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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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15907 Colonel J Sylvain Sirois (RMC 1987), Commander, 5 Area Support Group

Posted by rmcclub on 18th March 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 15907 Colonel J Sylvain Sirois, O.M.M, C.D, P.Eng. (RMC 1987) who was appointed Commander 5 Area Support Group on 3 June 2011.

e-veritas: Which Military College(s) did you attend?

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: From Montreal, I joined the Canadian Forces in June 1982 as an Officer Cadet at the College Militaire Royal in St-Jean (Québec) from 1982-83. I graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston (Ontario) in 1987 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the colleges?

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: In Saint-Jean, I was the goaltender for the varsity handball team. Upon transferring to Kingston, there was no handball at the varsity level, so I joined the “varsity” Unarmed Combat team. This team trained and travelled with the bands and the Highbox team, showcasing the colleges around Ontario and Québec. In addition, I was a drummer (tenor) in the Pipes and Drums. Like most cadets, I organized parties and dances. I was also the cadet deputy class leader in first, second and third year, handing tasks to other cadets. Let’s just say that I was not very popular…

e-veritas: What have you been doing since you graduated? Any highlights/lessons learned?

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: I have been very fortunate in my career. I have had the opportunity to command at every level, including command at troop and squadron level overseas. I was lucky enough to serve in two combat units, 2 CER Petawawa and 5e RGC Valcartier. I served in Croatia, Bosnia and Afghanistan. I went on a disaster relief operation, before the advent of the DART. I have served at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. I have served in very influential positions in the Army and in NDHQ. I have been able to develop several different facets of my career – combat engineering, infrastructure engineering, trade and operational training. I have been involved in the construction of roads, bridges, buildings, and camps. It has been and continues to be fun.

e-veritas: You deployed to the Caribbean in 1989 for two months after Hurricane HUGO.

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: My key lessons learned from that deployment is do not mess with logistics. The British Engineers had made a mistake with their ration supplies. They had three months worth of 10 man rations. Consequently, their personnel ate nothing but chicken and rice, for every meal. This deployment was phenomenal. As a young lieutenant, I was charged with supporting the Island authorities on behalf of the Canadian government. We rebuilt the airport infrastructure, the tower and the runway lights. We installed generators to restore their water system. The Authorities were very pleased with our support.

e-veritas: You were involved with the Aboriginal crisis in 1990 in Akwasasne (Ontario).

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: This was a very “timely” event. The regiment was on a bridging camp in the Prescott, Glengarry, Barrie area of Ontario. We had most of the Army floating and bridging equipment when we were called to build a raft to access the Akwasasne site. One day we were on pontoon on exercise with all safety precautions, including wearing personal floating device. The next, on the same rafts, we were wearing flak vests.

e-veritas: You deployed in 1995 as a staff officer in the Engineer Branch of the United Nations Peace Force in Zagreb (Croatia) and later in Sarajevo (Bosnia). You redeployed to Bosnia for a six-month tour under OP ALLIANCE, the Canadian operation in support of IFOR.

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: The shift in mentality was immense. Under a UN Chapter 6 operation, we had to request permission from the various factions to go anywhere. Under NATO and a Chapter 7 UN mandate, we ordered the factions where to go and we had the might and the will to employ forces. It was a huge shift for our soldiers in terms of force management.

e-veritas: In February 1997, you were involved with the Quebec ice storm.

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: You have to keep an eye on the mandate and make sure that great ideas do not turn into commitments for the CF. It was also surreal to walk downtown Montreal with no lights. It reminded me of Sarajevo, without the holes in the buildings and the pavement. (Well, there are holes in the pavement in Montreal but from a different source…)

e-veritas: In June 2002, you were appointed as Commanding Officer of 5e Régiment du génie de combat. During your command, you deployed to Operation ATHENA in Kabul as the National Command Element Chief of Staff.

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: Most of my regiment was deployed but I did not have command of it. The squadrons were parceled between the various units. We had a doctrine to employ Engineers within a Bde and a Div but we decided to stray from it. We could have achieved a lot more with the Engineer resources at hand. We also had a very different structure within the National Command Element. We were sort of NDHQ Fwd. There were some advantages and disadvantages. It worked well from my vantage point. The Canadian Bde Comd had a different point of view…

e-veritas: You completed a Master’s degree in Security and Defence Management Policy. What are your research interests?

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: My thesis was about ways to improve the project management and the decision cycle for infrastructure projects in DND.

e-veritas: Concurrently to your formal assignments, from April 2006 to October 2009, you also filled the duties of Director Engineers. What does that position involve?

15907 Col Sylvain Sirois: It involved a lot of extra work in terms of career planning, succession planning and force development. You work from the strategic to the tactical levels. It was most enjoyable when I was able to help the lives of my fellow Engineers either with their career progression or accommodating their life needs for posting and operational pauses.

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Where are they now? Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 11th March 2012

“Four members of the RMC class of 1969 (left to right, 8003 Norm Gervais, 7964 Don Bell, 7855 Paul Hession and 7956 Paul Corriveau) were among 27 ex-CMR Cadets who joined the Cadet Wing at the Mess Dinner which was held on March 8 at Saint-Jean campus in the General J.A.Dextraze Pavilion. The guest of honour for the evening was Major-General Chris Whitecross, Chief Military Engineer of the Canadian Forces. MGen Whitecross’ dinner address included 60th anniversary greetings to the staff, students and alumni of CMR as well as special recognition of the role of women in the CF – particularly appropriate as the event was held on International Women’s Day.”

3521 Charlie Simonds, Class of ’56 will be a special guest at the RMC Athletic Sports Award Night later this month. Charlie will be on hand to present the prestigious Guy Simonds Memorial Trophy to the fencing MVPs. Charlie is the son of late 1596 Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds, Class of ’21 whom the trophy is named.

5564 Norm Hass, Class of ’62, is an Exercise Training Mentor at Pearson Peacekeeping Centre; he acts as Guru to personnel manning simulated Brigade-level Headquarters during High Level training exercise at Corps level for Turkish, German,Dutch and other NATO participants. and Exercise Controller at Calian/DLSE.

6601 Ernie Cable, Class of ’65, retired from CF after 35 years spent mostly associated with Argus/Aurora operations. A three year exchange with the US Navy at the Naval Air Development Center provided excellent experience for developing and operating the Aurora. After retirement Ernie became involved in researching Air Force and naval aviation history. Currently he is helping two fourth year RMC cadets with a project about Argus/Aurora operations in the Cold War. Ernie and wife, Carol, reside in Dartmouth, NS.

6804 Alec Calder, Class of ’66, retired in 2005 from a lifelong career in the helicopter business. He returned to the family home in Elora Ontario where he spends many happy hours tending the gardens and renovating the house. Do not disturb at siesta hour.

10238 Ron Guidinger, Class of ’74 – the former Base Commander at 4 Wing – CFB Cold Lake (1996-98); retired as VP&GM Raytheon Canada Support Services Division in 2011 he is currently the President at Guidinger Military Insights Ltd.

10569 Gary Hook, Class of ’76 has been the President at SET International in Winnipeg for the past nine years; prior to this position he was an Instructor at Southern California Safety Institute in Torrance, CA.

11001 William (Bill) Schultz, Class of ’76 is the Process Manager at Canadian Pacific Railway in Calgary. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States and provides logistics and supply chain expertise.

M0121 Jim Grecco, Class of ‘78 finds himself living and working in Calgary these days. After spending 27 years in the CF he is currently the Team Lead at Cenovus Energy Inc and Board Chair at Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary.

12341 Al Stephenson, Class of ‘79 has been a full-time PhD student at Carleton University since August 2010. The RRMC BSc, Physics & Physical Oceanography grad hold a MA, Strategic Studies Air University / Air War College in ’02.

12606 Brian Read, Class of ’80 who owns Horizon Plastics International Inc in Cobourg Ontario has been appointed as the Honorary Colonel for ATESS at CFB Trenton. He has recently started a solar panel manufacturing facility which was expanded in 2012 and relocated to Welland Ontario. He and Kym have an 18 month old Grandson and they currently reside in Cobourg.

14082 Michael Sharon, Class of ’83 is Chief Pilot, Transport Canada Aircraft Services. Prior to this position he was: Chief, Safety at TC Aircraft Services; Senior Accident Investigator at Transportation Safety Board of Canada. His last position in the CF was as a pilot at 421 Sqn.

14831 Yves Tessier, Class of ’85 is currently a pilot with GX aviation near Hartford Connecticut; the former CF Fighter Pilot also had a position with Bombardier as a Demonstration Pilot for over 10 years.

16147 Brett Stewart, Class of ’87  brought his collection of Royal Roads Military College uniforms, badges, yearbook, album, memory box, and photos for the show-and-tell part at the (March) monthly meeting of the Bytown Militaria Collectors’ Association last week in Ottawa.

16169 Andrew (Andy)  Anderson, Class of ’88 is now working and living in the Seattle area and along and with Heidi spending just about every free moment in hockey rinks on both sides of the border following Daniel’s hockey.

17846 Shirley Greenwood, Class of ’91 has been a Logistics Officer at Department of National Defence since May 2007.

19350 Lieutenant-Colonel Carla Harding, Class of ’94, will be handing over her job as Canadian Army G4 Operations as she prepares to deploy to Op PROTEUS in Jerusalem for one year. Op PROTEUS is the Canadian contribution to the Officer of the United States Security Coordinator which has a mandate to encourage co-ordination on security matters between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

21443 Cheng-Hsin Chang, Class of ’99 and wife Penny are proud to announce that Philip Edward was born on Tuesday, March 6 within 3.5 hrs after arriving at the hospital weighing 5lbs 10oz (only 3 weeks early). The proud father reports that Penny and baby are doing great and were expected to be home last Thursday.

E3161 Victoria Edwards, Class of ’03 presented on Military College insignia memorialized in various media (silk, silver, stone, stamps, stained glass) at the Bytown Militaria Collectors’ Association (BMCA) on Wednesday March 7. Her powerpoint slideshow and talk was based on her ongoing research as a staff writer for e-Veritas for which she was awarded the RMC Club President’s Award.

Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Muskoka Mosaic: Introducing 19052 Jason von Kruse and 19016 Tanya Sprathoff – Class of 1993

“When we were going to Moose Jaw everyone was divvying up who was going to be roommates. The only person I knew was Tanya,”


Captain Crosier reached for a dream and landed a very large plane

“I have always wanted to fly, even when I was 10 or 11, and I guess it might have been from going to all the air shows. My dad (Brian) was a navigator in the military and I enjoyed hearing all his stories, as well.”

24204 Elizabeth Crosier (RMC 2008)  Article


RCAF flies Arctic Ram

“Today’s operations were extremely successful,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Grimshaw, Chief of Staff, 1 CMBG, regarding the Feb. 19 activities. “The airborne insertions into Whati and Gameti were executed according to plan through the dedicated support of the Air Component Commander and its affiliated Royal Canadian Air Force elements.”

19033 Nick Grimshaw (Class of 1993) Article


Presenter on clean energy

 “It’s not the first time I’ve talked about it,” she says with a smile. “I was pretty comfortable. Knowing what level to break things down to was the most difficult.”

22777 Sarah Roberge (Class of  2004) Article


Vet serving in Afghanistan arrives home

“He said it was quite a hero’s welcome,” she wrote. “They had 15-20 police cruisers escorting them through the city (they didn’t have to stop at a single intersection) from the Edmonton airport to the base where they were reunited with their families. On all bridges and overpasses fire trucks were pulled over with firemen saluting.”

23165 Tom Hammond (Class of 2005) Article

An update on the Royal Canadian Air Force

Mise à jour sur l’Aviation royale canadienne


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12339 LCol Randy Smith, Director, Office of the DND/CF Legal Advisor

Posted by rmcclub on 11th March 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 12339 LCol Randy Smith, Director, Office of the DND/CF Legal Advisor/ Legal Advisory Services.

e-veritas: Which Military College(s) did you attend?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: I attended Royal Roads Military College from 1975-77, in the same class as 12320 General Walter Natynczyk. I opted to attend College Militaire Royal from 1977-79, to learn French and to earn a practical degree so I studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Since I attended Military College under the RETP program, I had no commitment to join the Regular Force. Nevertheless, I joined the Regular Force as a supply officer (logistics) and was posted to Shilo where I stayed for a year until attending McGill Law.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at Military College?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: Although I played sports, I was not a jock. I focused on doing well academically and on trying to stay out of trouble. I recall that my main extracurricular activity while at CMR was trying to get caught up on sleep, often during the period when I should have been playing sports. In my last year at CMR, I served as Cadet Flight Leader for 4 Squadron (35 preps), which was a challenging task.

e-veritas: Did defending yourself in a college code of conduct case inspire your JAG career?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: Yes. While in first year, I was pressing my pants in the “ironing room” at RRMC, my DND ID card fell out and was later found on the floor by a third year officer cadet. A cadet-run system enforces transgressions of the College Code of Conduct, with protocols in place that detail punishments. I defended myself with an argument pointing out extenuating circumstances existed, which were that I was being medicated due to wisdom teeth extraction when I lost the ID card, and that I didn’t have my wits about me. I was pleased that this defense worked and I was found not guilty under the college code of conduct. However, I did not fare so well in respect of other college charges. I was later inspired to apply to law school by an undergraduate military law course that I took at CMR, Business Law, taught by a lawyer by the name of Denis Dion, who sadly now has passed. He felt that I had what it takes to become a lawyer and he strongly encouraged me to apply to McGill Law.

e-veritas: What is your best memory from Military College?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: Some of my best memories are of skylarks at Royal Roads. Some of those skylarks will not be mentioned. I recall complicated schemes to “liberate” Squadron Flags. We also “liberated” pies out of the College kitchen. One time, we filled the Cadet Flight Leader’s room with crumpled up paper. The skylarks were excellent for morale. Attending Military College was the most incredible challenge of my life. I appreciate having had the opportunity to achieve success in the physical, military, academic and language pillars. The cadets I attended College with have become friends for life. When you are placed in such a challenging environment, you really get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and pull together as a team with the aim to help everyone be successful. I know that I will never again have an opportunity to experience this. It was like doing “Survivor” for 4 years as opposed to 30 days or so.

e-veritas: What university studies have you undergone since CMR? Where did you article?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: I transferred to the Reserves in 1980. I completed a four year civil/common law program at McGill in 1984. While attending law school, I served as a Logistics Officer in the Air Reserves; 712 Communication Squadron and 2 Field Engineer Regiment, in Montreal, Winnipeg, and Wainwright. I articled in my hometown, Georgetown, Ontario at Helson, Kogan & Ashbee, then completed the Bar Admission Course in Toronto. I taught in Borden at the Supply Officer Training Company while waiting to be called to the Law Society of Upper Canada. When I was selected as a JAG Officer, I transferred back to the Regular Force. I earned a Master of Laws at the US Army JAG School in Charlottesville 1991-92. I completed Canadian Forces Staff College in 1997. My area of practice has mainly been in administrative and personnel law.

e-veritas: You have also done operational deployments as a JAG officer?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: In 2006, I deployed to Afghanistan as Legal Advisor with the National Command Element at KAF. I was the advisor to BGen. (Now MGen) David Fraser, who was the commander of the Multinational Brigade for Regional Command South in Afghanistan’s southern provinces in 2006. I was indeed fortunate to serve for MGen Fraser as his senior legal advisor on Canadian legal matters; he was a real leader and a gentleman. I later presented a paper based on my experience on the Rule of Law in Afghanistan “Law, reality on the ground, and the “no-man’s land” in between” at the Canadian Council on International Law 35th Annual Conference: Individuals, States and Organizations (Oct 26th, 2006).

e-veritas: You returned to develop curriculum and teach law at RMC from 2000-2.

12339 LCol Randy Smith: In 2000, I was posted to the Office of Military Legal Education or OMLE (now called the Canadian Forces Military Law Centre (CFMLC)) at RMC Kingston., a joint effort of the Canadian Defence Academy and the Office of the JAG to provide innovative legal research, education and training to the CF. Developing curriculum and teaching two 3-4th year courses at RMC took up 70% of my time. Within the broader context of Public International Law, The Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) course POE488 considers LOAC`s two branches, the jus ad bellum (the right to the use of force) and the jus in bello (the law applicable in conflict). POE486 Air and Space Law focuses on the international and national law applicable to air operations and outer space activities, particularly of a military nature.

e-veritas: The other 30% of your time was spent as legal advisor to RMC from 2000-2.

12339 LCol Randy Smith: I advised the Commandant on all types of legal matters including contracts, insurance, civil liability, grievances (both military and civilian), professor disputes, and officer cadet alleged misconduct that was serious and warranted MP/NIS investigation.

e-veritas: Your current position is varied compared to a traditional practice in administrative and personnel law.

12339 LCol Randy Smith: As Director, Office of the DND/CF Legal Advisor/ Legal Advisory Services, I supervise a team of 5 Justice lawyers, 4 Military lawyers, and 2 administrative assistants. The DND/CF LA provides legal services to the DND/CF in all areas of the law, except those related to military law, military discipline, and the military justice system for which the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) is responsible. The DND/CF LA is organized into four divisions: Litigation and Legal Advisory Services; Commercial Law Advisory Services; Public Law Advisory Services; and Support Services (e.g. finance, human resources, information technology). The DND/CF LA provides legal services on issues relating to public law (e.g. human rights, Charter of Rights, Aboriginal matters, access to information and privacy, labour and employment law, official languages), national security law, legal risk management, contracting and procurement, environmental law, real property law, claims and civil litigation, intellectual property law, Defence Administration Orders and Directives (DAOD) drafting, and legislative support.

e-veritas: What are the other highlights of your legal career in JAG?

12339 LCol Randy Smith: I started my career in JAG serving as defense counsel and prosecutor in both official languages.

As a legal advisor with Chief Military Personnel, I served as counsel on many cases related to the principal of “universality of service” within the larger context of human rights. Universality of Service requires members to perform general military duties, such as maintaining physical fitness, in order to continue service with the Canadian Forces.

I served as legal advisor to Canada Command from 2007-10, which is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of domestic and continental routine and contingency Canadian Forces operations. The Command has a lead role in: Daily domestic and continental operations, including in the Arctic and through NORAD; Support for major events held in Canada, such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; Response to a terrorist attack; and Support for civilian authorities during a domestic crisis such as a natural disaster. This posting was exciting, and involved very long hours, often in the middle of nights and on weekends.

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RMC’s 2011 Rhodes Scholar “Sails Up” / Boursier Rhodes 2011 du CMR « Louvoie vers le haut »

Posted by rmcclub on 11th March 2012

RMC’s 2011 Rhodes Scholar “Sails Up”

15595 Dr. Billy Allan, RRMC/RMC 86

On Saturday 24 September 2011, 24862 2Lt Brendan Alexander was feted with his 10 newest friends and classmates (see the 2011 Rhodes Scholars from Canada – at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. The Sailing Dinner is so-named since it harks back to the days when North American Scholars Sailed from New York City on the Queen Mary or one of her sister liners. I am sure our Naval friends will bridle at concept of sailing “up” but , by tradition, this is the only direction one can take to Oxford. In fact, Brendan will have a “Coming-Up Dinner” at Rhodes House with the other 82 Scholars from around the world soon upon his arrival at Oxford. (While it sounds like most of this is about fancy dinners, those who have encountered English cuisine will see the flaws in this assumption.) Brendan will leave the trenches of Gagetown behind for some serious schooling: He has been accepted at New College, Oxford where he will study (or “read” which is what a student does there) International Relations. Saturday evening in Ottawa was enchanting for the assembled Rhodes Scholars from Canada, those from elsewhere who now call Canada home. Professor Don Markwell, the Warden of Rhodes House who happened to be in Ottawa, capped it with a stirring presentation: Speaking at length on a long and storied tradition of Canadians at Oxford, he gave the 11 stars of the night a sense of the path that lies before them. Brendan and the others withstood the glare of thorough introductions, his as flattering as it was true, when the host for the evening highlighted some of the merits that had attracted the attention of the Selection Committees last fall. Brendan will join 23988 Gino Bruni, (RMC 2009, Prairies & Jesus College, 2010) currently in his second year at Oxford, reading Jurisprudence. And the cobbles are not yet cold from the footsteps of Lt. Stephen Brosha, NS & Merton, 2007, ROTP from St. Thomas University, NB. Stephen and his family Came Down over the summer of 2011 to return to his flight training.

Boursier Rhodes 2011 du CMR « Louvoie vers le haut »

15595 M. Billy Allan, PhD, RRMC/RMC 86

Le samedi 24 septembre 2011, 24862 2Lt Brendan Alexander a été célébré avec ces amis les plus nouveaux (voir les Boursiers Rhodes du Canada, 2011– au Château Laurier à Ottawa. Le Dîner Sailing est si-nommé car dans le passé, tous les boursiers de l’Amérique du Nord ont embarqué le transatlantique Queen Mary ou un de ces navires-jumeaux. Je suis confient que nos amis dans la Marine protesteront le concept d’un voilier louvoyant verticalement, mais selon la tradition, c’est la seule façon d’aller à Oxford. Brendan assistera un Dîner “Coming-Up” à Rhodes House avec les 82 Boursiers d’autour du monde suite de son arrivée à Oxford. (Néanmoins l’air que son expérience n’est qu’une série des dîners formels, ceux qui ont déjà rencontré la cuisine Anglaise reconnaîtront les limites avec cette supposition.) Brendan part des tranchées de Gagetown pour des études supérieures : Le Maître du New College lui a accepté afin d’étudier (ou plutôt rédacter, comme on dit à Oxford) l’International Relations. Le samedi soir à Ottawa était magique pour les boursiers y assemblés du Canada et ceux d’ailleurs qui habitent maintenant au Canada. Le Professeur Don Markwell, Préfet du Rhodes House et invité d’honneur, qui visitait Ottawa par hasard, a livré un présentation vivante sur la tradition des exploits légendaires des Canadiens à Oxford, et il a donné aux 11 vedettes de la soirée, un soupçon de la piste qui les attende. Brendan et ces confrères résistaient l’éclairage des descriptions détaillés de leurs accomplissements, la sienne aussi flattante qu’elle est vraie, quand l’hôte du dîner a souligné certaines des mérites qui ont attrayé l’intérêt des Comités de sélection l’année passée. Brendan rejoindra 23988 Gino Bruni (RMC 2009, Prairies & Jesus College, 2010), présentement dans sa deuxième année de Jurisprudence à Oxford. Et des pierres des rues d’Oxford sont encore chaudes des pas de Lt. Stephen Brosha (NS & Merton, 2007, PFOR du St. Thomas University, NB). Stephen est descendu avec sa famille durant l’été 2011 afin de continuer l’entraînement de vol.

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18903 Lieutenant-Colonel Jeff Smyth, M.S.M., C.D. Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Posted by rmcclub on 11th March 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 18903 LCol Jeffery Douglas Smyth, MSM, CD, who is currently based in Kingston as the Chief of Staff for 1 Wing Headquarters. He is known to his friends, acquaintances and relatives as “Smytty”.

e-veritas: Which College(s) did you attend?

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: I joined the Canadian Forces in 1989. At RMC I studied Engineering and Management (a combination known affectionately as MOOSE) and graduated in 1993.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the college? In recent years?

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: My main extracurricular activity was playing varsity Basketball for 1st and 2nd year. My other main activity was having a beer or two with all of my friends on the rugby team. In recent years, I have become an avid mountain biker.

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

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: I’m not sure if I really have a worst memory from RMC. Recruit term was definitely challenging, but it created a bond within the Squadron and within our first year class that has lasted a lifetime.

e-veritas: What is your best memory/skylark from Military College?

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: This is not so much a particular memory, since there were so many good times. There were a few good skylarks; one time we filled a guy’s room with popcorn while he was in Florida on spring break and the rest of us had to stay behind to finish our engineering theses. We spent the entire week popping popcorn in Fort Haldimand. In fact, the guys who organised it actually put people on shifts to keep the hot air poppers going.

e-veritas: When you were CO of 408 Tac Hel Sqn (THS) in Edmonton, you received the original sketch of “Right Gun, Ready” from artist Robert Bailey.

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: It certainly made a lot of folks proud to see that their contributions to Afghanistan have been ‘immortalized,’ so to speak, in a bona fide piece of fine aviation art. The sketch reminds me that sometimes we need to be prepared to fight for what we think is right. The sketch, of a Griffon door gunner poised and ready for action, was based on the continuing efforts of 408 THS in Afghanistan. 408 Sqn deployed to Afghanistan three times, most recently in March 2011.

e-veritas: You were recently awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: Yes, it was quite an honour. I deployed to Afghanistan from October 2009 to August 2010 as Commanding Officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), where I flew more than 400hrs on 76 combat missions in the CH146 Griffon. Everyone in the unit worked extremely hard and it showed. We moved just under 30,000 troops and over 1,000 tons of supplies during our time there, reducing the Improvised Explosive Device threat to our troops by helping to keep them off the roads. We also provided essential eyes and firepower overhead for our ground troops and those of our allies. I have no doubt that we saved lives there almost every day. The highlight for me was being involved in Operation Moshtarak with the International Security Assistance Force. Over the span of about 2 hours, we conducted an air assault with the Brits and US Army to move 1,200 troops into one of the most difficult, dangerous parts of Helmand Province.

e-veritas: How do you like flying the Griffon?

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: I have over 3500 flying hours, mainly in the CH135 Twin Huey and CH146 Griffon. The Griffon is actually a really capable aircraft. I’ve flown just under 3000 hours on the Griffon. I flew the Twin Huey before that as well, and the Griffon is in my view a much better aircraft. It’s faster, it’s smoother, and it’s easier to fly as a pilot. We can do a lot more things with it than we could with the Twin Huey. It’s essentially a utility aircraft, so that could be anything from flying VIPs to putting troops in the back, to putting door guns on and sensors on like we did in Afghanistan. We flew escort for our Chinooks or we flew over watch missions in direct support of the troops on the ground. We have armour in the cockpit for the aircrew and defensive electronic warfare systems like missile approach warning systems, laser detection, and radar warning receivers. In an aircraft, protection is mostly about speed and mobility; and the Griffon is a very manoeuvrable aircraft. In Afghanistan, we were probably best protected by our door gunners with their M134s, which fire 3000 rounds per minute. Once the Taliban knew that the Griffon had some serious teeth, they didn’t bother us nearly as much.

e-veritas: Where have you served? Any highlights?

18903 LCol Jeff Smyth: I’ve spent most of my career on Army bases, even though I’m in the Air Force. I served for a total of 11 years in Petawawa, 3 years in Kingston (after graduation), and 2.5 years in Edmonton. Having friends from RMC has meant that I usually have a few friends at any base that I go to. I was part of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron when it transitioned to CANSOFCOM, which was interesting to say the least. I spent a year at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, which was fantastic, and the other Canadian on my course was a guy from my RMC graduating class. I’ve done tours in Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and deployed all over Canada. I spent a few weeks in Kingston during the Ice Storm in 1998. I spent a month flying around Newfoundland that summer for Exercise MARCOT. While on the way down to Yuma Arizona for Afghanistan workup training, I led a 2 ship of Griffons down the entire length of the Grand Canyon just before sunset. I’ve flown in the Rockies on multiple occasions. In fact, I’ve flown from the West coast of Vancouver Island to Gander Nfld (not all at once) in a helicopter at low level (1000′ altitude or below), and as far north as the tip of the Ungava peninsula in Nunavik (northern Quebec).

Needless to say, there have been a lot of highlights throughout my career. But my tour in Afghanistan was by far the most exciting, interesting and challenging time so far. Having a chance to lead your own unit in war is something that I think most officers can only dream of, and only a few really get the chance to do. You can’t top that.

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Extraordinary Ex-Cadets: 15992 Andre Labrie, Class of ’87

Posted by rmcclub on 4th March 2012

“I have enjoyed every role I’ve held in education…”

Article by 25366 NCdt (IV) Mike Shewfelt

15992 Andre Labrie graduated from the Reserve Entry Training Program at RMC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987. After graduation, he left military life behind and started his career with the Canadian Standards Association (Canadian Welding Bureau) in Toronto. A year later he moved back to Kingston to work for UTDC (Urban Transportation Development Corporation) Lavelin which later became Bombardier. The first year with UTDC he worked in R & D before moving into system integration on the HLVW project (10 ton Military Trucks) where he spent two years. He later went back to Queens for his Teaching degree, following which he worked as a high school physics, math and technology teacher for seven years. His career continued in the educational system as he worked as a High School Vice Principal for two and a half years and Principal for 8 years at Rideau District High School, Frontenac Secondary School, La Salle Secondary School and Bayridge Secondary School. He then became Superintendent of Secondary Program and Safe Schools for the Limestone District School Board and most recently, for the past five years he has been the Superintendent of Human Resources and IT for the Limestone District School Board.

Of his career in education, Mr. Labrie says, “I have enjoyed every role I have held in education. While I very much enjoy my current role it is possible that when I look back on my career after retirement that I might say that the job I most enjoyed was Principal, because as a Principal you are still very much part of the day-to-day action of the school working with students. ”

“What stands out for me from my College days,” he says, “would be the life long friendships, as well as the time spent with the hockey team both on and off the ice. Our trip to Europe and the tour of France and the tournament in Alabama certainly stand out. Our end of year and pre-phase training camping trips to Bon-echo Park will never be forgotten. Second language training and our trip to Quebec city is another memory that stands out. Swimming the Olympic size swimming pool with my buds on the Jump Course in Edmonton and getting compared to just a bunch of “Civy” still brings about a smile. I could go on and on about the great memories of events and people of my RMC years. It sure was a great 4 years.”

Mr. Labrie fondly remembers several members of the College staff, in particular Dr. Wayne Kirk, (photo left) who was a Cival Engineering prof, Dean and Hockey Coach. “He was an amazing man who made a huge difference in many cadets’ lives. He went above and beyond to support cadets both academically, in life and in sports, and he was truely an exceptional man.”

As far as negative memories go, Mr. Labrie says he doesn’t have any. “It is funny how time works. Even the things I recall that were not so pleasant at the time now bring a smile to my face. It really was a time that I would not trade in for anything. It was intense at times but only positive in hind sight.”

“I played four years with the Varsity Hockey team,” says Mr. Labrie. “The highlights of that include 2 Westpoint wins, 2 Airforce wins, beating Notre Dame to make it to the finals in Alabama during the Crimson Tide Tournament hosted by the University of Alabama, and, finally, touring and playing some pro-teams in France as well as the French Military Elite team (who we beat 11 to 1). Multiple road trips with a great bunch of guys were always memorable, as was winning the first ever Carr-Harris Cup against Queens.”

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Class of ’58 lecture, 8 March at 1640 hrs, Currie Hall. Plus – Where are they now…?

Posted by rmcclub on 4th March 2012

This year’s class of ’58 lecture will take place on 8 Mar 12 at 1640 hrs in Currie Hall. This year’s lecture will be given by Major General Terry Liston MBE, CD (ret.), former Commanding Officer of a battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment, commander of the French-speaking brigade in Valcartier, head of planning, operations and development of the Canadian Forces and after retirement,“Colonel of the Regiment” of the Van Doos”.

 “Major-géneral Terry Liston MBE, CD (Ret.), ancien commandant d’un bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment, commandant de la brigade de langue française à Valcartier, responsable des plans, des opérations et du développement des Forces canadiennes et, après sa retraite, « Colonel du Régiment » du 22e. »

In his lecture he will describe the birth of Canada’s first French-language unit to go to war overseas, the 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion, almost 100 years ago. He will outline it’s growth into the Royal 22e Régiment, the expansion of the French-language sector of the Canadian Forces and its impact on Canada’s Public Service.

« Il dépeindra la naissance de la première unité canadienne de langue française à s’engager au combat outremer – il y a bientôt cent ans – le 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion. Il décrira sa transformation en Royal 22e Régiment, l’agrandissement du secteur de langue française au sein des Forces canadiennes et son impact sur la fonction publique canadienne.

This lecture will be given in French.

Where are they now…?

4574 Al Bailey, retired 12 years ago from Tourism Calgary; he now makes his living on the golf course in the summer. He travels and plays tennis in the winter. Still enjoying good health with his wife of 53 years Joyce!

7000 David Haas is a member of the Board of Directors at the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum Foundation. The BoD set the policies and direction for the Museum while day-to-day operations are carried out by a small part-time staff and a group of volunteers who work in classifying, cataloguing, and storing the artefacts, or in other tasks related to displays and records.

9143 Bruce McAlpine, MBA, CPC, is President of Fulcrum Search Science Inc. “Fulcrum” moved just before Christmas into Sterling Tower, a Toronto Heritage Property, at the corner of Bay and Richmond. Bruce and his staff are really excited about their new offices and for good reason. They hosted a classy “wine & cheese” open house function last Wednesday (29 Feb) in the new digs. See more on Fulcrum Search Science Inc.

9962 Paul Hussey was appointed as Colonel Commandant of the Cadet Instructor Cadre in May 2009. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2007 with the aim of reading every one of the books in the extensive library that he had accumulated over the years. That plan is somewhat on hold as he is currently engaged as a member of the Directing Staff on the National Strategic Studies program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Air Force Museum at Trenton.

10209 Christopher Chance – On January 24th, 2012, Chris accepted a position with Raytheon Canada Support Services, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, where he will be a Business Development Manager for Canadian Army programs. This moves comes after Chris spent 19+ years with General Dynamics Canada. He will spend his time working from home in Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia, as well as travelling between Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Calgary, and parts in between.

11863 Morris W. Brause was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Commissionaires Windsor on 1st February 2010. He is a veteran of the Canadian Forces (CF), with a military career that exemplifies a commitment to regular, progressive training, numerous deployments and missions across Canada and overseas, and a 36-year record of loyal and dedicated service.

12639 Roy Armstrong was appointed Commanding Officer on 29 September 2011 of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Article

15165 Michael O’Rourke was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Defence and Aerospace (D&A) business unit of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer with the Canadian Department of Defence. Throughout his management career, he has been the General Manager of Operations with Software Kinetics Limited, and a regional manager with Xwave. He recently served as the Director of Operations for CAE Professional Services Group.

16605 Katherine Vigneau, MBA, MDS, CAFM is a Professional Development Strategist at KMVS Fleet+ Consulting in Kingston, Ontario, following 26+ years as an Army Logistics Officer.

16699 Phil Gothe joined the BC Safety Authority as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement in January 2009 and was appointed as Vice President, Technical Programs in July 2011. Specializing in Business and Organizational Development, he has led development and execution of business strategy in forest products, helicopter and heavy equipment industries.

19621 Lisa M. Smid is the CO of the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group HQ & Sig Sqn. She entered CMR in St. Jean, Quebec in 1991, and  graduated from RMC in Kingston in 1995 having completed a degree in civil engineering. She stayed on and completed a Masters in Business Administration in 2006. Major Smid is married to Ryan Smid of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and they have two beautiful daughters, Tatyana and Natalya.

20600 Phillip J. Halton has worked around the globe as a security advisor, including long-term projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the D.R. Congo, Colombia, the Gaza Strip and elsewhere. His civilian work has focused primarily on providing Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) services and coordination, as well as Human Intelligence (HUMINT), and other related services to private organizations and foreign governments. Currently, he is employed by Scotiabank Group.

23366 Ji-hwan Park, a Naval Logistics officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, studied Business Administration at the Royal Military College of Canada and earned his commission in 2006. As the Operations Officer at the Joint Logistics Operations Centre, he is responsible for planning and execution of all logistics support to the deployed ships in the Canadian Pacific Fleet. During his career, he finished four years of sea tour serving onboard HMCS PROTECTEUR, ALGONQUIN, OTTAWA and VANCOUVER and participated in numerous multinational exercises and deployments. Ji-hwan immigrated to Canada when he was 11 and grew up in Victoria, BC.

Major John R. Grodzinski is an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Hamilton and his MA and PhD at the Royal Military College of Canada. His interests include the era of smoothbore warfare, North American colonial conflicts and naval warfare in the age of sail.

G1294 Dr. Craig Stone is the Director of Academics at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manitoba and an MA and PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Dr. Stone joined the academic staff at Canadian Forces College (CFC) as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2005 after 29 years in the Canadian Forces, the last five at CFC in the Strategic Studies Directorate. Dr. Stone lectures in the areas of strategic resource management, the economics of defence and Canadian defence policy.

Walter Peters, a former Squadron Commander and Air Force Careers Officer at CMR approximately during the 1973-76 time-frame; many Ex cadets will remember him from the CMR football team too.

Today Walter is a retired public servant after a very successful RCAF aviation career. Prior to working with Transport Canada (TC), Walter flew military jets and transport aircraft, spent two years as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds, two years in New York as the Air Advisor for the United Nations Secretary General, and one year at the Canadian Aviation Safety Board. He then held various managerial positions within TC, including Director General, System Safety. He has been instrumental in the development of many international safety initiatives regarding data collection and exchange as well as many of the System Safety risk management tools used today throughout the System Safety regional offices.

Lofty goals key to success, says black pilot

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14435 Michael Gibson, Deputy JAG, Military Justice

Posted by rmcclub on 4th March 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 14435 Colonel Michael Gibson, CD (RMC 1984), who has been the Deputy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Military Justice, responsible for military justice policy, legislative reform and strategic initiatives concerning the Canadian military justice system, since July 2011.

e-veritas: Which Military College did you attend?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: After graduating from secondary school in Strathroy, Ontario, I joined the Canadian Forces in 1980. I attended the Royal Military College of Canada from 1980-1984. I graduated in 1984 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the college? I understand that you were a member of the Debating Team and defeated West Point twice….

14435 Col Michael Gibson: I was part of the RMC Debating Team, which was a very prominent activity at RMC in those days. Debates were held in two-person teams. Together with my debating partner 14465 Bob Lawson, we defeated the West Point team during the annual exchange weekend in both 1983 and 1984. Bob and I also placed second in the Canadian University Debating Championship in 1983. The final round against U of T was held on the floor of the Legislative Assembly in Halifax. I can still acutely remember all the spectators looking down on us from the gallery, as we were standing there in our Scarlets, which was pretty intimidating. At least we looked good. Bob and I also competed twice in the World University Debating Championships, at Princeton and Edinburgh. It was great training in advocacy which proved very useful in my later career as a lawyer.

Another great experience was participating twice in the Queen’s Model Parliament, which is where I met my wife. So I can highly recommend it.

I was also a member of the Rifle Team one year.

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

14435 Col Michael Gibson: My best memory from Military College was marching off the square with my classmates at Grad Parade, feeling proud and on top of the world. The former College Director of Administration, S103 Col (Ret’d) Arthur H. “Harky” Smith, periodically provides my classmates with updates as to how the classes of 84, 85 and 86 are doing. The Class of 84 currently has 10 general officers and 11 colonels still serving, so it has been a pretty strong class.

e-veritas: What are your worst memories from Military College?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: My worst memory from military college was the first week of recruit term at RMC. We arrived directly from doing the Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC) in Chilliwack, and felt pretty cocky getting off the bus. That didn’t last long. The night we arrived was like a scene from a Wagnerian opera: there were lightning storms all around as we lined up on the parade square, and the cannon flashes from the last Retreat Ceremony up at Fort Henry reflected off the low cloud layer. We were marched up to our rooms, with lots of shouting from the Fourth Years, and I remember thinking when I saw how small the room was, “there must be some mistake.”

The next morning, for our first inspection, my roommate, a super keener who had been a Prep at CMR, proceeded to iron his bed for inspection. I observed that this was more than a little over the top. He assured me that this was necessary. I refused to iron my bed. Of course my pit looked like a mess in comparison to his. After a week of having my bed torn up each morning at inspection, I finally conceded that I would have to iron mine as well unless I wished to continue suffering this fate. Resistance was futile. It always struck me though that that ironing one’s bed was more than a little surreal….

Our Recruit Flight’s wake up song was the “Orange Blossom Special”, which definitely got the adrenaline pumping. Some mornings we were given only the duration of that song to get up, shave, make our beds, dress and stand for inspection.

e-veritas: Your operational category was as an Air Navigator.

14435 Col Michael Gibson: After obtaining my Air Navigator Wings at CFANS Winnipeg and my operational category as an Air Navigator on the CC-130 Hercules and CC-137 Boeing 707 aircraft at 426 Squadron Trenton, I flew on 437 Squadron doing passenger, cargo, VIP and air refuelling missions. I also served as a strategic airlift operations planner at Air Transport Group Headquarters and as a Platoon Officer training officer candidates on the Basic Officer Training Course.

e-veritas: What university studies have you undergone since you graduated from RMC?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Since graduation, I have completed three other university degrees but have never forgotten the lessons I learned at RMC. I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) twice (M.Sc. International Relations, and LLM Public International Law). I was awarded a scholarship to LSE directly after RMC, then returned twenty-two years later for a Masters of Law. After attending law school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LLB) under the Military Legal Training Plan, I articled at the Department of Justice office in Toronto, and was called to the Bar in Ontario. I also completed the United States Marine Corps Law of Armed Conflict course, and the advanced course on International Humanitarian Law at the University of Liverpool.

e-veritas: Do you serve with other ex-cadets in JAG?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Certainly. There are a number of ex-cadets currently serving in the Office of the JAG, including: 14865 Col Pat Gleeson, 15788 LCol Mark Gendron, 12339 LCol Randy Smith, 15519 LCdr Sandra MacLeod, 19413 Maj Curtis Smith and 19210 Maj Angela Koskie.

e-veritas: You are a member of the National Military Law Section of Canadian Bar Association.

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Yes, the National Military Law Section is a national Section of the Canadian Bar Association. This Section promotes military law, holds periodic conferences and publishes a newsletter called the Sword and Scale. I have given presentations at their last two annual meetings.

e-veritas: Your career at JAG is very varied compared to a traditional practice in criminal or civil law.

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Yes, it is. Canadian military lawyers within the Office of the Judge Advocate General practice within one or more of three broad “pillars”of law: military justice, operational law, and military administrative law. Since becoming a Legal Officer in the Office of the JAG, I have been prosecution, defence and appellate counsel. I have had significant involvement in recent legislation affecting the military justice system as policy architect, instructing counsel for the drafting of legislation, and as a witness before Parliamentary committees considering proposed Bills. I have served as Deputy Judge Advocate Trenton, defence counsel in the Directorate of Defence Counsel Services, Director of Military Justice Policy and Research, Director of Strategic Legal Analysis, Director of International and Operational Law, and as a member of the Canadian Forces Military Justice Strategic Response Team.

e-veritas: You have also done several operational deployments as a JAG officer.

14435 Col Michael Gibson: My operational deployments as a JAG officer have included being Legal Advisor to the Canadian contingent of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Legal Advisor for the Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team on its deployment to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of an earthquake in Turkey, Deputy Legal Advisor at the NATO Stabilization Force Headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Senior Military Law Advisor in the Rule of Law Unit of MONUC, the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of them was fascinating, and each quite different from the others.

e-veritas: Did you do any interesting trials as a defence counsel?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Yes, I did many interesting trials as a defence counsel, including one in which I was required to cross-examine one witness I recall in particular, then-Colonel Walter Natynczyk. I am kind of hoping that he may have forgotten about that…. However, my client was acquitted at that court martial, so it was all worthwhile in the end.

e-veritas: What is the purpose of the Canadian military justice system?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: The Canadian military justice system has two fundamental purposes: to promote the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Forces by contributing to the maintenance of discipline, efficiency and morale; and, to contribute to respect for the law and the maintenance of a just, peaceful and safe society. It thus serves the ends of both discipline and justice.

e-veritas: What are your areas of research interest in the law?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: My main areas of research interest are Military Justice and Public International Law. I combined the two in an article entitled “International Human Rights Law and the Administration of Justice through Military Tribunals: Preserving Utility while Precluding Impunity”, which was published in 2008 in the Journal of International law and International Relations. I have also had the opportunity to lecture on these two topics recently at the Yale Law School and the University of Melbourne Law School. One of the great aspects of being a legal officer in the Office of the JAG is the opportunity / requirement to maintain strategic legal engagement in emerging areas of the law.

e-veritas: The International Society for Military Law and Law of War is holding its triennial Congress in Quebec City from 1 -5 May, 2012. Are you involved?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: Yes, this will be a very interesting meeting for both practitioners and academics in the fields of Military Justice, International Humanitarian Law and procurement law. This Congress will be held at the hotel Fairmont le Château Frontenac in Québec City from 1 to 5 May 2012. The central theme is: Legal Interoperability and Ensuring Observance of the Law Applicable in Multinational Deployments. I will be giving a presentation on National Authorities Enforcing National Military and Criminal Law in Multinational Operations – Problems, Challenges and Solutions. The Society’s website is at

e-veritas: Do you feel that your experiences at RMC have prepared you well for your subsequent endeavours?

14435 Col Michael Gibson: I recall that one of the Commandants at the time described the experience gained at RMC as preparing one to keep a large number of balls in the air at the same time, then catch a broad-axe thrown at you – without dropping any of the balls. Since that sounds like a pretty apt description of daily life at NDHQ, then I guess that they did.

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