Ex-Cadets & More in the News

 Devoted to defence heritage

Defence heritage expert 8059 Robert Mitchell has a deft skill for fostering the growth and sustainability of a wide range of heritage organisations. Mr Mitchell has a special interest in and an encyclopaedic knowledge of military history, which began with his experience in the Canadian armed forces and has transferred to the Western Australian museum sector.

Mr Mitchell said since completing his degree in history, he has been committed to the museums sector and heritage industry. “My first major project was cataloguing canons at Fort Frederick in Kingston, Ontario, a military site of national and international significance,” Mr Mitchell said.

“When I immigrated to Australia in 1990, I was interested in exploring my wife’s family history who are fifth generation Subiaco-born and bred so that’s when I joined the Subiaco Historical Society.” Since then, the thirst for learning and sharing his knowledge continued, and he has been an active volunteer for many of the State’s heritage bodies, including Museums Australia, the Kings Park Honour Avenue Committee, Rottnest Voluntary Guides, the Scout Museum, the National Trust and the Army Museum.

Mr Mitchell has been a Treasurer for a number of the groups in which he has been involved, helping many of the bodies establish a sound economic base and ensure their ongoing stability, even in uncertain financial times.

“I enjoy passing on my knowledge and working with emerging volunteers and professionals to help give them the practical experience they need to help them succeed,” Mr Mitchell said.

“There are a lot of smart people out there, and I think the biggest key to an organisation’s success is to match the volunteer with an organisation that can make the best use of their talents and enthusiasm.”

Mr Mitchell’s recent appointment as curator of the Army Museum of WA is an indication of the high regard in which he is held by the industry and this is supported by his appointment as Master of Ceremonies at the ANZAC Day Parade and Peace Park ceremony in Albany.  Source   (pages 5 and 6)


Claude Brulé Appointed New Vice President at Algonquin

Claude’s accomplishments include the construction of three state-of-the-art facilities that have helped to re-energize their respective areas and the College as a whole. His exemplary leadership skills have also been used to help launch the Algonquin Leadership in Education Institute; re-introduce the College’s Strategic Enrolment Management Committee; and develop new programming, including the recently submitted 4-year Bachelor of Building Science degree. In 2002, Claude received the Algonquin College Administrative Staff Award.

13601 Claude Brulé  Article


Garneau says he’s exploring leadership frontier

“I will not go into debt, I can tell you that right now,”

8276 Marc Garneau Article

435 Squadron Change of Command

“This is a bittersweet day for me,”

18229 LCol Richard Pamplin – Article

Summerside native takes charge of CFB Gagetown

The 44-year-old colonel will officially replace 14493 Col. Paul Rutherford, who plans to take on a new position in Ottawa, on Aug. 30.

E1783 Col. Craig Dalton  Article

Elite special forces get public debut in military’s Operation Nanook

“They’re not in the public eye . . . and they will probably never will be for a number of operational security reasons,”

14378 Brig-Gen. Denis Thompson, commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces. Article

New 15 Wing commander takes over

“I really want to go through a period of stability here … I don’t think we’re going to embark on any big projects because everybody is very, very busy,”

14561 Col. Paul Goddard Article

New Chair of the Prizes and Awards Committee / Nouveau président du comité des Prix et récompenses

The Principal (RMCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of 17192 Mr. Sylvain Leblanc as the Chair of the Prizes and Awards Committee. His appointment will commence on 01 Aug 2012 until 31 July 2015.

Le Recteur (RMCC) a le plaisir de vous annoncer que 17192 M. Sylvain Leblanc a été nommée président du comité des Prix et récompenses. Son mandat débutera le 01 août 2012 et se terminera le 31 juillet 2015.



RMC Graduates from 1960s, 70s and 80s compete at the 33rd Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Triathlon and Duathlon

Triathletes and Duathletes from around Vancouver Island and the lower BC mainland gathered on the shores of Elk Lake in Victoria on 5 August 2012 during the BC Long Weekend for a series of races. Mike Ellis (1960s) competed in the Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run). John McManus and Bob Gebbie (1970s) competed in the Olympic Triathlon (1500m swim, 40K bike and 10K run). Dewain Emrich (1980s) competed in the Duathlon Triathlon (5K run, 40K bike and 10K run).

Mike won the Sprint Tri for his M75-79 age group with a final time of 1:35:40, John won the Olympic Tri for his M55-59 age group with a final time of 2:27:47, Bob was the swimmer on the winning Olympic relay team with a final time of 2:18:40, and Dewain came 2nd in the Duathlon for his M50-54 age group with a final time of 2:22:48. All four ex-cadets received their medals as well as flowers to bring home to their wives to make up for the fact that they spent so much time swimming, biking and running over the past year (except for Carolyn Gebbie who has spent more time training than all of the above with her 10 Ironman races!)

4670 Commander (R) (Ret’d) Michael Ellis (CMR RMC 1960) is a retired wills and estates lawyer and Reserve Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.A.Sc., 1961 (Electrical Engineering) University of British Columbia; an LL.B., 1967 University of British Columbia and R.M.C., 1960.

10973 Colonel John McManus (RMC 1976) is a Reserve Air Force Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Eng., 1976 (Mechanical Engineering) RMC; an M.Sc., 1985 (Oceanography) US Navy Postgraduate School and a G.Dip., 1997 (Management) Royal Australian Staff College.

11075 Commander (Ret’d) Bob Gebbie (RRMC RMC 1976) is a retired Information Protection Specialist and Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Eng., 1976 (Engineering and Management) RMC and an M.Eng., 1985 (Electrical Engineering) RMC.

14553 Lieutenant (Ret’d) Dewain Emrich (RRMC 1984) is a retired Naval Officer living in Victoria BC. He holds a B.Sc., 1984 (Science) RRMC and an M.Sc., 2001 (Oceanography) RMC. (Click on photos for better viewing)





Elizabeth Summers, CFP FMA FCSI.






12833 Pierre Lafond – President at Holonics, Data Specialists