Class of ’58 lecture, 8 March at 1640 hrs, Currie Hall. Plus – Where are they now…?

This year’s class of ’58 lecture will take place on 8 Mar 12 at 1640 hrs in Currie Hall. This year’s lecture will be given by Major General Terry Liston MBE, CD (ret.), former Commanding Officer of a battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment, commander of the French-speaking brigade in Valcartier, head of planning, operations and development of the Canadian Forces and after retirement,“Colonel of the Regiment” of the Van Doos”.

 “Major-géneral Terry Liston MBE, CD (Ret.), ancien commandant d’un bataillon du Royal 22e Régiment, commandant de la brigade de langue française à Valcartier, responsable des plans, des opérations et du développement des Forces canadiennes et, après sa retraite, « Colonel du Régiment » du 22e. »

In his lecture he will describe the birth of Canada’s first French-language unit to go to war overseas, the 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion, almost 100 years ago. He will outline it’s growth into the Royal 22e Régiment, the expansion of the French-language sector of the Canadian Forces and its impact on Canada’s Public Service.

« Il dépeindra la naissance de la première unité canadienne de langue française à s’engager au combat outremer – il y a bientôt cent ans – le 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion. Il décrira sa transformation en Royal 22e Régiment, l’agrandissement du secteur de langue française au sein des Forces canadiennes et son impact sur la fonction publique canadienne.

This lecture will be given in French.

Where are they now…?

4574 Al Bailey, retired 12 years ago from Tourism Calgary; he now makes his living on the golf course in the summer. He travels and plays tennis in the winter. Still enjoying good health with his wife of 53 years Joyce!

7000 David Haas is a member of the Board of Directors at the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum Foundation. The BoD set the policies and direction for the Museum while day-to-day operations are carried out by a small part-time staff and a group of volunteers who work in classifying, cataloguing, and storing the artefacts, or in other tasks related to displays and records.

9143 Bruce McAlpine, MBA, CPC, is President of Fulcrum Search Science Inc. “Fulcrum” moved just before Christmas into Sterling Tower, a Toronto Heritage Property, at the corner of Bay and Richmond. Bruce and his staff are really excited about their new offices and for good reason. They hosted a classy “wine & cheese” open house function last Wednesday (29 Feb) in the new digs. See more on Fulcrum Search Science Inc.

9962 Paul Hussey was appointed as Colonel Commandant of the Cadet Instructor Cadre in May 2009. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2007 with the aim of reading every one of the books in the extensive library that he had accumulated over the years. That plan is somewhat on hold as he is currently engaged as a member of the Directing Staff on the National Strategic Studies program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Air Force Museum at Trenton.

10209 Christopher Chance – On January 24th, 2012, Chris accepted a position with Raytheon Canada Support Services, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, where he will be a Business Development Manager for Canadian Army programs. This moves comes after Chris spent 19+ years with General Dynamics Canada. He will spend his time working from home in Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia, as well as travelling between Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Calgary, and parts in between.

11863 Morris W. Brause was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Commissionaires Windsor on 1st February 2010. He is a veteran of the Canadian Forces (CF), with a military career that exemplifies a commitment to regular, progressive training, numerous deployments and missions across Canada and overseas, and a 36-year record of loyal and dedicated service.

12639 Roy Armstrong was appointed Commanding Officer on 29 September 2011 of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Article

15165 Michael O’Rourke was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Defence and Aerospace (D&A) business unit of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer with the Canadian Department of Defence. Throughout his management career, he has been the General Manager of Operations with Software Kinetics Limited, and a regional manager with Xwave. He recently served as the Director of Operations for CAE Professional Services Group.

16605 Katherine Vigneau, MBA, MDS, CAFM is a Professional Development Strategist at KMVS Fleet+ Consulting in Kingston, Ontario, following 26+ years as an Army Logistics Officer.

16699 Phil Gothe joined the BC Safety Authority as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement in January 2009 and was appointed as Vice President, Technical Programs in July 2011. Specializing in Business and Organizational Development, he has led development and execution of business strategy in forest products, helicopter and heavy equipment industries.

19621 Lisa M. Smid is the CO of the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group HQ & Sig Sqn. She entered CMR in St. Jean, Quebec in 1991, and  graduated from RMC in Kingston in 1995 having completed a degree in civil engineering. She stayed on and completed a Masters in Business Administration in 2006. Major Smid is married to Ryan Smid of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and they have two beautiful daughters, Tatyana and Natalya.

20600 Phillip J. Halton has worked around the globe as a security advisor, including long-term projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, the D.R. Congo, Colombia, the Gaza Strip and elsewhere. His civilian work has focused primarily on providing Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) services and coordination, as well as Human Intelligence (HUMINT), and other related services to private organizations and foreign governments. Currently, he is employed by Scotiabank Group.

23366 Ji-hwan Park, a Naval Logistics officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, studied Business Administration at the Royal Military College of Canada and earned his commission in 2006. As the Operations Officer at the Joint Logistics Operations Centre, he is responsible for planning and execution of all logistics support to the deployed ships in the Canadian Pacific Fleet. During his career, he finished four years of sea tour serving onboard HMCS PROTECTEUR, ALGONQUIN, OTTAWA and VANCOUVER and participated in numerous multinational exercises and deployments. Ji-hwan immigrated to Canada when he was 11 and grew up in Victoria, BC.

Major John R. Grodzinski is an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Hamilton and his MA and PhD at the Royal Military College of Canada. His interests include the era of smoothbore warfare, North American colonial conflicts and naval warfare in the age of sail.

G1294 Dr. Craig Stone is the Director of Academics at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manitoba and an MA and PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Dr. Stone joined the academic staff at Canadian Forces College (CFC) as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2005 after 29 years in the Canadian Forces, the last five at CFC in the Strategic Studies Directorate. Dr. Stone lectures in the areas of strategic resource management, the economics of defence and Canadian defence policy.

Walter Peters, a former Squadron Commander and Air Force Careers Officer at CMR approximately during the 1973-76 time-frame; many Ex cadets will remember him from the CMR football team too.

Today Walter is a retired public servant after a very successful RCAF aviation career. Prior to working with Transport Canada (TC), Walter flew military jets and transport aircraft, spent two years as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds, two years in New York as the Air Advisor for the United Nations Secretary General, and one year at the Canadian Aviation Safety Board. He then held various managerial positions within TC, including Director General, System Safety. He has been instrumental in the development of many international safety initiatives regarding data collection and exchange as well as many of the System Safety risk management tools used today throughout the System Safety regional offices.

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