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Class Notes & Chris Hadfield, congratulatory page in Veritas magazine

We are working on creating a Chris Hadfield, congratulatory page in the upcoming edition of the Veritas magazine. We would like to include the support of  many Ex Cadets & members of the mil col community, as possible

We will print college number – if applicable, first and last names.

Respond with a “comment” and / or an e-mail to [email protected] if you are interested in being part of this venture. To offset magazine related expenses there will be a charge of $23 for each entry (includes tax).

Chris will be receiving a copy of the magazine.

Who can we count on as “in”? We will contact those who respond. Deadline is May 24th! Which will give us time to insert everything into the magazine.


Nous travaillons à la création d’une page dans la prochaine parution de la revue Veritas pour féliciter Chris Hadfield. Nous aimerions présenter les expressions de soutien du plus grand nombre possible des Anciens et des membres de la communauté des collèges militaires.

Nous imprimerons le numéro de collège – le cas échéant, et le prénom et le nom de famille.

Si le cœur vous en dit, embarquez-vous dans cette aventure en envoyant un “commentaire” et/ou un courriel à william.oliver @ rmc.ca. Pour défrayer les dépenses liées au magazine, il vous en coûtera  23 $  (y compris la taxe) pour chaque entrée.

Nous ferons parvenir un exemplaire du magazine à Chris.

Pouvons-nous compter sur vous ? Nous communiquerons avec ceux qui nous répondront. La date limite est le 24 mai! Cela nous donnera le temps d’insérer le tout dans le magazine.



Bill, I noticed you did not have a photo of Chris Hadfield with the article in the recent e’Veritas

Here are 5276 Digger MacDougall – Class of  ’61 and 13738 Chris Hadfield – Class of ‘82 with Holly Nimmons, Executive Director of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada (CMEC).

The charity I founded and chair is the official charity of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Canada and is a special charity for Harmony, Inc. and Sweet Adelines International. The values of Sing Canada are closely aligned with those of CMEC. CMEC is partnered with the Canadian Space Agency, CBC Music and together spearheaded their annual Music Monday sing-off across Canada with Chris singing the song he co-wrote with Ed Robertson, lead singer of Bare Naked Ladies – “Is Somebody Singing” from space. It is estimated that close to one million children, youth and adults from across Canada joined Chris to sing “Is Somebody Singing” at one time on Music Monday.

It is my wish that RMC Cadets and staff will someday stand with other Canadians on Music Monday and join in singing to celebrate the power of music and the importance of music in the lives of not only military personnel but of every Canadian.


J. R. Digger MacDougall

Chair and CEO

Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund




 Fitness flashback to 1960: Training with the Royal Military


12364 Commander J.H.R.N. Comeau, entered CMR 1975 CD – Branch Advisor – Cadet Instructors Cadre Commander Comeau joined the Cadet Program with Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 218 Drummondville in 1970. In 1974 he enrolled as an officer in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC). As a member of the CIC he was part of the first group of officers selected to serve aboard the Sea Cadet Summer Training Establishment, HMCS Quebec. In 1975 he was admitted to College militaire Royal de St-Jean. He graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in accounting. In 1982 he became a chartered accountant (CA).

As most members of the CIC, Commander Comeau has led parallel civilian and military careers. More


14464 Doug Lawrie, Head Coach – Red River College – Winnipeg Class of ’84 has been coaching the “beautiful game” for 15 years. He coached boys and girls youth teams in the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association at all levels of competition until 2009. In 2007, Doug was selected the WYSA Coach of the Year for the St Charles Soccer District. Doug is currently President and Head Coach of the Hornets Soccer Club competing in the Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League. Doug is a certified CSA Level 3 (Senior) soccer coach, and has successfully completed the NCCP Competition Development Multi-Sport program and the CSA Provincial Pre-B Licence assessment. More



16017 James O’Brien – Class of ’87 is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Saint Mary’s University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Ivey Business School in 2009, having obtained master’s degrees in English literature (Queen’s University) and business administration (Memorial University) and a BA from the Royal Military College of Canada. He served in the Canadian Army and worked in communications in both the private and public sectors. These experiences have shaped his wide-ranging interests in management and organizational behaviour.

James’s current research interests include decision-making in staffing, personal resilience in organizations, and evidence-based management. He also continues to have a keen interest in literature, philosophical debate, and many sports, both as a spectator and as an occasional participant. More


16501 Cliff Trollope – Class of 1988 is a partner in MNP’s Enterprise Risk Services practice and the firm’s National Business Resilience Practice Leader. With more than 20 years of experience helping organizations with emergency response, business continuity, crisis management, and physical security, Cliff delivers effective, efficient solutions to address the most complex business challenges.

Cliff has led business continuity and emergency management projects for private companies, with all levels of government, post secondary education institutions and for organizations such as NATO and the United Nations. He has unique and extensive experience managing real world disruptions and crisis in both in the private and public sectors.



23245 Captain Gina L. Decarie (nee Snyder) Class of RMC ‘05 is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. After she earned a chemical engineering degree, she worked as a communications and electronics engineer. She managed the radars in the early warning system in Ottawa, as part of the Directorate of Aerospace Engineering and Program Management (DEAPM). In Afghanistan, she was the second in command for the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Company, headquartered in Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City.

She returned to RMCC to earn a MASc. She presented her research on “The effect of hydrate guest on clathrate morphology” at the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH 2011), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in July2011.


22309 Dr. Jan Adamowski – Class of ’02 is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. He came to McGill University in 2009 after working as a Post Doctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He completed his graduate studies in Europe; prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he worked as a Lecturer in Tokyo, Japan for one year. During and after his undergraduate studies, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves) for six years, first as an Infantry Soldier in the Canadian Army, then as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, and finally as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. On entry at RMC he was ROTP and switched to RETP following I Year which is a rariety.




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  • Colonel Kevin Bryski

    May 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    On behalf of all RMC Class of 1983, I would extend our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to fellow bud Chris Hadfield on completion of a successful tour as commander of the International Space Station. You represented all Canadians in an exemplary manner during your tour and we wish you all the very best in your continued service to Canada as you go above and beyond. TDV.

  • Alain Bedard

    May 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Tweet sent moment after landing on earth:

    “13 May: @Cmdr_Hadfield Congratulations Chris, no doubt all of our classmates are very proud of you. RMC ’82”

    Alain Bedard
    Class of 82