Royal Military College (RMC) Saint-Jean is a Canadian military academy located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, inaugurated the Royal Military College Saint-Jean on May 24, 2008, and she presented the new college coat of arms to the commandant, Colonel Francois Pion.
In fall 2007, the federal government reopened the military college at Saint-Jean, which was closed in 1995. The reopening of RMC Saint-Jean uses a similar formula to the one used in 1952 when Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) was originally created. The Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean (Colonel Pion) reports to the Commander, Canadian Defence Academy (CDA). RMC Saint-Jean also has its own board of governors. Cadets at RMC Saint-Jean will be issued scarlet uniforms. The first-year program at RMC Saint-Jean is expected to free up beds at Royal Military College of Canada allowing more Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) cadets to attend RMC rather than civilian universities.
RMC Saint-Jean infrastructure is currently used by the Canadian Forces located at ASU Saint-Jean and by a non-profit corporation called Campus du Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec), which arranges for the upkeep of many of the educational facilities and leases them out to educational institutions such as the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) for their local program while also renting out others for short events such as large banquets or conventions.
Corresponding to the first two years of collegial (CEGEP) studies in Quebec, preparatory year is a pre-university program of studies. Intended for students who have obtained their high-school certificates in Quebec or the equivalent elsewhere in Canada, the program prepares students to continue their studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.
Military education for Canadian officers is focused on the four components unique to the military colleges: military training, physical fitness, bilingualism and academic excellence
Students at RMC Saint-Jean will be able to receive training in a two-year general military College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP) diploma program to about 200 students per year:
The RMC Saint-Jean attracts Quebecers who have already completed a year at some other CEGEP to switch into the first year at RMC Saint-Jean. RMC Saint-Jean offers courses in French to the French-speaking cadets and in English to the English-speaking cadets.
Although the College does not offer university-level courses as it did before 1995, credits can be applied to programs at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario or other universities. So that students can move seamlessly from one to the other, the academic programs at the two institutions will be harmonized. At the end of the first or preparatory year, students who opt for the “General” program (science, arts, business) will stay on at CMR for another year. Students studying engineering will go to Kingston, Ontario into first year at RMC.
At its campus in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu the RMC has been offering a preuniversity programme for 140 students per year. The preparatory year ("prep year") cadets acquire the necessary academic standard needed to attend RMC. The preparatory year is open to students from Canada who need to upgrade their studies before beginning university courses. The program is intended mainly for students from Quebec. The academic function of CMR was to educate its cadets up to the second year of a college degree. The remaining studies are to be completed at the RMC in Kingston.
Divided into two semesters the academic year is composed of 75 teaching days and a final examination period, followed by a supplemental examination period.
|Faculty of Science||Faculty of Social Sciences|
The mandate of the preparatory year is to develop in its students good work habits, academic diligence, critical facility, and team spirit.
More than a thousand members of the Canadian Forces transit through the NCMPDC each year in order to perfect their knowledge and skills following or before their promotion to the ranks of warrant officer (petty officer 1st class), master warrant officer (chief petty officer second class) or chief warrant officer (chief petty officer first class).
When they arrive at the Officer Cadets Division, the officer-cadets have already chosen their service. They are soon separated into three squadrons (Richelieu, Iberville or Tracey). The cadets wear the uniform of their service during the preparation year. They will not wear the Royal Military College of Canada uniform until their first year of university.
The preuniversity programme features modern, diversified teaching methods: workshops, introduction to research methods, laboratories, group projects, oral and multimedia presentations. The staff provide academic support in the form of workshops, tutorials, and supplementary courses.
The cadets live in the Cartier Building or the Champlain Building and eat in Dextrase Pavilion (completed in 1993). The cadets can leave the campus at any time when they do not have classes, study periods or training.
During the week, the daily routine consists of inspection, running, breakfast, classes, sports, and studies. The officer-cadets attend academic classes and undergo military training. The military training is in the form of drill, cartography, compass use and three major field exercises each year. The cadets take roles as cadet squadron commander, second in command (2IC) and section commanders. Outside classes, bilingualism is promoted by French / English weeks.
On the weekend, with the exception of military training, the students are largely free.
|1950||The Old Brigade, alumni celebrating 50 or more years since they entered one of the military colleges, are inducted.|
|1952||CMR now (RMC Saint-Jean)was established in order to conduct tri-service cadet training within the Canadian Forces. It was a classical college, with the initial purpose of providing a more equitable representation of French Canadians in the three services of the Canadian Forces. During spring 1952, Louis Saint-Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, made the decision to found a bilingual military college in Quebec, to open in September. In 1952 the Governor General of Canada officially opened Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR).|
|1968||Pavillon Lahaie was built, featuring laboratory, library and office space|
|1971||CMR established a formal partnership with the University of Sherbrooke, after which CMR cadets were able to obtain a bachelor's degree without leaving Saint-Jean.|
|1985||The Quebec government passed an act granting CMR its own university charter.|
|1988||CMR was authorized to grant master's and doctorate degrees.|
|H7860||Roméo Dallaire (CMR/RMC 1969), Canadian Senator|
|H7860||Roméo Dallaire (CMR/RMC 1969), Canadian Senator|
|12046||Pierre Ducharme, President of RMC Club|
|Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages|
|Michael Fortier, MP for Montreal.|
|Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.|
|S157||BGen (Ret) Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence|
|Marcel Prud'homme, Canadian Senator requesting reopening CMR|
|G1415||Major General Walter Semianiw OMM CD (RMC 1980) Chief Military Personnel|
Escadron Richelieu uses Cartier Block and Pavillon Lahaie. Pavillons Vanier, DeLéry, Dextraze, Massey and the Old Mess are shared. The campus provides state-of-the-art technological support: library, well-equipped laboratories, ample supplies of learning materials, and Internet access.
|Administration Building #24||Registry of Historic Places of Canada||1937 to 1938|
|Cartier Pavilion||Honours Jacques Cartier, French navigator and explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France||1955|
|DeLery Building||academic classrooms named after Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Léry, a military engineer who built Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec) in 1748||1957|
|Dextraze Pavilion||Dining Room named after General J.A. Dextraze H18111 former Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)|
|La Galissonnière Pavilion||named after Roland-Michel Barrin de La Galissonière, (commandant-general of New France) Registry of Historic Places of Canada||1955|
|Lahaie Pavilion||Library laboratories and additional offices named after Brigadier-General Marcelin L. Lahaie 1952-57||1968–1974|
|Maisonneuve pavilion||Dormitory named after Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal, Quebec|
|Massey Building||named after Vincent Massey former Governor General of Canada|
|Montcalm Pavilion (CMR 4, Building No. 4 and Montcalm Barracks)||Dormitory named after General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm Registry of Historical Places||1839|
|Old Mess (all ranks), Building 5||1839|
|Parade square||300 feet by 400 feet||Aug.–Sept. 1955|
|Ramparts||The ruins of Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec)||1748|
|Second World War Memorial||this granite slab monument is dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of No. 48 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training unit who died in WWII||1 Dec 1945|
|Vanier Pavilion||Sport Complex, also outdoor soccer, tennis and Canadian football fields named after Georges P. Vanier, former Governor General of Canada|
|World War II War Monument|
The museum is located in Fort Saint-Jean on the campus of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. The museum mandate is to collect, conserve, research and display material relating to the history of the CMR, its former cadets and its site, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The museum contains collections of military memorabilia and military artefacts. The site has been occupied since 1666 by different garrisons, a shipyard and a military college.
The CMR Ex-Cadet Foundation manages the museum which recognizes more than 325 years (1666–1995) of military history at the fortifications located on the Richelieu River. The flora and centennial trees enhance the site.
The museum was located in the old guardhouse from 1974–1998. The museum was closed from 1998–2003 but is now situated in the former Protestant chapel. The museum is opened Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00, from May 24 until September 1.
The museum is a member of the Canadian Museums Association and the Organization of Military Museums of Canada Inc. The museum is an accredited museum within the Canadian Forces Museum System. The museum has formed a cooperating association of friends of the museum to assist with projects.
|blanket toss||blanket toss of senior class members after the last waltz at the Grad Ball|
|'change of command ceremony'||The former commandant offers farewell and best wishes to the college and to the new Commandant. The new commandant accepts a first salute as the cadet wing marches past.|
|College Coin||Every new officer cadet is issued a challenge coin upon completion of First Year Orientation Period. The coin is engraved with the name of the college in French and English surrounding the college badge on the obverse. The cadet's college number and the motto is in both languages.|
|college toast (honor)||CMR toast to absent comrades meaning those who have fallen in action or who had died|
|Feux de joie||an honour guard perform a rifle salute with field artillery, or more commonly, rifles using blank ammunition.|
|Freedom of the fort||Officer cadets are equal independently of their year. They are also allowed to remove their headgear.|
|Jacket exchange||CMR Director of Cadets exchanges tunics with I Year Officer Cadet at CMR Christmas Dinner.|
|Just passing by||When a graduate of the CMR pilots an aircraft in the vicinity of Saint-Jean, Quebec, he or she conducts an impromptu airshow over the college.|
|Obstacle course race||gruelling course for recruits set up by the cadets' immediate predecessors, memorialized by a sculpture|
|Old 18||First year cadets are required to memorize the names of the first class in the order of their college numbers.|
|Old Brigade||Alumni who entered military college 50 or more years before wear unique berets and ties, have the Right of the Line on reunion weekend memorial parades, and present the college cap badge to the first-year cadets on the First Year Badging Parade. Each class traditionally marks its 50-year anniversary and entry into the Old Brigade with a gift.|
|Shouldering professors||at closing exercises, cadets carried professors around the room|
|Skylarks||annual class practical joke or prank|
|Sweetheart broach||officer cadets gave their dates an enamel brooch in lieu of a corsage for formal dances at Christmas and graduation. The museum retains several examples.|
|H11171 Colonel Marcelin L. Lahaie, DSO, CD||1952–1957|
|Group Captain Jean G. Archambault, AFC, CD||1957–1960|
|Captain J.A.T. Marcel Jetté, CD||1960–1963|
|H12481 Colonel J. Armand Ross, DSO, CD (Honorary 1975)||1963–1966|
|Colonel Roland A. Reid, MC, CD, ADC||1966–1968|
|H12882 Colonel Jacques Chouinard, CD, ADC (Honorary 1973)||1968–1970|
|H14129 Colonel Gérard C.E. (Gerry) Thériault, CD, ADC (Honorary 1975)||1970–1971|
|3814 & H12478 Brigadier-General Jean-Paul A. (Jack) Cadieux, CD, ADC (RMC 1957)||1971–1973|
|Colonel J. Arthur R. Vandal, CD, ADC||1973–1975|
|4377 Lieutenant General Richard J. Evraire, CD (CMR/RMC 1959)||1975–1978|
|3759 Colonel Charles-Eugène Savard, OMM, CD, ADC (CMR 1957)||1978–1981|
|5359 Colonel (Ret'd) J. Yvon Durocher, CD, ADC (CMR/RMC 1962)||1981–1983|
|5643 Colonel (Ret'd) Rudolphe J. Parent, OMM, CD, ADC (CMR/RMC 1963)||1983–1986|
|6116 Colonel (Ret'd) J.L.H. Claude Archambault, OMM, CD, ADC (CMR/RMC 1964)||1986–1989|
|6496 Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Charles J.C.A. Émond CD (CMR/RMC 1965)||1991-1994|
|8738 Colonel (Ret'd) J.Marcel Parisien (CMR RMC 1971)||1995|
|12603 Colonel J.U. François Pion OMM, CD (RMC 1980)||2007–present|
Shown with college numbers.
|Student #||Name||College Year||Significance|
|6873||Major-General Clive J. Addy, CMM, CD (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1966||founding Chair of National Security Group|
|6097||Lieutenant-General (Ret'd) Paul G Addy CMM, CD||CMR RMC 1964||senior officer|
|5315||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Robert Alden||CMR RMC 1963||senior officer|
|6116||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Claude Archambault||CMR RMC 1964||senior officer|
|18056||Mr Dominic JL Arpin||CMR 1987||TV host, journalist, movie columnist|
|15215||Harold Arsenault CD||CMR 1984||Businessman, Director, Amadeus IT Group Amadeus International Inc.|
|5992||Doctor Allan James Barrett CD||CMR/RMC 1964||Vice-principal of RMC and Canadian Defence Academy director of learning management|
|15227||Captain Christian C. Beauchesne (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1986||Businessman, VP Halogen Software|
|6090||The Right Reverend George L.R. Bruce, CD||CMR/RMC 1964||Diocesan Bishop of Ontario 2002-present, nominated for Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in 2007|
|19616||Miguel Caron||CMR/RMC 1995||Businessman, President and CEO, Lyrtech|
|18096||Alain JGA Charron||CMR/RMC 1992||Businessman, A.C.E. Building Inspection Services, Inc.,|
|3997||Major-General (Ret'd) Robert Chisholm||CMR 1958||senior officer|
|4410||Major-General (Re't) Andrew Christie||CMR 1959||senior officer|
|15204||Diane Claveau||CMR 1985||First women to graduate after 4 years of instruction at the CMR. She holds a B.A.|
|5639||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Keith Corbould||CMR RMC 1963||senior officer|
|15751||Captain Bruno Couillard (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1987||Businessman, President & Chief Technology Officer, BC5 Technologies Inc., co-founder Chrsalis-ITS Inc.|
|11182||Major-General Jean-Michel Comtois OMM, CD (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1976||Businessman, VP, CMC Electronics|
|3737||senior officer(Ret'd) Colin Curleigh||CMR 1956||senior officer|
|H7860||Lieutenant-General Senator Roméo Dallaire O.C., CMM (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1969||former commander of United Nations peacekeeping mission to Rwanda|
|H7543||Senator Joseph A. Day||CMR/RMC 1968||retired from Royal Canadian Air Force; lawyer, Liberal Senator for New Brunswick 2001.10.04 -|
|6415||Major-General (Re'd) Tom Defaye||CMR 1965||senior officer|
|5359||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Yvon Durocher||CMR RMC 1962||senior officer|
|11639||Captain Paul J. Detering (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1978||Businessman, Founder and CEO Tioga Energy|
|H18111||General Jacques Dextraze, CC, CMM, CBE, DSO (2), CD||CMR 1987||Chief of the Defence Staff from 1972–1977.|
|6480||Thomas S. Drolet||CMR/RMC 1965||Businessman, Board Member, Western GeoPower Corp|
|7619||Captain Mark JM Duncan (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1968||VP, CEO, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority|
|4992||Pierre Y. Ducros C.M.||CMR/RMC 1960||Businessman, inducted into Canadian Information Productivity Awards Hall of Fame; pioneer in informatics and telecommunications services; former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Université du Québec à Montréal, and as a member of the Conseil consultatif international des Hautes Études Commerciales.|
|8662||Dr. Allan English||CMR/RMC 1971||author; professor|
|4377||Lieutenant-General Richard Evraire CMM, CD (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1959||Chair, Canadian Defence Association|
|6131||Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Robert Fischer||CMR RMC 1964||senior officer|
|8276||Doctor MJ Garneau C.C., CD, Ph.D., F.C.A.S.I.||CMR/RMC 1970||Canadian astronaut aboard space shuttles Challenger and Endeavour, logged nearly 700 hours in space; NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1997,|
|5105||Doctor JL Granatstein O.C., Ph.D., LL.D., F.R.S.C.||CMR/RMC 1961||Canadian historian|
|7855||Mr Paul JP Hession||CMR/RMC 1969||Executive Partnerships, Canada Health Infoway Inc|
|5381||Ray Hession||CMR/RMC 1962||Chair, Service Canada Advisory Council|
|13443||Shamus M. Hurley||CMR 1982||President and CEO, Kinetico Incorporated|
|18157||Kurt Hoppe||CMR 1990||Businessman, Director, Digeo Inc|
|12372||Commander Peter Johnston CD (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1980||Businessman, partner, Lansdowne Technologies Inc.|
|5982||Robert D Jull||CMR/RMC 1964||Businessman, executive and entrepreneur, Icron Technologies Corporation|
|11635||Dr. Jean de Lafontaine||CMR/RMC 1978||founding President of NGC Aerospace Ltd.; educator|
|17718||Mr Emmanuel Langlois||CMR 1990||Businessman, Executive VP Sologlobe|
|11597||Captain Richard JPR Laurence||CMR/RMC 1977||founder/President of Trillys Systems Inc.|
|6454||Lieutenant-General (ret'd) William C. Leech, CMM, CD (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1965||VP, Mincom Defence|
|15833||Mr Claude François Lemasson||CMR/RMC 1987||Businessman, GM, Goldcorp Inc.|
|7502||Lieutenant(N) Joseph Lyrette (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1968||Businessman, CEO ADGA Group Consultants Inc.|
|5404||Major-General (Ret'd) John Arch MacInnis||CMR RMC 1962||senior officer|
|9573||Steven MacLean (astronaut)||CMR 1973||Canadian astronaut|
|3776||Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Hugh MacNeil||CMR RMC 1957||senior officer|
|13481||Tom Manley||CMR 1978||Businessman, politician|
|10450||Lieutenant-Commander Jean Marcotte||1975||cycling across Canada in support of the Military Family Fund, 2007|
|6018||Right Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Martin||CMR RMC 1964||senior officer|
|4750||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Stewart E McGowan||CMR RMC 1960||senior officer|
|9999||Mr Patrick PG Michaud||CMR/RMC 1974||Businessman, Vice-President, Score Media Inc.|
|4393||Doctor Desmond Morton (historian)||CMR/RMC 1959||Canadian historian|
|12320||Major-General Walter Natynczyk OMM, M.S.C., CD||RRMC/CMR 1979||Vice Chief of the Defence Staff; Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom|
|5643||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Rudolphe R.J. Parent||CMR RMC 1963||senior officer|
|12110||Mr Christian M. Paupe||CMR 1979||Businessman, Executive VP, CFO Yellow Pages Income Fund & Trader Corporation.|
|13016||Major Luc JSL Perron (Ret'd)||CMR/RMC 1982||Businessman, VP, Optosecurity|
|10468||Major-General Jerry S.T. Pitzul,||CMR 1975||Judge-Advocate-General from 1998 to 2006.|
|10026||Denis Pouliot||CMR/RMC 1974||Businessman, Director, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.|
|4669||Mr Toivo Roht||CMR/RMC 1960||author of "Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College 1955–2006"|
|8752||Jacques Roy||CMR 1971||Director, HEC-Montréal|
|8356||Guy Saint-Pierre||CMR 1970||Businessman, politician|
|3634||Brigadier-General (Re't) Doug D Smith||CMR 1956||senior officer|
|6014||Lieutenant-General (Ret'd) Frederick Sutherland||CMR RMC 1965||senior officer|
|11199||Jacques St-Laurent CD||CMR/RMC 1976||Businessman, VP, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada|
|20688||Ms. Shanie Ste-Marie||CMR/RMC 1997||Businesswoman, owner, Traduction SSM Translation Services|
|11721||Lawrence Stevenson||CMR/RMC 1978||Businessman, CEO Callisto Capital|
|12464||Tom Sweeney CD||CMR/RMC 1980||Businessman, co-founder, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures|
|5457||Major General (Ret'd) Marc M. Terreau||CMR 1962||senior officer|
|19282||Didier Toussaint||CMR 1993||Businessman, co-founder, partner, Top Aces Consulting|
|16817||Louis Veilleux||CMR 1984||Businessman, co-founder, President and CEO, Sologlobe|
|11731||Mr Dennis D Weiss||CMR/RMC 1978||Businessman, VP EWA-Canada|
|6343||Mr Ian Wilson||CMR 1963||Librarian and Archivist of Canada|
|3982||Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Douglas Yuill||CMR 1958||senior officer|
|H12878||Colonel (Ret'd) J.A. Berthiaume, OBE, KStJ, CD||CMR 1952||CMR administration officier 1952-1953, commandant of the 1 R22eR 1957-1960|
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