Issue 005/2007


Numéro 005/2007

In This Issue - Dans ce numéro

Quotation of the Week

“Work today. Rest tomorrow.”  

Johnny Quinlan – CPR Extra Gang Foreman – Saint John, N.B. – wrapping-up a “daily” pep talk to his rag-tag railway maintenance crew - Spring / Summer 1956






This gentleman distinguished himself both as a cadet and long following his departure from RMC.

He entered RMC in 1907 -100 years ago!  
  • In 1921 he joined the Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition as surveyor;
  • He was knighted by His Majesty King George VI in 1943;
  • At one time he was surveyor-general for the whole of India;
  • While at RMC – he was B.S.M. and passed as the head of his class.
Who Is It?
732       Wurtele, HA
749       Crerar, HDG
758       Wheeler, EO
778       Archibald, CB

Answer:  Right After Extra Innings



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Commemorative Stones



Deceased Feb 27, 2007 - 3184 Leonard (Len) Bolger (RRMC RMC ’53)

Len was born in Sudbury on 22 August 1930. He was a first class student and won an Air Cadet Scholarship to Royal Roads, which he entered in 1949. Subsequent to graduation from Royal Roads he attended RMC, and graduated in 1953.  During the summer months while at Royal Roads and RMC he trained as a pilot, winning his wings at Centralia in 1951. He attended The University of Toronto, after RMC, where he received his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

Along with several class mates Len joined the RCAF and was trained as an All Weather Fighter Pilot flying CF100’s at the Operational Training Unit at North Bay. He was then posted to Number 409 Squadron at Comox, B.C. While there, Len became one of the few CF100 pilots to experience failure of both of his engines at very low altitude, over the airfield, restart them and land his aircraft successfully. A truly remarkable feat. His squadron assignment was followed by a posting to the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment. (CEPE). One of his assignments at CEPE involved the development and testing at the USN Test Center at Point Mugu,CA. of the Sparrow 2 missile intended for the Avro Arrow. The project was canceled prior to completion and prior to Arrow cancellation. The project team returned to Cold Lake where missile firings were continued until all test missiles were expended. Len left the RCAF in 1959 and joined Shell Canada, where after a long and successful 31 year career he retired as Vice President Research and Technology .

After retirement from Shell, Len became a co-founder of Adva Tech Homes Canada a supplier of homes to Pacific Rim countries. He was also a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, a member of the board of Management, Alberta Science and Research Authority, co-chair of the Alberta Energy Research Institute, and Director of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He also held other directorships.

He was a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and a highly respected member of the Energy Research community.

Len was chairman of “The Back Door”, a charitable organization dedicated to assisting young people exiting street life to become self sufficient and engaged members of society.

Len is survived by his wife Jean, who he met while on a posting to Calgary. They were married in 1954. Len and Jean had four children and eight Grandchildren

6528 Di Genova, CM (Entered RMC ‘’61)

McKIBBIN, Constance Lilian (Teak) (nee Wood) - At the Trillium Centre in Kingston, on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, Constance Lilian (Teak) McKibbin (nee Wood) in her 94th year. Beloved wife of  2307 Brig. Gen. Kenneth H. McKibbin (RMC ’32). Dear mother of John and his wife Rose-Marie of Halifax and Robert and his wife Iris of West Vancouver. Dear grandmother of Christopher and Alison. Predeceased by her daughter Mary Katharine, her brother Edward I. Wood and her sister Lorna Bryson. The Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Private interment at Cataraqui Cemetery. In memory of Constance, donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated

BROWNLEY, Thomas Ross (Capt.) Peacefully in hospital, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 4, 2007, at the age of 71 years. Husband of Dorothy Brownley (nee Campbell). Loving father of Warren (Leanne) of Manotick, Sherry (Jim Renick) of Windsor and Rosalind (Glen McDonald) of Manotick. Loving grandfather of Andrew, Michelle, Sarah, Paul and Abigail. Survived by his brother Darrell (Diane) of Angus. Tom was a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1959 (BSc). He worked as a Navigator and Senior Computer Software Analyst. In 1994 Tom retired from the Department of National Defence after 40 years of service. Tom served as Director of the Kiwanis Club and President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Manotick. In 2000 Tom was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work in the community. Friends may call at the Rideau Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 1610 Roger Stevens Drive, Kars on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Tom please consider the Canadian Cancer Society or World Wildlife Federation. Condolences, donations or tributes may be made at


Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award Public Lecture

1900hrs Wednesday 4 April 2007
Currie Hall
Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Public  Welcome.   

Dr. Ron Weir

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

2006 - Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award Recipient.

Lecture Subject:


The Science and Engineering of Supercritical Fluids:
Decaffeinated Coffee, Pharmaceuticals and Brain Shunts



Decaffeinated Coffee, Pharmaceuticals and Brain Shunts

This Teaching Excellence Award lecture will focus on a long-standing scientific discovery of the supercritical fluid that has remained mostly a scientific curiosity until recently.  The engineering applications being developed, both dramatic and subtle, are having a significant positive impact on our lives of which most of the population is unaware.

The phenomenon of the supercritical fluid will be illustrated and the special properties associated with these explained, properties that to some individuals seem almost magical.  The spin offs will be outlined and applications explored.  The specific applications that will be discussed and illustrated will include the decaffeination of coffee, the development of new pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials, and medical devices such as the brain shunt.       

There will not be an examination following the lecture!!


The Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award is sponsored by an endowment fund given by
members of the Class of 1965 and managed by the RMC Club Foundation. The prize of $5000
is awarded annually by a joint committee (staff; cadets & ex cadets) to a professor who stands out for his/her outstanding teaching skills that have made a difference to students and encouraged further pursuit of learning.

Ron Weir was born and raised in Saint John, N.B. He started his military career as a Gunner in the Artillery Reserves, then ROTP to UNB where he completed his BSc in Chemical Engineering.  He went to service as a Combat Engineer and then was sent to Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine (London, UK) as an Athlone Fellow where he completed his PhD.   He returned to military service and was subsequently posted to RMC for the AY68-69 to teach engineers and scientists.  He transferred to the civilian academic staff in 1975 retiring from the CF as a Major.  During his subsequent career at RMC, he has taught First to Fourth Year and postgraduate students in the main subject areas of engineering thermodynamics, materials science and engineering, modelling & simulation, applied mathematics for engineers, and engineering chemistry. His research has focussed on the experimental thermodynamics of materials in the gaseous, liquid, fluid and solid state (including structure of solids) over a wide range of temperature from –270 oC to +1000 oC.  To date, he has authored or co-authored over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and authored or edited four books.  His service to RMC includes having chaired a host of university committees including Admissions 1980-2005 having read over 10,000 files, Head of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering 1990-95 and Dean Graduate Studies & Research 1995-2003 and again 2006-07.  He is a Professional Engineer and most recent service to the profession includes immediate Past President International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and immediate Past President Division of Physical & Biophysical Chemistry of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry.  He is also the Senior Editor, Journal Chemical Thermodynamics (1993 to date), (Amsterdam).

Honours and awards include the RMC Teaching Excellence Award in 1993, Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), Fellow Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC), Fellow International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (FIUPAC), Lessing Medal (University of London).

The students see his professorial eccentricities to include the wearing of a different light-hearted necktie for every lecture day of term along with the need to sleep far less than a normal person, which brings him to his lab before 0500h each working day.  Often students appear in his lab by 0600h for volunteer tutorial help.    

M. Ron Weir est né et a grandi à Saint John, N.B.  Il a débuté sa carrière militaire comme Artilleur dans la Réserve de l’Artillerie, puis a poursuivi ses études à l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick dans le cadre du programme de formation des officiers de la force régulière, où il a complété le programme de B.Sc. en Génie chimique.  Il joignit alors les Forces comme Ingénieur de Combat et fut envoyé à l’Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine (Londres, R.-U.) comme Boursier Athlone et y obtint un doctorat.  Il retourna au sein des Forces canadiennes et fut affecté au CMR en 1968-69 pour enseigner aux étudiants en génie et en science.  Il prit sa retraite des Forces avec le grade de Major et resta au CMR comme membre du corps enseignant civil.  Tout au long de sa carrière au CMR, il a enseigné tant aux étudiants de la Première à la Quatrième Année qu’aux étudiants de cycles supérieurs, ses cours couvrant les sujets principaux de la thermodynamique en ingénierie, la science et le génie des matériaux, la modélisation et la simulation, les mathématiques appliquées pour les ingénieurs, et la chimie en ingénierie.  Ses activités de recherche se sont concentrées sur la thermodynamique expérimentale des matériaux en phase gazeuse, liquide, fluide et solide (incluant la structure des solides) sur une vaste gamme de température de –270 oC à +1000 oC.  Jusqu’à présent, il est l’auteur ou co-auteur de plus de 140 articles dans des revues techniques avec arbitrage, en plus d’avoir écrit ou édité quatre livres.  Ses états de service au CMR comprennent la présidence d’une multitude de comités universitaires dont celui des Admissions (1980-2005) ayant lu plus de 10,000 dossiers d’admission, le poste de Directeur du Département de Chimie et de Génie Chimique (1990-95) et celui de Doyen de la Division des Études Supérieures et de la Recherche (1995-2003, et 2006-07).  Il est un Ingénieur Professionnel et ses services les plus récents à sa profession comprennent le poste de Président Sortant de l’International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics, et de Président Sortant de la Division of Physical & Biophysical Chemistry of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry.  Il est aussi le Rédacteur Senior du Journal Chemical Thermodynamics (1993- ), (Amsterdam).

Parmi les Honneurs et Prix qu’il a gagnés, on peut citer le Prix de l’Excellence en Enseignement du CMR (1993), le “Fellow” de la Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), le “Fellow” de l’Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC),  le “Fellow” de l’Institut de Chimie du Canada (FCIC), le “Fellow” de l’International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (FIUPAC), et la Médaille Lessing (University of London).

Les étudiants peuvent savourer ses eccentricités professionnelles telles que le port d’une variété de cravates époustouflantes et humoristiques chaque journée où il a des cours à donner, un besoin de sommeil bien inférieur à celui de la moyenne de la population, ce qui lui permet d’arriver au laboratoire bien avant 0500h chaque journée ouvrable.  On a vu souvent des étudiants se présenter à son laboratoire vers 0600h pour y recevoir de l’aide avec la matière des cours.



RMC Club/Foundation News

RMC Model NATO Team & Broomball players  supported with Foundation $$$$$$!

Funding for this model NATO team competition was provided in full by Ex Cadet donations to RMC through the RMC Club Foundation. Its great to back a winner!

In 2006 The Foundation provided over $100,000 for academic 'value added' activities.

Also, the recent Broomball Tournament at Campus du Fort Saint-Jean was supported to the tune of  $2000 by Ex Cadet donations through the Foundation. 

Continued support to the Foundation with unrestricted donations enables the Foundation to support such as the NATO competition and the Broomball Tournament.


A fond farewell to Laura . . . A pleasant welcome to Kimberly
We would like to extend a very special “best of luck” to RMC Foundation
staff member Laura Cunningham. Laura will once again be putting on a
military uniform as the Reserve Admin Supervisor at LFDTS HQ, CFB Kingston.
Thank you to Laura for her work and dedication over the past 9 months.
The RMC Club Foundation would like to welcome Kimberly St-Louis as the new
Class & Annual Giving Officer. Kimberly is a military spouse of 13 years and
a former member of U.S. Army. With diverse work experiences that include
spending several years working with the Kingston Military Family Resource
Centre, Kimberly brings a background which includes communications,
marketing, finance, publishing, graphic design and fundraising to the
“Assisting and supporting the families of current military members has been
my passion for several years now. I’m optimistic that my previous experience
and enthusiasm for the military community will be easily transferable to the
RMC Foundation and their efforts to continue the Margin of Excellence for
RMC Cadets. I am anxious to bring my knowledge and experience to The
Foundation and I look forward to meeting and assisting the many Ex-Cadets of
RMC.”  stated Kimberly two weeks into her new position 
Please feel free to contact Kimberly, if you require assistance with your
Reunion 2007 plans, information on Planned and Annual Giving, information
and updates on current capital campaigns and much, much more! She can be
reached at or toll free at 1-888-386-3762.

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Catching Up With The News

Nicholas Grimshaw

We have been remiss for not previously identifying Nicholas  Grimshaw as a recipient of the MSM. Well done, Nicholas!

Major Nick Grimshaw, studies a map of the Pashmul area, as he leads 
soldiers of B-Company of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light 
Infantry into the mud-walled compounds where the Taliban are holed 
up. Good leadership on the ground is crucial to fighting in close 

19033 Major Nicholas James Elliott Grimshaw, M.S.M., C.D.  (RMC ’93)
Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the Officer Commanding B Company, Operation ARCHER Rotation 1, in Afghanistan from January to August 2006, Major Grimshaw demonstrated exceptional leadership under arduous combat conditions. Engaged in a long series of running battles with insurgents, he led his company with superb skill, dedication and calmness. Major Grimshaw directed platoons in intense firefights, coordinated actions with battle group artillery and reconnaissance, as well as surveillance and intelligence assets. He was courageous in the face of enemy ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks. Consistently displaying exemplary leadership under fire, Major Grimshaw brought great honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Major Involvement by Ex Cadets

Science and Technology Symposium 2007

Understanding the Human Dimension in 21st Century Conflict/Warfare: Setting the Stage with the Future Security Environment. 
April 25-26, 2007
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ottawa, Canada

The event will examine the theme: "Understanding the Human Dimension in 21st Century Conflict/Warfare" and aims to enable participants to better understand questions related to the human dimension in this century's conflicts and includes panels on Person-versus-Person Conflicts, Person-versus-Nature Conflicts and Person-versus-Self Conflicts. The S&T Symposium is designed to provide a forum to discuss important areas of science and technology that will impact defence and security in the near term

The host is 6700 Doctor Robert R.W. Walker CD (RMC ‘65)
The Master of Ceremonies is 10404 Mr. Denis Faubert (CMR ‘75)
The presenters include the following Ex cadets:
12632 Major-Gen Michael MJ Ward CD (RMC ‘80) The Future Security Environment in the 21st Century;
9918 Major-Gen Douglas DL Dempster CMM (CMR RMC ‘74) Dealing with the Human Dimension in NATO Operations;
8865 BGen (Ret) David J Rudd (RMC ‘71) Discussant to the Human Dimension Panel;
For more information on the symposium and to register, please visit the S&T Symposium Web page.




LESSONS LEARNED: 12046 Pierre Ducharme (CMR ’74), President RMC Club of Canada

Over the last few months, a considerable amount of time, effort and emotions have been vested in the RMC/USMA hockey game, but unfortunately, none on the ice. Whether this time was wisely spent is a matter of perspective. One should never forget that the entertainment the game provides to the Cadet Wing, to the extended RMC family and to the population of Kingston should always be secondary to the purpose it must serve: to bring officers of two allied armies closer together by sharing a friendly game and some quality time.

Loosing sight of this purpose is exactly what brought about the latest predicament.  The only way to bring the game back was therefore to revisit the original purpose. On February 9-10 when they visited with the senior staff at West Point, that is exactly what the Commandant and his Staff Officers, Darren Cates and Darren Rich set out to do.

While the results of this encounter may have fallen short of expectations, it should bring us back on the right track in the future. ARMY and RMC are now examining the possibility of coming together and playing THE game, if at all possible, before the end of the academic year. In future years the timing and the format may be different but senior command at both Colleges are committed to restoring this long-standing tradition by honouring its founding principles.

Many fans are disappointed by the regrettable turn of events and therefore may attempt to find someone to blame.  That is also regrettable because, as one being kept abreast of all the attempts made by RMC staff, I can attest to the noble intent of all directly involved at RMC.  The goal has always been to maintain this proud tradition as long as it could be done within reasonable parameters that included the respect of its founding principles and the respect of both institutions.

Let us hope that hindsight provides the wisdom required for both parties to succeed but let us also reflect on our part in this matter.

Indeed, I would fail in my duties to our membership and to my successors if I didn’t examine our own role.  The Club, and its usually vocal partisan members, witnessed the degradation of this great tradition over many years.  Yet, we did too little about it.  We stood back and enjoyed the game, forgetting to provide RMC’s leadership, with the perspective long-term observers such as ourselves could afford, that is until it was too late.

We must also reflect on our more recent behaviour.  While the Club must stand guard for the honourable traditions of the College, we also have a duty to support its leadership.  Our publications aim is to inform their readers, but we must beware of two dangers: releasing misinformation to readers and letting emotions dictate our conduct. Such is not always an easy task but it must be performed with appropriate balance.

Lastly, the excellent relationship we maintained with the Commandant throughout this unfortunate event has made the bonds stronger between the Club and the College leadership.  Communications are key to healthy relationships and we are grateful to the Commandant for maintaining the lines of communications open despite his busy schedule and the many pressures imposed on him regarding this affair.

The weeks to come should reveal the future of the game, but the past teaches us that our family bonds are as strong as ever.


Kimberly Fawcett: “I’m always thinking of ways that you can achieve what people think is the impossible”…


Kimberly Fawcett and husband 19413 Curtis Smith (RMC ’94)…face tragedy head on.

By: Kristyn Wallace  

Reprinted with permission from “The Kingston Heritage”.


It was just over a year ago that Capt Kimberly Fawcett’s life changed in an instant.

On the morning of February 21, 2006, Fawcett was driving her 9½-month-old son Keiran to the home of her in-laws before heading off to work at CFB Kingston.

Inclement weather had made the lanes of the 401 treacherous, so much so that a single-vehicle accident forced Fawcett to pull over to the side of the road.

Curtis and Kim at
Lake Placid, NY

Fawcett got out of the car and went to retrieve Keiran, who was shaken and scared in the back seat.  It was then that a passing vehicle struck them.

Fawcett lost both her son and her right leg in the crash.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better baby”, she says of Keiran.  “He slept through the night practically from day one.  He loved to eat; he grew like a weed.  He was just a smiling, laughing, happy baby boy.”

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Ed Note:  We recently read the following article in the air force magazine and with their permission and that of the author we reprint it here.

It was almost 41 years ago – April 23rd, 1966, a Saturday morning - when as a young Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force walked with crewmates across the tarmac at RCAF Comox to board their aircraft, an Albatross flying boat, for a flight that day – a day that began like many other days, nothing out of the ordinary. However, the events of that day are etched so keenly in his mind that it seems like yesterday.   

Little did the crew realize that a few hours later their plane would crash and only Bob Reid would survive.

5998 Bob Reid (CMR RMC ’64) Story …in his own words

The story starts earlier in the spring of 1965 when a brand new ‘sprog’ navigator arrived at 121 Search & Rescue Squadron [121 was amalgamated into 442 Squadron in 1968] at RCAF Station Comox. After graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada in June 1964 I received my wings in November 1964 as a long-range navigator at the Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Winnipeg. The next month I froze and starved on bush survival training in Jasper National Park –not at the lodge but in the wilderness. Then in January 1965 came the final training at the Operational Training Unit [OTU] at RCAF Station Trenton.

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Update on Bob Reid
Bob was awarded the degree Master of Arts in War Studies in 1970.  As was 5721 Fred Carpenter 
(CMR / RMC ’63). Fred and Bob started in the second year of the Programme of War Studies at RMC. 
2861 LtCol Dan Loomis (RRMC / RMC ’52), MC was the first studentregistered in the War Studies programme. 
Dan started in 1967 and graduated in 1969. The story at the time from Adrian Preston was that 
War Studies was to be a one-year programme; however, the Army posted Dan to RMC for two years so the 
decision was made to have a two-year programme

One interesting side-story was that Fred's father, 2368 Air Vice Marshall Fred Carpenter (RMC ’33), was Commandant of National Defence College at Fort Frontenac.  The RMC people in charge of the War Studies programme - Adrian Preston and Fred Thompson, asked him if the War Studies students could attend some of the sessions. However, the arrival of two young air force Captains, one of whom was the Commandant's son, did not go down well with the senior officers and civil servants at the College so the attendance was cut short. Another aside: A Classmate of Fred Senior was 2364 Len Birchall and he told many stories about Len's piano playing days prior to WW II.

Bob Reid in retirement
Bob articled at a Vancouver law firm and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1975. He was hired 
immediately as a full-time academic (UBC) where he stayed until he retired in 2003. The last two years he taught a 
seminar in the Law of Armed Conflict where he had an opportunity to use what he had learned years before at RMC in the 
War Studies programme.

One of the positions he still retains is as Official Examiner to the Society of Notaries Public of British 
Columbia – …”every year I set exams with two other Examiners - one way to stay involved in the legal community,” 
he stated with a great deal of pride.  

Où sont-ils?  Que font-ils?

Where are they now?  What are they doing?

De temps à autre, e-Veritas mettra en vedette un Ancien, un membre du personnel d'autrefois et ou un ami du Collège.  Ces articles seront reproduits dans le langage reçu et rarement traduits.  Nous invitons nos lecteurs à soumettre des articles a dans la langue de leur choix. From time to time, E-Veritas will focus on an Ex cadet; former staff member; and / or a friend of the college. Articles will be reproduced in the language received and in most cases not translated.  We invite readers to submit articles to in the language of their choice.


8959 Volker Paslat  (RRMC ’71), enjoying a holiday in Mexico.

After releasing from RRMC through Nadan in Jan 1969, and being told on release by a good intentioned Personnel Selection Officer that he wasn’t cut out (“doesn’t have what it takes”) to be successful at university - Volker remained in Victoria doing odd jobs and trying to make ends meet much like any other young struggling university age young man. 

He returned to his hometown of Winnipeg during 1970 from whence he had come and enrolled at the U of Manitoba, first year Science.  Volker graduated with a BSc(Pharmacy) degree in 1974, and after working one year went back for a MSc which he completed in 1978.  

So much for the Canadian Forces personnel “experts” who hand out advice to cadets on release!

Volker worked one more year as a pharmacist on civilian and quickly “saw the light”.  He enrolled once again in the CF as a Direct Entry Officer (DEO) Pharmacist in July 1979.  After serving five years at CFB Winnipeg, Base Hospital Pharmacy, he was posted to Ottawa, Surgeon General Branch/CFMS.  For better or for worse he was to spend the next 20 years in Ottawa filling various positions in the CFMS.  

He retired from the CF in July 2002, commenced employment at PWGSC (Public Works) in Sep 2002 where he remains today as a technical advisor; Scientific, Laboratory, Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical procurement section.

Volker Paslat is a lifetime member of the RMC Club.

17324 Sharon SL Donnelly (RMC ‘90) and 17384  Dave R Rudnicki (RMC ‘90). 

17384 Major David (Dave) R Rudnicki (RMC 1990), born in Surrey BC, enrolled at 17 to the Royal Military College and graduated with a BA (Commerce).  He currently serves at NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs. Dave is a former Squadron Commander and EA to the Commandant at Royal Military College.  He is also an avid cyclist who is enjoying the great outdoor environment of Colorado Springs.

 Sharon Donnelly, who was born in Toronto, also enrolled at 17 to RMC and like Dave, she graduated with a B.A. (Commerce).  She went on to serve 5 years as an Army Logistics Officer.  In 1995, she transferred to the Reserves in order to have the time to pursue a spot on the 2000 Olympic team in the sport of Triathlon (1.5-km swim, 40-km cycle, 10-km run).  Sharon continued racing after her Olympic debut with an aim of making a second team in 2004.  She missed the team by a mere 22 seconds and was named as Team Alternate for Athens 2004 Olympics. 

Sharon retired from the sport and the Reserves in the fall of 2004 and quickly filled her time with jobs such as: Race Director for the inaugural CFB triathlon in Kingston in May 2004, teaching physical education classes at Saint Lawrence College, and coaching local junior, age group triathletes.

Upon moving to Colorado Springs in 2006 for Dave’s employment, Sharon began immediate employment with USA Triathlon as assistant National Team coach working out of the US Olympic Training Centre. 

        Mom, Dad & Gemma –  first birthday!                                              

But the biggest news for both Dave and Sharon was the birth of their daughter Gemma Claire Rudnicki on 16, Sept 2005.  She arrived in record fashion and now almost a year and half old – she is keeping her proud parents fit and agile.  Gemma is also enjoying the Colorado area with many hikes already under her belt.

If there are any ex-cadets that plan to visit the area – “please look us up” – Sharon enjoyed visiting ex-cadets around the world during her racing career and Dave and Sharon would love to extend the same welcome.

Sharon Donnelly is a former Olympian having competed in the Triathlon in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Sharon is 1999 Pan American gold medallist in Winnipeg, three times National Champion (1997, 1999, 2002) and a 2002 Member of the Commonwealth Team (5th place). She was an 8th place finisher in the 2002 Worlds. She served on the National team from 1996-2004. Sharon also received the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Volunteerism in the community of Kingston. Sharon was the 1994 CF Female Athlete of the Year and inducted into the CF Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.   

Ex Cadets in the News!

Blue Note Mining Appoints 5846 Peter Watson (RMC ’63) as Director
Caribou Mines on Schedule

Blue Note Mining Inc. today announced it has appointed Mr. Peter Watson to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Watson holds a B.A. (Commerce) from the Royal Military College of Canada, a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and a Diploma from the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.   More…


6584 Keith Ambachtsheer (RRMC RMC ’65)


There is now a broad consensus that the workplace pension  systems in most of the developed world are sick and that they require strong medicine if they are able to generate adequate pension for workers in the years ahead. But a ground breaking new book by author and pension advisor Keith Ambachtsheer offers a different vision for pension plan management.
Pension Revolution. A Solution to the Pensions Crisis ( published by John Wiley & Sons on January 29), outlines how a new pension design called "TOPS - The Optimal Pension System" offers an integrative solution to today's crisis.

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Following 29 years of service, 13077 Dean Black (RMC ’81) has retired from the Canadian Forces to assume the position of executive director of the Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) and publishing editor of the highly acclaimed Airforce magazine.  He is also Vice Chair, Board of Directors with the Renfrew Public Library. 

Born in Lachine, Quebec, Dean entered RMC in 1977. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master of Arts in War Studies.  He is also a graduate of the Aerospace Systems Course, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff Course and the Canadian Forces College.

Dean earned his pilot wings in 1982 and has since amassed 3,600 flying hours on Kiowa, Twin Huey and Griffon tactical helicopters.

Dean Black lives in Renfrew, Ontario, with Cathy, and their two daughters Jennalee, 19 and Katelynn, 15.

16455 Tim Lannan (RMC ’88) One of the cornerstone hockey players from the Dr Wayne Kirk coached Redmen era set to retire. 

Pictured are a number of “buds” that were in attendance at the Maj Tim Lannan's retirement ceremony held 
recently at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs:(L to R) Capt Olivier Montplaisir-CMR/RMC 97, Maj Charity 
Weeden(Stephenson)-RMC 96, Maj Dave Rudnicki-RMC 90, Maj Ken Rodziniak-RMC 83, LCdr Dan 
Landry- RRMC 91, MajTim Lannan-RMC 88, Maj Don Hilton-RRMC/RMC 94, BGen Mark McQuillan-RMC 81, 
Cdr Ivan Allain-CMR 84, Maj Mike Ashcroft-RMC 87, Maj Suzanne Cote-CMR 90.

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13934 Kenn Rodzinyak (RMC ’84)  & 20396 Major Charity Weeden nee Stephenson (RMC ’96)

Space the final recruiting frontier…

17619 Andy Stainforth (CMR / RMC ’91)… Aurora navigator

19828 John-James Ford, (RMC 1995) 
John-James Ford author of Bonk on the Head (Nightwood, $20.95)  
won the 2006 Ottawa Book Award  in the English fiction category (tied with The Sundog Season by John Geddes). "I am honoured 
to accept this award," says John-James. The novel describes a fictional officer-cadet's life at RMC. 
John-James Ford was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, in 1972. He studied at the Royal Military College in Kingston and at the 
University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He is a Canadian Foreign Service Officer who lives in Ottawa and abroad. His poetry and 
short fiction have been published in Grey Borders, Papertiger, qwerty, Carousel and Prairie Fire. 
Bonk on the Head is available from the RMC club gift shop:



19882 Mark McCullins (RMC ’95) "Some really great Canadian science went into this-Bombardier was involved, Transport Canada, and our team executed the tests,"…

Cleared for Winter Take-Off

20242 René Poulin (CMR RMC ’96)… "Aviation plays an important role in Afghanistan”…

22453 Kyle Thebault (RMC ’02)  Aerospace Controller

23943  Vanessa Harmon(RMC ’08) … RMC Cadet dreams of following  13738 Chris Hadfield (RRMC RMC ’82)

We pick-up our news sources from wherever we can. Readers are encouraged to forward any item on an Ex Cadet, former staff member from any of the three military colleges.  College number & photo will make our life a lot easier. 


Mayor's (and Mother's) Report
from Caledon, Ontario

Forces are making a difference in Afghanistan

Marolyn Morrison mother of 22060 Andrew Morrison (RMC ’01) is the Mayor of Caledon, Ontario and she has a weekly column in the local Caledon Citizen.

(previously printed in the Caledon Citizen in early March)



 "I'm off."

That is the caption of a recent e-mail I received from our oldest son who is serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

As many of you know, and have been asking, my husband John and I have three sons. Our oldest son Andrew graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, with an honours degree in engineering. He graduated in 2001 and decided to make a career with the Canadian Military. Andrew is a Captain and stationed in Petawawa, with his wife, Jennifer who is also an engineer and graduate of RMC. Andrew is in the Army and Jennifer is in the Air Force.

During the election I was asked many times about our family and what the boys are doing. Because Andrew was deployed to Afghanistan August 3, 2006, it was very near and dear to me as a mother. I wanted to tell people what was happening in our lives but I also did not want to have Andrews' deployment used during the election.

I was asked by many to write about what it is like to have a child in a war-torn country, serving in the Canadian Military. So here is the story and I hope I can do it justice.

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So You Think You're Smart! 

Excerpts from the Examination for Admission to RMC held in May, 1907

1. Arithmetic: A man insures his house, valued at $8000, so that in case of loss he should recover the value of the house, and the premium paid, the rate being ½%. Find the premium paid.

2. English Composition: Explain what you understand by Figures of Speech, and give specimens of at least three figures.

3. French Grammar: Write down the French names of: five trees; five kinds of food; five kinds of dwellings; five trades; five virtues or vices

4. Translate into English (from French): L’inondation finit à peu près en septembre. Alors commencent les travaux des champs. Pendant les mois d’octobre, novembre, décembre, janvier et février, la campagne d’Egypte présente un aspect ravissant de fertilité et de fraîcheur. Elle est couverte alors des plus riches moissons, émaillée de fleurs, traversée par d’immenses troupeaux. En mars, les chaleurs commencent, la terre se gerce si profondément, qu’il est quelquefois dangereux de la traverser à cheval.

5. Geometry : Using Euclid’s method, show how to construct on a line 3 inches long a rectangle equal in area to an isosceles triangle, base 2 inches and height 2 ½ inches.

6. English Grammar: What is meant by a dialect of English, by colloquial English and by modern English? Write a note on the foreign element in the vocabulary.

7. Translate into French (from English): Admiral Nelson fell at the battle of Trafalgar. King Harold and his two brothers were killed at the battle of Hastings.

8. French composition: Write a letter of about 120 words, thanking a friend for hospitality after a visit.

9. Trigonometry: Sailing due East I observe two ships lying at anchor due South; after sailing 3 miles the ships bear 60º and 30º S. of W. How far are they now distant from me?

10. British and Canadian History: How did Great Britain become involved in war with France at the time of the French Revolution? Write a note on the naval victories of Lord Nelson.

11. Geography: Draw an outline map of Canada, marking: the boundaries of the several provinces; three centres of population in Northern Ontario; three tributary rivers of the St. Lawrence in Quebec.

12. Algebra: What is the property of a person whose income is $1,140.00, when one-twelfth of it is invested as 2%, one-half at 3%, one-third at 4 ½ % and the remainder pays him no dividend?

13. Chemistry: Three jars containing Oxygen, Nitrous Oxide and Nitric Oxide respectively are given you. State how you would identify each.

14. Translate into Latin (from English): He promised to send me information when he had taken the city. It is important to Caesar that the war should be finished before the winter. To march, to halt, to keep the ranks. Recruits, veterans, discipline. To be stranded, to gain a victory, winter-quarters.

15. Translate into English (from Latin): Undique visendi studio Trojana juventus. Circumfusa ruit, certanque illudere capto. Accipe nunc Dannaaum insidias, et crimine ab uno. Disce omnes.

16. Geometrical drawing: Inscribe a regular pentagon in a circle of 2 1/8’ radius.

17. Freehand Drawing: Reproduce in Ink or Lead Pencil the accompanying Sketch, making your drawing a little larger. (Click to see image)



CISM Soccer Team Off to India in October

Recently, the Canadian Forces Men’s CISM soccer team traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the Americas Cup Tournament.  This tournament was a qualifier for the World Military games in India in October of this year.  The competition involved three military soccer teams:  Brazil, the United States, and Canada.  The top two teams would go on to qualify for the game in October.

The lone Canada goal in the first game for Canada – a loss to Brazil 10-1 came from III Year OCdt Stuart Ireson.  In their second match Canada and the United States tied 1-1.  The Canadian goal was scored by RMC Grad Student Marcel Plada (Mech Eng).

Canada's rematch against the Brazilians was a much better outing.  The Canadians defended for their life and went into the half 0-0.  After the break, the Brazilians came out fired up and put four goals past the Canadian keeper RMC Grad Student Andriy Szkwarek (Elec Eng).  The game ended in a 4-0 scoreline. 

Everything came down to the final game with the Americans as the Brazilians had already ensured passage to India.  In order for Canada to qualify and finish second, a win was necessary as the teams goal differential was worse than that of the Americans (in the event of a tie).  The American team struck first.  This 1-0 lead held up until held way through the second half, Canada drew a penalty shot.  Pte Richard Morris converted from the spot to even things up at one. 

The game remained deadlocked until the 92' minute when a ball slipped by the American defenders right to the feet of Team Captain Tom St.Onge and he slotted the ball past the  American keeper.  The game ended just seconds later and the Canadians were victorious.

This is the first time in 12 years that the CF Men’s CISM Soccer team has qualified for the World Military Games.  The team consists of 18 players from within the Canadian Forces 12 of whom are RMC grads or current cadets. 

Good luck in India.


The RMC CISM soccer connection:

Sebastien Cote (96); Marcel Plada ('02); Andriy Szkwarek ('02); Stefan Szkwarek ('02);
Tom St.Onge ('05); Demetris Mousouliotis ('05); Didier Belanger ('06);
James Legendre ('06); Stuart Ireson (III); Trevor Guile (II); Landon Zeeman (II); and
Chris Schenk (III)

More on CISM soccer:

The Canadian Goalie Turned Baseball Player

Courtesy: Doug Ferris & Bob Morton Class of ’69

How to Train a Referee (as shown on


  We get e-mails . . . 

I remember Feb 15 1965 very well.  While it was disappointing to loose the flag that our military had fought under in at least 3 wars, that is now history.  The reason for the memory is that I had the honour along with my classmate Tom Jennings to be the buglers that bugled the Red Ensign down and the Maple Leaf up.  A fond memory with mixed emotions.

 7381 J. H. (Harry) James. (RRMC ’67)

This issue was another good read.  Interesting quote from MFO treasure Herb Brav, who I remember well from South Camp and who taught our two children how to snorkel.  The only other "Brav-ism" that I remember is "Safety, Teamwork, and Set the Example High".

Warmest regards always,

8066 Don Peterson (RMC ’70)

I had the following article forwarded to me.  I don't have muchinformation on the source other than what is included, but it really did
move me and I wanted to share with the broadest group I could.  Please do what you can to pass it on to the other members of the club. 
 Thank you.
19825 R. Ken Falkner (RMC ’95)




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c.  758 Wheeler, EO

758 Edward Oliver Wheeler  (Entered RMC 1907) 
Edward Oliver Wheeler was born in Ottawa in 1890, to Clara (nee 
Macoun) and Arthur O. Wheeler, a Dominion Land Surveyor and founder 
of the Alpine Club of Canada. Wheeler was educated in the schools of 
his native city, and subsequently at Trinity College at Port Hope, 
Ontario. He passed with honours into the Royal Military College at 
Kingston in 1910. His competence and scholarship augured a successful 
career - he was the top Cadet on passing out, was awarded the 
Governor General's medal and received the Sword of Honour. 
Commissioned forthwith in the corps of the Royal Engineers, he was 
posted to duty at its depot in Chatham, England, and in 1913 
transferred to India
During the First World War he served in France with a company of King 
George's Sappers and Miners, Indian Expedition Force, 1915 and with 
the forces in Mesopotamia campaign 1916-18. Thereafter he was on the 
General Staff in India until 1919 when he was seconded to the Survey 
of India. His war service was of the highest order, and he was 
awarded the Military Cross, and a membership in the French Legion of 
Honour, his citation being supported by no less than seven mentions 
in dispatches. In the Survey he rose to the position of 
Superintendent in 1927, succeeding to the office of Director in 1939, 
and finally to that of Surveyor-General of India in 1941. The later 
post he held until retirement in 1947, his successful administration 
and personal merit having been signalized in 1943 by his elevation to 
a knighthood. His return to Canada was in 1947 and he settled down 
with Lady Wheeler at Lavington, near Vernon, enjoying his retirement 
in activities connected with the mountains and the Alpine Club of 
Canada, until physical incapability prevented them.
Wheelers love of the mountains began at the age of twelve while his 
father was engaged in the survey of the Selkirk Range. In succeeding 
years Edward continued to spend his holidays assisting his father, 
and more particularly in helping with the construction and 
maintenance of the ACC camps and in guiding climbs during them. His 
early association with the Swiss Guides who were brought out and 
employed by the C.P.R. ensured in him sound techniques to which he 
added broadening experience and marked initiative. He made numerous 
ascents but some of note were Mount Hector and Observation Peak in 
1903, Hungabee Mountain with Val Fynn in 1909, the first ascent of 
Mount Babel in 1910 with A.R. Hart, L.C. Wilson and H.H. Worsfeld and 
his guideless climbs on Mount Sir Donald and Mount Tupper in the same 
year. In 1911 he was climbing in the Pyrenees and briefly in the 
Lakes District. During a period of leave in 1912 he led the ACC 
Expedition to Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island where 
the party made the first ascent of Elkhorn Mountain.
1920 saw his return to Canada on a leave, which was partly spent with 
his father in the Fortress lake region, and partly in the planning, 
erection and direction of the ACC camp at Mount Assiniboine. Back to 
India, he was married in the spring of 1921 to Dorothea Sophia 
Danielson and shortly afterwards was appointed a member of the 
reconnaissance party under Colonel Charles Howard-Bury. This 
expedition was organized to examine the approaches to Mount Everest, 
and the possible routes for climbing it. Assisted by Henry Morshead, 
he carried out mapping operations from the Tibetan Plateau and on the 
northern, eastern and western sides of the massif. In company with 
George Mallory and Guy Bullock he examined the approach by the East 
Rongbuk Glacier. This route eventually became the key to the North 
Col which afterwards became so prominent a feature in successive 
attempts to reach the summit. The extent and rapidity of his 
surveying work constituted a tour de force which has hardly been 
equaled, demanding as it did over five months of continuous 
mountaineering at very high altitudes and under some embarrassment 
due to ill health which he ignored.
He came to Canada on sick leave in 1922 and required operative 
treatment but returned to India in 1923. In 1925 further convalescing 
in Canada was necessary after another operation in London. He then 
returned to India and was stationed in Quetta until 1933.
 From 1950 to 1954 Wheeler was the esteemed President of the Alpine 
Club of Canada and particularly active in advancing its efficiency 
and prestige. He had been an Honorary Member since 1922 as well as a 
life membership of the Alpine Club (England) and latterly a member of 
the American Alpine Club.
Brigadier Sir Edward Oliver Wheeler passed away on March 19, 1962 at 
the age of seventy-one in the hospital in Vernon, B.C. following a 
stroke he had sustained the previous day. Wheeler will be remembered 
for his active and adventurous life both within Canada and abroad, 
his distinguishing career as a Military Officer and Surveyor, and his 
role with the 1921 Mount Everest expedition.
In Memoriam. The Canadian Alpine Journal. Vol. 45. The Alpine Club of 
Canada. Banff, Alberta. 1962. p. 160-163.
Wheeler, E.O. "Mt. Babel and Chimney Peak." The Canadian Alpine 
Journal. Vol. 3. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, Alberta. 1911. p. 
Wheeler, E.O. "Mount Elkhorn, Strathcona Park." The Canadian Alpine 
Journal. Vol. 5. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, Alberta. 1913. p. 
Wheeler, E.O. "Traverse of Terrapin and West Ridge of Magog." The 
Canadian Alpine Journal. Vol. 12. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, 
Alberta. 1921-22. p. 53-55.
Wheeler, E.O. "Mt. Everest Expedition/1921." The Canadian Alpine 
Journal. Vol. 13. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, Alberta. 1923. p. 
Wheeler, E.O. "ACC Golden Jubilee." The Canadian Alpine Journal. Vol. 
39. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, Alberta. 1956. p. 3-24.
Wheeler, A.O. "The Alpine Club of Canada in Strathcona Park." The 
Canadian Alpine Journal. Vol. 5. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff, 
Alberta. 1913. p. 82-95.

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6137 Wyn Van der Schee; and 4370 Dave Rayner for their help in preparing

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