OCdts. On Parade

We have been searching all over the web trying to locate as many ex cadets as we could who are lawyers. By no means, do we believe the list that we have put together is complete. However, we do believe it is a good start.

Also, some of the information we were able to obtain was more comprehensive than others.  There was no intention on our part to hi-light any one individual over another. The same applies in regards to photos.  We used the photos that we were able to obtain.

Readers are encouraged to leave the college number, name and the Firm of anyone that we have missed in the comments below – or send an email to william.oliver@rmc.ca.

Law Day is a national event celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Originated by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and first held in Canada in 1983, Law Day is aimed at educating and informing the public about the role and importance of the law. Since many people have a limited knowledge about the law and how the legal system works, Law Day empowers the public at large. It provides an excellent opportunity for the profession to educate the public about the vital role that lawyers and the judiciary serve in guaranteeing an open, independent and unbiased judicial system. Law Day is celebrated annually in April and will be held this year on Thursday, April 16, 2009 with its week-long celebrations taking place from Tuesday, April 14th, 2008 to Monday, April 21st, 2009. Activities celebrating the law range from the Opening Ceremonies to the Grade 5 Poster Contest, the Charter & You, the Photography Contest, the Elementary School Mock Trial competition, the Secondary School Mock Trial competition, The Charter Challenge as well as organized Court Tours, Special Citizenship Ceremony and Phone-A-Lawyer programs.

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3057 Captain (Ret`d) Rodney Hull, Q.C. LSM (RMC 1953) co-founded the Toronto firm Hull & Hull LLP with his son, Ian Hull, in 1998. His practice areas are Estate Litigation and Civil Litigation. He holds a B.A. Royal Military College, 1953 and studied at Osgoode Hall. He was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1957. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1971. He was co-Author, “Canadian Forms of Wills,” 1982, Fourth Edition, “Probate Practice,” McDonnell, Sheard and Hull, 1996, with Ian Hull. He is a Lecturer, Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Bar Association. He is Past President, Canadian Bar Association, Wills and Trusts Subsection. He is Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is an Academician International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He was awarded The Law Society Medal by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007. His memberships include: Canadian Bar Association; The Advocate’s Society; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (S.T.E.P.); Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association. rhull@hullandhull.com



2652 Colonel (Ret’d) A. Britton (Brit) Smith, MC, CD, QC, LLD (RMC 1938) is honorary co-chair of the ‘Let’s build the Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment CentreTogether Campaign’. Fifty years ago, then Alderman Brit was very involved in the building of the Memorial Centre as a tribute to those who fell and served our Country in World War II, enabling Junior A Hockey to thrive in Kingston. He is a philanthopist, lawyer and developer in Kingston, Ontario. In 2009, the development firm he founded, Homestead Land Holdings Ltd. donated $200,000 to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. The money will go toward building an on-site docking area for cruise ships. In 2009, United Way Honorary Patron Brit Smith donated $50,000 to establish a Challenge Grant Fund to encourage giving at the Leadership level . The Southeastern Ontario chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him its Outstanding Philanthropist for 2007. He was inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame in 2006.
Kingston Regional Sports & Entertainment Centre Fundraising



4670 Commander (Ret’d) Michael B. Ellis (CMR RMC 1960) is a “retired” Corporate / Commercial lawyer with a practice in Wills, Trusts and Estates in Straith & Company, Victoria BC. He holds a B.A., Sc., 1961 (Electrical Engineering) University of British Columbia; a LL.B., 1967 University of British Columbia and R.M.C., 1960. He was called to the Bar B.C., 1968. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1955, attended military college, and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC as part of his junior officer training. He served in the Halifax-based destroyers Terra Nova and Qu’Appelle before returning to UBC to study law in 1964. He served for many years for the Naval Reserve, becoming the Commanding Officer of the local reserve division, HMCS Malahat, and holding the position of Naval Control of Merchant Shipping Officer on the staff of the Admiral in Esquimalt for several years. He became an addicted marathon runner, before taking up triathlon seriously in 1998. He has competed in national and world championship triathlon events and completed Iron Man Canada. Michael is a member and Past President of both the Kiwanis Village Society and the Kiwanis Club of Victoria. He is past President of the British Columbia Lung Association and its Foundation. He is a past board member of the CoolAid Society, a member of the Maritime Awards Society and the Naval Officers Association of Vancouver Island, Past President of both the Canadian Club of Victoria and the RMC Ex-Cadet Club of Vancouver Island. He is on the Executive and former Race Director of the Royal Victoria Marathon, as well as several running and triathlon clubs and societies. He is a past Board member of Triathlon BC. He is a former director of and now the corps solicitor for the Commissionaires, Vancouver Island and Yukon Division, and was also a Board member of the St. John Ambulance Society. (Photo: Mike at the end of a 200 Km fundraising bike trek for the British Columbia Lung Association which he has ridden for the past 12 years.)

Better than a speeding bullet

Straith & Company Website


15481 Lt (N) (Ret`d) Alain “Al” J Bégin (RMC 1986) is a partner of McLellan Richards & Bégin in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a former naval officer, graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1986. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1994. Since that time he has been practicing in the Truro area, joining the partnership of McLellan Richards & Bégin in June 2000. Alain is bilingual. His practice concentrates on litigation matters. He has appeared before various levels of Court and tribunals. He has handled a significant number of criminal cases and he has experience in large civil litigation matters. Alain takes an active interest in his community. He has been a Director of the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce since 1995, Chairman of the International Tulip Festival since 1997, President of the Truro Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia 1995-2000, and Counsel and Director of the Colchester Action Association of Persons with Disabilities 1995-2000. He was the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for 1997. He was President of the Chamber Jan 03-Mar 04, and Chairman of the Tulip Festival until 2002. abegin@truro-law.com



4370 Mr David G Rayner (CMR RMC 1959) is a lawyer in Kingston, Ontario. He earned a LL.B. from Queen’s University and a B.Sc. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the bar in 1972.



4803 Thomas H Marshall (RMC 1960) is the senior litigator and owner of The Law Offices of Thomas H. Marshall, Q.C.

A highly respected Oakville litigation lawyer with over 35 years experience, Mr. Marshall’s practice focuses on family law, wrongful dismissal, general litigation, real estate, wills and estates.

He has litigated many complex cases, and has represented clients in all levels of Courts, including the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Mr. Marshall has also represented clients as counsel in other jurisdictions throughout Canada.

Mr. Marshall is newly remarried and has three adult children, namely, his son Geoff, who has two children and is a successful Investment Counsellor, his daughter Ginny, who has one daughter and is a computer software expert and his daughter Doctor Alison, who has two children and who is a Professor of Chinese Culture and Chinese Philosophy at Brandon University in Manitoba.
Community Services

A highly regarded member of the legal community, Mr. Marshall was awarded the Queen’s Royal Jubilee medal for volunteerism in 2002.

He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1970 and appointed Q.C. in 1981. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Halton Law Association, and a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Prior to his call to the Ontario Bar, Mr. Marshall received a Civil Engineering degree at RMC and then went onto the University of Toronto for one year and obtained his BASc (Civil). He started his military career with the Armoured Corps during two summers of phase training before he transferred to RCAF as a pilot and took pilot training for two years. Mr. Marshall was then posted to the RCAF Station in Calgary as a CE officer in the Construction Engineering Branch doing engineering design and supervision of isolated construction across Canada. He spent eight months at RCAF Station Cold Lake, AB, constructing runway barriers for the CF-105, and bombing ranges at the Primrose Lake location. He had three camps where various ranges were being constructed. He then spent a further six months at RCAF Station North Bay doing construction on the NORAD underground headquarters. He also travelled to remote places in Canada such as Holberg, BC; Pagwa River, ON; Puntzi Mountain, BC; Beaverlodge, AB; Churchill, MB, Beausejour, AB; and other lesser known high spots. He received his P.Eng. from Alberta and Ontario.

After returning to civilian life in 1963, Mr. Marshall worked as a Design Engineer with James F. Maclaren Consulting Engineers in London, ON. In the fall of 1965, Mr. Marshall left the field of engineering and entered law school.



4876 Mr Robert K. Bryden (RRMC RMC 1960) is a lawyer in Victoria, British Columbia. His practice areas are Real Estate; Wills; Trusts; and Corporate Law. He holds a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, and a B.S. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1970.



3562 Mr Charles S Robertson (RRMC RMC 1956) is a lawyer in Middletown, Ohio. He holds a J.D. from University of Dayton, and a B.S. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1995.



7383 Mr Calvin G Johnson (RRMC RMC 1967) is a Barrister and Solicitor in Cambridge, Ontario. His practice area is real estate law. He holds a LL.B. from Queen’s University and a B.A. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1977. johnson_cal@hotmail.com



RCNC 247 ROBERT MONTGOMERY Q.C. After graduating from the Royal Canadian Naval College, Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto, Mr. Montgomery began a successful law career in government and private practice. In 1982 he was appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. In 1998 he retired from the Court, and worked for Macleod Dixon, Calgary for a number of years.

Robert is the author of a very popular article in the Fall / Winter 2008 of the Veritas magazine – Two Naval Colleges in Canada? rafmontgomery@macleoddixon.com


8977 Bevin Slater (RRMC RMC 1971) was called to the Bar in Calgary (1979). He received his Law Degree at Queen’s University in 1978. While studying at Queen’s, Bevin was a member of the Naval Reserves and served as a Communications Officer. While in the C.F. Reserves he was seconded to work in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Kingston, sport of Sailing. The early part of his law work was with Corporate Commercial Oil & Securities. The last 15 years or so he has been a General Practitioner. He still resides in Calgary with his wife Bonnie. bbslater@hotmail.com


7485 Bruce Welling (CMR RMC 1968) BSc (R.M.C.) LLB (U.W.O.) LLM (London) Ph.D. (Bond) specializes in corporate law. His book Corporate Law in Canada: The Governing Principles (Butterworths Canada 2d ed. 1991) is the leading Canadian treatise on the subject. He has written two other books on corporations and companies, as well as Property in Things in the Common Law System (Scribblers Publishing Australia 1996). He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and Counsel to Anissimoff & Associates, a London Patent and Trademark firm. He conducts classes in Corporate Law, Conflict of Laws, and Property, but when the surf’s up he can often be found at dawn in the lineup at the Alley off Currumbin Point.



7566 LCdr (Ret’d) Christopher K Haines (CMR RMC 1968) is Associate Counsel with Lindsay Kenney LLP Barristers & Solicitors Trademark Agents in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chris Haines practices primarily in the area of secured transactions advising Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, HSBC Bank Canada and other institutional lenders on matters relating to real and personal property secured financings. He also advises Bank of Montreal on general corporate matters, including its real property interests. He is honorary solicitor for a number of non-profit societies including the British Columbia Corps of Commissionaires. Chris was born and raised in Ontario and served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a navigating officer prior to going to law school. He holds a LL.B. from Queen’s University and a B.A. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the bar in 1979. His affiliations & memberships are: Canadian Bar Association, including Real Property, Banking and Business Law subsections. He is a Governor and former Chair of the British Columbia Corps of Commissionaires.



7591 Mr Serge S Anissimoff (CMR RMC 1968) is a member of Anissimoff & Associates in London, Ontario. He holds a LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and a B.Eng. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1976. He has practiced law in the Province of Ontario since 1974 with firms in Toronto before founding Anissimoff & Associates in 1995. He specializes in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. He is a registered trade-mark agent. He has conducted litigation at both the trial and appeal levels of the Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada. Mr. Anissimoff has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. He currently serves as a member of the Canadian roster of Panelists established under NAFTA. serge@anissimoff.on.ca



8041 Captain (Ret’d) Douglas R Haunts (RMC 1969) is a lawyer in Kingston, Ontario. He holds a LL.B. from Queen’s University, and a B.A. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980.



8572 Mr Raymond (Ray) S Riddell (RRMC RMC 1970) is a member of Cooper & McDonald, a full service law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His practice areas are: Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; and Administrative Law. He holds a LL.B. Dalhousie University and a B.Eng. Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1978.



8845 Mr Robin A McDonald (RMC 1971) is a member of Cooper & McDonald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His practice areas are: Commercial Law; Real Estate Law; and Civil Litigation. He holds a LL.B. from Queen’s University, and a B.A. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1974.



8866 Mr Bruce H. Rutherford (RMC 1971) is a partner with Taylor McCaffrey of Winnipeg, Manitoba. His practice areas are Financial Advisory Services, Wills, Estates & Estate Planning, Litigation, and Personal Injury. He earned a LL.B. from University of Manitoba and a B.Sc. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1982. He is a member: Canadian Bar Association, Manitoba Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Municipal and Wills & Estates subsections, Winnipeg Central Business Association, Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba Inc.  brutherford@tmlawyers.com

* Positions: Law Society of Manitoba, Legal Fees Advisory Committee Arbitrator; Former Associate Chair, Wills & Estates subsections, Manitoba Bar Association (1995-2000); Past President, Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba Inc.; Director, Winnipeg Central Business Association (1988-1999); Secretary, Manitoba Branch of RMC Club of Canada (1983-2000); Former Captain and Pilot, Canadian Armed Forces.
* Lecturer: Law Society of Manitoba, Wills and Estates Practice: Issues for Litigators (1998); The 2000 Isaac Pitblado Lectures, Competence and Capacity: New Directions.
* Author: Author of Bar Admission Course, Estate Litigation materials; Challenging the Validity of Wills (1998); Testamentary Capacity: The Importance of the Lawyer’s Role (2000).



10080 Robert T. Booth (RMC 1974) is a Partner in the Calgary office of Bennett Jones law firm. His corporate and commercial practice focuses on energy, resources and infrastructure. Bob has represented clients in oil and gas exploration, production and marketing; engineering, procurement and construction contracts for major oil sands, mining and processing facilities; major pipeline transportation projects; electric power generation and transmission; and energy utility businesses. His experience includes structuring businesses and advising management in strategic decision making, both for Canadian and foreign corporations. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association. He obtained a B.Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and is certified as ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. He entered law school as a Dunn Scholar and was awarded the Oil & Gas Prize upon graduation.

Bob is a director of ATCO Ltd. and of Canadian Utilities Limited, a former director of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation, past president of The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada, vice-chair of the advisory council to the University of Calgary Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, a director of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and a director of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Bob is also a director of several privately-held corporations.   BOOTHB@bennettjones.ca


10129 Mr W John Jussup (RMC 1974) is General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of the Bank of Canada. Previously, he had been Counsel with Bennett Jones. Prior to joining Bennett Jones, John was Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cognos Inc.one of Canada’s leading software companies. Prior to joining Cognos, he was Manager, Legal Affairs at the Bank of Canada. In 2005, John was awarded the National Post General Counsel of the Year award in Corporate Governance. He holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University, 1977, and a B.A. Hons from RMC, 1974. He was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1979. John is an active fund raiser for the Ottawa General Hospital. He can be
reached at jjussup@bankofcanada.ca


10160 LCol (Ret’d) Daniel F O’Connor CD, BEng, LLB, BCL, MBA (RMC 1974) is a lawyer and trade-mark agent in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. He earned a LL.B. from McGill University, LL.B. and a B.S.E.E. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1990.



10364 Captain (Ret’d) Geoffrey D Baker Q.C. (CMR RMC 1975) is a member of Carscallen Leitch LLP in Calgary, Alberta. His practice areas are: Commercial Litigation with an emphasis on Oil and Gas, Employment and Corporate Law; Oil and Gas; Construction Law and Regulatory. Prior to practising law, Geoff was an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for a five year period, including a tour of U.N. duty in Cyprus and an exchange with the U.S. Special Forces. Geoff was an active volunteer with Alberta 4-H for many years. He currently enjoys competitive shot gun shooting, horseback riding and downhill skiing. He holds a LL.B. from University of Calgary 1983. He was Called to the Bar in Alberta in 1984 and Ontario 1989. He holds a (B.A. Economics and Commerce, 1975) College Militaire Royal/Royal Military College of Canada. He was admitted to the Bar in 1984. He is a membre of the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association.  baker@cllawyers.com



11413 Mr. Brian E. Slocum (RMC 1977) is a professional corporation Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public in Bracebridge, Ontario. He earned a LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and studied at Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1980.



10538 Mr Armand GR Conant (RMC 1975) is partner in Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto, Ontario. He joined the firm in 2008, after practising with another prominent Toronto law firm. Armand is Co-Chair of the condominium department with a practice focusing on real estate and condominium law. Armand represents numerous condominium corporations across central Ontario. Armand is currently President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI, Toronto) and is its incoming President. He is Chair of its Legislative Committee, preparing a brief for the Ontario government with recommendations for changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 and undertaking other legislative and regulatory initiatives including smart metering. Armand is a member of CCI National’s Government Relations Committee and assembled a “Condominium Primer”, which is a comparison of condominium legislation from every jurisdiction across Canada. Armand is also a member of the Discipline Committee of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO). Armand has written articles for such publications as the ACMO’s CM Condominium Manager, the CCI’s (Toronto) The Condo Voice, the Humber Happenings, and the Condominium Law Letter. He has conducted lectures before the ACMO and at Humber College and various condominium conferences, including the Annual ACMO/CCI Conference. He has also lectured on various aspects of condominium law as part of the CCI’s (Toronto) Basic Condominium Course. Armand has been appointed by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice as Administrator of troubled condominium corporations, replacing their board of directors, to resolve their various problems. He is the first lawyer in Ontario to have been appointed as a full administrator with all the powers of a Board. Armand combines his legal education and engineering degree with his hands-on experience, having served on the steering committee and then the board of directors of a 276-unit condominium corporation for more than five years. He has extensive condominium, real estate, litigation and business law experience. Having received a Master of Laws degree from the Sorbonne (Paris, France) in 1984, Armand is also bilingual. After doing a Masters of Law at the Sorbonne, he practiced law in Paris then went over to England and started his own sailboat business [importing Canadian built sailboats to Europe] then moved back to Canada. He earned a LL.B. from McGill University in 1978. He was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1980. He earned a B.Eng from Royal Military College of Canada in 1975. He and his wife, Jacqueline and I have two children – daughter, Genevieve 17 and son Daniel 13.



11280 Colonel (Ret’d) John B. D. Logan (CMR RMC 1977) is a lawyer with the Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attourney General, Legal Services in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He holds a LL.B. from University of New Brunswick, and a B.A. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1986.



11426 Captain (Ret’d) J. Gordon Thomson (RMC 1977) is a member of J. Gordon Thomson Professional Corporation in Orleans, Ontario. His practice area is Intellectual Property Law. He is a Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public (Ontario); a Registered Patent Agent (Canada & USA) and a Registered Trade-mark Agent. He holds a LL.B. from University of Ottawa, LL.B. and a B.Eng from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the Bar in 1994.  gthoms8917@rogers.com



11797 Mr W. Eric Kay (RMC 1978) is Managing Partner in Aylesworth LLP Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto, Ontario. Eric received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the Royal Military College in 1978. He then obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1981. He articled with the firm and joined the firm upon his call to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. Eric is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He practices commercial litigation with emphasis on the areas of banking, business disputes, construction law, creditors’ and debtors’ rights and remedies, insolvency and mortgage remedies. He has appeared frequently as counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including on the Commercial List) and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Eric also practices employment law including preparing employment contracts, advising on disciplinary issues and terminations, and acting on wrongful dismissal actions. Eric is a m ember of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, the Toronto Lawyers Association and INSOL International.  ekay@aylaw.com



13775 Mr. Johnathan A. G. Oliphant (RRMC 1982) is a lawyer with the Reg. Crown Council Office in Kamloops, British Columbia. He earned a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, and a BSc. from Royal Military College. He was admitted to the bar in 1991.



15519 Captain Sandra S Macleod (Hawes) (RMC 1986)

What is your occupation?  Animation Project Management and Lawyer

Where do you work? Chilly Beach Studios March Entertainment, Sudbury, ON and part-time as a legal officer with the Office of Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces (International law)

Please provide a brief summary of your career path. During High School, I worked at a number of jobs (McDonalds, United Cigar Store, Cambrian Fitness Centre). Joined the Canadian Forces in 1982 and attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON and graduated with a Honours BA in Economics and Commerce. Worked as a logistics officer with the Canadian Forces in Chilliwack, BC, Ottawa, ON and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Attended law school at Dalhousie Law School and graduated with LLB in 1998. Joined the Office of the Judge Advocate General and completed a number of interesting portfolios within the CF. Primary interest and specialty was in International and Operational Law. During this time, I traveled extensively and did a tour in the Balkans (Bosnia) as well being the Legal advisor to Canada’s Naval contribution in the Persian Gulf (Our Canadian response to the terrorist attacks (9/11). I was one of the first investors in Chilly Beach.

How was I inspired to get this job? I never really had a master plan, although I admit that I always wanted to become a lawyer. My current career is the result of the various paths I followed throughout the last 22 years.

Education: University Undergraduate Degree Royal Military College – Kingston, Ontario. 4 year degree which on top of the Honours BA requires the students to be successful in physical fitness, military training, engineering and leadership courses. Dalhousie Law School – (3 years) law school program – graduated in 1998. University Masters Degree Ottawa University – Studied courses under the MA (Economics) Studied under the Canadian Forces Management training programs which are similar in structure and substance. University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (Diploma course – Laws of War)

I originally chose the Royal Military College because of the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) with the Canadian Forces. Under this program, they paid me to study. It was a great program which I highly recommend other students to consider.

What do you like to do when you are not working? I love to play hockey, tennis, run and spend time with my husband and two teenage boys. My sons are both very active in the community so we are always on the go to hockey arenas, baseball diamonds, etc.

If your schooling or work was away from your family, what was/is this like? I did two tours with the Canadian Forces away from my family (Bosnia and the Persian Gulf). During Canada’s response to the 9/11 attacks, I was away from my family for 7 months. It was difficult but we all survived. As I was starting to be away from my family (more and more), this eventually contributed to my decision to take the job here in Sudbury.


16955 Patrick Dray (RMC 1989) is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. He defends those accused of crimes ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. Mr. Dray was former Assistant Chief of the Career Criminal and Robbery Unit in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, after which he defended those accused of White Collar Crimes at Baker & McKenzie, the largest firm in the world. Mr. Dray is licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court including the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Source


16451 David Kirk (RMC 1988) – Northern Ontario prosecutor. Ministry of the Attorney General – Ontario. David is the son of Diane and the late Dr.Wayne Kirk former Dean in the RMC Engineering Department and former RMC Redmen hockey coach 1981 – 87. No further info is available on David at this time


18837 Mr. James David Harris-Lowe (RMC 1993) is a partner with Owen Harris-Lowe Barristers & Solicitors in Barrie, Ontario. After graduating from the Royal Military College in 1993 and Queen’s Law School in 1996, David was called to the bar in February 1998. David began practicing in Barrie in December 2001 when he joined Owen, Harris-Lowe. David’s practice includes family law, and civil litigation, including estate litigation and commercial litigation. David is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Simcoe County Law Association, and the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyer’s Association. His practice areas are Family Law; Civil Litigation and Wills. odlaw@owendickey.com



H3356 Mr. Robin Cumine, Q.C. (RMC ’55) is a partner in McLean & Kerr LLP in Toronto, Ontario. He is a litigator whose practice areas are Insurance Litigation; Civil Litigation; Employment Law and Construction Law. He holds a B.Sc. Royal Military College of Canada, 1955. He graduated law school at Osgoode Hall in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1959. He is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1975. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1988.  rcumine@mcleankerr.com



H7543 Senator Joseph A. Day (CMR RMC 1968) was appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Joseph Day represents the province of New Brunswick and the Senatorial Division of Saint John-Kennebecasis. He has served in the Senate of Canada since October 4, 2001.

Senator Day is currently the Chair of the Senate Committee on National Finance, and is the Deputy Chair of the Subcommittee Veterans Affairs. He is currently also a Member of the following committees: Anti-Terrorism Act and National Security and Defence. Areas of interest and specialization include: science and technology, defence, international trade and human rights issues, and heritage and literacy. He is a member of many interparliamentary associations, including the Canada-China Legislative Association, the Canada-Mongolia Friendship Group, the NATO Parliamentary Association and the Interparliamentary Union.

Senator Day holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an LL.B from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Laws from Osgoode Hall. A well-known New Brunswick lawyer and engineer, Senator Day has had a successful career as a private practice attorney. His legal interests include Patent and Trademark Law and intellectual property issues. Called to the bars of New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario, he is also certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Matters by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Most recently (1999-2000) he served as President and CEO of the New Brunswick Forest Products Association. In 1992, he joined J.D. Irving Ltd., a conglomerate with substantial interests in areas including forestry, pulp and paper, and shipbuilding, as legal counsel. Prior to 1992 he practiced with Gowling & Henderson in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ogilvy Renault in Ottawa, and Donald F. Sim, Q.C. in Toronto, where he began his career in 1973.

An active member of the community, Senator Day recently chaired the Foundation, and the Board of the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre Nursing Home, as well as the Board of the Associates of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. Among his many other volunteer efforts, he has held positions with the Canadian Bar Association and other professional organizations, and served as National President of both the Alumni Association (1996) and the Foundation (1998-2000) of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada.



RMC Ex-Cadets currently with JAG

11027 Brigadier-General Ken Watkin, O.M.M., C.D., Q.C. (RMC 1976) is Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Military College as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from Queen’s University. From 2002 to 2003 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School. He has published widely on issues such as operational law, the law of armed conflict, discipline and human rights. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of the Province of Newfoundland on 15 May 2006. He has been a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland since 1981. He and wife, Maureen, have three daughters.

RMC graduates are well represented within the Judge Advocate General branch.  The following Ex-Cadets are currently serving as JAG officers throughout the CF – our apologies if we missed anyone:

20103 Maj E. Charland; 15788 LCol M. Gendron; 14435 LCol M. Gibson;10953 Maj R. Henderson;
17344 Maj R. Holman;12188 LCdr G. Killaby; 19210 Maj A. Koskie;15519 LCdr Sandra MacLeod;
16004 Maj T. McLeod; M0729;  LCdr M. Paillé; 20514 Maj K. Reichert; 16141 Maj J. Simpson;
19413 Maj C. Smith; 16149 Maj R. Stoney; 17395 Maj A. Tamburro; and 18278 LCdr B. Walden


Following is a list of RMC Ex cadets (lawyers) that we previously covered in an early e-Veritas:

7096 Ms. Carina Anne De Pellegrin (CMR RMC 1990) – previous e-Veritas entry:

13884 Thomas W. Jarmyn (RMC 1983) – previous e-Veritas entry:

17350 Ms Carole G. Jenkins (RMC 1990 – previous e-Veritas entry

6037 Kenneth P. Swan (CMR RMC ‘64) – previous e-Veritas entry

8147 David Lowdon (RRMC RMC ‘69) – previous e-Veritas entry

11019 Glen Tremblay (RMC ‘76) – previous e-Veritas entry

15525 Gordon Jepson (RMC ’86) – previous e-Veritas entry

18443 Donald Belovich (RRMC RMC ‘92) – previous e-Veritas entry

5690 Douglas A Caldwell QC (CMR RMC ’63) – previous e-Veritas entry

9632 Craig R Armstrong (RMC ‘73) – previous e-Veritas entry

10363 David W Aitken (CMR RMC ‘75) ) – previous e-Veritas entry

10719 DS (Shawn) McReynolds (RRMC RMC ‘75) ) – previous e-Veritas entry

11521 BR (Brian) Leonard (RRMC RMC ‘77) ) – previous e-Veritas entry

11713 BH (Bruce) Rogers (CMR RMC ‘78) ) – previous e-Veritas entry

12733 Philip James Walters (RRMC RMC ’80 ) – previous e-Veritas entry

18042 Dwight MD Stewart (RRMC RMC ’91 ) – previous e-Veritas entry

18164 Kelly L Miranda (CMR RMC ’92 ) – previous e-Veritas entry

21055 Jean-Simon Deschenes (CMR RMC ‘98) ) – previous e-Veritas entry

RCNC 145 Bill Tetley  – previous e-Veritas entry

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