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Victoria Edwards, In conversation: 17384 LCol Dave R. Rudnicki – Meritorious Service Medal

Posted by rmcclub on 19th February 2012

The next installment in our series of Ex cadets and other Canadian Military College graduates who have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 17384 LCol Dave R. Rudnicki (RMC 1990), who was recently awarded a Meritorious Service Medal.

Editor’s note: LCol Rudnicki retired from the CF shortly after being interviewed for this article.

e-veritas : Which Military Colleges did you attend? What are your research interests?

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: I attended RMC all four years (1986-90). I graduated with a B.A. Commerce in 1990. I can’t say I had any substantial research interests. I enjoyed the whole college experience, probably too much social and sports and not enough academics.

e-veritas: What was your main extracurricular activity while at the college?

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: A full course load at the College, along with the required military routine, allowed little time for much else. I played on the Varsity Golf team in first year. Yes we had a golf team don’t laugh! I played on the Rugby team (2-4th yr). I was a drummer with the RMC band, Pipes and Drums (2-4th year). As a member of the 400 club on the PT test, a key interest was general fitness.

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

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: My worst memory was the morning wake up song and the anticipation of it coming on. Back in my day we had record players and the recruit staff had rented large speakers to blast the music down the hallway. It was so loud that the crackling of the record player needle on the record just before the music started would wake you up. It was not the best way to start the day; the song was “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden. I think I can still sing it word for word.

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

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: In hindsight my best memories are the entire four years. I may not have felt that at the time but every year provided me with unique challenges that I now look back at with good memories and a smile. A highlight is finishing the obstacle course with my recruit flight and the positive encouragement from our 4th year recruit staff. I also have great memories of celebrating at the graduation ball with my family and good buds.

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

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: I have been in the military since graduating in 1990. I trained as a Logistics Officer in Supply. After my initial posting to 8 Wing Trenton (Supply), I moved to Ottawa where I worked within the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management where I gained valuable experience in procurement and contract management. On a personal side I am actively involved in cycling and compete regularly in local road cycling and mountain bike events. I have also completed several 24 hour solo bike races where you ride as far as you can in the 24 hours and I commute to work by bike as much as possible year around. I was also actively involved with my wife Sharon Donnelly’s (RMC 90 17324) triathlon career. She was member of the national triathlon team for 10 years and competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. We trained a lot together and I was fortunate to be able to travel to many of her events and support her over the years. While I was posted to Colorado Springs (2006-09), Sharon was hired by USA Triathlon as a part time coach as their National team is situated in the city. This eventually led to more responsibilities and she was selected as the head coach for the US team at the Beijing Olympics.

e-veritas: You’ve been back to the College.

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: In ’99, I came back to RMC for three years as the 4 Sqn Commander and EA to the commandant, 8850 Rear-Admiral David Morse (RMC 1971). I returned to Kingston as the Operations Officer at the CF Joint Support Group (2004-2006). I was then posted to US Northern Command HQ, Colorado Springs within the Interagency Coordination Directorate (2006-2009). I attended the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto in 2010.

e-veritas: What are your career highlights?

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: I served three tours in Bosnia (2002, 2003-2004). I was posted to 2 Air Mov Sqn in 2002, then a deployment to Bosnia as Movements Officer for the Task Force. In 2003, I was posted to the CFJSG in Kingston then quickly posted to Bosnia-Herzegovina for 13 months as the Task Force Contracts Officer. My key role in Bosnia was negotiating all in-theatre contract support and the stand up and oversight of the first Canadian Forces Contractor Augmentation Program (CANCAP) with SNC-Lavalin PAE for Real Life support to the Canadian Task Force. Recently, my numerous short deployments to Afghanistan managing contracted and coalition support have been a great opportunity and an honour.

e-veritas: What are you up to these days?

17384 LCol Dave Rudnicki: I am currently working at the Canadian Operational Support Command HQ in Ottawa as the Director of Operational Support Contracts and Agreements, overseeing all contract support to deployed and domestic operations. In this position I am also the project director of the CANCAP program. I am retiring on 16 Feb 12 after 25yrs 8 months of service and have accepted a position with the Canadian Commercial Corporation as a Senior Project Manager Defence Programs. It is a Crown Corporation under DFAIT. Sharon and I live in Orleans with our two children Gemma (6) and Evan (4). Sharon will continue with her triathlon coaching and assist with the set up of a Triathlon regional training centre in Ottawa in conjunction with the University of Ottawa and Own the Podium.

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Where are they now? / Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on 12th February 2012


Late in January I skated at noontime on the outdoor 400-meter Gaetan Boucher oval in Saint-Foy on a sunny winter’s day just perfect for the sport. On my first circuit I noticed a stretch of ice on the outside of one of the curves that was untouched by skate grooves, the other skaters having apparently veered away from it to cut the corner short. This patch of fresh ice gleamed and reflected the sunlight in such a way that it triggered in my mind long-forgotten images and events associated with outdoor skating and hockey, both of them important in my life. I thought of little else until reaching home and attempting to write some of them down.

Where did the skating genes come from? There is a revealing photo of my father, 1272 Kelso Roberts, taken at Christmastime 1918 in Belleville, Ontario just after he had arrived home following eight months of miserable incarceration as a prisoner of war in Germany. Still in full military uniform, he is seated with his nine-year old sister on the edge of a wharf beside the frozen Bay of Quinte, both with their skates on and obviously very content. My father had played on the 1916 First Hockey Team at Upper Canada College in Toronto (there is a picture of him on the wall where such teams are shown – farther down the hall I appear on the 1953 team).

The first picture of me on skates dates from February 1938 when I was about three-and-a-half years old. My maternal grandfather (not on skates) is holding my hand as I balance on a sturdy pair of double runners strapped over my boots at Toronto’s Forest Hill Village School outdoor rink; actually it was an irregular shaped ice surface surrounding a hockey rink in the middle. (Click on photos for better viewing)

As a youngster I spent endless winter hours there with my best friend Bill (later 3532 William McMurtry) playing shinny on the open ice outside of the hockey rink in which the bigger boys enjoyed themselves. This had its advantages. Because there were no boards, we had to keep the puck on our sticks through skillful stick handing and accurate passing. Otherwise it disappeared into the snow banks that had built up during clearing of the ice surfaces. This was also more fun, being completely unstructured. We learned well over the years and both of us went on to play on senior teams at the high school and college levels. Before that, however, I played on many lower level teams where most practices and games were out of doors.

When I arrived at the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ontario in the fall of 1953, there were only 354 cadets in all, so anyone who had a modicum of hockey talent was much in demand for College teams. Another recruit and I played on both the Junior and Senior hockey teams that first year. 3824 Len Pitura (who would captain the Senior Team in our final year) had honed his hockey skills on the frozen sloughs of rural Manitoba. We lived in the Stone Frigate, located on the edge of Navy Bay beside a large wharf. One cold winter’s night we quietly slipped out of our rooms and ran to the end of the wharf where we quickly donned our skates before clambering down onto the frozen surface of the bay. Then, under the light of a near full moon, we skated out into the middle of the St Lawrence River towards Wolfe Island. What an experience: there was no snow and the ice was fast, but it made a cracking sound in reaction to the gentle motion of the river flow below that harmonized with the swishing sound of our skates. There were no other sounds, just lights winking on the distant shores. We reveled in that surrealistic world for about a half an hour before returning.

During the 1990s I worked as a part-time consultant in Le Gardeur, just east of Montreal Island on the north shore. I was regularly away from home in Quebec City for several days at a time. During the first couple of winters I skated indoors (good exercise, but not much fun), before discovering a school with a frozen outdoor 400-meter oval. Late in the evening there was rarely anyone there, so I had it to myself. Like Navy Bay so many years before, there was only stillness and the stars all around. Afterwards, I arrived at the boardinghouse where I stayed a little weary but always exhilarated and ready for a relaxing supper.

Now, as I advance in age, I am left to vicariously relive those long ago moments as I move less rapidly round the curves of the Gaetan Boucher course – not to mention remembering former battles for the puck in the countless corners of rinks where that wonderful game of ours is played.

3918 Al Roberts



Where are they now?

8270 Sherman Embree has served as the Municipal Warden in the Shelbourn, Nova Scotia since April 2008 and has been a Councilor since November 2004. He spent more than 32 years in the Navy as an engineering officer and senior manager. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College and National Defence College. He now operates a woodlot and Christmas tree farm in East Sable River, enjoys sports and the outdoor life, and is active in the community. Sherm is married to Cindy (Pierce) Embree from the local area. They have three adult children: Sean, Renée and Lana. Source



16699 Phil Gothe joined the BC Safety Authority as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement in January 2009 and was appointed to Vice President, Technical Programs in July 2011. Specializing in Business and Organizational Development, he has led development and execution of business strategy in forest products, helicopter and heavy equipment industries. Phil began his career in naval operations with the Department of National Defense. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada, has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and obtained a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College. Source

18037 Markus Schnorbus joined Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria, in April 2009 and became Lead Hydrologist in July 2010. Prior to joining PCIC Markus was a Hydrologic Modelling Scientist and Forecaster with the BC Ministry of Environment, River Forecast Centre. He holds a BEng Mechanical, Royal Military College of Canada and a MASc Forest Hydrology, University of British Columbia. Source


23988 Gino Bruni (photo below, in uniform) is Captain of the Oxford Blues, the University of Oxford’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team. He will be leading the team in their upcoming alumni game vs long time rivals Cambridge University, which is set for 3 March 2012. The rivalry between the Oxford Dark Blues and the Cambridge Light Blues is one of the oldest in the world, with the first game believed to have been played in 1885. Click for the team home page.


Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award: Ottawa & Gatineau

Eleven people from Ottawa and Gatineau were among the 60 Canadians honoured Monday at Rideau Hall with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. e-Veritas recognized two with a Canadian Military College connection. If we missed someone, please let us know. Source.

4106 Dr. Peter Meincke

23350 Capt Simon Mailloux

If you are aware of someone from the military colleges who has received the QDJA please let us know with the source.



 A Renewed Rivalry

Bill –

It was with great interest that I tracked the West Point Game from afar this year. As much as anything, I was interested to see what (if any) level of camaraderie would emerge from the game.

As you are well aware, the rivalry had become very bitter and very distrusting in recent years. I admit to being in the midst of that distrust (and even to helping foster it).

I also vividly recall being a part of the 2005 team that was ordered to attend a “social event” that turned out be cold pizza in an empty hall with nobody other than the RMC team attending the “social”. Meanwhile, the West Point team dined comfortably with the Athletic Directors in attendance. It is hard to imagine feeling more like a second-class citizen than being treated like that.

So I am delighted that the tone of the West Point Game has changed. It had to.

I certainly hope that this is the beginning of a new, long-standing, friendly rivalry.




20771 Keri L. Kettle, CD, BA, MBA, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing

School of Business Administration

University of Miami



Retired Lt-Gen Bill Leach Named As New Chairman of Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation Board of Trustees

6454 Bill Leach  Article


Victoria couples find love in uniform

22614 Isabelle Filion and her husband 22281 Bruno Farrugia Article

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Victoria Edwards, In conversation: 14493 Col Paul Rutherford, CO 3 Area Support Group/CFB Gagetown

Posted by rmcclub on 12th February 2012

E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) interviewed 14493 Col Paul Rutherford (RMC 1985), who assumed command of 3 Area Support Group/Canadian Forces Base Gagetown on 12 August 2011.

e-veritas: I understand that you would love to serve as Commandant of RMC or RMC St Jean.

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: Yes, I would love to be Commandant if I could be so bold. However the selection of key CF leadership appointments is an intricate process involving the CDS and his general officers and it is fiercely competitive. It would be an honour to return to the College in that capacity. As a cadet, one of our Commandants was 3572 MGen (Ret’d) Frank Norman (RRMC RMC 1956) –a fine General Officer and a gentleman. I remember being very impressed that Gen Norman allowed the cadets to visit and tour the commandant’s residence on the college grounds. It was a unique opportunity to see how a senior officer and his family lived and interacted with his command team. I recall a gathering of the cadet wing in Yeo Hall, during which General Norman explained to us that it was vital for future officers of the Canadian Forces to understand that they did have rights but more importantly had responsibilities – that has always remained with me. At that time, Colonel Anand was the Director of Cadets, a true disciplinarian who made his presence felt at the College. Cadets had the opportunity to display leadership on a regular basis and to attain cadet appointments such as Cadet Section Commander, Cadet Flight Leader, Cadet Squadron Leader, and Cadet Wing Commander.

e-veritas: What were your lessons learned as the Army Adviser, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London)?

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: I very much enjoyed my time as a Defence Attaché in the UK. It was a tremendous opportunity for any serving officer to represent their country abroad. A Military Attaché is a generalist who reports on issues in country which support Canadian interests. I enjoyed developing relationships at the military strategic level between the UK and Canada to better enable the dialogue between our two countries. Within the Canadian High Commission I enjoyed working with His Excellency along with the Political, Trade, Immigration and Consular sections. It was fascinating work and the Government of Canada has excellent professionals in their High Commissions. The key issues and challenges facing the UK at the time were their Strategic and Defence Review and ongoing operations in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq. There were many social events which enabled my wife and I to attend receptions, balls, cultural events and celebrations. Although we were there to meet and greet; the conversations led ultimately to business and a network of very good military and civilian contacts. Overall a very satisfying experience as a Defence Diplomat representing Canada.

e-veritas: You served with H7860 General Roméo Dallaire (CMR 1969) in Rwanda during the Hundred Day Genocide of 1994. Did you face physical danger?

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: I deployed to Rwanda as the Force Signals Officer from June to December 1994 and the Signal Squadron was responsible to establish a communications network for General Dallaire and the UN Force. We were all affected by our experiences in Rwanda and I know that my soldiers felt powerless in their efforts to make a difference in what was simply an untenable situation. As a result many of them did experience the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Also the health risks associated with this tour were significant and varied from malaria, to dysentery, to HIV/AIDS. The displaced persons challenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo created a humanitarian catastrophe for millions. Seeing over one million people in a displaced persons camp outside the town of Goma was something I was not prepared for. There were literally thousands of people severely affected by illness with dysentery claiming the lives of many. A key lesson learned from Rwanda is the training necessary to better prepare our personnel for the unexpected. Today mental resiliency is a key consideration in the training our personnel receive prior to deploying. Although I don’t discuss the genocide frequently as it has been some years I am very willing to provide my insights and experiences but I am more likely to do so when I meet with those with whom I served in Rwanda.

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

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: My best memory from Military College is the network of lifelong friends that I made which has remained a very important part of my life up to this day. For example, I knew 14356 LCol Mike Rostek (CMR RMC 1984), who is currently the executive director of the RMC Club, when he was a cadet at RMC. Mike is a friend. I was delighted to hear that he was selected as selected Executive Director of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada in the Fall of 2011. I remember Mike as an amazing hockey player, and a fun-loving guy. At the time, the rep basketball and hockey teams generally travelled to and from games on the same bus. I recall that the rep hockey players were the prima donnas who made fun of and ridiculed us lowly basketball players; we travelled on the back of the bus. Mike and I developed a friendship after RMC, when we served together in the Army.

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

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: I joined the Canadian Forces on 1 June 1980 and started at the Royal Military College of Canada in August of that year. My personal worst memory was failing first year and seeing my fellow classmates advance on without me. That summer, I went back home, and spent a lot of time with my Dad. Rather than undergoing military and leadership training, I worked in construction in my hometown. Over time, I decided that I didn’t want to leave the College on that note; I wanted to go back to repeat first year at my own expense. I’m grateful that someone reviewed my file and saw that I had the academic rigour and military potential to come back. I always turn a negative into a positive and add that in repeating my first year I accomplished in five what most manage to do in four! I had to work that much harder, since the academic and bilingualism pillars did not come easy to me. I needed to pay more attention in class and to choose studies over social activities. As CS Commander, I was a two bar man. I had 12-15 cadets under me to counsel, encourage and command. I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1985.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the college and what are they today?

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: I was very active in the rep sports program and played basketball and water polo during my five years. Some would also say that visiting my then girlfriend in New York State and now wife of 26 years was a significant extra curricular activity. The importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle remain with me up to this present day. As a CF officer I feel it is crucial to be physically and mentally fit at all times. At 50 years of age I continue to include fitness and sport in my life, along with many family activities. Walking our black lab and Great Dane is great for my soul! I continue to play basketball with the base team and enjoy shooting hoops with my son, Trevor.

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

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: In short serving in the CF since I was commissioned in 1985. Locations where we have moved include Kingston (5 tours), Golan Heights Middle East, Germany, Rwanda, UK (twice), New Brunswick (twice), Toronto, Edmonton, and Afghanistan.

Over 32 years I served in various command and staff appointments. My formative years were spent with the Army’s 1st Canadian Signal Regiment from1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1991, I was overseas with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany as the Signal Officer for the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horst Artillery. From January 1995 until August 1997, I served on Exchange with the British Army at the Royal School of Signals.

Operationally, I was deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights in 1988. In 1994, I went as Officer Commanding the Canadian Signal Squadron for Canada’s deployment to Rwanda. From August 2006 until May 2007 I served as a Planner in the HQ ISAF in Kabul.

My command appointments include 1 Line Troop from 1991 to 1993, 1 Sqn, 11 Signal Regiment in the Royal School of Signals from 1995 to 1997, the Combat Training Centre Signal Squadron from 1997 to 1999 and 73 Communication Group in Edmonton from 2003 to 2005.

My staff appointments included Adjutant of 1 Canadian Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, G6 for the Combat Training Centre, Directing Staff and Dean at the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, and Director of Army Doctrine in Kingston.

I am a graduate of the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College in 1992, the Canadian Forces Staff College in 2000 and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London in 2009. In December 2009 I was appointed the Army Adviser, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (London). I earned an MA in International Relations from King’s College London in 2010.

e-veritas: Have you had the opportunity since graduating to return to Military College?

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: Yes, I returned to Saint Jean last year for four weeks of intensive language instruction to earn a CBC. When I was at Military College, all officer cadets undertook second language training and it had been the practice to have officer cadets alternate the use of French and English weekly when carrying out their official daily duties. I had a Francophone roommate, Francois Guilbault. Since I remembered that cadets who befriended Francophones made significant progress, I made a point of playing golf with a retired civil servant -Jacques from St Jacques. I picked up a half dozen words each week. Since language skills are a significant asset for a military officer, I regret not paying more attention in class when I was younger.

e-veritas: You recently participated in Operation Wish.

14493 Col Paul Rutherford: Yes. This is the sixth year for Sears Operation Wish, and its goal is to help connect the approximately 2,500 Canadian deployed troops who are apart from their families over the holidays. In addition, the program also adds an element of thanks for troops who have returned home from Afghanistan and other combat missions. Members of the public were invited to sign banners, which were then shipped to HMSC Vancouver; and to missions overseas in Kabul, Afghanistan; and in Kuwait. Canadians can post their video, photo or written wishes on-line at

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Where are they now…?

Posted by rmcclub on 5th February 2012

19142 E.G. (George) Forward – Commander, RCN

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Cdr George Forward joined Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces in 1989. He graduated (barely) from RMC in 1995 with a BA in Commerce and a collective sigh of relief from the faculty.

Upon graduation, he immediately joined the east coast fleet serving in HMC Ships Terra Nova, St. John’s and Iroquois before completing two Head of Department tours in Fredericton and Athabaskan as Supply Officer. Ashore, he has had the honour of serving in Alert, Bosnia, the Persian Gulf and with the DART in Pakistan.

After completing a Masters (again barely) and the Joint Command and Staff Course, he served with CEFCOM, ADM Fin CS, and with the Directorate of Maritime Logistics. He currently commands Task Force Darfur in Sudan and heads the Joint Logistics Operations Centre of UNAMID.

Somewhere in the middle of all this, Cdr Forward has managed to write four novels chronicling fictional members of the Pomeroy family of outport Newfoundland. ‘Pomeroy’s Quay’ is the first to be published.





18095 Sylvain Charlebois, Class of 1992

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is the Acting Dean and Professor in the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Regina in Regina, Canada. Dr. Charlebois is an award winning researcher and teacher. He also served as the Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Regina Campus).

His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety, and has published many peer-reviewed journal articles in several publications. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, MacLean’s, and La Presse, as well as on the Business News Network, CBC Radio and TV, Global, CTV, TVO and TVA. He is currently writing a fourth book on global food safety systems, to be published later this year. He conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food safety policies in many Canadian provinces, in the United States, Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland and the Netherlands.



19253 LCdr (recently Ret’d) Stéphane Ricard , formerly of the Directorate of Maritime Management and Support (DMMS) – Naval Engineering Management (NEM) in DGMEPM and now working with the Project Management Office – Canadian Surface Combatant (PMO-CSC) in DGMPD(L&S), received an ADM(Mat) Merit Award for his outstanding leadership of the Naval Materiel Maintenance System (NaMMs) update initiative. He worked tirelessly over a prolonged period to ensure that the many stakeholders across the Naval MA&S community were fully engaged and well informed. As a result of his efforts, a cornerstone policy document has been released that fundamentally improves governance over Naval MA&S functions and enhances ADM(Mat)’s ability to exercise material functional authority. He received his ADM(Mat) Merit Award from COS(Mat) 10573 Jake Jacobson on Nov. 23, 2011.


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Victoria Edwards, In conversation: 19171 Col Eric J. Kenny, CD – US Meritorious Service Medal

Posted by rmcclub on 5th February 2012

The next installment in our series of Ex cadets and other Canadian Military College graduates who have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.

E3161 Victoria Edwards recently contacted 19171 Col Eric J. Kenny, MSM, CD, (CMR RMC 1994), Director of Air Force Readiness, who was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal.

e-veritas : Which Military Colleges did you attend?

19171 Col Eric Kenny: In 1989 I enrolled in the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan and attended both the College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean (1989-92) and the Royal Military College of Kingston, graduating in 1994 with a degree in Computer Engineering. I am a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Programme in Toronto and earned a Master of Defence Studies from RMC in 2008.

e-veritas: You served as a 4 bar at RMC in Kingston.

19171 Col Eric Kenny: Yes, I was the Cadet Wing Training Officer, a 4 bar position on the College HQ staff, in which I worked closely with the Cadet Squadron Training Officers and college Chief Warrant Officer. My key areas of focus were dress, discipline and drill.

e-veritas: What were your main extracurricular activities while at the college(s)?

19171 Col Eric Kenny: At military college I played a lot of sports. Although I wasn’t on the rep teams, I played ice hockey, broomball and soccer. I enjoyed cross country running and social activities outside the college. When I had a break in my studies, I enjoyed going downtown with friends.

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

19171 Col Eric Kenny: For me, recruit camp was a six week long journey from civilian to military life. I didn’t have a lot of info in regards to what to expect there. I vividly remember lots of drill, classroom time for basic instruction, physical training, inspections, getting yelled at, and lots of push ups. I didn’t sleep much. Before room inspection each day we had to run four circuits around the drill square. If the room inspection went well, we had the faint hope of having fewer circuits to run the following day, but that never seemed to happen. The final rite of passage was the obstacle course.

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

19171 Col Eric Kenny: My memories from Military College center around sports and friendships made. Although everyone came from different backgrounds, we shared a common series of experiences, traditions and challenges. Whenever I bump into those who attended, we talk about old times and catch up. I also met my wife Angie during my 3rd year. We have two children, Melanie and Jason.

e-veritas: You were recently awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal.

19171 Col Eric Kenny: I was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal for my time as the Deputy Director of the Air Operations Control Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2009. I initially worked at the ISAF HQ, but moved halfway through my tour to the ISAF Joint Command (IJC HQ). We were responsible for prioritization of air assets across Afghanistan based on each Region’s air requirements, airspace management, intra-theatre airlift, personnel recovery, JTAC standards, as well as coordination of real-time air support to “Troops In Contact” situations. I was recognized for my work as the lead air planner for the creation of the IJC HQ. This was a busy but exciting time as we had just over 3 months from concept announcement to standup of a brand new theatre operational command which reported to ISAF HQ. I really enjoyed my time in Kabul.

e-veritas: You were selected for pilot training.

19171 Col Eric Kenny: Yes, after graduating in 1994, I proceeded to 15 Wing Moose Jaw and completed the basic and advance flying courses I got my Wings in the summer of 1995. I was selected to fly the CF18 but there was a long delay before starting my training, so from 1995-97 I flew the Tutor out of Winnipeg, followed by a Wing operations staff position at 4 Wing Cold Lake. In June 1998, I completed the CF-18 course and was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville as a member of 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron. I have accumulated 2800 flying hours, 2100 of them in the CF-18.

e-veritas: You were a Santa escort pilot in 2010.

19171 Col Eric Kenny: Yes, with the CF18s we have a standing commitment to NORAD which performs its mission 365 days per year; but on Christmas Eve, NORAD performs an additional mission – tracking Santa around the world. On December 24th 2010, I was one of the four CF-18 Hornet fighter pilots selected to act as Santa’s official escorts. At the time I was the Commanding Officer of 409 Tactical Fighter at 4 Wing Cold Lake. My role was to take over the escort duties through Canadian airspace as Santa made his way safely into Western Canada. My kids were pretty excited that dad got to escort Santa that year.


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

19171 Col Eric Kenny: I deployed to Aviano, Italy twice to participate in Op ECHO (1998/99), air presence missions over Bosnia, and Op Allied Force, the 1999 NATO air-bombing campaign in Yugoslavia. As previously mentioned I deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2009 for Op ATHENA. In 2010 I was appointed the Commanding Officer of 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake. I was deployed to Keflavik, Iceland as the Task Force Commander for Op IGNITION in April 2011, NATO-Iceland Air Policing. I went straight from Iceland to Trapani-Birgi, Italy as the Detachment Commander for Op MOBILE, Task Force Libeccio from May – July 2011 as part of the NATO campaign over Libya. Upon promotion to my current rank, I was then sent to Poggio-Renatico, Italy as the Commander Air Coordination Element, Op MOBILE, Task Force LIBECCIO until NATO’s Operation Unified Protector finished. I have flown a total of 32 combat missions in the CF18, eight over Yugoslavia and twenty-four over Libya.

e-veritas: What are you up to these days? How do you keep fit?

19171 Col Eric Kenny: Upon return to Canada in November 2011, I was appointed Director Air Force Readiness (D Air FR). As D Air FR, my staff and I are responsible to the Comd RCAF and the Director General Air Force Development (DG Air FD) for establishing the operational output (capacity) of the Air Force and communicating aerospace capabilities/capacity to the Strategic Joint Staff (SJS) in support of CF strategic decision making. We collaborate extensively with the SJS to maintain Situational Awareness (SA) on potential force employment scenarios/opportunities. I inform the Comd RCAF of Air Force Force Generation challenges and provide advice on the in-year adjustments to air force readiness. How I stay fit depends on the season. When the weather is warm I run or water-ski. In the winter months, I play hockey in an intersection league and downhill ski.


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The Way They Were

Posted by rmcclub on 5th February 2012

Match the graduation photo with the following statements. See the full write-ups below.

Faites correspondre les photos de graduation avec les phrases suivantes. Voyez les articles au complet ci-dessous.

“[He] is a very serious-minded cadet and a philosopher in his own way. He is straightforward and honest, with tremendous tenacity. He will brave the stormy seas to visit his sick aunt on Wolfe Island…”

“Il sera difficile de croire qu’il m’a fallu cinq appellent ‘Fil’. Quoiqu né a Montréal en 1939, il s’est vite rendu compte que les airs d’une grandeville ne lui plaisaient guère”

“Au college, son sens pratique lui fait choisir le commerce et les sciences économiques.”

“During his stay out west, he did such fun things as captain of the cross country team in second year, helping with the almost defunct college newspaper, and sampling the western social life…”

“After an impressive career at Royal Roads (where he was a member of the rep Killing Team), and a memorable summer at Borden, [he] arrived at RMC where being a member of both the football team and six squadron, fell in with what can only be described as ‘disreputable company’”

“Academically [he] was a hard worker, working his way to the top of his class in third year”

“[Il] a voulu profiter au maximum des cours offert au CMR, c’est pourquoi il a commencé en Génie, puis a fait une certaine période en Spécialisation…”

“Neither rain nor sleet nor risk could keep [her] from the slopes. Even a knee brace could only keep her down temporarily”

“It is unquestionable that his ‘role model’, Greg Johnson, had a hand in moulding [him] into the Junior Leader he’s become, but thank God he drew the line at leaving his fly-boy career for a job in the Navy. “

“… Has inspired us all since BOTC with her cheerleading skills and cheery spirit! She became the loyal friend to hit the bars with, as she was always there to dance the night away.”

“’Noir Brun’ as he was known, spent many a nights during recruit term sleeping under his bed, wearing his black cape/jacket. A word of advice: you’re not Neo, you don’t know kung fu…”

“Three reckless summers with R.C.E.M.E. and a fourth making sewer pipe in Oakville gave Phil some measure of practical engineering training and sold him on studying for a degree at U of T next year and continuing in civilian life on graduation”

“Contrary to her demure appearance, this young Willow Bunch native arrived at RMC to prove these is nothing a male cadet can do that a female cadet cannot do just as well…”

“La connaissant, on se demande encore comment son COMSEC a pu lui demander, après ses cinqs premières semaines au CMR, si elle savait sourire.”

“ ‘Omega’ left Watertown, Ontario in September of 1967 and landed on the first bounce in Fort LaSalle, where he became a stalwart intra-mural football player…”

“He was here, but he made it, and now has gone back to the fleet”

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Victoria Edwards, In conversation: 13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski – Bronze Star Medal, MSM, OMM

Posted by rmcclub on 29th January 2012

The next installment in our series of Ex cadets and other Canadian Military College graduates who have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.

E3161 Victoria Edwards recently contacted 13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski, a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and member of the Order of Military Merit.

e-veritas: Where did your interest in the CF begin?

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: I hail from a farm near Yorkton, Saskatchewan and my interests with the CF began in 17 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. In 1979, I enrolled in the CF and first qualified as a Combat Systems officer and served five years in the Navy prior to becoming a Communications and Electronics (Air) officer. In my formative years, I served as an instructor CFSCE, a staff officer at Communication Command HQ and as a project engineer in NDHQ.

e-veritas: You experimented with the “the Bryski shift theorem” while at RMC.

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: In second year, I took a class on macro and micro economics – not in the engineering stream but a required class for those of us studying to become an engineer. Thus a few of us were truly disinterested in the “Arts” subjects. So, I skipped half the class on a regular basis. I guess, I thought I was smarter than the prof by attempting to skip class without him noticing. A bunch of us sat in the back row of a deep lecture hall in Girouard building, where the exit was right beside the end of row. As the prof turned his back to the class to write on the board, the guy closest to the door would leave the room. Then, the rest of us remaining (in the back row), would shift over one seat closer to the door until all of us had departed. I guess I was somewhat of the leader, so the manoeuvre was named “the Bryski shift theorem” which was a phrase created from a computer engineering term (shift register) and an economic theorem that included the term “risky” (Risky rhymes with Bryski)! In the end, we all failed the final exam and had to remain at the College for one extra week to write the supplemental exam – where we all passed and given a mark of 51%. Prof 1 – “Skippers” – 0. Lesson learned. The ironic thing is that economics is now interesting, as well as a number of other study areas outside of engineering.

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

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: Graduation. The Class of 1983 is replete with super guys. We had a great time while it lasted, and I have made some good friends, but, getting out to the real word was something we all wanted. Our class has many accomplished leaders, both in and outside of the CF, and we remain close.

e-veritas: What was your main extracurricular activity while at the military college(s)?

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: My main extracurricular activity while at military college was partying. I like to say that I mastered the “social” aspect, which was one of the RMC pillars at that time. As to formal activities, they were the Rifle Team and Varsity Football Team. I have Bachelor (79-83) and Master Degrees (87-89) in Engineering from the Royal Military College. I am a professional engineer (Ontario). I am also a graduate of the Command and Staff Course (05-6).

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

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: I have been in the CF ever since. I have served mostly in Kingston (twice at RMC) and Ottawa with four postings each location. I have also served in Toronto twice, Halifax, Esquimalt, HMCS Saskatchewan, Comox, Belgium, New Zealand and Kandahar.

I have been blessed to have had challenging and rewarding assignments. I have also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to command at the Captain, Major and LCol rank, including my present position as a Formation commander. We have very talented personnel in the CF and I am honoured and humbled to have served with them. The CF is an outstanding organization and we have a strong team.

e-veritas: Your command appointments span the team to formation level.

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: I have been Commanding Officer of the Canadian Operational Support Command HQ in Ottawa and Canadian Forces Crypto Maintenance Unit in Kingston, ON. I was flight commander of 19 Wing Comox Telecommunication and Information Systems in Comox, BC, Detachment Commander of the annual exchange with New Zealand Defence Force in Auckland, NZ. I led the 19 Wing Nijmegen team, which won the Woodhouse Trophy for esprit de corps in 2000. Nijmegen is one of the best memories I have as it is a sterling example of teamwork. The Commander gave us right of line on the final day of the march and our team lead all 21 Canadian teams.

e-veritas: Given that you are an Air Force engineer, how did you come to be decorated with a US Army Bronze Star Medal (BSM)?

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: In 2008, I was originally selected for the Strategic Advisory Team – Afghanistan. However, at the end of our training, the mission was terminated. The CF decided to deploy us to other missions. I was asked if I would be willing to accept a post outside of my realm. I saw this as a rare opportunity and a challenge. Given the importance of the Afghanistan operation to Canada and that I have always called myself “a company guy”, I accepted. From August 2008-09, I deployed to Afghanistan with the US Army as the Chief of Staff, Afghan Regional Security Integration Command South in Kandahar, where I was responsible for integrating and synchronizing initiatives in the mentoring and development of 29,000 Afghan National Security Forces located in Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. I also oversaw the civilian development and humanitarian assistance program. I especially remember my first trip of many outside the wire, when I went to open a new school in Shah Kalay village, near Kandahar. I still recall my senses and nerves on heightened alert as we drove over many culverts, which at that time were favourite spots where the Taliban would place IEDs. Being with the US Army, I was in an Up Armoured Humvee, which did not have a good track record for survival IED blasts (compared to the newer vehicles). Fortunately there was no incident and the school opening went smoothly. Overall, the tour was both challenging and rewarding.

e-veritas: The BSM is not the first foreign decoration you have?

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: True, I feel very humbled as there are very few of us in the CF that have multiple foreign awards. In 2004, I was decorated by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson with the Meritorious Service Medal for my work in leading the initial operational test and evaluation of the NATO E-3A AWACS modernization program at Force Command, in Mons, Belgium. At $1.6 Billion, this was clearly NATO’s largest C2 program and there were plenty of challenges to overcome as the system was not performing to meet operational requirements. As far as the MSM goes, it was the inaugural year for this decoration and I was the first CF air force officer to be selected. General Jones, SACEUR was at the small awards ceremony at SHAPE and he made a funny remark when I slightly deviated from the protocol of not shaking his hand prior to kissing my wife. He stated “I am not going to get in the middle of that”, which made us all chuckle. In 2010, I joined the ranks with my late uncle Water (Para Rescue Tech), several other RMC class mates and the esteemed Bill Oliver when I was invested into the Order of Military Merit.

e-veritas: What are you up to these days? Outline your extracurricular activities.

13846 LCol Kevin F. Bryski: I am presently Commander, 76 Communication Group in Ottawa and given the scope of my responsibilities of leading approx 400 military and civilian personnel in providing national command and control information and intelligence systems support to the CF, my job occupies much of my time. I am also Class Secretary of the Class of 1983. In the past, I volunteered heavily with CF clubs and national organizations for the sports of snowboarding and windsurfing, including chief instructor and chair of the training Committee for Windsurfing Canada, but, these days my focus in my family. I am blessed with a wonderful family and without their support, I could not have had such a rewarding career. I am married to Michelle Robichaud and we are proud parents of two teenagers, both fluently bilingual, good students and well grounded. I enjoy an active lifestyle with my family and despite the onset of stone-hand syndrome, still play hockey and snowboard. Michelle and I do lots of sports together such as golf, walking and cross country skiing in an effort to stay fit and connected.

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Victoria Edwards, In conversation: 14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler – Bronze Star Medal

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd January 2012

First in a series of Ex cadets and other Canadian Military College graduates who have been recognized for above and beyond the call of duty.

E3161 Victoria Edwards recently contacted 14090 Kevin M Tyler a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.

e-veritas: What are you up to these days?

14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler: I currently serve in Kamloops, B.C. as Commanding Officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. I came to the Rocky Mountain Rangers from the Canadian Maneuver Training Centre in Wainwright, AB, where I was Chief Plans Officer and then Deputy Commander. I have served 32 years in the Canadian Forces and I keep fit by running and cycling to and from work. My wife and I are enjoying our posting in Kamloops and are looking forward to retiring in B.C.

e-veritas: What was your main extracurricular activity while at the military college(s)?

14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler : I attended Royal Roads for two years followed by two years at RMC. I graduated in 1983 from RMC in Kingston with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. At both RRMC & RMC, my main extracurricular activity was the outdoors club; I participated in caving trips on Vancouver Island, in the Rocky Mountains, and in the United States. The highlight from RMC was meeting my wife Joanne though the RMC-St Lawrence College-Queens University Choir. I have been married to my wife Jo-Anne for 28 years, and we have two adult sons.

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

14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler : I began my military career after RMC with 2nd Battalion of The RCR in New Brunswick. I have served throughout Canada and overseas, with postings alternating between regimental, training and staff duties. I also completed the Canadian Forces Staff College Toronto. Other highlights of my military career include time with the 1st and 4th Battalions RCR, instructing with the RCR Battle School in Meaford, ON and the Land Staff College in Canungra, Australia where our kids completed high school. I completed deployments to Bosnia and to Afghanistan. I enjoy reading non-fiction and am an avid outdoorsman and adventure sports enthusiast. I enjoy leading caving expeditions as part of the adventure training in various units.

e-veritas: You were awarded a Bronze Star.

14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler: Yes. I served for 13 months as US brigade staff officer in charge of police development in Afghanistan, where I was awarded a Bronze Star. US soldiers, RCMP and civilian police worked for me, as police trainers and mentors. In Afghanistan, relatively few of the police officers had attended school; 80% of the police officers were not literate in their own language. Consequently, the schools relied on hands on instruction, videos, diagrams, and posters. The training consisted as military basic training, soldiering skills and police physical skills such as securing a crime scene and the use of handcuffs. The police officers were lectured in the rule of law and the legal system. Senior police officers were lectured in conflict resolution. Professionalizing the police was an important first step. In the villages, the traditional justice system was still functioning with IMAMs holding court. Overall, though, there were endemic issues within the justice system. Prosecutors were not paid enough, and bribery was a concern.

e-veritas: Have you returned to the tour the campus?

14090 LCol Kevin M. Tyler: I had the chance to return and tour the architecture, gardens and museum of the Roads campus last summer. I remember how the campus was particularly noisy during exams since they coincided with the mating season for the albino peacocks.

LCol Tyler, left, takes command of the Rocky Mountain Rangers at the official change of command ceremony.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd January 2012

Colonel J.R. Patrice Laroche OMM, CD serves as Wing Commander, 4 Wing Cold Lake. He was promoted to his current rank and assigned to Ramstein, Germany as the Head of the Tactical Evaluation Division at the Allied Air Component Command Headquarters in 2009. He holds a Bachelors degree in Military Arts and Science from the Royal Military College in Kingston. His operational experience includes combat missions and three operational tours at Aviano airbase in Italy in 1998, 1999 and 2000 as part of operations DELIBERATE FORGE and ALLIED FORCE. He also took part in NORAD’s operation NOBLE EAGLE in the aftermath of 9/11. Over these years, he has accumulated over 2800 flying hours of which over 1800 hours on the Hornet. Colonel Laroche staff experience includes three years at NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs from 2002 to 2005 where he held various positions to include Executive Assistance to Deputy Commander NORAD. In 2007, he was assigned the position of Military Assistant to the Chief of Staff Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. Colonel Laroche is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College and USAF Air War College. Col Laroche enjoys running, sailing, golfing and skiing in his spare time. He is married to Anne and is the proud father of Natacha and Matthew.  More


Colonel Scott Kennedy, CD assumed command of 1 Area Support Group/Garrison Edmonton in June 2010. He is an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering officer who has a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. Colonel Kennedy has previously completed operational tours with the Canadian Joint Task Force Headquarters in Somalia as J4 Maintenance and as Deputy Commanding Officer of the National Support Element for the Canadian Contingent of Stabilization Force in Bosnia. In 2005 he deployed to Afghanistan as the Commanding Officer of the National Support Element and Deputy Task Force Commander during Operation ATHENA Rotation 3.   More


LCol Martin Breton, 17805 (RMC 1991) currently serves as Chief of Staff in Poggio Renatico, Italy, and Chief of Staff (Operations) in Naples. He joined the Canadian Forces in June 1987 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and received his officer’s commission. Posted to 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, he began as an aircraft maintenance standards officer. In 2009, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Staff College and promoted to his current rank. LCol Breton recently returned from deployment in Operation Mobile, the Libya mission. More

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Posted by rmcclub on 22nd January 2012




Match the graduation photo with the following statements. See the full write-ups below.

Faites correspondre les photos de graduation avec les phrases suivantes.  Voyez les articles au complet ci-dessous.

“He/she was a sailing enthusiast and, and belonged to the RMC Rifle and Pistol Club. In second, third and fourth years, he/she was on the College Pistol Team witch competed at West Point.”

“Son avenir n’est pas tres defini, mais il/elle laisse entrevoir un marriage prochain, un baccalaureate s Sciences (Genie Civil) de l’Universite McGill, suivi d’au moins trois annees de services dans l’ARC.”

“Through the years, he/she has been interested in basketball, track and field, and football, and he/she played representative basketball for both Royal Roads and RMC.”

“At RMC he/she ran, swam and fenced for the college; he/she also visited many of the night spots of Canada as a Marker representative.”

“Proud of his/her Royal Roads and Wheat Province origin, he/she voluntarily orated at length on the merits of the “Green and White: Roughies, the West and Melville – the Rail City and Home of the Millionaires!”

“Chosen almost immediately as a spokesperson for our Recruit year, he/she went on to win cross swords, a crown as well as the Queen’s Challenge Shield.”

“Sa technique experimentale lui valu bien des commentaires et tous ses partenaires de lab “debordaient” d’admiration pour ce le-ci.”

“His/her academic prowess can only be rivaled by his/her ability to fall asleep at any given time and without warning to anyone. How anyone could have gotten the marks you did but be unconscious through a majority of the lectures we’ll never know, but publish your technique and you’ll make millions!”

“Sports, fencing was his/her first love; there’s nothing like grace and violence.”

“Travailleuse archarnee, il/elle etudie toujours pour regurgiter le tout le moment venu. Parfois, il/elle le fait meme avant les examens!”

“Originating from Camrose Alberta, he/she made the voyage to RRMC for two years of hardcore weekends in the gunroom spreading his/her small town philosophy.”

“We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.”


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 15th January 2012

14330 Major-General Alain Parent (Class of 1984) (photo left) has been appointed Commander 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg, MB since July 2011 after three years spent at Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in Ottawa. The move to Winnipeg was number 12 with his wife Guelda, and sons Matthew (18) and Ryan (15).

E0280 Colin Magee (RMC 1995) is a 3rd Year Ph.D Candidate (PhD ABD) Organizational Leadership at the University of Guelph. He recently successfully defended his research proposal which will examine Leadership in the Whole of Government context. He has earned both a BA – Military Arts and Science 1995 and a MA – War Studies – Command and Leadership from RMC 2004.

He has taught DS 592 – Modern Comprehensive Operations and Campaigning, DS 581 Strategic Leadership and PSE 402 – Leadership and Ethics, at RMC. Additionally he has taught Foundations of Leadership aspartame of University of Guelph’s MA Leadship programme.

He is a LCol, infantry (RCR). He is currently serving at Canadian Forces College in Toronto, working in Directorate of Academics as instructor/lecturer primarily for NSP.

Jesse Longworth, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.joined the team at Steenhof Building Services Group in the Spring of 2010. He received his Masters of Applied Science in Structural Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. Jesse has over 8 years of experience in the field of Structural Engineering. Jesse performs/reviews assessments and structural feasibilities studies on various buildings with consideration of integrating solar solutions. He conducts construction inspections and site reviews, ensuring work is performed in accordance with original engineering specifications. He is responsible to oversee the progress of specific construction projects, cost control, drawing review, co-ordination, facilitation and documentation of project development from contract award through to construction completion.

15488 Captain (ret’d) Sean Bruyea (RMC 1986) served as an Intelligence Officer in the Canadian Air Force for 14 years and was deployed to Qatar during the first Gulf War (1990-91). It was not until 1999, three years after his release from the Canadian Forces due to medical consequences of that war, that Sean began to advocate for the rights of disabled veterans, soldiers injured in military service and their families. Since that time, Sean has written and had published over 30 articles, Sean’s first article was to make the case for the creation of a veterans’ ombudsman. He has been quoted more than 200 different instances by all national and most regional print, television and radio media. He has testified before Parliamentary Committees on six separate occasions about issues affecting injured serving and retired Canadian Forces members and their families.

 18992 Mark Zienowicz (RRMC ) is the Vice President of Voda Computer Systems Ltd., the leading supplier of computer hardware, networks and related services in Southern British Columbia. Mark’s passion for bringing the best and most innovative IT services to the Interior of British Columbia was the core theme behind the idea for Voda Computer Systems. He completed two years of aerospace engineering at Royal Roads Military College and a degree in biomechanics and kinesiology from theUniversity of Calgary.

15539 Peter Lundy (RMC 1986) is Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. He holds a BA Honours [History and Political Science], Royal Military College of Canada, 1986; MBA [International Business],  University of British Columbia, 1993. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1993, having previously served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Calgary, Winnipeg and Germany.

Since joining the Department, he has been posted abroad as Trade Commissioner in Caracas, and as Investment and Strategic Alliance Program Manager in Chicago. At headquarters, he has held the positions of Deputy Director, Central Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Division, as well as Senior Desk Officer in the South America Division and the International Finance Division. His last assignment was as Director of the Nordic, Central Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Division.

13859 Ivor da Cunha (RMC ’83) is an independent consultant with LeapFrog Energy Technologies Inc. and has over twenty five years of energy efficiency with electricity and natural gas utilities, industrial customers, and international energy agencies. He has led RETScreen workshops across Canada, as well as in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines. Mr. da Cunha holds a Bachelor of Fuels and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, and an MBA (Marketing) from Queen’s University at Kingston. He is a licensed member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and also holds the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) designation.

6593 Reg Bird (RRMC RMC 1965) is a member of the British Columbia Premier’s Technology Council. Reg is a Fellow of Royal Roads University as well as sits on the Foundation board of Royal Roads University. He is a member of the Business Advisory Board at the University of Victoria and is a member of the board of directors of Vecima Networks, a high tech firm headquartered in Victoria. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of MITACS a federal government sponsored institution and sits on the steering committee of the Information Communication Technology Council ICTC in Ottawa. Reg attended Royal Roads when it was a military college and graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Banff school of Advanced Management, BSAM, and the Harvard Advanced Management Program in Boston. He lives with his wife Susan in Victoria.

Kevin Shortt is involved in research on a new generation of laser communications system for use in ground-to-satellite communications while pursuing a masters degree in electrical engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is also serving as President of the Canadian Space Society, Canada’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to space technology development. He has worked in Canada’s space industry for over 8 years and has contributed to some of Canada’s largest space missions. From 2004 to 2006, he worked with the design team responsible for the lidar instrument on board NASA’s Mars Phoenix Scout mission which operated on the Martian surface for  5 months in 2008.

11971 Lieutenant Commander Glen Thomas (RRMC RMC 1978) is currently the Commanding Officer and Admin Officer at Can Flt Pac HQ Esquimalt and is the Fleet Rep and Treasurer at the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Center.

He is a graduate of the Royal Military College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce. He has spent 33 years in the Navy including 21 in the regular forces and 12 in the reserves. The father of Matthew and William, Glen currently lives in Saanich. Glen has an interest in badminton, tennis, cycling and hiking.



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Posted by rmcclub on 15th January 2012


Match the graduation photo with the following statements. See the full write-ups below.

Faites correspondre les photos de graduation avec les phrases suivantes.  Voyez les articles au complet ci-dessous.

“… began life in the heart of the Alberta oil well country. After his share of cowboys and Indians on location, he/she settled down to the more serious business of the Services.”

“Tout ceci lui a mérité une note parfaite sur ces évaluations militaires 30/30 et la position de grand maitre slasher. “

“… one of the few cadets who can boast of having played on five rep. teams: football, soccer, water polo, skiing and swimming.”

“His/her guiding credo has been that under no circumstances should one “sweat it,” that is, worry. He/she worked on The Marker for three years with the respect to sports, he/she has actively participated in Rep Skiing and Harriers.”

“Ottawa has sent us one of her finest sons/daughters, a Queen’s Scout, who has been found bird watching in some very unlikely places like Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Ft. William, Winnipeg and Calgary.”

“Très actif aux sports, il/elle est membre de l’équipe de High Box, ou ses prouesses font de lui un pilier de l’équipe. Il/elle fut l’organisateur de plusieurs activités d’envergure qu’il/elle sut toujours tourner en succès.”

“It wasn’t long before he/she began to show his/her academic abilities. In the first two years, he/she managed to collect two scholarships, three departmental prizes and the Governor General’s Silver Medal.”

“He/she was a star player on the RMC Volleyball team, and he/she helped them along the road to achieving a perfect season. In 4th year he/she distinguished himself/herself as a dedicated rook CSC and a member of the 450 club.”

“He/she found the most effective study hours were spent on the golf course where he/she could contemplate the world’s problems between strokes or, indeed, over a couple of cool ones on the 19th hole.”

“… it goes to show that a triple crown in prep year can lead to five bars! … this soccer god/goddess can dribble under any conditions.”

“Just give him/her a ball, puck or some form of sport equipment and he/she’ll be MVP after the first game… However, it would have to be said that his/her favourite activity he/she began in fourth year – bird watching”

“En classe, il/elle réussit très bien et espéré graduer bientôt en génie civil. Ses qualités militaires et sa performance sur le terrain d/exercice furent vite reconnues au R.M.C. et lui valurent la position de cadet entraineur d’escadre qu’il/elle détient présentement.”


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Posted by rmcclub on 8th January 2012


Match the graduation photo with the following statements. See the full write-ups below.

Faites correspondre les photos de graduation avec les phrases suivantes.  Voyez les articles au complet ci-dessous.

” … will always be remembered as a true blue wild and crazy Franco.”

“… entered RMC on an Air Cadet Scholarship”.

“Ambition – none. … is going in the Army.”

“… will be remembered as a multi-talented, generous, forever fun-loving and exceptional fellow to all.”

“… was also a very active member of the RMC Club…”

“During the summers … became quite proficient in the art of telling pilots where to go,…”

“In third year, … won the RMC Club of Canada Trophy for outstanding performances in athletics for a cadet in (his / her) year.”

“Being the only rook in the Frigate to have (His / Her) own room, (He / She) complained that (He / She) had more to clean-up than anyone else.”

” Il/elle travaille fort et ce qu’il/elle récolte est bien gagné.”

“Il/elle recherche le beau et le grand en tout.”

“… has a plethora of social knowledge that this Maritimer could never posess.”

“… competed at the World Debating Championships in Dublin.”



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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 8th January 2012

3334 Dave Wightman (class of 1954) was feted in a “Roast and Toast” recently for his 80th birthday. Dave’s multi-talented family of Tannis and 5 offspring organized the function at the Church and State Winery near Victoria BC. A lot of ex-cadet friends and others showed up to help Dave celebrate. There was a lot more “toasting” than “roasting” and Dave was somewhat embarrassed by the whole thing. Fortunately Dave’s son John acted as MC and provided plenty of “roasting.” As Dave said “he’s been doing it for years!” Dave has not slowed down much lately and is going into his 6th year of duty as Secretary Treasurer of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club. Dave and his wife Tannis moved last year to a lovely townhouse on the edge of Rithet’s Bog Park in Victoria. Dave has a couple of other volunteer jobs so walking the dog and plenty of work keep him active and reasonably fit. Dave sends best wishes to all for 2012 and beyond.

5578 Dennis McCarthy (RRMC/RMC Class of 1962), Vice Commandant RRMC 1982-85) recently retired from the position of Marketing Representative Asia Pacific for CMC Electronics Inc (previously Canadian Marconi Company). He retired from the CF in 1988 and worked on military and commercial aviation programs at CMC before taking up responsibility for marketing to all airlines from New Zealand to India. He continues to be active on Victoria tennis courts and at bridge tables while attempting to increase public participation in local political issues.

8450 Michael Newson (Class of 1970) is retired and lives in Calgary. Between volunteer work, he spends a lot of time cycling and planning his next adventure holiday.

14373 Pierre-Andre Taillefer (CMR Class of 1984) has been working as Project Manager for Bell Helicopter in Mirabel (Qc) since 2005. He lives in Laval with his wife Helene and daughters, Camille (21), Sophie (18) and Michelle (14).

12027 Alain J. Brizard (CMR, Class of 1979) (photo left) was recently elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is currently an associate professor of physics at the Saint Michael’s College near Burlington (Vermont) where he lives with his wife Dinah (Larsen) and son Peter.


13536 Jean-Noël Routhier, gradué du CMR St-Jean en 1984.

Il quitte les Forces canadiennes en 1998 après 20 ans de service. Il réside à Sainte-Julie avec sa famille depuis 1998. Toujours marié depuis 1984 à France Durand. Il a une fille Elyse (26 ans) et son garçon Marc-André (23 ans).

Il travaille avec Benoît Lalonde (aussi de la Classe de graduation 1984 au CMR St-Jean) à titre de Directeur général depuis 2001.

21143 Michael G Onieu took command of B Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in September 2010. On graduation from RMC in 1998, Major Mike Onieu was posted to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) as a tank troop leader. More

21481 Vincent Kirstein  assumed his current position in the summer of 2011 as Officer Commanding Headquarters Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). He joined the CF in 1995, where he attended The Royal Military College and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration. More

14380 Mario Tougas (RMC, Class of 1984) (photo left) has been working as Sr Vice-President of Operations for Venmar-Broan-NuTone Canada since 2004. He lives in Ste-Julie, QC with his wife Sylvie and sons Michael (19) and Carl (21).

21212 Derek Chenette was appointed Officer Commanding C Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). More

21669 Mark Lubiniecki is currently employed as Officer Commanding Reconnaissance Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). He joined the Canadian Forces in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from The Royal Military College of Canada. More

4809 Mark Egener (RMC 1960) is President of Summit Enterprises International Inc a consultancy specializing in crisis and risk management. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in crisis management and since 1995 has lead many projects related to climate change, adaptation to global warming, disaster preparedness, the management of risk, crisis and risk communications. More


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 1st January 2012

11075 Bob Gebbie (RRMC 1976) (and his wife Carolyn) co-founded TriStars Training in Victoria, British Columbia in 2004. Bob is an NCCP Triathlon Competition Coach.

His journey in triathlon started over 10 years ago when he participated in a sprint triathlon as the runner on a relay team. He has 4 Ironman finishes (Canada 02, Canada 04, Canada 08, and Western Australia 08).


24114 Will Corbett (RMC 2009) has been a TriStars Training team member in Victoria, British Columbia since 2011. He is a recent grad of the Royal Military College (where Coach Bob also graduated from many, many long years ago!) Will is now a Naval Officer on HMCS Protecteur so will be training at sea in preparation for some of the 2011 race season.

He has been racing triathlons for 4 years in Victoria and in Kingston, ON. He will be stepping up to the 1/2 Ironman distance at the New Balance 1/2 this year, plus he will be racing some shorter distance races before and after depending on his ship’s sailing schedule. The lure of Ironman Canada is tempting Will and we expect that he will be racing in Penticton in the not too distant future!



9226 LCol (Ret) Timothy Dear, P.Eng. (RMC 1972) is as an Executive Advisor to Doug Coors, CEO of Ceramatec and Executive Vice President of CoorsTek.

Tim created the firm Dear Defence & Technology Consulting Corporation (DEW), which was purchased by CoorsTek in 2008, and Tim agreed to stay on for three years. Tim remains connected with CoorsTek as he has signed on as an Executive Advisor to Doug Coors, CEO of the high tech R&D firm, Ceramatec, a wholly owned subsidiary of CoorsTek.

Tim served in the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer, a Construction Engineer as well as being both a Project Director and a Program Manager on capital equipment programs. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 and immediately joined DEW. Tim was an Officer and Director of DEW Engineering.

Tim graduated from the Royal Military College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, Mechanical and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Land Staff College, the Technical Staff College at Royal Military College Shrivenham, England, and the Command and Staff College in Canada. Tim was a previous member of the Defence Advisory Committee (DIAC) with Assistant Deputy Ministers from DND, PWGSC and IC. You can contact Tim at



3739 Major (Ret) Gerald S. Wharton MVO, CD (CMR 1958) is the Director of Ceremonies with Wreaths Across Canada. Gerry Wharton is a veteran with 32 years service in the Canadian Forces. He is a graduate of College Militaire Royal de St. Jean and served as an infantry officer with The Canadian Guards and The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He served three tours with NATO in Germany and two tours with the UN in Cyprus. On retirement from the Army, he served a further 18 years as Manager of Ceremonial and Protocol Services with Public Works and Government Services Canada. He has vast experience in the planning and implimentation of ceremonial functions ranging from national celebrations and commemorative services such as Canada Day and Remembrance Day to state visits by foreign dignitaries and state funerals.He played a key role in the repatriation of the remains of the Unknown Soldier where he was the Project Director responsible for the design and construction of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1995, he was appointed a member of the the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His citation read, “For services to the Crown in Canada.” He is a member of several veteran’s associations and is the Honorary Dominion President of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada. He was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2009. He is the author of PWGSC’s “Manual of Ceremonial Procedures,” ANAVETS “Manual of Dress, Ritual and Ceremonies,” and the Royal Canadian Legion’s manual, “National Honours.”


Colonel (Ret) John Gardam, OMM, MSM, CD, BA is Vice President, Wreaths Across Canada. He is a former Director of Cadets at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ont. John retired from the Canadian Forces in 1984. He was appointed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Canadian Agency as the Assistant Secretary General where he was responsible for a portion of 14,000 War Graves in North America until December 1992. His next appointment was as the DND Project Director for the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.In 2009, the Ottawa Chapter of CAVUNP was named after him. John has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over thirty years, and also is a member of ANAVETS.


22872 Jesse Bruni (RMC 2004) was born and raised in Calgary and has always been a huge fan of the Flames. Jesse played hockey at the Royal Military College of Canada and currently works as an Engineer for a natural gas company in downtown Calgary. Jesse is very excited to provide a Flames take for


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