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Posted by rmcclub on 13th February 2011

From Sqn Comd to Student

By: 22562 Megan Cromarty

After completing my posting as a Squadron Commander at RMC in 2009, I transferred from the Regular force to Reserves and returned to RMC as a student. Now a Class A Reservist at HMCS CATARAQUI, I work with safety and environmental issues within the unit. In addition to my position in the Reserves, I work at a local cycling shop in Gananoque, ON. My decision to change my career path was driven by my desire to become a Pharmacist and I returned to university in order to obtain the required pre-requisite courses to apply to a Pharmacy program. I’m currently enrolled in the Science program and working on my applications for various Universities offering the program.

Not long before the transition from Regular Force to the Reserves, I became aware of the opportunities in training for triathlons that are available to military personnel. I quickly became invested into training for triathlon with the goal to become a member of the CISM triathlon team. During my first year back at RMC, I joined the Varsity running team, the Sharks swim team and cycled with a local group. As a result of consistent training and perseverance, I was able to make the triathlon CISM team this year and will be competing for a position on the Canadian race team for the 2011 World Military games in Brazil.

I don’t regret leaving my previous job in the Regular force because as a Reservist, I am still able to contribute. It is also my intent to return to the Regular Force as a Pharmacy Officer if accepted into a program and continue serving until retirement.

Previous e-Veritas article on Megan Cromarty when she was a highly respected Squadron Commander at RMC

July 26th, 2010 article



Retirement Announcement: 23454 Captain Daniel Gosselin (RMC 2006), DGMPD

23454 Captain Daniel Gosselin (RMC 2006) will retire from the Canadian Forces on 2 March 2011, after 8+ years of service. In 2002, Capt Daniel Gosselin joined the Canadian Forces as an Aerospace Engineer Officer. After graduating from RMC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, he was posted to CFB Borden for the AERE Officer Basic Course. Upon completion of AOBC in 2007, he was posted to his current position in the Project Management Office for the Airlift Capability Project – Tactical in Ottawa, where he served as an Integrated Logistics Support Manager for the Hercules J project.

Capt Gosselin has accepted a position with Bombardier Aerospace and will be moving to Montreal with his wife Chantelle. A retirement luncheon will be held on Friday 25 Feb 2011 at 1130 hrs at Vittoria Trattoria in the Market, 35 William St, Ottawa. Congratulatory messages, pictures and anecdotes may be forwarded to Capt Sharp, PMO ACP-T ILSM 2-2 at or (819) 997-8928.





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Logistics Officer New Registrar

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Photo By: OCdt Dan Fleming

Logistics Officer, New Registrar

By: 24712 Brent Fisher

On 1 January of this year, 12238 Maj Ray Stouffer officially assumed the position of Registrar of the Royal Military College of Canada. An air logistics officer by trade, and Assistant Professor of History as of late, he brings both operational and academic experience to this new role. By succeeding LCol (ret’d) Rod McDonald, Maj Stouffer continues the recent college tradition of having a Registrar in uniform.

Having been a dual varsity athlete and member of the Class of 1979, Stouffer has retained fond memories of his time spent as an officer cadet. He speaks quite highly of his two years in the Stone Frigate, as well as his graduation. Over the course of his career, Maj Stouffer had the opportunity to travel to many countries in the world as well as to all corners of this country. He held several command and staff appointments, including a posting to the Strategic Airlift Project Office. After winning a competition for a fully sponsored graduate degree, Maj Stouffer returned to RMC in 2002 to complete his PhD in War Studies.

Stouffer cherished his time spent as an Assistant Professor within the History Department, and he found this job to be very rewarding. He has enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with students, and he also noted that the opportunity to complete research has nicely rounded out the experience. Maj Stouffer has acted as the Military Assistant to the Dean of Arts as well, and this administrative experience will most definitely aid him in the transition to his new position.

When asked to describe a typical day in the Office of the Registrar, he was quick to respond that “there is no typical day.” His job requires constant coordination of undergraduate and graduate tasks, in addition to admissions and liaison work. He recognizes that the academic structure of this institution has changed greatly over the past few decades, and claims that balancing expansion with limited resources is a primary challenge for his office. Retaining high enrolment in the face of decreasing student numbers will be another obstacle he and his staff will likely have to overcome.

Overall, Maj Stouffer is thrilled to remain posted to Kingston. Already in his ninth year since returning to the Limestone City, he feels fortunate to be surrounded by such historical and physical beauty. A landscaper and jogger in his free time at home in Orleans – he explained that hobbies evolve with age – Maj Stouffer added that he has learned to live with “road-running between Ottawa and Kingston over the years. Our new Registrars prefers the more moderate climate in Kingston too.

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Simulator and the Theatre of War & From Skyhawks to Jump Start Melodies

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Simulated environment trains real crews for theatre of war

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

Helicopter crews prepare their missions in the planning room, and carry them out on the flight line. What seems like a typical day in the life of an aircrew is the result of months of planning, a maze of computer monitors, and around 40,000 feet of mixed power, copper network, and fibre optic cables.

With the help of Kingston’s Directorate of Land Synthetic Environments (DLSE), 1 Wing’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and its augementees completed a critical part of their training as they ramp up to deploy to Afghanistan – 408 THS’ third deployment. Exercise Winged Warrior (Ex WW) began as a live-flying, live-firing exercise, but was converted to a synthetic exercise in 2006. Since then, Ex WW has grown in complexity, as well as technical equipment and support. With every rotation, the Exercise Directors adapt the training scenarios from lessons learned in theatre. Ex WW challenges the primary training audience, and gives them an opportunity to experience the conditions and complexity of their first few weeks “in theatre.”

16888 Colonel Al Meinzinger (RMC 1989) (photo front left), will deploy as Roto 11’s Task Force Silver Dart Air Wing Commander. As the Air Wing Commander, he will lead all Canadian Air assets in Afghanistan, which includes CH-147 Chinooks, CH-146 Griffons, CU-170 Heron, CC-177 Globemasters 111 and CC-130 Hercules. This exercise gives him the opportunity to work with the Air Wing Headquarters staff, as well as interact with the Aviation Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Derry.

“This exercise is a tremendous opportunity to work together as a team, to function and connect before we reach the theatre of war. Allowing the units to communicate with the higher headquarters give us an advantage,” Col Meinzinger explained. “I have, in my Air Wing Command, about 30 staff. We act as the conduit between the units and the Task Force Commander. We try to enable the enablers, and facilitate what they do in order to support the troops.”

This exercise is the first opportunity Chinooks and Griffons crews have to fly missions together before they arrive in Afghanistan. With no Chinooks in Canada, Ex WW allows the crews to fly their first few missions in simulation. While it may look like one big video game, the simulation is extremely accurate. Exercise staff created a realistic environment, and what crews see on the screen is a replication of terrain and forward operation bases. Members who have already deployed to Afghanistan are impressed by how realistic the environment really is.

According to Colonel Christian Drouin, Commander of 1 Wing, “Winged Warrior is state of the art; this synthetic environment is world class. We are able to train in real time. No where else in the world is this capability a reality.”

The simulated environment costs less, as a live exercise requires the assembly of a squadron’s worth of aircraft and personnel, supporting ground troops, as well as ammunition. In simulation, the training audience also experiences a wider range of combat scenarios.

“We don’t want to overwhelm the training audience,” Col Drouin explained, “but we do want to create the fog of war, and introduce them to the frictions that they’ll face.”

It’s clear that even though the environment is simulated, the decisions and actions taken are real.

There was some foreign participation at the exercise this year; Lieutenant Colonel David Burke, from the Australian Army Aviation Corps attended the exercise as an observer, and he “flew” an Australian Chinook to help Canadian crews practice coalition missions.

“I am really impressed with this exercise. We are a very similar-sized organization, and this has been a very clever use of resources to achieve effective training. I’ve been very impressed with how you’ve achieved training at multiple levels with a live audience with fairly limited resources,” he said.

The primary simulation system used at Ex WW, the Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS 2), is actually an Australian design. LCol Burke recognizes that though they have the same simulation system, the Australians haven’t thought to use the technology in this way before.

“It really has been a worthwhile visit for me. I think we have the opportunity to learn from each other. This is one instance where you have done something really clever that we’ll be able to learn from. I’d like to think in the future that perhaps there are things that we’re doing that you can learn from as well.”

Ex WW took place in Edmonton from Jan 19 – 27. Over the next few months, personnel deploying on Roto 11 will undergo further pre-deployment training, as well as the confirmation exercises with JTF(Afg) HQ on Exercise Unified Warrior in Kingston.


From Skyhawks to Jump Start Melodies

Since graduation, 19794 Julie Brazeau (RMC 1996) spent 11 years with the Artillery. As a gunner of D Bty 2 RCHA, she parachuted with the Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton California. Then, in 2000 she joined the SkyHawks and gained the distinction of the 3rd female to become a SkyHawk since the team’s inception in 1971. She stayed with the team until the end of the 2001 season.

Julie became a Public Affairs Officer in 2002, and went on tour to Bosnia a year later. While in Toronto she met her husband Ashley Misquitta and they now have boy/girl twins who are 2 years old.

“Those two make me laugh every day,” she said “it was because of them that I decided to quit my full-time army job and start a business that has me working from home.”

Over a year ago, Julie discovered a phenomenal piano learning method (that originates from Australia) that has students playing pop, blues, jazz and classical music right from their very first lessons. After a year of lessons, she is able to play over 55 songs of all genres. Recently, she opened up a piano studio out of her home called “Jump Start Melodies” and she now teaches using the Simply Music method.

Does she miss the army? The truth is, she never left the army. “I think I’ve been in the CF so long that I’m reluctant to quit cold turkey,” she laughed. “I think I’ll stay around for a while and contribute as a Reservist.”

Julie became a Class A reservist for 32 Canadian Brigade Group and continues to parade once a week, helping out the Public Affairs office. She calls this a “balanced” lifestyle.

Julie Misquitta

Jump Start Melodies

(416) 452-3355

Simply Music is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens, adults and seniors, playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment pieces – immediately, from their very first lessons.


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Victoria Edwards In Conversation: M148 Glenn Naldrett (RRMC RMC 1981)

Posted by rmcclub on 30th January 2011

Victoria Edwards recently had the opportunity to communicate with M148  Colonel Glenn Naldrett (RRMC RMC 1981).  Glenn was a UTPM and has had a very interesting 30 year career with the Canadian Forces.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Regina SK. My father was in the RCAF so I was raised at various RCAF Stns across MB and SK – we finally settled down in Regina where my father retired and I finished High School.

What is your official title? / job description?

I am the 1 Cdn Air Div, A1 responsible for a wide spectrum of personnel functions supporting the Air Forces RegF, PRes and Public Servant work forces.

How long have you served with DND/CF – Where? What positions?

I joined the RegF in 1972 as an NCM and served in various administrative support positions with the Air Force in Moose Jaw, Edmonton and with the Army in Calgary. In 1981 after graduating from RMC under the UTPM plan, I was assigned to a wide spectrum of positions from Chief Admin Officer at CFS Alsask (LRR station) to OUTCAN Admin O for the CF 18 WSSF at NWC China Lake, Ca, to Staff Officer/Project Manager (SINREP) NDHQ, and BPAdmin O/BPSvcs O appointments at CFB Cold Lake and CFB (17 Wg) Winnipeg. In 1996 I CT’d to the SR then CT’d to the PRes in 2000 where I took up various appointments at 1 Cdn Air Div HQs as A1 PersAdmin, A1 Pers Ops and Coord, A1 Pers and Msn Sp Coord.

I understand you attended RMC as a cadet? When did you graduate, and what was your degree?

I started my time as a Gentleman Cadet at RRMC Victoria for the first two years of my degree, then completed the final two years of my BA (Commerce major) at RMC in 1981.

What drew you to RMC when you applied to attend?

Actually when I applied for UTPM, I had been accepted at the University of Saskatchewan for my degree program. The offer of a CMC was a bit of an unexpected shock however once introduced into the CMC curriculum and student body, I found that the education and officer PD was second to none and thus became most thankful for the opportunity to have attended both RRMC and RMC.

Can you tell me about some of your experiences at the college? The most memorable – the ones you’re most glad to leave behind?

Many great experiences at the colleges and some of the most vivid reflected around the comradeship between ROTP and UTPM cadets whether it be on the academic, social or competitive side. Having been married and raising two young children while going to College, I was most thankful to leave behind weekend Comdt’s Parades as these events, though important, did drain the limited time I could spend with my family.

Is there a history of military members in your family?

Yes for sure. On my father’s side, my Grandfather served with the PPCLI overseas during WW I and with the Home Guard in WW II; my father was in the RCNVR during WW II and served in the RCAF post war. On my mother’s side, her father served as a musician with the RCAF during WW II.

Where were you first posted out of RMC?

I was extremely fortunate to be posted as the Chief Administration Officer at the LRR station at CFS Alsask where I served for three years.

Have you been on any deployments? If so, can you tell me a bit about your experiences either overseas or at the unit level?

I have had two significant OUTCAN experiences. The first appointed as the Det Cdr for the CF Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force Exchange (CANZEX) for a nine week period where 35 CF members “swapped” positions with RNZAF counterparts – it was an exceptional opportunity to serve in similar yet somewhat unique Air Force environment. My second experience was being deployed to Op ATHENA where I served as the NATO Chief J1 at Kandahar Air Field for a six month tour: an amazing experience working in a coalition force environment – one which will not soon be forgotten.

What has been one of the proudest moments in your career so far?

I suggest after having been relative “domestic” throughout my service career, I would have to say that completing the deployment to KAF to be one of my biggest career highlights and proudest times. It was the final culmination and full test of over 30 years of training and experience put into practical use in a dangerous theatre of operations.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

No, thank you.

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd January 2011

Gino Bruni, Rhodes Scholar – Mixing Time in the Books with Hockey at Oxford


Gino Bruni never played a game with the RMC varsity team during his five years of OUA eligibility.

The Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP) Officer Cadet (Air Force logistics) did try out for the hockey Paladins in I Year. He was a late cut with a team that was “loaded” with Special Interest Students – non cadets.

The party line at the time was – “RMC is evolving” – the questionable justification for using non cadets with the varsity teams. A few years later a college policy was implemented to permit only 25% of non-cadets to comprise a varsity team. If that policy was in effect during his I & II years, in all likelihood he would have evolved into a 2nd or 3rd line forward (or better) through his time at RMC.

The closest Gino came to participating with the varsity team was during II year when he “volunteered” to be the team equipment manager – by far the most thankless job with a competitive hockey team.

Gino went off to Gananoque and played Jr “B” along with three or four other officer cadets during III Year.

His hockey playing during his six years at RMC also comprised of:

Playing IMs. He won two championships with 8 Squadron, and was the chosen MVP in one of those years.

He also played on the RMC team in the CFB Kingston Intersection League, while completing a Masters Degree. Gino was the leading scorer in the league in the 1st year and his team won the championship in the 2nd year.

CFB Kingston organized a Civilian-Army-AirForce-Navy 4 team hockey tournament in 2010; he was chosen the MVP of the Civilian team. (At the time Gino was considered a “civilian” while completing his Masters Degree.)

His passion for hockey was evident when he was a regular at the Constantine Arena noon hour shinny sessions from September to April, for two years. He rarely missed a day!

Fast forward to the 2010 – 2011 school year & hockey season ; Gino Bruni is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford! Most readers are aware of the Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil Rhodes; it is widely considered the “world’s most prestigious scholarship”.

Gino left Canada near the end of September for Oxford. His first term is already completed. He is studying Law – his father, Mike, and mother Janice, are successful and highly respected lawyers in Alberta.

Gino was home in Calgary over the recent holidays and told us. “In terms of the university life, the biggest challenge is balancing school commitments with hockey and having a social life.”

In addition to having his nose to the grindstone – buried in Law Books – surprise, surprise he is playing varsity hockey for the Oxford Blues!

Famous Alumni (from the Oxford hockey Blues team) include Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson (former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Rt. Hon. Roland Michener (Governor-General of Canada), Hon. Dr. George Stanley (Designer of the Canadian flag & of course, former RMC Faculty) and Clarence Campbell (former NHL President).

“Hockey is a lot of fun and there is a great group of guys made up of mostly Americans, Canadians and even some Brits”, Gino told us through a recent e-mail.

In their second match of the season, Gino Bruni put forth a stellar performance, netting six goals and three assists as his Blues defeated Cardiff 17-3. The varsity schedule at Oxford consists of about a dozen games.

The “Blues”  just recently returned from a six day trip through Munich, Prague, and Berlin. This past Saturday night (22 January) they lost to one of their main rivals University of London “Dragoons” 6-3.

Through our recent communications we asked Gino what it was like playing hockey at Oxford.

“Being on the hockey team in Oxford is not what you think. Many people at the university are shocked to hear there is an ‘ice’ hockey team at Oxford.” He went on to add. “The ice rink is 95 percent public skating so our games are usually starting near midnight. Our rink has no glass; there is only a curtain to stop the puck above the boards.”

In closing, he made a point of telling us, “My goal will be to try and focus on doing more outside of school this term as it’s easy to get sucked into studying all the time!”


11088 Captain Howard Hisdal (RRMC RMC 1976) first became interested in Canada’s peacekeeping efforts in 1962 when his father went away to Egypt to serve for a year on the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). Howard later joined the Canadian Forces and got his first degree at Royal Military College in Kingston. He served as an infantry officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment. Then he resumed his academic career by going to UBC to become a high school teacher, later going to Carleton University to earn a Master of Arts degree in Canadian history.

When Howard moved to Kelowna in 1994 he rejoined the Canadian Forces and became an armoured officer in the British Columbia Dragoons, an army reserve regiment. Howard now has 21 years of military service and has been teaching in the history department at Okanagan College since 2005. He has recruited and trained soldiers who have served in Bosnia and in Afghanistan, some in both places. He is still a serving officer as well as a professor at Okanagan College. Mr. Hisdal provided an overview of Canada’s peacekeeping efforts in the past half century on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm the ongoing Okanagan Institute Express series at the Okanagan College Theatre. Source


Sergeant Alexandre Doucette served as officer cadet instructor at CMR Saint-Jean 1960-5

Alexandre Doucette was born on March 13, 1926 in Pointe Verte, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the Canadian Army in the summer of 1943, in Quebec, at the age of 17. It was the call for adventure which prompted his enlistment, and in May of 1951 he left Canada to serve in the Korean War with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. After the Korean War, Mr. Doucette served in the Infantry School at Camp Borden, Ontario. From 1948 to 1950, he was an army cadet instructor in New Brunswick. In 1950, he rejoined his regiment and spent six months training at Fort Lewis in the United States before leaving for Korea. Mr. Doucette served as a Sergeant during the Korean War. He will never forget witnessing the near death of a young soldier he went to school with, and an incident which caused many injuries, both serious and minor. Mr. Doucette is happy to have had the opportunity to see what conditions the South Koreans were living, and to be able to visit Japan on two occasions. He will never forget the feeling of accomplishment and participation in the war. From 1960 to 1965, Mr. Doucette was an officer cadet instructor at Saint-Jean Military College in Quebec. In 1965, he rejoined his regiment and was deployed to Germany with NATO forces for two years. Mr. Doucette retired from the Canadian Forces in December of 1970. He was then employed with Pratt & Whitney Canada in Longveuil, Quebec as a supervisor of distribution of pay and mail, and as the maintenance supervisor. Mr. Doucette retired on March 31, 1991. Since his retirement in 1991, Mr. Doucette enjoys golfing, gardening, and reading. He is a member of the Royal 22e Régiment Association, a life member of the Vanier Foundation, and a member of the Quebec Citadel Royal 22e Regiment. Mr. Doucette lives in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, with his wife Juliette. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Alexandre Doucette est né à Pointe-Verte, au Nouveau-Brunswick, le 13 mars 1926. Poussé par le goût de l’aventure, M. Doucette s’enrôle à Québec au cours de l’été 1943; il n’a alors que 17 ans. Après la guerre, M. Doucette sert à l’école d’infanterie au camp Borden, en Ontario. Entre 1948 et 1950, il est instructeur pour les corps de cadets de l’armée du Nouveau-Brunswick. En 1950, il rejoint son régiment et passe six mois à Fort Lewis, aux États-Unis, pour un entraînement avant le départ pour la Corée. En mai 1951, il quitte le Canada pour servir en Corée au sein du 2e bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment. Monsieur Doucette est sergent pendant la guerre de Corée. Jamais il n’oubliera ce jeune soldat, avec qui il est allé à l’école, pratiquement mourir sous ses yeux ni cet incident qui a causé de nombreuses blessures, graves et moins graves. M. Doucette ne regrette pas d’avoir pu constater les conditions dans lesquelles vivaient les Coréens du Sud, ni d’avoir pu visiter le Japon à deux reprises. Il se rappellera toujours le sentiment du devoir accompli que lui a apporté sa participation à la guerre. De 1960 à 1965, Alexandre Doucette est instructeur, cette fois pour les officiers cadets au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, au Québec. En 1965, il rejoint son régiment qui est déployé en Allemagne avec les troupes de l’OTAN, pour une période de deux ans. Il quitte les Forces canadiennes en décembre 1970 et prend un emploi chez Pratt & Whitney à Longueil, au Québec, à titre de surveillant de la paye et du courrier et surveillant de l’entretien. M. Doucette prend sa retraite le 31 mars 1991 et, depuis, il occupe son temps à jouer au golf, à faire du jardinage ou à lire. Il est membre de l’Association du Royal 22e Régiment, membre à vie de la Fondation Vanier et membre du Royal 22e Régiment de la Citadelle de Québec. Il vit à St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, au Québec, avec son épouse Juliette. Ils ont trois enfants et cinq petits-enfants.


14585 Brigadier-General John Madower, OMM, CD (RRMC RMC 1984) assumed the duties of Assistant Chief Military Personnel in 2010. He began his military career as a member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders. Upon reaching the rank of Corporal, he was accepted as an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Colombia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, he then completed the Basic Aerospace Engineering Course in Borden, Ontario.

John is the current commander of the Canadian Contingent for the Nijmegen Marches. He led a Canadian Forces team in 2010 comprised of 233 participants. It was the 94th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, a prestigious long-distance marching event in the Netherlands, that Canadian military contingents have participated in since 1952.

He is also a key member of the RMC Club of Canada executive committee where he fills the crucial role of Canadian Forces Liaison Officer.


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Edwards finds herself in front of the microphone for a change

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd January 2011

Edwards finds herself in front of the microphone for a change

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by rmcclub on 16th January 2011

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

By: 24662 Jeffrey Oke (RMC 2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Truth, Duty, Valour,

Jeffrey Oke (24662)

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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 9th January 2011

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd January 2011

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

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

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

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


13523 Marc Potvin (RRMC 1983) – Senior Pastor

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


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

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


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

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

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


17364 Bruce Martin (RMC 1990)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



17954 Darrin Bonikowsky (RRMC RMC 1991)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

LCol Schreiber and wife Kelly have three children.  Source

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Victoria Edwards: Conversation with 14429 Col John Fletcher

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd January 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where are they now? Researched by Victoria Edwards

Posted by rmcclub on 12th December 2010

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

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



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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 5th December 2010

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

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



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

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


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


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




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

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

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



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

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


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Where are they now?

Posted by rmcclub on 28th November 2010

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Mike Kennedy remembers………

Posted by rmcclub on 21st November 2010

Mike Kennedy remembers………

22 November 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12570 Mike Kennedy

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Rewarding career in the Infantry

Posted by rmcclub on 14th November 2010

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

Rewarding career in the Infantry

A/SLt 24498 Noelani Shore (RMC 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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