Ex Cadets and more in the news

15159 Sandra Sukstorf (Class of 1986)

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of National Defence, pursuant to section 165.21 of the National Defence Act, appoints Commander Sandra Sukstorf of Vancouver, British Columbia, an officer of the Canadian Forces who is a barrister or advocate of at least 10 years’ standing at the bar of a province and who has been an officer for at least 10 years, to be a military judge, to hold office during good behaviour.
 Sur recommandation du ministre de la Défense nationale et en vertu de l’article 165.21 de la Loi sur la défense nationale, Son Excellence le Gouverneur général en conseil nomme la capitaine de frégate Sandra Sukstorf, de Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique), un officier des Forces canadiennes qui est une avocate inscrite au barreau d’une province et qui a été officier et avocate respectivement pendant au moins dix ans, juge militaire, à titre inamovible

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3528 Paul  Manson

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8276 Marc Garneau to participate in National Aviation Day

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15863 Mike Nixon

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10599 Greg Mills, among first recruits with Durham police in 1974, calls it a career

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2017 COLONEL / CAPTAIN (NAVY) PROMOTIONS, APPOINTMENTS

Ed Note: We were able to get a quick glimpse of a recent CANFORGEN message. The list is very comprehensive.

We have attempted to ‘cherry pick’ those who have a military college(s) connection. Following is a result of our efforts. 

It is likely about 90 – 95% accurate. We apologize, if, we missed anyone or identified the wrong person (which is possible). Also when we posted the Class Year – in some cases – we had to make an educated guess.

Let us know with a comment below if you notice an error or two…or more. 

We hope to post the 2017 Colonels ‘retirement’ list next week.   

14884 COLONEL M.M. MINOR (Class of 1985) WILL BE APPOINTED TO A NEW POSITION AS CANADIAN DEFENCE ATTACHE LATVIA, IN RIGA

15800 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.J.P. HACHE (Class of 1987) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR AEROSPACE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (TACTICAL AVIATION AND SIMULATION), IN OTTAWA

16267 LIEUTEANT-COLONEL M.A.M.C. GAUMOND (Class of 1988) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED CANADIAN LIAISON OFFICER UNITED STATES STRATEGIC COMMAND, IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA

16509 COLONEL W.A. WOOD (Class of 1988) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING AND INTEGRATION, IN OTTAWA

16924 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.T. WHELAN (Class of 1989) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED J6 CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, IN OTTAWA

16952 COLONEL A.R. DAY (Class of 1992) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR FIGHTER CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS, IN OTTAWA

17024 COLONEL C.D. STOLTZ (Class of 1989) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR SPACE REQUIREMENTS, CHIEF OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, IN OTTAWA

17179 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL C.S. LANDRY (Class of 1990) WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED COLONEL AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF, 5TH CANADIAN DIVISION, IN HALIFAX

17393 COLONEL M.J.C. SULLIVAN (Class of 1990) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER TASK FORCE EL GORAH, IN EGYPT

17451 COLONEL P.G. DITTMANN (Class of 1990) WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE NATIONAL CADET AND CANADIAN JUNIOR RANGERS SUPPORT GROUP, IN OTTAWA

17561 CAPTAIN(N) M. DREWS (Class of  1991) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR NAVAL PLATFORM SYSTEMS, IN OTTAWA

17564 CAPTAIN(N) C.S. EARL (Class of 1991) WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF MARITIME EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, IN OTTAWA

17608 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL M.G. ROBERTS (Class of 1991) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED COMMANDER 22 WING, IN NORTH BAY

17795 COLONEL O.M. BABIJ (Class of 1991) WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF OPERATIONS, CHIEF DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE, CANADIAN FORCES INTELLIGENCE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS, IN OTTAWA

17927 CAPTAIN(N) C.F. SUTHERLAND (Class of 1991)  WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR SENIOR APPOINTMENTS, IN OTTAWA

17969 COLONEL R.B. DUNDON (Class of 1991) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE FOUR PROGRAMME, AT INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE OF THE ARMED FORCES, IN WASHINGTON, DC

18087 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL F.G. CARPENTIER (Class of 1992) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED COMMANDANT, COLLEGE MILITAIRE ROYAL DE SAINT-JEAN

18127 CAPTAIN(N) P.W. FORGET (Class of 1992) WILL BE APPOINTED BASE COMMANDER, AT CANADIAN FORCES BASE HALIFAX

18229 COLONEL R.A. PAMPLIN (Class of 1992) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL COORDINATION, STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, IN OTTAWA

18303 COLONEL J.P.E. CHARRON (Class of 1992) WILL BE APPOINTED A5/A7 AT 1 CANADIAN AIR DIVISION HEADQUARTERS, IN WINNIPEG

18367 COLONEL T.J. LEIGH (Class of 1992) WILL BE APPOINTED AS THE ARMY ADVISOR AT CANADIAN DEFENCE LIAISON STAFF, IN WASHINGTON

18508 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL F.W. RADIFF (Class of 1992)  WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED COMMANDER 3 WING/CFB BAGOTVILLE

18606 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL N.P.M. CORRIVEAU (Class of 1988) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF FOR DIRECTOR GENERAL LAND EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, IN OTTAWA

18729 COLONEL J.R.Y. POIRIER  (Class of 1993) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDING OFFICER OF 202 WORKSHOP DEPOT, IN MONTREAL

18830 COLONEL K.A. GALLINGER  (Class of 1993) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE FOUR PROGRAMME, AT THE UNITED STATES ARMY WAR COLLEGE, IN CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA

18880 CAPTAIN(N) B.A. PEATS (Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR STRATEGIC READINESS, STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, IN OTTAWA

18903 COLONEL J.D. SMYTH (Class of 1993) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

18993 COLONEL S.G. GRAHAM  (Class of 1993) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

19142 COMMANDER E.G. FORWARD (Class of 1995)  WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED CAPTAIN(N) AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR MILITARY PAY AND ALLOWANCES PROCESSING, IN OTTAWA

19167 COLONEL G.W. IVEY (Class of 1995) WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE OF CANADA TO THE NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE, IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

19209 COLONEL K.D. BRODIE (Class of 1993) WILL BE APPOINTED TO A NEW POSITION AS DIRECTOR PERSONNEL SUPPORT PROGRAMS, IN OTTAWA

19251 CAPTAIN(N) R.G. PUMPHREY (Class of  1994) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR STRATEGIC COORDINATION, CHIEF OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, IN OTTAWA

19264 COLONEL E.D. SIMONEAU (Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE COMMANDER CJOC, IN OTTAWA

19307 CAPTAIN(N) D.J. BENOIT (Class of 1994) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE FOUR PROGRAMME, AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES, IN SHRIVENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM

19350 COLONEL C.M. HARDING (Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER CANADIAN FORCES JOINT OPERATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP, IN OTTAWA

19374 COLONEL H.E. MIDDLETON (Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER OF THE 3RD CANADIAN SUPPORT GROUP, IN EDMONTON

19431 COLONEL M.C. WRIGHT  (Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED BRIGADE COMMANDER 2 CANADIAN MECHANIZED BRIGADE GROUP, IN PETAWAWA

19492 COMMANDER T.D. RICHARD (Class of 1994)  WILL BE PROMOTED CAPTAIN(N) AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES, CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

19543 COMMANDER S.E. HOOPER (Class of  1994) WILL BE PROMOTED CAPTAIN(N) AND APPOINTED COMMANDER FLEET MAINTENANCE FACILITY CAPE BRETON, IN VICTORIA

19561 COLONEL C.J. ZIMMER (RMC Class of 1994) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER CANADIAN MATERIAL SUPPORT GROUP, IN OTTAWA

19788 COLONEL M.R. BARKER (Class of 1995) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE FOUR PROGRAMME, AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE UNIVERSITY, IN WASHINGTON, DC

20074 COLONEL A.J.Y. BELZILE (Class of 1996) WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDING OFFICER, CANADIAN FORCES WARFARE CENTRE, IN OTTAWA

20175 COLONEL S. JOURDAIN (Class of 1996) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR CURRENT OPERATIONS, STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, IN OTTAWA

20180 COLONEL E. LAFOREST (Class of 1996) WILL BE APPOINTED J3 CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, IN OTTAWA

20384 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL M.W.J. RANCOURT (Class of 1996) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

20478 COLONEL C.C. AYOTTE (Class of 1996) WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR CADETS, AT ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, IN KINGSTON

20591 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL L.J. GIROUARD (Class of 1997) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

20734 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL R.G. DEMING (Class of 1997) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE FOUR PROGRAMME UNITED STATES AIR WAR COLLEGE, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

20797 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL D.P. MATSALLA (Class of 1997)  WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR FORCE SUSTAINMENT, CANADIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES COMMAND, IN OTTAWA

20939 COMMANDER C.D.A. BUTLER (Class of 1997) WILL BE PROMOTED CAPTAIN(N) AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NEW CAPABILITY INTRODUCTION, IN VICTORIA

21016 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL T.M. ARSENAULT (Class of  1998)  WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

21182 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.P. THIBERT (Class of 1998) WAS PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR AIR DOMAIN DEVELOPMENT, IN OTTAWA

21206 CAPTAIN(N) J.R. BOYD (Class of 1998) WILL BE APPOINTED BASE COMMANDER, AT CANADIAN FORCES BASE ESQUIMALT

21261 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.J. MAJOR (Class of 1998) WAS PROMOTED COLONEL  AND APPOINTED NATIONAL COMMAND ELEMENT COMMANDER TASK FORCE LATVIA

21276 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL S.D. MURPHY (Class of 1998) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AIR MOBILITY DIVISION (DOHA), IN QATAR

21279 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL C.I. OBERWARTH (Class of 1998) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED CANADIAN TASK FORCE COMMANDER OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, IN AFRICA

21293 COLONEL R.T. RITCHIE (Class of 1998) WILL PROCEED TO THE ADVANCED TRAINING LIST TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMME, AT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO

21650 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.E. GRANDMONT (Class of 2000) WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED COMMANDING OFFICER AEROSPACE ENGINEERING TEST ESTABLISHMENT, IN COLD LAKE

E1937 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.T. ADAIR WILL BE PROMOTED COLONEL AND APPOINTED SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, IN OTTAWA

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How Polishing my Parade Boots relates to Business …..

19330 Michael Della Fortuna

I’m writing this at the airport between flights so it’s not likely to be as eloquent as it could be. I don’t expect to say anything that isn’t already known but sometimes a different perspective or simply just reading something you already know gets you to rethink it or take the next step or push something to the top of the priority list.

So here I am, at the airport, sitting, catching up on things and I notice someone getting their shoes shined. I can’t say that shining shoes was at the top of my list of enjoyable things to do when I was at boot camp but, by the time I was in 4th year at the Royal Military College the exercise was almost meditative. As I reminisce on the countless hours of making thousands, hundreds of thousands, likely millions of little circles to polish my shoes I realised that that simple exercise has parallels to many aspects of life and business. So here it is, “what shining my parade boots taught me about running a business or program or project or task”.

At boot camp I did not enjoy polishing my shoes, boots and parade attire. For me it was hard, I could never get the right shine, it seemed to take forever and it was never good enough (like anything at boot camp is). At RMC it didn’t take long to get that perfect shine. That sun bouncing off blinding reflection, the mirror like finish.  In fact ‘spit and polish’ almost became a form of mediation; quiet time, time to reflect, tune out, something that was mundane, repetitive, but produced a desired result. So here is my take on the parallels.

Polishing Technique: To get the perfect shine some used a wet cloth, some dry, some damp. Some use cold water, hot water, spit – or a combination, first warm, then cold. Some swear by ‘the lighter’ and applying just the right amount of heat to the polish.

Lesson Learned: So what does this have to do with anything – there are a number of different methods and techniques to get that perfect shine, the same applies to any result. Learn from others, experiment, always be learning and seeking out new techniques, find out what works for you. Remember, just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results doing it the same way, to accomplish anything you need to depend on your own collective knowledge. Read one business book and you’ll get a perspective, the second will give you another, the third yet a different point of view but you’ll likely take a little from each to find and develop what works best for you.

Polishing Away: One day, when polishing my shoes it was as if the heavens opened, all of a sudden my shoes had it, that mirror finish. I was in first year and a fourth year looked over at me and smiled saying, “looks like you finally have your base down, now you can start working on the shine”. The base? Work on the shine? I thought this was it, next to his shoes mine didn’t look so ‘glassy’. That one line – “you finally have the base, now you can work on the shine” has many parallels.

One phrase, many meanings: To have shinny shoes you need a solid base. The initial polish has to fill the pores of the leather, once that’s accomplished the next layers of polish adds the shine. Just like anything you need a base, a solid base, something to build on. The base takes time but once it’s constructed properly you can build on it. If you rush, don’t take your time, don’t build a solid base you won’t be able to build on it for long, you won’t be able to achieve the results you’re aiming to.

Lesson Two: Look to those with more experience, if I would have reached out to that fourth year earlier he might have shared that tip with me – not ! – that brings points three and four.

3 & 4: Look for a mentor but remember, they are there for guidance, like the fourth year, they confirm the validity of the decision, they won’t make it for you or lead you to it, they’ll help guide your direction, your process. The learning and experience comes from the doing, not the result. The learning and experience enable you to apply ‘it’ to other tasks, not just the one result you achieved.

Building that base takes time. That’s exactly the reason I had so much frustration at boot camp – I would never get that shine – not until I had the base and there just wasn’t enough time to lay that foundation – by the time I got to RMC I had put the time in and had the base. This reminds me of the cartoon of a diamond miner that is digging and decides to turn back, the drawing shows that he’s just a few strikes of the pick away from reaching the diamond deposit. Getting that base down takes persistence and perseverance; pretty basic business traits.

Point Five – evaluation is a constant must. To really evaluate something compare it to a standard. In business we have metrics and KPIs, we have benchmarks, continuous improvements, we have a goal we strive toward and a method to measure our progress. If I wouldn’t have put my ‘shinny’ shoes next that fourth years I would have thought I had reached the summit, when in fact I was only at base camp.

Daily Spit & Polish: Once I had that base down it became pretty easy to maintain the shine. A quick bit of polish and a few minutes and you could knock away the days effects. Let a day or two go by and it would take more than a few minutes.

Learn the hard way: Here we have a lesson in momentum and consistency and routine and schedule and priority. It can take 5 minutes each day or 60 minutes at the end of the week, you could look ‘good’ all week long or progressively try and hide the deteriorating shine as the week goes by.  Less daily effort ends up creating better results and requires less weekly effort and time.  For success in anything consistency and routine is critical. Once you know what works, once you have found the rhythm, you have to do everything to maintain it. Maintaining it gives you consistent results with the least amount of effort. Small consistent efforts, once you have the method and momentum, are critical to keeping progress going.

There are likely a bunch more parallels but we’re boarding……. one quick one, the quiet time that polishing my parade boots was likely what I miss the most – take some quiet time, everyone needs it …