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sokolsky1.jpg Minister of National Defence Announces Appointment of New Principal of Royal Military College of CanadaThe Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced today the appointment of Dr. Joel J. Sokolsky as Principal of Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) effective August 1, 2008. Minister MacKay made the announcement as Chancellor of RMC during Convocation Ceremonies where he presented graduating students and honourees with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

“Dr. Sokolsky is the right person for this important post and his appointment follows in the finest tradition of this great national institution”, said the minister, adding that “as Chancellor it gives me great pleasure to see another fine page added to the history of RMC”.

Dr. Sokolsky has a long association with RMC, starting as a faculty member in 1986. For the past several years he has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He was instrumental in the positive changes that have come about at RMC. He is an outstanding scholar in his field, which directly pertains to the business of RMC: Canadian, Foreign, and Defence Policy. His distinguished academic record includes degrees from the University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. He is well published in his field, respected as a researcher, knows the College intimately, and cares passionately about it.

RMC opened its doors to the first class of eighteen gentlemen cadets, the “Old Eighteen,” on June 1, 1876 as the Military College of Canada, and in 1878 Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted the College the right to use the Royal prefix. “The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959,” empowers RMC to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. Today, RMC offers a wide variety of programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on-site and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies. RMC graduates have established a sterling reputation of service and achievement throughout the world. and have distinguished themselves in all aspects of Canadian military service. Ex-cadets have been similarly prominent in a wide variety of civilian professions.

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‘A career with an adventure’; Vice-chief of the defence staff salutes RMC graduates
Ian Elliot -Kingston Whig Standard – 16 May 2008

When Charlotte Sully marched through the Memorial Arch at Royal Military College yesterday with the rest of the 2008 graduating class, she was landing a leap of faith that she started four years earlier.
The 22-year-old from Calgary seemed an unlikely military prospect in high school: a ballerina who admittedly arrived at the school shy and reluctant to raise her voice.
She emerged yesterday with an officer’s commission and a long list of academic and military achievements earned during her time at the college as she prepared to start a career in army intelligence.
“I traded pointe shoes for combat boots,” she said after accompanying her classmates through the arch, their pillbox hats on the points of their ceremonial swords while two vintage Second World War fighters buzzed overhead.
“I always thought I’d make it this far, but I have to say that seeing the arch coming up in front of us as we marched brought tears to my eyes.”
nant.jpgLt.-Gen. Walter Natynczyk, vice-chief of the defence staff – and the officer many think will be chosen to replace the outgoing chief of defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier in July – oversaw yesterday’s commissioning parade. He said in an interview that the Canadian Forces is increasingly attracting bright, young people like Sully who might not have considered a military career even a decade ago.

Continuation of this article and 27 Ex Cadets Earn PG.


“I’ve talked to a lot of people in our recruiting offices right across the country, and they all say people are coming in the front doors because they want a career with an adventure,” he said as cadets in scarlet milled around after the ceremony having their photos taken with their families and classmates.
With the military operating not just in Afghanistan but around the world, cadets see a chance to make a difference and have a career more challenging than one in an office.
“What’s so thrilling about a day like this is that these cadets want to do this,” Natynczyk said.
Natynczyk made the same point in his speech to cadets, saying the Armed Forces are undergoing a renaissance in purpose and in terms of public recognition of what they do.
“The sun is shining on you today,” Natynczyk told the graduating class.

“Congratulations. Gen. Hillier has asked me to express how much he envies you entering the Canadian Forces at this particular time.”
Natynczyk did not graduate from RMC. He studied at Royal Roads and College Militaire Royal at St-Jean, Que., and graduated in 1979. He has served several postings in Kingston, most recently as head of the army’s Land Doctrine centre, and also was seconded to the American army in Iraq where he commanded a force several times the size of the entire Canadian army.
Yesterday’s commissioning parade was notable in that families were allowed on the once-sacrosanct parade square near the end of the parade to take pictures of their sons and daughters standing at attention and holding their scrolls, part of the military’s ongoing attempts to involve families in military life and traditions, something of which Natynczyk is a vocal proponent.
The ceremony included an inspection and a march past by cadets, who ranged from the red-coated young cadets to the Otter Squadron, mid-career NCOs identified as officer material by their superiors. They were noteworthy not just for their age and the rows of medals on their dress uniforms, but for the fact their drill was absolutely flawless. Some may have been marching on parade squares when today’s cadets were still learning how to toddle.
The ceremony also included the traditional flypast, including a Spitfire and a Mustang flown by RMC grads Michael Potter and Rob Endos, now successful Ottawa entrepreneurs and vintage plane buffs.
Three students from Kingston were among the 223 who graduated yesterday: Brent James Limbeek (Navy), Katherine Michael Barry (Army) and Morgan Anthony Wyant Oliviero (Army).
Students who graduated yesterday will report to their units as early as Tuesday, and the college now holds its graduation parade mid-week rather than over the long May weekend to give them a few extra days to move out of the college and get to their new postings.

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27 Ex-Cadets Earn PG at RMC

 

 

16496 Raymond Stockermans (RMC ’88); 21739 Colin Bylsma (RMC ‘00); 20175 Steve Jourdain (CMR RMC); 23090 Kevin Maarse (RMC ‘05); M0545 William Maclean (RRMC RMC ‘92); 17772 Sylvain Therriaul t(CMR ‘91); 19671 Pascal Godbout (CMR RMC ‘95); 9791 James Holsworth (RRMC RMC ‘73); 19367 Jason Major (RMC ‘94‘); 21895 Jaclynn Beaudette (RMC ‘01); 22217 Holly Lemire (RMC ‘02); 23418 Didier Bélanger (RMC ‘06); 21924 Trevor Cadeau (RMC ‘01); 21991 Paul Hungler (RMC ‘01); 22658 Ryan Gregg (RMC ‘03); 21602 François Allaire (RMC ‘00); 22244 Vincent Dagenais (RMC ‘02); 22226 Christian Lemire (RMC ‘02); 22513 Marie-Andrée Perreault (RMC ‘03); 19986 Ryan Solomon (RRMC RMC ‘96); 21802 Clayton Kotzer (RMC ‘00); 23502 Sarah McRae(RMC ‘06); 17098 Carl Deschênes (CMR RMC ‘90); 20134 Jean-François Duperré (CMR); 23703 Guillaume Grenier-Lachance (RMC ‘06); 22421 Jason Maldonado (RMC ‘02); 15133 Wade Knorr (RRMC RMC ‘85);

Read more on each PG recipient:

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g1167.jpgStudent College Number: G1167 | 16496

Name: Stockermans, Raymond Joseph

Entry Plan: OVGS

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 32A/PLT

 

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Student College Number: G3160 | 21739

Name: Bylsma, Colin Douwe

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in War Studies

MOC: 31A/ANAV

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Student College Number: G1736 | 20175

Name: Jourdain, Steve

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in War Studies

MOC: 23A/INF

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g3309.jpgStudent College Number: G3309 | 23090

Name: Maarse, Kevin R.

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in War Studies

MOC: 32U/PLT

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Student College Number: G2152 | M0545

Name: Maclean, William Robert

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in War Studies

MOC: 82A/INT

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Student College Number: G3631 | 17772

Name: Therriault, Sylvain

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in War Studies

MOC: 82/INT

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Student College Number: G3395 | 19671

Name: Godbout, Pascal

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in Defence Management and Policy

MOC: 42C/CELE

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Student College Number: G2202 | 9791

Name: Holsworth, James Ian

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in Defence Management and Policy

MOC: 42/CELE

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Student College Number: G3032 | 19367

Name: Major, Jason

Entry Plan: LOP

Programme: Master of Arts in Defence Management and Policy

MOC: 32A/PLT

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g3637.jpgStudent College Number: G3637 | 21895

Name: Beaudette, Jaclynn Jeanne

Entry Plan: SPON

Programme: Master of Science in Physics

MOC: 39A/AEC

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g3630.jpgStudent College Number: G3630 | 22217

Name: Lemire, Holly Tiffany Lee

Entry Plan: SPON

Programme: Master of Science in Physics

MOC: 41U/AERE

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g3700.jpgStudent College Number: G3700 | 23418

Name: Bélanger, Didier

Entry Plan: SPON

Programme: Master of Science in Computer Science

MOC: 31U/ANAV

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g3626.jpgStudent College Number: G3626 | 21924

Name: Cadeau, Trevor John

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering

MOC: 41U/AERE

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g3180.jpgStudent College Number: G3180 | 21991

Name: Hungler, Paul

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering

MOC: 41U/AERE

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g3639.jpgStudent College Number: G3639 | 22658

Name: Gregg, Ryan Gordon

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

MOC: 24U/ENGRS

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g3289.jpgStudent College Number: G3289 | 21602

Name: Allaire, François Charles Joseph

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 41A/AERE

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g3617.jpgStudent College Number: G3617 | 22244

Name: Dagenais, Vincent

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 41U/AERE

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g3656.jpgStudent College Number: G3656 | 22226

Name: Lemire, Christian

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 41A/AERE

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g3615.jpgStudent College Number: G3615 | 22513

Name: Perreault, Marie-Andrée Julie

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 41U/AERE

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g3661.jpgStudent College Number: G3661 | 19986

Name: Solomon, Ryan Craig

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering

MOC: 87C/NCS ENG

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3666.jpgStudent College Number: G3666 | 21802

Name: Kotzer, Clayton Edward

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering

MOC: 41A/AERE

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36761.jpgStudent College Number: G3676 | 23502

Name: McRae, Sarah Carroll

Programme: Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering

MOC: 41U/AERE

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Student College Number: G1881 | 17098

Name: Deschênes, Carl

Programme: Master of Applied Military Science in Management

MOC: 22A/ARTY

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1316.jpgStudent College Number: G1316 | 20134

Name: Duperré, Jean-François

Programme: Master of Applied Military Science in Management

MOC: 23A/INF

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g3635.jpgStudent College Number: G3635 | 23703

Name: Grenier-Lachance, Guillaume

Programme: Master of Business Administration

MOC: 78U/LOG

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g3589.jpgStudent College Number: G3589 | 22421

Name: Maldonado, Jason Christian

Programme: Master of Business Administration

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Student College Number: G3840 | 15133

Name: Knorr, Wade C.

Programme: Master of Defence Studies

Photos were used where available.

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