In This Issue 5

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A cartoon from the very first issue of the RMC Review- May 1920- that has a “timeless” message!


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:  RCNSE 121 John Young; RCNC225 George NM Currie; 3155 Donald Miller; 3496 James D Younger; 3593 Roger Neill; 3621 Yvon E. Bégin; 4750 Stewart McGowan; 4805 Frederick (Ted) Butler – Two Year Membership; 6163 Raymond JA Bunner; 8656 Jacques Dion;

18131  Stéphane J.E. Gagné; 20666 Claudia Polycar.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’


In This Issue 5:

Class Notes…

23847 Wesley Tse – Provides Expertise in Philippines Disaster

Leaders and Aspiring Leaders Pay Heed

Keeping Tabs…



RMCC: The Week That Was & More…Staff Perspective

RMCC: The Week That Was & More…Cadet Perspective

Training for the “M”

Kenya 2014: Final Preparation


Bike-a-thon du CMRC 2014 / After Hours Special

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

We’ll be singing “God Save the Queen” now. Just think,

if Queen Elizabeth reigns for 60 years like Queen Victoria

perhaps I’ll never sing “The King” again.




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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Class Notes..,

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Ex-Cadet Fought the Good Fight as Commandant of Royal Roads

Edited by 25366 Mike Shewfelt

7264 Col. (ret) K. Ross Betts (RMC ’67) is a licensed professional engineer with a Master’s degree in engineering from RMC. He was first and foremost a fighter pilot but also filled a variety of other interesting posts in both Canada and the U.S., including Director Air Requirements in Ottawa and Air Attaché in Washington, DC. He moved to the private sector in the mid-1990s after some 33 years in uniform.

Colonel Betts was fortunate indeed to be assigned as Commandant of Royal Roads Military College in the summer of 1987. He was a non “Road-ent” but became an instant believer in, and advocate for, the unique contribution that the institution continued to make to Canada and the Canadian Forces in general and to the parents and youth of Western Canada in particular. His ardour for keeping the College operating as a going concern was met with great consternation by bean counters in Ottawa who were plotting at the same time to shut the place down as part of yet another austerity move. Alas, what initially appeared to be a successful defence turned out in the fullness of time to be a losing battle and the Colonel was greatly saddened when, some six years after his departure, the place closed its doors for good as an irreplaceable part of the Canadian Military Colleges.

In the fall of 2008, Ross entered into a licensing arrangement with a U.S. firm to establish and lead the Canadian component of a worldwide group of companies known as Shipley Associates. Ross had worked primarily in big government (DND, TBS, and PWGSC) and big industry (Bombardier) and so many of the challenges of financing and building what was essentially a start-up company were eye-opening to say the least. Shipley Canada is a training and consulting company with the mission of helping other companies win business in highly competitive environments. Now, some five years later, the challenges have not diminished, but their nature has changed as the company matures and the Shipley brand becomes better known across Canada.

Ross lives in Ottawa and is married to the former Grace Guthrie whom he met in Kingston while he was at RMC and she was completing nursing training. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. He likes to golf as much as possible in the summer and is an enthusiastic skier in the winter.


19894 MP Erin O’Toole (Class of ’95) – Support for Veterans Today, Tomorrow


24011 Lieutenant(N) Matthew Gillmore (Class of ’08) MAR Eng 00345 retired on 3 Jan 14 after 9 years and 7 months of loyal and dedicated service to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

Matthew enrolled in the RCN on 19 June 2004 as a marine systems Engineer. He studied at the Royal Military College of Canada where he graduated in 2008 with a bachelor degree in computer engineering. He continued his naval training at Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax which included 4 months of studies in Portsmouth, UK.

He completed his marine systems engineering applications course mid 2009 and was posted to CFB Esquimalt to train and serve onboard HMCS Calgary. After a year aboard he was posted ashore to the Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt as electrical training officer before being sent back to sea as head of the engineering department onboard

HMCS Protecteur in 2011. During his time aboard HMCS Calgary and Protecteur he completed multiple deployments to South America (Southploy) and received his Operational service medal for his ships participation with drug interdiction as a member of the joint interagency task force south.

After successfully completing his head of department qualification in 2012 he departed the west coast for Ottawa where he was posted to DGMEPMs the Deputy Project Manager of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) being installed onboard Halifax class Ships.

Matthew plans on continuing his career in engineering and business within the private sector as a professional engineer and professional project manager. We expect he will thrive in his transition to civilian life and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

To mark the occasion of his retirement an informal retirement function was recently held in Ottawa. Matthew would be pleased to hear from friends & buds at

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23847 Wesley Tse – Provides Expertise in Philippines Disaster

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RMCC Alumnus 23847 Wesley Tse – provides expertise in Philippines Disaster

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Leaders and Aspiring Leaders Pay Heed

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H17417 Col The Hon J.R. Matheson KStJ, CD delivered the Royal Military College of Canada convocation address in May 1993.

Many of the people who were in attendance considered it one of the most memorable and inspiring speeches that they had ever heard; spoken by a man supported by not one but two canes.

With the recent passing of John Matheson we feel it is fitting to reprint his entire 1993 speech. A WARNING: Those reading the article may not be able to do so with dry eyes.

 Photos by:  Steve McQuaid – Click, click on photos for better viewing

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Keeping Tabs…

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Over ten years of progressive experience in leadership and operations management in several functional areas including Human Resource practice. – Fluently bilingual; Extensive experience in many core HR functions; Over 5 years experience in financial management, budgeting, business planning and controlling; Senior policy advisor and developer; Community advocate with experience leading not for profit agencies; Extensive experience developing and facilitating training for management and non – management employees in both official languages.


Director Business Development at DEW Engineering & Development.


CF career started as a military police officer; completed post-graduate education in 1996 to become a social work officer. After doing clinical work on military bases in Canada for nine years,was employed in Mental Health Promotion and Mental Health Education and Training from 2005 to 2011; In 2011 was appointed National Practice Leader for Social Work for the Canadian Forces.


Fleet Support Medical Officer; Task Force Surgeon; Medical Officer; Wing Surgeon; Flight Surgeon; C 130 Pilot.


Commanding Officer at 3 Canadian Support Unit


Fleet Navigating Officer at Royal Canadian Navy


IBD Group Business Development Manager | IBD Group – Chef de service développement de l’entreprise at EODC Inc.


Branch Head at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


August 2010 – June 2011 (11 months) Europe – Our family of four left Canada with backpacks and dreams and a few basic plans. We spent 6 months in France, in four main locations (Alsace, Côte d’Azur, the Loire Valley, and Normandy). The rest of the time we spent in the countries around France.


An accomplished engineering manager with 10 years of military experience in operations and project management. Specialized in planning, equipment engineering processes, and industrial systems engineering.


Lived a good and busy life, first in the Canadian Forces, then in the private sector, and then as a public servant; now retired and spending most of the time doing the smaller things, working on and around the house, enjoying personal hobbies and lending a hand to friends and family.

Flight Operations Coordinator – North Cariboo Air; Maintain active flight watch of company aircraft;Book and preplan flights;Communicate operational information to pilots;Initiate emergency response procedures; Complete customs and immigration paperwork;Arrange aspects of aircraft utilization such as FBO notification and requirements, fuel arrangements, etc.

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Lundy’s Lane July 25 Update: RMC Club (Hamilton Branch) CELEBRATES THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LUNDY’s LANE JULY 25

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JULY 25, 2014


JULY 25, 2014

The Hamilton Branch is hosting a Luncheon event for RMC Alumni and guests, in Niagara Falls on Friday July 25th, 2014.

July 25 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, one of the last decisive (and bloody) battles of the War of 1812.

Now it is 3.5 MONTHS away! You may wish to plan a late July trip to Niagara that weekend and take in the Lundy’s Lane celebration by the locals and RMC, the Falls, and the Shaw Festival at Niagara On The Lake. It will help our planning if “early” consideration is given by all.

The battle itself occurred at dusk (7pm-ish), and the Lundys Lane Historical Society (LLHS) of Niagara Falls will hold their annual remembrance ceremony in the evening of July 25, at the battlefield site. RMC participation is enthusiastically solicited by organizers.

The plans for this celebration are updated as follows…

1. Friday Luncheon July 25th (1130am for 1215pm), with speakers, for ex cadets and spouses in the Oak Room (capacity 180) of the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, L2G 1T6. [The Best Western is a 2 or 3 block walk to the Battlefield Site.]

2. A block of 80 Best Western rooms have been reserved for RMC guests for the evening of July 25th . The “block price” is $164.99 plus taxes plus a $2/day “Planet Energy Fee”, Onsite parking +$7pd. Saturday breakfast is included. The “block” will be reserved for “RMC Ex Cadets” – “until 4pm July 17″. Call 1-800-263-2551 to make your reservation directly. Hotel address is 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls.

3. Hamilton Branch would like an idea of numbers interested in attending by 31 May 2014. The fixed costs can then be apportioned over the number of tickets sold. The objective is to maximize outreach to Ex-Cadets at minimal cost. [rsvp to Bob Carr at]

4. MND Rob Nicholson, MP for Niagara Falls, has kindly agreed to attend the Luncheon and to speak. His acceptance is vulnerable to any last minute interruptions in his schedule.

5. Major John Grodzinski, CD, Phd, Associate Professor of History at RMC has generously agreed to speak to the Battle (at the Luncheon) and to offer an optional guided tour of the Battlefield immediately after the Luncheon. The battlefield is very close to the hotel (walking distance).

6. Unfortunately the Regency Dancers are unable to perform at the Luncheon. They are all volunteers and will be working at that time, so this has been cancelled.

After the Luncheon (approx 3pm) and the optional Battlefield Tour (finish approx 4.30pm), all ex cadets and guests are free to partake in anniversary celebrations of their choice.

Suggestions for Friday July 25..

- 7.30pm The Lundy’s Lane Historical Society (LLHS) will hold its annual remembrance celebration, below the Drummond Hill Cemetery/Memorial, at the Battlefield site. There will be a candle-light walk to the memorial , then wreath-laying.

- 8.30pm Participate in a “re-enactment march” through the streets of Niagara Falls (Portage Road), up the hill to Lundy’s Lane. Wear a Tee Shirt, RED for British/Canadian,Native or BLUE for American (shirts are included when you pay the $12 registration fee at the NF Museum link below). The full march is 2.5km, but arrangements have been made for some to “join in” the march close to the Battlefield destination (at National Grocers parking lot …. 5772 Main St, Niagara falls).

- 9.15pm the march Participants (and others) congregate for a celebratory event on the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield. The idea is to have a sense of scale of numbers of participants in the Battle.

This link to the Niagara Falls Museum will give you additional details of events after the RMC Luncheon and Battlefield Tour.

You need to register on this site to reserve/purchase your Tee shirt, if you want one.

Suggestions for Sat July 26th below….

- Tour of the Niagara Falls Museum ($5 charge)

- Shaw Festival at NOL in the afternoon

- Boat ride to the Falls. It is now called the “Hornblower” on the Canadian side, and the “Maid of the Mist” on the US side – changed from past years.

Comment – Some may choose to arrive on the 23rd or 24th to see all the area opportunities.


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RMCC: The Week That Was & More…Staff Perspective

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RMCC: The Week That Was & More…

As a part of the USMA and RMCC Exchange, the RMC Club sponsored Alumni game was a great success on Saturday afternoon and included 4 x former NHLers (Rick Smith, Fred Barrett, Brad Marsh and Jean Payette) and 20 Ex cadets. The two game referees were also Ex cadets. It should also be noted that the commandant, 16888 Al Meinzinger, principal, 14458 Harry Kowal; and Director of Cadets, 19706 Patrick Lemyre – all three curren leaders from the college participated in the game.

Special thanks to 15992 Andre Labrie for stepping-up and helping to coordinate the lineups and ensuring things ran smoothly on game day.

13666 Steve Noonan (RMC ’82) had this to say following the game. “…I did want to point out that John Adams has become a cleaner player over the years.” Ed Note: 6508 John Adams (RMC ’65) is well known in CAF hockey circles going back to his days with 3 Field Squadron, CFB Chilliwack, very first CAF national hockey champions in 1968.

The Club also hosted “Pre-Game Warm-up” reception at the Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess was very well attended by 170 people which was outstanding given the weather. Click here for more Curtis Maynard photos from this event.

Other items of interest:

The Principal, Dr Harry Kowal attended a meeting of the L’Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC) in Ottawa on 24 Jan; commandant, BGen Al Meinzinger had the opportunity this past week to visit CMR Saint Jean to discuss common areas of interest and help foster synergies in the areas like information management and liaison outreach efforts.


The Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research Public Lecture

Article by: Major John R. Grodzinski

The 2013 Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research Public Lecture was held on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, in Currie Hall. Dr. Keith Neilson, this year’s recipient of the Prize, received a check for $5000 from the Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal, on behalf H24263 Dr. John Cowan, former College Principal and the man who endowed the Prize, and Dr. Lawrence McDonough, the Dean of Arts. The Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research was established by Dr. John Cowan in 2000, and is presented every year to honour RMCC’s top research professor. Winners of the award are chosen by a panel of their peers as well as by external scholars in their field according to the quality, originality, impact, and of the scholarly of their work. Aside from a cash prize, the winner has the chance to provide a public lecture on their research.

In his presentation to an audience of faculty, staff, Cadets, members of the RMC Club and the public entitled, “History and the Art of Decision Making,” Dr. Neilson examined the challenge of presenting historical events at a time where the overly simplistic “lessons of history” proposed by pundits and what he coined as “know-nothings” in the popular media crumble in the face of academic rigour. Making use of the “July Crisis,” the diplomatic dilemma that confronted European leaders during the summer of 1914, and that ended with the outbreak of the First World War, to illustrate his point, Dr. Neilson explained that in contrast to popular view held on the causes of the conflict, the diverse domestic and diplomatic situations of each of the major powers, demonstrates that the result, the outbreak of a general European war, was never certain.

Dr. Neilson is a former head of the Department of History at RMCC, who received his degree from Cambridge University. Professor Neilson is an expert in 19th and 20th century British foreign policy, Anglo-Russian relations, the British Army, and the First World War. His published articles touch topics like Lord Kitchener, British propaganda and intelligence in First World War Russia, and British military reactions to the Russo-Japanese war.

A lively question period followed the presentation, after which a reception was held to honour Dr. Neilson, who, after over thirty years of teaching at RMC, happily accepts the title of Professor Emeritus as he commences retirement.

The success of this evening was due to the efforts of many organizations and individuals, including the RMC Foundation, which supports so many activities at the College; the College J3 Staff, the RMC Graphic Arts Section, LCol Larry Paziuk, and finally, the RMCC faculty, whose researches in the arts, social sciences, science and engineering have brought the highest honours to RMC, and have maintained the rich reputation this College enjoys.



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RMCC: The Week That was & More – Cadet Perspective

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Photo by 26346 (III) OCdt Dan Ryan

Severe winter weather at RMCC has a positive side

By: 26670 NCdt (III) Katherine Silins

Attending RMCC in the winter teaches cadets many important skills: the ability to skate to class in oxfords, the pricing of space heaters at Canadian Tire, exactly who on campus has a car, and a healthy respect for Canadian winters.

Although some cadets from colder parts of the country might scoff at what their colleagues from warmer climates are calling “inclement weather” as a student born and bred in Ottawa, I considered myself used to harsh January weather. However, this past week in Kingston seemed to be especially nasty.

On Monday, snowy conditions made visibility so bad that the A/Cmdt sent an email out to the College encouraging staff and students to “minimize risk” in coming to school, resulting in cancelled classes and closed departments. That same night, the City of Kingston issued a cold-weather warning encouraging the public to stay inside or bundle up before going outside due to temperatures forecasted to drop below -28 °C. These chilly conditions continued into Wednesday, prompting the cancellation of the Wing-wide CWC parade and third year PMT (drill review on the parade square). Weather conditions continue to deteriorate, as Environment Canada has published a Snowfall Warning for Southern Ontario of 15 to 20 centimeters followed by freezing rain.

This nasty weather has taken its toll on the College. Burst pipes in the laundry room of Fort Lasalle have forced all of C Division to travel to Fort Haldimand to do laundry. Knee-deep snow drifts make travelling to class treacherous, if not downright dangerous as snow removal services struggle to keep up with the constant precipitation. Problems with heating systems cause some cadets to study and sleep in layers (sometimes even mittens!).

The events of the last week have also brought the College together – those with cars stop often to pick up cadets and shuttle them to and from the gym, other squadrons have opened their laundry services to those who need them and despite the mountains of snow, the bike-a-thon was still well attending for all 24 hours. Once again, obstacles have brought this close-knit community together instead of driving it apart.


On Monday, 20 Jan 2014 members of PAG and the cadet wing took time away from their studies and moving day to receive training in prioritization and time management led by Health Promotion’s rep Nicole Houghtaling. The cadets had a couple laughs while learning strategies to evaluate where they are spending their time, how to determine where it may be most effectively spent and were given some resources to help cope with stress. Health Promotion’ staff continue to provide PAG with ongoing support and training resources of high value to the cadets, as demonstrated by the both PAG members and Cadet wing members in attendance to this training session. Further training in the semester will include sessions on mental health awareness and a training session on executive coaching and peer assistance.

Le lundi 20 janvier 2014, les membres du GAP et l’escadre des Élofs ont pris du temps hors de leurs études et de leur déménagement pour recevoir une formation sur la façon de prioriser et sur la gestion du temps, formation donnée par l’équipe de Promotion de la Santé représentée par Nicole Houghtaling. Les cadets ont eu quelques rires alors qu’en plus de l’entrainement pour évaluer où ils passaient leur temps, ils ont pu déterminer où il pouvait être le plus efficacement dépensé et ils ont également reçu des ressources pour aider à faire face au stress. Le personnel de la Promotion de la santé continue de fournir un soutien continu au GAP et des ressources d’entrainement à forte valeur pour les cadets, comme en témoignent les membres du GAP et des membres de l’escadre cadets présents à cette session de formation. Une formation complémentaire dans le semestre comprendra des séances de sensibilisation sur la santé mentale et une session de formation sur le coaching et l’assistance par les pairs.


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Training for the “M”

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

Weekly PMT – Professional Military Training – 29 January 2014

1st Year Class:

Durant l’entrainement militaire professionnel de ce matin, les élèves-officiers de première année ont reçu un cours sur les ruck sack. En tant qu’instructeurs, deux élèves-officiers de deuxième et troisième année ont démontré l’assemblage des sacs. Les élofs de première année ont donc pu apprendre comment monter un ruck sack en partant de la base de métal, puis ensuite comment assembler le sac de couchage ainsi que la partie arrière du sac. Plusieurs trucs et conseils ont été donnés sur l’ordre dans lequel il faut remplir le sac de bivouac pour le rendre plus étanche et solide.

26964 Élof Alexandre Palardy – Esc 4

2nd Year Class:

Mercredi le 29 janvier dernier, au Collège militaire royal du Canada, les élèves-officiers de la classe de 2016 ont reçu une présentation sur le rôle du Maître de deuxième classe dans la Marine royale canadienne. Deux Maître de première classe, actuellement en poste au Collège militaire royal du Canada, en ont profité pour partager leurs connaissances sur le sujet avec les 2e années. La session fut très instructive pour tous, puisque peu importe l’élément, les futurs officiers seront appelés à servir avec des Maîtres de deuxième classe tout au long de leur carrière partout au Canada et même à l’étranger.

Après la présentation, la période de questions fût utilisée à son maximum par les élèves-officiers afin, non seulement de mieux comprendre le sujet, mais aussi de profiter de l’expérience des deux Maître de première classe en ce qui concerne la Marine royale canadienne en général. Les Aspirants de marine ont donc pu en apprendre davantage sur les différents métiers militaires des officiers ainsi que les différents postes sur lesquels ils pourront être affectés.

26401 Élof Victor-Joël Couture – Esc 3

3rd Year Class

This week, there was a parade and drill practice scheduled for the third year class’ PMT, but it was cancelled due to the weather. Instead, OCdts reorganized for alternate activities to fill the time. Many squadrons spent their time preparing for midterms, doing papers, completing other homework, or preparing for the looming Commandants inspection. In 9 Squadron, third year OCdts Sannes and Desjardins taught the 9 Sqn first year cadets how to put together a ruck sack in preparation for Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) during this upcoming summer.

 4th Year Class

IV Years were scheduled to have a special presentation at Currie Hall. Due to adverse weather conditions the presentation had to be postponed. Every effort will be made to reschedule down the road. In the meantime, ALL the IV years made themselves useful completing various tasks by squadron during the time allotted.

(Click on photos by Curtis Maynard for better viewing.)


Shake-up in the morning routine – a step forward

26670 NCdt (III) Katherine Silins

Changeover of command at RMC is frequent, often making it difficult for the barslate to make any sort of lasting change. Last semester, the Top 5 did manage to leave a lasting mark on the College that much of the Wing appreciates.

Balancing the demands of being a full-time university student as well as a contributing member of the Wing became more challenging last semester due to the very busy morning activity schedule – one inspection (dress or room), two morning PT sessions (PSP- or squadron-led) and one “Commander’s Hour”. Commander’s Hours would be used by various levels of the CoC to accomplish squadron/division tasks such as PDRs, flight meetings and squadron activities. Wednesday mornings usually started later with a parade led by the CWC (to pass points directives or recognize outstanding cadets in front of their peers) leading into PMT.

In practice, once the grind of midterms started and – for some – didn’t stop until exams started, this schedule was unfeasible for the Wing. The outgoing CWC, OCdt Kyle Nielsen (IV), supported by PSP staff, spearheaded a movement to reshape morning activities to better suit the unique demands and needs of a military college. Morning PT will now replace the Commander’s Hour during “low-activity periods” when the Wing does not have intra-mural sports. During the rest of the year, cadets will be responsible for maintaining a high level of fitness independently, with the help of IMs and PE classes. The two morning PT periods of last semester will be changed to CDL and CSL mornings, during which the respective cadet leaders will be responsible for coming up with productive and meaningful activities for their divisions or squadrons.

As a second-year section commander, I have directly experienced the benefits of this new system. One CDL morning was provided for me to conduct my initial interviews for my PDRs, saving both me and my subordinates time, a commodity more valuable than gold. Many CDL mornings will be delegated to the CFL level, allowing for point passing to be conducted early in the morning instead of the usual late-night hallway meeting. My CSL plans to use her mornings to increase squadron morale and cohesion by implementing squadron breakfasts to share cadet achievement and plans. All in all, this new system is a step in the right direction, and is not only a positive change, but a sign of the constantly evolving needs of the Wing and the challenges we all face meeting them.

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Kenya 2014: Final Preparation

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Kenya 2014: Final Preparation

“The Expedition Club once again has received outstanding funding support from donors through the RMC Foundation for both Kenya and Guatemala.”

By: OCdt (IV) 25981 Megan Couto

With only two weeks remaining until reading week, The RMC Expedition Club Kenya team is finalizing preparations for their trip. The flights are booked, kit list disseminated, and vaccinations completed. The itinerary has the team leaving the college on 14 Feb with a layover in Heathrow before landing at their final destination in Nairobi. The tentative schedule for the trip has the teams staying in Nairobi for the first few days to become accustomed to the altitude and experience some of the cultural experiences the city has to offer. Then, the team will attempt the climb of the mountain and will be using the services of a guide for this portion of the trip.

Fundraising initiatives for the RMC expedition club have chose the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier’s Initiative as the charity of choice for both the Kenya and Guatemala teams. Last weekend, the club sold Gatorade at the RMC sports day, and held a bake sale of donated baked goods, incurring a total profit of $731.95 from the campaign so far. Find out more about the Initiative here:

For upcoming fundraising events, the executive is still working on contacts outside of the College for possible ideas. Within the cadet wing, the club has started the “Flying the Flags” fundraiser. This is an inter-squadron competition where the squadron who raises the most money will have the honour of having their flags flown atop point Lenana, Mount Kenya and at a destination in Guatemala as well. OCdt Liam Bell is the Fundraising rep for the Kenya team and can be contacted at with any additional inquiries.

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Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

The Canadian Forces are honoured during a pregame ceremony at the

Air Canada Centre 1 Feb 2014 – great short video

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:

Fencing OUA Championship

Volleyball (M)

31 JanRMC 0  v McMaster 3 (Summary)

2 Feb -   RMC 0 v Queen’s  3 (Summary)

Volleyball (W)

31 Jan - RMC 3 v McMaster 2 (Summary)

2 Feb -   RMC 3 v Queen’s 2 (Summary)

Hockey (M)

Jan 31RMC 4 v Nipissing 3 (OT)(Summary)

Feb 1 -   RMC 2 v UQTR 6 (Summary)

 Upcoming Games:

Volleyball (M)

7 Feb – 8:00 PM Ryerson @ RMC

8 Feb – 8:00 PM UofT @ RMC

Volleyball (W)

7 Feb – 6:00 PM Ryerson @ RMC

8 Feb – 6:00 PM UofT @ RMC

Hockey (M)

Thu, Feb 6 – 7:30 pm RMC @ Queen’s 7:30 pm

Carr/Harris Game At K-Rock Centre

Sat, Feb 8 – 7:00 pm RMC @ Nipissing (North Bay Memorial Gardens)

RMCC Fencing Coach, David Howes to experience Winter Olympics

The Duke of West Point movie. The RMC / West Point game is about 15 minutes from the end.

RMC Athletics Compilation – short youTube

Stunning comeback gives RMC hockey victory

Paladins outlast Mac in women’s volleyball


Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team 2013-2014

The Men’s Volleyball Team was back at it for another season this year.

With the welcoming of six new players, the team started the season with a new slate and some new goals. The addition of first year setter Jordan Larocque gave the team new options for their offence, while new middle Dane Sauvé provided some new speed and blocking.

The team has taken no steps back this year and seeing that they are only losing 5th year Thomas McMullen, the team will have full veteran line up in the 2014-2015 season. While the team has not managed to shake the monkey on their back yet, they are working relentlessly at the KMCSC everyday honing their skills.

Senior players Logan Morris, Matt Howse, Patrick Poulin and Evan Murray are striving to mold the team into a new breed of volleyball players who will change their current course. Returning players Adam Lupton, Jaden Rook and Vincent Sauvé keep the intensity up at practice by refusing to accept mediocrity in their performance and challenging the rest of the team.

It will not take long before first year players Blake McClelland and Edgar Gonzalez get to feel the excitement of their first OUA win as a Paladin. The coaching staff of Steve Leknois, Matt Somerville and Richard Amos, as well as many other ex-cadets and military personnel, are devoting all of their time in order to give the team the tools they need to succeed. The team has the desire and skills to change their fate, now all they have to do is prove it out on the court.


Men’s OUA Fencing Championships

Day 1 – Individual

Second year fencer Jon Wilson won the bronze medal in men’s sabre while Justin Conroy was 4th!

In épée, Harrison Kelertas was 7th, just missing the medal round after a 15-14 loss in the quarter-finals. Graham Austin was 10th after losing a close match in the round of 16 to the eventual gold medallist by a score of 15-13.

In men’s foil, Vladimir Melnikov finished 16th.

Day 2 – Team

Men’s épée finished 4th after losing a hard fought bronze medal match to Queen’s 24-23 in overtime. The guys also had a come from behind victory against U of T in the quarterfinals, winning 44-42 after trailing late in the match.

Men’s sabre finished 5th after losing a close match to Carleton in the quarterfinals.

Our relatively inexperienced men’s foil team finished 6th.

Overall, RMC finished 6th in the battle for the OUA Championship banner, an improvement from last year’s 8th place. Not too bad for a rebuilding year!

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Bike-a-thon du CMRC 2014 / After Hours Special

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014


Bike-a-thon du CMRC 2014

par: 26432 (II) Élève-Officier Marie-Élaine Bernier – Esc 8

Une compétition d’escadron pour amasser des fonds

Durant la journée du vendredi, 31 janvier, jusqu’en fin d’après-midi, 1 février, un évènement important eu lieu dans l’ancien gymnase du Collège militaire royal du Canada, la 6e édition du Bike-a-thon.

Le principe est simple, à l’aide d’un vélo stationnaire, chaque escadron doit faire le plus de distance possible en 24 heures. Le nombre de cyclistes et les stratégies employées variaient d’une équipe à l’autre, il suffisait de trouver une combinaison gagnante. Bien entendu, plus une équipe avait de participant, plus celle-ci avait de chance de gagner : la fatigue n’ayant pas le temps de s’installer.

Afin de collecter un minimum de fonds, chacun des participants faisait un don minimal de 10$. De plus, un encan silencieux avait lieu tout au long de la compétition; tous pouvaient y participer. La totalité des fonds amassés tout au long de cette compétition inter-escadron de 24 heures ont été remis à Sans Limites, un organisme supportant le personnel militaire en service et à la retraite ayant été blessé lors d’opérations militaires canadiennes.

L’importance de la cause a su rallié les deux Collèges militaires : une délégation de 20 futurs officiers du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean s’est jointe aux quelques 250 participants du Collège militaire royale de Kingston.

L’escadron vainqueur a parcouru un total de 1161,4 kilomètres tout au long des 24 heures de l’événement, celle-ci sera annoncé lors de la parade matinal de l’escadre ce mercredi 5 février.

Grâce à cette sixième édition du Bike-A-Thon, un peu plus de 3500$ a pu être offert à Sans Limites au nom du Collège Militaire Royal du Canada. Le succès de l’évènement est dû à la gracieuseté des nombreuses donneurs pour l’encan silencieux et à la participation des Élèves-Officiers des deux collèges militaires.

Bike-A-Thon: After Hours Special

26659 OCdt (II) Danielle Andela

During the Royal Military College of Canada Bike-A-Thon, many officer cadets took turns to pedal their squadron bike closer to victory. The early morning hours are by far the most arduous hours to take these shifts however there are some benefits as well! In the early morning shifts the snacks and treats are abundant!

There is nothing better than a stationary bike sprint followed by some early morning Gatorade and snacks. The camaraderie could be felt between all the squadrons as the early morning bikers acknowledged one another and the exhaustion they shared.

For the 12 and 24 hour bikers the wee hours of the morning are time to up the caffeine intake and continue pushing through. There’s a strange companionship that comes with many people in a room at 1am bicycling and that makes it one of the most enjoyable times to take a shift and do one’s part.

More Bike-A-Thon photos by Curtis Maynard Here

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

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

On Friday, 24 Jan, Club president, 12059 Jacques Gagne (photo left) and Executive Director, 13987 Bryan Bailey, visited CMRSJ and met with the Commandant, Colonel 17312 Jennie Carignan and staff as well as the Academic Director, Lieutenant-General (ret) 10966 Michel Maisonneuve. They also met with members of the Chapitre “Fort Saint-Jean” Branch. Following the visit they immediately returned to Kingston to take part in the West Point Weekend Exchange.


Photo 1 : Voici une photo d’action où deux des 31 équipes s’affrontent lors du tournoi de ballon sur glace au Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean le 25-26 janvier 2014.

Crédit Photo : Élève-officier Chrystelle Cloutier

40ièm Anniversaire du tournoi de ballon sur glace au CMR St-Jean

Un article de l’Élève-officier David Le Breton

La fin de semaine du 24 au 26 janvier, le tournoi annuel de ballon sur glace célébrait son 40ièm anniversaire au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. Cet évènement impliquait une trentaine d’équipes et certaines d’entres-elles étaient formées d’élèves-officiers du Collège militaire royal du Canada ainsi que du Collège militaire royal de St-Jean.

Ce tournoi, incluant trois différentes catégories, avait pour but de favoriser l’esprit d’équipe ainsi que l’esprit de compétition de nombreux membres des forces armées canadienne prenant partie à cet évènement.

Le Collège militaire royal de Saint jean compte quatre piliers importants dont le bilinguisme, les notes académiques, l’entrainement militaire ainsi que la forme physique. Organiser un tournoi de ballon-balai de la sorte sollicite ce quatrième pilier important en plus de réunir des centaines de personnes partageant un intérêt commun.

Photo 2 : Voici une photo de fin de partie où deux équipes se serrent la main lors du tournoi de ballon sur glace au Collège Militaire royale de st-Jean le 25-26 Janvier 2014.

Crédit Photo : Élève-officier Chrystelle Cloutier

“Grâce à la générosité de la Fondation des CMR, le tournoi annuel de ballon sur glace était un grand succès!


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We’ll be singing “God Save the Queen” now. Just think, if Queen Elizabeth reigns for 60 years like Queen Victoria perhaps I’ll never sing “The King” again.

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

1 Feb 52

I had put in a request to be excused drill parade Saturday in order to go to Toronto by army bus with the basketball team and even said that I couldn’t afford a train ticket but the request came back today marked “NOT GRANTED”. Little incidents like that go a long way towards deciding not going into the services. That demon Staff Adj just puts me off so completely every contact I have with him!

After supper tonight the so called 2nd pistol team shot against the Kingston “Frontenac” club and won. I got scores of 85/120 application of 89/120 timed. Boxing has continued this week and most of the boats have been poor with only a few real scraps. One was so poor that the Wheel called it off and them fight again the next night.

2 Feb 52

This morning that 1st team shot against ten mountains from Ottawa and lost by a score of 1449 to 1617 (out of 2000). The Sgt Maj was quite pleased at that since the RCMP team was the best teams they had at Ottawa and included some of the best shots in Canada. Best score was made by Cpl Harrington (94/100). The top shot in the force, S/Sgt Davies also shot but didn’t do as well as usual. Hockey team played Loyola and lost 6-2. This afternoon the gym team went over to Sgt Maj Grindley’s to watch a gymnastic meet at Syracuse U; it was very worthwhile.

6 Feb 52

First news this morning was that King George died during the night. The flags are out at half mast; officers are wearing black ties and arm bands; Brig announced that the West Point dance will be canceled but I suppose the game will still be played. Today has been chock full of surprises – farmers from Wolfe Island have been trying all day to herd about 16 cows across to the main land on the ice and of course the cows have split hooves and can’t walk on sheer ice. They wound up by taking sleigh loads of sand out and making a path of sand right across to the boat house here. About 12 men with sticks drove them along this path. One cow fell and broke a leg and I guess they had a hell of a time loading it onto a sleigh. Inter flight volleyball started today; A Flight lot to D. Dr. Solandt spoke tonight on the “War in Korea” and was fascinating; he is a remarkable man. (is chairman of DRB and has a BA, MA, BSc and MD!). A steeply jack climbed the main flag pole on the Mackenzie building to replace the rope which got pulled out. Lost 2/5 games to Andy (chess). The radio has been playing solemn organ music all day – not a commercial, only news bulletins. We’ll be singing “God Save the Queen” now. Just think, if Queen Elizabeth reigns for 60 years like Queen Victoria perhaps I’ll never sing “The King” again.

7 Feb 52

The cadet wing was issued with black crepe bands today and the flags were high again for the accession to the throne. We all swore allegiance to Queen Elizabeth. Churchill gave a very moving radio talk tonight. The King’s death has made the British Commonwealth a very real thing in our minds.

(Click on Oath for better viewing)
9 Feb 52

Yesterday after classes we paraded in the gym and gave the oath of allegiance verbally after the Brigadier read out the proclamation recognizing Queen Elizabeth and then the copy of Churchill’s speech. This morning although there was 3” of snow on the square we had a drill parade and learned how to reverse arms and rest on arms reversed. Don MacKinnon talked me into entering the open boxing to maybe pick up a few points for the squadron. I should have my head examined (on second thought they probably will be doing just that afterwards).


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Deaths | Décès

Posted by rmcclub on February 2nd, 2014

4999 HOULE, Jean-Louis



4651 Dr. Gordon C. Andrews (1937-2014):

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Andrews on January 26, 2014. He died peacefully at home with his family, at the age of 76. He was predeceased by his parents Norman and Ethel Reda Andrews of Hamilton, brothers Ronald (Alice) and William (Bernice) of Waterloo, brother John of Brantford, and sister June of Vancouver. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate Isobelle, and his children, daughter Gail of Vancouver, and son Christopher (Sara) of Calgary. He cherished and was very proud of his grandchildren Liam, Marin, and Dylan, who will greatly miss their Papa. He is also survived by his brother Ross (Anna) of Ancaster and sister-in-law Susan of Brantford. He is lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends across Canada, the United States, Scotland, and Australia.

Gordon was born in Hamilton, Ontario and showed great interest in academics, winning the Manson Gold Medal upon graduation from high school. He was accepted into Collège Militaire Royale (St. Jean) and subsequently Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1960. During this period he earned many academic and sporting awards, including Bronze and Silver Governor General of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario medals. His flying training with the military eventually resulted in Gordon obtaining his pilot’s licence. Following his military service, he pursued graduate studies in Engineering, obtaining a MASc from UBC in 1966. He then went to Seattle to work for Boeing on the original 747 design team — an airplane that is still manufactured today. Returning to academia, Gordon obtained a PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1971, joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering on faculty thereafter. He had a rich and rewarding career, particularly enjoying the many years he served on the University’s Board of Governors and Senate. He leaves as a legacy his textbook on engineering practice and ethics, published by Nelson, which has been adopted by every English-speaking province in Canada for their professional practice exams. He completed the fifth edition in the year before his death.

Being a very project-oriented person, Gordon built a cottage on the Bruce Peninsula with the help of family and friends, and many happy summers were spent there. In his retirement he continued this “work in progress”, and also enjoyed seven wonderful years wintering in Australia with Isobelle. Gordon weathered his illness with good humour, dignity and a positive attitude until the end. The family would like to thank Drs. Chernish, Jakda, Keleher and their staff for outstanding care and support during Gordon’s illness. Thanks also to the Waterloo Wellington CCAC Palliative Care Team, the Hospice of Waterloo Region program and special thanks to nurses Michael Reid and Susan Prentice.

Dr. Andrews’ family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, (519-749-8467) on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Memorial celebration of his life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3 pm followed by a reception. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice of Waterloo Region and the University of Waterloo Engineer of the Future Trust would be appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Dr. Andrews’ memorial.

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