experienced these elements of military professionalism through a truly remarkable career, which has given me a better appreciation to the huge variety of opportunities open to us as soon-to-be junior officers in the CF.

After completing her BA in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, LCol Klammer started her career as an Air Navigator, spending 12 years flying in the CP140 Aurora out of 19 Wing Comox. She distinguished herself as the CF’s first female tactical navigator, standing out in a male-dominated group. To this day, there is no doubt in LCol Klammer’s mind that the West Coast is still the best coast.

LCol Klammer was delighted to learn that she was applicable to take on a Masters in Psychology as an air navigator, and took on her two year program at the University of Calgary. She focused on team psychology and group dynamics, which she would later build on during her PhD in industrial organizational psychology at University of Western Ontario.

After a short 3-year stint teaching at RMC, LCol Klammer moved into the field she would pursue for the rest of her career: personnel selection. Highlights from this stint in her career are numerous. She took part in a research unit in Ottawa designed to adapt the selection system of Military Police personnel, with the goal of revamping the negative perception of MPs at the time. She had a great experience with JTF2, working on their selection process and also getting involved in conduct after capture training.

After another stint with the MPs and completing her PhD at UWO, LCol Klammer returned to the conduct after capture center. She worked on the methods of teaching psychological techniques to those with valuable information at risk of being captured. She was then unexpectedly sent as a CF representative with the Department of External Affairs to Somalia for 6 weeks as the OIC of the recuperation of Amanda Lindhout. Lindhout was a Canadian journalist who had been captured and held ransom under extremely oppressive conditions for 15 months, and LCol Klammer takes pride in her role of transitioning her back to normal life.

LCol Klammer would eventually return to RMC in January 2010, and was welcomed with open arms by Commodore William Truelove back to the RMC team: “She brings tremendous operational and professional experience and we are thrilled to have LCol Klammer at the College and look forward to working with her,” he said.

LCol Klammer leaves a mark on all cadets who she is exposed to with her positive attitude, enthusiasm and genuine interest in her job and in the students she teaches. Most of all, LCol Klammer is a team player, and understands the importance of her role in shaping us into professional and ethical leaders of the CF. Her classes are a pleasure to attend, and her modesty and selflessness make her a great role model for us to strive for.

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Class Notes: Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 18th March 2012

#3201 Austen (Aus) Cambon, RMC Class of ’54, (photo left) continues to enjoy teaching business programs in colleges and universities , domestically and internationally. Following retirement from CEO-level assignments in the corporate world, Aus worked for a number of years as a management consultant including on projects in the Middle East for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and in China for the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. He has been teaching international business students in China, Lebanon, the USA, and Canada for the past fifteen years. Aus currently teaches in the Faculty of Business, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in Toronto.

3342 Craig Moffatt, received the Class of ’55  Secretary torch from 3384 Charlie Kingston in December 2011. Charlie has developed some health issues over the past year and was looking for a successor to take on the task he has handled well for 55 years.

5725 Jim Megill, Class of ’63, organized and established The Canadian Association for Mine and Explosive Ordnance (CAMEO) Security in 1997; Jim is the Executive Director of this not-for-profit registered charity, whose mission is to do humanitarian land mine clearance in war-torn societies.

8439, Sunny Marche, Class of ’70, a Professor – Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University is currently in the second half of a sabbatical which means a much different intellectual engagement for the native of Winnipeg. Sunny earned his PhD in 1991, London School of Economics • Information Systems.

12680 Neil Knapp, Class of ’80, retired last month after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Forces and the communications and electronics branch. Neil has taken up an engineering position within the public service supporting the ground based information system related to the next generation fighter capability project.  During his career he served at CFS Beausejour, ADM(MAT) LCMM AETE/PETE, CFS Baldy Hughes, Air Command NORAD modernization requirement, 4 Wing WTISO, NDHQ D Air Prog and finally NDHQ, ADM(MAT) RADAR & Communications Systems.

13069 John Baker, Class of ’81 is wearing many hats these days. Among them: he is a Partner and Chief Executive of Aperio (Toronto/New York), the management consulting company that fosters social sector innovation.

15008 David Morgan, Class of ’85, currently works as a Certified Investment Management Consultant. Since his retirement from the Regular Force in 2001, the province of Quebec native has been involved  in a number of positions with the Reserves, serving in the Commanding Officer role since 2007 with 37 Svc Bn and 31 Svc Bn in Saint John, NB. He lives in Moncton, NB, with his wife Jan. Their two children are now in university, Alex at Queen’s in Kingston, and the other, 26173 Emily Morgan, at RMC Kingston. Emily is a member of the Expedition Club and was a part of the team that recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

16178 Martin Bédard, Class of ’88, Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Manager in, NDHQ -  DGMPD(L&S), was recently awarded an ADM(Mat) Merit Award in recognition of the outstanding leadership and passion he demonstrated in the development and implementation of the life-cycle support concept for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project.

16990 Steve Nash, Class of ’89, Owner, Traditional Excellence in Kingston, has recently made himself available as an advisor and supervisor for the RMC Expedition Club, and will be assisting in the creation of the Expedition Selection Process and Fitness Program, in order to ensure that teams of cadets embarking on journeys to the ends of the Earth are able and prepared.

With two of his running friends, 17768 Bruno St-Pierre (photo left) will be in Morocco from April 6 to April 16 to rise to the challenge of a lifetime by taking part in the 27th MARATHON DES SABLES, known as one of the most demanding footraces in the world. They will have to draw on their mental toughness and on their determination to cover the distance of nearly 250 kilometers across some of the hardest, most difficult and inhospitable terrain on the planet, the Sahara Desert.

In preparation for the Marathon des sables, they have raised more than 11,000$ in less than four months for the Quebec Federation for Autism, an organisation defending the rights of people with autism and their family. Their dedication to the cause will enable the Federation to produce a guide helping families who have children with autism.

During the event, the three runners will keep in mind that going beyond their limits will be necessary, which is exactly what people with autism and their family have to do every day. Bruno knows it all too well since one of his children has autism.

If you would like to make a donation or to follow Bruno and his friends during their adventure, please visit:

Bruno St-Pierre

22149 Kevin Kozak, Class of ’01, is currently having fun flying CC-144 Challengers at 412 (T) Sqn in Ottawa. He was recently engaged to fellow ’01 classmate 21929 Paige Charbonneau (Retired from the CF and currently in 3rd year Dentistry at McGill) and they have plans to tie the knot in August of this year.

22471 Shannon Goudie, Class of  ’02, spent any spare time he had over the past six months coaching a Peewee AA team in the Ottawa area. His group finished the regular season with a record of 23-4-3, which was good enough for second place. They won their first round of the play-offs but lost a tough semi-final series against Nepean. The former Paladin team captain from St. Anthony, NL  scored the overtime winning goal in a 3-2 come-back against West Point in 2002. “Gouds”  has always been considered a student of the game and surely has much to offer elite young hockey players.

22909, Kevin Dulude, Class of ’04, recently retired from the CF after 11 years of service. Kevin completed an MBA at HEC Montreal during his final posting and has recently moved back to his home town of Ottawa where he is now pursuing a JD at U of Ottawa. This summer, he will be working for one of Canada’s leading Employment Law Firms, Emond Harnden LLP. Kevin is also very proud to announce his recent engagement with Mylène Gagné and looks forward to their upcoming wedding on August 18th, 2012.

23803 Jennifer Donofrio, Class of ’07, deserves congratulations. The former RMC Paladins star basketball player moved to Alberta last summer and is now the coach of the Olds College Women’s team that competes in the Alberta Colleges Athletic League. Her squad recently finished their perfect season (15-0) with an ACAL Gold Medal. Jennifer also earned the ACAL Coach of the Year Award. Pretty impressive first year start!

24598 Caitlin Clapp, Class of ’10, is a MSc Chemistry & Chemical Engineering candidate at RMC. She will defend her thesis “Characterization of the Bax Suppressor 14-3-3β/α as a Possible Anti-Programmed Cell Death Gene” at RMC in the near future. Last summer she was at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, for Phase 1 of Pilot Training, and following her successful thesis defense, she will be posted to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for Phase 2 Basic Flying Training. After that she will be assigned to one particular aircraft stream (fast air, fixed wing, or rotary). She is still “on the fence” about which stream she would prefer.

24868 Steve Burry, Class of ’11, is enjoying Halifax. He is currently living with three “buds” – 25000 Kevin Bowness, 24768 Matthew Stokes, and 25132 Matt Wookey. Steve is a Naval Officer; however, his passion is flying. The former 4 Squadron CSL  mentioned in a recent e-mail: “I fly every weekend and it looks like I’ll be able to get a civilian flying job on the weekends soon.” In the meantime, he is due to be posted to HMCS IROQUOIS in June, and he expects his summer will be quite busy abroad.

25027 Adam Masood, Class of ’11, is a former Reserve Entry Training Program (RETP) cadet who switched over to the Regular Force a few month ago. He is currently on the AERE Orientation Basic Course at CFB Borden, ON, as well as going to the gym and getting back in shape after 4 study-filled years of Mechanical Engineering. He recently returned from trips to Egypt and China and is hungry for more travel.

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Ex-cadet expands professional knowledge

Posted by rmcclub on 18th March 2012

Ex-cadet expands professional knowledge

 A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

After a demanding ten-week course, another group of students have completed the Army Operations Course (AOC) at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston.

23469 Captain Taryn Johal (’06), a Signals Officer from Petawawa, On., was one of the junior officers to finish the course on Thursday, March 15.

AOC is a major career course with the aim of developing the essential knowledge and skills needed to function effectively at the tactical level. The focus is to educate and train junior officers to perform the duties of the staff at the unit, battle group, and brigade group levels.

Capt Johal, currently the Adjutant of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters & Signals Squadron, graduated from RMC as a Signals Officer in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

She completed the first portion of AOC, the seven-week Distributed Learning portion from home, followed by the eleven-week Residency Training in Kingston.

“The AOC is one of the most mentally demanding courses that I have taken so far. The course teaches you how to analyse and solve complex problems through the Operational Planning Process (OPP), work collaboratively within a Brigade Headquarters, understand what other trades and specialties bring to the table, and it also expands your professional knowledge and competence as an officer within the Army,” Capt Johal explained. “Just as importantly, students refine their communication skills, which I think is a constant work in progress throughout one’s career.”

The course is designed with the overall mission of educating and training officers within the contemporary operating environment, throughout the spectrum of conflicts so that they possess the skills to win on operations.

With this in mind, the students undergo six exercises throughout the course in a variety of operational theatres. Exercise FINAL DRIVE is the culmination of everything they’ve learned in the classroom and prior exercises, brought together and incorporated into one complex scenario.

“It’s the final exercise with the largest amount of support meant to drive home all that we learned over the last eleven weeks,” Capt Johal said.

Capt Johal came to this course with some experience in the planning process on a domestic operation. She participated in Op CADENCE, the Canadian Forces’ contribution to the G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ont., in 2010. She was posted in to the G6 Operations & Plans cell at the Brigade HQ, which was in the middle of the planning cycle for Op CADENCE.

“It was a very steep learning curve, and I had to play a lot of catch-up in order to understand the intricacies of the plan, complete work that was still required, and continue to learn my new job. That being said, it was a great introduction to how the Brigade HQ works, plans, and operates, and it allowed me to quickly understand how my role fit into the big picture,” she explained.

The AOC prepares officers to assume the next level of responsibility in command or staff positions.

“You learn the importance of cultivating and maintaining mental agility to not only solve problems, but the communication skills necessary to explain your solutions and points to commanders and staff, and how to apply the OPP collaboratively,” Capt Johal said.

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A year to remember – Une année à se remémorer

Posted by rmcclub on 18th March 2012

A year to remember – Perspectives of a recent RMC graduate completing PG

By: 24712 A/SLT Brent Fisher – Department of Business Administration, RMCC

I cannot say that making the decision to pursue graduate studies immediately following graduation from RMC was easy. Although remaining in Kingston for an additional two years would allow me to obtain a Masters in Business Administration, it would also delay my MARS phase training and eventual arrival in the fleet. The decision would also lead to a separation from the high-paced tempo that I had come to expect following a rigorous four-year program as an officer cadet. Or so I thought.

The past year has been nothing short of extraordinary. From sitting in class with Chief Financial Officers and senior military leaders, to returning to the volleyball court to use my fifth and final year of Canadian Interuniversity Sport eligibility, to working for two months at the Naval Postgraduate School, I have maintained the active yet fulfilling lifestyle that I had come to enjoy following my undergraduate years at RMCC.

I have been extremely pleased with my first year of MBA studies. Several people have said that I should have waited and acquired more experience before entering this master’s program, but it has been these very studies that have led to so many unique experiences that I could not have otherwise imagined. For example, as a result of my accounting courses I was able to consult for a local business operating three retail stores in south-eastern Ontario, and through finance and management science courses I have been able to co-author several academic papers for publication.

Perhaps my greatest experiences have taken place during this past summer semester. I worked with Navy Capital Programming Coordination at NDHQ for three weeks in May, and during this time I learned first-hand the policies and procedures that take place throughout the DND financial planning process. While there, I created a simple capital rationing optimization model that will form the basis of my thesis. My goal is to provide the financial planners at NDHQ with a decision-making tool that will allow the organization to allocate planning space for non-strategic naval projects more efficiently for many years to come.

As much as I enjoyed my time at NDHQ, it could not compare with my experiences at the Naval Postgraduate School in California. I spent nearly two months in Monterey formulating, modeling, and implementing a scheduling optimization model for training at the American Explosive Ordnance Disposal training school. Although initially humbled by just how little I knew about modeling operational research problems, I benefited greatly from the tutelage of Drs. Rob Dell and Matt Carlyle during my stay. After reading hundreds of pages of programming manuals (many of which were read under the warm Californian sun), I felt much more capable of helping solve the problem for the training school. I wholeheartedly believe that I would never have received such high-level exposure had it not been for Dr. Bill Hurley and the RMC MBA program, and for this I am extremely grateful.

These academic experiences have been greatly supplemented by extracurricular activities such as varsity volleyball. Perhaps my greatest disappointment in the first four years at RMC was my inability to recover from a knee-injury sustained in Third Year and retake my starting position on the volleyball roster. At numerous times I felt I had let the team down from my inability to perform as I had in my first two seasons. Fortunately, my posting as a graduate student at the college allowed me to rejoin the team and compete for a fifth and final season. It was a unique feeling to no longer be part of the Cadet Wing while playing, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the latest college news and gossip from the perspective of officer cadets. My unique role also allowed me to mentor several teammates in both academic and military-related endeavours. I found this to be a truly rewarding aspect of my time with the team.

Only as a graduate student could I have the opportunity to so freely schedule my time around all of the activities that I enjoy. Without needing to attend daily squadron musters or visit the Cadet Dining Hall at specific times, I could finally prioritize my entire daily schedule and ensure I made the most of each day. By being able to chip away at a paper whether it was 0600 or 2330, or by taking an entire afternoon off with the understanding I could make up for it over the weekend, I was able to launch a small business partnership as well as a new fundraising effort within the Kingston Community. I feel truly blessed to have the flexibility in my daily schedule to see to all of these ventures.

My schedule certainly benefits from the fact that I am unmarried and living very close to campus. The ability to complete an additional degree before having major responsibilities such as children played a significant role in my decision to accept the Defence Research and Development Canada Scholarship in 2010. I would recommend to any officer cadet entering the Fourth Year of studies to strongly consider applying, and I will continue providing timely advice to anyone who has questions for me about my experiences or the application process. Even though I am currently removed from an operational setting, I strive to apply my academic strengths and interests to benefit both my professional development as well as the military at large. The memories from the first 15 months following my commissioning continue to assure me that I have made the right decision.


Une année à se remémorer — Perspective d’un nouveau diplômé du CMR Kingston complétant des études de deuxième cycle sur le campus

par 24712 Brent Fisher Département de l’administration des affaires

Je ne peux pas dire que la décision de poursuivre mes études immédiatement après ma collation des grades au CMR était facile. Même si rester deux ans de plus à Kingston me permet d’obtenir une Maîtrise en administration des affaires (AF), cela retarde aussi ma formation d’officier des opérations maritimes de surface et sous-marines et mon arrivée à la flotte. Cette décision m’amène aussi à délaisser le haut niveau d’intensité auquel je m’attendais après un rigoureux programme de quatre ans en tant qu’élève officier. C’est ce que je croyais.

L’année qui vient de s’écouler n’a été rien de moins qu’extraordinaire. De m’assoir avec l’officier en chef des finances et d’autres dirigeants militaires supérieurs à renouer avec les terrains de volleyball pour ma cinquième et dernière année d’admissibilité interuniversitaire, à travailler deux mois à la Naval Postgraduate School, j’ai maintenu un style de vie actif et gratifiant auquel j’avais commencé à me plaire pendant mes années de baccalauréat au CMR Kingston.

Je suis extrêmement ravi de ma première année d’étude en AF. Beaucoup de gens m’ont dit que j’aurais dû attendre et acquérir plus d’expérience avant de commencer un programme de maîtrise, mais ce sont justement ces études qui ont mené à cette multitude d’expériences que je n’aurais jamais pu imaginer. Par exemple, dans le cadre de mon cours en comptabilité j’ai été en mesure de consulter une entreprise locale qui exploite trois magasins dans le sud-est de l’Ontario. De plus, le cours de finance et de science organisationnelle m’a donné la chance de cosigner plusieurs publications universitaires.

Ma plus belle expérience fut sans doute les trois semaines de mai que j’ai passées au QGDN à travailler au programme de coordination d’immobilisation de la marine. C’est pendant ce temps que j’ai appris sur place les politiques et procédures qui sont en place pour l’ensemble du processus financier du MDN. Pendant mon court passage, j’ai créé un modèle d’optimisation de rationalisation pour un achat capital, lequel sera la base de ma thèse. Mon but est de fournir aux planificateurs financiers du QGDN un outil de prise de décision qui permettra à l’organisation d’attribuer une marge de planification plus efficacement pour les projets navals non stratégiques pour plusieurs années à venir.

Autant j’ai adoré mon temps au QGDN, cette expérience ne peut se comparer à la Naval Postgraduate School en Californie. J’ai passé presque deux mois à Monterrey à formuler, modéliser et implémenter un modèle d’optimisation d’horaire pour l’entrainement à l’American Explosive Ordnance Disposal training school. Même si au début j’étais dépassé par le peu de connaissance que j’avais à modéliser des problèmes de recherche opérationnelle, j’ai grandement bénéficié du tutorat des Drs Rob Dell et Matt Carlyne pendant mon séjour. Après avoir lu des centaines de pages de manuels de programmations — dont une bonne partie sous le chaud soleil Californien — je me sentais plus en mesure d’aider à régler des problèmes pour l’école d’entraînement. Je crois sincèrement que je n’aurais jamais été exposé à un niveau aussi élevé de connaissances sans le Dr Bill Hurley et les programmes de maîtrise en AF du CMR Kingston et j’en suis extrêmement reconnaissant.

Ces expériences académiques ont de plus été grandement agrémentées par des activités parascolaires telles que le volleyball interuniversitaire. Ma plus grande déception au cours de mes quatre premières années au CMR Kingston était mon incapacité à récupérer de ma blessure au genou subie en troisième année et de ne pas reprendre une position dans l’alignement partant. Il m’est souvent arrivé de penser que je laissais tomber mon équipe, car je ne performais pas comme au cours des deux premières saisons. Heureusement, mon affectation en tant qu’étudiant de second cycle au Collège ma permis de rejoindre l’équipe et de compétitionner pour une cinquième et ultime saison. C’était bien entendu particulier de ne plus faire partie de l’escadre des élèves officiers tout en jouant avec eux. Je me suis tout de même grandement réjoui d’entendre les dernières nouvelles et potins du collège vus et entendus par les yeux des élèves officiers. Ma position particulière m’a aussi permis d’être un mentor pour mes coéquipiers dans leurs quêtes scolaires et militaires. Je trouve réellement gratifiant cet aspect de ma relation avec mon équipe.

Ce n’est vraiment qu’en tant qu’étudiant de deuxième cycle que j’ai l’opportunité d’organiser mon horaire du temps librement en fonction des activités qui me réjouissent. Sans le besoin de me présenter aux rassemblements d’escadrons ou de manger à la cafétéria à des heures déterminées, je peux enfin prioriser mon horaire journalier pour accomplir le plus de tâches chaque jour. Que ce soit de travailler sur une rédaction à 0600 ou 2330 ou de prendre un après-midi entier de repos sachant qu’il m’est possible de me reprendre pendant la fin de semaine, j’ai été en mesure de lancer conjointement une petite entreprise en plus de mettre sur pied une nouvelle initiative de collecte de fonds pour la communauté de Kingston. Je me sens vraiment béni d’avoir la flexibilité de mon horaire pour mener à bien tous ces projets.

Mon horaire reflété bien le fait que je ne suis pas marié et que j’habite près du campus. Le fait de compléter un autre niveau d’éducation avant d’avoir des responsabilités importantes, telles que des enfants, à joué un rôle significatif dans ma prise de décision pour accepter la bourse de Recherche et Développement du Canada en 2010. Je recommande sérieusement à tout élève officier entament un programme d’étude de quatre ans de postuler et je répondrai à toutes les questions sur mon expérience et les démarches requises. Même si je ne suis pas actuellement dans un milieu opérationnel, j’aspire à appliquer mes forces et intérêts académiques au bénéfice de mon développement professionnel et au monde militaire dans son ensemble. Mes souvenirs des quinze mois après ma commission continuent à me rassurer que j’ai pris la bonne décision.

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