In This Issue 48

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For all those writing exams – Good luck!

Bonne chance à tous ceux qui doivent écrire des examens!


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: 3238 Fred Myers; 3937 David Johnstone; 4142 F George Hutson7000 David Haas; 8061 Robert Morton;  13108 Stan Grabstas.

Family & Friends who recently signed up for a club membership: Doris Nelson – 2 Years; Marie-Pier Hughes – 4 Years

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

In This Issue 48:

H2612 BGen (Ret) Mike Webber, Adjutant Emeritus the Old Brigade – Hospitalized

Class Notes

Momentous Event: Dec. 6, 1989

Keeping Tabs…

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

Kingston Branch brought up to speed

Fort Saint-Jean Chapter promoting the Heritage Lane Project

Top 10 Classes # 5 Class of 1924

Tohe and Jake make big impact during stressful period

Exam Time at RMCC Truly Unique

Service to Canada spans generations

Catching Up With the News

When their girls say “jump” so help me, they leap high into the air…

Jobs – Careers / Carrières


A big thank you to: 12059 Jacques Gagne & Deborah Nelson for their recent e-Veritas 2014 sponsorship support.

Full 2014 sponsorship list Here




Mike Kennedy’s Top 15 Holiday Reads

Manitoba, Hamilton, Halifax & Vancouver Island Branch: Christmas Receptions -12 Dec (Wpg); 19 Dec (Hamilton); 27 Dec (Halifax); 29 Dec (VI)

Vote on Club Governance restructure and constitutional amendment / Voter sur la restructuration du Club et la modification de la constitution

A note from 25281 Dana Batho – Class of 2011 – Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride

2015 Celebrations for 75 Years of Excellence at Royal Roads


Welcome New Sponsors. Thank You! Bienvenu aux nouveaux Sponsors. Merci!Updated




Morale Building Quotes from Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975):

“War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, ground troops, or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit and morale.”

“The rise or fall of Shanghai means the birth or death of the whole nation.”

“Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one’s self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.”

“Patriotism demands of us sustained sacrifice.”

“The final outcome of a war is often determined by the degree of initiative shown on each side.”

“I have always told my subordinates that when they commit any mistakes, the blame must be laid on the superior officers.”

Chiang Kai-shek, the son of a wine merchant, was born in Fenghua, China, on 31st October 1887. His father died when he was a child leaving the family in extreme poverty. He was sent to live with relatives but he ran away and joined the provincial army.

Chiang was a good soldier and he was eventually sent to the military academy in Paoting. In 1907 he attended the Military State College in Tokyo. During this period he became a supporter of Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party). During the 1911 revolution Chiang led a regiment that captured Shanghai. After the counter-revolution that followed, Chiang returned to Japan.

With the help of advisers from the Soviet Union the Kuomintang gradually increased its power in China. In 1924 Chiang became head of the Whampoa Military Academy.

Sun Yat-sen died on 12th March 1925. After a struggle with Wang Ching-Wei, Chiang eventually emerged as the leader of the Kuomintang. He now carried out a purge that eliminated the communists from the organization.

In 1926 Chiang commanded the army which aimed to unify China. He defeated the communist army and forced the survivors to make the famous Long March to Shensi in North West China. Chiang eventually established a government in Nanjing. Major financial reforms were carried out and the education system and the road transport were both improved. Chiang also established the New Life Movement in 1934 which reasserted traditional Confucian values to combat communist ideas.

When the Japanese Army invaded the heartland of China in 1937, Chiang was forced to move his capital from Nanking to Chungking. He lost control of the coastal regions and most of the major cities to Japan. In an effort to beat the Japanese he agreed to collaborate with Mao Zedong and his communist army.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Chiang and his government received considerable financial support from the United States. General Joseph Stilwell, head of American Army Forces in China, Burma and India (CBI), disagreed with this policy, arguing that Chiang was an inept leader and was ignorant of the fundamentals of modern warfare. Stilwell was accused of being pro-communist and in October 1944 Stilwell was recalled to the United States and was replaced by General Albert Wedemeyer.

During the Second World War the communist guerrilla forces were well led by Zhu De and Lin Biao. As soon as the Japanese surrendered, Communist forces began a war against the Nationalists. The communists gradually gained control of the country and on 1st October, 1949, Mao Zedong announced the establishment of People’s Republic of China.

Chiang and the remnants of his armed forces fled to Formosa (Taiwan). His autobiography, Summing up at Seventy , was published in 1957. Chiang Kai-shek died on 5th April 1975.

QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK Courtesy of 12570 Mike Kennedy

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H2612 BGen (Ret) Mike Webber, Adjutant Emeritus the Old Brigade – Hospitalized

Posted by rmcclub on December 7th, 2014

Adjutant Emeritus, Old Brigade - H2612 Mike Webber Hospitalized

Update we received from 5276 J. R. “Digger” MacDougall on: H2612 BGen (Ret) Mike Webber, Adjutant Emeritus the Old Brigade.

Ex Cadets who attended the Sunday march to the Memorial Arch this past Reunion Weekend; may recall the distinguished looking gentleman taking the salute when classes were departing the parade square (photo left). Mike was visiting a daughter in Florida when he had a coronary problem and was recently air evaced to The Montfort hospital – in Ottawa.

His long time friend Georges Gauthier sent along the following to H2951 Ramsey Withers, who then contacted “Digger”:

“Visited with Mike Webber this morning (Friday, 5 Dec). He is in the Monfort Hospital in the recuperation and rehabilitation section 4C room 418. He has a phone in his room (via switchboard). It is a lovely, clean and spacious (for a hospital), and the people there are helpful and cheerful.

Mike expects to be there for a couple weeks more at least. He walks around with a walker, usually accompanied by a staff member, and gets exercise sessions daily in the AM. He remains alert and talkative. I told him we were spreading the word and he wondered if the RMC would be informed. I suggested it would happen.”

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Class Notes

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Wireless towers the next play for deal maker Christian Paupe

Article by: SEAN SILCOFF – first appeared in the Globe and Mail – 1 Dec

12110 Christian Paupe (entered CMR in 74) and graduated in 79  has been chief financial officer of four Canadian public companies, including, most recently, faded phone directory giant Yellow Media Ltd. So when Streetwise learned that he had accepted the role of vice president, finance and CFO of a private Quebec company last month – in a hot sector backed by two private equity investors – we had to ask: Is he on the drive for five?

Very possibly, Mr. Paupe admits about his new job with telecom infrastructure provider Telecon Group. Asked whether there’s a chance Telecon will go public, “Oh, absolutely, there is,” said the 55-year-old Mr. Paupe – a veteran deal-maker who has also been CFO of Quebecor World Inc., Transcontinental Inc., and Southam Inc. But companies like this “need to be seasoned,” he added.

The cooks have already begun their work. It started in 2012, when government pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins purchased control of the 40-year-old Trois-Rivières firm. They overhauled the board (interestingly, the two Quebec Inc. investors have opted to cede governance entirely to independents, rather than appoint their own executives; disappointingly, the five-person board has no women) and brought in a new chief executive officer, Andre Héroux, former CEO of shower and tub manufacturer Maax Holdings, Inc.

Telecon has also made a recent acquisition, buying wireless network assets from Netricom. Desjardins and the Caisse have invested $79-million in the takeover and the Netricom deal; for Desjardins, in for $49-million so far, it’s the group’s largest private investment to date, Mr. Paupe says.

There’s a lot more to come. Wireless telecom infrastructure is a hot space: In the United States, companies like American Tower Corp. and Crown Castle International Corp. have attracted a lot of attention with a series of multi-billion-dollar deals. The number of wireless subscribers is still growing and telecom companies have to invest billions of dollars annually, not only to maintain what infratructure they have, but also to beef up their capabilities to handle surging mobile data usage.

That points to good earnings growth ahead for the sector and healthy investor appetite. Earlier this fall, Winnipeg’s Exchange Income Corp. sold its U.S. cellular tower business for $200-million (U.S.), a princely sum for a business that generated just $5-million in free cash flow last year.

Telecon Group is growing fast – revenues at the company of 2,100 people more than doubled to $270-million over the last two years and are expected to double again in the next three to five years, Mr. Paupe said. The business was concentrated in eastern Canada until the Netricom deal (which puts it in eight provinces), and its ambitions are to expand nationally and capture more of the “addressable market” of $2-billion in annual telecom tower revenues that come from the big Canadian wireless carriers.

“We want to consolidate the market and be that national coast-to-coast provider,” Mr. Paupe said, a description that evokes his former employer, Yellow Media. Unlike the phone directories business, however, an increasingly digitized world is an opportunity for Telecon, rather than a challenge.

Potential acquisitions in the fragmented market are divisions of engineering and construction firms with other priorities, while Telecon’s primary focus is cell towers. It looks like a solid consolidation opportunity.

As for an IPO, Mr. Paupe has little to offer, other than to point out that private equity investors “typically have a five to seven year investment horizon.”

By the way, we couldn’t resist asking Mr. Paupe about his last public gig at Yellow, which ended abruptly with his exit in 2011. The statesmanlike Mr. Paupe had this to say: “The key takeaway for me was, when you’re in a legacy business, I said to the board, it’s very difficult for incumbent management to effect a transformation. You need a reset at the management level. I was supportive of that. Maybe [former CEO] Marc Tellier was not.”

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Momentous Event: Dec. 6, 1989

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Momentous Event: Dec. 6, 1989


There are far-reaching public events that occur in our lifetime for which we vividly remember where we were when we learned of them.

The first one for me was – The End of the War in Europe. I was just over five years old, May 1945. My Mom & Dad were listening to the radio in our front room – 382 Watson St – West Saint John, NB. All of a sudden, they hugged, smiled and let out a big jubilant roar. Shortly after I was out playing; church bells are ringing, and people are celebrating in the streets – interfering with the road hockey game that I was playing, with my brother, Vern, and a few other kids from the neighbourhood.

The next one was Nov 1963 when JFK was assassinated. I was in my third year of a four year tour at 4 (F) Wing, Germany. I was in the Airman’s Club – Friday night. There was a heavy and steady rain and quite cold. We had a number of serving USAF personnel at 4 Wing at the time; I knew and was a friend to many of them. The word on the assassination spread quickly – (word of mouth), in those days, based on the time and where we were located. The mood and atmosphere that evening quickly turned very sad.

Within an hour or so, some brass (don’t remember the names or ranks) from Wing HQ called everyone to attention – there was an aircrew member missing and long overdue from an “escape & evasion” exercise from nearby in France. They took a roll call and we were to report back at 0600 hrs the next morning; dressed and ready to go on a search for the missing pilot. All of a sudden the focus switched from Dallas, Texas to getting ready for the search.

I along with others returned at 0600 on the Saturday. On arrival, we were informed that the missing pilot had showed-up at the designated area safe & sound. We were dismissed and permitted to return home.


The Canada /Soviet 1972 hockey series certainly stands out in my mind.  This is not the time to recall those memories.

9/11: I was at Panet House on a fairly extended phone conversation, with the parent of a IV Year. Well into the conversation, the mother said something like – ”Oh, did you hear about an airplane flying into one of the twin towers in NYC?”

The phone conversation came to a quick end.

The slaughter of 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989 is definitely front and centre in my memory bank. Being the father of four daughters is reason enough. I was serving at RMC at the time; well acquainted with a number of the lady cadets – many of whom were in engineering programs – all years.

I was getting ready that weekend to attend the AGM for CIAU Athletic Directors at Banff, Alberta. By the time that I arrived at my destination and for the following few days, most of the talk was about Montreal and the tragic event.

Immediately after the shootings, various media commentators reported that the killer was a madman and that the women just happened to be in the way, as opposed to being specifically targeted.

Sometime after when the killer’s suicide note became public there was no longer any doubt for his cowardly act.”Would you note that if I commit suicide today it is not for economic reasons … but for political reasons,” it read. “Because I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker … I have decided to put an end to those viragos.”

Over the years, I often wonder what these RMC lady engineering cadets were experiencing during that time period – before, shortly after and to this day.

I have been in touch with a few of them. Of these – there are some very profound memories and what they recall about the Montreal Massacre and the atmosphere at RMC in December 1989.

What two IV Year 1989-90 Lady Engineering Officer-Cadets had to say:

Dear Bill,

Your note has reached me with the thought of -why? My time at RMC was full of hateful misogyny. The massacre was during exam routine. The comments I recall from the “Gentlemen” cadets of the time, as we lined up waiting for the exam doors to open, were along the line of “Hey! We should do that here!” or “How did he miss so many others?”

With that invective and utterances, it came as no surprise to me several years later when the problems of the 90′s became public. The seeds had been sown years before.

My relationship with RMC has been like that of an abused lover. I wanted to love the College so much. I had dreamed of it since I was 15. Things would be good for a while, and then BAM – you are hit again with the hatred and derision of your male peers. 25 years on I have recurring nightmares in which I never graduate and am stuck there.

I have a Masters, and I am currently a senior engineer in DND, and an expert in my field. I love my work. I was born to be an engineer. So were most of my classmates on your list. Each of them has done well in their own fields, in their own specialties.

Would I do it all again? Maybe. But I had no idea then that misogyny reigned so deeply in society and in the cadets at school.

“No means hit her again!”

“No means f–k her anyways!”

I finally did meet a true gentleman a year after grad. He was a mature man of 28, a Cpl then. But he had the all the qualities few of my male peers ever showed. We’ve been married since 1992.

I am sorry. This is not the response you were looking for. I think some of the others will have more appropriate words. I have forwarded this to Alanna and Nanette. Marie will likely send to Laura. Six of us get together periodically for a lunch and share the updates on our work and families.

Kind regards,

17300 Sherry Oake


I remember the incident well. It was a shocking event and as a female engineering student at a very male dominated institution it was something that we all took a little personally. However, the actions of one unbalanced person do not reflect the attitudes of the majority. Maybe I am just an optimist at heart but I would like to think that there are positives we can look at when commemorating this tragedy.

When we were at RMC we certainly experienced some reluctance on the part of our male peers to welcome us into the fold, particularly since engineering and of course military service had been male centric professions since their inception. Whether it was the gentlemanly apology for using certain language that may offend our feminine ears, or the disdain that was often surreptitious and sometimes overt, we noticed that we were different. However, most male cadets were certainly appalled by the events in Montreal and they perhaps accepted us a little more readily afterwards. The “old boys club” was still closed but there was less animosity.

Throughout my career, both as a military officer and currently as an Engineer working within the Department of National Defence I have seen attitudes towards women changing. In the early days we had to work a little harder to make sure that we met the bar, or perhaps we just felt that we did so that no-one could say we were only promoted because of a quota. Eventually you earned the respect of your peers and gained a reputation within your Branch. You certainly got used to being the only woman in a room full of men. There came a point when you were surprised when asked if you felt uncomfortable as the only woman, because you hadn’t really noticed that you were indeed the only one. Well I can honestly say that I see things changing. There are certainly more women around the table these days, and people aren’t surprised anymore when they speak up and their ideas have merit.

The Montreal Massacre was a tragic event and certainly should be commemorated to remind us of the attitudes of the past. Hopefully the young engineering students of today just shake their heads in disbelief that there was ever a notion that women didn’t belong. My son is a second year engineering student at the University of Ottawa today, and one day I asked him how many women there were in his classes. I was surprised to hear that it was still only about 20%, and really hadn’t increased much since I was a student. I cannot believe that in today’s society, where both girls and boys are taught that they can do anything and be anyone, that young women are discouraged from entering the engineering profession. As painful as it is to remember the events of 20 years ago, it is still an important reminder that we need to encourage our young women to engage in science and engineering, and make sure our young men are open and accepting of their female peers.

17336 Nanette Fliesser

Class of ‘90

Former Construction Engineering officer

Currently employed as a Project Manager in the Directorate of Construction Project Delivery

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on December 7th, 2014

Information Management Officer at Canadian Armed Forces

Combat Systems Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces

Director Land Infrastructure at Canadian Forces

Base Logistics Officer at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer at Royal Canadian Navy

Performance Management Senior Staff Officer at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott

Naval Combat Systems Engineer at Canadian Forces

Aerospace Engineer at Canadian Forces

Project Assistant at Progress Management Inc – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Retired Canadian Armed Forces Officer

Air Combat Systems Officer at 405 LRP Squadron, 14 Wing, Greenwood

Executive Officer HMCS WINDSOR at Department of National Defence

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

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The Chief of Military Personnel , 14474 Lieutenant-General David Millar, paid a short but significant visit to RMC Saint-Jean last Thursday – Dec 4th.

The recently invested Order of Military Commander was in the area also visiting Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS). He took time out of his visit to meet with 17312 Colonel Jennie Carignan, RMC Saint-Jean Commandant and he inspected and had a friendly address with cadets.


Texte pour la photo : de gauche à droite : M. Yves Gadler (Amis du Musée), Capt Cousineau (CMR Saint-Jean), Élof Gazille (CMRC), Élof Harlow (CMRC), Élof Coote (CMRC), Élof Anand (CMRC), Dr Paul Kavanagh (Amis du Musée), Élof Ashworth (CMR Saint-Jean), Élof Généreux (CMR Saint-Jean), Élof George (CMRC), Sgt Vanderklooster (CMRC) et Brigadier-général (ret) Linda Colwell (Amis du Musée).

Caption: From left to right: Mr. Yves Gadler (Friends of the Museum), Capt Cousineau (RMC Saint-Jean), OCdt Gazille (RMCC), OCdt Harlow (RMCC), OCdt Coote (RMCC), OCdt Anand (RMCC), Dr. Paul Kavanagh (Friends of the Museum), OCdt Ashworth (RMC Saint-Jean), OCdt Généreux (RMC Saint-Jean), OCdt George (RMCC), Sgt Vanderklooster (RMCC) and Brigadier-General (retd) Linda Colwell (Friends of the Museum).

Le CMR Saint-Jean contribue à l’Op VÉTÉRAN

Par le Capitaine Jean-Marc Cousineau, Adjoint à la Division Gestion Financière & Administration / CMR Saint-Jean

Dans le cadre des cérémonies du jour du Souvenir à Ottawa, les Collèges militaires du Canada (CMC) ont chacun envoyé une délégation pour assister à la parade du jour du Souvenir et participer à l’OP ANCIEN COMBATANT. Chapeautée par le Dr Kavanagh, l’OP VÉTÉRAN qui vient en aide financièrement au Musée canadien de la guerre à Ottawa tenait son activité de rayonnement annuelle lors de cette journée toute dédiée à nos anciens combattants. C’est lors de cette activité de rayonnement que les CMC ont remis à l’OP ANCIEN COMBATTANT un chèque d’une somme de 1000 $, un montant amassé dans le cadre de la Campagne de charité en milieu de travail du gouvernement du Canada afin de soutenir les activités du Musée.

RMC Saint-Jean contribute to Op VETERAN

By Captain Jean-Marc Cousineau, 2 i/c Financial Management Administration Division / RMC Saint-Jean

As part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, the Canadian Military Colleges (CMC) each sent a delegation to attend the Remembrance Day parade and participate in OP VETERAN. This fundraising OP headed by Dr. Kavanagh in support of the Canadian War Museum held its annual outreach activity on this special day dedicated to all our veterans. During the outreach activity, the CMCs presented a check to OP VETERAN in the amount of $1,000, a sum raised as part of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign to support the Museum’s activities.

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Kingston Branch brought up to speed

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Kingston Branch brought up to speed 


The Royal Canadian Colleges Club of Canada – Kingston Branch members were the recipients of a highly informative and entertaining talk at their monthly luncheon last Wed (3 Dec) at the Senior Staff Mess.

A good turnout sit through a 45 minutes keynote address including questions & answers by 10966 LGen (ret) Michel Maisonneuve – Academic Director / Royal Military College Saint-Jean – photo left.

The Class of 1976 RMC graduate and former Cadet Wing Commander spoke passionately and informatively of the current status and what it happening at the “other” military college located on the site of Fort Saint-Jean, originally built in 1666, which is now part of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

He heaped praise on the current military leadership, headed by the commandant, 17312 Colonel Jennie Carignan and was equally enthusiastic on how impressed he is with the outstanding calibre of the faculty and civilian staffs at his location.

The main portion of his address included:

Historical Overview

More Recent History

  • 1952 Opening of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (two-year preparatory programme)

  • 1969 Programme expansion in partnership with University of Sherbrooke

  • 1971 First graduating class (18 students)

  • 1979 Six women joined the UTPM program at CMR

  • 1980 First ROTP women admitted

  • 1985 Receives University Charter

  • 1995 Closure

  • 2008 Reopening

  • 2011 Colours presented by Governor General

  • 2012 60th anniversary

  • 2013 Inauguration of Hall of Fame

  • 2014 Integration of Chief Warrant Officer Osside Profession of Arms Institute

The 35 year retired veteran of the the C.A.F. explained the  Province of Quebec CEGEP System and the differences with the rest of Canada.  The chart below pretty well outlines the realities:


The Hall of Fame graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College provided a very user friendly chart on the current break-down of the Cadet Wing:


The very proud Academic Director did not hesitate to highlight successes of the cadets that have recently attended and are current cadets at RMC Saint-Jean.  He spent some time outlining one of the main challenges which is  – recruiting candidates from the province of Quebec that have both the interest and  the potential to succeed.

The results from a survey given to the 140 cadets who entered this past August were a bit of an eye opener. From the group: 120 males, 20 females; 79 had english as their first language and the remaining 61 were french. 42% called the province of Quebec home, while 31% hailed from Ontario. The remainder were from other regions of Canada. When asked how did they heard about military college – (1) Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre(s); (2) current officer cadets currently in the system and (3) Ex Cadets.

Looking around the room it was obvious that the crowd were as attentive at the end of the highly informative presentation as they were at the beginning. Many Ex cadets were overheard speaking in small groups on how much they appreciated the retired LGen (ret) taking time out from his busy schedule to bring them up-to-date on happenings at RMC Saint-Jean.

The next luncheon for the Kingston Branch will be the regular first Wed of the month – 7 Jan at the SSM. Bar is open around 1130; most members have a light lunch starting approx.1230 and the guest speakers commence shortly after 1300. The guest speaker in January is the Director of Athletics and others and the subject will be the 2015 visit to West Point. All Ex Cadets who will be in the area are welcome to attend.

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Fort Saint-Jean Chapter promoting the Heritage Lane Project

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The city of Saint-Jean has embarked on a restoration project that will revitalize the old city and waterfront. In conjunction with this endeavour, the RMC Foundation, with the Fort Saint-Jean Chapter of the ex-Cadet Club, are promoting the Heritage Lane Project.

This multi-faceted project at the North Gate end of the College nearest downtown Saint-Jean, will give all ex-Cadets and Classes an opportunity to contribute to the refurbishment of the College Campus with a view to recognizing its tremendous role in Canada’s military and military college history.

You can now purchase a commemorative stone with your name and college info that will border the new pedestrian walkway down Rue des Remparts. Classes, teams and clubs can also group together for larger purchases such as information panels, benches, trees and specific areas of the renewal. Your group donation will be identified and highlighted on the project site forever.

A commemorative stone makes a great Christmas present to give to an ex-Cadet, or one still studying at the Colleges, or even to yourself!

Please visit the RMC Foundation website to browse the Heritage Lane catalogue and make your donation.

The total project cost is $293,000. To date fundraising efforts have resulted in $133,000 collected and pledged. This is a wonderful project and an excellent way to leave a permanent legacy at the RMC Saint-Jean campus.

La ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu s’est lancée dans un projet de restauration visant à moderniser la vieille ville et le secteur riverain. En plus de cet effort, la Fondation des CMR, avec la collaboration du Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean du Club des anciens, fait la promotion du projet du Chemin patrimonial.

Ce projet d’envergure à l’entrée nord du Collège près du Vieux Saint-Jean donnera à tous les Anciens et Classes d’Anciens une opportunité de contribuer à l’embellissement du site du Collège et de marquer son rôle important au sein de l’histoire militaire du Canada et des Collèges.

Vous pouvez maintenant acheter une dalle commémorative affichant votre nom et votre collège. Ces pierres seront utilisées pour paver le nouveau passage pour piétons de la rue des Ramparts.  Les promotions peuvent également se regrouper par classes, équipes ou clubs pour faire de plus gros achats, comme des panneaux, des bancs, des arbres et des aires spécifiques.  Votre don de groupe sera identifié et mis en évidence sur le site du projet pour toujours.

Une pierre commémorative serait un super cadeau de Noël pour un ancien(ne), un élève-officier, ou pour vous-même! S’il-vous-plaît visitez le site web de la Fondation des CMR,

 pour parcourir le catalogue du Chemin patrimonial et faire votre don.

 Le coût total du projet est 293.000$ À ce jour nos efforts de levée de fonds ont permi de recueillir133.000$ en dons et promesses. Ceci est un projet merveilleux et une excellente façon de laisser un héritage permanent au campus du CMR Saint-Jean.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!

By / par : Barbara Maisonneuve

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Top 10 Classes # 5 Class of 1924

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#1 Class of 1966

#2 Class of 1965

#3 Class of 1969

#4 Class of 1953

#5 Class of 1924

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Tohe and Jake make big impact during stressful period

Posted by rmcclub on December 7th, 2014

The Peer Assistance Group’s “Dogs for Morale” program attracted a lot of students on December 3rd. Stressed with the starting exams and excited to go home and see their own dogs, about 50 students enjoyed the company of the two dogs, Tohe and Jake, brought by St. John Ambulance workers Madeleine Wotherspoon and Katharina Wattie. Tohe loved to just lay on the ground and get petted by everyone at once, while Jake preferred running from one person to the other, clearly excited by all the attention he was getting.

The “Dogs for Morale” program is becoming more popular among the cadets, and the Peer Assistance Group is glad to announce that the dogs will be returning next semester for many more petting sessions!

Article by: 26596 NCdt Sophie Cormier

Le programme des « chiens pour le moral » du Groupe d’assistance aux pairs a attiré plusieurs étudiants le 3 décembre. Stressés avec les examens qui commencent et excités d’aller voir leurs propres chiens pendant les vacances, environ 50 étudiants ont apprécié la compagnie de deux chiens, Tohe et Jake, apportés par deux personnes de l’Ambulance St Jean, Madeleine Wotherspoon and Katharina Wattie. Tohe adorait se coucher par terre et recevoir de l’attention de tous en même temps, alors que Jake préférait courir d’une personne à l’autre, clairement excité par toute l’attention qu’il recevait.

Le programme des « chiens pour le moral » devient de plus en plus populaire chez les cadets, et le Groupe d’assistance aux pairs est heureux d’annoncer que les chiens retourneront au prochain semestre pour plusieurs caresses!

par 26596 Sophie Cormier

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Exam Time at RMCC Truly Unique

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Exam Time at RMCC Truly Unique

By: 27421 OCdt (I) Melissa Sanfaçon – 6 Squadron

With the end of the semester, and the holiday season approaching rapidly, that can only mean one thing; exams. Though I’m sure everyone is grateful for the break that follows, there is not much that can take away from the stress of exams. This time of the year provides a different experience for everyone at RMC. For many of the first years, this is their first time writing a university exam, marking a milestone in their studies. For the fourth years, this set of exams brings them one step closer to graduation; which is surely an exciting time. But even these academic accomplishments are unable to detract from the stress and exhaustion that are unavoidable at this time of year.

Though all of this is typical for life as a university student, exam time at RMC appears to me to be truly unique. Having attended a civilian university prior to my time here, I have been through exams and seen the stress and exhaustion. But I have never seen students so dedicated to helping one another even when dealing with their own studies. The unique qualities of an officer cadet do not cease to exist when times get a bit tough, and it is truly remarkable to see. Walking down the hallway to my room, passing by equation covered white boards, and students going out of their way to help one another makes me appreciate being a member of the cadet wing. This type of interaction is something that you do not come across at any other school.

Exams are unavoidable, cause endless stress and sleepless nights, and are generally associated with all things negative. With some hard work and the help from other officer cadets, success is possible, and the long-awaited winter holidays immediately following will make all of the hard work worthwhile.

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Service to Canada spans generations

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Service to Canada spans generations

“I had the interest, I had the tradition to uphold, and when I found RMC, I had the opportunity.” The first year was tough, but John has undergone a full indoctrination into military life.

“It’s grown on me. It constantly challenges me. I’ve grown a lot as a person,” he said.

One of the keys is perseverance. From his class of 280 who entered RMC, only 207 are left.

“There’s a big ‘Never quit’ attitude.”

Like most young people, his career goals have changed as he adapted to military life. He wants to be an air combat systems officer in which he monitors communications and does the tactical command of an aircraft.

“You handle the mission side, and the pilot handles the flying side,” he explained.

“I enjoy the tactical aspect – you’re the guy moving the chess pieces.”

The idea of being deployed into a combat situation is not fear inspiring.

“I’m excited to do my part. I want to be deployed,”

26583 III OCdt John Jacob  - Article

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Catching Up With the News

Posted by rmcclub on December 7th, 2014

Paterson ready for office – New Mayor of Kingston – RMCC Prof.



There is no ‘Father of the Flag’

Kingston and Royal Military College could claim to be the flag’s birthplace as well, with the design of the Canadian flag loosely based on the Royal Military College flag.



Army athletics rebranding may be end of ‘Black Knights’



Army sets 160 seats for female Ranger School volunteers



Fencing Update:

Fencers from the Royal Military College and Cutting Edge Fencing came home with five medals from the Canada Cup held at Centre Claude Robillard in Montreal this past weekend.

In the university women’s sabre event, RMC earned three medals, with Julie Cho taking the silver while Sarah Staples and Mary-Ann Iver each won bronze. RMC’s Harrison Kelertas also won an individual medal with his bronze in the university men’s epee event.

In team competition, Cutting Edge Fencing’s Danielle Burghraef and Katie Porter teamed up with former teammate and former Paladin fencer 24032 Chantel Helwer to win the bronze in the women’s sabre team event, while RMC finished fourth.

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When their girls say “jump” so help me, they leap high into the air…

Posted by rmcclub on December 7th, 2014



8 Dec 52

Exams started today with Eco 44 which I messed up pretty badly. Never have I faced a set of exams with as little preparation as this time. Exam routine is very slack this year – no parades at all; all running around.

Last Friday I found a most fascinating store in Kingston – Cookies. It was founded in 1868 and still has the atmosphere of a general country store. They deal in all types of imported foods. I got a few slabs of cheese and enjoyed it in our last meeting of the coffee club in Hercus’ Room.

Incidentally I am getting quite a kick out of these fellows who are engaged – Hercus, Ken McMillan, Big John etc. etc. When their girls say “jump” so help me, they leap high into the air. All Barry says on the phone is “Yes Di,…Yes Di Anything you say, Di…..”

9 Dec 52

Barry Hercus & I went over yesterday and today to play squash. He hasn’t played much and this is my first time. Squash is a much better game than I had imagined – hope to play a lot more this year. Commerce 42 this morning – not too hard.

Ed note: A few Issues ago, there was a short write-up in the diary concerning the visit of the Governor General, Vincent Massey.  We discovered a brochure to mark that occasion; which is the address given by the GG to the cadets back in 1952.  A very nice read… (Click on cover & pages for better viewing)


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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

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Research and Development Director / Directeur Recherche et Développement

AirBoss-Defense, Bromont

Tooling Designer / Concepteur Outillage

Raufoss Canada, Boisbriand, Québec

Project EngineerIngénieurs de projets

Agropur, Saint-Laurent

Functional AnalystAnalyste fonctionnel

Agropur, Longueuil

Academic Associate for Manual and Automated Machine Tools

Auxiliaire d’enseignement sur les machines-outils manuelles et automatisées

McGill University, Montreal

Job offer for Field Sales Engineer  ∕ Offre d’emploi en ventes pour ingénieur

PharmaMedSci, Montreal

Manufacturing Engineer CanadaIngénieur Opérations Manufacturières Canada

Aptalis Pharma Canada Inc, Mont Saint-Hilaire

Architectural Hardware SpecialistSpécialiste en quincaillerie architecturale

Les Agences Robert Janvier Ltée, Montreal, Ottawa or Quebec

Support for software and electronic design  ∕ Aide à la conception logiciel et électronique

Thomas & Betts, Montreal

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