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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th March 2014

H7543 Senator Joe Day Honoured with Engineers Canada Fellowship

“Senator Day has truly played a significant role in promoting the profession as a professional engineer and parliamentarian,”



The Aircraft Arresting System (AAS) Team of 22450 Maj Paul Whalen (RMC 2002) (3rd from right), Capt Steven Vézina, MWO Jean-Marc Bériault and Gabriella Sabou were recognized for their performance, dedication and management of personnel, finances and resources during implementation of the new fixed AAS at 3, 14 and 19 Wing that exceeded all expectations. The team members belong to the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management (Fighters & Trainers) under DGAEPM. They ensured that operational and tactical requirements of the RCAF were met now and in the future. The team worked in a professional manner and were highly regarded by all organizations with which they worked. Without their leadership and guidance, the project would not have achieved the success for which it is recognized.


M0539 Major Conrad Bourgeois (RRMC / RMC 1992) of the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Management for Radar and Communications Systems in DGAEPM was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his accomplishments from July 14, 2008 to July 16, 2012. He distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Deputy Program Manager, Battle Control System-Fixed, Battle Control Systems Division, Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Directorate, Electronics Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. During this period, Maj Bourgeois’ outstanding leadership and innovative efforts modernized homeland defense air battle management command and control capabilities for the United States and Canada. His determination expedited the fielding of five software builds, increasing the system’s flight tracking capability by 40 percent. Maj Bourgeois’ tireless efforts also led to the first ever provision for real-time visibility over the air defense network to the United States Secretary of Defense, which solidified shoot-down authority in the event of an airborne attack upon the United States. Additionally, Maj Bourgeois’ steadfast dedication ensured that system availability averaged 99.98 percent, thereby enabling over 5,000 sorties in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, and leading to the interception of 287 potential threats. Finally, his leadership culminated with the Battle Control System-Fixed program earning the Directorate’s nomination for the 2011 Sheily Award, and the Battle Control Systems Division Team Award for 2011. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Maj Bourgeois reflect great credit upon himself, the Canadian Forces and the United States Air Force.


Architect builds a future for African kids

“This is the first time I am a little bit nervous,” said Roy, 67. “We are further away from our goal than in all the other buildings we have done.”

8576 Alan Roy

Article &  Primary Schools For Africa Society


Protecteur fire melted sailor’s glasses; ship towed into Pearl Harbor



Update from an article a few weeks back… Fills “Critical Gap in Market”

Ex Cadet – Makes a deal – on CBC Dragon’s Den

22545 Shannon Veurink (Travis), RMC ’03, was featured on the March 5th episode of Dragon’s Den, presenting, an innovative farmland rental website. Together with her husband Kevin and brother- and sister-in-law Andrew and Brittany, the Veurink farm family made a very professional impressive presentation and were SUCCESSFUL in convincing two of the dragons’ to invest in their project.

To view the presentation – go here


Many thanks to our readers who responded with an interest to help our Ex cadet friend who is currently trying to navigate the complex USA immigration process. We passed on your notes and interest; we’re also aware that he has contacted some of you.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd March 2014

Ex-Cadet Seeking Immigration Help

e-Veritas has recently learned that an Ex-Cadet in the Kingston area, in the process of transitioning out of the Forces, is looking to move to the United States to be with his wife. This individual is trying to navigate the complex immigration process, and would appreciate any tips/suggestions/advice that other Ex-Cadets who have been through this process may have to offer. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Bill Oliver for more details.


Golden girl comes home

Fourteen years ago, way back at the turn of the millennium, Olympian 17324 Sharon Donnelly dropped by Mgr. Remy Gaulin elementary separate school to sign autographs and share her memories of the 2000 Summer Games in Australia.


Retirement of 6349 Alain Pellerin and Appointment of  M050 Tony Battista as Executive Director of CDA and CDA Institute

The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute announce the retirement of Alain Pellerin, and the appointment of Tony Battista as Executive Director of the CDA and CDA Institute.

Alain Pellerin joined the CDA and CDA Institute in July 1998. For the past decade and a half he has been instrumental in the growth of these two organizations and has brought all CDA and CDA Institute associated events and activities to an unprecedented level of ambition and success. Alain stepped down as Executive Director on 21 February 2014, but will remain active with the CDA Institute Board of Directors. The CDA and CDA Institute – and indeed the broader Canadian Security and Defence community – thank him for his outstanding service and wish him well with his new endeavours. He can be reached via email at

His successor, Tony Battista, joins the CDA and CDA Institute following a 40-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His biography is available on the CDA Institute website. He can be reached at the CDA and the CDA Institute by phone +1 (613) 236-1252 and by email


Départ à la retraite d’Alain Pellerin et nomination de Tony Battista comme directeur exécutif de la CAD et de l’Institut de la CAD

La Conférence des associations de la défense (CAD) et l’Institut de la CAD annoncent le départ à la retraite du Alain Pellerin et la nomination de Tony Battista comme directeur exécutif de la CAD et de l’Institut de la CAD.

Alain Pellerin s’est joint à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD en juillet 1998. Pendant la dernière décennie et demie il a été un instrument de croissance de ces deux organisations et apporté à tous les événements et toutes les activités associés à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD un niveau sans précédent d’ambition et de succès. Alain s’est retiré du poste de directeur exécutif le 21 février 2014, mais il va rester actif auprès du conseil d’administration de l’Institut. La CAD et l’Institut de la CAD – et, de fait, l’ensemble de la communauté canadienne de la défense et de la sécurité – le remercient pour son service exceptionnel et lui souhaitent bon succès dans ses nouvelles entreprises. On peut le rejoindre par courriel à

Son successeur, Tony Battista, se joint à la CAD et à l’Institut de la CAD après une carrière de 40 ans dans les Forces armées canadiennes. On pourra consulter sa biographie sur le site web de l’Institut de la CAD. On peut le joindre à la CAD et l’Institut de la CAD, par téléphone, au +1 (613) 236-1252, et par courriel, à l’adresse


Minor injuries after fire aboard HMCS Protecteur

“It took some time to get that fire out,” he told reporters Friday. “We’re still assessing the damage at this point.”

17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie  Source



Expedition Club on the Parliament Hill

Article by: 26951  OCdt Ali Mansour

Since 2002, February 12th has marked the annual day to prevent child soldiering. This year the Expedition Club’s Outreach Officers were invited to Parliament Hill by 7860 Senator Roméo A. Dallaire as his special guests in order to recognize their efforts in renewing the Club’s partnership with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative.

OCdt Ali Mansour, 26851, and OCdt Samantha McDermott, 26314, attended a luncheon where the second edition of Child Soldiers: A Handbook for Security Sector Actors, was released. After the luncheon, the two OCdts had the opportunity to witness the Senator’s address to the Senate where he recognized past and continuing contributions of RMC’s Expedition Club to the Child Soldier Initiative.

Entire speech by Senator Dallaire – International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd February 2014

Pat Stogran To Lewis MacKenzie: Shame On You For Coming Out Against The Claims of Veterans

“I suffered several rude awakenings as I arrived at the golden years of my military career. First, I was demoralized at having had committed my life to a military institution that was incapable of winning the war in Afghanistan.

12723 Pat Stogran – Source


Soldier suicides ‘worrying,’ Canada’s top general says

“We are moving away from silent suffering and we’ve come a long, long way in understanding how to help our members deal with these emotional burdens,”

12192 Tom Lawson – Source

Le chef d’État major du Canada, Tom Lawson, accueille son homologue britannique à Ottawa


Two Opinions from South of the Border…

Why the Army should fire generals and promote captains

Why the military needs to recruit and promote more women

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th February 2014

Governor General to Present 35 Military Decorations:

Rideau Hall – Tuesday – 18 Feb


Caption: (L-R) Kevin, 22545 Shannon, Brittany and Andrew featured on Dragon’s Den – 5 March. Check local listings for exact timing. Fills “Critical Gap in Market”

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

Ex-Cadet 22545 Shannon Veurink (Travis), RMC ’03, will be featured on the March 5th episode of Dragon’s Den, presenting, an innovative farmland rental website. Together with her husband Kevin and brother- and sister-in-law Andrew and Brittany, the Veurink farm family saw a critical gap in the market for land rentals. is Canada’s first website designed to help landowners and farmers create rental matches.

With 40% of Canada’s farmland being rented, land leasing is one of the most critical transactions within the agriculture sector, yet no prior website targeted this need. Farmers were eager for a better solution, as were landowners, including farm widows and non-farming children, and investors and real estate professionals who seek tenants for Canada’s hottest commodity.

The Veurinks created to take the time and hassle out of land rental. The service is free for landowners and brokers, allowing them to create a listing that is instantly shared with local farmers who have registered for automated land alerts. Each listing is also sharable by email, social media, and by the site’s robust search system. Instead of traditional classified ads, interested farmers place a blind offer through the website, submitting the price per acre they would like to pay for the land, and a profile of their farm operation. This feature takes the pressure off landowners who may be uncertain about the market value for their land, since the array of offers depicts the ‘going rate’. Landowners can select any farmer they want, who then pays a 1.5% service fee based on the value of the lease.

Farmers’ reactions to have been overwhelmingly positive. Not only does it save the time that is typically wasted searching through print and online classifieds, but it also pauses the process to ensure that every interested farmer can make an offer. It’s a win-win solution for both parties.

For Veurink, Dragon’s Den is an incredible opportunity to market to Canada. While she can’t give any hints about what happened inside the Den, she says her experiences at RMC were the best preparation for facing Canada’s fiercest panel of Venture Capitalists. A graduate of the Business Administration Program (minor in psychology), Shannon said the Den was comparable to the countless presentations required at The College. “The Dragons have a degree of intimidation, but the rigor of RMC prepared me for the uncertainty and stress of that environment”, says Veurink. “No one graduates RMC without solid experience of the ‘hot seat’ of presentations and fast-paced questions and critiques.”

Since graduating in 2003, Veurink lived in New Zealand for two years and completed a BSc in Psychology. She then completed a Masters in Community, Policy, Planning and Organizational Social Work. She loves the idea that entrepreneurialism can target business and social needs through innovation, and sees as a great opportunity to do so. Veurink lives in Hagersville, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters, where they farm 3,000 acres of cash crops each year.

Be sure to tune in to CBC Dragon’s Den/March 5th (Check local listings for exact timings) to see the Veurink family in action.


Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff, 12192 General Tom Lawson (Class of ’79) and Canadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West presented a CDS Commendation to Warrant Officer Patrick Harpelle (Honourary Graduate 2011).

Former RMC Div WO Recognised for his Quick Actions and Professionalism

By 22702 Nathan Price

WO Harpelle has had the unique experience of being able to see leaders start as cadets learning basic drill at St. Jean (CFLRS) to holding senior cadet leadership positions in Kingston (RMCC) to becoming junior officers in Shilo (1 RCHA). He has had a positive influence on developing a whole generation of officers.

WO Harpelle served at the college as A Division WO for two years from 2010 until 2012. Cadets from his time at RMCC revered and respected him, within 11 months at the College the fourth years cadets selected him as an honorary graduate. This I believe was mainly due to his tact, enthusiasm and military bearing. Though in a regulatory position as a Div WO, cadets found him very approachable and could learn from his experience because he was polite, calm and firm. He taught cadets to treat others how you would like to be treated. His enthusiasm was infectious, he had a sincere interest in his duties which rubbed off on the cadets allowing them to be optimistic, cheerful, and willing to accept the challenges the College presented them. He always carried himself with a manner that reflected alertness, competence, confidence and control. Attributes that many cadets chose to emulate.

Though only posted to the RMCC for two years his impact on such a wide range of Cadets has had an exponential effect on the Canadian Armed Forces leadership.

On 15 September 2012, Warrant Officer Harpelle arrived at the scene of a vehicle accident near Wainwright, Alberta. Regardless of the fuel spill under the victim’s crushed vehicle, he climbed inside through the shattered window and administered first aid to the unconscious woman until he was relieved by emergency services personnel. Even though the victim tragically passed away in hospital, Warrant Officer Harpelle’s quick actions and professionalism brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.



Dr. Yahia Antar has won the IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal Award. Established in 2000, the RA Fessenden Silver Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of telecommunications engineering.

This is a very prestigious Canada-wide award, which will be presented on May 5th in a ceremony in Toronto during the 2014 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE).

Congratulations, Dr. Antar!


RCAF and Seneca College accelerate military pilot training

The students are part of an innovative joint program being offered by the Toronto-area college and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The new Continuing Education Officer Training Plan (CEOTP) – Pilot program has been designed to graduate a winged pilot with a Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree in just four years. That’s three years less time than it takes for a student to achieve the same qualifications at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.



Army bases stay green and lean with help from RMC team

“”The RMC Green Team is composed of house experts and professors as well as research staff that have an expertise in a certain realm. Many of these problems are multi-disciplined and need several experts to tackle their complexity,””

19930 Major (Ret) Nicholas Vlachopoulos.  Source


Don’t jail cenotaph vandals – educate them, says retired general Romeo Dallaire

“A fundamental element of the (military) profession is to discipline within,”

7860 Romeo Dallaire  Source


Q&A 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare



Outcry over military suicides may actually have ‘brought a slight honour to the act,’ Canada’s defence chief says



Top soldier says interest in military highest in years


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23847 Wesley Tse – Provides Expertise in Philippines Disaster

Posted by rmcclub on 2nd February 2014

RMCC Alumnus 23847 Wesley Tse – provides expertise in Philippines Disaster

CALGARY – Royal Military College of Canada alumnus 23847 Wesley Tse (Civil Engineering, 2008) returned earlier this week from three weeks in the Philippines after being mobilized by Engineering Ministries International as part of its disaster response to Typhoon Haiyan.

While others were still making New Year’s resolutions, Tse, who started volunteering with Engineering Ministries International while still a student at RMCC, was already en route to Tacloban, the hardest hit area which suffered the majority of the estimated 6000+ fatalities. “I had the opportunity to go and make a positive difference in someone’s life” says Tse, “how could I not go?”

Tse and another Engineering Ministries International volunteer served in partnership with a Samaritan’s Purse International Relief organization WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) team from January 1-23 to assess water situations in devastated communities in and around the city of Tacloban, maintain temporary water treatment systems, and select new clean water point locations where even temporary water was not available.


Heading back to his regular job as a Project Engineer with Ledcor Construction, Tse says: “I’d like to say ‘mission accomplished,’ but the reality is that the road to rebuild is still long. With the remarkable optimism and strong character of the Filipino people, though, there’s no doubt that this city will arise stronger than before. As the post-storm’s unofficial slogan boldly affirms: TINDOG TACLOBAN! [Rise up, Tacloban!]”

Engineering Ministries International continues to mobilize design professionals alongside its partners – the Filipino Church and local and international relief agencies – to provide services throughout relief and recovery phases. For now, another Engineering Ministries International volunteer – Michael Fryer from Sechelt, BC – has taken Tse’s place.

Donations to eMi Canada’s relief efforts can be made through .


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A Vintage RMC Match-up

Posted by rmcclub on 26th January 2014

2014 West Point Weekend – RMC Alumni Game

7643 Larry Cassie

A vintage RMC match-up – the RMC alumni old crocs on “Team Red” vs the RMC alumni rusty blades on “Team White”! It may have just been an afternoon gap filler to amuse the loyal fans awaiting the RMC vs West Point game in the evening, but the “shock and awe” intensity of the alumni game was actually a clever ploy to embolden the Paladins and rattle the West Pointers (notwithstanding the final score in that Big Game). Major Danny McLeod would have given a thumbs up to the finesse of the alumni, and above all, he would have admired the joie de vivre exhibited by his RMC proteges (aka “old-timers”). The tempo of our game was enhanced by the participation of 4 former, forever formidable, NHL’ers. For the annals of RMC alumni history, I am obliged to report that “Team Red” eked out a 4-2 win over our team (perhaps the refs overlooked a couple off-side goals). The victors and the vanquished attributed their stick-handling prowess to Danny’s sage coaching from yesteryear. By the end of the final period, all the players on both teams seemed to have rekindled their latent ability to chase the puck. And occasionally their blind passes connected. Both goalies, 14260 Gravel, and 13909 Mazzolin, were awesome. From a spectator perspective, the game could have qualified for the Sochi Olympics! Even the Zamboni was impressed. Bravo Zulu to all the alumni players who kept the hockey spirit alive at this 2014 RMC/West Point weekend. It was a fun event for all. And a special thanks to all the organizers including Bryan Bailey, Bill Oliver, Andre Labrie, and referees Paul Lystiuk and Colin O’Rourke!

The “Team Red” victors included 6508 John Adams, 10601 Dick Mohns, 13186 Les Waldron, 13846 Kevin Bryski, 14260 Dave Gravel, 15992 Andre Labrie, 16887 Sean McKnight, 18377 Liam McGarry, 19706 Patrick Lemyre, 21974 Marc Granlund, 22323 Ryan Slate, 22336 Mark Beare, Rick Smith (NHL) and Fred Barrett (NHL).

The “Team White” vanquished included 7643 Larry Cassie, 7702 Davd Tudin, 10080 Bob Booth, 10950 Dave Hall, 13666 Steve Noonan, 13909 Robert Mazzolin, 14458 Harry Kowal, 16839 Mark Brouillard, 16888 Al Meinzinger, 19416 Jeremy Stowe, 21542 Jamie Thomson, Brad Marsh (NHL) and Jean Payette (NHL).

 Click here for more pictures from the Alumni Game

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 19th January 2014

Executives, soldiers to ski to North Pole for veterans cause

Executives, soldiers to ski to North Pole for veterans cause – Group will set off from Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to raise funds for military veterans suffering from the mental illness

7771 Jim Leech (retired CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) is among the group


Commander RCN sets a course with Executive Plan


MISSION FIRST: The Hockey Life Of Riley


Christie Blatchford: Still no easy answer to whether Canadian mission in Afghanistan was ‘worth it’

There’s a great piece in the Canadian Military Journal written by an intense and unorthodox Royal Military College professor named Sean Maloney.


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 12th January 2014

HMCS Regina sets sail on 8-month counter-terrorism voyage to Arabian Sea

“It’s a counter-terrorism mission,” he said. “Right now, Toronto is in there and on her way home. Regina was in before that and Regina’s heading back with a fresh new crew to take on these duties.”

12192 Gen Tom Lawson – CDS Article


Soldier brings cheer to army family

Former N.B. resident on last tour

“I just enjoyed the excitement, the change. Every two or three years you’re changing your job and doing something different.”

11863 Morris Brause Article


 16536 Colonel Ross W. Ermel (RRMC 1989) will present “The Army Reserve:

A 38 Canadian Brigade Group Perspective” at the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba speaker’s night on January 16, 2014 at the 17 Wing Officers’ Mess.



6907 Bill Fenrick (LLB’73) recognized for work in international humanitarian law



Maj.-Gen. 2861 Dan Loomis — 1929-2013

‘Valiant officer’ led army in Ottawa-Hull during FLQ Crisis

“Dan was a brilliant student and an honours graduate,” said Withers, “but he had no intention of joining the regular army. Those of us who were going into the regular army as opposed to the reserves were called to muster. An officer from army headquarters came and said ‘when you graduate all of you are going to the Korean War’ so Dan wasn’t in that line up. But when news got around the college that we were being posted, he hastened across to see if he could join.”

Former Chief of Defence Staff 2951 Ramsey Withers Article  Previous announcement

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 5th January 2014

Royal Canadian Air Force announces pilot and theme for 2014 CF-18 Demo Team

“The Snowbirds came to my hometown to do a show when I was nine. After seeing the performance, I was hooked on everything about military aviation,” he said. “I’m thrilled about having the chance to inspire the next generation of youth to set goals and chase their dreams, all while working with some of the most professional technicians and support crews.”

“If we were called out tomorrow there is a good chance I would get to go, but as of right now we just continue training for whatever our government calls us to do essentially,” said Runge. “Our primary focus is to support NORAD and we are always ready to do that and I do my share of flights involving any activity with that.”

23821 Adam “Manik” Runge  Article  Second article

CSEC watchdog muzzled, defanged

“I shut the place down for a while.”

6508 John Adams  Article

Canada’s Brigadier-General Denis Thompson to lead Multinational Force and Observers

“”I am honoured to have been selected for this position,”” noted Brigadier-General Thompson. “”To carry on the legacy of Canadian participation in operations in the Middle East is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to assuming command over such a dynamic international team.””

14378 Denis Thompson  Article

Canadian Armed Forces Wrap-Up Operation CARIBBE 2013

“”Canadians can be proud of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who contributed to the remarkable successes achieved in this year’s Operation CARIBBE,”” said 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

“”I am extremely proud of our members and their operational success in combating illicit trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific waters,”” said 13337 Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC).   Article

Military lawyer honoured among federal Queen’s Counsel recipients who have demonstrated exemplary service

14865 Colonel Patrick Gleeson, Deputy Judge Advocate General/Operations, has received one of the highest honours within the legal profession—being designated federal Queen’s Counsel (QC), as officially announced by the Department of Justice on December 11, 2013. Article

Materiel More than just procurement and acquisitions

“”We spend too much time at work not to be enjoying what we do, so we need to get the right work-life balance and make sure people don’t mind getting up in the morning—that they actually like coming to work,””

13700 John Turner Article

Liaison Officers: an effort in synchronization and cooperation

‘‘As my first deployment abroad, it’s the ideal mission for me. I represent both the country that has helped my family and myself a lot and my country of origin,’’ confided 24988 Lieutenant Sharon Ong, an engineer from 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5CER), CFB Valcartier.  Article

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Ex Cadets in the news…

Posted by rmcclub on 8th December 2013

Unexpected MEDEVAC in the Philippines displays CAF flexibility and teamwork

“When we indicated that our eventual destination was Manila, they asked us if we could evacuate a seriously ill child to Manila,” said 20725 Maj Costelloe.




Operation Hamlet: Canadian platoon returns from Haiti

“”Our soldiers enjoy an excellent reputation on the world stage, and I could not be more proud of the work that they have accomplished in Haiti,”” says Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army. “”They helped establish a more secure and stable environment, and with their expertise, professionalism and commitment, made a successful contribution to building institutional capacity in Haiti.””



Chris Hadfield, newly minted prof, answers 4 questions



John Morris off to Roar of the Rings final after edging Kevin Martin

“I’m a Los Angeles Dodger fan,” he said. “And I remember what Tommy Lasorda said in 1988. “’In a season that is improbable, we have accomplished the impossible.’” he quoteth the Dodger manager of the day.

“Hopefully that will be applicable Sunday.”

7301 Earle Morris  Article

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 24th November 2013

A lighter side to Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide to Movember

Sense of humour – 1:08 video

Former army boss 12320 Walt Natynczyk working on 10-year plan for Canadian Space Agency

Read more:

Australian 60 Minutes 17 November 2013 – Chris Hadfield Segment


Canadian Armed Forces deploy additional resources to Philippines

“Canadians can be proud of the speed with which their Canadian Armed Forces have responded to this tragic situation,” said 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. “The people of the Philippines need help, and on behalf of Canada, we’re providing it.”  More

Military names new Chaplain General – 14429 Brigadier-General John Fletcher -


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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 3rd November 2013


An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: Chris Hadfield has big plans for life after the final frontier

The Government of Canada Commemorates the Battle of Châteauguay

“The Battle of Châteauguay is a prime example of the illustrious history of Canada’s Army,” said Lieutenant-General 12966 Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army. “This event serves as a reminder that, be they historical battles or more recent engagements, Canadian soldiers have proven time and again to be a capable and formidable force. We are indeed ‘Strong. Proud. Ready.’”

The CT-114 Tutor: A half century of excellence

Cold War memento returned to family of fallen RCAF navigator

“So many things we do in our careers, and in or lives are important, but lack human impact,” says Lieutenant-Colonel 12883 Art Agnew. “The return of this painting was like being a part of history. It linked the United Kingdom with Canada and spanned decades. It linked families, friends and strangers over so many years.

“When Mrs. Fillion commissioned this painting it was with the idea of remembering her husband – it has done so much more! It has been a privilege to be a small part of this story, and terribly satisfying to reunite it with the Fillion family.”

Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton under fire as 8287 Marc Garneau accuses him of being ‘well known for mopping up ethical problems’

Op-Ed: National interests collide in shipbuilding strategy

5105 J.L. Granatstein

The 2013 Canadian Armed Forces Sports Awards Ceremony was held on Friday Oct. 25 and honoured the outstanding athletes, teams and contributors to CAF National Sports. Among the winners were the following ex-Cadets. If we missed anyone, please let us know. (The following are excerpts from the Canadian Forces National Sports Facebook Page)


The 2013 Canadian Armed Forces Sports Awards Ceremony

The annual ceremony was held on Friday Oct. 25 and honoured the outstanding athletes, teams and contributors to CAF National Sports.

Among the winners were the following ex-Cadets.  If we missed anyone, please let us know. (The following are excerpts from the Canadian Forces National Sports Facebook Page)

Honour Roll Inductee



Builder / Bâtisseur

LCdr Lawton has played a critical role in the growth of civilian and military triathlon. As the senior member of the CAF Triathlon Committee and as CISM Team Manager, he consistently supports his athletes’ success. In the civilian triathlon community, LCdr Lawton founded the Shearwater Navy Triathlon and was its Race Director from 2003-2009, was also the Race Director and Developer of the Bridgetown Triathlon. / Le Capc Lawton a joué un rôle crucial dans l’évolution du triathlon au sein des ligues civiles et militaires. En qualité de membre dirigeant du comité de triathlon des FAC et de gérant d’équipe au CISM, il a toujours épaulé les athlètes dans leurs réussites. Dans la communauté civile du triathlon, le Capc Lawton a été le fondateur du triathlon de la Marine de Shearwater et directeur de la course de 2003 à 2009. Il a également exercé les fonctions de directeur de la course et de promoteur du triathlon de Bridgetown.


CAF Female Athlete of the Year


Multi-sports / Multisports


Royal Canadian Air Force / Aviation royale canadienne

On the ice, Capt Smith led her hockey team to win CAF Nationals, won gold at the World Pond Hockey Championships, and won the women’s division of RedBull Crashed Ice Halifax. In summer sports, she was captain of her Slo-Pitch Team, and had the top women’s time at Triathlon Regionals. / Sur la patinoire, le Capt Smith a mené son équipe à la victoire aux Championnats nationaux de hockey des FAC. Membre de l’équipe qui a gagné la médaille d’or aux Championnats mondiaux de hockey sur glace naturelle, elle a aussi remporté la compétition RedBull Crashed Ice de Halifax dans la division féminine. Pour ce qui est des sports d’été, le Capt Smith a été capitaine de l’équipe féminine de balle lente et a enregistré le meilleur chrono chez les femmes aux Championnats régionaux de triathlon.


CAF Male Athlete of the Year


Taekwondo (Lightweight Division) / Taekwondo (division des poids léger)


Military Personnel Command / Commandement du personnel militaire

Competing against Canada’s best, OCdt Song finished 8th at Olympic Trials, and ended 2012 ranked 5th nationally. He also finished 5th at the World University Championships, representing the CAF with distinction. In CAF competition, he won the gold medal at the National Championships and was named Tournament MVP. / L’Élof Song s’est mesuré aux meilleurs athlètes de taekwondo au Canada et a réussi à se hisser au 8e rang lors des essais olympiques et a terminé l’année en 5e place à l’échelle nationale. Il a également récolté une 5e place aux Universiades où il a représenté les FAC avec distinction. Dans les compétitions militaires, l’Élof Song a remporté la médaille d’or aux Championnats nationaux des FAC et a été nommé le meilleur athlète du tournoi.


The complete results may be found here at the Canadian Forces National Sports Facebook Page

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 27th October 2013

23578 Capt Ashley Collette was the only woman in her platoon of soldiers on the Afghan front line – and she was in charge. In the Canadian armed forces, unusually, every job is open to women – and both sexes live together and fight together.

23578 Captain Collette: The life of a woman on the front line

“I don’t think that the enemy liked our presence,” she says with a soldier’s understatement. “It’s kind of in the middle of where they want to be.”

Moose Jaw celebrates 200,000 flying hours on the Harvard trainer

“To reach this 200,000 hour milestone in 13 years with 24 aircraft is simply incredible,” said 14561 Colonel Paul Goddard, the commander of 15 Wing. “We don’t stop for much around here because our focus is to create the foundation air power for the Air Force.”

Canadian ships to stay on Arabian Sea patrol

“During the four rotations that have been part of Operation Artemis, our crews have done outstanding work, including flag-verification boardings and interdiction operations, which greatly support security in this important region,” said 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of joint operations command.

Branch to be renamed to honour fallen soldier

With his executive’s blessing, Rittwage contacted Peter Dawe, Capt. Dawe’s father, and told him the legion wanted to honour his son – 22596 Matthew Dawe.

Chris Hadfield’s three tips for succeeding in a competitive field

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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 14th October 2013

Spy agency CSEC needs MPs’ oversight, ex-director says

In a rare interview, 6508 John Adams told CBC’s Greg Weston he thinks the government must do more “to make Canadians more knowledgeable about what the intelligence agencies are trying to do on their behalf.”

H7860 Romeo Dallaire, former UN commander who witnessed Rwanda genocide, pleads for action on PTSD

“I had nothing left. I was actually attempting to be suicidal and I was putting the mission at risk,”

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield lands professor post at Ontario university

The University of Waterloo says H13738 Chris Hadfield’s first task on campus will be assisting research into why some astronauts get fainting spells when they return to Earth — knowledge it says will also be useful for elderly people prone to falling.

RCAF “Rescue 912” crew wins 2013 Cormorant Trophy and Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award

Captain 24013 Jonathon Groten (first officer) of Kingston, Ontario.

Army Commander issues statement addressing troops returning from Afghanistan

The Commander of the Canadian Army, 12966 Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, issued the following statement: HERE

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Ex Cadets & More in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 6th October 2013

The Board of Directors of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) today announced the appointment of 13605 Greg Caws as the organization’s new President and CEO

“I am excited to be joining both the BCIC team and our stakeholders to continue making British Columbia a great place to do technology business,”



A successful 18 months – Task Force Northwood concludes its contribution to Operation ARTEMIS

“”The most important function of the NATO Shipping Centre is to facilitate and ensure the lines of communication are open between the military and the shipping community,”” says Lieutenant Commander xxxxx Greg Walker, TFN’s Task Force Commander “”this function is critical and provides industry with a direct link to MARCOM.””  (Check for college number – Otter – I believe)

Army commanders meet in Germany to discuss security concerns

Lieutenant-General 12966 Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, attended the conference to participate in the multilateral sessions and engage with his European counterparts.

Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff visits North American Aerospace Defense Command

“”It is always a great pleasure for me to visit NORAD, and to see our Canadian Armed Forces members and their American colleagues, working together for our mutual defence,”” said General 12192 Tom Lawson. “”NORAD really is the cornerstone of our continental defence; and this trip provided an important opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen this great institution as we prepare for the future.””

Effective Project management article on page 16

“Never tell a man what to do. Tell him what has to be done and he will surprise you with his ingenuity”

10143 Mike McCartney (quoting from George Patton)

New Military Judge appointment

Government of Canada announced the appointment of  14435 Colonel Michael Gibson, M.S.M., C.D., as a military judge.

U.S. Government shutdown mission impacts on U.S. Air Force Academy

Superintendent’s Notes – West Point

HIGH PRIORITY: Due to Government shutdown, this USNA website is not being updated.

Mission Accomplished – 20 Years later

Over two decades ago, Kingston’s own Lubomyr Luciuk (photo left), now a professor at the Royal Military College, initiated a campaign aimed at recalling an unhappy episode in Canadian history. Between 1914-1920 thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were branded as “enemy aliens,” forced to do heavy labour for the profit of their jailers, disenfranchized, and subjected to other state-sanctioned censures, not because of any wrong they had done, but only because of who they were, where they had come from. Once described as “Germans, Austrians and Turks,” most of the internees were actually civilians, including women and children, some of them Canadian born or naturalized British subjects. Most were Ukrainian by ethnicity, with Croats, Serbians, Hungarians, and other nationalities also represented. The majority had been lured to the Dominion with promises of freedom and free land, only to find their civil liberties undone with the outbreak of the Great War because they came bearing the passports of the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman Turkish or German empires. Twenty-four internment camps held over 8,500 men and some members of their families during the war years and to the late spring of 1920. Thousands of others were branded as “enemy aliens” and forced to report regularly to the police. Fort Henry, where Luciuk unveiled a commemorative plaque in 1994, was the first permanent internment camp established during the First World War, following passage of the now-notorious War Measures Act.

On Friday, 13 September, Dr Luciuk participated in the opening ceremony of a permanent exhibit at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, in Banff National Park. Commenting he said:

” The building that houses this new museum is very evocative, resembling one of the barracks in which the internees were held. And, of course, the site itself is remarkable, set beside the actual place where the internee barracks once stood. While the exhibits need to be revised, since they do not well convey the indignities and injustices suffered by the so-called enemy aliens, this place hallows the memory of all who were subjected to a national humiliation. A time for atonement has finally come.”

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