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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 26th October 2014

A very special thank you to the four Ex Cadets that recently took out a 212 Business Sponsorship for 2014:

7278 Peter Fosberry - Fosbery Insurance Agency;

15737 Bryan Brulotte – MaxSys;

12833 Pierre Lafond – Holonics; and

14019 Edward Gallagher – Patriot Law Group

We look forward to more Ex Cadets (and others) who have a business web site to take out a 212 sponsorship. For more info on sponsorship options – please contact Bill Oliver – at our business e-mail –

Caption: 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, takes questions in front of a screen showing Canada’s support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a technical briefing on Operation IMPACT in Ottawa.

 Six Canadian jets leave for Iraq combat mission on Tuesday


Déclaration du Chef d’état-major de la Défense à la suite d’une réunion avec les partenaires de la coalition – La réunion était axée sur la campagne en cours contre EIIL

Statement by CDS Following Meeting with Coalition Partners – Meeting focussed on the ongoing campaign against ISIL


Ottawa shooting: Canadian Forces ‘will not be deterred’

‘Canadians stand with us in condemning these two hateful attacks,’ says top general



CT-114 Tutor: 50 years of inspirational flight

“The CT-114 Tutor is an ideal aircraft for both pilot instruction and air demonstration,” said 16952 Colonel Alex Day, 15 Wing Moose Jaw Commander.



Trenton’s military community weathers a rough week, but vows to soldier on



Inspector. Thomas Wellington Chalmers: A Royal Military College graduate who joined the North West Mounted Police and was later killed in battle during the Boer War in South Africa. Article

Previous e-Veritas article on RMC Cadet # 99,  Captain Thomas Wellington Chalmers – Entry Year – RMC 1880 Here


Historian travels through time … in his RMCC office

Maj. John Grodzinski (lifetime member, RMC Club), an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College, has written a new book about a regiment of the British Army from New Brunswick that was in Kingston during the War of 1812.

Read the full Kingston Whig article here

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 19th October 2014

Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

“The rest of the world sort of laughs at the United States — how can a great country like the United States get so many things wrong?” said Keith Ambachtsheer,

6584 Keith Ambachtsheer – article


Vessel named after Canadian killed in Afghanistan combat

Nichola Goddard died in a Taliban ambush in 2006; her mother attended the Halifax ceremony marking acceptance of Captain Goddard into the coast guard.

22458 Nichola Goddard – Article


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 13th October 2014

Low-profile Canso takes Postmedia deal’s lead

Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. takes its name from an aircraft that can weather the elements, and taking on turbulent debt is exactly what the corporate bond portfolio manager did to support Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s recent newspaper deal.

Canso has a long Canadian history managing money for institutional and accredited investors, but it doesn’t play like other Bay Street firms. Tucked in Richmond Hill, Ont., more than 28 kilometres north of Toronto’s financial core, Canso shies away from the spotlight. The firm has $10-billion in assets under management, but doesn’t make a habit of commenting on its investments publicly.

It even kept its name off the press release on Monday that unveiled the Postmedia purchase of 175 Sun Media newspapers from Quebecor Inc. for $316-million. The bulletin only revealed that one bondholder who already owned a huge chunk of debt would take the entire $140-million of additional bonds that the transaction required.

That means Canso’s total interest in Postmedia will jump to at least $240-million, making it one of the company’s biggest bondholders.

Behind Canso is founder John Carswell, who studied commerce at the Royal Military College of Canada and was a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force before earning an MBA from Queen’s University. He worked at other investment firms such as TAL Investment Counsel Ltd. and Foyston, Gordon & Payne where he focused on fixed income.

When Mr. Carswell set off to start his own firm in 1997, he named the group after an amphibious airplane flown by his father who won a Canadian Air Force Cross for search and rescue missions in B.C.

Yet Canso flew so far beneath the radar that sources said even Postmedia didn’t know how large a bondholder the firm had become until quite recently.

It was not until Postmedia started talking to existing debt holders to see if they would buy more bonds that it became clear Canso owned at least half of the outstanding first-lien bonds. That meant Canso had at least $100-million before the Sun Media deal. Canso then agreed to buy the whole $140-million of new debt. And Canso had leverage to ask for all of it – it owned so much that its consent would be needed to allow the financing.

Canso was one of the investors in the refinancing of BlackBerry Ltd., and it is a big owner of Yellow Media Ltd.’s securities.

Article first appeared in the Globe and Mail – 7 Oct 2014

Ed note: With John Carswell (RMC 78), Joe Morin (RMC 86), Nic Desjardins (RMC 02) and now Jhordan Dorrington (RMC 12) Canso must have the highest concentration of RMC grads of any Canadian money manager.


Government Business No 13 Military Contribution Against ISIL

“…but it was very important for me to be involved in the debate and vote about ISIL, which was really a debate about Canada’s role in the world. I want my friends in the Canadian Forces & veterans of the CF to know how carefully we considered this deployment and how much we respect your service.”

19894 Erin O’Toole – great short video


SALH: The most important job

A change of command is a military parade that is used to publicly appoint a new commanding officer (CO) for a Regiment. It is a time for celebration of the accomplishments of the Regiment during the period of command of the outgoing CO, to thank the CO for a long period of service, to welcome the new CO and for all ranks of the Regiment to let the new CO know that they are ready to support him.

The current commanding officer, 18996 Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt.Col.) Colin Michaud, CD is leaving the post after three busy years of commanding Alberta’s Regiment. He joined the SALH in 2002 after 12 years in the regular force. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing his education at Royal Roads Military College in 1993. Michaud was trained as an Armour officer and was posted to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) where he commanded a tank troop in Calgary and a reconnaissance troop on operations in Bosnia in 1997.

Much More Here


2014 Honorary Parade Marshal – 18078 Colonel Lise Bourgon, recent Parade Marshall at Cole Harbour Harvest Festival


Chris Hadfield, Windsor Symphony Orchestra to debut songs written in space

“I still feel surprised that any orchestra would want to play with me,” Hadfield said before laughing. “It will be strange to look over my shoulder to an entire orchestra to take the full counter-melody.”

13738 Chris Hadfield – Article


Remembering – The Battle of the Scheldt – 70 years later

Under the circumstances, the opening of the port of Antwerp, already occupied by Allied troops, became absolutely necessary since the main supply lines still ran back to Normandy. The task went to the First Canadian Army which came under the command of 1596 Lieut.-General Guy Simonds (Entered RMC Class of 1921)  in place of 749 General Crerar (Entered RMC Class of 1906) who was ill.

Entire english article-


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Ex Cadets & Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on 5th October 2014

Short CKWS video here


 Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec – Presenting Medals & Awards

Among the recipients:


14596 Major-General Dean James Milner, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.


16301 Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Christian Guy Leblanc, M.S.M., C.D.

21000 Captain Trevor Mark Pellerin, M.S.M., C.D.

15273 Colonel Gordon David Corbould, M.S.M., C.D.

B0178 Colonel Joseph Albert Paul Pierre St-Cyr, M.S.M., C.D.

16068 Brigadier-General Todd Nelson Balfe, M.S.M., C.D.

21473 Lieutenant-Commander Christopher Daniel Holland, M.S.M., C.D.

19173 Major Mohamed-Ali Laaouan, M.S.M., C.D.

17871 Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Patrick Lewis, M.S.M., C.D.

15678 Major Robin Kent Nickerson, M.S.M., C.D.

E2179 Lieutenant-Colonel James Robert Ostler, M.S.M., C.D.

18726 Lieutenant-Colonel Roch Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D.

19251 Captain(N) Ronald Gerald Pumphrey, M.S.M., C.D.

19420 Captain(N) Angus Ian Topshee, M.S.M., C.D.

15192 Colonel Peter Joseph Williams, M.S.M., C.D.

We tried cherry picking those names with a military college connection. If we missed anyone, sorry. Let us know.  Write-ups here


25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency celebrated on silver collector coin

“This year marks a milestone in Canada’s space history as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CSA,” said General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency. “Our many accomplishments have built the foundation for a flourishing space industry and we are absolutely delighted that the Mint has captured Canada’s leadership in space with such expert craftsmanship.”

12320 General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk – Article


Educating future Army officers about energy policy and climate change


Inside Putin’s Mind

Originally published in Embassy News –

We need to understand better the world view and goals of Russia’s leader.

Yale University professor Timothy Snyder’s 2010 book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin deals with re-occurring devastating historical conflicts in East Europe. One might sadly add that, given recent events in Ukraine, an additional chapter might soon be needed.

In a recent article, Snyder suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive, ambitious style evokes a disturbing Orwellian quality when Putin proclaims that war is peace. Sadly, recent events and announcements seem to fit to a troubling degree an Orwellian dystopian vision for our future. Given Putin’s recent words and deeds, an increasing number of us just assume that Putin is always lying, distorting, deceiving or maliciously distracting.

He certainly revealed a skewed view of history when he claimed in 2005 that the break-up of the Soviet Union was the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the 20th century. What sort of amnesia did he possess about WWI and WWII? What kind of Moscovite leader would dare downplay the enormous Russian losses in those two world wars?

Perhaps the greatest tragedy for Russia is still to unfold. Putin may even play a major role. Certainly, his reckless and deadly actions are likely to significantly cost Russia, the region, Canada and the world. If a new prohibitive arms race unfolds, the meager peace dividends of the post-Cold War era will become a distant nostalgic memory. If conflict escalates and spirals out of control into a major regional war, it will certainly become a minus-sum game for virtually all.

To avoid such scenarios, we need to understand better the world view and goals of Vladimir Putin, along with the nature of Putin’s Russia that is emerging. For example, the centuries-old intellectual debate in Moscow between Slavophiles and Westerners still exists.

Are insular nationalist Slavophile goals once again displacing nascent and fragile Westerner aspirations of liberalization and greater openness to Europe? Is an authoritarian and somewhat lethargic bureaucratic state evolving once more into a more dynamic, ambitious and ruthless totalitarian regime? Or are we just witnessing yet another iteration of renewed would-be Tsarist ambitions, propped up by Russian Orthodox Church officialdom? Or is this, in essence, a ruthless KGB-recruited Bonapartist dictatorial regime?

A brief history

The West’s attempts to understand Russia have been an intellectual and diplomatic pursuit spanning several centuries. In 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” In 1947, on the eve of the Cold War, George F. Kennan, the American ambassador in Moscow, penned a pioneering and pivotal piece in Foreign Affairs that provided the intellectual blueprint for containment theory and a string of US-based military alliances that encircled and sought to constrain the Soviet Union.

As Soviet military domination and tight political control over Eastern Europe took hold, an Iron Curtain of propaganda and massive censorship descended over these satellite countries. Stalin’s malevolent ambitions were accentuated by his ideological rhetoric.

The West responded in twin-fold fashion: economically the Marshall Plan to assist war-torn Europe was announced in 1947 and launched in 1948, while militarily NATO was formed in 1949 with the intention to stop the Russian army rolling westward. Canada played a key part as one of the twelve founding members of NATO, providing significant troops and fighter aircraft, particularly in the earlier decades. Today the alliance has grown to 28 member states, including the addition of a number of former Warsaw Pact states.

For much of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the dominant paradigm for analyzing Russia was the totalitarian model. Its main features included a single all-powerful despotic leader who ruled through a single party, allowed only one official ideology, and made extensive use of state directed and controlled propaganda. It was a highly centralized coercive state that swiftly and brutally crushed all attempted political opposition. The model seemed to fit the Stalinist era.

Presciently, Daniel Bell penned an influential 1958 article explaining the search for different models to explain the dynamics of Russian society and the enigma of Kremlin decision-making. Amongst the frameworks that Bell suggested: the modernization and transformation of a once traditional Russian community; continued class rule, but in a new form; a highly formalized and centralized Russian bureaucratic polity; a despotic leader’s totalitarian control over all aspects of society; the continuation of Slavic cultural traditions, and geo-political imperial rule.

As the bipolar global Cold War receded and détente began to emerge first with Khrushchev in the 1960s and even Brezhnev in the 1970s, debates about appropriate strategy and tactics arose in the West. They involved not only the nature of the modern nuclear age and the ultimate motivations of the post-Stalinist Russian leaders, but also the appropriate framework for understanding a more modern Russian polity and society.

As Russians (both the public and leaders) became more urban, educated and affluent, had they begun to change? Had they become more moderate and even semi-pluralistic? The left wing in the West often suggested that important change had, in fact, occurred and thus prospects for peaceful co-existence were greater. In contrast, the right wing warned that the fundamentals of Russian society and politics had not changed, and accordingly we should remain vigilant, lest more dominos fall with the expansion of Russian influence around the world.

The rise of Gorbachev in the 1980s, with his policies of restructuring and openness, seemed to usher in a dramatic and positive change in Russia’s world view. Canada played a role in facilitating East/West dialogue, particularly during Gorbachev’s 1983 visit to Canada. However, with the rise of Putin from 1999 onwards, there has been an increasing concentration of arbitrary executive power in one person and strong re-assertion of Russian geo-political ambitions, reflecting an apparent desire to reverse the tides of history.

In 2014, events in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia suggest that we are still confronted with major existential questions: What is the nature of Russian society and politics? What are the real foreign policy and military goals and motivations of Moscow’s leaders, particularly the increasingly dictatorial and mercurial Vladimir Putin?

It still seems that Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. It is also still a very dangerous world.

Alan Whitehorn is an emeritus professor of political science at the Royal Military College. More

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 21st September 2014

PM announces the name of the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf was born in Bedford, Nova Scotia, in 1903 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a cadet in 1918 to attend the Royal Naval College of Canada in Esquimalt, British Columbia. From 1921 until 1925, he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in the battleship His Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Resolution followed by training courses in RN schools, as well as service at sea with the RN and RCN. In 1928, he specialized in navigation, attending the Long Navigation Course at HMS Dryad in England, followed by further seagoing and staff appointments with both the RN and RCN. –   Article

Archives from The New York Times -

Harry DeWolf, Canada War Hero, Dies at 97 – By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN – Published: January 14, 2001 – Article


6584 Keith Ambachtsheer Ranked Globe’s Most Influential Investment Consultant

Based on an extensive global survey, aiCIO has named Keith Ambachtsheer as the most influential consultant in the institutional investor world.

The magazine says their rankings are based on “an appraisal of the individuals within the consulting industry who have made a positive impact for their clients. Sourced from interviews with pension and non-profit CIOs, asset managers, and former consultants, it represents our best approximation of the hierarchy of today?s institutional consultant industry.”



CADSI appoints 19803 Christyn Cianfarani as new president

Ms. Cianfarani joins CADSI following 17 years at CAE Inc. where most recently she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Government Relations. She has also held the position of Director of Government Programs, Research and Development, and Intellectual Property, in addition to managing over her substantial career a wide range of portfolios from product and project management to bids and propo sals.



Prince Edward begins his Saskatchewan visit

“The Crown as a concept is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere,” Saskatchewan’s Chief of Protocol, 22181 Jason Quilliam.



 The Vandoos: Breaking the anglophone military monopoly

“This is not just one unit among all of the others in the military family,” he said in an interview. “We have inherited a particular regimental history, but it is also the history of a province, of a part of Canada, and it is under that particular light that our work is analyzed.”

18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-LouisArticle


North Harbour woman heads SAR centre

“Being originally from Newfoundland and with my SAR background, I’m very excited to be in this position,” she said, in an interview with the Packet. “My family has a history of working on the sea for their living. My dad worked with the Coast Guard for 25 years and responded to some high profile SAR cases, such as the Ocean Ranger, in his time, so right from my early childhood days, I’ve had an interest in SAR.

“I’ve also had a passion for aviation.”

Rhonda Stevens, 38, is Officer-in-Chief of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, N.S. Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 14th September 2014

Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland invested as 4 Wing honorary colonel

“Obviously, as [Air Force] commander, I could convey no favouritism,” he said. “However, I can now say, with the impunity that retirement brings, that Cold Lake was always a favourite – because, in large part, of the special spirit I always found here.”

6014 Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland – Article


Fisher: Stephen Harper government muzzles top general on eve of retirement

Stu Beare prevented from talking to journalists

15696 Lt.-Gen. Jon Vance becomes responsible for all Canadian troops deployed at home and abroad during a handover ceremony to take place Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa.

The outgoing leader of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) is 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stu Beare. Both he and Vance served with distinction in Afghanistan — Vance during two combat tours in Kandahar and Beare with NATO in Kabul.

Much more…


2652 Britton Smith makes $10 million donation to Queen’s University

Queen’s School of Nursing has received a huge shot in the arm. Article


Auroras enhance capability at RIMPAC 2014

“Missions vary depending on the phase of the exercise,”

20301 Major Filip Bohac – Article


Veterans should transcend party politics

3528 Paul Manson, Class of ’56 -  is a former chief of the defence staff. He is currently the patron of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada. While he was at RMC – he was Cadet Wing Commander.

Traditionally, Canada’s veterans have enjoyed outstanding moral support from a grateful public, in recognition of the nation’s solemn obligation to care for those who have served and suffered in harm’s way. But the veterans landscape is changing. With a steady decline in the huge numbers who served in the Second World War, today’s veteran community is characterized by a new set of men and women whose military experience stems from the Korean conflict, the Cold War, peacekeeping missions, upheaval in the former Yugoslavia, the first Persian Gulf war and Afghanistan.

Complete article


Canadian troops sent to Poland

12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s chief of defence staff, said the Russian behaviour was “slightly provocative but not overly hostile.  Article


“Our captain of that ship and the entire group he was with for that exercise were expecting anything and they were very well-trained to handle it, as they did without any reaction,”

Veterans’ best friend

“Back in 1986, they didn’t even know how to spell PTSD, let alone deal with it,” he said. “I went swirling down the rabbit hole of darkness, depression, despair and every other thing that goes along with it because nobody really knew what to do with me. My life was best described as … the mayor of Dysfunction Junction. It was not a pretty world.”

13855 Medric Cousineau - Article ( readers have to watch the short video clip for the article to show up)


 At RIMPAC 2014, three weeks equal twelve months

“The RCAF takes an immense amount of pride in our ability to conduct sophisticated operations in a deployed environment,”

20435 Lieutenant-Colonel David Moar – Article


 Not-so-reserved reservist

“He is uniquely qualified and well-respected across military emergency disaster response teams,”

22260 Major Christopher Horner – Article


Hornet crews practice scramble in Lithuania

“Scrambling means getting our fighter jets quickly airborne to react to an immediate threat, usually to intercept hostile or unlawful aircraft,”

20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz - Article


 RCAF tankers keep RIMPAC fighters in the fray

“During one afternoon mission,” CC-150T Polaris First Officer 24490 Captain Sean Hill said, “we refueled US Navy Super Hornet fighters, our own CF-18 Hornets, and a very unique—for us—US Navy FA-18F, which is a fighter modified to serve as an air-to-air tanker.”  Article


120th anniversary of the first granting of Freedom of the City in Ottawa

“It is an honour to represent the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces on this very special occasion,” said 15706 MGen Paul Wynnyk Article



Bravo Zulu to the crew of HMCS Regina for receiving the NATO Article 5 medal for their participation in Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO measures that demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity in response to Russian aggression and provocation against Ukraine.

17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, presented the ship’s company with the NATO Article 5 medal on August 31, 2014 while visiting HMCS Regina during a port visit to Shanghai, China.



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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 1st September 2014

New chancellor 7771 Jim Leech is a graduate of both Queen’s and RMC

On Canada Day, former President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), Jim Leech, assumed his three-year term as the 14th chancellor of Queen’s University.

Chancellor Leech earned his undergraduate degree at the Royal Military College of Canada before obtaining his MBA from the Queen’s School of Business in 1973. As a CEO of the OTTP, Leech oversaw the management of $130 billion in assets before his retirement on Jan. 1 this year.

The position of chancellor remains the highest office at Queen’s and is the ceremonial head of the institution. The chancellor presides over convocations, chairs annual meetings of the University Council, exercises a vote on the Board of Trustees and acts an international ambassador.



Technology: the future of the Canadian Army

“Fighting smart, out-deciding the enemy is what wins battles now,”

22612 Janus Cihlar – Article


Op Nanook 14: Helping at home

“Operations like Nanook enhance the skills of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, ensuring they remain ready and capable to meet safety and security challenges in Canada’s North,”

13337 Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations CommandArticle


Plug pulled on Dartmouth’s Shannon Park rink

“The reality is the Shannon Park arena is 54 years old,” Topshee said. “It has $3.8 million worth of outstanding maintenance that needs to be done and $1.2 million of that would be urgent maintenance that is required for things like the roof for structural integrity and for the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.”

19420 Navy Capt. Angus Topshee, base commander of CFB Halifax – Article


DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – Article


The cadet honor process: Cadets hold each other accountable to longstanding code – Article


Peacekeepers on Golan moved to safe area, U.N. and Philippines say – Article


Aboriginal recruits experience culture shock moving from reserve to military, study finds – Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 24th August 2014

Hector enters mayoral race

“My goal is to become the full-time mayor that Kingston needs and deserves as we face some challenging times.”

14444 Dorothy Hector – Article


18550 Major Todd Anstey took over the position – Director Support Services at RMCC last week. A short hand-over ceremony was held in Currie Hall with commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger presiding.

Major Anstey takes over from LCol Zenith Keeping who held the position for the past two years


No Canadian boots on the ground

We are in the United Nations, and we should – when we are able and when the conditions are right – participate in peacekeeping operations.

5105 J.L. GRANATSTEIN – Article


Air Task Force Romania pays homage to fallen RCAF veterans in Bucharest

“It’s a privilege and an honour for us to be here to recognize our fallen RCAF comrades,” said Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz, commander of the Air Task Force. “An opportunity like this is incredibly rare, so we’re proud to have been able to pay homage to them in a solemn visit.”

20936 David Pletz – Article


Luciuk: Remembering those who were branded ‘enemy aliens’



Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

It was clear Krzyzewski, who got married at West Point on his graduation day and said he still wears his school ring, enjoyed being back at what he called the “best leadership school in the world.”


On August 21st, 2014 13738 Commander Chris Hadfield (Class of 1982) gave an inspiring talk to about 1,000 students at Melbourne’s Wesley College. 12506 Captain Lionel Boxer’s (Class of 1980) daughter Lauren, who is in year 5 at Wesley, was surprised to find him in the audience. After Chris’s presentation he was most kind to pose for this photo before he departed on quite a tight itinerary. As President of the Australia Branch, Lionel welcomed Chris to Melbourne. This is typical of meetings of the Australia Branch of the Ex-Cadet Club, where there has been a grand-total gathering of two ex-cadets. If any ex-cadets living in or visiting Australia have an interest in catching up please feel most welcome to contact Lionel at

On Facbook at “RMC Club of Canada - Australia Branch” or!/groups/1508946176009442/

More from Chris Hadfield in Australia and the lessons from outer space

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Posted by rmcclub on 18th August 2014

Retiring 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare says the world needs more diplomacy

“Pre 9/11 there wasn’t a significant consciousness of the need for Canadian Forces in the modern age. Post 9/11 everybody’s paradigm had a sort of shake, and there was a sort of consciousness that the world is not a safe and secure, take-it-for-granted, stable place,” Beare said.

“That was quite a seminal point for Canada and Canadians in terms of the understanding of the world, an appreciation for a modern need for a modern military and an understanding that you have one and it’s working for you.”


Defence Minister visits Canada’s West Coast air base

“It was a pleasure to host the Honourable Rob Nicholson at 19 Wing,” said Colonel Tom Dunne, the commander of 19 Wing. “The Minister took great interest in learning more about the long range patrol and search and rescue missions that we perform and support on a regular basis.

 “Our members were proud to tell him more about their individual roles at one of the RCAF’s busiest wings.”

17829 Col Tom Dunne – Article


Durham students begin journey to becoming officers in the Canadian Forces

“A lot of people in the military assume you know how to do things, that’s not always the case,” she said.

 She said the first year is the hardest. “Stay strong, teamwork is super important.”

26171 Jessica Henry – Article


1 in 6 soldiers affected by alcohol-related or mental health issues

“Any one applicant will have their name in with many employers and will jump from one to the next during the process taking the best offer. This is where the competition comes in,”

14474 Lt.-Gen. David Millar -  Article


Commemoration of the 1st Canadian Division Centenary

“For us, a flag symbolizes where troops gather, where they will find their ‘home station’,” said the 1st Canadian Division Commander, Major General Dean Milner. “This strengthens the historical ties of the 1st Canadian Division with the Kingston area and Husky Energy’s gift is a true example of dedication to its community.”

14596 Major General Dean Milner - Article


Sechelt army cadet is best in platoon

Cadet Nathaniel Marshall of Sechelt is presented with the plaque recognizing his achievement as the best cadet in his platoon during the three-week basic leadership course at Vernon army cadet Summer Training Centre by the reviewing officer, 14090  Lt. Col. Kevin Tyler, commanding officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. – Wayne Emde Photo -  Article


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Ex Cadets In The News…

Posted by rmcclub on 10th August 2014

24912 Capt Jeremy Whalen (right), who flew the special cargo to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta. Jeremy was a varsity soccer player (goalie); Cadet Wing Commander in his final year at RMCC. Article   Previous e-Veritas article - Out of Japan in the Nick of Time


Canadian Army Debuts Uniform Prototype

“The unveiling of the prototype uniform is an important step in restoring the historical identity of the Canadian Army. There is a certain element of pride that we can all feel knowing that we are honouring previous generations, as we return to the common use of important symbols of the Canadian Army.”

14472 Brigadier-General Karl McQuillanArticle


Command of 19 Wing Comox changes hands

“It is a great honour to be taking over the “Best Wing in the Air Force” – I can see that all members take great pride in their mission protecting Canada and Canadians.

My family and I also truly appreciate the warm hospitality that we have been shown by this wonderful community since our arrival. We are really looking forward to getting to know the Wing, the area and its people.”


17829 Colonel Tom Dunne, 19 Wing Commander – Article


PPCLI celebrations draw huge crowds in Edmonton

“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our soldiers, their families and our equipment, and welcome Edmontonians onto the base,” said 1 CMBG commander Trevor Cadieu. “This brigade and the PPCLI have enjoyed tremendous support from the community over the years so this is a way to thank Canadians for their support.”

20043 Trevor Cadieu – Article

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Posted by rmcclub on 4th August 2014


Caption: Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain, Commander Cobra Company was deployed to Afghanistan between March and October 2009 and as a result he wrote a book titled Mon Afghanistan. He is pictured here with a copy of his book. LCol Jourdain attended the Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) hosted by the French Military Academy, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, in Guer, France on July 18 to 19, 2014. FILM gathers military authors and publishers of military-themed books in a festival designed to expose the general public to military culture and contemporary conflicts, via debates, conferences, arm-chair discussions, and more.

A Canadian Army Officer takes centre stage at an international military book festival

“I wanted to capture history so the people of Quebec […] could better inform their opinion. I wanted them to be very proud. I wanted them to know that Canadian soldiers are their best ambassadors. The noblest things we have are our soldiers working abroad to support every mission the Government sends them to.”

20175 Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain – Article


Caption: Le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain, commandant de la compagnie Cobra, a participé à un déploiement en Afghanistan de mars à octobre 2009. Il a narré ses expériences dans son livre, intitulé Mon Afghanistan, que l’on aperçoit entre ses mains. Le Lcol Jourdain a été invité à participer au Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) organisé par les Écoles militaires Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, à Guer, France, les 18 et 19 juillet 2014. Le FILM, qui réunit des auteurs et représentants de maisons d’édition d’ouvrages militaires, vise à exposer le grand public à la culture militaire et aux conflits contemporains au moyen de débats, de conférences, de discussions informelles et d’autres activités. (Photo fournie par le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain.)

Un officier de l’Armée canadienne est à l’avant scène dans un festival de livres militaires international

« Je voulais immortaliser l’histoire afin que les gens du Québec […] puissent se forger une opinion éclairée. Je souhaitais qu’ils soient très fiers. Je voulais qu’ils sachent que les soldats canadiens sont leurs meilleurs ambassadeurs. Les choses les plus nobles que nous avons sont nos soldats qui travaillent à l’étranger pour appuyer chaque mission confiée par le gouvernement. »

20175 le lieutenant‑colonel Steve JourdainArticle


Caption: Col Goddard, outgoing Wing Commander, BGen Ploughman, Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division, and Col Day, the incoming Wing Commander, sign the Change of Command scrolls in a ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. PHOTO: 2Lt Josh Brighton

Colonel Day assumes Command of 15 Wing Moose Jaw

As members of the RCAF, Col Day explained, “We defend Canada. We defend North America. And we contribute to international security. That’s it; it’s that simple. Everything we do should have those roles as ultimate goals.”

16952 Alex Day

“After spending such a large amount of my career in Moose Jaw, I will miss it,”

14561 Paul Goddard  Article


19307 Commander Dave Benoit presents inaugural HMCS Oakville Award

This year’s supplementary board was held on June 24, 2014 at the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (CFNES). The top two candidates were CPO2 Burns and PO1 Vinny Prosper, with CFNES Commandant, Commander (Cdr) 19307 Dave Benoit, acting as the board chair. Article


New CFB Esquimalt base commander comes ‘home’

“You inherit a remarkable team of professionals both in and out of uniform,” said Truelove. “You will discover leading CFB Esquimalt is demanding and rewarding and I encourage you to make it your own.”

15185 Rear Admiral Bill Truelove

“The diversity, to get back on track with our times, is very important,” he said.

He noted his three years in Victoria not only benefited him professionally but personally as well. He met his partner Francisco Mejia De La Rosa here.

“After so many years in this life as a bachelor, it’s nice to have a stabilizing force at home,” said Cassivi. He and his partner move to Ottawa in August.

16204 Commodore Luc Cassivi



Our Southern cousins: Canadian Army & US Army engineers train together

“Just the number of bays, number of bridges, all the different equipment, the size of the river that’s being crossed and the size of the floating bridge that’s being created. We don’t get to see that type of opportunity almost ever in our careers up north,”

20714 Steven Boychyn – Article


WE REMEMBER: Finding a connection to WWI

Born and raised in Brantford, Andrew Iarocci is a professor of history teaching at Western University in London and Royal Military College in Kingston.

For a couple of weeks in June, Iarocci, who also lives in Brantford, was in the back yard of a home in a small village in France. He was there to lend his First World War expertise to a CBC documentary that connects the recently discovered remains of some fallen Canadian soldiers to their descendents.

“We were there to tell the story of a young French boy who, in 2006, was playing in his back yard when he came upon some skeletal remains,” Iarocci said. “It was determined through an investigation by the Canadian Department of National Defence, that there were eight soldiers in this grave, all from the same battalion and all Canadians.

“They had all been killed on the same day in the Battle of Amiens.”  Read more here


Canada’s defence chief finds kinship with ‘tough’ granddad through WWI diary

“It was a connection I’d never felt to my grandfather,” Lawson said of the diaries, which he only received last Christmas.

“His experiences in flight training were very much like my experiences in flight training. You (start) with terrible self- confidence and you have to build that self-confidence to become a pilot.”

12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s top military commander – Article


Former RMCC hockey coach, Kelly Nobes merits head coaching position with Canadian U-17 hockey team


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 27th July 2014

CBIE to Expand Education Partnerships with Government of Canada Support

On Tuesday of this past week, at Western University, 19894 Erin O’Toole (photo centre), Parliamentary Secretary, International Trade, announced funding to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) through the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program. Entire article here


CF-18 struck by lightning landed in Whitecourt, Alta.

“It was probably just a split second, we’re talking not even half a second I’m guessing, that it hit the aircraft around the cockpit area,” he said. “It was just a short tingle.”

23821 Adam Runge - Article


Canadians shouldn’t be allowed to fight for other countries, no matter the cause, historian argues

“If they’re going off to serve somewhere else, in some other army, they’re switching their allegiance,” he said. “That is, in my view, improper.”

5105 J.L. (Jack)  Granatstein Article


The Only One Card You Need

“The one million strong community; when you add up the reserves, Regular force, our dependents and the veterans there are over one million people out there that we can support. When we say support that does not mean everything for everyone but it does mean something for everyone,”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson, Director General of Morale and Welfare Services - Article


Canada’s defence diplomacy hurt by tight budget, report says

“The military co-operation program does essential work in training and educating officers from abroad, particularly in peace operations,” he told CBC News. “Canada is no longer the prolific peacekeeper it once was. For the cost of one fighter jet, Canada can run its defence diplomacy program for years. The government is showing short-term thinking to the detriment of the country’s long-term contributions and reputation.”

Walter Dorn, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada – Article


Military’s aboriginal programs do little to bolster recruitment:

report – Article


Plaques will mark memory of “enemy aliens”

“I don’t think it would be fair for me to come to you and say you should pay me money today as a taxpayer because of what your grandfather did to my grandfather,” said Luciuk. “This isn’t a negative kind of crusade. It’s about affirming the importance of human rights and civil liberties by learning about the past.”

Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk – Professor at the Royal Military College of CanadaArticle

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 20th July 2014

15224 Suzanne Bastien, M.A.(Éth. Pub), B.Ed., ing., PMP (Class of 1986)

Suzanne a été élue première vice-présidente de l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) en juin 2014. Elle est la représentante de l’outaouais au sein du conseil d’administration de l’OIQ depuis 2013. Suzanne a un intérêt avoué en gouvernance, ce sujet était central à son mémoire pour l’obtention de sa maîtrise en éthique publique à l’université Saint-Paul à Ottawa l’an dernier. Il faut bien s’occuper quand les enfants partent de la maison :-)

Suzanne has been elected as First Vice-President of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) in June 2014. Suzanne has been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the OIQ since 2013 as the Outaouais representative. She has a keen interest in governance, that being the subject of her research paper for her Public Ethics Masters degree she completed last year. Got to fill all that free time when the kids leave the house :-)


The Amazing Race Canada Teams Encounter Damage Control Up Close

“I was thrilled to be part of the show,”

20930 LCdr Rob Petitpas   Article


Recent 16538 Wayne Eyre related articles:

 18th Airborne Corps: Canadian Army general takes Afghan post

“Commanding NTM-A has been a career highlight. It’s been both personally and professionally fascinating,” Eyre said in a release. “I challenge everyone to keep focused on the mission at hand.”

16538 Wayne Eyre  Article

Change of command for 3rd Canadian Division at CFB Edmonton


Thomson: Ready for inevitable ‘something else’



Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare

“We went out, hunted for it, found it, tracked it and did some simulated attacking,” said Maj. Angie Thomas

22679 Angie Thomas Article


Rare formation of 16 planes soar above 15 Wing Moose Jaw

“It takes a while to get that number of airplanes together when you get airborne,” wing commander Col. Paul Goddard said Friday following the demonstration. “And it was pretty windy and turbulent today so a little tough, the guys had to work a little harder to stay in position.”

14561 Colonel Paul Goddard Article


Canadians making history at Buckingham Palace

Canada’s Van Doo’s take charge


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

Checkpoint n°11 – “Canadian Cemetery” (city of Beny sur Mer). A big moment of emotion for Bruce Barteauxwho found the tomb of his uncle (actually, his wife’s uncle). The name of the uncle is Clarke L. Lawson. Around 8:00 am the second day.

Ultra-marathon commemorates Normandy

“The run includes Germany, which of course 70 years ago were on the other side of the wire, they were the enemy. We are allies now; I served in Germany in the early 1980s. I think this is a good expression of camaraderie, solidarity amongst nations, runners, military and civilian,”

11338 Major Bruce Barteaux



Providing for the morale and welfare of our military

“My vision is to make this the leading morale and welfare organization of its kind in the western world,”

16158 Commodore Mark Watson


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Governor General invests 50 recipients into the Order of Military Merit

Posted by rmcclub on 13th July 2014

Governor General invests 50 recipients into the Order of Military Merit

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, June 20, 2014. The Governor General bestowed the honour on three Commanders, 13 Officers and 34 Members.

Among the recipients were several Ex Cadets including:


15141 Rear-Admiral Ronald Lloyd, C.M.M., C.D. – Chief of Force Development, Ottawa, Ontario.


17793 Captain(N) Robert Auchterlonie, O.M.M., C.D. – Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia;

18780 Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Delaney, O.M.M., C.D. – Canadian Forces Military Police Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario;

16237 Commander Wayne DiPersio, O.M.M., C.D. – Personnel Support Unit, Halifax, Nova Scotia;

14472 Brigadier-General Karl McQuillan, O.M.M., C.D. – Office of the Chief of the Army Staff, Ottawa, Ontario;

13260 Brigadier-General Matthew Overton, O.M.M., C.D. – Office of the Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario;

16816 Colonel Carl Turenne, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. – 3 Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta.


21186 Captain Theresa Green, M.M.M., C.D. – 3 Canadian Division Headquarters, Edmonton, Alberta;

14808 Major Mario Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D. – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Québec, Quebec.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

If we missed anyone let us know.


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