In This Issue 30

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Kingston & area Ex Cadets & Club Members – Don’t miss the luncheon this Wed

At the meeting of the Kingston Branch on Wednesday, 6 August 2014, we will welcome another ex-cadet as our speaker. 10982 Chuck Oliviero had a wide ranging career starting as an Armoured Corp officer and ending as Special Advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Army.

He also was Chief of Staff at the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston. For many years he has been in charge of the CF’s simulation training as Calian Technology’s Contract Wide Coordinator at the Canadian Army Simulation Centre at CFB Kingston. He will tell us about this simulation training.

Join us a for a casual gathering before lunch (approx 1230); followed by the presentation from Chuck. Summer dress is in effect at the SSM – note in photo above.


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:

8698 Pierre Lagueux – Lifetime Membership; 9844 James Simpson; 20657 Danic Parenteau.

Club Membership Info Join, Update or Renew ‘Now’

In This Issue 30:

Opinion: Aug 4, 1914

“Germany and the Origins of the Great War”

Class notes -

Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Claude Scilley In Conversation: 22909 Kevin Dulude

Jen Ochej Tells Us: Where are they now? 17825 – Kirsti Domay ‘91

Tony O, Does It Again!

Direct from Panet House

Keeping Tabs…

We Remember

Riley coaching legacy still strong at West Point

Jobs – Careers / Carrières

We get emails




Help needed to locate a number of “buds” & others / Nécessaire

Thank you to those who have posted our notice on Facebook, LinkedIn etc. The feedback has been steady. Some of you have wondered why couldn’t track down the Provost Marshal and other “low hanging fruit”. The reality is unless Ex Cadets & former students contact us, and provide their coordinates, we’re obliged to respect their privacy. The “buds” talking to “buds” is the best method that we are aware of to date for updating our data base. Thank you again; and we are hoping to receive more updates to flow into Panet House for days to come.


Silent Auction for the RMC Club (e-Veritas)? Yes or NO?





Morale building quotes from General James Wolfe :

“The impossibility of a retreat makes no different in the situation of men resolved to conquer or die; and believe me, my friends, if your conquest could be bought with the blood of your General, he would most cheerfully resign a life which he has long devoted to his country.”

“You know too well the forces which compose their army to dread their superior numbers.”

“Now, God be praised, I will die in peace.”

James Wolfe (1727–59) was Britain’s most celebrated military hero of the eighteenth century. His important victory over the French at Quebec on 13 September 1759 resulted in the unification of Canada and the American colonies under the British crown. But his death at the moment of victory earned him a reputation as a patriotic martyr that was unmatched by any British hero until Nelson.

Wolfe was born at Westerham, Kent, the eldest son of Lieutenant-General Edward Wolfe. He was a career soldier and entered the Army in 1741 aged 14. At the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 he caught the attention of the Duke of Cumberland, who then helped to promote Wolfe’s early career. Wolfe fought at Culloden in 1746 and saw further service in Scotland and Ireland during the 1750s. His tactical theories and significant improvements to firing and bayonet techniques were an important part of his legacy and were posthumously published as ‘General Wolfe’s Instructions to Young Officers’ (1768).

During the Seven Years War (1756-63), Wolfe distinguished himself during the aborted assault on Rochefort in 1757, going ashore to scout the terrain prior to the raid. He also tried to persuade the commander of the operation, General Sir John Mordaunt, to act more decisively. Wolfe informed Mordaunt that he could capture Rochefort if he was given just 500 men but the general refused him permission. He again came to prominence at the siege of Louisbourg in 1758, commanding a brigade there with great skill. This led to his appointment, at the age of 32, as major-general in command of the Quebec expedition in 1759.

Wolfe experienced months of frustration and ill health, and many thought the operation would fail. Then, at dawn on 13 September, Wolfe led his men in carrying out a plan for which he took full credit: using flat-bottomed landing craft to take his 4,500 troops up the St Lawrence River, landing them south-west of the city, and scaling the Heights of Abraham to surprise the French and draw them out of the city and into battle exactly where he wanted to fight. It was a bold plan which relied on a mix of good-judgement and luck, but it worked.

Wolfe was fatally wounded early in the battle but lived long enough to hear of his victory. He was an inspirational leader, who, like other great generals, was loved by his men. After the battle, Lieutenant Henry Browne, who held Wolfe as he lay dying, wrote to his father of the Army’s reaction to Wolfe’s death: ‘I cant compare it to any thing better, than to a family in tears & sorrow which had just lost their father, their friend & their whole Dependance’.

When news of Wolfe’s death reached Britain, it seized the public imagination. He was seen as a young, heroic martyr and a paragon of martial virtue. As the greatest military hero of the mid-eighteenth century, Wolfe was universally celebrated in paintings, prints and other forms of popular culture.


Major (later Major-General) James Wolfe, c1750. Miniature, Indian ink and pencil on paper, by James Ferguson (1710-76).

“Mad, is he? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals.”

King George II on James Wolfe.

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Opinion: Aug 4, 1914

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

100 Years Ago!

By: Olivia Bechard

August 4, 2014. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The world was a much different place in 1914, and Canada was certainly not how we know it today. In 1914, Canada was still a dominion of Great Britain, and therefore, when the British government declared war against Germany, Canada was implicated in the conflict as well, though the Canadian government was able to decide exactly how it wanted to participate. In August of 1914, Canada only had a regular army of approximately 3,000 men. However, within the first few weeks of war being declared, roughly 30,000 Canadians had enlisted to join the war effort in Europe. Not only did the government pledge to send men to the front, but arms, ammunition, food and funds were also other contributions made by the Canadian government and Canadians on the home front.

What we have to remember is that at this time, Canada had a population of less than 8 million, and this population was predominantly rural. This population was, for the most part, still very strongly tied to Great Britain because many young Canadian men still had friends and family living there. This fostered a strong sense of nationalism and patriotism in the young men and essentially led to the mobilization of such large numbers. In addition to this, during this early period of the war, many believed that the conflict would not last long and that it would be over by Christmas; it would be a fun adventure for those who had never crossed the Atlantic and an opportunity for those who still had relatives and friends living in Britain to pay them a visit. Within the first few months, many started to realize that this would be a much longer and more gruelling conflict than they originally believed.

Very quickly, a camp at Valcartier, just outside of Quebec City, had been established to prepare and train the troops for mobilization. From here, they were sent to the Salisbury Plain in England where they would participate in further training, before being sent to the front lines in France and Belgium. Even though war was declared in August of 1914, the first contingents of young Canadian men were not sent over until December of 1914. The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was among the first contingent to cross the Atlantic to join the fight on the Western Front alongside their British counterparts of the 27th Division.

When the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, the war had finally come to an end, but at a very high cost for every nation involved. By the end of the war, some 600,000 Canadians had enlisted, and of those, approximately 66,000 were killed over the course of four years. This does not include all those who returned to Canada with both physical and emotional scars of the war. The ultimate sacrifices made by these brave men should be remembered always and it is why today we begin commemorating the First World War and will continue to do so over the next four years.

Olivia Bechard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. She is currently enrolled in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. Olivia also worked as a guide at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France during the winter of 2014 session.

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Germany and the Origins of the Great War

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Caption: The Comdt by all accounts appeared to have an enjoyed meeting with German Professor Mike Epkenhans this week. Among the topics discussed was the possible opportunities for increased academic collaboration moving forward. (L-R) LCol Jan von der Felsen,LCol Ralf Heimrich,Prof. Dr. Michael Epkenhans, commandandant, BGen Al Meinzinger, RMCC principal, Dr Harry Kowal, Dr. Jim Kenny, Interim Dean of Arts, Dr. Christian Leuprecht of RMCC’s Faculty of Arts and Department of Political Science.

Photo by: Curtis Maynard 

Germany and the Origins of the Great War

On Tuesday 29 July, Prof. Dr. Michael Epkenhans, Director of Historical Research at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (ZMSBw) at Potsdam, Professor at Potsdam University and Naval History at the German Navy School in Flensburg, editor of Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift (Germany’s leading journal on military history), and Commander (Naval reserve) of the German Navy, visited RMCC, courtesy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ottawa.

His well-attended and well-received talk on “Germany and the Origins of the Great War” surveyed multiple developments in Germany and across Europe leading up to war and, in the process, took aim at the premise of Dr. Christopher Clark’s best-selling The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to war in 1914.

Prior to the formal presentation, Chief Librarian Sarah Toomey guided Dr. Epkenhans on a tour of the Massey Library’s Crerar collection of primary and secondary documentation collected by Canadian troops in Germany during and after the Second World War, which precipitated a discussion to explore greater research cooperation between RMCC and Germany’s Military Archive.

That was followed by a tour of RMCC, lead by IV NCdt Alexandra Laplante and III NCdt Jérémie Fraser.

Dr. Epkenhans was accompanied by Germany’s newly posted defence attaché to Canada, LCol Ralf Heimrich, and Germany’s Consul General in Toronto, Mr. Walter Stechel as well as by LCol Jan von der Felsen, the German Armed Forces Visiting Defence Fellow at the Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy, and Dr. Christian Leuprecht of RMCC’s Faculty of Arts and Department of Political Science who, together, had orchestrated the visit.

More Curtis Maynard photos from the presentation

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Class Notes

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

7959 Mark Hannington (Class of ’69) recently retired from teaching school in Hawaii.

Following graduation from RMCC, Mark served in the Canadian Navy as a submariner. As a young father, he concluded that was no way to raise a family. Following his compulsory time, he left the Navy, moving his family to a small town in British Columbia where he planned to write the great Canadian novel. In the meantime, he volunteered at his children’s co-op preschool.

There he discovered his life’s passion. When he figured out that his happiest days were those he spent at preschool, he set his sights on becoming a teacher. After getting his MEd at Gonzaga University, Mark started what would become a 40-year career in teaching, 26 of which were at Punahou.

Mark arrived at Punahou after his family decided to sell everything and go on an adventure to Hawai‘i.. He began teaching fourth grade in the Winne Units. Three years later, he moved to the Academy at the invitation of the head of the social studies department. Since then, he has taught social studies, European history, ICE (a course combining English, social studies and science), computer science and math. He also served as head of the Social Studies Department and director of Summer School, but he retires as a math teacher.

Read more here.


12192 General Tom Lawson (Class of 1979) current Chief Defence Staff (CDS) continues to proudly carry his red Royal Military College of Canada sports bag day in and day out even within the halls of NDHQ

There is no stronger supporter of RMCC. A former member of the college varsity cross country running team, General Lawson, has recently stated that he carries the RMCC sports bag with tremendous pride.

As such, the College recently decided to provide the former Cadet Wing Commander from 1979 and previous Commandant (2007 – ’09) with a new and improved version! Go RMCC Go!

General Lawson is expected back at the college Reunion Weekend and will be the keynote speaker at the Legacy Dinner.


Last Thursday, 31 July, 13274 Colonel T.M. (Mark) Ross (Class of 1982) had his last day in the job after 36 and a half years. Congratulations, Mark and best wishes for the future.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News…

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014


Caption: Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain, Commander Cobra Company was deployed to Afghanistan between March and October 2009 and as a result he wrote a book titled Mon Afghanistan. He is pictured here with a copy of his book. LCol Jourdain attended the Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) hosted by the French Military Academy, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, in Guer, France on July 18 to 19, 2014. FILM gathers military authors and publishers of military-themed books in a festival designed to expose the general public to military culture and contemporary conflicts, via debates, conferences, arm-chair discussions, and more.

A Canadian Army Officer takes centre stage at an international military book festival

“I wanted to capture history so the people of Quebec […] could better inform their opinion. I wanted them to be very proud. I wanted them to know that Canadian soldiers are their best ambassadors. The noblest things we have are our soldiers working abroad to support every mission the Government sends them to.”

20175 Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Jourdain – Article


Caption: Le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain, commandant de la compagnie Cobra, a participé à un déploiement en Afghanistan de mars à octobre 2009. Il a narré ses expériences dans son livre, intitulé Mon Afghanistan, que l’on aperçoit entre ses mains. Le Lcol Jourdain a été invité à participer au Festival International du Livre Militaire (FILM) organisé par les Écoles militaires Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, à Guer, France, les 18 et 19 juillet 2014. Le FILM, qui réunit des auteurs et représentants de maisons d’édition d’ouvrages militaires, vise à exposer le grand public à la culture militaire et aux conflits contemporains au moyen de débats, de conférences, de discussions informelles et d’autres activités. (Photo fournie par le lieutenant-colonel Steve Jourdain.)

Un officier de l’Armée canadienne est à l’avant scène dans un festival de livres militaires international

« Je voulais immortaliser l’histoire afin que les gens du Québec […] puissent se forger une opinion éclairée. Je souhaitais qu’ils soient très fiers. Je voulais qu’ils sachent que les soldats canadiens sont leurs meilleurs ambassadeurs. Les choses les plus nobles que nous avons sont nos soldats qui travaillent à l’étranger pour appuyer chaque mission confiée par le gouvernement. »

20175 le lieutenant‑colonel Steve JourdainArticle


Caption: Col Goddard, outgoing Wing Commander, BGen Ploughman, Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division, and Col Day, the incoming Wing Commander, sign the Change of Command scrolls in a ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. PHOTO: 2Lt Josh Brighton

Colonel Day assumes Command of 15 Wing Moose Jaw

As members of the RCAF, Col Day explained, “We defend Canada. We defend North America. And we contribute to international security. That’s it; it’s that simple. Everything we do should have those roles as ultimate goals.”

16952 Alex Day

“After spending such a large amount of my career in Moose Jaw, I will miss it,”

14561 Paul Goddard  Article


19307 Commander Dave Benoit presents inaugural HMCS Oakville Award

This year’s supplementary board was held on June 24, 2014 at the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (CFNES). The top two candidates were CPO2 Burns and PO1 Vinny Prosper, with CFNES Commandant, Commander (Cdr) 19307 Dave Benoit, acting as the board chair. Article


New CFB Esquimalt base commander comes ‘home’

“You inherit a remarkable team of professionals both in and out of uniform,” said Truelove. “You will discover leading CFB Esquimalt is demanding and rewarding and I encourage you to make it your own.”

15185 Rear Admiral Bill Truelove

“The diversity, to get back on track with our times, is very important,” he said.

He noted his three years in Victoria not only benefited him professionally but personally as well. He met his partner Francisco Mejia De La Rosa here.

“After so many years in this life as a bachelor, it’s nice to have a stabilizing force at home,” said Cassivi. He and his partner move to Ottawa in August.

16204 Commodore Luc Cassivi



Our Southern cousins: Canadian Army & US Army engineers train together

“Just the number of bays, number of bridges, all the different equipment, the size of the river that’s being crossed and the size of the floating bridge that’s being created. We don’t get to see that type of opportunity almost ever in our careers up north,”

20714 Steven Boychyn – Article


WE REMEMBER: Finding a connection to WWI

Born and raised in Brantford, Andrew Iarocci is a professor of history teaching at Western University in London and Royal Military College in Kingston.

For a couple of weeks in June, Iarocci, who also lives in Brantford, was in the back yard of a home in a small village in France. He was there to lend his First World War expertise to a CBC documentary that connects the recently discovered remains of some fallen Canadian soldiers to their descendents.

“We were there to tell the story of a young French boy who, in 2006, was playing in his back yard when he came upon some skeletal remains,” Iarocci said. “It was determined through an investigation by the Canadian Department of National Defence, that there were eight soldiers in this grave, all from the same battalion and all Canadians.

“They had all been killed on the same day in the Battle of Amiens.”  Read more here


Canada’s defence chief finds kinship with ‘tough’ granddad through WWI diary

“It was a connection I’d never felt to my grandfather,” Lawson said of the diaries, which he only received last Christmas.

“His experiences in flight training were very much like my experiences in flight training. You (start) with terrible self- confidence and you have to build that self-confidence to become a pilot.”

12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s top military commander – Article


Former RMCC hockey coach, Kelly Nobes merits head coaching position with Canadian U-17 hockey team


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Claude Scilley In Conversation: 22909 Kevin Dulude

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

The salad days of RMC basketball


22909 Kevin Dulude laughed out loud.

“Yes,” he said, he is aware that nine years after his playing career ended, he remains the leading all-time scorer and rebounder in Ontario University Athletics basketball.

“I’m 33 now, and I still play now and then,” the former Royal Military College Paladin said over the phone from Ottawa, where he was taking a break from pulling weeds in his garden.

“This year I was playing in a summer league with the current Ottawa U guys. These are guys who lost in the (national) final to Carleton this year; great players, and I don’t even need to make introductions.

“The one was presenting me to another and he’s telling him about my highest point game, my highest rebound game, where I had played, the years that I played, my record, and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’

“It was humbling.”

Dulude finished a five-year career that ended in 2005 with 2,092 points. Laurentian’s Norm Hann had held the record at 1,723 points since 1993. In the years since, four players have passed Hann but none has caught Dulude, who also is still the reigning career rebounding leader, at 1,165. Guelph’s Tim Mau set the former mark, also in 1993, when he graduated with 849.

“I guess they’re a little bit more into the stats,” Dulude said. “I find it astonishing the name is still recognized, because RMC was not a powerhouse basketball team. We made some noise but we definitely never amounted to too much.”

Indeed, some would say the salad days of the RMC basketball program occurred during Dulude’s watch. His first year in Kingston was the team’s first year back in university competition, after having played in the Ontario college league. From a low of 1-21 in Dulude’s second season, the Paladins were 14-8 in his fourth year and were one playoff victory away from qualifying for the national championship tournament.

“Some have said because I was there, RMC was able to do what it did,” Dulude said, “and I will correct them.

“The reason we did so well was Craig Norman.”

Norman was the coach of those teams, and Dulude still marvels, not only at the amount of work that went into the preparation for each opponent, but for the way Norman capitalized on the strengths of the athletes at his disposal.

“We didn’t play basketball like a basketball team. We played basketball like a bunch of military people,” Dulude said. “A coach that comes in and tries to run a Princeton system or a fluid offence when you don’t have basketball players, it just doesn’t work. We had a great group of guys who really bought into a system.

“We played basketball like no other team played basketball.”

Dulude described the Paladins of the day as “a hybrid football team,” because they were basically running plays that the coach was calling from the sideline, “which was pretty funny.”

“There was no flow,” he said. “Other teams would joke about it, ‘You play like military strategists,’ but the analogy was like the military side of our training, because guys listen, guys knew how to take orders, guys knew how to work hard, guys knew how to sacrifice. You couldn’t get that anywhere else. Being around other teams afterwards … it’s just not the same. The chemistry we had at RMC is really what separated us.”

In Dulude’s first year, the Paladins finished 5-17. “We definitely felt like we belonged. It was really exciting.” The following year there were five seniors to replace and the team went 1-21 in a season plagued by the inconsistency that is typical for a young team.

“I remember losing to Brock by 70 points in a preseason game,” Dulude said. “That was utterly one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. The next day, against (McMaster), which was a ranked team, we lost in overtime.

“This team showed signs of really good basketball; on the other hand we were so young and immature we just would lose our heads.”

The next year brought a record of 6-16 and a playoff berth, followed by what Dulude called his most memorable year, 14-8 and one game away from making the CIS tournament. “That was a year of ups and downs that was absolutely crazy on the basketball court, and that was the year that Joe Grozelle went missing as well.”

Grozelle was 21 years old when he vanished in the early morning of Oct. 22, 2003. His body was found 22 days later, along the east bank of the Cataraqui River. The cause of his death was never determined.

“It’s really hard for me to speak about it, still,” said Dulude. “I can’t imagine how the family is feeling. I still struggle a lot about the process. I’m sure it was challenging for the military at the time, but I felt like things could have gone differently from an investigation perspective. That’s hindsight now, 10 years later, but emotionally it was really hard. I was a year ahead of Joe and it was crushing to have somebody so close to you die, but that period where we didn’t know what had happened was extremely confusing, emotionally draining. Trying to go to school at the same time was a write-off and trying to play basketball at the same time — you could say that it allowed us to grow as a group together because of the hardship, but it was really hard.

“I’m extremely sad and I still wish I knew what happened. It’s tough to talk about it. I haven’t been able to rationalize my thoughts about what would have made sense.”

Dulude graduated the following spring but his chosen military occupation, as a healthcare administration officer, required him to take a course at the military school at CFB Borden. One week out of three he would be in Barrie; the other two at his posting in Kingston. He wondered about using his fifth year of intercollegiate eligibility, coaching somewhere, or possibly playing someplace else. “I was going through a lot because Craig Norman leaving meant a lot to me,” he said, “but the guys on the team meant a lot to me as well, so I was trying to see if there was a way I could play.”

Dulude eventually convinced himself that he could. With an undergrad Business Administration degree in his pocket, he cobbled together enough courses at RMC to make himself eligible. “I was trying continue the building journey of this basketball team,” but the year proved to be a horrible experience. On weeks when he’d be in Barrie on course, he’d jump in the car and drive to games when he was done. “I would show up on the Friday, having not practised with the team, and I’d be literally driving into the gym at 7:30.

“One week, we were in a tournament at Concordia, playing Virginia, and I couldn’t get out of my military course before 4:30. I had to drive to Toronto, I flew to Montreal, and I literally showed up 10 minutes into their warmup to start playing this game. That’s not really setting yourself up for success.”

Born and raised in Ottawa, there was no military pedigree in Dulude’s family, and RMC entered his horizon only after his high school basketball coach contacted Norman, who came the very next day to watch Dulude play. An athlete who had played football at a high level but no basketball outside of high school — he attended Garneau, a French language Catholic school in Gloucester — Dulude describes himself as a “raw” basketball player at that point, who was entertaining the possibility of attending Ottawa or McMaster, where he figured he’d fight for a spot by walking on with both the football and basketball teams. “All of a sudden RMC popped its head up,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about the school.”

“You’re a teenager and there’s about a million things going through your mind. I loved the idea of playing sports in university but I was still very aware that I wanted a solid academic foundation. I was not a blue-chip athlete (and) I felt with RMC, on the basketball side, it was a good fit to play.” After speaking with former athletics director Bill Oliver and some senior cadets and the military aspect intrigued him.

“I (thought), ‘Wow this is not just university, I’m talking about life, I’m talking about preparing myself for the future, talking about a job after graduation’ … that’s where I was able to shift my focus from the short term, ‘I want to be a university athlete,’ to how can sports help me to get further ahead.”

From the time he was in high school, Dulude said he wanted to get a business degree and use it to work in the healthcare field. As a student at RMC, Dulude admits he was a good basketball player. “I humbly have to say I was not a good student. My priorities were the cadet life and the varsity experience.”

Dulude got his first taste of the military posting experience in 2006, after he finished his course at Borden. On the day he was going to look for lodging for his new job, in Ottawa, he got a call from his career manager. “He said I have some news. When you’re driving up the 416, you might as well turn left at the Kanata split because the postings have changed and you’re no longer going to Ottawa, you’re going to Petawawa.

“I was shocked. That was a bit of a wrinkle. Ha. This is the military?”

Dulude was posted to a field hospital and his first deployment was to Kandahar for 10 months. After Petawawa he was sent to Montreal and 4 Health Services Group Headquarters. It was there where he was exposed to workplace rules and regulations and his appetite was whetted for entering law school, with an eye to specializing in labour law.

“I knew that my undergrad grades at RMC were too poor for law school,” said Dulude, who was making $200 a week playing for a semi-professional team called the Montreal Sasquatch and helping to coach at McGill on the side. Sure enough, he failed to gain admission on his first try, so Dulude had a chat with the law school dean at McGill. “He said you just need to do something that shows us you can be a good student, so you need to park basketball for a bit and do some schooling.”

Dulude pursued an MBA at the University of Montreal, and left the Forces in 2011. He finished law school in the spring, passed his licensing exams in July and is now articling at the Ottawa firm Emond Harnden, where one of the partners is former Queen’s Golden Gaels star Jock Climie.

Dulude was married in August, 2012, to Mylène Gagné, a girl who went to the same high school but who he never knew until many years later, after she watched a Fifth Estate story about Joe Grozelle. Dulude had been interviewed for the piece and she extended her condolences.

“I vaguely remembered her,” Dulude said, but with the communication link open, when he was in Ottawa a couple of weeks later he invited her to go out for coffee. “It was just really weird,” he said. “You live three streets over from somebody your whole life who you didn’t even know, and you meet 10 years later and you have all this stuff in common.”

Gagné is a physican, completing her residency in family medicine.

“If we’d known each other back then we wouldn’t be together right now,” Dulude said. “Life allowed me to mature.”

Dulude remains disappointed that the basketball program at RMC was cancelled in 2012. “I was pretty bitter,” he said. “I still am,” but he believes it was inevitable.

“The end of the basketball program was kind of written on the wall when they let Craig Norman leave. (We had) a team that’s on the verge of making nationals, and … the fact that they weren’t able to keep him there and brought in junior coaches at a time when we were peaking, really stalled the program.”

Not to have found a replacement of Norman’s calibre — he was the CIS coach of the year in 2004 —left RMC with no choice but to cut that program, Dulude believes.

“I can handle a team losing. I can handle a team losing by 70 (points). I can handle a team going 0-22, but that team was losing its identity and wasn’t representing the school’s image anymore. I was starting to struggle with that.

“When they are at that stage in 2012, they were left with shambles. The team hadn’t been competitive for years. They’d become a laughing stock not only in the basketball community, but across the CIS. By then they didn’t have a choice, but they had choices early on. They weren’t recruiting the right players and they weren’t going in the right direction. I felt there was a lot of potential to get, maybe not a blue-chip athlete, but the great all-around athletes with a focus on basketball who are career oriented.

“I didn’t think I was that much of an anomaly at the time that I would be able to sacrifice the social life that an 18-year-old would have elsewhere and go to RMC but I guess in hindsight it’s harder to recruit that four-pillared athlete.”

Dulude, who graduated not just with a degree but 70 stitches on his face from playing at RMC — “in little seven-stitch, five-stitch groupings” — says it was his dream to have the basketball program be better after he left than it was when he was there. “That was truly my motivation every day,” he said. “The talent that was coming in in the years after was way better than I was out of high school. I really felt that there was more potential for the long term.

“Unfortunately the program went astray when it let Coach Norman go. It’s sad.”

Nonetheless, Dulude says he wouldn’t trade his RMC experience.

“I loved RMC. I loved to death the school, I love my peers who are still (serving). There are just so many different backgrounds molded together. It breeds, I don’t want to say powerful, because maybe that’s too strong, but … a lot of people who are going places, staying in the military and when they choose to get out. There’s a huge group of alumni who have made some serious careers. It’s pretty impressive.

“I didn’t know that going into the school but I’m definitely grateful for the experience that I got from RMC, without even knowing that’s what I was going to get.”

 Previous Kevin Dulude e-Veritas article – October 31st, 2007

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Jen Ochej Tells Us: Where are they now? 17825 – Kirsti Domay ‘91

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Where are they now? 17825 – Kirsti Domay ‘91

By Jen Ochej

Kirsti Domay had little idea, when she enrolled at RMC in 1987, what twists and turns her life would take.

At seventeen Domay began her degree with the thought of eventually pursuing law, and almost thirty years later finds herself a successful business owner and management consultant not far from Toronto. The road between has been anything but dull, and Domay still reflects back frequently and fondly on the foundation she received from RMC and the Canadian Forces.

“[RMC] is a university with a difference,” Domay says. “You graduate with not just a degree, but tremendous leadership training that’s afforded through the ROTP program. That’s probably the biggest takeaway from RMC; leadership skills.”

Upon her graduation from the College in 1991, Domay took a short posting to Baden Baden, Germany. Leaving the Forces at the end of that posting, she enrolled in a Masters program in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph. It was in that degree program that Domay would meet her husband; the two would eventually complete an MBA together as well.

After several years in general management and business strategy at a Fortune 500 company, Domay launched Burnside Growth Management, which has now been in operation for seven years. With Burnside, Domay consults with mid-sized businesses on turnaround strategy and turnaround management, helping struggling projects and companies make the necessary changes to once again begin to see positive results.

Though a few years removed from her career with the Canadian Forces, Domay continues to see many parallels between her education and early career experience, and the business world in which she now exists.

“The military strategies we learned at RMC are so applicable in business, and most military strategies can be applied in the business setting,” Domay explains. “You know, competitive landscape and supply lines, how you compete, how you win in the marketplace. I actually read [lots of] history books, military history— Casear and Rome and Hannibal and Alexander the Great— and I find I pull so much of that, from those military histories, for business strategy.”

Now a busy mother of three, Domay is taking pleasure in watching her children grow up, and in having the flexibility as a business owner to devote time to her family.

“Primarily I’m a mother of three. We live in the country now, my husband and three children, so that’s my primary job,” says Domay with an audible smile in her voice. “[The kids] are 5, 7, and 9. It’s nice to have them close together, they’re all really good friends and playmates.”

The last few years have been busy for Domay and her family; she worked for most of last year in Mozambique, and prior to that was on the organizing committee for her RMC class’s twenty-year reunion. The first reunion for Domay, it was a great chance for her to catch up with many classmates with whom she’d lost touch over the years.

“It was just fantastic. We had over 120 people, I think, out for [the reunion], and that— being part of the organizing group— got me back in touch with everyone,” Domay explains. “And with Facebook, everyone’s on Facebook— so it’s fantastic.”

Many of them now doctors, lawyers, business owners, and everything in between, Domay has enjoyed reconnecting with old classmates and finds herself greatly inspired by those who have accomplished much in the Canadian Forces.

“My classmates have had wonderful careers— triple tours to Afghanistan, training forces in other parts of the world,” she explains. “I’m really in awe of a lot of my classmates and what they’ve accomplished [with] their careers within the military; the roads they’ve taken. It’s really impressive.”

No doubt that respect and awe is mutual, and as each new reunion draws closer Domay will have ever more accomplishments and stories to exchange with the classmates with whom she got her start.

Jen Ochej is a journalist and freelancer in the music industry, currently completing an internship at Eggplant Entertainment in Toronto as part of the Government of Nova Scotia’s Emerging Music Business Program. She is most often found wherever live music is being played and dreams of one day working as a Tour Manager.  She has also contributed an article which was published in the RMC Club Veritas magazine.

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Tony O, Does It Again!

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Tony O, Does It Again!


A familiar former RMCC staff member, Tony O’Keeffe competed in the 31st Annual K-Town Triathlon this past Sunday, 3 Aug.

Not only did Tony compete but he won his age group 1st out of 11– men between 50 – 54. Fifth overall – all age groups. Long course 2k swim 56.2k bike 15k run;198 participants – time of 03:02:27. Impressive by any measurement.

(Photo left by 13181 John Sheahan) – Tony with Bill Oliver who is flashing the first place medal which was won by Tony.

Most Ex Cadets and / or staff members who were in and or around the college over the past 20 plus years or so are well aware of what this gentleman is capable of when it comes to these type of competitions.

It is not the intention of this article to list ALL his accomplishments – a small sample of some of his results are here.

Something about Tony has always impressed us much more than his incredible finishes is the positive impact that we have witnessed numerous times with officer cadets.

Not all officer cadets, but the ones that not only want to achieve but those who dare to over-achieve. We have watched it many times. We will not spotlight any of these individuals because it would not be fair to mention them without their permission. But I do have a drawer full of names.

We previously mentioned that Tony has been around the college for quite a few years. This includes stints as: Squadron Commander; Division Commander; Staff Officer at Canadian Defence Academy, RMCC Chief Of Staff and his last position was Director of Cadets – about four back.  How time flys.

Not everyone is a big fan of Tony. His in-your-face approach can turn some type of people off; even intimidate at times; however, for those who dare to tread outside their comfort zone – he has been and still is an inspiration.

We can vividly recall an incident back when he was not even on the college staff. He was approached by a PSP fitness instructor to give a ‘pep’ talk to cadets who were on compulsory remedial training. Well over 200 in total. Most were failures – even IV Years, a few were legitimate medicals.

This compulsory class was scheduled for around 1630 hrs three or fours days a week. This meant if you were on Remedial – no IMs & no shaft jobs etc. In short, this was a pretty cozy group. One could even say – country club.

By the time, Tony gave his pep talk which brought many within the group to tears. Some of these Cadets were indignant & upset, had visits to the padre. Military & faculty staffs also got involved; mostly all very critical to not only the message but the manner in which it was delivered by Tony O’Keeffe. Something special about Tony – he is either loved or not loved – usually by just being himself. What you see is what you get.

Not all the cadets went off whining to the Chain-of-Command.

We know this as a fact, because many of them dropped by Panet House and / or we just talked on casual basis, here & there.

The Tony talk was a wake-up call for this group. A number of them quickly got themselves out of the country club atmosphere. Some are now even running marathons, competing in Ironman competitions and other high level rigors events. Even better they are experiencing high levels of success in their personal lives and professional careers.

On this past Sunday, we couldn’t help but notice, a number of the younger athletes side up to him with that awe look in their faces and respect in their voices, hanging on to every word that he spoke. Actually, reminded us of his time when officer-cadets were hanging on to every word he spoke to them when he was Director of Cadets.

Disclaimer: We have  been a big-time fan of Tony O’Keeffe for a very long time. We have also rubbed elbows with a ton of people who have either attended RMCC or worked at the college. I put him in the same category that all those Ex Cadets from the 1960s & early 70s placed the late legendary Major Danny McLeod.

In the humble opinion of this writer, Tony O’Keeffe is right up there with Chris Hadfield as an inspiration to the up and coming generation of leadership not only in the Canadian Armed Forces but in Canada and beyond.

WJO aka Bill Oliver


K-Town Triathlon and the RMCC connection.

We wrote at length above, on the participation of Tony O’Keeffe at the most recent K-Town Triathlon. Undoubtedly, there are others. With the assistance of Mr. ‘Kommy’ Farahani of the Chemistry Department, known at the college simply as Kommy, we are aware of at least two more. Professor Sarah Creber (Chem.Chem.Eng.) and NCdt 26850 (II) William Kelsey. e-Veritas readers may recall an article penned by William this past May, Remembering Afghanistan.

Kommy was out and about all day with his camera and provided us with the following:

We are sorry if we missed anyone else from the RMCC community who participated in the 2014 K-Town Triathlon.

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Direct from Panet House

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Little Summer Rest for Club Staff…


Bryan Bailey, Executive Director of the Club is half way through a well deserved vacation. He is due back in his office 11 Aug.

In the meantime, contrary to what is happening in most other areas of RMCC, a steady grind of critical and time sensitive administrative type tasks is keeping Mary Darlington and yours truly, very busy, thank you.

Reunion Weekend details and getting them right is absolutely essential. The Dinner / Dance; Old Brigade Dinner; various lunches for the most part require registration before hand.

In addition to the usual points related to ensuring all the events associated with Reunion Weekend are on track; a number of growing pains associated with the new website Narrowpoint have been a major distraction. Mary has had to spend most of her time, this past week, helping to sort out the glitches in the program.

At press time, there was still much catching–up to do on a number of fronts.

In regards, to this new and upcoming website, it is still a few weeks from being fully operational. For those readers who missed a previous article (22 June) by Bryan Bailey, it may be helpful to read it here.

Samples of the reaction from the ‘Join RMC Alumni’ notice which was recently sent out:

  • I am a life member of the RMC Club, and having graduated in (purposely deleted), am an ipso facto alumnus of RMC. I can’t “join” the RMC Alumni because I’m already a member! So why would you send me this “join the RMC Alumni” impetration?
  • The clubs and sports listed seem to be limited to those being offered currently. They don’t distinguish between representative and intramural. Football was not offered as a choice. Recruit boxing was compulsory at times. ETC. Perhaps offering an ‘Other Info’ box for some narrative input would encourage input beyond your formulaic offering. Perhaps branch of service would be interesting! Perhaps Branch Membership would be useful!
  •  Very nice … Thank you! One small comment, read complaint!! (-: , about the ‘Profile’ page: No ‘Football’ the real one not flag. No ‘Wrestling’? No ‘Water Polo’? No ‘Track & Field’? Did I miss a section? Hey.. that is what I did… now I look like a nurd that didn’t do sports?! (-:
  •  This has Bryan’s signature block on it, so I assume it is legitimate. Is it?
  •  Is this new association designed to replace the excellent eVeritas newsletter?

It is obvious, that this phase of the implementation of Narrowpoint website we are experiencing growing pains which are often associated with starting up something new.

No question it is work in progress. The good news is that we have people in place; dedicated professionals who have the best interest of the Club and the members at heart, who will ensure that we get it right. It just may take a little longer than first anticipated.

On a more positive note. We sent out our semi-annual ‘Be an e-Veritas Donor’ note late last week. We have received some very nice tangible feedback in the way of sponsorships. Thank you very much! For those who have not responded as of yet, we would really appreciate hearing from you.

We plan on updating the sponsorship list this week; adding the names of those of you who are supporting us.

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Keeping Tabs…

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Systems Engineer at Bristol Aerospace Limited

Director, Facilities Management at Hamilton Health

Senior Advisor to the President at Skoltech

Policy Agent – Official Languages at Canadian Forces

President at DES Limited

Director and Past Chairman of the Board Commissionaires Ottawa

Associate at Friendship Bay Consulting Inc.

Recently retired from the CAF

Coordinator 2014 Old Brigade / Cadet hockey game Reunion Weekend

Spearheading Class of 1970 Entry to the Old Brigade in 2015

1961 Class Secretary

Melbourne Operations Manager at Nova Systems

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We Remember

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

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Riley coaching legacy still strong at West Point

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Editor’s Note: The dog days of summer have arrived. Most of the college staff – military & civilian have been on vacation for the past few weeks. In short, not much going on at RMCC; a new Public Affairs Officer has just arrived at RMC Saint-Jean who we expect will be sending us regular articles down the road shortly. In the meantime, we are committed to providing a first rate best product. The following article should be interesting, especially for former Redmen and Paladins. There was not a hockey Redmen who did not know the name Jack Riley – especially during the ’60s, 70s & part of the ’80s. The yarns and stories about the legendary coach are endless.

We invite anyone to add their most memorable jack Riley comment below.

Riley coaching legacy still strong at West Point

By  Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

(Reposted from Army hockey site)

The history of college hockey is replete with lengthy tenures by some of the game’s great coaches. But for more than 60 years, one family has led the hockey program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It’s a lineage that has outlasted almost every other in the world of sports.

“We feel we have a great deal to offer a young man both on and off the ice. It’s more about the opportunities than the challenges. That’s what we try to focus on, the opportunities,” Army coach Brian Riley said. “They’re set up for success once they make that decision to come to West Point.”

After serving 14 years in two stints as an associate and assistant coach, Brian Riley took over the Army program in 2004 from his older brother Rob, who led the Black Knights to 257 victories in 19 seasons at West Point. That’s an impressive total for any coach at one program, but for Rob Riley, it’s not even the most wins by a member of his own family.

That’s because when the eldest Riley sibling took over the Army program in 1986, he succeeded his legendary father, Jack, whose 542 victories at West Point still rank 15th in college hockey history. Jack and Rob Riley are the winningest father/son pair in college hockey.

“Now that I can sit back and reflect, you do kind of say wow,” Rob Riley said. “When you’re in the middle of it, you don’t even have time to realize it. There aren’t that many guys who are at one place for 20 years. Then Brian comes in and adds more to that. It’s something we’re all very proud of.”

The Riley legacy at West Point began in 1951 with Jack, a Navy pilot who flew missions over the Pacific for more than five years during World War II. His next-door neighbor at West Point was a little-known assistant football coach named Vince Lombardi.

As the Riley children came of age around the academy, each established a presence in hockey. Brian played at Brown University and Rob at Boston College before setting off on their respective coaching careers. Another brother, Mark, was a captain at BC and Jay Riley starred for Harvard University. A sister, Mary Beth, was captain of the women’s hockey and soccer teams at St. Lawrence University.

“They lived right there and I knew they liked what was going on. It was fantastic. They’re very good hockey players. They went to all the games. There would always be some sort of athletic contest going on. It was really nice,” said Jack Riley, who at 93 is thrilled with how his sons have taken over his program. “I’m real happy with the way they handled the situation. They did a great job and they love doing it. I loved every minute I had teaching those kids. It was wonderful.”

As kids, Rob and Brian Riley weren’t asked about their father’s Army teams; instead, they got a lot of questions about their father’s most famous team, the U.S. squad that won gold at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. Riley’s final cut from that team was Herb Brooks, who would go on to coach the only other American team to capture Olympic gold, the 1980 Miracle on Ice squad.

“People would come over to the house and ask ‘Where is the gold medal?’ It was upstairs in his top drawer underneath the T-shirts,” Brian Riley said. “I would go upstairs and he had it underneath his T-shirts in a little redwood case. I would bring it down and show everybody.”

That gold medal only heightened Jack Riley‘s legend, so by the time Rob took over the Army program from his father, he knew he had a big job ahead of him. Rob Riley emerged from his father’s long shadow, leading Army to consecutive 20-win seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96. After having his brother on his staff for the final five years of his 19-year tenure, he gladly handed the family business over to Brian in the summer of 2004.

“They say you don’t want to replace a legend, you want to replace the next guy. So I think he kind of lucked out there, to be honest with you,” Rob Riley said. “He actually knew as much as I did. He had been there so long and shared everything and lived through it. Not a lot changes over the last couple of hundred years.”

Brian enjoyed brief stints coaching with his cousin, Bill Riley, at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and at Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School in Faribault, Minn. But almost 15 years after returning to West Point, his appreciation for the place has only grown, especially considering the legacies carved out by some of his former players.

That includes 1st Lt. Derek Hines and Maj. Tom Kennedy, both of whom were killed in action in Afghanistan.

“They were both everything that you want your players to be, but more importantly they were everything you hope your players will be when they leave your program,” Brian Riley said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about those guys. I feel my job is to make sure that their legacy lives on. That’s why I would go to the top of any mountain to tell their stories.”

In a way, the tragic loss of Hines and Kennedy helped Brian Riley appreciate what it means to be a part of one of coaching’s greatest legacies.

“We won our [Atlantic Hockey Association] regular season five years ago, we’ve won big games,” Brian Riley said. “But my most memorable experience is getting that email from Derek Hines telling me, ‘Coach, the best leadership skills I learned at West Point was a result of being an Army hockey player.’ I will always look back on that as the best thing that ever happened to me here at West Point.”

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Jobs – Careers / Carrières

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Specialist, InfrastructureSpécialiste, Infrastructure

Via Rail, Montreal

Chief Metallurgist Chef métallurgiste

Mine Raglan, Northern Quebec

Production Supervisor – Filling (night) Superviseur, Production – Fabrication (nuit)

Sandoz, Boucherville

Hardware Development Engineer Ingénieur système – Hardware

Broadcom Corporation, Montreal

General Construction Foreman Contremaître général construction

Glencore-Raglan Mine, Northern Quebec

Stock Management Coordinator (Temporary 13 months)Planificateur, gestion des stocks (Temporaire 13 mois)

Agropur, Longueuil

Planning Coordinator (Temporary 9 months) - Coordonnateur planification (Temporaire 9 mois)

Agropur, Longueuil

Front-End Web DevelopperDéveloppeur Front-End

LUQS inc., Laval

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We get emails

Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

Good Evening –

“Thank you for initiating the alumni social media contact program – it is very much appreciated. I have a small ‘nit pick’ if I may – I played OSLIAA rep football for two years in 1958 and 1959. We tied with Ottawa U in 1959 for the championship of which our team was very proud. But nowhere in the list of sports played is “football” included! I strongly recommend that the list be amended to include “football” – not “flag football”. Please confirm. ”

There are many more important matters in today’s world, but I would appreciate a response on this modest issue.

Thank you.

4818 BGen (Ret’d) RCAF R. Murray Ramsbottom

(See Panet House article…)

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Posted by rmcclub on August 4th, 2014

RCNC 321  James Lewis Creech, 86, passed away on July 27, 2014.

Mr. Creech was born on February 20, 1928, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and spent his childhood in Nelson, B.C. He attended the Royal Canadian Naval College from 1947 to 1949, after which he entered service as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

He served with distinction in Korea from 1952 to 1954 aboard HMCS Athabaskan. His service in the RCN included tours as the Commanding Officer of the destroyers HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Qu’appelle, and he retired with the rank of Commander in 1977.

He then served as the Director, Tactical Systems Development, for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Norfolk until his retirement in 1993.

In 1955, Mr. Creech married Mary Elizabeth Abraham (“Betty”), who survives him and resides in Richmond. He is also survived by son Dennis and his wife Nora (Houston) and grandchildren James, John, and Elizabeth; son Anthony and his wife Crystal Jonkman (Richmond); and daughter Leslie (Richmond).

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Ruby and older brother Robert. Mr. Creech lived an active life full of travel, and had a passion for golf and fishing. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

A funeral service was August 2.


3478 ROCHESTER, Ian – 1932 – 2014

Ian Rochester passed away peacefully at the Montreal General Hospital after a prolonged illness. Born in Ottawa in 1932 and moved to Montreal in 1960. Husband to the late Helen Rochester. Survived by son Tim, daughter Alexandra Borden, granddaughters Mahailia, Serenity, brothers Richard (Marilyn), Toby (Judy), many nieces and nephews. Late father Lloyd, late mother Frankie of Maplelawn in Ottawa. Visitation on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home on Sherbrooke St. Memorial Service to be held at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Montreal Chest Institute.

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