What’s Happening At RMC

Feature photo: RMC Honorary Doctorate Acceptance Speech to be given by H7543 Joseph A. Day, B. Eng. (RMC – ’68), J.D. (Queens), LL.M (Osgoode), FEC


While the parade square was being painted – Drill Fest got underway in fine style

Drill Fest Well Underway

‘Behind the scenes with the Band’

Article by: 28057 OCdt (II) C.M.Bond

Colin Bond

This past week was just the beginning to the famed ‘Drill Fest’ at the Royal Military College. The band is also a part of the drill fest, but there are some advantages to being in the band and some disadvantages too.

The Band is key to the grad parade since they provide the music to accompany both Sunset Parade and the Graduation Parade. This means that the Pipes and Drums as well as the Brass and Reed must have time to practice the tunes that they will play on parade. For example, the bagpipers will have learned a tune called “Blue Bonnets over the Boarder” for the Parade. This means that time must be allocated to the band to learn and practice the songs played on the parades rather then accompany the cadets on the parade square.

In the upcoming week, the practice will be put to the test as the band will go through rehearsals for grad parade with the rest of the cadet wing. This will ensure that both the band and the cadet wing will work in unison to provide a spectacular grad parade.

However, the band also participates in activities such as inspections with the cadet wing. For the Brass and Reed, this means donning their scarlets and parade boots. For the other sections, full highland kit must be worn for inspection: kilts, spats, glengarrys, and other highland kit must all be worn to ensure that the band is up to standard for the final parade. While there is more kit to put on, the highland scarlets look amazing.

There is plenty of preparation that goes into the grad parade, and the band is no different. While the practice we do does not consist of just marching and specialized rifle drill, we practice the necessary tunes for the parade to make sure that RMC not only looks good but sounds even better. While Drill Fest rages onward, so to does the practice for the  cadets and the band at the college to ensure that the Class of 2018 has a proper send off.

More photos from he first days 2018 Drill Fest – Here


DCdt & Drill Instructor on the road

Article submitted by: 24122 Capt Nick Deshpande, CD, RMC 2009 – Member, RLA Board of Governors

Nick Deshpande

Robert Land Academy, a private military-themed school for boys, held its annual inspection on Saturday, May 5th at the campus in Welland, Ontario. 20478 COLONEL C.C. AYOTTE, CD – RMCC Director Of Cadets — was the parade’s reviewing officer and was joined by WO Ansell, 7 Squadron NCO and Drill Instructor. It was a stunning day and RLA’s Cadets put on a great show for their parents, staff and invited guests. A tour of the grounds and renovated barracks included a few challenges (sock rolling, locker organization) for the reviewing officer, which he tackled with intensity. On parade, Col Ayotte and WO Ansell engaged with and inspired each and every Cadet.

To learn more about RLA please visit  https://www.robertlandacademy.com or contact the author.


RMC Bilingualism Club Visits Montreal

By 27832 OCdt (III) Cardona, 12 Sqn

Last weekend, RMC’s bilingualism club traveled to Montreal to learn about, and experience, French-Canadian culture. Seeing that bilingualism is one of the four pillars, this trip was an important development opportunity for the aspiring officer-cadets.

The club’s members left RMC following the conclusion of EPT (Environmental Preparation Training) and arrived in Montreal in the evening. The group spent the evening touring parts of the city and socializing with some friendly locals.

Saturday morning began bright and early with a visit to the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. We spent the morning touring the art gallery and taking in the different artworks. From Renaissance paintings to modern art, the gallery had plenty to offer that awed, challenged, and enlightened. Particular attention was paid to the Canadian pieces, including modern and indigenous art, giving us a better appreciation of our history and culture.

Following our tour of the main collection, we went to see the Napoleon art collection, one of the museum’s special exhibitions. As most of us have taken history courses, we understood Napoleon’s importance in military history and this exhibition gave us more insight into the man’s life.

After lunch, we visited Pointe-à-Callière, or, the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. This unique museum featured a multimedia presentation about Montreal’s four-hundred history, interactive displays, and artifacts from various periods of the city’s history. Upon leaving the museum, we had a better appreciation for Montreal’s history.

Our day ended with a dinner at 1909 Taverne Moderne, a restaurant near the Bell Centre, where the iconic Montreal Canadiens play. We were joined by the club’s supervisor, Martine Thivierge-Bournival, a Senior French teacher at RMC. We had an enjoyable conversation, with Ms. Thivierge-Bournival providing us with sage advice on how to succeed in the French pillar and other life endeavors.

We left Montreal the next day with a better appreciation of Frano-Canadian culture and the bilingualism pillar. A huge thank you goes out to the Foundation from the club’s grateful members, this trip wouldn’t have been possible without their support.

Voyage du Clud du bilinguisme à Montréal

Rédigé par l’Élof Cardona (III), 27832, escadron 12

La fin de semaine passée, certains membres du Club du bilinguisme du CMR ont eu la chance d’aller faire une sortie pédagogique à Montréal et d’en apprendre davantage à propos de la culture franco-canadienne.  Puisque le bilinguisme est l’un des 4 piliers du CMR, ce voyage était d’une grande importance pour le développement des élèves-officiers.

Les membres du Club ont quitté le CMR après la fin de l’EPE (Entraînement de préparation aux éléments) et sont arrivés à Montréal en soirée.  Le groupe s’est ensuite dirigé en ville et a visité quelques endroits tout en socialisant avec les gens de Montréal.

Ils se sont ensuite levés tôt samedi matin pour aller visiter le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal où ils ont passé la matinée  à faire le tour des différentes expositions et à discuter de ce qu’ils voyaient ; des tableaux de la Renaissance aux tableaux d’art moderne, le Musée a pu émouvoir, éclairer et ouvrir l’esprit des visiteurs avec sa diversité.  Les élofs ont passé un peu plus de temps à admirer et découvrir les œuvres d’art canadiennes (incluant les œuvres modernes autochtones), ce qui leur a donné une meilleure compréhension de leur histoire et culture.

Ils sont aussi allés voir la collection d’art sur Napoléon, l’une des expositions spéciales du Musée. Puisque la plupart des élofs ont suivi des cours d’histoire militaire, ils comprennent l’importance que Napoléon a eue dans l’histoire militaire et cette exposition leur a permis d’en apprendre davantage sur sa vie.

Après le lunch, ils sont allés visiter la Pointe-à-Callière (Citée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal) où ils ont pu en apprendre beaucoup sur les 400 ans d’histoire de Montréal grâce à une présentation multimédia, les présentations interactives et les objets anciens provenant des différentes périodes de l’histoire de la ville. Cette visite leur a donné une meilleure connaissance de l’histoire de Montréal.

Leur journée s’est terminée au 1909 Taverne moderne de Montréal, un restaurant près du Centre Bell (maison des Canadiens de Montréal).  La superviseure du Club, Mme Martine Thivierge-Bournival, enseignante et conseillère pédagogique au Centre des langues, s’est jointe au groupe pour partager le souper et avoir une agréable conversation.  Elle en a d’ailleurs profité pour leur donner de bons conseils pour bien réussir le pilier de bilinguisme au Collège et sur d’autres aléas de la vie.

Le groupe a quitté Montréal le lendemain avec une meilleure compréhension de la culture franco-ontarienne et du pilier du bilinguisme. Les membres du Club tiennent à remercier la Fondation des CMR pour leur généreuse contribution sans laquelle le voyage à Montréal n’aurait pas pu être possible.


A college internal e-mail on Thursday:

Be advised that Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) will be landing two CH-146 Griffon helicopters on the Parade Square around 0900hrs 11 May as part of a professional development (PD) opportunity for the cadet wing. You will likely notice an unarmed weapon sticking out the side door of the helicopters for the PD; this is to showcase the equipment for the benefit of the cadets. The helicopters will depart between 1100 and 1300 hrs.  Please do not be alarmed, but keep your distance from the Parade Square for your safety.
Soyez avisé que le Commandement des Forces d’opérations spéciales du Canada (COMFOSCAN) atterrira deux hélicoptères CH-146 Griffon sur le Terrain de Parade vers 9 h le 11 mai dans le cadre d’une possibilité de développement professionnel (DP) pour l’Escadre des Eleves-officiers. Vous remarquerez probablement une arme non armée qui sort de la porte latérale des hélicoptères pour le DP; ceci afin de présenter l’équipement au profit des cadets. Les hélicoptères partiront entre 11h00 et 13h00. S’il vous plaît ne soyez pas alarmé, mais gardez votre distance du Terrain de Parade pour votre sécurité.


1st Year Class Project

“Serving ALL Canadians”

By: 28377 OCdt Jessica Perigo, 9 Sqn

Every year, the First Year Class of the Royal Military College of Canada must take on a class project of their choosing. This year, on Saturday, May 5th, over 70 1st Years volunteered to help the Partners in Mission Foodbank with their annual food drive. We set up at three different grocery stores, Grants No Frills, Bennetts ValuMart, and Food Basics, and asked customers for cash or food donations. Thankfully, many customers admired the project and were happy to help with the initiative. We managed to fill a multitude of bags with food and cash donations were accepted in a separate bucket. The RMC first years were extremely excited to be able to help out with such a worthwhile project.

“I thought it was a very enriching and involving experience, and I am glad I was able to take part in such an important community project with my class” – 28653 OCdt Reanna Palleske, 2 SQN

“I had such a great time helping the Partners in Mission with their food drive. I was so surprised at the amount of people willing to help out with the initiative and doing this all alongside my friends/classmates made it so much better” – 28500 OCdt Mina Lee, 5 SQN

In the end, we collected a total of 42,000 pounds of food, as well as over $5,900. It was an enjoyable and successful project that helped the community we currently call home.



Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard, Commandant RMC opens RMC’s 9th Technological and Pedagogical Innovation in Education Forum (TPIEF) in Currie Hall, prior to Dr. Tony Bates speaking. / Le brigadier-général Sébastien Bouchard, commandant du CMR, inaugure le 9e Forum sur l’innovation technologique et pédagogique dans l’éducation du CMR, à Currie Hall, avant la présentation du Dr Tony Bates


Dr. Tony Bates, the forum’s keynote speaker, discussing the Canadian experience with innovation and online learning. / Dr.Tony Bates, conférencier d’honneur du forum, discute de l’expérience canadienne en matière d’innovation et d’apprentissage en ligne.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, was RMC’s 9th Technological and Pedagogical Innovation in Education Forum in Currie Hall.  Dr. Tony Bates was the keynote speaker and leveraged his nearly fifty years of working with technology in teaching to discuss how technology is changing and influencing education today.  Six other presentations covered diverse topics from “the importance of retrieval-Practice for Learning”, “WIFI on School buses”, and the challenges of conducting multidisciplinary course in academic environments.  Approximately 83 pre-registered attendees, from RMC, Military Personnel Generation HQ, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre HQ, and Queen’s University attended the forum.  This event allowed faculty and other interested parties to see and hear how other education professionals have been innovating in communicating information and knowledge to students and potentially to provide them with ideas to innovate on their own and improve student access to information and knowledge.

Le mardi 1er mai 2018 avait lieu, à la salle Currie,  le 9e Forum sur les innovations technologiques et pédagogiques en éducation au CMR. M. Tony Bates, Ph. D., était le conférencier d’honneur et nous a fait profiter de ses 50 ans d’expérience en technologie et enseignement.  Sa présentation portait sur la façon dont la technologie évolue et influence l’éducation d’aujourd’hui. Six autres présentations ont abordé divers sujets tels que “l’importance de la récupération – pratique pour l’apprentissage”, “Le WIFI dans les bus scolaires”, et les défis de la conduite de cours multidisciplinaires dans des environnements académiques. Plus de 75 participants préenregistrés, provenant du CMR, Quartier général de Génération du personnel militaire, Quartier général du Centre de doctrine et d’instruction de l’Armée canadienne, et de l’Université Queen’s ont assisté au Forum. Cet événement a permis aux professeurs et aux autres participants de voir et d’entendre comment d’autres professionnels de l’éducation ont innové dans leur façon de présenter l’information et leurs connaissances aux étudiants et, d’ainsi, leur donner des idées pour innover et améliorer l’accès des étudiants à l’information et au savoir.