Feature photo – from 2017 Badging Parade file
RMC Commandant pulls no punches at Toronto Dinner
Article submitted by: 17160 Stephen Kalyta
On the 27th of April, The RMC Toronto Branch hosted the RMC Commandant, 18777 BGen Sébastien Bouchard, his wife and former CWC, 19619 Karine Chayer (CMR – 1995 grad), and many other distinguished guests at their annual dinner.
BGen Bouchard was the keynote speaker.
The Commandant’s address focused on needed change at the College, including the reinstatement of the four Pillars as mandatory for graduation. In absolute terms there is no other Canadian academic institution that requires anything more than an academic pass.
This is the primary differentiation between an officer trained in the summers coming from civilian university versus full immersion in a multi-faceted environment designed to produce high caliber officers.
Consider the fact that 65% of all serving Generals trace their legacy to MilCol. This is not a coincidence, but the result of a proven system that the Commandant is reviving. The General is leading a complete transformation from within, through the recruitment of elite staff to train our future elite officers.
Both the Commandant and 17789 Leona Alleslev, MP for Aurora- Oak Ridges – Richmond Hill (a member of the Toronto Branch, Board of Directors) have born the brunt of misguided public opinion on the merits of the College. As leaders we are engineered to face adversity head on and promote the welfare of those men and women under our care.
Our bond to one another requires us to stand up and support Leona and the Commandant as they in turn are doing for the College. It is time for us as Club Members to step out of the shadows and educate the Public that we are far more than a number on a balance sheet. We are the best hope Canadians have in protecting their values. We must come together as one College, one voice and prove once and for all that we give far more than we take.
To that end, if you can, get involved with your local RMC Chapter. Contact your MP and let your voice be heard. We have a Mission to show our Country that the College ensures only the very best rise through the highest ranks both in and out of the military. RMC-CMR ensure the requisite skills are imbued within us as leaders and that our bond to our “buds” in the face of adversity, is for a lifetime.