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Many Ex-Cadets at the “Bar”

As part of a part of last week’s edition we included an article about CMC graduates who are currently, or have been, lawyers.  We have received a great many e-mails informing us of other ex-cadets who have been called to the bar that were not included in our list.  In this edition, we try to provide an update on ex-cadets we missed in our last edition.

Some “bios” are more exhaustive than others.  We are by no means trying to promote any person over another.  Simply, some of the information we obtained was more exhaustive on some than others.


5894 Robert Gillespie (RRMC 1963) has a law practice in Edmonton, Alberta.


5998 Robert Stewart Reid (CMR RMC 1964) C.D. , M.A. RMC 1970; LL.B. UBC 1974, was called to Bar of B.C., 1975, the same year he joined the Faculty of Law. He was named Assistant Dean of Career Placement and Admissions in 1993. When he retired in 2003 his teaching subjects were Property Law and the Law of Armed Conflict. He currently is an Official Examiner for the Society of Notaries Public of BC and a member of the Board of the Land Title & Survey Authority of BC.

Friends and colleagues of Professor Reid have established a new award called the Robert S. Reid Award in Law, in honour of Professor Reid’s many years of service to the UBC Faculty of Law and his contributions to the legal community in Vancouver. Thank you to all these donors who make a real difference to students at UBC Law.



6396 Rodrick MacKinnon (CMR RMC 1965) is a lawyer in North Vancouver, BC.



6999 Randolph “Randy” Gynn (RRMC RMC 1966) is a lawyer in Victoria, BC.



8252 Russel F Crum (CMR RMC 1970) is a lawyer in Gibsons, BC.  He was admitted to the bar in 1979 after obtaining his BA at RMC and his LL.B. from University of Victoria.



10160 LCol (ret’d) Dan O’Connor (RMC 1974) holds degrees in both the common and civil law.

Dan was called to the Quebec Bar in 1990. His main areas of involvement over the past 19 years include corporate, commercial and intellectual property law, civil and commercial litigation.

Dan was the personal lawyer for the late Howard B. Ripstein who was very generous with his large contributions to the RMC Club / Foundation. Dan handled all the legal paper work involved with the Ripstein donations including – The Howard B. Ripstein Award of Excellence which is awarded to a IV Year cadet of each the Navy, Army and Air Force elements.

Dan is still busy with a solo practice in Montreal.   danoconnor@videotron.ca


10468 MGen (Ret’d) Jerry Pitzul (RMC ?) former JAG.


11853 Jim Wright (RMC 1978) is a lawyer in Ladysmith, BC.  He specializes in criminal and family law and also deal with vehicle offenses under provincial legislation.



12250 Donald S Allan (RRMC RMC 1979) is currently a lawyer in Duncan, BC.  He specializes in real estate, wills & estates, corporate & commercial, and family law.



13746 Peter Jarvis (RRMC RMC 1982) is a lawyer in West Vancouver, BC.



More CMC graduates from within the Judge Advocate General Branch. The following Ex-Cadets are also currently serving as JAG officers throughout the CF.

13466 LCol Sylvain Lavoie – (CMR 1983)
13671 LCol Jean Guy Perron, (RMC CMR 1983) – now a military judge
14193 Maj (Ret) Stéphane Bourgon, (CMR 1984)
14648, Maj Jean Caron, CMR 1984)

14865 Col Patrick Gleeson (CMR 1985) is currently serving as a Judge Advocate General Officer with the Canadian Forces.


15394 Craig Martin (CMR RMC 1986) is a Canadian lawyer currently in his third year of the S.J.D. programme at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His areas of interest are international law and comparative constitutional law. His current research focuses on the relationship between constitutional and international law constraints on the use of armed force, with an emphasis on the operation of the international law norms incorporated into the Japanese Constitution of 1947.

Mr. Martin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a B.A. in history, and served four years as a Naval Officer in the Canadian Forces, during which time he served as a divisional and watchkeeping officer in HMCS Preserver, as public affairs officer at CFB Halifax, and as naval attaché in the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York City. He then went to Japan on a Monbushō Scholarship, where his research was on conflicts between Japan and the U.S. over Japan’s international legal interests in Manchuria in the 1920s, and he graduated from Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics, with an LL.M. Upon returning to Canada he studied at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where he received a J.D.

Upon being called to the Bar of Ontario, Mr. Martin practiced civil litigation for several years in Toronto, at Stikeman Elliott LLP and Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, appearing before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals in Ontario. He also taught comparative constitutional law (intensive courses) as a visiting lecturer for several years at Osaka University, and taught a comparative law course on internet regulation as adjunct faculty for two years at Osgoode Hall Law School. He left practice in 2006 to pursue his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.



15433 Chris Putney (CMR RMC 1987) works for the ICBC Corporate Law Office in North Vancouver, BC.  He has also been an active volunteer with The Law Society of British Columbia.



15668 Allan Millard (RRMC RMC 1986) served as communications officer in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of Major. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1998 after graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 1996. He is also a professional engineer, patent agent and a trade-mark agent and has worked exclusively in the field of intellectual property since entering the law.  He has previously served as in-house counsel at Nortel Networks and was an associate with Osler Hoskin and Harcourt  working with 10363 Dave Aitken (RMC 1975) — a partner at the firm. He articled at the intellectual property firm of Shapiro Cohen Andrews Finlayson.



15788 LCol Mark Gendron (CMR RMC 1987) is currently serving as a Judge Advocate General Officer with the Canadian Forces.


16094 Richard Hewson (RRMC RMC 1987) leads Noonan Hewson Law Office’s impaired driving and criminal defence practice group. He focuses on the defence of impaired driving, proceeds of crime, drug trafficking and assault cases throughout British Columbia. He has defended cases successfully in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, as well as in the Okanagan and Thompson Valleys, in Northern British Columbia and in the Kootenays.

Richard has been called to the bar in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Richard believes: “The presumption of innocence and the requirement of proof beyond reasonable doubt are two key principles of Canadian criminal law.”

Noonan Hewson Law Office



19806 Captain (Ret’d) Dermod Coombs C.D., LL.B., M.A.M.Sc., B.A. (RMC 1995) is currently a lawyer with the Department of Justice after working for a mid-sized law firm in Ottawa. He is Legal Counsel for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his practice areas are: Cybercrime and Technology related crimes; Wireless and Wireline Interceptions; Administrative; Constitutional and Privacy law as well as support to federal litigation. Prior to practicing law, Dermod was an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for a fifteen years including NATO tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. He is a certified Sommelier and enjoys both tasting and collecting wines. He holds a LL.B. from University of Ottawa 2007 and was Called to the Bar in Ontario in 2008. He holds a B.A. (Military and Strategic Studies, 1995) and a M.A.M.Sc. (Applied Military Science, 2004) from Royal Military College of Canada/College Militaire Royal. He is a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He can be reached at Derm.Coombs@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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