Where are they now?


Class of 1956 – Annual Golf Tournament – Pictured (left to right) are: 3535 Bob Sexsmith, 3630 Marmoru (Sugi) Sugimoto, 3461 George Jackson, 3557 John Rutherford, 3671 Norm Freeman, 3583 Steve Oaks, 3521 Charlie Simonds, 3613 Barry Culham, 3528 Paul Manson, 3448 Andy Henning and (kneeling) H3550 Murray Johnston. In addition 3646 Fred Simpkin participated in 19th hole and dinner activities.

Golf-not-at-the-Farm (a.k.a. Golf – Class of 1956 style)

For the past many years the Class of 1956 has held an annual golf tournament at Tweed, Ontario and was hosted by H3536 Jack Vance at his farm. Annually about a dozen and a half participants enjoyed a couple of rounds of golf mixed in with some gourmet meals and a bit of bridge. This popular event rekindled the traditions of classmate camaraderie and easy-going competition and was dubbed Golf-at-the-Farm.

However, time has taken its toll on our host and on the number of golfers able to participate. So last year the tournament was held in Ottawa. This year it was held at Smugglers Glen near Gananoque June 14th and 15th and is now called Golf-not-at-the-farm.

This year there were 11 golfers who enjoyed two days of warm, breezy golfing weather, excellent accommodation and gourmet meals at the nearby Glen House. As they gathered at the Club House for a tournament photo before teeing off on the second day, a Beer Store delivery van drove up to ensure that there were adequate refreshments for us during the day and at the 19th hole – it also provided a suitable back drop for the official tournament group photo.




11488 Dr Gordon Fleming was appointed President of BMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy on 12 May 2011.

A former Canadian Naval Officer, Gordon has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defence industry with a focus on the naval marketplace. He holds a BSc from Royal Roads Military College as well as an MSc and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the United States Naval Post-Graduate School.

Gordon joins BMT from Rolls Royce where he led the company’s activity with respect to the new Canadian Naval and Coastguard Shipbuilding Programs that are unfolding as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).

Prior to this Gordon worked for a number of high profile defence contractors. His wide ranging experience includes involvement in the HYDRA sonar program for Sweden’s Visby corvettes, advanced concept systems design work for the USN’s DD21 Project, engineering management on the Aurora Modernization Project and the Maritime Helicopter Project and time with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) as the General Manager in Halifax.



2PPCLI: Wright takes over command

19431 Mike Wright /16591  Shane Schreiber



Canada shuffles key diplomatic, military duties

12966 Marquis Hainse / 13337 Stu Beare11275 Marc Lessard



Veterans not pushed out: CF

14369 Andy Smith



Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce is now an Assistant Professor (tenured) in theDepartment of English at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her Queen’s PhD thesis was called “Voices of Silence, Texts of Truth:

Imperial Discourse and Cultural Negotiations in Nineteenth-century

British Arctic Exploration Narrative.”

Her book, ‘As affecting the fate of my absent husband’: Selected Letters of Lady Franklin Concerning the

Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition, 1848-1860, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2009. Erika also worked in the Disraeli Project as a Research Associate, and worked at RMCC as an

Instructional Designer, Special Projects Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance.





Christine Powers-Tomsons sees her job divided into four main responsibilities: (a) running the intramural sports program; (b) overseeing the recreation programs, which involve management of 23 clubs such as Climbing, Debating, Paintball, Theatre, Triathlon, Sailing; (c) organizing the Cadet Wing Sports Days; and (d) managing the Non-Public Finances for the Athletic Department.

Over 700 students at RMC are involved in both the intramural sports and recreation clubs. Organizing the programs, scheduling, booking facilities and gathering equipment requires close cooperation between Christine, Chad Blundy (Rec & IM Assistant) and the Officer-Cadets placed in leadership positions within these programs.  ” Getting the opportunity to work with the Officer-Cadets is what I enjoy the most out of my position,” she says. “We’ve made many positive changes to the Intramural and Recreation programs in the past few years and although there is always room for improvement, I feel we are in very good shape. I’ve just returned from being on maternity leave for a year so I look forward to getting back into the swing of things at the College.”

For more information about our programs visit the following links:

RMC Intramurals – http://www.rmc.ca/da-ds/cis-sci/index-eng.asp

RMC Recreation Clubs – http://www.rmc.ca/da-ds/rc-cr/index-eng.asp




Dr. Michael Hurley is a poet and graphic novelist as well as a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, where his motto is the old Celtic saying, “Never give someone a sword who hasn’t learned to dance.”

Dr. Hurley considers himself eminently prepared to cope with day-to-day life at RMC thanks to occasional stints over the decades as a stand-up comic, a clown (“Soofee”), a cartoonist, a community volunteer/activist, and a guy psychiatrists contact to do his schtick or present his poems as therapy for folks.

As the icing on the cake, he is also the spiritual runt at retreats led by Tibetan lamas, Buddhist monks and nuns, Hindu pujaris, Sufi whirling dervishes, Zen fools, aboriginal elders conducting sweat lodges, and assorted non-denominational wise guys. How could he not end up teaching poetry to the military?

A student of yoga and meditation for time out of mind, Hurley introduces cadets to world literature (including the planet’s sacred scriptures and mystical writings, both dear to Northrop Frye) and Canadian literature, film, and music. Besides giving conference papers on authors from Atwood to Purdy, he has recently completed a book-length manuscript focusing on the novels of Graeme Gibson in the context of Southern Ontario Gothic, as Atwood and others have called a curious strain of writing emerging out of a curious province.

Dr. Hurley’s published works include The Borders of Nightmare: The Fiction of John Richardson and The Blue Heron Press Anthology: New Voices from Kingston.





20035 Geoff Kliza is Managing Partner / Business Development on the Hybrid Forge Leadership Team. Geoff holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute, and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Geoff has been active in the Telecommunications and IT sector for over twelve years. His leadership, operations, project management, and construction management experience were gained in service of the Canadian Forces and Bell Canada, among others. Geoff was responsible for Bell’s commercial network deployment within the Alberta SuperNet project, leading the implementation of wire-line and wireless networks through 27 of Alberta’s largest communities.

Most recently, Geoff has been providing strategic operations and IT consulting to a number of Alberta-based technology start-up companies.  [email protected]



19915 Chad Smith is Managing Partner / Software Architect on the Hybrid Forge Leadership Team. Chad Smith holds a computer engineering degree from the Royal Military College, is a Microsoft-certified Solutions Developer and a member of both IEEE and CIPS. He is a software design, development, and deployment expert with a diverse background of software lifecycle experience.

Following military service as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Canadian Air Force, Chad provided database application design and development, systems integration, and consulting services to companies across many industries such as broadcast television, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and healthcare in Canada and the United States. As a result of his technical leadership productivity enhancing IT systems were deployed at Abbott Laboratories, BP, Chevron, Weatherford, Bank of Montreal as well as many small and medium-sized businesses.

As a principal of Hybrid Forge, Chad offers innovative and successful IT solutions to his clients by integrating proven processes with the smart application of technology. [email protected]