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Focus on Military Staff: 21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff, Staff Officer to the Commandant

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd July 2012

25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down with 21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff, Staff Officer to the Commandant at the College.

e-Veritas:What were your expectations upon coming to the College…?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: My expectations, like many, were of an opportunity to go to university and not be in debt when I was finished as well as having a career to follow when I graduated. I had no military background so it was certainly a different world. Being in the military is always being part of a team, and having been part of many team sports and leader of other clubs, I adapted well into the team dynamic.

e-Veritas: What memories stand out for you from your time here, both good and bad…?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: The highlights included being part of the first Women’s Basketball Team, which was just a club back in 1997. We still had to do a varsity sport or intramurals, but we would eat box lunches and practice at 8 p.m. just to be part of that team.

I was the class of 2001, and another highlight was that on Grad Parade, our march on was the theme to “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The band really did a good job on that.

I was also a member of the Highland Band, which had the best away trips of any group at the College.

Another memory that stands out for me is that during my time here we lost a fellow Cadet to a terrible accident. What I remember was the pulling together and compassion of the Cadet Wing. Even those who did not know him at all reached out to those who did and tried to help in any way that they could. Like family.

e-Veritas: What do you like about working on the peninsula…?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: Nothing is ever boring here. Everyday there are changes which result in learning something new and putting that experience into my toolbox for the future.

e-Veritas: What was it like being posted back to the College…?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: Coming back as an officer has been interesting. As a Cadet, you don’t see how the College operates. As staff, I now know how much work and how many staff hours go into every pillar in order to graduate 250 officers each year.

e-Veritas: Can you describe your role as Staff Officer to the Commandant…?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: As SO, I help to keep the Commandant’s schedule, ensure all paperwork is processed in a timely manner, assist with task follow-up and coordinate and mentor the Cadet Aide de Camps.

e-Veritas: What advice would you have for the Cadets….?

21971 Capt Lesley Kerckhoff: My one piece of advice is about respect. Respect others, and yourself. ALWAYS. If the Cadets can learn just that, it will take them far.


The following are the members of the College military staff that e-Veritas has recently brough into the spotlight. Feel free to enjoy the articles you may have missed.

LCol Sue Wigg; Maj Donnie Monroe; MWO Andy Skinner

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“A Poet and an Eccentric Prof” Dr. Michael Hurley, RMCC English Department

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd July 2012

25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down with Dr. Michael Hurley, long-time member of the College’s Department of English. 

e-Veritas: Why did you decide to teach at the College…?

Dr. Michael Hurley: I didn’t. Fate did. The stars. Sauron. The Evil One. The Force. Who knows? “It is your DESTINY, Luke…” I’d been teaching at Queen’s for four years after getting a Ph.D. in English there—my line of country Canadian literature, still in the doghouse in that Dark Age— when I got a phone call outta the blue offering me a job teaching poetry to the military. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse—or believe.

The call came from someone maintaining he was the Head of the English Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. I said, “Is there such a thing?” I knew as much about this place as I do about electroencephalographic procedures in Outer Mongolia or a Dirac equation. But I did know I wasn’t going to work anywhere I couldn’t be my dysfunctional self or follow my calling, so the first thing I did, besides cultivate an attitude, was grow a big beard. My hair was already long, and would get considerably very longer over the years before Mother Nature intervened. Believing you should always bite the hand that feeds you lest you become another brick in the wall, I wanted to see if folks here had hair issues or cookie-cutter ambitions for me or Agent Smiths and Thought Police round every corner.

So, key point: I was invited to teach here, initially replacing someone on sick leave. Landing a job here, or anywhere for that matter, wasn’t on my agenda, my little radar. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” as John Lennon sings. I remain grateful to the Universe for upsetting my applecart and throwing me headfirst—once again—into the unknown. I couldn’t have landed in a better place pour moi, couldn’t have consciously chosen more wisely, little did I suspect at the time. So much for my better judgment, eh.

It’s been a wonderful journey since February 1988, one always reminding me, as Obi Wan counsels headstrong Luke, to “let go your conscious self and act on instinct.” For those in the military or academia where we enshrine a squeaky-clean rationality above all else, it may take awhile to give intuition and gut instinct their due. Einstein, not surprisingly, got it right: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Once through the Arch, I decided to remain teaching here to explore the implications of that statement and another of Einstein’s—“Imagination is more important than knowledge”—both personally as a poet and a lost soul and professionally as a professor of English.

e-Veritas: What are the highlights of your time at the College, both the good and the bad…?

Dr. Michael Hurley: The good started day one when I met those legendary avatars of the Department Tom Vincent and George Parker. Great guys and mentors who stewarded the realm efficiently and empathetically. Kudos! As every Queen’s grad employed as a sessional here is relieved to discover, the English Department is a most collegial place to pursue one’s calling. With the obvious exception of the deaths in Afghanistan of my students, the bad started this past year when Parties Unknown proceeded to gut the College as we know it by axing profs left and right, which will in our opinion affect how and what we teach here, upset the balance between the military and academic wings, and perhaps worse. It’s certainly already severely tarnished our reputation, bladed morale, and raised serious questions about governance and academic freedom, plus our continuing ability to educate cadets in critical thinking skills. Many of us fear that the College will regress, as RMC grad and historian Jack Granatstein laments, to the dark days of the Somalia era if we turn our backs on the genuine liberal arts education that study after study has stressed needs to be safeguarded here.

In the Glowing Highlights Department, I’d cite being in a position to help hire truly talented and promising professionals like Irwin Streight, Huw Osborne, Helen Luu, Chantel Lavoie and our current Head Laura Robinson. Add in awesome sessionals, folks already here or assigned to the Department—Sylvia, Erika, Heather, Marion, Steve, Andy, Brandon, Elaine and Viviane—and what a line–up! Welcoming my former student Andy Belyea as a colleague was a real joy. Since I knew some writers and artists and the usual suspects, early on I was asked to bring in guest speakers, everyone from Margaret Atwood and Timothy Findley to Jane Urquhart, plus a veritable Who’s Who of local writers, and English grads Casey Balden and John Ford. I was delighted when Principal Sokolsky started the Writer–in–Residence program with Irwin Streight’s sage guidance. More slam–dunk highlights: going on the amazing Battlefield Tour as poet–in–transit with The Three Wise Men: Boire, Delaney and Hennessey. Gold plaques should be put up celebrating these guys.

Other nuggets: helping RMC’s aboriginal Elder conduct sweat lodges. A surprise 60th birthday party! Getting email, phone calls, or visits from former students. Getting incredible support and thumbs up from cadets, profs, Majors and Lieutenant-Colonels after being arrested, jailed and shackled at the 2010 prison farms blockade for opposing what many see as injustice, idealogical bs, and democracy–bashing. Initiating a World Literature course that gives cadets a window into the cultures of Afghanistan, Iran, India, Nepal etc., places they might end up in and that I travelled to as a crazy, footloose nineteen-year-old escapee from the Matrix hitch–hiking around the planet and spreading joy.

And, of course, being the grateful recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, being put on the Honour Roll years before that, and years after again being nominated, this last spearheaded by Bus. Admin students, although I politely declined to let my name stand, there being lots of deserving profs out there.

e-Veritas: What do you like about working with Cadets…?

Dr. Michael Hurley: What’s not to like? Wade Davis, National Geographic’s Explorer–in–Residence, a guy who’s been everywhere and done most everything, is currently writing a book about RMC grad Oliver Wheeler who mapped Everest, making climbs possible. I just invited Wade to speak here, and what I suspect he sees in Wheeler—a spirit of adventure, perseverance, a willingness to think outside the box, to move off the map and the grid, to keep mind and heart and imagination open, to be what songwriter Robbie Robertson calls “a communal individual” true to oneself while playing on a team—these are qualities I’ve encountered in a diverse group of people here over the decades. And that energizes me and keeps me in the game.

e-Veritas: What advice, if any, would you give to Cadets?

Dr. Michael Hurley: I’m willing to accept advice, if not always follow it, but with my track record as a sorry-ass human being who messes up on a regular basis, I’m reluctant to offer it. But not above it: think for yourself, feel for others, trust your gut instinct, listen for and heed your calling, follow your bliss but don’t cling to it or anything, live your life, consider practicing some form of meditation or mindfulness to focus and deepen attention to “be here now,” get into trouble, brush regularly… The sort of thing you might expect to hear from a poet and an eccentric prof, whose impeccable credentials for his day job include occasional stints (or stunts) as a stand-up comic, clown, cartoonist, yogi-wannabe, and spiritual runt at retreats led by Tibetan lamas, Buddhist monks and nuns, Hindu pujaris, Sufi whirling dervishes, Zen fools and wise First Nations Elders. How could I not end up teachin’ poetry to the military?

The following is a list of the professors at the College that e-Veritas has brought into the spotlight over the last year. Feel free to enjoy the articles you may have missed.   xxxxxx


Mr. Kommy Farahani; Dr. Allister MacIntyre; Dr. Billy Allan

Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos; Dr. Ron Weir; LCol Joy Klammer

Dr. Konstantin Kabin; Maj John de Boer; Dr. Laura Robinson

Maj Bertram Frandsen; Dr. Brandon Alakas; Dr. Yahia Antar & Dr. David Wehlau

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Focus on Military Staff: 14510 LCol Sue Wigg, Outgoing Director of Cadets

Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2012

25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down with 14510 LCol Sue Wigg, the outgoing Director of Cadets at the College. 

e-Veritas: What have you seen change since your arrival on the Peninsula and now…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: From my perspective the essence of both the DCdts responsibilities and College life has not changed since I graduated in 1984, but over the last two years they have been reinvigorated. We have renewed and evolved both the purpose and the actions behind the essence of what RMCC is designed to do…provide the CF with duty ready junior officers. Through transparency, clarity and focus on the Cadet Wing as a CF unit we now have a common context and means for unified effort from all involved. There is now a tangible, real “military” meaning to the experiences of an officer cadet.

e-Veritas: Have there been any memorable challenges in your time here…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: The most important challenge has been one that is shared by all organizations. To be truly effective an organization cannot be viewed as “outside of” or “different from” its intended environment. Yet, a certain uniqueness must be maintained or it suffers from naysayers that would purport its existence is not necessary because its product can be obtained elsewhere. Maintaining that balance of uniqueness vs being identifiably part of the Canadian Forces seems to be very hard for most. RMCC is a tough environment for Cadets, Faculty and Staff alike and I would point to having to maintain balance as one root cause. There is no time to specialize in only those things you like and still be successful. This translates into the single most important lesson – no matter what your age or experience – Know yourself, know your “know-how to succeed”. Always be on top of your game, be professional, be competent and be constructive when dealing with the subjects that are not your strong points.

e-Veritas: Since you graduated from the College in 1984, you have had many postings. Was there anything in those previous postings that helped you in this one…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: My past experiences helped me to be forward leaning, adaptable, agile and most importantly, not to stop looking until I could see the essence of the issue at hand (not the superficial or the “constructed reality”). One cannot cling to a decision because it was made, one must adapt to new information all the time. Also, Rome was not built in a day – one needs strategy and patience but should not be lulled into stagnation or accept prolonged resistance to evolution.

e-Veritas: There have been a number of changes on the peninsula in the last couple of years. Given that, do you feel you’ve been able to improve the College at all, and if so, how…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: If asked “what was improved” I would say the Officer Cadets are beginning to be more aware of the power of their experience at RMCC. They are taking the opportunity of evolving their CF unit systems to obtain meaningful self-identy and control of their environment while developing the real skills needed but not taught at their next unit. They have the size, the chain of authority, the responsibility and the longevity of four years to develop relevant experiences needed for a successful life faster than when they are immersed in the more narrow perpectives that will be their role as a specialized junior officer in their next unit. The next unit is about depth in their field; this unit is about how to be successful in that environment.

e-Veritas: What advice would you give to the Cadets as you leave RMCC…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: If I was asked for advice, I would say – know yourself honestly. Examine any lack of success closely to find out how you kept yourself from succeeding. The environment is not the enemy – our approach to it is the key to triumph. That starts with self identifying our internal barriers whether they are physical, mental, or emotional and finding our own way of removing those factors that hold us back. Conversely, invest in success – “know how” you succeeded and keep improving it.

e-Veritas: Any final thoughts for the College you leave behind…?

14510 LCol Sue Wigg: At the close of my tenure I would be remiss if I did not formally acknowledge the RMC Club of Canada, the Foundation and the Ex-Cadets that were ever present and supportive of the role of the Director of Cadets in their passion for keeping the College relevant and on course. Throughout the two years there was moral, ethical, financial and leadership help from all corners. It came to me without asking and at just the right occasion. Through this experience I have benefited from what we take for granted as we make our way through our careers – we are a family. Everyone relies on those that go before them, whether they admit it or not. A direct thank you to all those Ex-Cadets in the area that come out to the events and make the effort to keep connected to our young adults in a way that helps to bridge the generations. Your energy and wisdom is not replaceable. Thank you to those that came to welcome the arrival of my successor and bid me farewell. May I always be able to act in supporting the College, as you have given me the example, regardless of where I go this second time leaving the peninsula.

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19894 Erin O’Toole: Will He Run? Late breaking news…The answer is yes!

Posted by rmcclub on 8th July 2012

(photo – Brad Lowe)

Erin O’Toole Big Decision to Make


As we were going to press rumours were rife that 19894 Erin O’Toole, a graduate of Royal Military College of Canada (’95) (photo right) currently a Bay Street lawyer is gearing up for a run at the Ontario seat that federal Conservative Member of Parliament Bev Oda is vacating.

O’Toole, a lawyer at Heenan Blaikie, is said to be preparing to declare his interest in being the Conservative candidate in the Durham riding after years of laying the groundwork in the region east of Toronto that Ms. Oda has represented.

Erin, is active in many causes, including being a prime mover behind the formation of the True Patriot Love foundation. He has served on a number of charitable and non-profit boards, including the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College.

Over the years, he has been a regular visitor to the college, most recently at the 2012 graduation.

At the reception following the graduation parade, we were part of a three-way conversation with Erin and 19218 LCdr Roman Antonicwicz (photo left). I was curious on what the connection is between the two.

With all the buzz about Erin and the possibility of him throwing his hat into the political ring we asked Roman about the connection.

“Erin and I were roomates during our first year, 1991-1992 in 3 Squadron, living in Ft. LaSalle. We were both from Ontario and got along together well.”

What activities did he get involved with?

“He was always very physically active with triathlon, swimming and cycling. He was a lifeguard at the old RMC swimming pool that used to be in the basement of Ft. Haldimand. He even played a little rugby at RMC.”

What type of activities did he involve himself in away from the college?

“Erin had a radio show called “The Pillbox” that he hosted with 19799 Andrew Chanyi on Queen’s University radio station CFRC 101.9 FM.”

Are you surprised that he may enter politics?

“ Not really. Erin was well-read and worked to keep himself informed of current events. I can remember discussing world and political events with him and 19874 Brian MacDonald currently the MLA, Fredericton-Silverwood in New Brunswick.”

Mr. O’Toole has yet to officially announce his candidacy.

Late Breaking News…

Erin O’Toole to Seek Conservative Party Nomination for Durham

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11306 Pierre Rivard received a Doctorate degree, Honoris Causa,UofT

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd July 2012

On Jun 20th, 11306 Pierre Rivard received a Doctorate degree, Honoris Causa, from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering of University of Toronto for his championship and leadership in the field of Clean Tech in Canada and internationally. The most frequent heard during that convocation was “This guy is way too young to be an honorary graduate”. During the ceremony, RMC was mentioned twice as the Alma mater of Pierre.

Following are  the written notes for Pierre’s Address to the undergraduates and a picture (Dean Pr. Cristina Amon, Pierre Rivard, Chancellor The Honourable David Peterson). (Link at the end)

Chancellor Peterson, Professor Young, Dean Amon, Professor Ward and esteemed faculty, fellow graduates, ladies and gentlemen.

I am deeply honored and grateful to be among you today.

In the next 10 minutes, I am not going to tell you to dream big, to give back, nor will I give secrets to fulfillment. Many of you are worried about finding a job, starting or restarting a career, finding your path, or building a legacy that you can call your own, after a lifetime of having been told that you are great, that you can achieve anything that you set yourself to do.

So, I would like to tell a story of achieving in the present, of embracing the unexpected, a story of achieving manageable dreams rather than achieving global world-transforming schemes. It is a story of firing bullets on the side of a barn, and then drawing a bulls-eye around each hole to explain how well one can aim. It is a story of finding higher purpose and common thread one chapter at a time. It is a story of flexibility, adjustment and adaptation.

Look where I am today.

I was admitted to the University of Toronto when I was 31.

I registered at the height of a middle-age crisis, similar perhaps to the process that led some of you to be here today.

At the time, I was serving in the Canadian Military, which was undergoing significant downsizing following the fall of the Berlin wall and of Communism, with serving numbers rapidly falling from 78,000 to 56,000 within 2 years; my 21-year military career was going nowhere fast, and I felt an urge to reassess how I wanted to spend the rest of my life and the legacy that I wanted to leave for the second half of my professional life, especially after the Military had posted Catherine and I to Toronto by force against our will. I had left home at age 16 to join the Canadian Air Force and to become a fighter pilot and ultimately an astronaut, neither of which was to happen. Military College was one way to get an education that parents could not otherwise afford for their child, and to get me started on the journey that I had set for myself.

15 years later, by going back to school at age 31, I wanted to show my children that it is never too late to change tack and pursue dreams, and that no matter how far you are from achieving earlier dreams, it is never too late to write a new chapter, including going back to school to better equip you for the next pivot.

So, I quit my job and an appealing pension and security, and embraced the opportunity that the University of Toronto offered to me, which was to pursue a life-long dream of participating and advancing what in the 1970’s was coined the Hydrogen Age. The journey ended up being professionally and financially rewarding to me and my family, although on many occasions it certainly did not appear that it would turn out to be so. The critical steps were triggered by a string of unexpected events, and by making the most of the cards that one is dealt with.

Incidentally, my parents did not attended university, although my father attended chiropractor school in Chicago in the 1950’s, before chiropractice became university-taught. My parents valued education and hard work as a life-transforming opportunity. I suggest that everyone here today did, or will, at some point reach the same conclusion. I remain grateful to this day to my parents for having showed me by example the lessons of hard work, higher purpose, and values.

In a prior entrepreneurial pursuit, I recall another pivotal string of unexpected events. My mother and sister and I had started a courier business in Québec City in the 1980’s specializing in delivering medical samples, X-Rays photos, and the like. I recall once delivering courier to a specialist doctor who happened to have attended the same high school as I did 15 years prior; I recall the look in his eyes, of sympathy that I was now relegated to delivering courier by hand, while he was now a graduated medical specialist doctor. That same day, our only employee driver had tendered his resignation, after having wrecked the Company’s only car in an accident, leaving mountains of undelivered mail in his wake. That same evening, I proposed marriage to a fine young Belgian, who turned down my proposal. That was a proverbial “bottom of the barrel”, common to any entrepreneurial life.

On being looked down by a former classmate, my mother Carmen reminded me that day that no one should be ashamed of any work, as menial as it may be, for work is central to life, as it is service to other fellow men and women. What also kept me going at that time was that I sincerely believed in the higher purpose of what our fledgling Med-Express was doing. We were not just delivering courrier, we were saving lives, as I kept reminding everyone in and around Med-Express. An important message there, for me at least, is that you have to find the social utility, the higher purpose in what you choose to do, regardless of how insignificant the job may appear to others (or even to you at some times).

In Medieval times, the best stone cutters were not those who viewed themselves as stone cutters but rather they were the ones who viewed themselves as cathedral builders, who knew where the stone that they were cutting would fit in the broader scheme of things. Alfred de Vigny in 1835, recalling Napoleonic wars, wrote that any life and work carries its own “Grandeurs et Servitudes”, and it behooves us to define each in what we choose to do. Appearing ridiculed or futile in pursuing a worthwhile cause in a day-to-day job, is secondary to leading the right cause, or making things right. As one poster that appeared on the walls of Hydrogenics said: “You become successful the moment that you move towards a worthwhile cause.”

On being spurned by a girl that I proposed to, it reminded me later in life of a story that we call in our family “l’histoire du vieux chinois”, the story of the old chinese. This zen story teaches that an event which may appear as a curse one day may turn out to be a blessing in disguise at some point in the future, and similarly that what might appear as a blessing may one day turn out to be a curse in disguise. When you are young and most of your life is in front of you rather than behind you, it may not appear to be so, but it could help to remember that it may some day turn out to be true. In my case, being spurned on proposing to a young girl led to other events that allowed me to meet and marry my wife of 25 years, Catherine Paquet, whom I continue to love more every day ever since, and whose name should appear side by side with my name on the degree conferred to me today. Catherine: Je t’aime. I should also thank my two children, Laurence and Simon, for putting up with Dad and with Dad’s dreams over the years, and for not rolling up their eyes as they let me talk my 10 minutes today.

Upon graduating today, you will embark on a journey. Whether you had defined that this journey would be prior to attending University, or whether you have yet to define what that journey will be, the important point to keep in mind is that it is never too late to get going, and that you should not wait to find a perfect match in order to get going at serving a meaningful cause or at finding a higher purpose or dreams. Put aside the video games and the facebook, and, as they say in latin, go play in traffic.

Keep in mind that your calling or your career will change two or three times or more in your life, so it is more important to get going on serving some cause, something, anything, than it is to keep searching indefinitely for the perfect start. Then, work on better defining the social utility and higher purpose of the chapter that you are writing, as it is one of the foundation of a life well lived.

In the course of my life, I have been hired, have been fired, have founded companies and have closed companies, but the common thread was that I always and continue to strive to be an impeccable warrior in service of a worthy cause on a day-to-day basis.

In choosing a calling or a career, I would encourage you to consider CleanTech and entrepreneurship . The quality of the air we breathe, the water that we drink, affect all of us equally, whether we are rich or poor, healthy or sick. We are at the cusp of unprecedented transitions in energy systems, with opportunities and threats that dwarf the opportunities found in social media, information technologies, telecom and the internet combined. The top 10 firms by capitalization and revenues on the Dow Jones index over the past 100 years have consistently been related to energy in one form or another, invariably active in a carbon-intensive way. This may continue for the next 100 years, although the name of these companies will change over time. There are people sitting next to you in this room today who will be on the front line of necessary change, who will succeed by making the attempt at finding more sustainable ways to produce and deliver an energy that will be carbon-free.

The transition will be gradual, albeit massive, as it will not be about breaking through a wall of established global infrastructure of unparalleled scale and influence, but rather, as someone once said, it is about sand-blasting and chipping away at the wall, not knocking it down suddenly.

Lead the transition to low-carbon sources, because the latter are less strategically vulnerable and more sustainable. Also consider creating your own job, if finding one proves difficult. Entrepreneurship is not innate – it can be learnt, specially if you can associate yourself with good partners as I was fortunate to have over the years. Embrace the change and the unexpected.

In closing, I would like to say that I was fortunate to study under a superb cast of mentors and professors while at U of T, at the height of their calling as educators. I have kept touch with them over the years, as they graduated a significant number of the collaborators that made the Companies that I was involved in the companies that they are today. I thank all of them without naming them for fear of forgetting one, including professor Charles Ward who taught Joe Cargnelli and I our first rudiments in hydrogen fuel cells and in the science underlying such wonderful and promising quantum mechanic devices.

As such, the University and its faculty continue to be one of Society’s best engines to solve complex problems, to create wealth, and to build a 21st century economy.

To graduating students, remember to achieve manageable dreams one chapter at a time, and find your higher purpose in the present and in the unexpected. You have an exciting and wonderful and unexpected future ahead of you.

Remember the six L’s of Long Live, Love, Learn, Lead, Laugh.

Thank you,

By: 11306 Pierre Rivard

Commencement address on receiving a doctorate of engineering from the University of Toronto,

20th June, 2012.


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Focus on Military Staff: MWO Andy Skinner, Training Wing Sergeant Major

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd July 2012

25366 NCdt Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down with MWO Andy Skinner, the outgoing Training Wing Sergeant Major. 

e-Veritas: What expectations did you have upon being posted to the College…?

MWO Andy Skinner: Truth be told, I didn’t know much about RMC before coming here. I had known others who had worked as the “DSM” but our conversations rarely if ever led to their time at the College. On the Artillery side I had occasion to instruct OCdts when they were completing phase training but I did not pay attention to their background be it RMCC or Civy University. Our focus as AIGs (Assistant Instructors of Gunnery) was geared towards every candidate’s successful completion of the training.

All that being said my answer would have to be that I expected a challenge! I understood that I was moving out of my comfort zone and that there would be many obstacles along the way. I felt that if ever I really wanted to make a difference this would be my golden opportunity. It was either step-up, take a chance to be that difference maker or shut up and find a desk somewhere to hide behind.

e-Veritas: What highlights from your time at the College, both good and bad, stand out for you…?

MWO Andy Skinner: There are many highlights from my time here at the College. It has been, to say the least, an eye opening experience. On the positive side and at the top of the list would have to be the relationships that are built while dealing with the Cadet leadership, especially those filling the position of CWTO. It really gives you a good feeling when they stay in touch after graduation. It helps to keep us on task and motivated. Showing us we really can make a difference.

Of course all of that wouldn’t have been possible if the relationship with the DCdts wasn’t strong. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both at this time. To LCol Tony O’Keefe for starting me on the right path; he pointed me in the right direction and let me go! And of course to LCol Sue Wigg who made my last two years a very interesting time! We survived the race and have handed the baton off to others to take up the challenge in our place. Her passion and enthusiasm were infectious and she taught me to understand that even though we know a lot we know so little!

On the down side would be the need to wait to see results. The College is only the beginning of a very long voyage. I am also disappointed with the fact that I wasn’t able to leave my office, walk to the Dining Hall and not have to stop and correct some shortcoming or deficiency. I guess I will have to return in the future to accomplish my dream of making it there uninterrupted, sitting down with a group of OCdts sharing a meal and intellectual conversation.

e-Veritas: What do you like about working with the Cadets…?

MWO Andy Skinner: What did I like about working with the OCdts? Good question. Okay, let me think now….. uh. I would say weekends but rarely did we have any off! Just kidding!

I liked the fact that it was always a learning experience and the fact that their desire to learn is always present. (Of course in some it was buried pretty deep, like centre of the earth deep!) Okay I digress. I enjoyed the unbridled enthusiasm, the vigor of youth, the tenacity, especially when they were able to harness their energies and apply themselves to the task at hand. I like the fact that they are not perfect although they aspire to perfection. I liked making them think about things, providing them with the NCM perspective if you will, because if they are thinking about me or something I said then I have made a difference and maybe, just maybe they will reflect later in their lives and say…..OKAY I GET IT NOW!!

e-Veritas: What advice would you give the Cadets…?

MWO Andy Skinner: If I were to provide some advice, words of wisdom if you would, it would be to say that you should never accept that where you are at is where you need to be. What the heck is he saying!? Just that the world doesn’t stop turning and that if you decide to stop and admire the view you will quickly get left behind! That change is inevitable and happiness is fleeting.

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Focus on Military Staff: Maj Donnie Monroe, Deputy Director of Cadets

Posted by rmcclub on 24th June 2012

“I have a great deal of respect for those Grads who come out the other end not just smarter and more capable leaders, but better people…” 

25366 NCdt Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down, briefly, with Maj Donnie Monroe, RMCC’s outgoing Deputy Director of Cadets.

e-Veritas: Sir, what were your expectations upon coming to RMCC…?

Maj Donnie Monroe: In coming to RMCC I was very much looking forward to being the A Division Commander. I had just finished the challenging position of leading the ATC Unit at 8 Wing Trenton and was very pleased to have been given the opportunity to lead the CF’s young leaders from the position of Div Comd. Like Air Power, flexibility is the key to being successful. Instead of going to the Div Comd position I went to the DDCdts position and without any knowledge of that job I entered RMCC with little idea of what to expect but with the confidence and energy to know I would be able to make a difference.

e-Veritas: What, sir, are the highlights that stand out for you from your time at the College, both the good and the bad…?

Maj Donnie Monroe:  Highlights, for me, are always the people; interacting with the many individuals that I have had the opportunity to work with and rely upon as DDCdts was a blessing. Beyond that, in very general terms, I’ve gained an appreciation for the challenges that RMCC graduates must overcome which has led me to a great deal of respect for those RMCC graduates who come out the other end as better people, not just smarter and more capable, but better. The demands of my job, which cost me the opportunity to  impact and interact with the OCdts from a leadership perspective, as a Div Comd does, is one disappointment I have.

e-Veritas: What do you appreciate about working with the Cadets…?

Maj Donnie Monroe: I very much enjoy the youthful energy that comes from working with the Cadets. I come from a teaching background and I see my interactions as an opportunity to pass on my experiences. In return I get a jolt of energy and enthusiasm.

e-Veritas: What advice would you leave for the Cadets, if any, sir…?

Maj Donnie Monroe: My advice, cliché as it may sound is this: don’t let failures or successes get in the way of your progress. Analyze them, learn from them, and move forward.

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Spotlight on PSP Staff: Stephane Robert

Posted by rmcclub on 17th June 2012

“…You sure as hell don’t want to wake up at the age of 40 and realize that your life sucks simply because you did what others said you were supposed to do.”
25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stephane Robert, Physical Educator / Curriculum Development Coordinator in RMCC’s Athletic Department. 

e-Veritas: Why did you decide to come to the Royal Military College of Canada…?

Stephane Robert:  I came to RMC simply because it afforded me the opportunity to do what I’m passionate about (i.e. coaching/teaching in the field of strength and conditioning). Previously I was working in a management position and, although it was still in the fitness industry, it didn’t allow the hands-on type of work I was truly looking for. Since being here I can honestly say I look forward to going to work every day – may sound like BS but it’s very true!

e-Veritas: What memories stand out for you from your time at the College, both good and bad…?

Stephane Robert: My greatest highlight was being selected as the Honourary Graduate for the Class of 2012. This proved to me that without a doubt I have something that the Cadets appreciate – whether it’s my attitude, teaching style or maybe it’s that they see that I’m truly passionate for what I do. Another great highlight of my time here has been working with the Sandhurst Team. They are some of the hardest working and professional (most of the time) individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. As for other highlights, I don’t like to sound cliché but I can honestly say that teaching and working with OCdts on a day-to-day basis is one of the best things I could ask for. And for bad highlights, I can’t think of one!

e-Veritas: You mentioned Sandhurst team, which you’ve spent a lot of time working with. How did you get involved in that, and what exactly do you do…?

Stephane Robert:  I got involved with the Sandhurst team when I was approached by the team Captain, Lt. Nick Bouchard (then OCdt). Since then I’ve taken care of their physical training which involves 4 months of daily training sessions encompassing weight training, hill sprints, longer duration runs as well as other training means while sometimes mixed with military skills. The training itself is very difficult in nature and therefore requires candidates to show up for selection already at a fairly high level of fitness.

e-Veritas: What do you like about working with the Cadets…?

Stephane Robert:  They’re young, passionate and full of energy (most of the time). It makes working with them always fun!

e-Veritas: If you could give any advice to the Cadets, what would it be…?

Stephane Robert: The absolute most important advice I could possibly give is to simply be honest with yourself. People will always tell you what to do, or who to be but if actual genuine happiness is what you want in life, then strive to find out who you really are. You sure as hell don’t want to wake up at the age of 40 and realize that your life sucks simply because you did what others said you were supposed to do.

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Some of the “buds” Currently at Sea

Posted by rmcclub on 10th June 2012

19316 LCdr Douglas Campbell - HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Campbell was born in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. He grew up in various cities in Alberta, Germany, and Ontario before attending the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, graduating with a degree in English Literature and History.

He joined the Fleet in 1995, and participated in Operation SHARPGUARD, sailing in HMCS Fredericton, enforcing United Nations sanctions off the coast of former Yugoslavia. He also served in HMCS Toronto and HMCS Iroquois for various NATO deployments. Becoming a Shipborne Air Controller in 1998, he qualified as a Shipborne Advanced Air Controller (NATO Grade A) and taught at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School until 2003, when he went on his Operations Room Officer course. Complete bio


20361 LCdr Rory McLay – HMCS HALIFAX

Lieutenant-Commander Rory McLay was born in London, Ontario in May, 1973. The majority of his formative years were spent growing up north of Kingston, Ontario, in the village of Verona, although he spent some time in both North Bay and London. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston graduating with a degree in English Literature in 1996, and was commissioned as a Regular Force Naval Officer.

He completed his initial training in 1997 and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join his first ship, HMCS HALIFAX, as a Bridge Watchkeeping Officer. He was a Watchkeeper aboard HALIFAX during OPERATION PERSISTENCE, the search and rescue and ultimately recovery operation for the Swissair Flight 111 crash off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia. Shortly after, he was attach posted to HMCS ST JOHN’S to participate in NATO’s Standing Naval Force – Mediterranean, including a short time enforcing United Nations operations off the coast of former Yugoslavia. Upon achieving his professional qualification, he specialized as an Above Water Warfare Officer aboard HMCS TORONTO and then HMCS IROQUOIS. Complete bio


21847 LCDR Blair Saltel – HMCS IROQUOIS

Lieutenant-Commander Blair Saltel grew up in Sioux Lookout, ON before enrolling in the Regular Force in June 1996. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON from 1996-2000 and received a Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) upon graduation.

Completing initial MARS training in Esquimalt, BC, he was posted to HMCS TORONTO in 2001 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf theatre as part of OP APOLLO as watchkeeper and Witnessing Officer for the Boarding team. Attaining his Bridge Watch Keeping certificate during the deployment, he then completed his Certificate of Competency Level 2 upon his return in February 2002. Complete Bio


18526  Commander Scott Van Will - HMCS OTTAWA

Cdr Scott Van Will was born in St. Thomas, Ontario and spent his youth touring Canada and the United States as an Army brat. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 as a Naval Cadet at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. On completion of his BSc in Computers and Space Science he was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1993. He was posted to Halifax in 1994, where he was promoted to Sub Lieutenant and received his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1995 on board HMCS GATINEAU.

Having completed both the Destroyer Navigating Officer Course and the Deep Draught Navigating Officer Course he was promoted to Lieutenant (Navy) and successfully navigated HMC Ships MONTREAL, PROVIDER, ATHABASKAN and PRESERVER, including a stint as the Staff Navigator for CSNFL between 1999 and 2000. A portion of this deployment included time in the Adriatic as part of Op ALLIED FORCE, NATO’s military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. Complete Bio


19255 LCDR Graham Roberts - HMCS OTTAWA

Lieutenant Commander Graham Roberts joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 through the Regular Officer Training Plan. On graduation in 1995 from Royal Roads Military College with a BSC in Earth Observation Science and Oceanography he was posted to Esquimalt.

On completion of initial navigation and seamanship training he joined his first ship HMCS ALGONQUIN in 1996 as a junior bridge watch keeper with a subsequent posting to HMCS HURON to complete bridge watch keeper training and successfully challenge his professional qualification board. LCdr Roberts continued navigation training in 1998 and completed tours in HMCS HURON and WINNIPEG respectively as the Navigating Officer. His tour in WINNIPEG included an operational deployment to the Arabian Gulf in early 2001 in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Complete Bio


19957 LCdr Greg Adamthwaite - HMCS PRESERVER

Lieutenant Commander Greg Adamthwaite enrolled in the Canadian Forces in June 1990 at Toronto, Ontario and entered Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia later that year following Basic Training. He graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in the Class of 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following initial naval training on the West coast in the minesweepers HMCS THUNDER and HMCS MIRAMICHI and the destroyer HMCS YUKON, Lieutenant Commander Adamthwaite joined the newly accepted Canadian Patrol Frigate HMCS WINNIPEG in 1995 as a part of the inaugural naval acceptance and Commissioning crew. There he obtained a Bridge Watch Keeping Qualification (BWK), his Naval Certificate of Competency Level Two and acted as ships Navigating Officer. Following Director training as a Fleet Navigating Officer, he was promoted to Lieutenant (Navy) and became the Navigating Officer for both HMCS MIRIMICHI and HMCS WINNIPEG. Complete Bio


20643 LCdr Kristjan Monaghan - HMCS ST JOHNS

Kristjan Monaghan is a true Maritimer. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, raised in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and has been living in Halifax Nova Scotia since graduating from the Naval Officer Training Center in 1998. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1992 and attended College Militaire Royale (Royal Military College) in St. Jean, Quebec and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1997 with a Degree in Business Administration. Upon successful completion of Maritime Surface Classification at Venture, Esquimalt BC in 1998, he then joined HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN in her homeport in Halifax Nova Scotia and four days later deployed for a six month NATO deployment where he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and Special Service Medal.

The majority of his naval career has been served on the East Coast, however, the majority of this time has been deployed at sea on High Readiness Ships. After successfully completing his Naval Officer Professional Qualification board, he was subsequently loaded on the Fleet Navigating Officer Course in Esquimalt British Columbia. Complete Bio


18127 Commander Paul W. Forget - HMCS TORONTO

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Commander Forget joined the Canadian Forces in 1987 as an Officer Cadet at Collège Militaire Royale de St-Jean, Québec. He later graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and accepted his commission as a MARS Officer.

On completion of his naval training, Commander Forget joined HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) in 1993. While in Montreal, he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and his Certificate of Competency Level 2. After a period of consolidation training, he was selected for training as an Under Water Warfare Officer.

After successful completion of his Under Water Warfare training, Commander Forget joined HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) as the Under Water Warfare Officer. In 1998, he was appointed as the Target Motion Analysis Instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School in Halifax. Complete Bio


16695  Commander Yves Germain –  HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC

Commander Germain was born near Montréal, Qc and spent his school years in Laval. In 1989, he received a BA in administration from Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Québec. He graduated from Command and Staff College course at the Collège Interarmées de Défense in Paris in 2005 where he received a brevet d’Études militaires supérieures and a Diplôme d’Études supérieures de défense.

Since starting his naval training, Commander Germain’s sea posting have included bridge watchkeeping training onboard HMCS SKEENA, Above Water Warfare Officer (AWWO) onboard HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC, Combat Officer and Antiair Warfare Controller (AAWC) on HMCS ATHABASKAN, Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) flagship, during Op Allied Force in 1999 for NATO operations in Kosovo. Complete Bio


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Spotlight on Professors: Dr. Laura Robinson

Posted by rmcclub on 10th June 2012

25366 Mike Shewfelt recently had the chance to sit down with Dr. Laura Robinson, Associate Professor in RMCC’s Department of English and soon to be Department Head.

e-Veritas: What made you decide to teach at RMCC…?

Dr. Laura Robinson: I began teaching at RMC in 1997, just before I finished my PhD at Queen’s. In addition to teaching first year English, I also developed and taught an on-site and distance course in Gender and Literature, my specialization. I taught courses at both universities until 2002, when I got a fulltime job at Nipissing University in Children’s Literature. In 2004/5, the head of the English Department at RMC let me know that a fulltime job was available. I was thrilled; I applied and was the successful candidate.

I feel very strongly about RMC and its mandate because I grew up in the military. My father was a LCol in the Air Force, and we moved every two years most of my life. I’ve lived in the States, Germany, and in various locations in central and eastern Canada. The military is my extended family in many ways.

I am probably the only gender and children’s literature professor in the world with the ejection seat from a CF 101 Voodoo in my office! They presented it to my father when he retired. While he was not an RMC grad, I’m sure he would have been tickled to know that it wound up on this campus.

e-Veritas: What have been the highlights of your time at the College, both good and bad…?

Dr. Laura Robinson: Oh, the highlights are far too many to mention, but I will say that our students and the professor-student ratio is one of the real joys of teaching here. Rather than trying to teach 500 students crammed into a class, we have the ability to get to know our students and teach them one on one. Our students are known to us. The English department is very lucky as we have an annual pub crawl every year, replete with t-shirts, in addition to speakers, plays, and trips to Stratford that we partake in. One of the big highlights for me at RMC was going on the Battlefield Tour.

Another highlight for me was teaching a bilingual course with Mark Benson from the French Studies dept this past year. It was called Bridging the Two Solitudes: French and English Canadian Literature. I taught English Canadian Lit in English and Dr. Benson taught French Canadian Lit in French!

One of the lowlights might be the present shaky time as the campus proceeds through workforce adjustment.

e-Veritas: What do you like about working with the Cadets…?

Dr. Laura Robinson: Our cadets are simply amazing. Almost all of them them manage to balance all the various pressures that come to bear and most often they do so with a wonderful sense of humour. I have often joked that the fifth pillar at RMC, in addition to academics, athletics, bilingualism, and military leadership, is irony. The cadets are really funny–they see the absurdity in almost everything. I appreciate the fact that they generally always tell me if they are unhappy with something. They are true leaders in that way. I love watching for the various skylarks. Brucie in a porta-potty was brilliant. The glider in the mess, while troublesome for the staff, was sheer genius.

e-Veritas: You are the incoming Head of the English Department. Speak to that a little. How did you receive the position, and how do you feel about it…?

Dr. Laura Robinson:  I am delighted to be the incoming Head. The Dean established a search committee of five faculty members from various departments on campus, including two from English. While I was the only individual who put my name forward for the position, the committee met with each faculty member in English and the admin assistant. Mine was the last interview. I was pleased to find out that everyone supported my candidacy. We have a most excellent, collegial department, thanks in large part to the work of the former head, Steve Lukits. We are a fairly young, vibrant group of faculty with innovative approaches in the classroom, cutting-edge research programs, and energy for service to our institution and profession. It won’t all be an easy ride, as we negotiate the waters of workforce adjustment, but I feel that the department has my back; we will be working as a team. I’m also looking forward to improving my French.

e-Veritas: Is there any advice that you would give to the Cadets…?

Dr. Laura Robinson: Always remember that the reputation you build for yourself at RMC is one that you will carry with you throughout your military career.

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on 27th May 2012


During the Copper Sunday services at St. George’s Cathedral on 6 May 2012, and in the presence of the RMC Colours and the Commandant, a new member of the RMC family, James Frederick Klymchuk Carpenter was baptised. The baptism was officiated by the Very Reverend Mary Irwin-Gibson, Dean.

Freddy is the son of Lt(N) Ret’d James Klymchuk and Captain Gillian Carpenter, Staff Officer Careers at RMC, and is named in memory of his maternal grandfather 2368 Air Vice Marshal Frederick “Flat Top” Carpenter AFC, CD RMC Class of 1937.

Freddy is the nephew of 5721 Colonel (Ret’d) Frederic Carpenter RMC Class of 1963, and 9044 Commander (Ret’d) David Carpenter CMR Class of 1972, and the cousin of 23736 Captain Adrian Carpenter RMC Class of 2007.

Freddy will continue his affiliation with St George’s Cathedral as he attends Copper Sunday services as a member of the RMC Class of 2033.

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Where are they now? 9999 Patrick Machaud / CF Sr. Promotions & Appointments

Posted by rmcclub on 27th May 2012

9999 Patrick Machaud: Making a Difference His Own Way

 9999 Patrick Michaud,  RMC ‘74 lives in Oakville, Ontario and currently owns and operates Templar Associates Inc., a financial services business providing personalized corporate finance expertise and management leadership to businesses. Templar Associates provides a range of services; including consulting to secure equity and equity-related capital for emerging growth companies, financial operational assistance to support initial public offerings and other financings for more developed companies, crisis management and management of change to facilitate company turnarounds to profitability, and offering operational support to companies during periods of change.

Patrick is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Consortium on Antivirals, a Canadian not-for-profit unique institution seeking to rapidly transform world-class research into low-cost, anti-infective drugs and therapies with high-impact upon global health. Of particular current interest is a for-profit company he has founded this year to develop a low-cost portable medical delivery device for the use of gaseous nitric oxide, and plans to conduct clinical trials in India and commercialize the device in conjunction with gaseous nitric oxide for use in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patient populations.

Over the past 30 years, he has served as a Chief Financial Officer to public and private companies in several industries; including media, biotechnology, merchant banking, and specialty retailing. Patrick earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (’80), a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College (’74), and has several financial certifications, including a Certified General Accountant designation.


Minister MacKay announces additional Canadian Forces senior promotions and appointments

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce additional senior Canadian Forces (CF) promotions and appointments for 2012. These officers lead the CF in defending Canada’s values, interests, and sovereignty at home and abroad.

“These promotions and appointments ensure that our Canadian Forces continue to benefit from the strong leadership that they deserve,” said Minister MacKay. “The extensive knowledge and experience these General and Flag Officers possess are essential to Canadian Forces operations and effectiveness.”

“The men and women of Canadian Forces are fortunate to have these proven and professional leaders appointed to their new posts. I also want to thank Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw for his service throughout his career and most recently for his leadership as the Commander of Canada Command,” said 12320 General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. “I am proud of all of our senior leaders as they assume their new posts. Equally, I appreciate the sacrifice they and their families make in order to serve Canada.”

In addition to those announced in March, the following promotions and appointments for CF senior officers involving Ex cadets will take place in 2012:

13337 Lt.-Gen. S.A. Beare will be appointed Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;

13718 Maj.-Gen. J.G.J.C. Collin will be appointed Commander 1 Canadian Division, in Kingston;

14274 Maj.-Gen. A.J. Howard will be appointed Chief of Transformation Implementation at National Defence Headquarters, in Ottawa;

14245 Brig.-Gen. R.D. Foster will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander (Continental) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;


14474 Brig.-Gen. D.B. Millar will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and remain Military Advisor to the Privy Council Office, in Ottawa;

13666 Brig.-Gen. S.P. Noonan will be promoted Maj.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander (Operational Support) Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa;

13260 Brig.-Gen. M.K. Overton will be appointed Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, in Ottawa;

14069 Col. M.J. Pearson will be promoted Brig.-Gen. (acting while so employed) and appointed Commander Canadian Contingent Operation Proteus, in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on 13th May 2012

Three members of the Class of ’63 recently visited Bulgaria as part of a Know the World tour through the Balkans – 5758 Michael Morres, 5949 Joe Slater, and 5937 Don Poole recently visited the Bulgarian Military Academy in Sofia, as part of the Know the World Tour. The BMA is a tri-service academy, just as RMCC is. Know the World Tours is currently planning a tour for the RMC Club (and friends) in 2013 through Bulgaria and Romania, with a cruise up the Danube to Budapest. Details and a brochure will be included in an upcoming issue of VERITAS.

3581 John P MacGowan, ‘56, attended Queens and received his degree in Civil Engineering in 1957. He spent 9 years in the Royal Canadian Engineers and had a number of postings including the Royal Canadian School of Engineering at Chiliwack, The Northwest Highway System in Whitehorse, Civil Engineering Department at RMC, UN Emergency Force in Rafah Egypt and The Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston. He left the Canadian Forces in 1966 and moved to Ottawa where he took up employment with the Public Service, initially with the Department of Northern Affairs and later with Supply and Services, Treasury Board Secretariat and then back to Indian and Northern Affairs. He retired in 1986. Subsequently he attended Algonquin College where he obtained a Diploma in Computer Programming, worked for two years and then retired a second time. In 2005 he moved west to Sidney on Vancouver Island to enjoy snow free winters and ice free roads.

5717 Doug Sinclair ’63 retired in Jan 2010 after 51 years in the workforce (if you can consider college a part of the workforce). He spends his time working on his cottage and his golf game in the summer and skiing and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas in the winter. He just finished a very successful run in The Mikado in Ottawa and will let everyone know about next year’s production as soon as it is decided!

5834 Gus Pokotylo, ‘63 relocated to Victoria eight years ago after 33 years in the federal public service at Ottawa, mostly with Transport Canada. He and Eleanor enjoy being close to their children and grandchildren and take full advantage of the city’s rich cultural life: opera, symphony and seemingly innumerable choral groups. Victoria and the Gulf Islands are magnificent; however, having owned a cottage in the 1000 Islands for many years, their hearts remain in the 1000 Islands. They look forward to their periodic summer visits to Gananoque along with summer heat, boating, fishing and warm water swimming.

6071 Mervyn Lougher-Goodey ’64 was re-elected to Town of Sidney BC Council for another three years in November 2011. He was elected chair of the Capital Regional District Regional Water Supply Commission (Victoria BC) covering 13 municipalities. He continues to volunteer with the local community organization and filed 80 tax returns for the less fortunate. Merv remains in reasonably good health as he approaches into his 70s playing tennis 2-3 times per week and enjoying being a grandfather for the first time.

10746 Ronald HJ (Dutch) Ruiters ‘75 retired from the Canadian Army after 40 years regular service in the Infantry (PPCLI) and the Intelligence Branch. Service included five NATO tours (Turkey, Germany (twice) and Belgium (twice) as well as two UN tours Bosnia (92/93) and Cyprus (78). He is currently a Private Contractor with Calien. He resides with spouse Ulla in Gananogue on the water; looking forward to his second ever Reunion Weekend.

11104 Doug Konkin ’76 is President at CollegeMobile. He is an experienced leader of technology start-ups. Prior to CollegeMobile, Doug held senior positions at several technology companies including nine years with PMC-Sierra. While with PMC-Sierra he managed the Saskatoon design center and was responsible for North American software teams developing advanced consumer networking products. Doug received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from RMC. Between receiving his degrees he served as a Signals Officer in the Canadian Army.

 M132 Jim Hutton ’79, moved from Director of College Services and Business Operations at Seneca College in Toronto, to Vice President, Finance and Administration at Cambrian College, Sudbury, ON in September, 2009. His experience includes: over 20 years as a Canadian Naval Engineer specializing in Information Technology and control systems. Prior to joining Seneca College in 2006, Hutton held a number of positions, including Director of Facilities at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, General Manager – Senior Early Dispute Resolution Facilitator for the Province of British Columbia, Director of West Coast Operations with the Canadian Patrol Frigate in Victoria, and Director of Engineering with the Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron in Victoria.

15270 LCol Richard Comtois, ’86 will retire from the Canadian Forces in Aug 2012 after more than 31 years of loyal and dedicated service. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1981 attending both military colleges in St-Jean and Kingston and graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1986. From 1987 to 1990, he served as aircraft maintenance and armament officer at CFB Bagotville and 425 tactical fighter squadron supporting both search and rescue helicopter and the cf-188 fighter. After Bagotville he was posted to 438 tactical helicopter squadron as the squadron aircraft maintenance officer for the ch-136 Kiowa helicopter until 1992. He was then transferred to 204 CFTSD to support CF-18 depot maintenance activities at the bombardier contractor site in Mirabel, Quebec. In 1994, he went back to school to complete a Master of Science degree in explosive ordinance engineering at Canfield University in Shrivenham, United-Kingdom. Upon his return to Canada, he was assigned to the director of aerospace and engineering program (fighter and trainer) at NDHQ, Ottawa. After 1 year as cf-18 technical support officer, he was appointed cf-18 aircraft engineering officer. In July 2000, he was posted to the naval aviation depot in San Diego, California, to work with the US Navy as a liaison engineer for the CF-18 program. In 2003, he was assigned as the commanding officer of 10 field technical training squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake. Upon completion of this tour, he completed the joint command and staff programme at Canadian Staff College in Toronto where he earned a Masters Degree in Military Studies. Promoted to LCol in June 2007, he served as commanding officer of the 3rd aircraft maintenance squadron, 3 Wing Bagotville. He is currently the system engineering manager for the medium-heavy lift helicopter project in Ottawa. He and his wife Lyne Beausoleil have a son Frederick and a daughter Lily-Rose. He has accepted a position with l3-MAS as the chief program for the CF-18 weapon system support organization embedded within the CF-18 WSM at DGAEPM. He is looking forward to spending time with his family on the water piloting his new boat. A depart with dignity luncheon will be held at the NCR wsm in Ottawa from 1130 to 1530 hrs on Thursday 24 May 2012.

15664 Dave McMahon, ’86 -  the two activities that consume Dave’s life these days are global cyber-security issue and extreme sports. He is the senior scientist, engineer and manager of complex security programs for Bell business markets. Dave is also a former National Biathlon champion and currently races professionally as a XC skier, and runner. He also operates a award winning independent film company and a outdoor sports coaching business with his wife.

16521 Anton Boegman, ‘88 has recently been appointed as the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (Electoral Operations) for British Columbia. He is still lucky to call Victoria home with Susan, Sidney (daughter – 13), and Alec (son – 9).

17367 Gary McMullen ’90 co-founded the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in Bracebridge, ON in 1996. He has been big supporter and a solid partner with the RMC Club for a number of years. Over the past 16 years the brewery has been operating, Ontario residents have been able to drink the likes of a Weissbier, Cream Ale, Dark Ale, and a Premium Lager, all of which continue to bring in medals at the annual Canadian Brewing Awards.  On top of running his brewery, Gary also serves as the Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers.

18498 Natalie Marchesan ’92 is the Director, Technology Strategy Network Operations Capital Management at TELUS. Following military college she became a Canadian Air Force officer navigating Hercules aircraft in search and rescue, as well as peace-keeping missions.  But Natalie came back down to earth when she returned to school at Queen’s. After graduating in 2001 with an MBA, she shifted gears and joined a strategy consulting firm and quickly expanded her business skills.

18902 Paula Skinner-Gaul, 93 was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, working in Sydney, Australia and a former officer in the Canadian army. Paula grew up in London, Ont. After she left the military to do an MBA at the University of Western Ontario, she went sailing in the South Pacific for about six months, and ended up in Sydney to get a job.  She and her husband left Sydney and settled in Rossland, B.C., where they bought the Red Shutter Inn in 2003 and started to build Big Red Cats, a cat-skiing business.

19297 Zauher Abdullah ’94 is an intern within the Department of High Energy Astrophysics at the Institute of Space & Astronautical Science (ISAS) which is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He is conducting research on X-ray Astrophysics from the Suzaku mission.

21216 Shane Daniels, ’98 is working in the Charlotte, North Carolina area as a Senior Sales Engineer for Splunk. His work experiences over the past 14 years include: Software Engineer at Hummingbird; Sr. Technical Solution Consultant PeopleSoft (formerly J.D. Edwards); Systems Engineer Mercury (acquired by HP); Saas Business Consultant HP Software; and Director WW Solution Consulting, AccelOps.


More Thank Yous & More Help Required

Once again, thanks to our our readers we have been able to make an other dent  on our list. Any help readers can provide is still much appreciated.

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

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

Class of 2002

22311 Mitch Rivest; 22473 Todd Johnson

Class of 2003

22637 Jonathan Simard-Mercier;

22954 Matthew Fullerton

Class of 2004

22733 Geneviève Bertrand -

Class of 2005

23163 Melissa Haggart

Class of 2010

24658 Laura Duvall

Class of 2012

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

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on 6th May 2012

3918 Al Roberts, ’57  (photo left) spent 11 weeks of rehearsals and then six performances in seven days of the musical Guys and Dolls this past Dec. The former Old Brigade Adjudant had the non-singing support role of Big Jule (pronounced ‘Julie’), the gun toting, gambling ‘heavy’ from Chicago. He had to shave off his beard which makes him almost unrecognizable to many of us.

4928 Gerrie Kautz, ’60 has been a consultant and author since retiring in 1998, and also co-founded a software company. He has recently become the Administrator of the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers ( He would like all fellow engineers to consider joining this interesting cross-Canada organization.

5368 Robert Frogley, ’62 is retired and living in Ottawa down by the market in a new condo. His wife Kitty and he have adjusted to the condo lifestyle -  shopping for fresh vegs in the market and doing lunches. In his spare time he golfs and does a little fishing. Visits with grandchildren 8 in total consume a lot of time -, 1 in Kingston,3 in Aurora,3 in urban Illinois and 1 in Pennsylvania. Life is good!

Pat Clayton is an honorary Graduate, Class of 1975. He served as Head Athletic Therapist at Royal Military College of Canada 1970-79. While serving at RMC, Pat Chaired the CATA Education Committee, edited the CATA Newsletter,and finally served as the President of the CATA in 1977. Pat is in his 28th year with the Calgary Stampeders Football Club and his 35th in the CFL. He is a consultant to Hockey Canada, the Western Hockey League and the Glencoe Club. Clayton also sits on the safety committee for the CFL Players’ Association.  Previous e-Veritas article

12268 Bob Coulter ‘79 joined Cathay Pacific Airways as a pilot after leaving the military in 1992. He is an Airbus A340 Senior Captain flying the Trans Pacific routes, based in Vancouver. He chairs the board that oversees the pension plan for Cathay Pacific pilots, based in Canada. He is a member of the board of directors of Victoria International Airport. Bob Coulter has 29 years flying experience in military and commercial flight operations.Bob is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College, with a BSc in Physics and Physical Oceanography. During his military career, he was involved in both maritime patrol and global transport aircraft operations. He commanded numerous overseas flights involving Canadian Heads of State and participated in air to air refueling operations in the 1991 Gulf War. Bob is an active volunteer in his children’s school and their sports activities.

13116 LCol (ret`d) Patrick Imai ‘81 is a self-taught Canadian sculptor who has carved for more than 40 years. He has dabbled in other art forms, sketching, painting and stained glass, but he always returns to carving. Patrick carved in wood until the late 90’s, when following a visit to Quebec City where he saw many Inuit sculptures, he decided to try soapstone carving. He has been a stone carver ever since. Patrick has a passion for carving bears. Folklore and commercialism have given bears human characteristics. Building on this association, Patrick works to evoke human emotions and movement in his carvings. He is a direct carver, carving without a design or model, allowing the texture and form of the stone to dictate the shape of the final sculpture. Patrick is a member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors, Arteast and Arts Ottawa East. His sculptures “Bear Reflections” and “Pondering” (shown) recently sold at a fundraiser for Languages of Life. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2011. To see Patrick’s current project follow its progress on his Carved Stone Bears blog or contact him at

13131 Mark B. Laroche ‘81 has been renewed for an additional five-year term commencing July 2012 as President and CEO of Canada Lands Company CLC Limited. Mark leads the company’s senior management team as it optimizes the financial and community value obtained from real estate properties no longer required for program purposes by the Government of Canada. Mr. Laroche holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a MBA from Concordia University. He is currently a Director on the Boards of the Canada Green Building Council and of Bruyère Continuing Care.

13663 Nicholas A.C. Mumford ‘82 is Managing Partner at GMP Investment Management L.P, a Toronto-based asset management firm. Nick is responsible for risk management at the firm. Nick has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a holder of the CFA Charter.

15519 Sandra  Macleod, ’86 shattered her Personal best (PB) by 10 mins for the half marathon. She finished just over 1:50 hrs. in the “The Good Life Toronto Marathon” held on Sunday, 6 May.

16412 Gord Clarke, ’89 recently had a book published book titled “Major Battles of the War of 1812″. It covers the major battles of the war in 5,000 words at the Grade 5 level. (suitable for engineers….) It is available on

19395 Mark Prefontaine ‘94 was appointed to the Alberta Pensions Services Board in May 2011. He is currently the ADM, Financial Sector Regulation and Policy and Superintendent of Financial Institutions with Alberta Finance. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada and his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University. He is active on a number of different committees both within Finance and in his community.

19414 Jamie Speiser ‘94 flies Griffon helicopters.  After university, she did pilot training in both Moose Jaw and Portage La Prairie receiving her Wings in 1996. She has assisted in a number of natural disasters within Canada as well as flown operational missions in Bosnia and Haiti over the over the past 16 years. She also serves as information systems officer and squadron harassment officer. She keeps fit these days by participating in Kick-boxing and volleyball. More

M0478 Christine Austin ‘00 is working as a staff accountant performing assurance and tax services to clients in a variety of industries with Kent & Duffett Chartered Accountants in Kentville, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce major) degree in 2000. She articled for two years with a national accounting firm in Edmonton and for two years with an accounting firm in Sherwood Park, Alberta. In the spring of 2004, Christine obtained her designation as Chartered Accountant.


Help & Thank You!

Thanks to the keen eyes of a few of our readers we have been able to make a dent albeit a small one on our list.  Any help readers can provide is much appreciated.

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

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

Class of 2002

22311 Mitch Rivest; 22473 Todd Johnson;  22443 Stephen Cahill

Class of 2003

22637 Jonathan Simard-Mercier; 22954 Matthew Fullerton

Class of 2004

22733 Geneviève Bertrand

Class of 2005

23163 Melissa Haggart

Class of 2006

23697 Jeffery Coleman; 23311 Joseph Doubrough

Class of 2007

23303 David Degagné

Class of 2008

23854 David Cossette

Class of 2010

24658 Laura Duvall; 24589 James Burton

Class of 2012

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

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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on 30th April 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Class of 2002

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

Class of 2003

22637 Jonathan Simard-Mercier; 22954 Matthew Fullerton

Class of 2004

22733 Geneviève Bertrand

Class of 2005

23163 Melissa Haggart

Class of 2006

23697 Jeffery Coleman; 23311 Joseph Doubrough

Class of 2007

23303 David Degagné

Class of 2008

23991 David Chee-Hing;23854 David Cossette

Class of 2010

24539 Francis Bourret; 24658 Laura Duvall; 24589 James Burton

Class of 2012

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


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