Leaders and Aspiring Leaders Pay Heed

H17417 Col The Hon J.R. Matheson KStJ, CD delivered the Royal Military College of Canada convocation address in May 1993.

Many of the people who were in attendance considered it one of the most memorable and inspiring speeches that they had ever heard; spoken by a man supported by not one but two canes.

With the recent passing of John Matheson we feel it is fitting to reprint his entire 1993 speech. A WARNING: Those reading the article may not be able to do so with dry eyes.

 Photos by:  Steve McQuaid – Click, click on photos for better viewing


  • Eva Martinez

    February 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for posting Col Matheson’s address. It was at my class’ convocation that this was delivered and yet today, as I reread his speech, I can tell you with certainty that it comes across much differently. Perhaps it’s the change in perspective that’s developed over the last 20 years since graduation or the feeling that often seeps in as a cadet when someone’s address is lengthy and you stop paying attention but I have a better appreciation for the Colonel’s comments today than I had in 1993. I have printed his speech and will be placing it in my yearbook. Again, thank you for honouring him.