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Edwards finds herself in front of the microphone for a change

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd January 2011

Edwards finds herself in front of the microphone for a change

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

E 3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) has ensured no story lies forgotten and neglected on behalf of e-Veritas since 2006. So used to being behind the lens, she was put in the hot seat in a recent interview.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Edwards works as Materiel Acquisition System Information System design review officer with Director Materiel Systems Plans and Requirements after working at the Material Group as a Defence Resource Planning section head. Edwards has worked for the Government of Canada for the last 20 years, 15 of which at the Department of National Defence. She spent five years at the DND Crypto Support Unit as the Information Management/Information Technology section head, and another five years in the Career Assignment Program, a management development program where she completed a series of short developmental assignments.

“I was also a senior analyst with: DND’s Chief Military Personnel; the Senate Defence & Veterans Affairs Committees; Privy Council Office’s Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat,” she explained. “I was a section head with Industry Canada’s Regional Benefits and DND’s Human Resources Management System.”

In 2005, Edwards first contacted e-Veritas editor Bill Oliver when she provided her contact information, along with that of several other alumni whose email addresses were not on file with the RMC Club.

“Bill Oliver thanked me for updating the RMC Club directory and asked why I had ‘pooped out at the Ps.’ It was the first of many times that Bill made me laugh. I began recommending articles and I started writing regularly for e-Veritas in 2006. Bill tells me that I have not missed submitting at least one article per Issue over the past three years. 6776 Tim Sparling presented me with the 2008 RMC Club President’s Award for making a special and significant contribution to the RMC Club,” Edwards explained.

As a civilian employee of DND, Edwards applied to the Royal Military College’s Division of Continuing Studies as a mature student in 2000. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (Honours).

While attending RMC, Edwards recalls “being impressed that BGen (ret’d) Ernie Beno (photo left), who had recently retired as Chief of Military Personnel (CMP), dealt with real world military personnel issues as my professor in BAE240 Human Resource Management in a Defence Setting,” she said. “As my faculty advisor for an independent research project, BGen Beno suggested senior military personnel to interview and encouraged me to publish my research on the effects of Oka on the recruitment of Indigenous peoples into the military.”

Edwards went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University via distance education.

Writing for e-Veritas has allowed Edwards to connect alumni with current students, who ensure that important and lesser-known traditions, skylarks, battles, and events form part of RMC’s communal memory.

“I like to remember alumni and staff who have sacrificed and served Canada by participating in numerous wars and conflicts. I often join forces with 8057 Mr. James Ross McKenzie (RMC 1970) (photo left), the RMC Museum curator, along with other researchers, to further record and edit stories to provide a source for future researchers,” she said.

Edwards’ favourite types of article concern Military College heritage. Over the years, the RMC Club, family and friends have raised a number of memorials across the country to honour alumni who made great sacrifices and served their country so well.

“Alumni have erected cenotaphs, raised monuments, composed music, named geographical features, funded awards, mounted plaques and stained glass windows as memorials, and constructed cairns and fountains,” she said. ”One of the more interesting projects is the interviewing of ex-cadets and ex-staffers. I interviewed several ex-cadets and distilled their account of the early band at RMC.”

As a fan of Canadian musical theatre, Edwards’ favourite articles relate to performances based on RMC and alumni.

“I was delighted when Commandant Commodore William S. Truelove (RRMC 1985) served as Honorary Patron for Toronto Operetta Theatre’s ‘Leo, The Royal Cadet,’ and attended on opening night with a contingent of cadets and alumni on Feb 19, 2010. I was glad that contingents of alumni also attended ‘Billy Bishop Goes to War’, which tells the story of ex-cadet 943 Air Marshal “Billy” Bishop,” Edwards said. “I am looking forward to Great Canadian Theatre Company’s ‘The Shadow’ in March 2011 about the remarkable life of ex-cadet 1109 Dai Vernon (RMC 1919), the magician who earned his international reputation as the only man ever to fool Houdini.”

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Ex Cadet Tunnelling Field Course in Greece; a Case Study in Critical Thinking

Posted by rmcclub on 16th January 2011

Ex Cadet Tunnelling Field Course in Greece; a Case Study in Critical Thinking

By: 24662 Jeffrey Oke (RMC 2010)

I would like to take this opportunity to describe a positive experience that I have had within the graduate program (Masters) at RMC-Queen’s. I was recently involved in a graduate field course that encompassed a technical field portion at tunnel construction sites throughout Greece. In all, we visited over 15 tunnels in just 6 days. The magnitude and type of road and rail tunnel construction that is currently transforming Greece is not only impressive but also unprecedented – a Herculean feat of modern times.

The graduate course was organized by my advisors, Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos (19930) and Dr. Mark Diederichs. I was joined by fellow graduate students from Queen’s University, It was an exceptional and unique educational opportunity. Rarely are such opportunities afforded to graduate students or engineering professionals, so I am truly grateful for the experience.

I arrived in Athens in late December, apparently bringing the Canadian weather along with me. The temperature in Athens quickly dropped to a balmy 5-10 degrees Celsius. So for those of you who think I chose this course just to get a tan, you’re exactly right. But the winter weather refused to cooperate.

Photo: Jeff Oke, standing beside forepole machine at Platanou Tunnel as part of the Corinthus-Patras Motorway

My research for my Masters degree concentrates on improving or optimizing temporary tunnel support structures within weak rock masses utilizing conventional excavation construction techniques. The graduate field course was a perfect fit, focused primarily on tunnelling construction and relevant geological engineering considerations associated with such construction in weak rock masses. Greece’s rocks are an extension of the Alpine system of Europe and pose significant challenges to design engineers. I completed an undergraduate Civil Engineering degree at the Royal Military College of Canada as a cadet, and believe that I was able to excel within this program due to my past work experience in construction; but nothing could have prepared me for the complexity and scope of the massive construction projects that we witnessed first-hand.

From the onset, I believed that this field trip would provide me with some hands-on experience relevant to my research. However, I was surprised to develop additional skills and knowledge. No, I didn’t learn to speak Greek. It took me 4 long years at RMC just to obtain a basic understanding of French, so clearly, a week wasn’t going to cut it. But, beyond the geotechnical components, I also developed a better understanding of critical thinking.

Photo: Canadian graduate students and advisors in Thessaloniki Metro, Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) construction. (Jeff Oke front row 3rd right; Nicholas  Vlachopoulos, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada back row, right.)

The trip was organized in conjunction with the graduate program from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The primary organizer from NTUA was Dr. Paul Marinos, a world-renowned tunnelling professor. Throughout the trip, the course advisor set up many exercises for us to think about as we traveled between sites. Generally, we were instructed to come up with design considerations as well as conclusions on relevant issues and problems based on very limited information. Comparing answers with my fellow students, it became apparent that there was no single, clear answer and that the issues were quite complex in nature. Each of us had a well thought-out answer, however, due to the lack of information (which is a professional reality), assumptions had to be made to find suitable solutions. These assumptions varied across the group. Answers also varied due to our areas of expertise. I was the only student with a structural civil engineering background. The majority of the other students were geological engineers.

It began to dawn on me that each of these answers were correct as long as their initial assumptions were correct. There is no true solution to a problem but a variety of solutions that can be applied. In most cases, determining the missing information (i.e. rock strength at 200m depth) with further geotechnical investigations would cost thousands or even millions of dollars. These multiple, massive construction projects cost billions of dollars each. No single project of this scale is currently underway in Canada, let alone many concurrent projects, as there are in Greece. Judging from these projects, there seems to be no evidence of Greece’s recent economic problems. For projects such as these, designers would also have to make decisions based on the limited information. This is where critical thinking must come into play. Not only did we, the graduate students, need to find a solution to the problem, we also had to consider all of the possible solutions to the problem as well as the influence of multiple, relevant parameters.

The military training that I have received during BOTP taught me to think of multiple solutions using the estimate process to address a problem. These military challenges at my level of training were relatively simple and straight forward and most of the information was provided. Aside from the cultural aspect, this trip has not only increased my knowledge of geological engineering and design considerations, it has also increased my understanding of the importance of critical thinking and thoroughly thinking through a particular problem.

I am truly grateful for this great experience and thank my thesis advisors for the unique opportunity. I also made many new friends and had a wonderful cultural experience. International collaborations such as these add a lot of value to a graduate program and allow for a true exchange of ideas between distinct points of view. I look forward to taking advantage of similar professional experiences in the future and the successful completion of my degree program.

Truth, Duty, Valour,

Jeffrey Oke (24662)

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 9th January 2011

14444 Councillor Dorothy Hector (RMC 1984) is a Kingstonian and Councillor of Lakeside District since 2006. She was a member of the first class of Lady Cadets to enter the Royal Military College of Canada in 1980, she obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was distinguished as an outstanding athlete. On graduation she became the first female officer to command the Armoured Maintenance Platoon of the Combat Training Centre at Gagetown. Later her responsibilities included directing officer training at the Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and as the Maintenance Officer of 2 Service Battalion where she was instrumental in preparing the First Canadian Field Hospital for service in the Gulf War. On leaving the Regular Force in 1991, she returned to Kingston as the Project Officer for the formation of the Reserve Electronic Warfare Squadron, and in the preparation of elements of the Squadron for service in Somalia. Other directions of civic service beckoned – first as a civilian with CARE Canada, seconded to UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia as a Sector Administration Officer, in Sectors North and West in Croatia, in Belgrade and Zagreb. Later she served as a United Nations Volunteer, working in Bosnia as an election supervisor in such places as Banya Luka, Brcko and Serbia. She was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) in 2003 for her work in the Former Yugoslavia.

Founder of Worldwide Logistics Specialists Inc. in Kingston, she maintained a ‘hands on’ approach through organising care for Kosovar refugees in Kingston, as a supervisor of national and municipal elections in the former Yugoslavia and through advocacy for the worlds hungry poor. Appointed a member of the adjunct faculty of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in 1995, she directed the program on the ‘Art of the Possible: Administration and Logistics in Modern Peacekeeping’. Further, she has shared her experience with others through lectures in Italy, at Queens University, and in the Southern Africa region. She also continued her education in a new direction studying theology and serving as an Outreach Minister within the Anglican Church at Queen’s University. Since 1999 she has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, responsible for emergency planning, coordination and implementation of the movement large quantities of food and non-food items throughout Asia and Africa by land, air and sea. In some cases this has involved the rebuilding of major infrastructure such as railways, bridges, roads and warehouses. As a project officer she oversaw the construction and operation of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy as well as the rehabilitation of the Nacala Rail line in Mozambique and Malawi. Her coordination and logistics efforts during the Southern Africa drought in 2002, and again in 2005, averted hunger and suffering for over 4 million people in Malawi and 27 million in the whole of the region. A recipient of the degree doctor of laws, honoris causa, from the Royal Military College of Canada, she continues in her work as an engineer, leader, teacher, advisor, and servant to others.



19031 Maj Sean Moran (RRMC 1993) is DCO, 38 Service Battalion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is also the 100th Anniversary Regimental Secretary – Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).

The major events of the upcoming Anniversary Period (2014-5) aim to bring the Patricia family together in one place and at one time to celebrate our 100th anniversary of our founding and to rededicate ourselves to the service of Canada. One of only three Canadian Regular Force infantry regiments, PPCLI comprises three Regular Force battalions: the First Battalion, garrisoned in Edmonton, Alberta; the Second Battalion, garrisoned in Shilo, Manitoba; the Third Battalion, garrisoned in Edmonton, Alberta; and a Reserve Force battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, also known as 4 PPCLI.

Founded at the outbreak of World War. The PPCLI distinguished itself in both World Wars, Korea, Afghanistan and on numerous operations in support of the United Nations and NATO.

The Regiment has been awarded 39 battle honours, a United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation and two Commander-in-Chief Commendations for its overseas service.



16538 Col Wayne Eyre (RRMC RMC 1988) assumed command of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMB) at CFB Petawawa on 30 June 2009. Col Eyre attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, and Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.

The 2 CMB command team includes: 20380 LCol Nicolas Pilon (RMC 1996) as Chief of Staff; 21893 Maj Sarah Heer (RMC 2001) as G1; 13660 Major Scott Mitchell (RMC 1982) as G2; 19975 Maj Bryan Bedard (RRMC 1995) as G3; 20067 Maj Marie-Claude Arguin (RMC 1996) as G6;  21619 Capt Micheal Chagnon (RMC 2000) as G3 Ops; *23241 Capt Craig Scott (RMC 2005) as G4 Tn; 23114 Capt Peter Beitz (RMC 2006) as G3 IMO; 23469 Capt Taryn Johal (RMC 2006) as G6 Ops; 23307 Capt Conrad De Souza (RMC 2006) as G4 Fin; 24111 Capt Christopher Wood (RMC 2008) as EA to Commander and 24230 Lt Andrea Perry (RMC 2008) as G2 Plans.

* IV Year (at the time) 23241 OCdt Craig Scott was the Officer Cadet “volunteer” for the first and early editions of e-Veritas in 2005.  He set a very high standard that to this day volunteer cadets for e-Veritas are measured.


8703 Mr. Paul LaRose-Edwards (CMR RMC 1971) is the Executive Director of CANADEM. Paul has been working in the international community for 28 years and has been mounting and part of field operations since 1967.

Much of his international time was in international human rights dealing with the politics of advancing rights. Paul has worked in mission-areas and countries such as Rwanda, Kosovo, Croatia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Afghanistan.

He has been staff with NGOs such as Amnesty International, as well as the Canadian Government, the UN and the Commonwealth. He has worked as a consultant for an even larger grouping including the OSCE, EU and NATO. Paul’s last diplomatic post was as Representative of the UN Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights in Indonesia, and for four years he was the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Head of Human Rights in London.

A former Canadian Armoured Corps Officer and Royal Military College Graduate, his recent work with militaries include the Canadian Forces College and Peace Support Training Center, UK Staff College, and NATO civil-military training, doctrine and concept development.

In his 1996 study for DFAIT of UN field operations, Paul recommended the creation of CANADEM, and apart from a leave of absence to go on staff with the UN in Jakarta, he has been with CANADEM ever since. Source


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd January 2011

16975 Colonel Omer Lavoie MSC, CD (RRMC 1989) is currently Commander 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) at Steele Barracks in Edmonton, Alberta.

1 CMBG generates operationally ready forces while supporting directed domestic contingency operations in order to meet Canada’s defence objectives.

Col Lavoie`s formal education includes an Honours degree in Military Leadership and Applied Psychology from Royal Roads Military College and a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from Royal Military College.

He is married and has three children. His personal interests include hunting, fishing, and driving (but mostly fixing) rusty old trucks. Source


13523 Marc Potvin (RRMC 1983) – Senior Pastor

Marc was born and raised in Montreal. He joined the Canadian military through the Regular Officer Training Plan, graduating from Royal Roads Military College in 1983. Having felt the call to Christian Ministry, he then attended Acadia Divinity College, graduating in 1986. Following graduation, he pastored the Arcadia, Chebogue, Rockville Baptist churches in Yarmouth county and served as a military chaplain at the North Bay, Bagotville, Petawawa and Shearwater Forces Bases. He was called to serve as Senior Pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in August 2000. He is married to Janice, a piano teacher and they have three children. Source


14726 LCol Thomas Falardeau, CD (RMC 1985) is currently Commanding Officer, Régiment de Hull, which consists of Regimental Headquarters and three squadrons. The Regiment is the only Francophone Reserve unit in the National Capital Region.

All training is given in French and routine operations are conducted in French. He is also Director of Human Resource Information Management (DHRIM), Director General Enterprise Application Services (DGEAS) in ADM (Information Management).


9471 HCol Fred Caron, CD, QC was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in June 2003 and most recently in April 2008 Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG). Honorary Colonel Caron attended College Militaire Royale in St. Jean, Quebec in 1968-69 and joined the CGG in 1970.

He obtained his BA from Loyola College in 1972 and his LL.B. from McGill University in 1975. After his admission to the Bar of Ontario he pursued a career with the federal Department of Justice where he held various senior positions in the aboriginal law and constitutional law fields. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in January 1992.

In 1996 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Privy Council Office. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). He retired from INAC in June 2010.  Source


17364 Bruce Martin (RMC 1990)

Bruce joined JASCO in November 2007 as senior lead of a development project for automated acoustic analysis systems that are used to rapidly process large datasets from autonomous ocean bottom acoustic measurements. These systems perform detection and classification of both industrial and biological sound data, including marine mammal vocalizations.

Bruce has worked as an acoustic sensor systems engineer since graduating from Canada’s Royal Military College in 1990. He then completed the Naval Combat Systems Engineering program in 1993 and joined the Naval Sonars group at the Defence Research and Development Center (Atlantic) where he worked on new acoustic projector and sensor technologies.

He completed a master’s degree in physics at Dalhousie University in 1995 and joined MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates in 1996. There he spent two years developing acoustic detection systems, and two more as the project engineer for the development of a SOSUS processing system.

In 2000 he joined General Dynamics Canada and worked on a variety of advanced distributed sonar sensor processing systems. Source


14752 Le lieutenant-colonel Louis Harnois (CMR 1985) est promu et devient le Commandant du Régiment de Maisonneuve en septembre 2007.

Poursuivant sa carrière de réserviste au sein du Régiment de Maisonneuve, il sera commandant de compagnie de service de 2001 à 2003, puis commandant-adjoint de l’unité de 2003 à 2007.

Il est appointé Directeur Développement des affaires, General Dynamics – Produits de défense et systèmes tactiques Canada – Programmes canadiens en janvier 2008. Il s’est joint aux Forces canadiennes le 1 juin 1980, comme élève-officier au Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean.



17954 Darrin Bonikowsky (RRMC RMC 1991)

Darrin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1991 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree. He also studied at the University of British Columbia’s Internet Publishing Program, graduating in 2000. He is trained in numerous computer languages and programs such as Visual Basic, SQL Server, Microsoft Access, DataEase, FoxPro, Oracle, ASP, Tango, CFML, HTML, SQL, XML, JavaScript, VBA, Perl, and Dreamweaver, and has over fifteen years of practical work experience overseeing and developing Web and personal computer applications and systems.

Since 1999 Mr. Bonikowsky has served as the VP of Software Development for signsearch, Inc., an online search engine and marketing company in the sign and graphics industry, where he heads all company internet marketing efforts and is responsible for leading the company’s software development team in local and Web-based application development projects. Source

12722 Colonel Thomas Stinson (RRMC RMC 1980) took command of the 36 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) in March 2009. With approximately 1600 part-time and 85 full-time personnel, 36 CBG is a Primary Reserve Force (Army) component.

The priority for the Brigade is to attract, educate and enroll Reserve soldiers. They also train and sustain these soldiers so they may be employed on International and Domestic operations.

Col Stinson also does contract work for the Pearson Peacekeeping Center. He currently lives in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia with his wife Beverley and son James. His two daughters, Catherine and Kimberly, both attend university in Halifax.

He enjoys family camping and is a supporter of local minor hockey. He started his Regular Force service as an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads Military College and was commissioned as a Lieutenant on graduation from the Royal Military College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Source


21259 Maj Robert Jeffrey Lyttle (RMC 1998) is A Battery Commander (Close Support), 21231 Maj John Geoff Hampton (RMC 1999) is B Battery Commander (Close Support) and 21124 Maj Scott Lloyd (CMR RMC 1998) is C Battery Commander (Surveillance and Target Acquisition) of 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Manitoba.

The First Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery is the senior unit of the regular component of the Canadian Forces. All three Battery Commanders were proud members of 1 Sqn at RMC.



19662 LCol William H Fletcher, SMV, CD (CMR RMC 1993) is Commanding Officer, 1 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton.

He attended College Militaire Royal de St Jean, QC from 1990-1993 graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. LCol Fletcher attended the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, ON in 2007-2008, graduating with a Masters in Defence Studies.

LCol Fletcher is married to his incredibly understanding wife, Daria. They have a three year old son, William, and a one year old daughter, Jessica.



14591 Andre Mech (RRMC 1984) Speaker at the 10th WSGS

Andre Mech has been working in the emissions reduction sector since 2001. He was in the first cohort of 20 individuals formally trained and examined to International Standards Organization criteria in the planning, validation and verification of greenhouse gas projects. Andre has written more than 48 greenhouse gas plans and conducted hundreds of investigations for numerous corporations and organizations in the emissions reduction management sector. Andre works closely with formal Greenhouse Gas authorities and has been consulted by corporations, governments and NGOs as they address the issues surrounding the rapidly developing emissions reduction market sector.

Andre Mech has generated hundreds of thousands of tonnes of third party Validated and Verified emission reductions. He is involved with numerous projects currently at earlier stages of implementation in some of the under addressed emissions reduction sectors.

Andre regularly speaks on the closely related subject of financially responsible environmentalism to Government Committees, Conferences, Professional Associations and Schools. Andre firmly believes and has routinely demonstrated, that “environmentalism is not only cost effective, catering to common sensibilities, but that it is an under addressed profit centre for most organizations.”

Andre Mech holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Andre is named as the inventor or co-inventor on three patents.  Source


16591 LCol Shane B. Schreiber, MSM, CD (RRMC 1988) is Commanding Officer, 2 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo, Manitoba. LCol Schreiber was commisioned into the Canadian Forces upon graduation from Royal Military College (RMC) Kingston with a degree in History and Political Science in 1988. He completed his Master’s Degree in War Studies at RMC Kingston in 1995. LCol Screiber also holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from RMC. His thesis on the Canadian Corps in the final hundred days of World War One, entitled “Shock Army of the British Empire” was published in 1997 by Praeger Publishing, New York.

He was also the recipient of the Canadian Forces College George Bell Award for Military Writing in 2004 for his work on Canada’s involvment in Vietnam. He is a frequent contributor to both the Canadian Army Journal and the Canadian Military Journal, and has appeared in several First World War documentaries.

LCol Schreiber has been awarded the US Army Bronze Star for his work in Afghanistan as part of TF Rakkasan in 2002, and was recently awarded both the Canadian and NATO Meritorious Service Medals for his work as the Chief Operations Officer of ISAF RC South in 2006.

LCol Schreiber and wife Kelly have three children.  Source

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Victoria Edwards: Conversation with 14429 Col John Fletcher

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd January 2011

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 14429 Col John Fletcher, CD (RMC 1984), who is currently serving as the Director of Chaplaincy Strategic Support and as the Principal Chaplain (Protestant). In November 2010 Padre Fletcher was installed as Archdeacon of the Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada.

e-veritas: Would you describe your journey from Cadet 14429 to Padre Fletcher?

14429 Col John Fletcher: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Royal Military College in June 1984. During my years at RMC, I discerned a call to pursue ordained ministry, and was accepted for study as a student chaplain. Following my graduation from RMC, I postponed completing my obligatory service, until after I had successfully completed all academic and professional formation required of a military chaplains.

I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto, in 1987, was ordained as an Anglican deacon in the Diocese of Fredericton, and was appointed as the assistant-curate in the Parish of Hammond River, where I subsequently became Priest-in-Charge, following my ordination to the priesthood in June of 1988. After completing the required two years pastoral experience working in a civilian parish, I was ready to be employed in the CF as military chaplain.

I began my full-time service in the CF chaplaincy in 1989, when I was promoted to the rank of Captain and posted to Calgary, to serve for four years as a chaplain to the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In 1993, I was posted to Halifax, where I would serve in various positions for eight years. After completing three years as a sea-going unit chaplain and a year-long French course, I was promoted to the rank of Major, in 1996, and was appointed as the Senior Fleet Chaplain. Two years later I was appointed as Formation Chaplain in MARLANT HQ.

In 2001 I was posted to Toronto as Area Chaplain LFCA. In 2003 I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was posted to the Chaplain General’s staff, where I worked for one year as an assistant to the Director of Chaplain Operations. In July 2004, I was appointed as Army Command Chaplain, and continued to serve as chaplain advisor to Canada’s Chief of the Land Staff until being appointed Director of Chaplain Services in January 2008. I was promoted to the rank of Colonel in October 2008, and appointed as Director of Chaplain Operations in September 2009. I am currently serving as the Director of Chaplaincy Strategic Support and as the Principal Chaplain (Protestant).

e-veritas: How did you come to be a sea-going unit chaplain?

14429 Col John Fletcher: I served for a total of five years as sea-going chaplain in the Fleet in Halifax, and sailed in a wide variety of East Coast ships including frigates, destroyers, and Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) and even twice in our old oberion class submarines.. Sea-going unit chaplains conduct religious services, provide pastoral counselling, give spiritual leadership, and supply religious education. Worship services were often held in the NCM’s or Officer’s mess on Sunday morning when we were at sea, or sometimes on Sunday evenings following a weekend port visit once we were underway and at sea again. The use of ship’s bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings is a memorable tradition for many sailors and their families. For chaplains, establishing a ministry of presence is among the most important skills we learn. Connecting with sailors, establishing a rapport with them and building relationships, is vital to the ministry of care and council we are then able to provide. Depending on the tasking, the members of a ship’s company may not be sure what they will experience or encounter, and how they will be impacted by the nature of their mission. The toll — physically and mentally — can be significant, and there are always the pressures and concerns that come with being separated from home and family. Sailors appreciate a chaplain simply being with them, demonstrating care and compassion – living and serving alongside them, standing watch with them and sharing in the life and work of the ship’s company, and participating in such evolutions as storing ship, and landing gash, etc..

e-veritas: Is it important for you to maintain relationships with clergy / faith group leaders and other ministries outside of the Military?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Yes. In order for our military chaplains to be truly effective within the ecumenical and multi-faith ministry context of the CF Chaplaincy, it is absolutely essential they remain thoroughly grounded in, and well connected to, their own religious traditions and faith communities. The Chaplaincy encourages chaplains to remain active within their respective faith group, and also encourages faith groups to be supportive of their members serving in the CF as military chaplains. For example, I am currently a member of the Board of Director’s of my national church’s newspaper, “The Anglican Journal”, and serve as an honorary assistant in the Anglican Parish of All Saints Westboro, in the Diocese of Ottawa. In November 2010, I was installed as the Archdeacon of the Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada.

e-veritas: Canadian Forces Chaplains train and work in settings where they interact with religious traditions other than their own, be they Christian Denominations or other Faith Groups. How does this work?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Canadian society and the CF are rapidly becoming more diverse and the Chaplaincy is enhancing its capability to respond effectively to changing cultural and religious demographics. CF chaplains are recognized throughout the world for their ecumenical and multi-faith approaches to Chaplaincy, and we are committed to developing and expanding that expertise. We are called to provide religious and spiritual leadership within an increasingly diverse context, and we are eagerly addressing the opportunities and the demands that this presents.

The Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre (CFChSC) at Base Borden provides training with an operational focus and an interfaith approach. CFChSC offers courses in both official languages. Courses include Chaplain Basic Officer Training, Ethics, Pastoral Counselling, Chaplains in Deployed Operations, Intermediate, Advanced, Chapel Life Coordinator (Protestant and Roman Catholic), and Ministry in a Pluralistic Environment.

e-veritas: The Anglican Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces sponsors a bursary for students enrolled in full time theological studies. Would you describe it?

14429 Col John Fletcher: The Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada has sponsored the Ivor Norris Bursary for over twenty-five years. The administration of this bursary program comes under the purview of the Ordinariate. The bursary is awarded to applicants (annually) who have a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to or the child of someone with past or current service. The applicant must be sponsored by a Bishop for ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in theological studies leading toward ordination.

e-veritas: What are your memories of Maj (Ret’d). A.I. Wakeling, RMC chaplain from 1981-88 and of the RMC Protestant Chapel?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Padre Wakeling was a real role model for me of how to be a priest and of how to serve as a military chaplain. He had an open door policy and advocated to assure that the religious and spiritual needs of the cadets and staff were accommodated and celebrated. In that role, he was a pastor and mentor for me and for so many other cadets, as well as for members of the military staff and faculty. Padre Wakeling and his wife became like family members for me. They often invited me for to their home for dinner, and we have kept in touch even after he retired in Kingston. I am so grateful to him for the example of leadership, care and friendship that he provided to me during my very formative years at RMC and even since that time. I recall fondly my year serving with Padre Wakeling as server at St. Martin’s Protestant Chapel in Yeo Hall at RMC, and for the many way that he help to nurture and shape my vocation as an Anglican priest and as a military Chaplain. [The stained glass memorial windows in the RMC Protestant Chapel feature the Royal Military College Crest, Timothy, Dove, Open book, Lamb of God and Chalice c. 1963 by Robert McCausland Ltd.]

e-veritas: What are your memories of Religious services and special occasions at RMC?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Since I had always regularly attended Sunday worship services with my family, growing up, it was natural for me to become a regular member of a worshipping community when I joined the CF and moved away from Home. With so much that was new and changing in my life during these formative years, it was important for me to find some constant. An anchor to hold me, a rock I could count on. Attending chapel services, both during my BOTC in Chilliwack, and at the College during recruit term, became very important occasions for me. Once I was free to leave the college on weekends, I actually sought-out involvement within some of the Anglican parishes in the city of Kingston, including

n.b. St. Mark’s Anglican Church Barriefield.. When the Royal Military College celebrated its centenary in 1976, the College laid up its Queen’s Colours in exchange for the “Spanish Bell” that had been placed in St. Mark’s tower over 100 years previously.

I also recall how Royal Military College cadets and other military groups marched into St. George’s Cathedral (photo) for worship on special occasions. As part of the Royal Military College Copper Sunday, for example, Officer Cadets marched and attended morning services at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, as well as at other churches in the City (e.g. St. Mark’s Anglican Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sydenham United Church, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, St. Francis d’Assise (RC), and Chalmer’s United Church.

n.b. When Copper Sunday was first established at St. Andrew’s in 1880, Officer Cadets took handfuls of copper pennies, throwing them towards the offering plate to make as much noise as they could. The tradition continues today with Officer Cadets pouring pennies into the plate from military-issue black socks.

e-veritas: What are your memories of other other members of the College staff?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Had it not been for the incredible support of the then College Commandant, 3572 MGen (Ret’d) Frank Norman (RRMC RMC 1956) (photo left), and of the College Administration Officer, Col (Ret’d) A.H. “Harky” Smith, I would never have been permitted to change classifications from pilot to chaplain, while I was still an Officer cadet at RMC. During my years at RMC, when I discerned a call to pursue ordained ministry, BGen Frank Norman was committed to represent my unique situation to NDHQ. General, Norman, Colonel Harky Smtih, and Padre Alex Wakeling were so very supportive of me, and together, under General Norman’s leadership, they were able to accomplish what I had thought would be impossible. I didn’t realize it at the time, but apparently NDHQ was very reluctant to have RMC Cadets change from one MOC to another, especially from a pilot to a chaplain MOC. General Norman wrote a strong letter of reference, and obviously spoke to the right people in Ottawa, and as a result, I was one of three military college students accepted for study as a student chaplain.

e-veritas: What happened to the other cadets who transferred to the Chaplain MOC?

14429 Col John Fletcher: 13523 Rev Marc Potvin (CMR RRMC 1983) served as a military chaplain at the North Bay, Bagotville, Petawawa and Shearwater Forces Bases and was called to serve as Senior Pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in the Annapolis Valley in August 2000. There was also a Roman Catholic student from CMR, Rev Bruno Ruelle (??) who I believe is now serving in a civilian diocese in Europe.

n.b. Although (to my knowledge) there were never any other serving military college cadets who actually changed classification to chaplain, while still at Military College, there have been several RMC graduates who eventually became military chaplains or civilian clergy, ( e.g. 14428 Rev Don Fisher (RRMC 1984) is Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Aldergrove BC.)

e-veritas: Have you had the chance to return to the College grounds?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Yes, in the late 80s and 90s the Annual Protestant Chaplain Branch Retreat and Seminar was held annually at the RMC in Kingston. These conferences provides the opportunity for the professional and spiritual development of our chaplains and for fellowship as a Branch. Back when our conferences used to be held at RMC, I always enjoyed being back on the college grounds, sleeping in my former dormitory, eating in the dining hall and attending seminars, business meetings and worship services in the Academic buildings, Currie Hall and the college chapels. Since the amalgamation of the former Protestant and roman catholic Chaplaincies in the mid-90’s into a single multi-faith CF Chaplaincy, our annual retreat and seminar has outgrown the RMC facilities.

e-veritas: Did you attend your class reunion? Do you still see any of your classmates?

14429 Col John Fletcher: Absolutely. The last time I returned to RMC was for my 25th class reunion. I was delighted to see and to recognize so many former classmates and faculty. I currently serve with several former classmates. 14585 BGen John Madower, OMM, CD (RRMC RMC 1984) assumed the duties of Assistant Chief Military Personnel in 2010. 14369 RAdm Andrew Smith, OMM, CD (RMC 1984) was appointed Chief of Military Personnel on 24 June 2010.

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Where are they now? Researched by Victoria Edwards

Posted by rmcclub on 12th December 2010

15307 André Fillion (RMC 1985) was appointed Director General Major Project Delivery, Materiel Group, Department of National Defence (DND). Defence. A graduate of the Royal Military College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he also holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University, U.K., and is a graduate from the National Security Studies Program (2007).

His 20 years of military service as an aerospace engineer include tours at 4 Wing Cold Lake, 16 Wing Borden and National Defence Headquarters. He has been with the Materiel Group at National Defence since 1996 serving in diverse positions in aerospace engineering, policy development and project management.



9686 Ian Mack, CMM CD (RMC 1973) was appointed Director General (Land & Sea), Materiel Group, Department of National Defence (DND). In his current role, he oversees project managers charged with weapon systems acquisitions for the Canadian Army and Navy. He retired from the Canadian Forces as a Rear-Admiral in 2007, after 38 years of service.

He is a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston with a Bachelor of Engineering Physics degree, and also holds a Master of Science degree from the United Kingdom.




13656 Commander John McIsaac (RMC 1983) is the Project Manager, Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), Department of National Defence.

The Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Project has been established in order to deliver to the government of Canada six to eight naval ice-capable offshore patrol ships to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada’s waters including the Arctic.

As a MS Eng Officer (MSEO), Cdr McIsaac has an interest in main propulsion & auxiliary systems, integrated machinery control system, hull & domestic systems and damage control.


21156 Captain Simon Poudrier (CMR 1998) is the Project Director, and M0677 LCdr Gilles Maranda (RMC 1995) is the Project Manager for Clothing and Equipment – Millenium Standard (CEMS), Department of National Defence.

The CEMS project was established in May 2000 to address various deficiencies in Air Force clothing and equipment. The CEMS project will pursue operational Air Force clothing items that have appropriate performance and design features, are converged as much as possible with CF Army items, and are interoperable with allied clothing and equipment.

The CEMS project undertakes extensive technical and engineering development, human factors evaluations and user trials to ensure that the new clothing and equipment in the Air Force supply system meet the operational needs of all personnel carrying out Air Force tasks.


17200 Capt(N) Marcel Losier, CD (CMR RMC 1990) is currently employed as both the Deputy Project Manager for the HALIFAX Class Modernization / Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) project and Combat Systems Office Manager for the Combat System Integration Design & Build contract with Lockheed Martin Canada, some 20 years after having served in the Canadian Patrol Frigate Lead Yard Detachment in Saint  John, NB.

He attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean for one year and graduated from the Royal Military College in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He was later  posted to the Royal Military College of Canada where he served as Squadron Commander for the Stone Frigate Military Academy while completing his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996-7 with Defence Research Establishment Ottawa as co-sponsor.  More


10763 Colonel Randall Wakelam (RRMCRMC 1975), an Assistant Professor, Royal Military College of Canada, War Studies Post Graduate Degree Programme, contributed `Dealing With Complexity and Ambiguity: Learning to Solve Problems Which Defy Solution` No 4 2010 of  The Strathrobyn Papers. Named after the original estate on which the Canadian Forces College was established in 1943, The Strathrobyn Papers were intended to present the research and thinking of the College faculty and other security and defence researchers.

Dr Randall Wakelam has a PhD from Wilfrid Laurier and teaches history and leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Previously, Colonel (retired) Wakelam had an extensive military career which began in 1969 as a Reserve musician in Ottawa. After graduating from the Royal Military College in 1975 he flew helicopters for the Army, serving in three different squadrons before commanding 408 Squadron in Edmonton from 1991 to 1993. Subsequently he was a member of faculty at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, the military’s professional graduate school, and a senior administrator at the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, the military’s ‘ministry of education’.

Wakelam is a research associate at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and serves on a number of editorial boards. In 2009 he published The Science of Bombing: Operational Research in RAF Bomber Command and has recently co-edited The Report of the Officer Development Board: Maj-Gen Roger Rowley and the Education of the Canadian Forces. Next year promises a volume on fighter aircraft procurement in the decade before the AVRO Arrow saga. He is currently preparing a biography of Wilfred Curtis who was Canada’s air force chief from 1947 to 1953 before going on to help establish York University.

After living in all regions of Canada, even Toronto, Wakelam and his family have been in Kingston since 2002. His wife and daughter are teachers and he has a keen interest in public education.


16429 LCol Vincent Fagnan (RMC 1988) is current Project Director and 20783 LCol Sophie Pellicano (RMC 1997) is the Integrated Logistics Support Manager for the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) Project, Department of National Defence.

The experience of the Canadian Forces and that of other nations in operations in operational theatre demonstrates the requirement for a new highly survivable medium-weight (25-45 tonnes) armoured CCV. The CCV project will deliver to the Land Forces an extremely well protected armoured vehicle with very high tactical mobility, able to deliver a combat ready Canadian Army infantry section in close combat, while operating in intimate support of CF tanks.

The Project scope is for the acquisition of 108 CCV (including Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Forward Observation Officer (FOO) variants), with an option for up to 30 additional vehicles, plus an associated long-term or through-life in-service support contract.


16178 LCol Martin Bédard (CMR 1988) is currently Integrated Logistics Support Manager for Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV), Department of National Defence.

While some success has been realized through extensive protection enhancements in mitigating the various threats, the fleet of soft-skinned and older light armoured vehicles are now either approaching or at their limits of viable economic and technical upgrade.

The TAPV project will deliver a wheeled combat vehicle that will fulfill a wide variety of roles domestically and on the battlefield, including but not limited to reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, cargo, and armoured personnel carrier. It will have a high degree of tactical mobility and provide a very high degree of survivability to its crew.


15329 LCol Tim Hall (CMR 1986) is currently Project Director and 19328 Major Justine Mumford (RMC 1994) is the Integrated Logistics Support Manager for Medium Support Vehicle Systems (MSVS), National Defence.

The aim of the MSVS project is to procure new medium-sized logistics trucks for the Canadian Forces. They will replace the current Medium Logistics trucks, which have been in use since the 1980s and are reaching the end of their service life.

The Special Equipment Vehicle (SEV) component of the MSVS Project consists of the acquisition of 1000 SEV variants that will be carried by medium Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks and military trailers, providing specific functionality such as command posts, maintenance workshops, kitchens, movement and stowage of logistical stores and medical facilities.


15246 Capt (N) Pierre Boulet 1981 (CMR 1986) is currently employed as Project Manager for the Joint Support Ship (JSS) project, National Defence.

The JSS will replace the Navy’s current Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels that are nearing the end of their service lives.

The Joint Support Ship project will procure two ships, with an option to acquire a third. The new ships will provide core replenishment, limited sealift capabilities, and support to forces ashore.

The JSS will be one of the first of the Navy’s ships to be built by one of the competitively selected Canadian shipyards, as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Military Colleges alumni in the JSS project team include 19349 Cdr Chris Howlett (RMC 1994) as the Chief of Staff and G4117 Cdr Frederick Caron (RMC 2008) as Operational Requirements Manager.


12096 LCol Jacques Levesque (CMR 1979) is currently employed as Project Manager for the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) in National Defence.

The ISSP will provide the soldier with an integrated suite of equipment that includes weapon accessories, electronic devices, sensors, individual equipment and operational clothing.

Using practical data from detailed, scientific user trials and evaluation, known as User Acceptance Performance Evaluation (UAPE), the uniformed Human Factors (HF) engineer team highlights and validates the best characteristics that should go into equipment design, handling and placement for the user.


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 5th December 2010

16598 Mr. Scott Stevenson (RRMC 1988) discussed the sustainable development of military infrastructure stemming from the Canada First Defence Strategy on 11/25/2010 at the Centre for Environment Seminar, University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. Stevenson is the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), Department of National Defence. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College.

Scott Stevenson was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) in July 2008, a post he assumed on an acting basis in September 2007. He was named Defence Champion for Persons with Disabilities in October 2009, and is the 2010 ADM Champion for the Real Property Institute of Canada.



]11511 Mr. Michael Kennedy (RRMC 1977) facilitates a variety of Executive & Professional Development (EPD) courses at Saint Mary`s University in Halifax and with Think Business Strategy in Dartmouth, N.S. Michael has a BSc in Physics, Royal Roads Military College.

Michael is an accomplished leader, educator, facilitator and speaker, who demonstrated superb leadership skills for 31 years with the Canadian Air Force. Command positions include CO 404 Training Squadron, CO CF Leadership Academy, Senior Program Manager for Flight Safety and second in command of the Maritime Warfare Centre. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level awarded by Toastmasters International(c). He has held leadership roles, won many speech contests and enjoys mentoring/coaching new and experienced speakers. Source


16542 Colonel Philip F. Garbutt, OMM, CD (RRMC RMC 1988) presented `The State of the Canadian Industry – Prognosis For the Coming Year` at the 2010 Forum of the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council. Colonel Garbutt has a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a member of the 58th List of the Order of Military Merit. In June 2010, Colonel Garbutt was promoted to his present rank and posted to Winnipeg as Director A4 Maintenance, the senior advisor to the Commander 1 Canadian Air Division on Maintenance Operations. Source


11863 LCol (Ret`d) Morris W. Brause, CD2 (RRMC RMC 1978) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Commissionaires Windsor Regional Office on 1st February 2010. Morris joined the Canadian Forces in 1974 and attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria for his first two years of University and then finished his degree in Honours History at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Additionally, Morris has completed part of his MBA program through RMC.




16642 Colonel Stephen M Cadden (CMR 1989) and is currently the Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force Central/Land Forces Central Area in Toronto.

He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984, and attended the College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean, where he graduated in 1989 with a bachelors degree in Military and Strategic Studies. Colonel Cadden has earned a Masters of Defence Studies degree and a Master of Arts degree in Military Security and Defence Policy, both from the Royal Military  College of Canada.

In 1992, he was lucky enough to marry Ms Jennifer Lawton from Montreal. In 1997 their son Mitchell was born, coinciding with a surge in the stock price of the Lego company. Colonel Cadden has completed the National Security Programme at CFC in Toronto.



9852 Colonel (Ret’d) William G.S. (Bill) Sutherland, CD (RRMC RMC 1973). In 2009, Bill Sutherland was appointed Chairman of the National Board of Directors. He is a highly accomplished individual with over 40 years of leadership and executive experience—as a Canadian Forces veteran with a record of military excellence, an award-winning senior public servant and a proven executive leader.

Bill retired from his military career in 1997 after serving as Base Commander of the Edmonton Garrison—which had grown under his command to become one of the four largest army bases in Canada. He was also instrumental in raising the profile of the military community in Edmonton and the Alberta Capital Region through significant outreach and relationship-building initiatives. More


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 28th November 2010

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Mike Kennedy remembers………

Posted by rmcclub on 21st November 2010

Mike Kennedy remembers………

22 November 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12570 Mike Kennedy

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Rewarding career in the Infantry

Posted by rmcclub on 14th November 2010

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

Rewarding career in the Infantry

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 7th November 2010

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

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

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


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

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

(Click on photos for better viewing)

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


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

Posted by rmcclub on 24th October 2010

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

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

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

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

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Where are they now? Jacques Tremblay & Bill Lewis

Posted by rmcclub on 24th October 2010

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

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

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


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

Local Masons Fundraise In Support of the Wounded Warrior Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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Brent Fisher: In Conversation with Gino Bruni

Posted by rmcclub on 17th October 2010

Gino Bruni in Quad at Jesus College

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

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

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

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

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

B: What are your impressions of the Jurisprudence program?

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

B: How many others hold senior status?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Gino Bruni”

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 17th October 2010

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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