In This Issue 4

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

 Extra, extra, read all about it… by Claude Scilley

RMC-West Point hockey series re-upped for three years

A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: 4706 Bernard R Forget; 5488 Robert B Hasler; 8237 Pierre Brassard;


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In This Issue 4:

West Point Cadets Visit RMC

West Point Weekend Activities

78th RMC vs West Point Hockey Game

A Vintage RMC Match-up

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Sports & Recreation

The Week That Was & More West Point Weekend

Cadet Perspectives on the I-81 Exchange

Training for the “M”

The Greatest Generation: Four true Canadian heroes

Keeping Tabs…

We get emails

3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary – III Year – 62 Years Ago

Careers / Carrières


Dr David Baird Book – Physics at RMC, The First 125 Years. (1876 to 2001)

Former students & their college number (mostly ex-cadets) who are listed in the Dr David Baird book.

Business Section

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West Point Cadets Visit RMC

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West Point Cadets Visit RMC

Article by: 26659 (II) Danielle Andela

This weekend the Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada had the great pleasure of hosting Officer Cadets from the United States Military Academy, West Point, situated in West Point, New York. The West Point Cadets arrived at 1700 this Thursday the 23rd of January and had many events to attend throughout the weekend. They were invited to a meet n’ greet with other members of RMC and also the Thursday Mess TGIT.

Friday the West Point Cadets also had the opportunity to attend classes with their hosts and experience the day to day routine of RMC. This Saturday the West Point Cadets participated in the Wing Sports Day and the teams that travelled from West Point met up with the corresponding workshops throughout the day and doing workshops together. They then gathered with the rest of the College to watch the historic RMC vs. West Point hockey game Saturday night.

The West Point Cadets departed Sunday morning at 0900 and returned to New York with many stories and the Officer Cadets of RMC will miss their new friends!

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I-81 Exchange with USMA and RMCC Sports Day

25936 (IV) OCdt Sarah Labrecque, 4 Sqn

RMCC and the United States Military Academy (USMA) located in West Point, New York, hold an annual cultural exchange which took place this year from 23 to 26 January. RMCC welcomed approximately 100 cadets and staff from USMA, preserving the long standing tradition shared by both military colleges of social, athletic, and military exchanges. Many of RMCC’s clubs and varsity teams hosted USMA cadets from similar varsity teams and clubs from West Point. These included Chess, Debate, Hockey, Fencing, Paintball, Water Polo, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Pipes & Drums, and Highland Dance. While club members took part in friendly competitions and the Pipes & Drums and Highland Dance members took part in Workshops, the remainder of the Cadet Wing and USMA cadets took part in Winter Sports Day activities. These included volleyball, ball hockey, and a waterborne obstacle course competition. The 78th hockey game between RMCC and USMA wrapped up the exchange weekend on Saturday evening. It was an eventful and pleasant weekend shared by all!

Le CMRC et le United States Military Academy (USMA) situé à West Point, New York ont tenu leur échange culturelle annuelle du 23 au 26 janvier cette année. Le CMRC a accueilli environ 100 cadets du USMA, préservant la longue tradition d’échanges sociaux, athlétiques et militaires partagée par les deux collèges militaires. Plusieurs clubs et équipes de sports universitaires du CMRC on accueillis des membres de clubs et équipes similaires de West Point. Entres autres, le club d’échecs, de débats, de paintball, de judo, de water-polo, de cornemuses et tambours, de danse écossaise, de tae kwon do, et les équipes de hockey sur glace et d’escrime ont pris part à des compétitions amicales et des ateliers avec des membres de West Point. Le reste de l’escadre des élofs et des étudiants en échange du USMA ont pris part aux compétitions sportives de hockey-ball, de volleyball et d’une course à obstacle flottante. Pour conclure l’échange, l’équipe de hockey du CMRC a affrontée l’équipe du USMA pour leur 78e partie de hockey. Ce fut une fin de semaine mouvementée et amusante pour tous!

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West Point Weekend Activities

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RMC Mess Opens its Doors for West Point Cadets!

Article by: 26659 (II) Danielle Andela


This weekend the Royal Military College of Canada Mess arranged a variety of events to make the West Point Cadets feel welcomed at RMC. Cadet Wing President of the Mess Committee OCdt Chawki (26050) Bensalem and Mess Manager Lori Alves-Macphail put together many events; these include a TGIT event on Thursday night, a Meet and Greet on Friday night and a Games Night on Saturday with inflatables! All participants had a great time and it was a wonderful opportunity for RMC and West Point Cadets to mingle and get to know each other.

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West Point and RMC Join Forces for Cadet Wing Sports Competition

Article by: 26659 (II) Danielle Andela

Saturday, the 25th of January, Officer Cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada and United States Military Academy joined forces in the battle of squadron against squadron in a myriad of sports throughout the day. West Point Cadets were split into Squadrons and sports depending who their host was for the weekend. Sports included ball hockey, volleyball and runs of the Waterborne Obstacle Course.

The standings for the competitions are as follows:

Winner of the Waterborne Obstacle Course: 3 Squadron

Winner of Volleyball: 6 Squadron

Winner of Ball Hockey: 9 Squadron

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RMC and West Point Teams Get Together to Train Through the Weekend:

Article by: 26659 (II) Danielle Andela

This weekend many teams that are common between the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Military Academy got together to do workshops, practise and compete against one another. The following are summaries and photos from each team that worked with the teams from West Point this weekend:

The other teams who competed/did workshops together that are not mentioned here are the fencing team, waterpolo team, debate team, tae kwon do teams, chess team and band.


This past weekend, the RMCC Judo Club partook in the I-81 Exchange with the USMA Judo Club as they hosted 10 cadets for a small Judo session as well as some friendly competition. USMA sent 10 of their best cadets from their 40 man team that practices 4 times a week and regularly competes on a nation-wide basis.

Despite RMC’s evident disadvantage in terms of knowledge and skills, the Canadian judokas held their own against their American rivals and were even able to share a few techniques with them that they had not previously seen.

The RMC Club now looks forward to attending provincial tournaments in the area and even potentially visiting Westpoint for their annual tournament next Fall. This weekend proved to be somewhat of a turning point for the club as it looks to regain the pedigree and size it once had.

OCdt Landry (II) 26559, RMC Judo Club Captain and President

The RMC and West Point exchange always stands as a memorable experience where cadets from both countries strengthen the strong bonds between the United States and Canada. Specifically, the judo teams had the opportunity to participate in a joint practice.

Even though the West Point Judo team is a nationally ranked, the RMC judokas fought hard and, were able to shed knowledge regarding techniques. If the RMC club were afforded the same advantages West Point Judo has (set practice times, athletic training support, transportation, etc), their judokas would be even more a force to be reckoned with.

As always, this weekend was well spent forging lasting friendships with our brothers and sisters. Even after graduation, members of the RMC judo team will always be welcome with open arms, whether it be stateside or downrange.

CDT Talavera ’14, USMA Judo Women’s Captain

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Highland Dance:

During this year’s 2014 Winter Sports Day, RMCC’s CWHDL, Sarah Berry, hosted Alissah McGill from Westpoint. Alissah has been competing in Irish dance for 8 years but she just started pursuing Scottish dance. She is the only highland dancer at her school. On Saturday, during the dance workshop, Alissah learned 3 new dances. “I’ve learned a lot,” Alissah commented. She now knows the fling, flora and jig. Also, Alissah performed the flora with RMC’s junior dancers at the RMC-Westpoint hockey game. From the perspective of the CWHDL (Cadet Wing Highland Dance Leader) “Alissah learns very quickly and was able to pick up the basics of Scottish dance while incorporating her own flare of Irish dance.”


RMC Paintball Team:

“West Point Paintball was honored to compete against the cadets of the Royal Military College of Canada on the paint-covered fields of friendly strife. This was a great opportunity to build camaraderie with our fellow future officers, and to learn more about our allies in the Canadian military. It was a pleasure to meet the Canadian Paintball team, and, most of all, enjoy a big box of Tim Hortons.” — Cadet Sergeant Jorge Alejandro Figueroa-Cecco, West Point Paintball CIC

“Having braved the weather this weekend, both the RMC and USMA Paintball Teams enjoyed having played paintball during this year’s I-81 Exchange. It was an enriching experience for both countries and I am very pleased to have been able to plan this event. As this event was the first of its kind in the history of the military academies, I hope that this will continue in future exchanges and that the teams will be enriched by each other’s experience – both on and off the field.” – 26140 OCdt Hansen Tan, RMC Airsoft/Paintball Club President

26140 Hansen Tan

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78th RMC vs West Point Hockey Game

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Three third-period goals give Army 5-2 win over RMC


In a special hockey game, perhaps it was somehow fitting that special-teams play would determine the outcome.

Not only did the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights score on three consecutive power plays en route to their 5-2 win in 78th game of their historic series with Royal Military College. The game probably turned on two successive penalty kills by Army in the third period.

“Absolutely,” Army coach Brian Riley said, “because you know what? We haven’t killed many penalties this year. Our PK has not been very good.”

The game was tied 2-2 going into the third period and first Army took a penalty for too many men on the ice. Then, half a minute after Maurice Alvarez scored to give the visitors a 3-2 lead, the Knights were again penalized.

RMC failed to capitalize on either man-advantage opportunity against a team that has allowed opponents to score on 35 per cent of their power plays since Christmas.

“That’s one of the things that we talked about in the locker room after the second period,” Riley said. “ ‘We’re going to have to kill a couple of penalties (in the third period), so PK guys, you’re going to have to be difference makers.’

“That was probably the biggest part of the game for us, being able to kill those penalties.”

It was perplexing for Paladins coach Adam Shell that his team would allow West Point to score three times on the power play. Since Christmas, his team has killed 19 of 21 man-short situations — 13 of 14 versus ranked opponents in that time.

“The crazy thing is, we’ve been killing about 95 per cent (of our penalties) in the second half of the year,” he said, “but our penalty kill was abysmal tonight, at least in the second half of the game.

“They choked off our power play when we had some good chances,” Shell continued. “It gives (the other team) momentum when it gets a kill and it sort of crushes ours a little bit.”

RMC’s Eric Louis-Seize scored just 18 seconds into the game and RMC took that one-goal lead into the second period. “The good thing was we settled down and didn’t allow them to get that second goal,” Riley said.

Power-play goals three and a half minutes apart gave Army a 2-1 lead before the second period was eight minutes old and though RMC had spent most of that time in its own end, instead of spiralling out of control, the setback actually seemed to inspire the Paladins, who tied the game on a power-play goal by Jake Bullen at 11:05.

“Neither team has won a lot of games,” Riley said. “We’re both trying to learn how to win at this stage.”

The score stayed that way until the midway point of the third period, when Alvarez, the former Pembroke Lumber King, scored his second goal of the game. His deflected shot from the blue line was his third goal against RMC in the last two years.

As it turned out, by then RMC’s best scoring chance was behind it — Louis-Seize stole the puck on a forecheck and fed it to John Livingston, whose quick shot missed the net about four minutes into the period — and Army clinched the win with its third power-play goal, by Andrew O’Leary, with less than three minutes left to play.

Both coaches spoke of the emotion involved in the game.

“You can throw records out,” Riley said. “Regardless of what their record was or our record was coming into it, the emotion and the passion of this game is something that can override everything else. You could sense some of that during the course of the game, going back and forth.

“There’s a difference between emotion and intensity. Intensity is what you need every shift. Emotion is something that can come and go. We try to be an intense hockey team, because in this game you can’t necessarily rely on emotion. It isn’t going to carry you for 60 minutes.”

Shell said he was proud of his players, particularly of the way they responded after they fell behind in the second period.

“They emotionally got themselves back into the game,” he said. “I thought we were a little too emotional in the first and I tried to calm them down and that might have worked negatively in the first half of the (second) period. We were trying to play too relaxed and too controlled. Then we had a couple of good shifts, scored a power-play goal and we started to play with some jam.

‘It’s a credit to those guys. They figured it out on the bench. Sometimes we don’t get out of that. Against Queen’s the other night we didn’t do that. This time we did. That’s a good lesson for us.”

Garret Peterson and Luke Jenkins — into an empty net with 15 seconds left in the game — scored the other Army goals. Mac Lalor and Jonathan Gehrt each had two assists.

Making his second start for Army, freshman Parker Gahagen gained the goaltending win, as his teammates outshot RMC 37-18. Paladins goalie Evan DeViller, despite the defeat, was unquestionably the best player on the ice.

The win extends Army’s undefeated streak in the series to seven games (6-0-1). RMC hasn’t won a game since 2002 and has scored more than two goals in a game only once in that time. The victory gives the Knights a 42-29-7 lead in a series that dates to 1923, though RMC is still 17-15-6 in games played in Kingston.

To read more articles by Claude Scilley on the RMC/West Point Hockey Game and other Kingston local athletics click here

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A Vintage RMC Match-up

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 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).

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Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Le samedi 18 janvier 2014, les deux équipes de volley-ball du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean sont allées à Repentigny pour participer à leur premier tournoi de l’année. On peut observer l’Élève-officier Vincent Richard, capitaine de l’équipe CMR 2, s’apprêter à effectuer une attaque sur les défenseurs de l’équipe CMR 1, l’Élève-officier Jérémy Tremblay et l’Élève-officier Alexander Wentzell. Ce premier tournoi à Repentigny à permis aux joueurs d’acquérir de l’expérience et de l’assurance en temps qu’équipe.

Un premier tournoi de volley-ball pour le CMR Saint-Jean

- un article de l’Élève-officier Anthony Dufour

- Crédit photo Élève-officier N’dah Sekou

Le samedi 18 janvier 2014, les deux équipes de volley-ball du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean sont allées à Repentigny pour participer à leur premier tournoi de l’année.

D’un point de vue général, le tournoi s’est bien déroulé. Nous avons pu mettre en pratique nos différents acquis, observer des personnes ayant plus d’expérience que nous et, par conséquent gagner de l’expérience. De plus, malgré un faible taux de victoires, les élof ont réussi à conserver un optimiste ainsi qu’un fort esprit d’équipe.

Suite au tournoi, nos deux équipes ont obtenu quelque chose d’extrêmement important: l’expérience. Maintenant, les joueurs savent à quel niveau de jeu s’attendre lors de tournois. Étant donné que la majorité des joueurs du CMR Saint-Jean n’ont jamais joué dans une vraie ligue de volley-ball, la mise en action de ce que nous avons pratiqué durant les six derniers mois nous aura été constructive, comme l’a mentionné notre capitaine d’équipe, l’Élève-officier Vincent Richard de retour à Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

De plus, nous pouvons maintenant orienter nos pratiques pour corriger nos erreurs passées et ajuster notre jeu pour mieux performer lors de notre prochain tournoi, qui arrive bientôt. Si tout se passe bien, nous devrions faire meilleure figure la prochaine fois.

Pour conclure, les joueurs des équipes de volley-ball ont choisi de pratiquer ce sport dans le cadre du volet sportif du curriculum du CMR Saint-Jean. Les autres composantes du curriculum sont le leadership, les études et le bilinguisme.

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Sports & Expedition Club

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014


Men’s and Women’s Fencing OUA – Fencing
Hockey OUA- Hockey CIS – Hockey
Rugby OUA – Men’s Rugby
Men’s Soccer OUA – Men’s Soccer CIS – Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer OUA – Women’s Soccer CIS -Women’s Soccer
Men’s Volleyball OUA – Men’s Volleyball CIS – Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball OUA – Women’s Volleyball CIS – Women’s Volleyball


Recent Results:

Volleyball (M)

25 Jan RMC 0 v York 3

26 Jan RMC 1 v Nipissing 3

Volleyball (W)

25 Jan  RMC 0 v York 3

26 Jan RMC 3 v Nipissing 1

Hockey (M)

Jan 21 – Queen’s 3 v RMC 0

Jan 25 – West Point 5 v RMC 2 (exhibition)

Upcoming Games:

Volleyball (M)

31 Jan – 6:00 PM RMC v McMaster @ RMC

2 Feb – 2:00 PM RMC v Queen’s @ RMC

Volleyball (W)

31 Jan – 8:00 PM RMC v McMaster @ RMC

2 Feb – 4:00 PM RMC v Queen’s @ RMC

Hockey (M)

Jan 31 – 7:00 pm RMC v Nipissing @ RMC

Feb 1 – 7:00 pm RMC v UQTR @ RMC


Club d’Expédition

Les élèves officier du club d’expédition ont eu leur dernière rencontre le 22 janvier. Le voyage est maintenant planifié au complet. Ils ont réservés les hôtels, les moyens de transport ainsi que les activités auxquels ils vont participer. Grâce à la fondation des collèges militaires, ils n’auront pas à assumer les couts du billet d’avion. Ils devront toutefois assumer les frais de logement, d’alimentation et de transport. Leur départ se fera du collège militaire royal du Canada le 15 février. Ils arriveront au Guatemala a 20h30 la même journée. Ensuite, ils auront la soirée de repos avant de commencer leur visite du pays. Ils commenceront par grimper le volcan prèt de la ville d’Acateno ou ils passeront la nuit. Le lendemain, ils descendront et iront explorer la ville de San Pedro. Le mercredi, ils profiteront du lac pour faire un tour de kayak ainsi que du «clift jumping». Le jour suivant, ils prendront l’autobus pendant 8 heures pour se rendrent à Flores en passant par Chichi, le plus grand marché d’Amérique centrale. Vendredi, ils visiteront les ruines Mayas. Samedi, ils seront amenés par un guide dans la forêt ou ils pourront apprécier la nature. Puis, ils repartiront le samedi pour retourner à Guatemala city pour y prendre l’avion le lendemain à 4h30. Ils arriveront au collège militaire vers 2030 et seront prêts à reprendre la routine dès le lendemain.

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The Week That Was & More West Point Weekend

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Is religion’s influence on self-control inescapable?

Speaker: Kevin Rounding, Doctoral candidate at Queen’s University

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Mr. Rounding presented an overview of his research area in which non-conscious reminders of God-related concepts boost people’s ability to self-regulate their behaviour, even under circumstances when we would not expect people to be able to exert self-control. After having depleted participants’ ability to exert self-control on a future task, only those reminded of God-related concepts were capable of persisting at a task – a measure of self-control. However, several additional studies suggest that the effect of religion on self-control may not be omnipresent. Current research explores the hypothesis that religion may only boost self-control when religion is deemed applicable to the self-control task.




The RMCC Debate Club hosted some of the Cadets for the West Point Speech Team for the RMCC-USMA exchange weekend. Friday night and Saturday morning the RMCC Debate Club hosted a friendly round robin tournament so that both teams could benefit from shared expertise. I would be remiss to mention the contribution two members of the Queen’s Debating Union made by participating, Michelle Polster and Caileigh Stirling, who shared their considerable debating experience and volunteered their time. As well, continuing the tradition of the friendly competitive spirit of the weekend there was one RMCC-West Point hybrid team as well as the Queen’s students created two civilian-military hybrid teams with one composed of Queen’s-RMCC and the other Queen’s-West Point.

There were four debates in total, two on Friday night and two on Saturday morning. The first resolution for Friday was “This house believes that Canada should merge with the United States”, the RMCC teams were on the proposing side thus they had to argue for the merging of Canada with the United States while the West Point teams had to strenuously deny a modern reimagining of manifest destiny. In the second debate the resolution was “Be it resolved that Edward Snowden was right in revealing the NSA files”, in this instance West Point was now proposing the resolution and thus had to defend the actions of now infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden while the RMCC teams had to question what, if anything, the leaks changed. Moving on to Saturday morning with the third debate, the topic being debated was the UN with “Be it resolved that the UN has become irrelevant”, once again RMCC was proposing the resolution, now firmly critiquing the efficacy and importance of the UN in an increasingly regional world while West Point strongly opposed stating the need for a realm for international intercourse that was not the battlefield. And the final debate of the round robin was about the Arab Spring, “This house believes that the Arab Spring has hurt the common man”. This was a particularly contentious debate because of the contemporary and unresolved nature of many of the issues of the Arab Spring, for this debate West Point proposed and RMCC opposed.

After that, the teams broke for lunch and rejoined in Currie Hall for the showcase debate to begin at 1300. The judges for the showcase debate were all highly accomplished and all had very different backgrounds. From West Point was their Dean Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, PhD, from RMCC the Vice-Principal of Academics and Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies department, Dr. Pierre R. Roberge, and the third judge hailing from Queen’s was their Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Daniel Robert Woolf. The West Point team for the showcase debate was composed of Cadet Meghan Wentz and Cadet Meyer Ungerman , the RMCC team comprised Officer Cadet Nicholas Huxter (26405) and Naval Cadet Edward Woolley (25946). RMCC team won the traditional coinflip (with an RMCC club coin, of course) and chose to be Government, thereby being in support of the resolution whatever it may be. Brigadier General Trainor brought the resolution, “Show me the leaders: Be it resolved that the US, the UK, and Canada should take combined military action to stop the civil war in Syria”.

With that both teams immediately left Currie Hall and had 15 minutes to prepare their speeches. In the meantime Officer Cadet Justin Hanlon (26015) was master of ceremonies and introduced the judges, the debaters, and briefly went over the significance of the many aspects of Currie Hall. The debaters returned to Currie Hall and Officer Cadet Huxter opened the debate for the Government as Prime Minister, he was followed by Cadet Wentz who opened the debate for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition as Member of the Opposition. Naval Cadet Woolley supported the Prime Minister’s remarks as Minister of National Defence and making a passionate appeal that there was never a wrong time to do the right thing. Cadet Ungerman closed the debate for the Opposition side with his speech and rebuttal. Officer Cadet Huxter once again spoke as Prime Minister and closed both the Government’s side and the debate with his rebuttal. The judges adjourned to deliberate, they found in favour of the RMCC Team and once again the RMCC-USMA Debate competition trophy was back in Canadian hands, having been lost in the previous year.

Despite the competition relations between the two teams were still friendly after the debate with Cadet Dalton Combs from West point remarking “I really enjoyed my time in Canada, especially debating to see a different perspective on issues that I wouldn’t otherwise get in the States. I really enjoyed my time at RMCC and it will be great to see you guys next year at West Point.” The feeling was mutually held with OCdt Haggart-Smith (26283) stating “It’s always a great experience to interact with West Point Cadets because they are a good bunch of guys who provide views that you would otherwise not experience. I look forward to seeing them again next year.”

The RMCC debate club would like to thank Craig Palmer and Elizabeth Gibson for their continued work in making the debate possible, as well as Darren Cates who made sure that the debate was well supported. As well, we would be thoughtless to not thank the judges that sacrificed their time in judging and listening to the debate and risked their lives in trying to get to the debate on Saturday given the atrocious weather. And thank you to all the cadets that made debate possible with setup, teardown, filming, photographing, and simply being in the audience.


RMCC-USMA Chess Competition

Article by: 26782 OCdt David Cronjaeger (RMCC)

Alongside all of the sporting events that were organized for the United States Military Academy- Royal Military College of Canada exchange, both schools had the opportunity to send one team for the annual Chess competition. Representing the Royal Military College of Canada were OCdt Richard Harding, OCdt Samuel Jimenez, OCdt Scott Blair and OCdt Cronjaeger. Each player played five one-hour matches against the USMA team. Ending the competition, USMA finished leading 12-6.5. Cadet Nicholas Oblak of USMA placed first with five of five games won. Special thanks goes to Major Regis Bellemare for hosting and coordinating the event.

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Cadet Perspectives on the I-81 Exchange

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Article by: NCdt 26670 Katherine Silins

On Thursday, as classes let out, some cadets were surprised by the sea of grey that had invaded campus, residences and the CDH. The end of the day marked the start of the I-81 exchange between the United States Military Academy at Westpoint and RMC. This event is highly anticipated between RMC and Westpoint alike.

While both schools are military academies and have many similarities, including cadet-run boot camp (FYOP at RMC and Beast Barracks at Westpoint), a clear delineation of privileges based on years (“plebe” – first years don’t have the right to speak outside!) and creative corrective measures (at Westpoint, cadets will be assigned to walk “hours” across a courtyard in their dress uniform if they miss classes), there are still marked differences between the colleges. Much to the delight of their Canadian hosts, Westpoint cadets marvelled at the wonders that Canada had to offer. Second-class cadet Meghan Wentz updated her Facebook status to “They have a toaster here!” and received more than 20 “likes” from her American friends. Fourth-class cadet Araceli Sandoval noted at Tim Horton’s that “It’s so weird that everyone’s just going about their regular business with this blizzard going on”. The weather this weekend was not American or Canadian friendly, with cold temperatures and high winds leaving knee-deep snow drifts for cadets to wade through when travelling across campus.

The purpose of the Westpoint exchange is to encourage friendly competition between the two schools in many different areas, including debate, chess, fencing, paintball, water polo, pipes and drums, judo, and, of course, hockey. This year, the competitions were hosted here at RMC. After all of the competitions were done yesterday, RMC and Westpoint cadets made the trek over to the K-Rock centre to enjoy the longest-running competition of them all – the hockey game. Although RMC put up a good fight, in the end, the Paladins conceded a 5-2 match to the Americans.

While all in good fun, this exchange is a vital annual event to foster teamwork and camaraderie between the two service academies. American and Canadian officers work with each other on a regular basis and developing friendships and professional relationships between the students at these two schools will only help them in their future careers.


West Point Exchange Weekend As Seen By RMCC Hosts


OCdt 25936 Sarah Labrecque

During the West Point Exchange Weekend, each visiting cadet from West Point is paired up with a cadet from RMCC. These cadets share a room with their RMCC counterparts, participate in the weekend activities together, and share many memorable stories and moments together. Cadets are paired up by gender, then by year and academic program if possible. As well, cadets who are part of similar clubs will be paired up together. Second year cadet OCdt Jordan Bornholdt, from 6 Squadron, is a member of RMCC’s Pipes & Drums. He had the pleasure of sharing this year’s exchange weekend with Gabriel Beck, a second year Officer cadet who is a member of USMA’s Pipes & Drums. The two hit it off as soon as they met. They shared many stories of the similarities and differences between both military colleges. OCdt Bornholdt was surprised to learn that at West Point, first year cadets take part in a similar orientation program to FYOP, except theirs lasts all year long! Other differences for first years at West Point include doing the dry cleaning for 3rd and 4th year cadets, as well as serving them at the eating mess. On that note, Officer Cadet Beck also shared that the food at RMCC’s eating mess is much better than at West Point! On Friday evening, both took part in the Meet and Greet held at RMCC’s formal cadet mess, which was a great event that allowed socializing between cadets from both military colleges. Then Officer Cadet Beck had the chance to meet more RMCC cadets from 6 Sqn as he took part in the squadron’s Fight Night Fridays, a get-together between squadron mates to share pizza and watch UFC matches. On Saturday, they took part in the Pipes & Drums workshop and got ready for that night’s hockey game between RMCC and USMA. Before departing RMCC, Officer Cadet Beck told his RMCC host that if he could say one thing, it would be that “the people are very nice here, true to the stereotype”.

RMCC Paintball Club

OCdt 27005 Michael Davidson

Hosting a cadet from West Point was a great experience. Joshua Kay is a first year student at West Point and a member of their paintball club. Each member of the RMCC paintball club hosted a paintball player from West Point so our two teams could network and build connections, which was exactly what we did. We were both amazed by how similar our cultures, customs and traditions are. We had a lot of fun telling each other about the stereotypes of the others’ country and laughing about how wrong (or sometimes right) they are. While the West Point team did beat us on the field, I had a lot of fun playing against them and we are already planning our next time to play together. My 6 Squadron flight mates from Romeo and I made sure to treat our guest to the best time we could, including “poot-in” as Josh kept calling poutine, as well as butter tarts (which might have been the highlight of the trip for him.) We definitely made a friend we will have for the rest of our career. As Josh left he said, “thank you so much, you and the boys made me feel at home.” It was definitely an enriching experience and I would love to do it again or visit West Point in the future.

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Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Weekly PMT – Professional Military Training

22 January 2014

1st Year Class

Ce matin lors de l’EMP, les premières années de chaque escadron ont été inspectés par leur élof instructeur d’escadron (INSTRO). L’objectif était d’assurer que tous les premières années ont en leur possession tout le matériel militaire requis pour notre Qualification militaire de base des officiers (QMBO) à l’École de leadership et de recrues des Forces canadiennes cet été. Pour la plupart d’entre nous, plusieurs éléments sont manquants. Certains élèves officiers ont reçu du matériel militaire que d’autres n’ont pas eu la chance d’obtenir à leur visite au QM avant les vacances de Noël. Malgré la longue liste d’objets manquants, l’inspection du mercredi matin a permis aux premières années de se familiariser avec la façon de se présenter lors des inspections. De cette manière, les inspections matinales du lundi matin respecteront davantage les attentes de notre chaîne de commandement.

Élof 27103 Evelyne Gauvin, Esc 3

2nd Year Class

This morning the second year class had the chance to assist two very special presentations: Self-development in the CAF by Capt Labonté and How to accept and implement change at the lower level by the RMCC Department of Military Psychology and Leadership. Both presentations were really interesting in the way that we all need to adapt ourselves to new conditions and to get prepared for the upcoming challenges we will be facing in the CAF.

The first presentation was basically about how we should be ready for the next challenges in our lives. We should not only learn from education or past experiences but also from ourselves so we avoid repeating mistakes and we can then become a better leader. We should also be more prepared in a personal and professional way (for example, learning about military war skills is not enough to go on deployment).

The second presentation we had was about how we should adapt ourselves to changes. There are three main points where changes can occur: In a personal way, in a group, or in an organization. In all three ways, we must know who has to change, how to cope with others (so we don’t always blame each other) and how we should accept the changes (leave our comfort zone). Changes might also depend on who is the leader, and what role we have in specific situations.

OCdt 26454 Myriam Boily, 2 Sqn

3rd Year Class

On January 22nd 2013, the third year class of RMCC covered self-development in the Canadian Armed Forces, presented by Capt Wendland. Moreover, this brief consisted of a broad definition of professionalism and how an individual in the CF should conduct themselves in a professional manner, but also how one can develop throughout their career. It was explained that the CAF has adopted a 5 tier DP system, the first of which (DP1.1-4) used at the Royal Military College of Canada. As an individual progresses throughout their career in the CAF they will advance through the tiers and ultimately take on more responsibility as well as liability to the people of Canada. Furthermore, our 2020 strategy is an organizationally wide idea that was based on the 1994 white papers, and it defines 7 crucial components to officership, as well as followership which consists of factors such as: professionalism, leadership, and governance. It is thought that the higher one moves in the tiers, the more components they should successfully adhere to, while developing themselves in each (continually). Also, it was noted that it can be hard to gain further education or training in the CAF, so individuals can choose to read articles produced by the various military journals.

OCdt 26310 Alexander Noble, 8 Sqn

4th Year Class

Aujourd’hui, mercredi le 22 janvier, la classe de 2014 a assisté à deux sessions d’Entraînement militaire professionnel (EMP). La première heure était dédié au Commandant de Division. Pour ma part, dans la Division A, la présentation était orienté sur « l’après » graduation. Nous avons discuté de l’importance de la première impression en passant par les traditions à apprendre de notre prochaine unité et comment maîtriser une bonne éthique de travail. En deuxième partie, nous avons reçu une présentation sur la Marine Royal Canadienne. Nous avons jeté un coup d’œil sur l’état de la flotte canadienne, les principaux parcours d’entraînement des officiers de la MRC et ainsi que quelques vidéos très intéressantes et actuelles des exploits de la MRC. Les deux présentations furent bien préparées et eurent l’effet escompté sur la classe de 2014. Sans nul doute, un succès!

Élof 25639 Marc-André Jean, Esc 1

 Click for pictures from the morning events: First and Second Year, Third Year and Fourth Year

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The Greatest Generation: Four true Canadian heroes

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Hi, Bill:

Saw the excellent coverage of Danny McLeod’s funeral in today’s e-Veritas. Congratulations and well done on this. He was a truly incredible man, right up there with Coggins, Birchall, Merritt, Forbes, and others (Miller and Fournier !) who were true examples of the College’s greatest sons. We won’t soon see his like again.

I don’t know whether you were aware, but some years ago in 2005 I wrote a special piece for Veritas commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. A copy of the full draft is attached, and an abbreviated version of this was published in the magazine. The text of the full version was at one time published on the website, but somehow seems to have been lost. In any event, as you will see, one of the people I interviewed for this was Danny McLeod, and if you can use it in some way, you are welcome to do so.

One other interesting story I will share with you. Not long after this piece was written, in November 2005 Barry Winfield and I hosted a group of people for a tour of RMC. While we were there, Danny McLeod came out to a luncheon on a Saturday, and gave an excellent speech that made a huge impression on the group. We didn’t realize it at the time, but this took place on 5 Nov 2005, which much to my amazement turned out to be Danny’s birthday ! It was the only time I ever met him in person, and for sure it was an unforgettable experience.

I am copying this message to Sensei Wayne Donivan, who was the senior person on the tour in 2005. Sensei Donivan came into my life at a very critical time not long after I left RMC in 1977, and much like Danny McLeod was to his cadets, Sensei Donivan was a very important influence in my development, and in a very real sense, my survival. When we visited RMC in 2005, it was the first time we had seen one another in 25 years. We have kept in touch since that time, and recently I sent him Ted Nurse’s biography of Danny.

In any event, thanks again and congratulations on the job you did. My sincere condolences to all of Danny’s friends, family, and former cadets and military colleagues. Hope you will find the attached interesting.


12570 Mike Kennedy


Article for July 2005 Veritas – FINAL DRAFT

The Greatest Generation

By 12570 Mike Kennedy


Victoria Day, 2005

Life is full of coincidences, and sometimes they can come to light in the most unexpected ways.

Last summer, while on holidays in Quebec City, my family and I had the pleasure of being hosted for dinner at the Garrison Club by 4100 Jacques Choquette and H 15200 the Honourable Gilles Lamontagne, who as it so happens was MND at the time my class graduated in 1980. Coincidentally, all three of us are from Quebec, and all of our College Numbers end with a “0”.

An even more interesting coincidence came to light much later on, when I discovered that both Mr. Lamontange and my son Shane share the same birthday – April 17 – and that the two were born exactly 75 years apart, Mr. Lamontagne in 1919, and my son in 1994.

After finishing our meal Mr. Lamontagne very graciously took us on a tour of the Club, and gave us the chance to view all manner of Quebec City military memorabilia that is now on display. Among other things, we saw a photo taken in the summer of 1940 of the officers of the Royal Rifles of Canada, one of the ill-fated units that eighteen months later fought heroically in the defence of Hong Kong, and whose surviving members later suffered the horrors of captivity in a Japanese POW camp.

Here again, another coincidence emerged. In the second row of the photo I saw the likeness of a very young officer, Lieutenant F.H. J. Royal, who surname is the same as the prefix borne by his regiment. Thirty years after this photo was taken, by then POW-survivor Royal was superintendent of the Laurentian Regional School Board at the same time that I was entering high school in Lachute, Quebec.

What I’ll remember most about that evening, however, was something Mr. Lamontagne said to my son just before we adjourned. As we were finishing our tour of the Garrison Club, he turned to Shane and said “You have a great future ahead of you as a Canadian.”

At ten years of age, my son was obviously much too young to understand the significance of what Mr. Lamontagne was saying to him. But as he grows up, one thing I do want Shane to understand is that whatever future he may enjoy as a Canadian was bought and paid for with the blood, sweat and tears of the Canadians of Mr. Lamontagne’s generation.

Between 1939 and 1945 Mr. Lamontagne, my son’s grandfather – also, coincidentally, an RCAF veteran – and over one million other Canadians like them demonstrated extraordinary courage and determination in their crusade to bring one of the most evil regimes the world has ever known to its knees. Their efforts helped to bring freedom, hope, and new opportunity to millions of people who suffered under the oppression of the Axis powers, and at the same time, profoundly transformed Canada’s sense of identity and her role on the world stage.

In 1914, the first time Canada went to war as a nation, patriotic fever spread like wildfire and men from all walks of life clamored for the opportunity to participate in what many of them thought would be a glorious adventure. In the first weeks of the Great War recruiting offices across the country were flooded with volunteers eager to fight for King and Country. It was widely expected that the war would a short-lived affair that would be over by Christmas, and certainly no one could envision the gruesome carnage that over the next four years would devour millions of lives, 60,000 of whom would be Canadian.

When war came again in 1939, Canadians were much more circumspect about the prospect of what lay ahead. For some, taking up arms once again was an obligation to be borne, a duty that was part and parcel of being loyal British subjects. For others, the outbreak of war offered an opportunity to escape the grinding poverty and despair that were the legacy of ten years of the Great Depression. No one, however, greeted the advent of the new conflict with the same naïve enthusiasm that had washed over Canada 25 years earlier.

By the time that victory was declared six years later, the Second World War had become the defining event in modern world history, and a period which was to have a profound influence on subsequent developments throughout the remainder of the 20th century. Out of a population of just fourteen million people – roughly equivalent to the current population of Moscow or Manila – nearly 1.1 million Canadians served in uniform at some point during the war. Of these, 55,000 were wounded, 9,000 were taken as prisoners-of-war, and 42,000 made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Ex-Cadets figured prominently among the ranks of those who led Canada’s soldiers, sailors, and airmen to victory. On land, the Canadian Army owed much of its success in Italy and Northwest Europe to the leadership provided by Generals such as 749 Harry Crerar, 1596 Guy Simonds, 1633 Chris Vokes, and 1032 Tommy Burns. During the ill-fated Dieppe raid of 1942, 1866 Cecil Merritt of the South Saskatchewan Regiment earned the Victoria Cross for his heroic leadership under fire, one of two Canadian VC’s to be awarded on that tragic and terrible August day.

At sea, Rear Admiral Leonard Murray (a product of the short-lived Royal Naval College of Canada) directed all naval forces involved in protection of North Atlantic convoys, and earned the distinction of being the only Canadian officer to command an Allied theatre of operations during the war. Young naval officers such as 2184 Desmond Piers and 2576 William Hayes guided convoys across the North Atlantic through the deadly gauntlet that had been laid up by the U-boat crewmen of the Kriegsmarine, and kept secure the vital lifeline that sustained the British through the darkest days of the early war years.

And in the air, 2364 Leonard Birchall averted what could have been a second Pearl Harbor when he detected a Japanese fleet poised to attack Ceylon. His extraordinary fortitude and leadership during three years of captivity subsequently proved that perhaps more than any of us, it may be the “Slashers” who are destined to rise to true greatness.

Today, 60 years after the end of the Second World War, it is estimated that only about 250,000 veterans of that conflict remain alive, all of whom are now well past the age of 80. Were they really the greatest generation of Canadians ? Apart from the handful of Great War veterans who are still alive, and those who are survivors of the Korean War, certainly the men and women who served in the Second World War are the greatest generation whose members still remain with us. In a society that has become obsessed with materialism, instant gratification, and the illusory trappings of “success”, oftentimes it is all too easy to forget that everything we have in Canada today, we owe to the gallant lads and lasses who risked everything to stand and deliver during those six perilous and pivotal years.

Here, in their own words, are the stories of four members of the RMC Club who experienced the horrors and the triumphs of the greatest conflict mankind has ever known. They are four true Canadian heroes whose actions in battle reflect great credit upon the Royal Military College and the unique place it occupies in Canadian history.

Click here for their personal story…

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014


Chairman at Horton Trading Ltd.


Joined the military in 1987 under the ROTP training plan and was selected to attend Le College Militaire Royal de St-Jean; following wings training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1994, was posted to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Shearwater and served on HMCS Preserver, NCSM Ville De Quebec and HMCS Toronto. In 1998,was transferred to 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron,and served as a pilot instructor.




President at


Professor Emeritus at Royal Military College of Canada


Army G4 Systems – Army Headquarters; Chief of Staff – Director General Materiel Systems and Supply Chain; J4 Plans – Canadian Expeditionary Force Command; Army Logistics Officer – Canadian Forces College; Officer Commanding Supply Company – 1 Service Battalion; Officer Commanding Transportation Company – 1 Service Battalion; Senior Logistics Operations Officer – 1 Service Battalion; G4 Operations 3 – Army Headquarters; Adjutant – 2 Service Battalion.

Experienced Executive in the Defence & Aerospace Industry


Deputy Commanding Officer, Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit


Aerospace Engineer – Department of National Defence; Air Navigator


CPA auditeur, CGA – Propriétaire


Board Certified (CPP) Security Management Professional – specializing in Healthcare and Corporate security


Is a retired Naval Captain whose career progressed along two mutually supportive tracks: Operational Leadership and HR Policy Development. Last military position, as a Director in National Defence Headquarters, had primary responsibility for the Canadian Forces’ approach to Diversity, Employment Equity, Human Rights and Harassment Prevention, working closely with Civilian HR staff to design the DND Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment.

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We get emails

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Bill: Sorry I was not able to make it down for the funeral of Danny McLeod. I trust there was a full house at the funeral and reception. Wish I could have been there, but grateful we got a chance to chat at the big hockey game during our Old Brigade weekend last fall.

Keep up the great work on e-Veritas.

Best regards,

7808 Dave Rooke, aka “Dr. K”


Thanks Bill for that terrific E-Veritas reflecting on Danny. He was one of a kind and we nay shall see the likes again!. We will all miss the legend with heavy hearts and no one more than you and Rolande. I wish I could have made it up for the funeral but there just wasn’t time.

Again Bill, thanks!

All the best to you and Rolande.

M135 Don Mcleod


3386 Doug Sexsmith remembers the ’55 West Point…

CPO J. Roland was the RMC coach. At the end of regulation time the score was tied. There was no precedent for what to do. West Point officials decided to have a conference in the commission officer’s mess in the arena. Roland was excluded because he was not an officer. I was the RMC captain and an officer. I insisted on attending and it was allowed. At West Point’s wishes, we played sudden death overtime. It felt good for RMC to win.

3386 D. P. (Doug)  Sexsmith 

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3069 W.A. McColl’s Diary – III Year – 62 Years Ago

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

26 Jan 52

I got over my 21st birthday yesterday without much difficulty. Pat sent me a little box of fudge and I got a nice letter from mother. Went in to the Queen’s gym tonight and saw our boys lose 54-52 after having led all the way. They couldn’t seem to score during the last few minutes of play. After the intermediate game Varsity took Queen’s by two points also. “A” flight lost again in floor hockey; I collected the usual skinned knees and banged shins.


28 Jan 52

Today an interesting notice was posted saying that 74 3rd phase COTC cadets will be taken to Europe this summer for training with the 27 Inf Bde Gp. I applied for it and hope something may come of it. Recruit boxing started tonight and I found myself acting as second for 1 sqn recruits. The MIR finally caught up with me and I had to get inoculated again for dozens of impossible diseases and maladies.

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Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on January 26th, 2014

Project Application Engineer II Req# 1302994 / Ingénieur – Project d’applications II Req# 1302994

Invensys, Montreal

Superintendent: Customer Service & Technical / Maintenance / Surintendant: Service à la clientèle et technique / Entretien

Tembec, Béarn (Quebec)


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