Making the Rounds

Recently the Commandant met with H3536  LGen (Ret’d) Vance (RMC 1956), Chair of the Leadership Library Collection. Through Gen Vance and the Class of ‘56’s tremendous leadership and direct involvement, the Leadership Library has grown over the years and provides an essential reference tool for the Cadets as they advance their education and training in this critical field. After many years of direct involvement by the Class of ’56 with this project, the College is now seeking a new Class to take over the helm and steer this important project into the future. Indications of interest have been received from the Classes of ’75 and ’86 ( Gen Vance “Junior”!!) The College is hopeful that a new Chair will be named soon. If you and your class are interested, please contact the RMC Chief of Staff, Cdr Darren Rich. A very important element of the College and a great opportunity for an Alumni Class to assist.

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On Monday (18 Oct) the Commandant, CCWO and Principal spent some time with the Civil Engineering Department. Under the leadership of Dr.Pat Heffenan, CivEng is a healthy program which continues to produce highly educated Engineers for the Canadian Forces. All were impressed by the level of direct interaction between members of the department and those deployed on current ops – another example of how RMC directly contributes to strategic effect in operations every day. Well done to Dr. Heffernan and all the team at CivEng for their great work!

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Latger in the day, on Monday, the Commandant and Principal met with Mr Les Herr of Empire Life. Mr.Herr is a “Champion” for ‘Pathways to Education’, a program that provides support and mentoring to local youth. RMCC is looking forward to assisting with this program through volunteer tutoring by Cadets, staff and faculty. Mr Herr will be briefing the College Executive Committee and the Faculty Board in the coming weeks. Another example of how RMCC continues to play a leading role in supporting the greater community of Kingston

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On Tuesday, the College hosted the CO and RSM of the Infantry School. LCol Criag Aitchison and Mr. Riddle spent the day meeting with the Commandant, CCWO, DCdts and many others to receive feedback on the Cadets summer training and to discuss how we can collectively continue to align programs to ensure the success of the Cadets. Visits like this are extremely important and always welcome.

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Last week the College held two important regular meetings, the Commandant’s HR Advisory Council and the monthly Commandant’s Budget meeting. These venues have developed over the past year into key opportunities for the senior leadership of the College to come together to align and prioritize needs, and to ensure that resources are being allocated/spent to the greatest benefit of the entire College and the Cadets. In the months ahead, this process will evolve into a much more rigorous “integrated Business planning cycle” inclusive of HR and fiscal matters – all with the goal of ensuring comprehensive engagement and oversight of College wide priorities and spending. The positive effects of these efforts is already being seen in many areas of the College.

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On Friday (22 Oct), the Commandant and Principal spent the entire day with the College Board of Governors. Under the Chair of BGen (ret’d) Don McNamara and V/Chair, MGen Dan Gosselin, the BOG plays a vital role in providing oversight, on behalf of the MND/Chancellor, on the College academic programs. On Friday the group covered a comprehensive agenda and in doing so, the BOG was again reassured that the College remains in very good standing within the applicable accrediting bodies. The BOG will meet again in Feb 2011.