CDAI Symposium: ‘Captain Nichola Goddard Game Changer Award’ introduced

Caption: Pictured is the presentation of the  Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword; the 2016 recipient is 26939 OCdt Hugh Gilchrist.  The gentleman on the right  doing the honours is Dr. Tim Goddard – father of Nichola. Looking on is BGen Sean Friday, RMCC commandant.  Photo by OCdt Scott Howells

CDAI 19th Graduate Student Symposium


The Conference Defence Associations Institute’s (CDAI) 19th Graduate Student Symposium took place on 13-14 October at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston.

The event was impressive and included a number of Canadian and international MA and PhD students; members of the Regular and Reserve components of the Canadian Armer Forces; as well as scholars, defence industry stakeholders, government officials and industry leaders.

A number of high profile speakers took part which included presentations, discussions, professional development and networking.

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A highlight this year was the presentation of the Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword which was presented to 26939 OCdt Hugh Gilchrist by her father, Dr. Tim Goddard, during the opening day address.

The Captain Nichola Goddard Memorial Sword is presented to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP artillery cadet entering fourth year. 22458 Captain Goddard, who graduated in 2002, was killed in action serving her country in Afghanistan on the 17th of May 2006. Her professionalism, exceptional leadership, and love for life will not be forgotten.

The sword was donated by the late H17417 Honorary Colonel. Judge John Ross Matheson, OC, CD, QC, FRHSC.

The keynote speaker at the reception and dinner was Dr. Goddard who introduced the ‘Captain Nicholas Goddard Game Changer Award’.  Readers will be hearing a lot more of this Award  in the near future.