kommy Farahani: Pretty special faculty member

RMC Senior Researcher/Lecturer – kommy Farahani

Article by: 27476 OCdt (IV) Danielle Fielding

Danielle Fielding

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) has numerous excellent faculty members.

One such individual, who stands out in particular, is kommy Farahani. kommy is a Senior Researcher/Lecturer. He has taught various courses such as first year chemistry for the science students, and now teaches military chemistry for more senior cadets. He started his RMC career in 1990 as a research assistant in the chemistry department, and began teaching in 1993, filling in for the other professors when necessary.

Now he couldn’t imagine his life without cadets, saying his favourite aspect of  RMC is simply one word,  “cadets”. His compassion, empathy and positive energy makes him well loved by all those who have had the opportunity to learn from him. However, he says “it’s a two sided coin”, as he also learns from the cadets.

kommy is also heavily involved in cadet life away from the classroom.

He was recognized by both the women’s and men’s volleyball team for faculty recognition. This past year he attended practically every home game. kommy also coached and swam with the swimming team at the College.

His love for swimming began in the pool that was once in the basement of Fort Haldimand when he first arrived and two of the sports staff at the College peaked his interest. He thanks Sgt Mike Hackbart and PO Jake Kennedy for being such great swim coaches in his early years of swimming at RMC.

11 years later, when the pool closed 31 May 2011 kommy managed to swim an accumulated 4112 km in the pool. The staff knew his love for swimming was so grand that, for example, once the pool cleared out the lifeguard stayed on deck so that kommy may be the last one to swim before it was officially shut down.

He continued to pursue his passion for swimming and became a certified coach in 2012. Being Swim Canada certified has led him to unique opportunities. He acquired four years experience before getting his advanced coach certification. He also went to Los Angeles and worked with Olympic swimmer Liz Smith.

In 2017, he was asked to join Coach Byron MacDonal as the assistant coach in Toronto. There he coached Kylie Masse who only 5 weeks later broke the world record in 100-meter backstroke, becoming the first female Canadian swimmer to ever win a world title.

All of this accumulates to a professor who is extraordinary.

He continues to praise the cadets of RMC, saying “it’s good to hang around good people and that’s why I hang around the cadets”.

He also compared going to work like collecting a winning lottery ticket every day. It is obvious he has a passion for life and is more than happy to help anyone who comes by and asks for assistance.


  • Matthew McLeod

    June 4, 2018 at 10:32 am

    kommy was an awesome person to be around in the Chemical Engineering department; an enthusiastic teacher, and a huge asset to RMC!

  • Tony O'Keeffe

    June 4, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    A well written narrative on another of RMC’s hidden treasures. Passion and integrityin all he does, it is indeed the RMC’s great fortune to have Kommy on the team. Better still, the Canadian Armed Forces and all who serve continue to, in some manner, benefit from these qualities that Kommy readily shares with every soul in hiss charge. I am very proud to have had Kommy as one of my mentors during my tenure at RMC. TDV.
    LCol Tony O’Keeffe (ret’d)
    DCdts (2008- 2010)

  • Robert Charette

    June 6, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Very good article on Kommy. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on his work in the Chemical Department. But I had the chance to train with or near him at the gym and at the pool and he was very dedicated and inspiring. Always smiling and training hard; I have fond memories of him while working at RMC and going to the gym( my second office).

  • Dr. Harry Kowal

    June 13, 2018 at 7:12 am

    It is great to see this recognition of the amazing contributions of Kommy Farahani. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring and his hard work and dedication inside and outside the classroom has benefitted so many of us. Well done my friend!

    14458 Harry Kowal