Les événements sur et autour de la péninsule / Happenings On and Around the Peninsula


Article et photo gracieuseté de Blake Patterson, RMC PAO

Le Doyen des sciences, M. Gord Simons PhD, fête ses 35 ans de service avec ses collègues à l’Assemblée générale des professeurs mercredi le 6 février.

RMC’s Dean of Science, Dr. Gord Simons, celebrates 35 years of service with his colleagues at the Faculty Board meeting  on Wednesday, February 6.


Photo by/par OCdt/Élof Victoria Pierrot

Article gracieuseté de Blake Patterson, RMC PAO / Article Courtesy of Blake Patterson, RMC PAO

Un moment touchant lors de la mise en jeu cérémoniale à la Coupe Carr-Harris lorsque la foule du Centre Leon a rendu à l’adjudant-chef du Collège, Garth Hoegi, MMM, CD, un chaleureux salut pour le remercier de ses années de service dans les Forces canadiennes et au Collège militaire royal.

Merci pour votre service, Adjuc Hoegi!



A heart-warming moment at the #CarrHarrisCup puck drop when the Leon’s Centre crowd gave the College Chief Warrant Officer Garth Hoegi, MMM, CD, a warm salute to thank him for his years of service in the @CanadianForces and at the Royal Military College.

Thank you for your service, CWO Hoegi!


Déclaration du commandant sur le Mois de l’histoire de Noirs / Commandant’s Statement on Black History Month

Chère Équipe du Collège,

Comme vous le savez peut-être déjà, février est le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs. Le thème du gouvernement du Canada cette année est : «Les jeunes Canadiens noirs : sans limites, enracinés et fiers».

En tant que membres du CMR, une institution d’enseignement supérieur engagée dans l’inclusion et le respect, nous devrions tous prendre le temps individuellement de nous renseigner sur l’histoire des Canadiens noirs et sur leurs contributions au Canada et aux Forces armées canadiennes.

Par exemple, l’ancien élof 19814 Major Austin Douglas, MSM, CD, était commandant de compagnie du 1 Royal Canadian Regiment, et a reçu la Médaille du service méritoire en 2011. Sa citation se lit comme suit :

En tant que commandant de la Compagnie Bravo de mai à décembre 2010, le Major Douglas s’est distingué comme chef de combat efficace dans la lutte contre les insurgés en Afghanistan. Son calme et son sang-froid ont servi d’exemple à ses soldats et leur ont permis de vaincre régulièrement un ennemi tenace. Les efforts du major Douglas ont permis de venir à bout de l’un des villages les plus violents en Afghanistan, ce qui a énormément profité aux Afghans et fait grand honneur aux Forces canadiennes. (http://www.gg.ca/fr/distinctions/recipiendaires/139-814)

Nous devons être fiers du campus inclusif, diversifié et sécuritaire dont nous apprécions aujourd’hui, mais ce faisant, nous devons d’abord comprendre les obstacles surmontés et reconnaître les individus extraordinaires qui ont tant lutté et sacrifié pour façonner notre culture et notre identité canadiennes dans son ensemble.

En février, les Canadiens célébreront, commémoreront et apprendront davantage sur les nombreux Canadiens noirs qui ont façonné et contribué à la diversité de l’identité canadienne que nous partageons aujourd’hui. Je vous encourage à participer à cet effort et à consulter les liens ci-dessous. Nos efforts continus pour comprendre et apprécier l’histoire sans limites, enracinée et fière de la jeunesse noire du Canada – y compris ceux du CMR d’aujourd’hui – sont essentiels pour que notre société continue de promouvoir et de protéger un meilleur avenir pour tous les Canadiens de toutes les croyances et de tous les milieux.

Les ministres des Anciens Combattants et de la Défense nationale soulignent le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs

La campagne Mois de l’histoire des Noirs du gouvernement du Canada

Célébrer l’apport inestimable des militaires canadiens noirs

Dear College Team,

As you may already know, February is Black History Month. The Government of Canada’s theme this year is “Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted, and Proud.”

As members of RMC, an institution of higher learning committed to inclusiveness and respect, we should all individually take the time to educate ourselves about the history of Black Canadians and their contributions to Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.

For instance, ex-Cadet 19814 Major Austin Douglas, MSM, CD was Company Commander with 1 Royal Canadian Regiment and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2011. His citation reads:

As officer commanding Bravo Company from May to December 2010, Major Douglas distinguished himself as a successful combat leader while battling insurgents in Afghanistan. His calm and collected demeanour set the tone for his soldiers and enabled them to consistently defeat a tenacious enemy. Major Douglas’ efforts were critical to securing one of the most violent villages in Afghanistan, bringing tremendous benefit to local Afghans and great credit to the Canadian Forces. ( http://www.gg.ca/en/honours/recipients/139-814 )

We should take pride in the inclusive, diverse and safe campus we enjoy today, but in doing so, we must first understand the obstacles overcome and recognize the extraordinary individuals who struggled and sacrificed so much to shape our Canadian culture and identity at large.

During February, Canadians will celebrate, commemorate and learn more about the many Black Canadians who shaped and contributed to the diverse Canadian identity we share today. I encourage you to join in this effort and review the links below. Our continued effort to understand and appreciate the boundless, rooted and proud history of Canada’s Black youth – including those at RMC today — is vital to ensuring our society continues to promote and protect a better future for all Canadians of every creed and background.

Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence mark Black History Month

Government of Canada Black History Month Campaign

Celebrating countless contributions of Black Canadians in the military


OEC Teams at the Closing Ceremony, left to right:
OCdt Balagtas, OCdt Hoornweg, OCdt King, OCdt Wyonch (junior design)
(senior design) NCdt Wang, Élof Sturgeon, OCdt Kim, OCdt Clark

RMC Cadets apply their knowledge at the Ontario Engineering Competition

Article by 27949 NCdt (III) Yu Jie Wang

From the 18th to the 20th of January of this year, myself and a group of seven other Officer Cadets from the RMC engineering faculty travelled to McMaster University to compete in the Ontario Engineering Competition. Divided into two teams of four, the junior and senior design teams were the winners of the internal engineering design competition held at RMC and were given the chance to represent the College at the OEC. The OEC is an annual competition among all major engineering universities in Ontario that challenges engineers to come up with solutions to simulated real world engineering problems in various competitive categories from design, to consulting, to debate.

Waking up early Friday morning, we left RMC and arrived in Hamilton at the Sheraton hotel in the afternoon. Prior to the opening gala, the team was able to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and get settled. At the opening gala, later that evening, the competitors were briefed about the important role that engineers play in society and then the junior and senior design teams split off into their respective competition groups.

The junior team was challenged to design an underwater retrieval mechanism that could overcome the difficulty of lakebed recovery. Meanwhile, the senior team faced the test of designing an autonomous road repair robot to automatically detect potholes in the road and fill them as a complete solution. The design phase lasted from 8 pm on Friday to 2 am Saturday morning. During this phase, the teams worked tirelessly into the night to conceptualize, build, and test their designs. Finally, as the night grew late, the final designs were an excavator crane for the junior team that would scoop up the targets in the lakebed and then elevate them onto shore, and a rover-like drone with ultrasonic sensors for the senior team. With the designs completed, the teams headed back to the hotel for some rest before the presentations and trials began early in the morning.

Early Saturday morning, the tension in the air was electric as teams were preparing for their presentations and hoping that their designs would come through when it mattered most: during the trials. Before our first trial, we quickly rehearsed our presentation a few times and discussed how to answer likely questions from the judges. Dressed in our business attire, we then presented our design, its features, and mode of operation to a panel of judges, trying to convince them that we had the best solution. However, the day was not over yet, as the teams still waited for the trials to put their designs to the test in front of judges and spectators, which would happen later on into the day. In the meantime, we attended some industry showcases and learned about the different projects that Canadian engineering companies are planning for the future.

When the time finally came for the trials, the junior team’s design worked very well while the senior team’s design ran into some hiccups which were surprisingly very common for this year’s challenge. Both of our teams were commended by the judges for our effort and design. It was now time to prepare for the closing gala that would end off the competition.

As the evening came, we each cleaned up and got ready for the formal closing gala, we changed into our scarlets as is tradition for RMC at the OEC. Since we were dressed to the nines, we stole the spotlight and started many dialogues as we mixed and mingled, talking to various people from all over Ontario about the unique RMC experience and our shared engineering backgrounds. Throughout the gala, we had the opportunity to dine while spectating the finals of the debate competition and applauding the winners of the various categories. After the gala ended, marking the end of the competition, we then changed to attend various social events and continued to chat and mingle with our fellow engineering students in a more casual environment at the hotel.

The next day, we woke up early, returned to RMC, and brought back the energetic spirit of the competition in our hearts. Overall, the competition required both teams to apply extensive knowledge and skills from their RMC engineering education. In the end, both teams delivered, coming up with creative and well-designed solutions. The OEC was particularly rewarding as it challenged us to work together under time and material constraints to complete an objective, preparing us for our future careers.

Personally, as the OPI of this excursion, I was also able to get valuable leadership experience through leading the teams throughout the competition from logistics planning to design philosophy. This experience helped me internalize the burden, privilege, and reward of leading a talented group of individuals.

To conclude, I, and the other members of the team, are all very grateful for the funding from the RMC Foundation that made this experience possible for us and we hope to continue pursuing opportunities to represent RMC in the future.


This Week in Professional Development

With Thanks To 27467 OCdt (IV) Daniel Zhao, CWIIO

Second Year – 28464 NCdt Alexis Pelletier

This week we were given a lecture by our Division commander on the application of administrative and disciplinary measures within the CAF. We reviewed the difference between administrative and disciplinary measures and how those were implemented. We also saw what the process was for the giving out of those measures and how we were to apply them. To do that we did a practical exercise where we formed groups and were given a scenario so that we could then give a recommendation of which measure to take in order to properly recitfy the behavior. I learned that it’s really important to try and know the full facts within reason and potential issues in order to properly give out measures, as we don’t want the behavior to start again.

First Year – 29139 NCdt Corey Northcott

This week’s PMT for the First Years was a briefing on AARs given by squadrons by the respective Squadron Commanders. The smaller size allowed for a more interactive activity that ended with us conducting our own AAR. This allowed the more hands on learners to have a chance to understand the concept and importance of the briefing. This week’s PMT was overall very well organized and properly conducted considering the size of the First Year class.