In This Issue 25

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

Photo of the Week By Curtis Maynard

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:
M1026 Kevin R Connolly – Lifetime membership;

4023 James A McPherson – Lifetime membership; 10444 James RO Lloyd – Lifetime membership; 12085 Gerard DA Kingsbury – Lifetime membership; 19505 Trevor Diamond – Lifetime membership.

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In This Issue 25:

Claude Scilley in Conversation: 14444 Dorothy Hector

Ex-Cadets and More in the News

Class Notes…

18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis chosen outstanding International Fellow from NWC

5276, J. R. Digger MacDougall Visits Normandy to Honour the Fallen Canadians and Other Allies

‘Will we answer the call?’ 7860 Senator Dallaire’s last speech

Direct from Panet House: New Club Website(s) and Reunion Planning

Keeping Tabs

ALOY 2014 Completion Ceremony – Impressive

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

Conference: Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917 /

Conférence – L’année 1917 : une année charnière pour l’Empire britannique en guerre

We Remember…


Off on R&R – back in two weeks / En vacances – de retour dans deux semaines


Employment Opportunities at the Royal Military College of Canada

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Emplois disponibles au Collège militaire royal du Canada  Article



Careers / Carrières

Meet Some of Our 212 Partners

e-Veritas: Reality

Class Number # 2 in the top 10 classes countdown – Class of 1965


The 2014 Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award / Le Prix d’excellence en enseignement de la Promotion 1965

Royal Roads Paverstone Project

17th Annual Legacy Dinner

Golf – Ottawa Branch Annual Tournament – 11 July @ Greensmere Golf Course / Club des Collèges Militaires Canadiens Chapitre d’Ottawa Tournoi de Golf Annuel le vendredi, 11 juillet, 2014 – Au club de golf Greensmere



Morale building quotes from Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris:

“The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.”

“We are going to scourge the Third Reich from end to end. We are bombing Germany city by city and ever more terribly in order to make it impossible for her to go on with the war. That is our objective, and we shall pursue it relentlessly.”

“I do not regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier.”

Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet, GCB, OBE, AFC (13 April 1892 – 5 April 1984), commonly known as “Bomber” Harris by the press, and often within the RAF as “Butcher” Harris,[N 1] was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of RAF Bomber Command (from early 1943 holding the rank of Air Chief Marshal)[3] during the latter half of the Second World War. In 1942, the British Cabinet agreed to the “area bombing” of German cities. Harris was tasked with implementing Churchill’s policy and supported the development of tactics and technology to perform the task more effectively. Harris assisted British Chief of the Air Staff Marshal of the Royal Air Force Charles Portal in carrying out the United Kingdom’s most devastating attacks against the German infrastructure and population, including the Bombing of Dresden.

In 1910, at the age of 17, Harris emigrated to Southern Rhodesia, but he returned to England in 1915 to fight in the European theatre of the First World War. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, with which he remained until the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, and he remained in the Air Force through the 1920s and 1930s, serving in India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Palestine, and elsewhere. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Harris took command of No. 5 Group RAF in England in February 1942 was appointed head of Bomber Command. He retained that position for the rest of the war.

Harris’s continued preference for area bombing over precision targeting in the last year of the war remains controversial, partly because by this time many senior Allied air commanders thought it less effective[4] and partly for the large number of civilian casualties and destruction this strategy caused in Continental Europe. While the Butt Report found that in 1940 and 1941, only one in three attacking aircraft got within five miles (eight km) of their target,[5] many technical and training improvements such as H2S radar and the Pathfinder force were implemented later on in the war.

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Claude Scilley in Conversation: 14444 Dorothy Hector

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

‘Daddy, I want to wear one of those red jackets’


You might not suspect that the first woman to be named an outstanding athlete at Royal Military College dreaded the thought of physical training.

“I was in PT hell at RMC,” Dorothy Hector says today, almost 30 years after she received that honour. “I couldn’t run to save your life.

“I could beat you up, but I couldn’t outrun you.”

Indeed, she probably could.

Hector, who came from a long line of NCOs, began studying judo in Petawawa and when the family moved to Kingston she joined Ron Lloyd’s Cloverdale Judo Club. “Ron was an amazing man,” Hector said. “He would describe me as the pussycat that turns into the tiger.”

It was a characterization that brings a smile to Hector’s face today. “I was a shy kid and when I did judo at the club, definitely, I was a pussycat. I was not aggressive, but put me into a competition, and it was entirely different.”

Opponents at the Ontario Winter Games in North Bay discovered that in 1977, when Hector won a gold medal. “That was when it became evident that I was going to be good at the sport,” Hector recalled. Later that year, she was fourth at the first Pan American championships for women in St. Louis. That was followed by two bronze-medal performances at Canadian championships, one when she was still a junior competing at the senior level, and another in 1982, when she was at RMC, a member of the first class of women to attend the college.

Hector shared a story her mother liked to tell of when she first became aware of RMC. Dorothy was four years old and Queen Elizabeth was embarking from the yacht Brittania in Navy Bay, so the Hectors positioned themselves opposite the Memorial Arch at RMC to view the motorcade.

“She came out in a convertible through the RMC arch, which was lined with cadets in their red serge,” Hector said. “It was quite the beautiful day. It was also when we painted the city dump white so she wouldn’t see it.

“I was standing there with my little Canadian flag and Mom tells the story that I said, ‘Daddy, I want to wear one of those red jackets,’ and he said, ‘That’s nice, dear.’”

Because of the family heritage, a military career was something Hector always had in her thoughts, even if RMC was, at the time, an impossible dream. “As kids grow up you change your mind, you want to be an orthodontist, you want to be a firefighter and you want to do all kinds of things,” she said, “but when (defence minister) Barney Danson announced that women would be accepted into RMC in 1980, I changed my whole program at high school.”

Hector went to summer school and a sixth year of high school to make sure she had the right credits to apply for admission to RMC. She re-took courses to make sure her marks were good enough to be a viable candidate.

And she made it.

“It was to my father’s delight,” she said. “Sadly, he didn’t live to see it. He died before I was accepted into the college, but he knew I’d applied. He definitely wanted me to have a university education and he was definitely proud to know that’s what I was going to seek to accomplish.”

When you’re among the first to do anything, there are challenges, Hector said. It was no different for the women in the first class of RMC cadets.

“When you are experiencing something for the first time and you’re 18, sometimes (those challenges) seem to be bigger than they actually are because they’re through the eyes of an 18-year-old,” she said, “but it was an experience that set me up for the rest of my life. If you look at the positives, which is 99 per cent of them, I went on to a military career (and) I went overseas and into war zones as a civilian well prepared and trained to understand the environment I was in.”

Hector graduated in 1984 and after 13 years in the Canadian Forces, she left with the rank of captain in 1991 to undertake humanitarian work, endeavours that took her to 68 countries. Often she was the first person into major disaster areas and knowing how to handle it, and to be able to establish relief efforts, came from things she learned either while she was at RMC, or in uniform, Hector said.

“It was the confidence and the self-awareness and (the knowledge) that, ‘I’m capable of doing this,’” she said. “The leadership skills that are instilled in you as you progress through the years at RMC, the experience of practising those skills, and having them fairly well honed by the time you graduate … when you come out you’re already five years ahead of others from other universities because you’ve got work experience.

“Granted, everybody catches up later in life, but it really sets you up to start off well ahead. It’s up to you then to make something out of that and fly on your own.”

Hector’s first foray into international relief work was with CARE Canada in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. She was there until 1995, by which time she’d been seconded as an administrator of peacekeeping operations by the United Nations Protection Force, with which she finished as the chief of staff.

That set Hector up for joining the World Food Program, and work throughout southeast Africa, where she was involved in the largest relief effort to that time in 2000, helping to feed 8 million people in Malawi. She was also in the Indian province of Gujarat within 24 hours of the Bhuj earthquake in 2001.

It was fulfilling work. “There were moments,” Hector said, “but yeah, I had a really good time.”

Some of those moments came when she had to negotiate freedom of movement of humanitarian aid through disputed territory. Typically, she’d have to leave her radios and cell phone behind, so she couldn’t be tracked. “You have moments where you have to trust that the reputation you’ve created in that part of the world will protect you, and have the confidence that you’ve done all you can do (to foster that).

“When you’re successful and it all works out, it really is something special, because it means you really have made an inroad to enable people to be helped, regardless of what side of a conflict or discussion they’re on.”

In one particular case, she had to deal with a local warlord who stood between her relief supplies and the people who needed them. “Given that he was Islamic, it was an interesting discussion, being a woman,” Hector recalled. “However the respect I got just for going through the process to speak to him was significant enough that we got our trucks moving and no one was hurt, which was a good thing.”

Hector recalled it as rewarding and fulfilling work.

“I grew up reading National Geographic and dreaming about all those places, the Taj Mahal, the different pictures of the different cultures and people, and I ended up experiencing all of it, living what I thought was a dream. The difference was, of course, I was responding to people’s worst moments, but, really, that was a job where you couldn’t ask for more, because not only were you there to help, and you did help and you made significant impact on people’s lives at very important, crucial moments, but then on the weekend, when you had a day off, you got to go see some of the beauty that that culture or that area had to offer.

“That’s special.”

Hector is now a city councillor in Kingston. First elected in 2006, she plans to run for a third term this autumn. The idea of entering politics was something she’d long entertained for the day when her career with the World Food Organization ended, and an opportunity to test the waters presented itself when Hector left the Philippines to come home and care for her mother, who was ill.

“I was dithering around on leave without pay and there was an election,” she recalled, “and I looked around and I didn’t really have a lot to do other than visit Mom in the hospital and take care of things at the house to organize it for her return.

“I thought, ‘Well, I want to try this,’ so I put my name out there to get the experience so that when I retired, I’d know how to do this and I’d have the experience.”

Two things happened to alter that path: Hector needed to leave her job to take care of her mother, and she won the election in a landslide. “Surprise, surprise,” she said.

Hector says she’s enjoyed her time on council. “Every minute,” she said, “almost.”

“I actually enjoy being a city councillor. Every day there’s something new to learn and experience. That’s what I enjoy the most — trying my best to make things better for the people who live here, and also to experience nicer things myself.”

Hector looks back fondly on her athletic career. She also played softball, and she was on “all the school teams” at Frontenac Secondary, where she threw javelin and shot and played soccer, volleyball and basketball. “If you wanted a bruiser,” she said, “that was me.”

She also played hockey with the city’s junior team, at a time when women played full contact. She happily recalls that she was one of the few women at the college who could play with the men. “It was fun when I’d go out there because the guys wouldn’t understand that I had that background and when they saw me on the ice it was, ‘Oh.’ I wasn’t a star by any sense but I did play a lot and had a lot of fun.”

She regrets that contact has evolved out of women’s hockey.

“It’s an excellent game, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t go out on the ice anymore because I’m always in the penalty box,” she said, chuckling. “The last time I played hockey, because I can’t skate fast at all anymore, there I am, doing the typical defence thing, taking the man. I never played the puck, I always took the man, so now I’m always in trouble.

“Old habits die hard, so now I just stay off the ice.”

More Claude Scilley articles on his own blog

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Ex-Cadets and More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

7771 Jim Leech presented with the Niagara Institutional Dialogue’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Previous honourees have included renowned pension expert 6584 Keith Ambachtsheer, Malcolm Hamilton, the former partner with Mercer Consulting whose thought leadership has helped guide many of Canada’s foremost pension plans and the Rt. Honourable Paul Martin who as Finance Minister fostered a historic agreement to create the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), now a globally-respected investment agency.



Huskies welcome their new lead dog

“437 Squadron has a very proud history that started almost 70 years ago (formed at Blakehill Farm in England) and I am very thankful to Lt. Col. Eyre for giving me a squadron that’s functioning at the top of its game”

19925 Lt. Col. Kevin Hendrik Tromp

“The past two years have brought both challenges and successes for the Huskies and I am proud to say that, with the airmen and airwomen at 437, we truly got the job done,”

20503 LCol Ryan Eyre



Liberals defend celebrating 7860 Roméo Dallaire with online card


Editorial: Canadians are indebted to 7860 Roméo Dallaire



RCAF supports NATO Reassurance Measures

“We’re a talented, professional and well-trained military that is able to respond very quickly to the needs of NATO,” said Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel 20059 Jason Stark, who works at Canadian Joint Operations Command in the J3 operations cell.


L’OTAN applique des mesures pour rassurer ses alliés, et l’ARC l’appuie

« Nos militaires sont talentueux, professionnels et bien entraînés, et ils peuvent répondre très rapidement aux besoins de l’OTAN », explique le lieutenant‑colonel 20059 Jason Stark, qui travaille dans le bureau J3 Opérations du Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada.



Woman’s caregiving recognized – wife of 15508 Jeff Willis

The disease has taken its toll on Jeff. Since 2010, he has gone from an officer in the Canadian military and a busy, active man in his late 40s to someone who needs care almost 24 hours and who has to be watched all the time in case he wanders from the couple’s waterfront home.



Des soldats québécois au palais de Buckingham



Canadian Forces’ return to old-style ranks, insignia costs millions



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Class Notes…

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

4606 Warner Sharkey, (Class of ’59)  P.E., P.Eng has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) NY Section. As a member of this committee, he will contribute towards the financial, educational and technical direction of IEEE members in the NYC geographic region.

Warner previously served three terms as the Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society of New York.

The IEEE, an association of over 350,000 members in 160 countries, is dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity, and is the world’s largest technical professional society. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization.

Warner is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. He lives in Manhattan, NY, and is works on wireless systems designs for transit, heavy rail, security, public safety LMR- (surface and sub-surface) and airport terminals.


14596 Major-General Dean J. Milner (RRMC RMC ’84) was one of four high profile speakers as part of The Diplomatic Chat Series: The Prognosis for Afghanistan’s Future. The event was held at The Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa – 12 June. Source


18210 David Marshall  (CMR RRMC ’92) is currently a PhD Student at Australian National University. He has a cross-disciplinary background. He earned a BA in Applied Psychology from Royal Roads Military College in 1992, an MBA from Queens University in 1999, and a Master of Information Technology from the Australian National University in 2007. He has been developing software for 20 years, including experience with a medical device company. He also operated a medium-sized Canadian grain farm. Source


19521 Lt. Cmdr. Tim Markusson (RRMC /RMC ’95) currently serves as Commanding Officer of the HMCS Chicoutimi. He recently (29 May) shared his experiences at a special function: CIC South Saskatchewan (Regina): 100th Anniversary of Canada’s Submarine Service.  Source


20028 Torren Manson (RRMC ’95) was the main speaker at a Vancouver Technology event on 3 June 2014. His presentation introduced the audience to Lync’s features, devices and clients.

Torren Manson is a Senior Lync Consultant with ThinkTel Communications. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) in Lync, a 1995 graduate of Royal Roads Military College with a BSc in Computer Science and Earth Observational Sciences, and also holds additional certifications in virtualization, networking, and IT security. More


Engineers Lead the Way at CAF Running Nationals

Capt Celine Best (24927, class of 2011) from 4ESR, Gagetown and Maj Claire Bramma (22461, class of 2002) from CFINTCOM HQ, Ottawa finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the half-marathon event at the CAF Running Nationals.  This is the first time that Military Engineer officers finished in the top 2 of a National championship running race.

The CAF National sports program holds their annual running championships in conjunction with the Ottawa Race Weekend, which takes place in the National Capital Region. This year’s CAF Running Nationals took place from 24-25 May and approximately 100 CAF runners descended upon the nation’s capital to compete in the 5km, 10km, half-marathon, or marathon races. Because the national championships are held concurrent to the Ottawa Race Weekend, CAF athletes have the opportunity to race against other high level athletes, feeding off the competition.  Celine ran an outstanding race, keeping a steady 4 min/km pace and finishing in a time of 1:25:31. Out of a large field of 13,179 half-marathon runners, she finished an impressive 100th overall. Claire ran a personal best time of 1:30:42 and finished 3rd in her age category.

The most challenging part of the Ottawa Race Weekend course is just after the 14km mark entering Hull, where runners have to negotiate bridges and hills. The most rewarding part occurs after the last bridge and the final stretch of the course is run along the historic Rideau Canal where there is a huge concentration of supporters.

Celine is a seasoned runner who has completed six half-marathons and is part of the CISM running program. Her next goal is to run the Army Run half-marathon this September. Claire has completed a total of 10 half-marathons and her next goal is to run the Toronto Waterfront half-marathon in October.

CAF runners qualify for Nationals by participating in local races or completing a time trial, and submitting their time through their Base or Regional PSP office. Selection to CAF Running Nationals is based off of individual qualifying times within each Region.

Any runner at any Base can submit a time for a chance to compete at the Nationals!

For more information see your local PSP staff or check out the National Sports page:

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18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis chosen outstanding International Fellow from NWC

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis chosen outstanding International Fellow from NWC

On June 12th, 18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis (Entered CMR ’87), graduated from the National War College (NWC) at Fort McNair in Washington DC.

As an International Fellow, Col St-Louis was educated with officers from all four U.S. Services, foreign military representatives from 57 countries as well as civilians from the State Department, and other Federal agencies. Upon completion of the year-long program, graduates were awarded a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy.

Because of NWC’s privileged location close to the White House, the Supreme Court, and Capitol Hill, it’s been able throughout its history to call upon an extraordinarily well-connected array of speakers to animate its discussions. This year, the students were able to listen to Colin Powell, Brent Scowcroft, Steve Forbes and General Dempsey amongst others.

Furthermore, the International Fellows Program affords foreign students the opportunity to travel across the U.S. and learn about the country as part of an American Studies course. These trips allowed the foreign officers to visit places like San Francisco, San Diego, Yellowstone National Park, the Gran Canyon, Hawai, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Santa Fe, Memphis, Dallas, New York, Detroit, Norfolk and Seattle.

In recognition of his contribution to the International Fellows Program, Col St-Louis was selected for the General Freytag International Award for Security Cooperation and Understanding.

This award is given to the outstanding International Fellow, and is based on a vote from all the international students and approved by the international management staff.

During the course of the summer, Mike and his family will be returning to Ottawa and he will move into the position of Director of Current Operations at the Strategic Joint Staff.

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5276, J. R. Digger MacDougall Visits Normandy to Honour the Fallen Canadians and Other Allies

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014


5276, J. R. Digger MacDougall, [class of '61] and wife Nancy, joined the tens of thousands of veterans, service personnel – retired and serving – and visitors on the beaches of Normandy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Digger and Nancy spent 5 days in Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landing and honour the fallen Canadians and other allies. It is unlikely that such a large ceremony will ever take place again as veterans who actually landed on D-Day will have passed away by the 80th.

The last time Digger was in the Juno Beach Area was in 1965 when he commanded the A Sqn Fort Garry Horse Guard of Honour during the dedication ceremonies overseen by the High Commissioner/Canadian Ambassador to France, The Right Honorable Jules Léger, later Governor General of Canada. At the time, the Fort Garry Horse was serving as part of the British Army on the Rhine, NATO, and used the opportunity to honour and memorialize those who died on D-Day. (See photos).

The 2014 visit was quite different. During the anniversary celebrations, most of Normandy was tightly wrapped in a security blanket that prevented well-intentioned visitors from participating in ceremonies on June 6. Even residents required a security pass to get within approximately 30 km of the D-Day landing areas. All, every single one, intersections had 3 to 10 military or civilian guards and police; even entrances and exits on cow paths were guarded. Lineups at security points were long and thousands of vehicles were turned back. Digger had received a security pass that enabled passage to the most highly secured areas like Juno and Omaha Beaches.

In 2014, the skies were filled with vintage aircraft and farm fields, roads and streets through built-up areas were filled with World War II vehicles of every imaginable description. Tented areas and encampments manned by men and women dressed in period dress and uniforms, along with vehicles and weapons of the day were to be seen in every village along the Normandy coast and in the towns and villages which were cleared through Normandy during the Allied advance.

Along with serving and retired Reserve and retired Regular Force members of the Fort Garry Horse, Digger and his wife joined up with and had the honour of participating in several ceremonies and services of remembrance at numerous sites throughout Normandy. Robert H Caldwell, who received a graduate degree from RMC, was among the 40 Garries who followed the route of the FGH from England through Normandy, which included overnight passage by ferry to Ouisterdam, arriving just after dawn. The participating Garries included the Honourary Colonel and Honourary Lieutenant Colonel, officers and noncommissioned personnel from the Winnipeg unit as well as 4 retired officers of the Regular Regiment that had served in Germany during the 1960s.

Digger and Nancy participated in six separate ceremonies of remembrance, including one at the large Canadian War Cemetery in Beny-Sur-Mer. This particular service was conducted by a Military Chaplain for the Wounded Warriors of Canada who were cycling through Normandy and the beach areas. Other services of remembrance included the laying of wreaths at roadside Markers which marked significant actions on the advance of the Garries on their way to Caen and Falaise.

The trip highlights for Digger included the return to the monument, which he helped dedicate 1965; the return to Doetinchem in Holland (liberated by the FGH in April 1945) where 49 years earlier he participated and the dedication ceremonies of Canada Park and the Garry Tank which had been restored by officers and members of C Sqn, FGH, which included RMC graduates Norm Hass and Gord Walt; and to be invited to read the names of over 400 of the Canadian and allies fallen on Juno Beach. What was going to be a simple return to Doetinchem to sign the city’s guestbook turned out to be an official visit on behalf of the Fort Garry Horse to make a presentation to the Mayor. Digger presented a photographic record of the restoration of Canada Park and the Garry Tank in August 1965 and a dedication parade in October of that year. This beautiful book had been prepared and published for Digger’s presentation by David Letson (Maj ret’d) of British Columbia, with whom Digger had served in Germany.

The MacDougalls visited the Juno Beach Centre to view the marker sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the RMC Club of Canada; however, they missed the markers that were in a nearby field. The Ottawa Branch donated $500 to “help” sponsor the marker of an ex cadet who fell during the D-Day landings, which from a photo, appeared to be a small inscription secured to the top of a 3 foot 4” x 4” post.

It was an honour for Digger and his wife Nancy to participate in the many ceremonies that marked the landings of 1944 and it was an added honour to visit the Dutch city liberated by the Fort Garry Horse in 1945.

Slideshow photos -  “Digger Visit”  HERE Click > on each photo

Additional details and photos of the visit are available from Digger for the asking.

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‘Will we answer the call?’ 7860 Senator Dallaire’s last speech

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

This speech was delivered in the Senate chamber the evening of June 17.

Honourable senators, may I first say a few words? I would like to use a reference from a book I have been referring to every now and again. It is a book called The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill. I would like to start by reading a couple of passages rapidly to set the tone for what I am about to speak of in this motion.

The first ditty is:

When, in 1960, a reporter from the London Evening Standard asked Churchill what he thought about the recent prediction that by the year 2000 women would be ruling the world, he muttered gloomily in reply, “They still will, will they?”

A second question at a dinner was:

The question, “If you could not be who you are, who would you like to be?” was making the round of the dinner table; eventually it was Churchill’s turn, and everybody waited expectantly to hear what the great former wartime prime minister would say. “If I could not be who I am, I would most like to be …” he paused for effect, then, turning to (his wife) Clementine: “Mrs. Churchill’s second husband.”

The last one, if I may, is for entertainment at eleven o’clock at night — I am sure that is what you are looking for. Considering the world and its occupants, Churchill once mused:

I wonder what God thinks of the things His creatures have invented. Really, it is surprising He has allowed it — but then I suppose He has so many things to think of, not only us, but all His worlds. I wouldn’t have His job for anything. Mine is hard enough, but His is much more difficult. And He can’t even resign.

Colleagues, this is my last speech as I resign from this august body. I thank you for your patience as I would like to bring a link and use this moment speaking to a inquiry that I hope will attract your attention and even, I hope, debate.

Before I do that, I would like to indicate that earlier on I thanked you and my staff for the work they have done. My chief of staff — who I have known now for nearly 40 years as she was at the military college and was my secretary then — has been instrumental in me being able to produce a lot of work. However, I would also like to thank some people who I consider to have been mentors in this institution. If I omit others, I hope you will forgive me, but let me mention just a few.

The first one is Senator Joyal, who has been very helpful in guiding me, providing me with input. I must say that reading his book was instrumental in me trying to understand the complexities of our role. I would argue that even after nine years, there are certain areas where I think I am still very much an apprentice. Although he doesn’t like the term, without this “Bible” I think it is very difficult to even have the debate on the future of the Senate.

I would like to thank Senator Nolin, as an honorary colonel and a colleague with whom I have exchanged information over numerous discussions in committee, the Defence Committee in particular.

I would like to thank the Speaker, Senator Kinsella, who has been generous in guiding me and responding to some of my requests, and particularly for helping us commemorate the 11 officers who went through the genocide and receiving us in his quarters in April — the twentieth anniversary. Many of us were finally able to bring closure for having lived that experience.

I thank Senator Colin Kenny for telling me that I had a lot to learn and reminding me of that regularly. He is not here to receive that. I watched how he created the committee and what he had been doing. I realized that times had been difficult. When I was asked originally to join the Defence Committee while he was chair, I said, “No, the committee can’t handle two generals.” I opted to wait out, and I did so.

I would like to thank Senator Plett, who was not always easy, but he was honest, committed and wanted the best possible. He expected a strong debate in order to achieve it, and what this institution looks for is a strong, intellectually rigorous debate between opponents — not enemies — in order to make us produce the best possible legislation for the people.

I would like to thank Senator Lang also for assuming the chair, guiding us and moving things along, and turning into quite a friend on the other side. I also wish to thank Senator White for giving me some insights into the police world as we looked at the RCMP.

I would like, if I may, not only to thank my leader and deputy leaders over the years but I want to thank my senior at military college, a year ahead of me, who harassed me and nearly got me booted out. He didn’t succeed and so I decided to follow him in here. That is Senator Joe Day.

The five years of college did provide some positive results, one of which is that you are still here and I am leaving.

Colleagues, I am abusing your time; forgive me for that, but I thought I would mention these few words to some of my colleagues.

I wanted to bring to your attention a subject that I consider a reality. Some consider it simply a news item. It is another one amongst some of the sadder news items that go on, but those of us who have been in the field and have been in the midst of some of these conflicts, these are not news items; these are reality. We relive them. We can hear the women screaming as they are raped. We can hear the kids screaming for having lost their parents and dying of hunger. We can hear the projectiles — the rounds, the artillery, the mortars. We can hear the sound of machetes going into the flesh of human beings and listening to people as they attempt to survive if not at least die with dignity in the field. We smell what is out there. We still smell it. What goes on in these conflict zones is not foreign and should never be foreign to a great nation like ours.

We are one of the 11 most powerful nations in the world. We are not sixty-ninth or seventieth. There are 193 nations in the world and we are part of the 11 most powerful. We didn’t necessarily want it. We gained it by creating a democracy that is one of the most stable in the world, and soon we will be commemorating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of it. We won it because the youth of this nation, the young people of this nation, crossed the pond nearly 100 years ago and fought, bled and died and won victory that permitted us to be recognized not as a colonial cousin, which is one of the most comments ever brought to me, but as a nation state. We paid it in blood as was required in that concept. That was Vimy Ridge.

Three years from now, we will have that incredible year with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the country and the hundredth anniversary of us becoming not only a democracy but a nation state. It will be upon us and my question is: What is the plan? What are we going to provide Canadians? What is the vision for us in this very complex and ambiguous era in which we’ve stumbled into? So far, I think that all I am seeing is commemorating with big chocolate cakes and maybe a few centennial rinks, but we are worthy of far more than that. I do hope we will produce something that will give that intellectual guidance and focus for this great nation to maximize its potential, which it has not done since World War II. We have not shot above our strength since World War II. We have pushed the limits of a nation like ours as a middle power — and that’s fine — but we haven’t overstepped it. We haven’t pushed all of our potential.

(The world) looks up to us because of our work ethic, because we master technology, because we believe in human rights — it is in our fundamental laws … and because we don’t seek to subjugate anybody else.

The last time we did was in World War II. That was 70 years ago, when we had a million women and men in uniform. Even then, as we were pushing that, not one Canadian general or admiral sat at any of the strategic decision bodies of World War II — not one. We were considered a tactical military capability, with a million in the field. So we were tactical.

Since then, we have been building our ability to be not only operational but strategic. That is the arena in which we should be playing. We are a leading middle power in the world, and we have a responsibility to be strategic, to commit strategically and to consider the visions, options and risks, strategically, as a grand nation of the world and a nation to which some look up to. They look up to us because of our work ethic, because we master technology, because we believe in human rights — it is in our fundamental laws — and they look up to us because we don’t seek to subjugate anybody else.

That said, we are still on a horrible learning curve with our First Nations, and there are areas of enormous risk. More and more of those disenfranchised native youth will become, ultimately, a potential security risk in our nation if we don’t attempt to diffuse that potential proactively.

So, if we are thinking strategically, then we should be moving in a strategic sense.

Some have asked me why I chose June 17 as my date of departure. I wish to bring that up today by going back farther than CNN, and that is 20 years ago. I will read, if I may, from the text that we prepared:

(Translation follows)

In June 1994, exactly 20 years ago, the Rwandan genocide was finally winding down. The Rwandan Patriotic Front was clamping down even harder on the interim Hutu government, which was allocating most of its resources to killing civilians instead of defending them. The perpetrators of the genocide were losing their determination. However, just when it seemed as though the massacres would stop, they started up again, as a result of outside intervention.

It was June 17, 1994. I have told this story before. A French politician named Bernard Kouchner came to visit my office at UNAMIR headquarters. Many honourable senators will recall that he was one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and, more recently, he was France’s foreign affairs minister. At the time, he was accompanied by an emissary from President Mitterrand. That afternoon, the two envoys told me that, in the interests of humanity, France would head a Franco-African coalition to intervene in Rwanda under UN chapter 7, to put an end to the genocide and provide humanitarian assistance. In order to do so, they planned on creating a safe zone in the western part of the country. The genocide had been going on for over two and a half months. At that point, we estimated that over 500,000 people had been killed, nearly 800,000 had been injured, and there were 3.9 million displaced persons and refugees. They were a bit late.

Mr. Kouchner wanted my support but, without hesitation, I told him that was out of the question. How could he not see how wrong this plan was? Was he forgetting that France had been a colonial power in the region and that this history had huge implications? After all, their francophone allies in the Habyarimana regime were the architects of the massacre.

I believed that France, under the guise of humanitarian aid, actually wanted the Hutu government forces to hold part of the country, which was in France’s interests. Whatever the country’s intentions, there is no doubt that what was called Operation Turquoise was catastrophically ineffective.

First, when the media controlled by the Rwandan government began to announce that France would send soldiers, genocide perpetrators from Kigali thought that the French troops were coming to save them. Feeling comforted by that news, they resumed their killing with a vengeance, going so far as to follow survivors into churches and public buildings. Who knows how many innocent people were killed?

The announcement that the French were going to intervene also motivated the government forces to speed up their retreat to the West, where they followed some 2.5 million Rwandans. This huge group of people who were fleeing on foot were frequently attacked by Interahamwe militia, young people between the ages of 15 and 20, who killed not only Tutsis but anyone who did not have an ID card, because people’s ethnicity was indicated on their ID. Let us hope that we never have this type of government ID card in our country because one never knows what they can be used for in times of crisis.

The most disastrous consequence of Operation Turquoise may have been the protection afforded to many of the people responsible for the genocide. It allowed them to take refuge in neighbouring countries, including the Congo, in the Kivu province. The result was the militarization of refugee camps in what is now known as the Congo. That started the war that is still going on today in the African Great Lakes region.

I cannot imagine a greater tragedy than the Rwandan genocide, but this conflict, which has resulted in over 5.5 million deaths in the Congo, continues to worsen. That is because of our ineffectiveness in Rwanda. The conflict that occurred in one country destabilized a region.

Now that all of that has been said, let’s get back to the interesting part: Why June 17? Why end this chapter of my life, my career as senator, on this day in particular? The decision that France made during the Rwandan genocide, a decision that was shared with me 20 years ago today, is still, for me — and for others here and in the other chamber, I hope — proof that middle powers, like Canada, have a role to play in resolving conflicts and preventing atrocities.

Far too often, former colonial powers or superpowers like the United States are the ones leading the interventions. However, we know from experience that their history makes the missions less effective. They have strategic interests in the region or patronage ties with the regimes and opposition groups, not to mention that their history has usually been heavily marked by interference in the country’s domestic affairs.

That was certainly the case with France and Rwanda, but it is definitely not the only example. That is why Canada still has a role to play; it simply needs to reclaim its position as a leader in resolving international conflicts and preventing atrocities. Canada is not currently fulfilling that role.

(English resumes)

What we do have, however, is a proud tradition of championing human rights and peace around the world. Indeed, Canadians played a key role in the creation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, and the Responsibility to Protect. We more or less invented modern peacekeeping.

We have exceptional armed forces, made up of bright and courageous young men and women — veterans nearly to the man and woman. We have a talented and dedicated diplomatic corps. We have development people and other whole-of-government agencies prepared to deploy and whose ingenuity is invaluable in today’s increasingly complex and ambiguous operations.

We have a vibrant civil society that won’t stop banging at the door even after we’ve changed the locks. Indeed, we have many tools we can deploy in our engagement with the world. We most definitely have a citizenry that takes pride in all of the above.

Today we point to the humanitarian aid dollars we’ve given, which are never enough, and proclaim we’ve done our part. Today we have more sabre-rattling and less credibility.

In recent years, however, things have changed. Today we have 43 peacekeepers deployed out of a possible 110,000 peacekeepers worldwide. Today we have to dance around the words “responsibility to protect” and the International Criminal Court, and even the term “child soldiers” to protect out of fear of having to actually maybe turn our alleged principled foreign policy into principled action.

Today we point to the humanitarian aid dollars we’ve given, which are never enough, and proclaim we’ve done our part. Today we have more sabre-rattling and less credibility; more expressions of concern and less contingency planning; more endless consultation with allies, or so we are told, and less real action being taken; and more empty calls for respect for human rights and less actual engagement with the violators.

I have said this before, but I cannot stress it enough: If we are to overcome the challenges facing the world today, we need transcendent leadership with the deepest conviction and the most honourable of intentions. In other words, we need statesmanship. There is a dearth of statesmanship, of taking risk, demonstrating flexibility, innovation and humility. The question is: When will Canada finally answer the call again?

In my view, there is no more pressing and more appropriate place to start than with the Central African Republic. As has been well documented in the media and spoken to in this chamber, there is an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the CAR that bears a strong resemblance to the catastrophe that played out in Rwanda 20 years ago. Thousands have been targeted and killed by roaming gangs on the basis of their religious identity. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced, many of whom fled beyond borders as refugees. Entire families have been wiped out, with women repeatedly victims of sexual violence. Rape is an instrument of war.

The primary weapon in that conflict are thousands of children, some as young as 11, forcibly recruited as child soldiers and indoctrinated to fuel the cycle of violence. It was reported by the outgoing High Commissioner on Human Rights that the situation is as gruesome and horrific as any in the world today.

Again, in this case, we have a scenario where the former colonial power is leading the international response. That’s the worst gang to have in the field within that context. However, in September a UN peacekeeping mission is set to be deployed, which represents a significant opportunity for new leadership to come forward.

Simply put, Canada needs to be there on the ground, standing side by side with courageous African troops already deployed, notably, in fact, the Rwandans, who are putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives and who are taking casualties at times. What’s more, our troops, police and civilian personnel can make the difference. They know the languages, they know the place, they know the people, and they know the culture; and there are several reasons why we should be there, as called upon by so many countries asking why we are not there.

First, the interim president has already specifically identified Canada as a country that can make a significant contribution toward peace and reconciliation, given our proud tradition of multiculturalism.

Second, our troops are well trained, experienced and professional, not to mention bilingual, so they can make a significant contribution both in terms of direct operations and through the training of others in the mission-critical issues. We have, thanks to this government, the strategic lift to sustain forces in the middle of Africa where there are no ports. We have the logistic capability to provide the assets needed so they don’t run out of ammunition, food or medical supplies. We have the command and control capability that other nations do not have to bring a force together and make it effective. We have the planning skills to do the contingency planning and to be able to use the forces effectively on the ground. We have the leadership in our general officer corps that has acquired the ability to work within that complexity and ambiguity over the years and is prepared to serve.

Of vital importance in that regard is training specific to the challenge posed by the massive presence of child soldiers in the CAR. Where our troops go in, they would not only need to know how to face and neutralize child soldiers, but also how to ensure that the kids are not recruited by armed groups to begin with, and that we don’t use lethal force because they are considered in the doctrines of the military as simply belligerents.

We have skills that we can use and train others in to avoid the destruction of these youths and, in fact, to neutralize their capability. This expertise, part of it is part of the work I’m doing, is being deployed in Somalia, Mali and Libya. We are looking at deploying capabilities and training in the CAR — but we’re alone.

Third, with religious freedom being the stated whole-of-government priority for our government, Canada should be among the first nations to line up to contribute ground forces and other support in the U.S. peacekeeping effort. In the CAR, Muslims and Christians are being targeted regularly on the basis of their religion, and there have been multiple warnings of mass ethno-religious cleansing and genocide.

Yes, the recruitment of child soldiers is a warning that those who do that are prepared to go to any length of exactions in order to achieve their aims, including mass destruction of human life and, ultimately, even genocide.

We haven’t asked the office of religious freedom to provide the funding and expertise to local groups and religious leaders who are seeking to promote inter-religious dialogue and reconciliation on the ground.

This past April at the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, I saw our foreign minister. I also saw him last week in London at an international conference on the sexual abuse of women in conflict, where he was the only minister out of 132 ministers there who had the guts to chair a meeting of 90 minutes with other ministers to provide a free-wheeling innovative debate. I applaud him for that and he did it very well. However, he said in Brussels:

“As leaders, this is our time. Let us not look back when it’s too late, and wonder if we really did enough.”

I certainly agree with that. However, the only way we can avoid such an outcome is if Canada and other nations proceed to implement all relevant aspects of the responsibility to protect doctrine in the Central African Republic. Let me be clear: This does not just refer to the UN Peacekeeping Mission under Chapter VII. Indeed, we should consider reinforcing the African Union under Chapter VIII: sanctions to those supporting the armed group; apply the optional protocol on child rights, which holds us accountable to those who recruit and use child soldiers as weapons of war; give us the authority to intervene; and provide extensive development support to help the country rebuild its security sector, its schools, its economy and its judicial system.

Honourable senators, it is only through comprehensive action that we will have a chance to look back and say that we did enough to reverse this one, because the last time we didn’t. However, our responsibilities do not end with the missions abroad. Indeed, we have related duties at home that we must carry out to the fullest extent. If Canada were to send troops and other personnel into conflict zones, such as the Central African Republic, we would have to ensure absolutely that we provide them and their families with the proper care after they return home, for you cannot return from those conflicts without being affected. This includes care not only of the physical injuries but those of the psychological variety, which have a lasting and potentially deadly impact. PTSD can be a terminal injury.

Honourable senators, as you can see, all these issues are interconnected. As I transition into the next phase of my life, I will be devoting considerable attention to each in my ongoing work and I look forward to meeting you on whatever occasion you’re prepared to have me as a witness.

Thank you very much.

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Update Direct from Panet House: New Club Website(s) and Reunion Planning

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

New Club Websites and Reunion Planning

By: 13987 Bryan Bailey – Club Executive Director

The Club is pleased to announce that its website has been significantly redesigned and refreshed in terms of content and functionality. Here is a screen capture of the new home page:


In response to the Strategic Review, the Club has undertaken a significant redesign of its main website to add new content which places greater emphasis on career transition, networking and better integration with social media as well as providing convenient links to the Colleges and the Foundation. On this note, I would encourage you all to join the Club’s LinkedIn group which already boasts more than 2,700 members.

There is still work to be done on the site such as the update of the Club gift shop which will feature a new e-commerce engine.  As well, a new member’s only access portal will be added which will provide key governance and financial information which will serve to foster greater transparency while respecting privacy.  Lastly, there is a need to complete the translation of all new content. I invite everyone to visit the site and provide us with your feedback.

CMRSJ Homecoming and RMC Kingston Reunion Weekends 2014

As most of you know, the Classes ending in 4 and 9s will be celebrating class reunions this year with Class of 69 (Class entering 1964 for CMR folks) entering the Old Brigade. While we are posting more information on-line, the next edition of Veritas will have the usual Reunion Weekends information supplement.

For many of you who will be celebrating a class reunion this year, you may have received an e-mail invitation from Narrowcontent which provided a link to a new website:

First of all, rest assured that the Club is not changing its name, logo or brand!  That said, many of you have provided feedback wanting to know more about the company, Narrowcontent that is delivering this new website and service to the Club.  First of all, Narrowcontent is an affiliate of Canso Investment Counsel, of which 11623 John Carswell (Class of 1978) is the president. 11710 Yvan Proteau (also the Class of 1978) and 25057 Nalae Yang (Class of 2011) are two of the team that are developing the new site.

The purpose of their website is to provide a secure and easy-to-use social networking platform for alumni from Canada’s military colleges to be able to connect and share their experiences, organize their own groups and events, as well as help facilitate administration for all types of reunion events, including Reunion Weekend. They are also digitizing Review yearbook photos for this year’s Reunion Classes starting with the Class of 69 and they will offer a survey to the Class of 1984 (celebrating their 30th) and possibly either to the Class of 1964 or 1969 who are celebrating significant Old Brigade milestone reunions this year. This survey will be used to develop a souvenir digital book for the Class.

This new website also contains two new videos which are designed to both inform and motivate you to attend your class reunion this year.  Here are the links which contain the videos.  They feature prominent ex-cadets from the CDS to the Commandant of RMCC, the Adjutant of the Old Brigade, and our own Bill Oliver to name but a few.

RMCC Reunion Weekend


RMCC Reunion Weekend – Old Brigade


CMR Saint-Jean Homecoming – Fin de semaine des retrouvailles

This year will be highlighted by the addition of the Birchall Award presentation which will be presented to H7860 Roméo Dallaire whose class will also be entering the Old Brigade this year.  It should make for a memorable weekend!

Please feel free to explore the site and its new content. Again, please feel free to provide us with feedback which we will use to fine tune the site. For those of you who are planning to attend a class reunion this year, register now using the convenience of this new service.

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Keeping Tabs

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014



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Director Security Review Program, Ottawa, Canada

Acting Section Head Land and Operational Command at DRDC – Centre for Operational Research and Analysis


Intelligence and Open Source Analyst, Privy Council Office

Manager Thales Canada, Defense and Security Centre

Strategic Advisor at Kipsee Consulting Inc

Special Advisor – Aerospace Equipment Program Management at Department of National Defence

Has attained a wealth of knowledge in both the primary reserve and regular forces aspects of the Canadian Forces with work under both areas.

Managing Principal and COO, A Hundred Answers Inc.

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ALOY 2014 Completion Ceremony – Impressive

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

ALOY 2014 Completion Ceremony


This past Friday, 20 June under ideal weather conditions the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) held an impressive military parade. Family and friends from all across Canada were joined by college staff (military & civilian) along with ROTP cadets who are still at the college going through various forms of summer training.

Commander of the Canadian Army Lieutenant – General JMM Hainse and Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Chief R Donald Maracle were Reviewing Officers; both gave inspiring and appropriate speeches along with college commandant, Brigadier – General Al Meinzinger. Major – General Eric Tremblay, Commander Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) was also on the Reviewing Stand.

This 2014 “Completion Ceremony”, according to the parade program included 15 officer cadets from: New Brunswick (2); Ontario (2); British Columbia (2); Saskatchewan; Nova Scotia; Manitoba; Quebec (3); North West Territories (2); and Nunavut.

The ALOY program was created in 2008 to provide a military education and learning experience for members of aboriginal communities in Canada.

This program strives to provide aboriginal cadets with the opportunity to excel in the four cornerstones that are the core of life at RMCC – Leadership, Academics, Military Training and Athletics.

As previously mentioned college staffs were highly visible in the crowd; including two individuals who I had the opportunity to sit near in one section. Dr Heather Evans, winner of the Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award for the 209-10 academic year who now teaches an English course to the ALOY officer – cadets. The other was the highly popular (among cadets of all stripes) Kommy Farahani who is a senior lecturer in the Chem. & Chem.Eng. Department. Kommy teaches the ALOY students College level chemistry in the Fall term as their only core science course.

Both were bubbling with pride and enthusiasm on the tremendous academic accomplishments made by the students on this parade.

In the words of BGen Meinzinzer, “ALOY is a success story as ten of those completing the program will join the CAF; four are enrolling into ROTP, four into the RegF as NCMs, and two are in the process of enrolling into the ResF as NCMs. I am very proud of the efforts of all the staff involved with delivering the ALOY program.”

Aboriginal Leadership graduation – Whig Standard article

 More Curtis Maynard photos from 2014 ALOY Completion Ceremony – Here

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

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

De gauche à droite: M. Marin Tanase, Président de Technology Systems; M. Alexandre Giguère, superviseur du projet gagnant; M. Paul-Émile Séguin, Professeur de physique au Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu; l’élève-officier Vincent Richard; M. Gawiyou Danialou, coordonnateur du cours; l’élève-officier Binenwa Bingoye; M. Marc Imbeault, Doyen à l’enseignement et à la recherche du CMR Saint-Jean; M. Yves Plourde, Conseiller PARI-CNRC.

Expo Sciences au CMR Saint-Jean

Un article du Dr. Gawiyou Danialou, professeur de biologie et coordinateur du cours d’intégration des apprentissages en sciences de la nature au CMR Saint-Jean.

Chaque année, dans le cadre du cours d’intégration des apprentissages, les élèves officiers du CMR Saint-Jean réalisent, au cours de la quatrième session, des projets de recherche en biologie, chimie, physique, mathématiques et informatique. Cette année, sous la supervision des professeurs du département des sciences de la nature, les projets suivants ont été réalisés : «L’estérification un plaisir pour l’olfaction!» par les élèves-officiers Joël Clusiault et Bruno Moreau, «Tests d’usure sur des polymères pour la compagnie Techno-Fab» par les élèves-officiers David Le Breton et Ludovic Bonenfant, «Synthèse et optimisation des propriétés chimiluminescentes de divers oxalates» par les élèves-Officiers Vincent Richard et Binenwa Bingoye, «Évaluation des effets de la créatine sur la prolifération et la différenciation des cellules musculaires squelettiques» par l’élève-Officier Félix Hurtubise, «Programme de compression de fichiers» par l’élève-officier Geneviève Rousseau, «Détection et mesure d’un champ magnétique uniforme et constant» par les élèves-officiers James Diamond et Zexi Chen, «Comparaison de l’efficacité des rince bouche avec et sans alcool sur les bactéries buccales» par les élèves-officiers Jonathan Emmett et Alexis Lafortune, «Évaluation et optimisation d’un composé fumigène» par l’élève-officier Mathieu Brière, «Can 3 Minutes Training 3 Times a Week on HiTrainer Machine Enhance Athlete’s Fitness?» par les élèves-officiers Stefan Bobes, Patrick Germain, Charles Turmel et Jacob Turriff. Les résultats des recherches ont été présentés sous forme d’affiche le 23 avril dernier. Un jury externe composé de M. Marin Tanase, Président de Technology Systems, M. Yves Plourde, Conseiller PARI-CNRC et M. Paul-Émile Séguin, Professeur de physique au Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu a évalué les affiches. La meilleure affiche pour le jury est celle des élèves-officiers Vincent Richard et Binenwa Bingoye, qui ont reçu un prix de 150$ offert par la fondation des clubs des CMR. Le CMR Saint-Jean tient à remercier la fondation pour son soutien financier constant qui vise à l’excellence de nos élèves-officiers.


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Conference: Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917 / Conférence – L’année 1917 : une année charnière pour l’Empire britannique en guerre

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

Conference: Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917

For the British Empire, 1917 was a year of profound crises. The disintegration of Imperial Russia and the mutinies in the battered French Army placed the burden of defeating Germany increasingly on the military forces of Britain and the Dominions, which suffered severely on the Western Front. At home, conscription crises and ethnic divisions undermined support for the war effort in Canada, Australia and South Africa, while the German u-boat campaign led to food shortages in Britain. These crises provoked significant changes in the conduct of the war. British and Dominion forces progressively developed the technical and tactical means of mitigating the deadly effects of machine guns and artillery on attacking forces. British military authorities set aside longstanding assumptions and prejudices, making Indian sepoys eligible for commissions in Britain’s Indian Army. Women entered factories and other work places in huge numbers.

“Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917” will bring together a diverse group of prominent historians, junior scholars and graduate students from across the Commonwealth to undertake a multifaceted examination of the British Empire coalition during what was arguably the most pivotal and dynamic twelve months of the Great War.

Confirmed speakers include: William Philpott (King’s College London), Ian F.W. Beckett (University of Kent), Matthew Hughes (Brunel University), Jeffrey Grey (University of New South Wales), Mark Connelly (University of Kent), Serge Durflinger (University of Ottawa), John Crawford (New Zealand Defence Force), and Keith Neilson (Royal Military College of Canada).

The conference organizing committee solicits proposals for papers on all aspects of the Imperial war effort in 1917, including the conduct of coalition warfare, military operations and innovation, the experiences of combatants and non-combatants, and the war on the home front. Proposals should include a 200-300 word abstract accompanied by a one-page CV.

For additional information, please email:

The proceedings of the conference will be published in an edited volume by the University of British Columbia Press.


$185 Regular or $125 Student

Registration fee includes banquet, lunches and coffee breaks

Turning Point Year: The British Empire at War in 1917 – Registration

Symposium hotel:

Holiday Inn special rate

First World War recruitment poster Made in March 1915 this image shows an adult male lion, symbolising Britain, standing on a rocky outcrop. Below, stand four young lions symbolising the Commonwealth and British Empire. The text reads The Empire Needs Men! Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand All answer the call. Helped by the Young Lions The Old Lion defies his foes. Enlist Now. This poster was published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee.

Affiche de recrutement de la Première Guerre mondiale Fabriqué en Mars 1915, cette image montre un lion mâle adulte, symbolisant la Grande-Bretagne, debout sur un éperon rocheux. Ci-dessous, se quatre jeunes lions symbolisant le Commonwealth et de l’Empire britannique. Le texte se lit L’empire a besoin d’hommes! Les etats d’outre-mere Tous répondre à l’appel. Aidé par les jeunes lions le vieux lion défie ses ennemis. Se recrutiez maintenant. Cette affiche a été publiée par le Comité de recrutement parlementaire.


Conférence – L’année 1917 : une année charnière pour l’Empire britannique en guerre

Pour l’Empire britannique, l’année 1917 est une année de crises profondes. La désagrégation de la Russie impériale et les mutineries au sein d’une armée française très mal en point reportent de plus en plus le fardeau de la lutte contre l’Allemagne sur les forces militaires de la Grande Bretagne et des dominions, qui subissent de lourdes pertes au front occidental. À l’arrière, les crises de la conscription et les divisions ethniques minent le soutien à l’effort de guerre du Canada, de l’Australie et de l’Afrique du Sud, tandis que la campagne des U-boot allemande provoque une pénurie de vivres en Grande-Bretagne. Toutes ces crises entraînent des changements importants dans la conduite de la guerre. Les forces de la Grande-Bretagne et des dominions élaborent progressivement les moyens techniques et tactiques nécessaires à l’atténuation des effets meurtriers des mitrailleuses et de l’artillerie sur les forces assaillantes. Les autorités militaires britanniques mettent de côté les idées préconçues et les préjugés de longue date, accordant aux cipayes des commissions dans l’Armée des Indes britanniques. Les femmes commencent aussi à travailler en grand nombre dans les usines et ailleurs.

La conférence « L’année 1917 : une année charnière pour l’Empire britannique en guerre » rassemblera un groupe hétérogène d’historiens, de jeunes savants et d’étudiants des cycles supérieurs de tout le Commonwealth, qui procéderont à une étude multidimensionnelle sur la coalition de l’Empire britannique durant ce qui fut sans doute l’année la plus décisive et la plus dynamique de la Grande Guerre.

La présence des conférenciers suivants a été confirmée : M. William Philpott (King’s College de Londres), M. Ian F.W. Beckett (Université du Kent), M. Matthew Hughes (Université Brunel), M. Jeffrey Grey (Université de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud), M. Mark Connelly (Université du Kent), M. Serge Durflinger (Université d’Ottawa), M. John Crawford (Force de défense de Nouvelle Zélande), et M. Keith Neilson (Collège militaire royal du Canada).

Le comité organisateur de la conférence invite les intéressés à soumettre des propositions d’articles sur tous les aspects de l’effort de guerre impérial en 1917, y compris la conduite de la guerre de coalition, les opérations et l’innovation militaire, les expériences des combattants et des non-combattants, et la guerre sur le front intérieur. Les propositions doivent prendre la forme d’un résumé de 200 à 300 mots accompagné d’un curriculum vitæ d’une page.

Pour amples information, contactez:

Le compte rendu de la conférence sera publié dans un ouvrage édité par les Presses de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique.

Inscription :

185$ ordinaire

125$ étudiant(e)

Les frais d’inscription comprennent le banquet, les repas de midi et les pause-café

L’année 1917 : une année charnière pour l’Empire britannique en guerre.

L’hotel de la conférence :

Holiday Inn – frais reduite


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We Remember…

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

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Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

3137 Ralph Darby Keen

Ralph Darby Keen passed away June 18, 2014 in Chilliwack, BC after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ralph will be dearly missed by Mary Keen, his wife of 61 years, daughters – Sukoshi Fahey, Sherri Bellah, and Brenda Keen and husband Ryan Anderson, along with grandson Jeremy Fahey and wife Melissa, granddaughters Tamara and Tania Straiton, and great grandchildren Jordan and Justine Fahey, Kado Straiton and Ralph’s sister, Sharon Keen. His brother, Raymond Keen, passed away several years before.

November 10, 1931, Catherine and Dennis Keen welcomed their first son, Ralph Darby, into the world. Ralph grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High with honors. He attended Royal Military College where he forged many lifelong friends. Mary Driver caught his eye and as soon as he graduated, they were married in the little white church in the Rockies.

Ralph joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1953 and was posted to Korea for a year. In 1955 Ralph graduated with a Civil engineering degree from UBC. The next 25 years of military career took Ralph and family on a series of postings across Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During his Kenyan assignment Ralph climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Retiring from the military in 1980 the family moved to various locations in BC and settled in Chilliwack where Ralph worked for the District of Chilliwack until retirement in 1996. Over the years Ralph indulged in favourite pastimes – fly fishing, squash, karate, and serving the communities in many volunteer roles. His love of a good joke and his dry sense of humour made him beloved by family and friends.

Ralph lived his life with truth, duty, and valour.  A celebration of his life will be held later in July. If you would like to make a memorial donation the link is:

Online remembrances can be made here

Yes, I am old; – and death hath ta’en

Full many a friend, to memory dear;

Yes, when I die, ‘twill soothe the pain

Of quitting my survivors here,

To think how all will be delighted,

When in the skies again united!

from the “The Tin Trumpet”


3816 Howard William Causier

Howard William Causier June 19, 1935 – May 3, 2014 Bill passed away in North Vancouver, BC at the age of 78. Predeceased by his wife Yvonne; his son Don; his parents Tom and Annabell; and his brother Ralph. Bill is survived by his daughter Diane (Dan) Theodorescu and their children, Thomas and Claire; sister Connie Mogus and her son, Ronald (Heather) and their sons Ryan and Mark. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Bill attended Royal Roads Military College, then the Royal Military College of Canada, completed 3 years of military service before returning to the University of Saskatchewan for one year to earn his Electrical Engineering degree. During his 26 years with IBM Canada he would say his career highlights were the 2 years at the CICS development lab in Hursley England and his work on the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics.  Source


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Off on R&R – back in two weeks / En vacances – de retour dans deux semaines

Posted by rmcclub on June 22nd, 2014

Off on R&R – back in two weeks

We’re going away for a summer break. See you around the second week of July.

Our plan is to catch up and enjoy time with family and friends in various parts of N.B. and Quebec.

So, see you all when we get back around the middle of Julyand we will do our best to “catch up” ASAP.

Bill & Rolande

En vacances – de retour dans deux semaines

C’est le temps des vacances et nous planifions un voyage pour visiter nos familles ainsi que des amis au Québes et au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Nous espérons reprendre notre routine, le plus tôt possible, après notre retour vers la mi-juillet.

Bill & Rolande

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