Lieutenant-General Lessard briefing March 24th 2010
By: 24558 Michael Desaulniers-Guitard
Lieutenant-General Lessard’s presentation to the RMC 4th year class during PMT on Wednesday, March 24th, touched upon several important and relevant subjects which gave soon-to-be 2LTs an important reminder of what everything we do at RMC is for, that is, preparation for future deployments and overseas operations.
Lt. General Lessard’s presentation focused on three aspects of what Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM) does for Canada. Lt. General Lessard described high, middle, and low intensity operations which CEFCOM handles around the globe.
He described Afghanistan as an example CEFCOM’s high intensity deployment, with combat troops and a new emphasis of population-centric operations involving protection of the Afghan people from the Taliban.
Next, Lt. General Lessard described middle intensity operations such as the Navy’s role along the Horn of Africa combating pirates and securing international trade routes as part of Canada’s participation in the international effort on the U.S.-led War on Terror.
Lastly, the CEFCOM commander described low intensity operations in the context of Canada’s contributions to the disaster relief effort in Haiti and how the 2100+ Canadian Forces personnel have made a difference in that country.
To close his presentation, Lieutenant-General Lessard gave a few words of wisdom to the graduating class of 2010. As future junior commanders, the general told us that the adventure was just about to begin and that this was the greatest time to be in the CF (Lieutenant-General Lessard has been in the CF since 1974). He emphasised the need for us to be mentally and physically fit so as to be able to effectively lead when we would all eventually serve under CEFCOM one day.
RMC-C and the Class of 1958 hosted Ms Serena Joseph-Harris who delivered the annual Class of 1958 Public Lecture entitled: Challenges That International Drug Trafficking and Criminal Activity Pose for Western Hemisphere Security.
The Lecture was held in Currie Hall last Tuesday and was well attended by both faculty and cadets. Also in attendance was 4183 Ron Neville representing the Class of 1958. He gave a brief background talk on the significance of these types of Lectures which otherwise would not be available to RMC-C.
Two well spoken cadets who are shown in the Slide Show had this to say:
Ms. Serena Joseph-Harris provided a much needed holistic view of the issues facing Western Hemispheric security. Her expert knowledge of the links amongst the drug trade, political extremism, money laundering and challenges to governance was insightful. I was particularly surprised by the estimated size, strength and reach of drug cartels that, in Latin American and the Caribbean, are able to field weapons beyond the capacity of the local military!
24742 OCdt(IV)Matthew Hou
Ms. Joseph Harris was knowledgeable and well spoken, addressing all pertinent issues of the drug trade. Her research was quite intensive and it was evident that the concerns mentioned are not restricted to a regional level of interest, but impact the global economy and the global political sphere as well. To a Cadet, the presentation was important and interesting as despite the fact that it was not the main point of her lecture, Ms. Joseph Harris relayed the relevancy of Canadian interests in dispelling the drug trade as well as the possible role Canada will have to play in this endeavor. Considering the scope of the issue, young officers in the CF will be forced to deal with some of the ramifications of the international drug trade while on deployments world wide.
From a personal point of view, I was astounded by the figures presented and had not been previously aware of the impressive span of the illegal drug trade. More importantly though, I found the subject to have been well researched and efforts to combat the growing issue well organized and executed. Having said this however, it became quite evident that more efforts and international cooperation will be necessary to eradicate the problem entirely.
On behalf of the Royal Military College, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Joseph Harris for her presentation tonight. The presentation was insightful and holds great significance in the scheme of current critical issues. The opportunity to discuss matters which will play a role in the course of many of our careers is greatly appreciated. As a memento of thanks, I’d like to present Ms. Joseph Harris with a copy of Truth, Duty, Valour.
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Photo Credit: Brad Lowe
Spotlight on Varsity Sports Awards
By 24991 Aarthi Prabhakaran CW Varsity Sports Information (inserted photo)
The 2010 Annual Varsity Sports Awards took place this past Wednesday evening, in the transformed New Gym. The evening started with a classy cocktail hour for all of the hard working varsity cadets and coaches dressed to the nines in formal attire. Once the bagpipes played everyone assembled into the New Gym where a dramatic stage and black curtain backdrop had been erected for the occasion. After a beautiful rendition of Oh Canada by the RMC Choir, the masters of ceremonies 24945 Stephanie Stone and 24884 Steve Juillet welcomed all the guests to the ceremony.
Throughout the evening various Cadets walked up to the stage to receive their awards for their accomplishments this season. The list of winners is listed above.
The winner of the H.R.H. Prince of Wales Cup 24662 Jeff Oke gave a comical yet heartfelt speech that thanked all those in this career here at RMC. He spoke of all the support that the RMC community had given him and the excellent training he was provided with on the Men’s Hockey Team. The audience laughed when he shared with them the secret to his skill on the ice was when he figured out “he needed to stop playing hockey as an engineer.”
The night ended with a quick speech from the Commandant expressing his awe at the hard work of the cadets who take on the challenge of the Varsity Program followed by a reception in the Cadet Mess. What a way to end a season, Go Paladins Go!
We had an interesting visitor drop by our Panet House office last week.
OCdt III Adam Z. Masood(photo left) who happens to be enrolled in the Reserve Entry Training Program (RETP). What really caught our attention in a hurry is that he is a fully paid up lifetime member of the RMC Club. Has been since I Year!
Adam is looking for a mechanical engineering related “Co-op” position for the summer. Being RETP, he has that option.
We were very impressed with his presence, not to mention the initiative it took for him to present his case. Also, we constantly remind cadets – take out a membership – learn to network early in your career. Adam has taken us up on the offer.
Anyone reading this article who is in a position to hire Adam for the summer – or you know someone who may be interested in meeting and / or communicating and possibly hiring him – read the following:
My name is Adam Masood and I spoke to you earlier with interest in finding summer Co-op employment for the upcoming Summer 2010.
I am currently a 3rd year Officer Cadet at RMC, studying mechanical engineering. As a reservist under the Reserve Entry Training Program (RETP), I am currently looking for summer employment to gain engineering experience. If I may tell you a little about myself: At RMC, I am a member of the varsity soccer team and the Engineering Society. I have gained leadership skills as the Cadet Wing Recreation Officer where my role has involved organizing and aiding the recreational clubs at RMC. Outside of school, I referee soccer in competitive local leagues.
I am very keen and interested in gaining engineering experience in preferably the Toronto and the GTA (Mississauga, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering, etc) areas. I am especially interested in engineering design or power generation work but I am open to gaining engineering experience in all disciplines.
On Monday, the College was pleased to host BGen Dave Millar, Comd JTFN. After a brief office call with the Commandant, BGen Millar received briefings on the ALOY program and then visited with the ALOY students. As JTFN, BGen Millar has a particular interest in the ALOY students and the health and longevity of the ALOY program. By all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw and learned, and is eager to assist the ALOY program as much as possible.
On Monday morning the College was again pleased to welcomeMGen Gosselin, Comd CDA for a visit to the Academic Wing. Following a short office call with the Cmdt and Principal, Comd CDA met with the Deans for a discussion on a broad range of Academic matters of interest. The Comd was then given the opportunity to visit the Cyber Security lab and see the incredible work being done by the faculty and students. Overall, a highly successful visit which permitted an excellent exchange of perspectives and allowed the Comd to again see , first hand, the excellent work of the Academic Wing.
On Tues, the College had the great honour of hosting Ms Serena Joseph-Harris as our guest speaker for the Class of ’58 lecture. Ms Joseph-Harris joined us from Trinidad-Tobago and provided an exceptional lecture on the challenges and implications of narcotic trafficking in the Caribbean Basin.
RMC is deeply appreciative of the generosity of the Class of ’58 in sponsoring this important lecture series. Special thanks to Ron and Joan Neville for their leadership in coordinating this year’s event and for joining us for the lecture. Events such as these contribute to the College ‘Margin of Excellence’ thereby providing the Cadets and staff the unique opportunity to hear from distinguished speakers such as Ms Joseph-Harris. (See slide show and comments from Cadets on this presentation – elsewhere in this edition)
Also, on Wednesday, Capt(N) Darren Hawco from the Maritime Staff provided the 3rd class a very informative lecture on Maritime Command. It was an honour to have both of these speakers at the College.
Wed night – The ‘stars were out’ dressed in their finest, the photographers were going crazy, the reporters were everywhere while the music from the balcony and entertainers on the stage performed brilliantly. The only thing missing was the ‘red carpet’.. but nonetheless, the annual Varsity Awards was an incredible evening during which the Athletic Stars of RMC were recognized.
The College has had another terrific Varsity Year thanks to the tremendous leadership of the Coaches and staff as well as the ‘grit and determination’ of the Athletes. The Commandant and senior staff of the College enjoyed the opportunity to hand out this year’s awards. As the Commandant reminded all the Cadets in his closing remarks, “Sports is not just a “College thing”, it is part of the CF Culture of Fitness, it must be a lifestyle that you commit yourself to as leaders in the CF. A challenge that only becomes more difficult as you progress in your careers and your schedules become increasingly full. But you must remain fit to be effective.”
On Thurs the College bid farewell to Capt Helen Pettis. After a very successful tour as a Squadron Commander, Helen is retiring. Capt Pettis has contributed immensely to the College and her professionalism, leadership and smile will be missed. All the best Helen!. (See photos & write-up elsewhere in this edition)
On Fri and Saturday the College was exceptionally honoured to host the three Environmental Commanders; VAdm McFadden, LGen Leslie and LGen Deschamps for MOC weekend. During a series of social, athletic and briefing events, the Cadets from each of the environments had the opportunity to hear about what’s happening in their service and more importantly, at this stage, to hear what’s happening with them during the upcoming summer and beyond. The fact that all three ECSs took the time out of their very hectic schedules to be at the College this weekend is a direct reflection of the level of importance that they place on the work being done at RMC. The ECSs know and appreciate that the graduates of RMC represent a large proportion of their leaders of the future. We are thankful for their ongoing support and commitment to RMC and we look forward to seeing them all back on 21 May to witness the graduation and commissioning of the Class of 2010.
On Sunday morning the smell of fresh bacon and good coffee was prevalent around 6 Merritt Drive as the Cadets enjoyed another great brunch at the Commandant’s House. With Easter fast approaching, the “College Mom”, Brenda, had the Chocolate Easter eggs in bowls and was, as always, busy whipping up the eggs while the Commandant was flipping the pancakes. Once again, it was a great morning which permitted the cadets a chance to see the residence, socialize with other Cadets and spoil “Bailey”, the Commandant and Brenda’s dog. There will be two more brunches before the end of the year and the lists are filling. Given the growing number of ‘remedial / repeat ‘brunchers’ J, I think that the word is definitely out on where to find a great meal/enjoyable company on a Sunday morning – an opportunity not to be missed.
The Commandant’s brunch this morning was quite successful. It was a welcome change to food at the mess. (Let’s be honest, there’s only so much you can do when you’re cooking for a thousand people.) Despite the oven breaking only a few hours before, Commodore Truelove and his lovely wife, Brenda put on an excellent meal.
It was really nice to have the opportunity to see inside the residence; I walk by the house so frequently, yet I’d never seen past the front door. The main and second level were very modern and well decorated, while the basement still had an eerie ‘hundred years old’ kind of feel. The room at the very end of the basement hallway was dug straight out of the rock bed. Many of the rooms upstairs had bells in them, which would ring down to a board in the kitchen. It was really interesting to see how some of the historical parts of the house had been untouched.
24983 OCdt (III) Lisa-Caitlin Mueller
Although they reported having technical difficulties in the kitchen this morning, Commodore Truelove and his family hosted us to a wonderful brunch, yet again. It was my second time attending Commandant’s Brunch and it was better than I remembered.
Thank you very much to the Commandant and his family for welcoming us into his historic home, giving us the opportunity to relax with a few friends and letting us enjoy an excellent home cooked meal!
24598 OCdt (IV) Caitlin Clapp
Mid-morning I and three colleagues whom I had met along the way walked to the Commandant’s residence through the brisk and cool lake wind blowing across the peninsula. The weather gave a refreshing and vivacious spirit to the day, which would well reflect the relaxed activities of the event.
My colleagues and I were welcomed by Mrs. Truelove herself and she immediately made us feel right at home. All the guests were invited to explore every nook and cranny of the historic house and help ourselves to the refreshments provided. Helping myself to a glass of offered orange juice, I proceeded to look around.
The house was much larger than expected and one could tell from the from the unique layout that it was indeed a house of an older style. Passing from room to room I marvelled at the different pictures and plaque filled with history of the College. It looked much different back in the day. I found the boomerang and telescope in the Commandant’s office very interesting. ( I hope that room wasn’t out of bounds, but the door was open).
After the cadets had tired or wandering the hallways and spelunking in the depths of the basement, the Commandant gathered everyone to make an announcement. He expressed how glad he was to welcome all the cadets into his home, but that there had been a small setback. Alas, the oven was experiencing technical difficulties, and being ready for the unexpected, the menu was altered to accommodate sole usage of the stove top.
The brunch was excellent with muffins, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and assorted fruits. Each had his fill while sitting down and enjoying each other’s company. We, the guests, and our hosts got to know each other a little better and share stories while relaxing from the strenuous activities of this time of the year. Everyone enjoyed themselves, whether it was just the food, each other’s company, or both. After a few hours of shared friendship, we, the grateful guests, began to depart thanking the Commandant and his family on the way to the door.
Commodore Bill Truelove, RMC-C Commandant was one of a packed Senior Staff Mess (SSM) last Thursday when friends and colleagues were on hand to wish Helene Pettis a fond farewell and a happy retirement from the Canadian Forces.
22570 CAPTAIN HELENE PETTIS (RMC 2003) – RETIREMENT
By: Major M.M. Parisien
On Thursday the 25th of March, at the SSM, a retirement ceremony was held to thank Capt Helene Pettis for her nearly 12 Years of Service to the CF and to wish her the best of luck in her future.
Captain Helene Pettis, the current 5 Sqn Comd at RMC is retiring from the CF after almost 12 years of service. Helene enrolled in the CF in June of 99 and attended RMC. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and, once trained, was posted to 2 General Service Battalion with CFB Petawawa where she spent about two years. She and Service Husband Shawn Pettis were married in 2005.
She was then posted to 5ieme GSS Soutien Materiel in St Hubert in 2006; she and Shawn celebrated the birth of both of their sons, Brandon and Ryan during that posting.
Helene was selected to complete her Tech Staff Course with RMC during this academic year 2009-2010 but she decided that it was her intent to retire from the CF prior to the completion of that course. Therefore she found herself without a job at RMC, much to the Mil Wing’s excitement. Helene was approached and was very happy to find a home within the RMC Military Wing as a Sqn Commander. Helene is a multi-talented athlete who seems to have a natural talent for all things sports. It would be easier to list the sports that Helene does not enjoy at a competitive level, than those she does!
Now Helene has decided that it is time to retire, and concentrate on her family and we thank her for her service and wish her luck
Two Photo credits for this article: OCdt Andrew Sheahan
Annual Student Papers Night Competition of the Professional Engineers
On 24 March 2010, the Annual Student Papers Night Competition of the Professional Engineers of Ontario was held in Kingston at Queen’s University. Four teams were selected to represent RMC from the Civil Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments.OCdts Marson and Stockwell won first place ($300) for their project, “Range of Motion Monitor.” A team from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s won second place ($200). OCdts McGee and Pollard won third place ($100) for their project, “Multiple Acceleration Stage Coilgun.”
Congratulations to all winners and competitors!
Mercredi, le 24 mars 2010 a eu lieu à l’université Queen’s à Kingston la compétition annuelle de la soirée des exposés étudiants parrainée par les Ingénieurs Professionnels de l’Ontario. Le CMR était représenté par quatre équipes provenant des départements de génie civil et génie electrique et informatique. Les Élofs Marson et Stockwell ont remporté la première place(300$) avec leur projet “Moniteur de variation de mouvement”. Une équipe du département de génie électrique et informatique de Queen’s a gagné deuxième place (200$). Les Élofs McGee et Pollard ont remporté la troisième place (100$) avec leur projet “Fusil électromagnétique à accélération par étape multiple.
Félicitations à tous les gagnants et participants.
1st Place (RMC)
OCdt Don Marson and OCdt Collin Stockwell
Range of Montion Monitoring System
Supervisor – Dr. Alain Beaulieu
2nd Place (Queen’s)
Kevin Grieg, Jeet Mandal, and Greg Reynen
Low Frequency Signal Generator for Biomedical Applications
Among the many changes – Maj.-Gen. M.J. Ward (photo) will be appointed Commander Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, replacing Maj.-Gen. J.P.Y.D. Gosselin.
M.N.D. Announces Canadian Forces Senior Promotions, Appointments & Retirements
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce the senior Canadian Forces (CF) promotions and appointments for 2010. These officers lead the CF in defending Canada’s values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad.
“The men and women of the Canadian Forces are performing at a very demanding tempo and strong leadership is essential for our continued success,” said Minister MacKay. “I firmly believe that these General Officers and Flag Officers, with their knowledge, experience and skills will rise to the challenges that lie ahead of them.”
“I have trust and confidence that these men and women possess the critical leadership attributes to assume these key appointments and command positions both in Canada and internationally,” said General Walter Natyncyzk, Chief of the Defence Staff. “I know these senior officers, and I am confident in their ability to excel in leading the men and women under their command.
The following promotions, appointments and retirements for Regular Force senior officers will take place in 2010:
We cherry picked as many Ex cadets from the original list that we recognized. We apologize in advance if we did inadvertenly miss anyone…and we likely did!
– Vice-Admiral J.A.D. Rouleau will be appointed Canadian military representative to the NATO in Brussels, replacing Lt.-Gen. C.J.R. Davis, who will be retiring;
– Maj.-Gen. S.A. Beare will be appointed Deputy Commander – NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan (NTM-A) International Security Assistance Force HQ in Afghanistan, replacing Maj.-Gen. M.J. Ward;
– Rear Admiral N.S. Greenwood will be appointed Commander Joint Task Force Pacific and Commander Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt, replacing Rear Admiral T.H.W. Pile, who will be retiring;
– Maj.-Gen. J.M.M. Hainse will be appointed Deputy Director General International Security Policy at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Commodore D.C. Gardam;
– Rear Admiral P.A. Maddison will be appointed Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Rear Admiral N.S. Greenwood;
– Maj.-Gen. M.J. Ward will be appointed Commander Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, replacing Maj.-Gen. J.P.Y.D. Gosselin;
– Commodore R.W. Greenwood will be promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington), replacing Maj.- Gen. D.W. Langton, who will be retiring;
– Commodore M.F.R. Lloyd will be promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Chief of Force Development at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Maj.-Gen. S.A. Beare;
– Brig.-Gen. J.A.J. Parent will be promoted to Maj.-Gen. and appointed Deputy Commander Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Maj.-Gen. P.J. Devlin;
– Brig.-Gen. J.M.C. Rousseau will be promoted to Maj.-Gen. and appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Maj.-Gen. M.G. MacDonald, who will be retiring;
– Commodore A.M. Smith will be promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Chief of Military Personnel at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Maj.-Gen. W. Semianiw;
– Brig.-Gen. R.V. Blanchette will be appointed Director General Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) at NDHQ Ottawa;
– Commodore P.T.E. Finn will be appointed Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Commodore R.W. Greenwood;
– A/Brig.-Gen. C.R. King will be promoted to Brig.-Gen and appointed Director General Operations, Strategic Joint Staff at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Brig.-Gen. R.V. Blanchette;
– Brig.-Gen. J.C. Madower will be appointed Assistant Chief Military Personnel at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Commodore A.M. Smith;
– Brig.-Gen. E.N. Matern will be appointed Chief of Staff (Operations) Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command in Ottawa, replacing Brig.-Gen.J.A.J. Parent;
– Brig.-Gen. D.B. Millar will be appointed Director of Operations, Defence/International Security, Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat at the Pricy Council Office in Ottawa, replacing Brig.-Gen. J.M.C. Rousseau;
– Brig.-Gen. D.G. Neasmith will be appointed to the Combined Security Transition Command Assistant Commanding General for Afghan national army development in Afghanistan, replacing Brig.-Gen. P.F. Wynnyk;
– Acting Brig.-Gen. J.G.E. Tremblay was promoted to Brig.-Gen. and remains as Deputy Commanding General (US) I Corps in Fort Lewis, Washington;
– Brig.-Gen. J.H. Vance will be appointed Director General Land Capability Development at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Brig.-Gen. J.R.A. Tremblay;
– Brig.-Gen. P.F. Wynnyk will be appointed Commander Land Force Western Area in Edmonton, replacing Brig.-Gen. M.P. Jorgensen;
– Capt. (Navy) M.S. Adamson will be promoted to Commodore and appointed Project Manager Canadian Surface Combatant at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Commodore P.T.E. Finn;
– Col. K.A. Corbould will be promoted to Brig.-Gen. (acting while so employed) and appointed Deputy Commander 10 Mountain Division HQ in Afghanistan;
– Col. F.A. Lewis will be promoted to Brig.-Gen. and appointed Commander Land Force Central Area in Toronto, replacing Brig.-Gen. J.G.J.C. Collin;
– Col. D.J. Milner will be promoted to Brig.-Gen. (acting while so employed) and appointed Commander Joint Task Force in Afghanistan replacing Brig.-Gen. J.B.D. Menard;
– Capt. (Navy) D.L. Sing will be promoted Commodore (acting while so employed) and appointed Director General Naval Personnel at NDHQ Ottawa, replacing Commodore L.M. Hickey;
– Col. J.P.J. St-Amand was promoted to Brig.-Gen. and appointed J5 Director Strategic Plans in Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) HQ, Mons Casteau, Belgium.
After distinguished service to the CF and Canada, the following senior officers will complete their careers and retire from the CF Regular Force in 2010:
– Maj.-Gen. J.D.A. Hincke;
– Rear Admiral T.H.W. Pile;
– Brig.-Gen. D.A. Davies;
– Brig.-Gen. J.P.P.J. Lacroix; Former RMC-C DCdt & Comdt
Bill Lewis, 13134, Class of 1981 and presently the Director of AMS and the CO of the PG and Military Faculty is also this year’s District Deputy Grand Master for Prince Edward District of the Masonic Fraternity.
Ontario is divided up into 44 Districts, each with an annually elected District Deputy Grand Master. In addition to his duties in Prince Edward District, Right Worshipful Brother Bill Lewis has also led a committee that was looking into the possibility of establishing a lodge in Afghanistan for the Masons in the CF that were serving there. After 5 years of work, a Lodge of Discussion operating under the Charter of Trent Lodge held its first meeting on 4 March 2010, and will be having meetings on the First and Third Thursdays of each month in KAF.
Perhaps also of interest is that General Sir Arthur Currie, a name very familiar to RMC Cadets, was also District Deputy Grand Master, in 1905 in Victoria District. During the First World War, many servicemen were Freemasons, and attended many lodges in England and France. Of note, one memorable meeting of Canada Lodge during the war took place on April 23, 1918 when 3 notable Brethren were present, R.W. Bro. Sir Arthur W. Currie, K.C.B., K.C.M.G, Corps Commander, Canadian Expeditionary Force, W. Bro. Sir Richard Turner, V.C., K.G.B., K.C.M.G, D.S.O., Commander, II Division, C.E.F., and W. Bro. Sir David Watson, K.C.B., C.M.G., Commander, IV Division, C.E.F
4586 Professor Richard (Robin) A. L. Carter (RRMC, RMC 1959) I am a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary. After graduating from Royal Roads and Royal Military College with a B.A. (Economics), I joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and served in the 2nd Bn and Regt Depot. I qualified as a parachutist (18 jumps) and a US Army Ranger.
While I was with the Patricias I took an evening course in statistics at the University of Alberta. My success in that course persuaded me to seek a career in inference instead of in infantry, so I entered Queen’s University after leaving the army. During my stay at Queen’s I studied under Prof, T.M. Brown who served in the RCAF from 1941 to 1945 and had been a faculty member at RMC from 1959 to 1962. Prof Brown was interested in the econometrics of simultaneous equations models and I wrote a PhD thesis under his supervision which was concerned with the properties of classical estimators for these models.
My first faculty appointment was at the University of Victoria. Shortly after Prof. Brown moved from Queen’s to the University of Western Ontario I joined him there; first as a research associate then as a regular faculty member. Aside from leaves spent at: Universitat Mannheim (1978-9), University of Cambridge (1981-2), University of Iowa (1988-9) and University of Chicago (1995-6), the rest of my career was spent at Western. Over time my research interests shifted from simultaneous equation econometrics towards several new areas. In the area of econometric theory I have worked on shrinkage estimation in linear regression models and on nonparametric methods. I have also done applied econometrics in the areas of economics and law and the economics of health care. During the last few years I have become convinced that Bayesian methods are better tools for inference in economics than classical methods so my research has been in the area of Bayesian econometrics.
The photo of me with the helmet on was taken on the summit of North Howser Tower in Bugaboo Provincial Park, British Columbia. My sour expression is due to my realization that we would be hit by a thunder storm in only a few minutes. We descended safely and lived to gain many more summits and take many more photos. The other photo is of me receiving a black belt in Aikido last year.
14591 Mr. André Mech (RRMC 1984) is a Projects Executive, Global Gold Standanrd Emission Gredits. He 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. André has written more than 48 greenhouse gas plans and conducted hundreds of investigations for numerous corporations and organizations in the emissions reduction management sector. André 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.
André 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. André regularly speaks on the closely related subject of financially responsible environmentalism to Government Committees, Conferences, Professional Associations and Schools. André 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.” André 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. André is named as the inventor or co-inventor on three patents. *
17435 Dr. Michael Brydon (RRMC RMC 1990) is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Business Administration. His twin research interests in technology and applied decision making are a natural result of his M.Eng., B. Eng. (Royal Military College of Canada) and a PhD in Commerce (UBC). His research straddles the disciplinary boundaries of computer science, economics and decision theory and examines the potential uses of information technology to support decision-making in complex, uncertain environments. His research has involved a number of firms including Alcan, DuPont, Avcorp, and VanCity and has been funded by both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Michael’s interests outside of work have gradually been reduced to just one, however: parenting.
15508 Dr. Michael Fowler (RMC 1986, MASc – Queens 1988, PhD – RMC 2003) is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include: fuel cell design, fuel cell reliability and failure modes, accelerated testing, hydrogen production and distribution, greener energy system, and life cycle analysis.
Dr. Fowler is active with both the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuel Team building plug-in hybrid vehicles with both battery packs and hydrogen fuel cells on board the vehicle; as well as H2U Student Team which has won international design competitions for green energy system designs. He and his wife Helen spend much of their time as chauffeur two teen age daughters email@example.com.
E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003) spoke to 3959 Phil Smith’s (RMC 1958), who has been the Class Secretary of RMC’58 for almost fifty years. He has served on the RMC Club Executive and on the Board of the RMC Foundation.
e-veritas: What was your background at the college.
3959 Phil Smith’s (RMC 1958): My early years were spent in Preston, [now Cambridge], Ontario. In 1958 I graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, with Honours in Political Science, followed by a Degree in Politics and Economics from Queen’s University.
e-veritas: What did you do after the military college experience?;
Phil Smith: I served for several years as a paratroop officer with the Royal Canadian Regiment. I left the Regular Army to pursue graduate studies in International Affairs at the University of Western Ontario, where I had been awarded a Teaching Fellowship. In the mid-sixties I joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC]. The ensuing twenty years with the CBC were spent in a variety of assignments at both divisional and corporate levels. Following two years as Chief of Staff to the CBC President, I was assigned to the Corporation’s Department of International Relations as Head-Broadcasting Development. I was responsible for launching and developing the CBC’s consulting services to broadcasting organizations in lesser developed countries around the world. In cooperation with international agencies such as Unesco, The World Bank, The Asia Development Bank, etc. over one hundred projects were completed in the Caribbean, Asia, India and Africa. For almost ten years during this period, I lectured in the evening sessions of the Management Development Programme at Algonquin College, Ottawa. I also lectured for a number of years on International Communications in the Senior Executive Programme at the RCMP’s Canadian Police College in Ottawa. As a FIFA qualified referee, I spent many hours on the soccer fields of Ontario.
In 1985 I left the CBC to work as a consultant to the Ministerial Task Force on Broadcasting Policy and in 1986 joined the Federal Department of Communications as its Senior Advisor-Broadcasting Policy. With the support of the Department I continued to undertake assignments in broadcasting development for international agencies in such countries as Nepal, Turkey, India, and throughout the Caribbean. During this period, I completed an M.A. in International Economics at Carleton University, Ottawa.
Two years later I formed Hoyt International Ltd, providing consulting services to governments and broadcasting organizations in developing countries, on the application of broadcasting to national development and education. I am internationally recognized as an expert in the application of broadcasting to national development.
What are you doing now?
Phil Smith: In the late nineties, my wife, Mary Elizabeth and I moved to the Comox Valley to enjoy more self-directed pursuits such as skiing, woodworking and travel.
I continued to parachute with the International Association of Airborne Veterans until I was in my mid-sixties, jumping from military aircraft at airshows all over the world.
Mary Elizabeth was one of the founders of The Comox Valley ElderCollege [CVEC], providing learning for seniors. I have been involved with Elder-College since its inception; I have taught both Basic Mac and Intermediate Mac courses for several years. We have three children: Karen, a lawyer in private practice in Edmonton; Craig, a builder on Vancouver Island; and Matthew, a vascular surgeon in Abbotsford, BC.
Visite du Comité des griefs des FC au CMRSJ le 18 mars 2010
Par le capt Denis Beausoleil
Le 18 mars dernier, nous avons eu l’honneur de recevoir en matinée les membres du Comité des griefs des FC, chapeauté par son président, M. Bruno Hamel. Dans le contexte de cette visite, notre commandant, le col François Pion, a dressé un tableau des opérations du Collège depuis sa réouverture en 2008 et a décrit l’orientation et la vision pour le futur de notre établissement. Il a également expliqué la présence et les avantages d’un contrat de service avec la Corporation du Fort St-Jean sur notre site ainsi que la structure organisationnelle du Collège et chacune de ses divisions.
Par la suite, le président du Comité des griefs, M. Hamel, nous a dressé un portrait du mandat de son organisation ainsi que des nombreux accomplissements réalisés au cours des dix années d’existence de ce comité. Pour résumer ses propos, disons que son comité se veut un centre d’excellence en matière de griefs militaires qui agit en tant qu’organisme externe aux FC afin d’assurer un suivi impartial des nombreux griefs reçus. Il est également intéressant de noter que le processus de traitement des griefs s’est accéléré passablement au fils du temps. Il en est de même pour les dossiers en attente de traitement qui ont pour leur part considérablement diminué.
Enfin, une brève visite de nos installations a été organisée, ce qui a permis au comité de visiter les pavillons De Léry et Lahaie, le Mess St-Maurice ainsi que quelques chambres d’élèves-officiers. Somme toute, cette visite a été brève mais fructueuse! Pour ceux et celles qui désirent en connaître davantage sur le comité des griefs, nous vous invitons à consulter leur site web à www.cfgb-cgfc.gc.ca.
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Le Comité des griefs en visite au Collège militaire royal de Saint Jean
Le comité des relations externes du CMRSJ vous invite à sa deuxième table ronde sur le thème des avances technologiques au service de notre mission en Afghanistan le 21 avril prochain de 11h30 à 14h au campus du CMRSJ.
L’objectif de ce deuxième volet sera d’explorer les avancées en recherche et technologie militaire découlant de la mission en Afghanistan. Sous la présidence du col. Rémy Landry, la table ronde regroupera trois intervenants, soit le Col. Marc Grondin, chef iDV, RDDC Valcartier qui nous présentera la contribution de RDDC en appui aux FC déployées en Afghanistan, le Col. Omer Lavoie, commandant de la FO C-DEC, qui nous entretiendra des stratégies utilisées pour contrer le système, et le Maj. Steve Jourdain, du R22eR, qui nous entretiendra de son expérience sur le terrain en qualité d’utilisateur de ces technologies.
The Committee of External Relations of RMC St-Jean invites you to attend its second round table discussion on “Technological Advances and Our Mission in Afghanistan». The round table will be held on April 21st, 2010 at the RMC St-Jean campus.
This second round table will explore recent advances in military research and technology in the context of the Afghanistan mission. It will be presided by Col. Rémy Landry with three speakers, including Col. Marc Grondin, Head DeV, DRDC Valcartier, Col. Omer Lavoie, Commander of the C-IED Task Force, (” Defeating the IED System- Canada’s C-IED Task
Force” ), and Maj. Steve Jourdain, from R22eR, who will discuss his recent first-hand experience in the field as a technology user.
2 Busloads of RMCSJ Cadets See ‘A Line in the Sand’
Two busloads of 60 cadets from Royal Military College St. Jean filed into the Segal Centre in Montreal on Monday, March 8, 2010 to see ‘A Line in the Sand’, by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef. The play is set in the Qatari desert during the Persian Gulf War. Asked for their reactions, several cadets politely refused comment. “I’m still processing it,” said one earnest young man. Others assured that the issues raised had been thoroughly discussed in class. And supervisor Luke Dilworth suggested the play should be relevant to all Canadians, as well as the military. Read more:
This 7th Royal Fusilier Uniform, 1775 is in the Royal Military College Fort Saint Jean Museum.
The Royal Fusiliers were posted to the Colony of Quebec in 1773 under General Lord Robert Bertie. The Governor General, Sir Guy Carleton sent the 7th Royal Fisiliers to Boston to reinforce that City’s garrison. The 7th Royal Fusiliers formed the garrison of Quebec at the beginning of the Revolutionary War in 1775. In 1881 the regiment was redesignated the Royal Fusiliers. http://www.museedufortsaintjean.ca/EN/construction-en.htm
Dr Hereward (Wake) Senior is a noted Canadian historian, writer, teacher, lecturer, retired Royal Roads Military College professor of history, Second World War veteran, devoted Anglican Catholic layman and former Montreal Chairman for the Monarchist League of Canada. Dr. Senior (better known as “Wake”) served his country valiantly in World War II as a Bren gunner [a light machine gun] with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, part of the Third Canadian Division. Fighting in France, the Netherlands and northwest Germany, he was wounded twice and left the military in 1945 with the rank of corporal. He celebrated his 90th birthday on December 22nd 2008. His work and wisdom have inspired several generations of scholars and students of history.”Dr Senior’s career as an historian spans nearly five decades. During that period he taught at Royal Roads Military College, Esquimalt (1950s); and McGill University, Montreal (1971-2006). “His fields of expertise include such diverse subjects as the Loyalists, Orangeism, police institutions, the military, Ireland and Russia. He is a long time observer of constitutional, political and social affairs who has accumulated a rich fund of knowledge, experience and anecdote. “Canada”, he has written, “was founded on tradition rather than political theory, although there is an abundance of theories about Canada”.
In 1954, he married the late Elinor Kyte, herself an accomplished journalist and historian. They raised four children. His books include: Orangeism: the Canadian phase(1972); The Last Invasion of Canada: The Fenian Raids, (1991); Scotland (1985); Constabulary: The Rise of Police Institutions in Britain, the Commonwealth and the United States (1997); The Fenians and Canada (1978); and Victorious in Defeat: The American Loyalists in Exile (1984). His books on Irish history were donated to the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation in 2008. Send greetings direct to Dr Hereward Senior, Manoir Westmount, 4646 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3Z 2Z8″. www.anglicancatholic.ca/diocirc/200901circ.pdf
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Researched by: E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003)
A number of artworks were donated to Royal Roads Military College by Bruce and Dorothy Brown. They took great pleasure in collecting rare items, often with the intent of donating them. They expressly wanted to provide students with the opportunity to study a range of artifacts of aesthetic and historical interest. They collected widely, often during their extensive travels. Their large collection consists of ancient and modern artifacts, medieval fragments, early modern documents, a number of books, modern literary and political manuscripts, autographs of various world figures, 16th – 20th century maps, wartime surrender documents, and military and political orders, medals and decorations.
When the College closed, the artworks were transferred to the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Victoria in 1995.
* The antique Kirman Prayer Rug from Iran sold at auction by the Dunsmuirs at Hatley Park Victoria B.C. in 1939. The rug was formerly in front of the fireplace in the main lounge at Hatley Park later known as “Royal Roads.” The rug has an arched design representing a niche, or mihrab, typical of prayer rugs. The design includes the tree-of-life pattern, with vegetal and geometric motifs. The rug is labelled “Waring & Gillow Ltd. by special appointment to His Majesty The King. carpet specialists London. W. http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/society/scholar-wall.html
* The oil painting ‘Combat Naval De Fou-Tcheou’ (1885) by C. Kuwasseg is the scene of a battle from 23 Aug 1884 with several ships in foreground, mountainous scenery behind. Smoke billows into the sky from a burning ship at the lower left. The painting (158X139 cm) in a West Romanesque style was painted in 1050-1200 in France. Accession # : U995.16.8 Mandatory The inscription on the painting is: livre parle vice amiral courbet le 23 aout 1884. http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/newmis/images/storage/U995/16/U995.16.8.jpg?cache=2007-12-13 14:15:38
New Naval Monument to Honour Those Lost in The Battle of the Atlantic
The Officers and Crew of London’s Naval Division, HMCS Prevost, The Naval Officers Association of Canada, London Branch, and the Royal Canadian Naval Association, London Branch announce the dedication of the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Garden. The dedication will take place during the Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony on Sunday, 2 May 2010 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at HMCS Prevost in London, Ontario.
The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Garden will be registered as a Canadian Military Memorial, and will be open to the public. It will be a stunning and moving memorial, created with extreme gratitude, for those who made the supreme sacrifice and whose final resting places cannot be marked by graves.
The memorial garden will be built into the grass hillside at HMCS Prevost. The grass will eventually be removed, and replaced with a ‘sea’ of creeping blue phlox. This is a ground cover which blooms a brilliant blue from early spring through mid summer. Across this garden, from west to east, will be a ‘convoy’ of 25 blue granite stones. Each stone will be engraved with the name of a Royal Canadian Navy ship which was lost during the Battle of the Atlantic. The date that each ship was lost will also be engraved on the stone. There will be a stone honouring the sacrifice of the Merchant Navy. These stones will be strategically placed according to the date of their sinking. Walking at the base of the hillside you will begin with HMCS Fraser in June of 1940 and end with HMCS Esquimalt in April of 1945.
We anticipate a dignitary filled dedication of the garden during the ceremony in May. This is a great way to celebrate the Canadian Navy Centennial year of 2010.
This obituary for John McManus appeared in the March 23rd edition of the Toronto Star. John (known as JJT “Rock” McManus) was the RSM during my four years at RMC (1961 – 1965). Although I had been in Army Cadets for 5 years and the Armoured Corps Reserves for 3 years prior to RMC, I hadn’t come across anyone quite like him. I did not understand one word he said during my time at RMC because he only communicated through growls and snaps He had a highly polished pacing stick that he would open up and walk beside you twirling it as he went at the correct pace and stride length to show where your mistakes were (growling and snapping as he went). He was a tall slim man but physically tough as witnessed by the blood in the Fort Haldimand pool after waterpolo games between the Drill and PT staffs.
My vision of him is forever changed now that I know he was a husband, father and grandfather just like myself.
May God rest his soul.
Barry Watson, 6578
Tribute: RSM John James Thomas McManus, CD (Retired) in his 89th year, passed peacefully away with his family at his side at home, on March 20, 2010. Beloved husband of Sylvia Joyce (nee Attwood) and survived by his children Tighe (Jean), Ingrid Bernice (Robert), Mark (Odette) Antony (Louise Clouatre) and Wesley DeJeet (Leslie). Jim was also blessed with many grandchildren, including Brendan, Mandi, Devin, Angela, Rachael, Justin, Jordan and Darah Rene. He is also survived by Margaret, Ethna, Sheila, Jack and Paul, his siblings and his Aunt Nora in Pembroke.
Jim joined the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG) in 1937 and was a qualified sergeant when the Cameron Highlanders were ordered to War Establishment. After landing on D-Day he advanced through North-West Europe and participated in the Liberation of Holland and became RSM of the 3rd Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, serving with the Occupation Force in Germany until June 1946, when the Regiment returned to Canada.
Subsequently, Jim was accepted into the Canadian Interim Force, and served with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Brockville, London and Petawawa where he obtained his parachute wings. Serving with the 2nd Battalion RCR he arrived in Korea in April 1951 and upon his return to Canada he was appointed as the Regular Force Sergeant-Major of the Army Contingent to the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in London, in 1953.
In September 1954, the Regiment of Canadian Guards was formed and Jim was appointed the RSM of the Canadian Guards Depot that was responsible for the training of all new entries into the Regiment.
In June 1961, RSM McManus was appointed the College Sergeant-Major of the Royal Military College in Kingston and continued to serve with distinction until August 1971, at which time he took his retirement after serving Canada for over 34 years.
Mr. McManus commenced a civilian career in 1974 with Black and Decker at their plant in Brockville, responsible for Plant Protection and Maintenance, retiring in 1987 after a successful thirteen-year second career.
The funeral will be held at St. John Bosco Parish, 175 Windsor Drive, Brockville at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 24 March 2010. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl Street East, Brockville, Ontario. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm and on Wednesday morning prior to the funeral from 9 to 10 am. Reception to follow the funeral at Barclay Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCR Education Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers, P.O. Box 9999 Station Main, Petawawa, Ontario, K2H 2X3, the St. John Bosco Parish Building Fund, or the Brockville General Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.
MITCHELL BOURKE 1923-2010 George Mitchell Bourke died peacefully March 23 at the age of 87 years. The eldest son of the late George Wesley Bourke and Beatrice Mitchell, Mitch was a graduate of R.M.C. and McGill University. He served his country courageously as Captain of a mobile artillery unit during World War II. President, then Director and Chairman of Bolton Tremblay Inc., his integrity and investmentacumen won the respectof the investment counselling community across Canada. Father of Steven, Michael and Julia, grandfather to Emory, Olivia and Ariella, brother of Douglas Bourke and the late David Bourke, and husband of Barbara Brown, then Camille Dion, he will always be remembered with affection and love. A special thanks to the staff of the Montreal General Hospital Dialysis Unit for their kindness and dedication. A service will be held at 11am Friday March 26 at the Unitarian Church, 5035 boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest.