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Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Royal Military College Saint-Jean Arms.jpg
Motto French: Verité, Devoir, Vaillance
Motto in English
Truth, Duty, Valour
Type Military college
Established 1952
Chancellor Harjit Sajjan (ex officio as Defence Minister)
Principal Commandant Colonel Nicolas Joseph Jean-Louis Pilon, MSM, CD
Administrative staff
Undergraduates up to 200
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45°17′49″N 73°15′09″W / 45.29694°N 73.25250°W / 45.29694; -73.25250
Campus 80 acres (32 ha), waterfront, situated on the west bank of the Richelieu River, Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec)
Two-year program 'A diploma not like the others' 'Un diplôme pas comme les autres'
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, AUFC, COU, CIS, CVU, PPC, UArctic, MAISA, Cégep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

The Royal Military College Saint-Jean (French: Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean), commonly referred to as RMC Saint-Jean, is a Canadian military college. It is located on the historical site of Fort Saint-Jean, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, 40 km south of Montreal. RMC Saint-Jean is an arm of the Canadian Military College (CMC) system that provides two college-level programs in Social Science and Science, which are closely integrated with the undergraduate programs offered by the Royal Military College of Canada, and the International Studies undergraduate program delivered by RMC Saint-Jean.


  • Conduct of the Preparatory Year academic activities, under the functional authority of RMC, as well as military and fitness training and bilingualism.
  • Provision of oversight, under the functional authority of RMC, of the Continuing Studies and Officer Professional Military Education programs.


Royal Military College Saint-Jean enamel pin
RMC Saint-Jean enamel pin

Intended for students who have obtained their high-school certificates in Quebec or the equivalent elsewhere in Canada, the programs offered at RMC Saint-Jean prepare students to pursue university studies in one of the programs offered at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, or in the International Studies program offered at RMC Saint-Jean.

Military education for Canadian officers is focused on the four pillars of achievement unique to the military colleges: the military, physical fitness, bilingualism, and academics.

About 200 students per year receive training at RMC Saint-Jean in the two-year pre-university programs leading to a college diploma:

  • 130–140 cadets in the Preparatory Year
  • 60–70 in First Year

RMC Saint-Jean allows Quebecers who have already completed a year of studies at the college level to be admitted directly into First Year.

In preparation for continued university studies at RMC, or RMC Saint-Jean should they choose the International Studies program, students select either the Social Science program (students pursuing a degree in Arts) or the Science program (students pursuing a degree in Engineering or Science). Each program is offered in both official languages. The two programs share core courses: four in literature; three in philosophy; two in Second Language; three in Physical Education. These core courses are supplemented with courses specific to each program. RMC Saint-Jean offers courses in both official languages.

Divided into two semesters, the academic year is composed of 75 teaching days and a final examination period, followed by a supplemental examination period.


Science Social Sciences

The core courses in both programs include: literature, humanities, second language, and physical education.

The mandate of the preparatory year is to develop in its students good work habits, academic diligence, critical facility, and team spirit.

Regular Officer Training Plan

In addition to a university education, officer cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training and a career after graduation. The full-time salary includes full dental care, as well as vacation with full pay. Upon successful completion of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP), officer cadets are awarded a university degree and granted commissions as officers in the Canadian Forces. Normally, graduates serve at least five years with the Canadian Forces. The application deadline to ROTP is in January for Basic Officer Training in July and admission the following September.

Typically, successful applicants enter the Canadian Military College (CMC) System as an officer cadet, where they receive an education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics. If there are more qualified candidates than the CMC System can accommodate or the choice of program is not offered, such as Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, successful applicants would be eligible to apply to any Canadian university where books, laboratory fees, and student fees are covered, and students receive a monthly salary.

Since an application to ROTP is also an application to the Canadian Military College System, all candidates are assessed against an aptitude test, a medical examination, and an interview. Military potential is an assessment of aptitudes, personality traits, and the choice of occupation. Academic performance is evaluated, with a candidate's top six most recent marks related to the requirements of the chosen program. Officer cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic and military performance throughout the program.


Royal Military College of Canada uniforms
RMC Saint-Jean uniforms

Cadets wear a variety of uniforms depending on the occasion and their environment: ceremonial dress (semi ceremonial); full dress (formal occasions); outside sports dress; service dress Air Force; service dress Navy; service dress Navy without jacket; Service dress Air Force without jacket; service dress Army without jacket; and combat dress.

In winter 2009, Royal Military College officer cadets returned to wearing a distinctive Dress of the Day (DOD) uniform which consists of a white shirt, black sweater/light jacket, as well as black trousers/skirt with a red stripe down the side. The headdress is a black wedge with red piping.

Mess dress is worn in the Senior Staff Mess for formal occasions such as mess dinners.


Awards are granted to outstanding cadets:

Award Description Honours
John Matheson Memorial Sword Preparatory Year cadet who achieved the highest results in all four components of the College's program (academics, leadership, athletics, and bilingualism) H17417 John Matheson (Royal Military College of Canada 1936)
Ex-Cadets Trophy First Year cadet who achieved the highest results in all four components of the College's program (academics, leadership, athletics, and bilingualism) Royal Military Colleges ex-cadet club


Squadrons of the Cadet Wing

Tracy Squadron Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Tracy Squadron, RMC Saint-Jean

The undergraduate body, known as the Cadet Wing, is subdivided into three smaller groupings called Squadrons, under the guidance and supervision of senior cadets. The squadrons are currently named in honour of local communities that take their name from historical figures of New France. Squadrons are subdivided into flights and sections. In 2017, another squadron was added named Jolliet. These squadrons have a competition called the "Commandants Cup" which is a competition in the four pillars of the college.

Squadron # Name Historical figure
1 Richelieu Cardinal Richelieu
2 Iberville Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
3 Tracy Alexandre de Prouville de Tracy
4 Jolliet Louis Jolliet

In the 1960s, the three squadrons were named Cartier, Maisonneuve and Champlain in honour of historical figures.


Royal Roads Chairs
Chair with crest of RMC Saint-Jean

When they arrive at the Officer Cadets Division, the officer cadets have already chosen their service. They are soon separated into four squadrons (Richelieu, Iberville, Tracy, or Jolliet).

The pre-university program 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 the Dextraze Pavilion (completed in 1993). The cadets cannot leave the campus except on weekends. However, some weekends are used for military 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 two major field exercises each year. The cadets can take roles as cadet squadron leader, deputy cadet squadron leader, cadet flight leader and section commander. Outside classes, bilingualism is promoted by French / English weeks.

On the weekend, with the exception of military training, the students are largely free.


Royal Military College Saint-Jean main entrance
RMC Saint-Jean main entrance

In the fall of 2007, the federal government reopened the military college at Saint-Jean. The military college was slated for closure in 1995, but on 9 July 1994, the federal and provincial governments agreed to maintain it as a non-degree-granting college.

The reopened RMC Saint-Jean greatly differs from the original college which opened in 1952 and from the RMC of Canada located in Kingston. The new RMC Saint-Jean encompasses the Canadian Forces Management and Development School, one of the oldest CF training establishments in the country. It is also the home to the Non-Commissioned Member Professional Development Centre, which develops the prospective future senior leaders of the Canadian Forces NCM Corps.

Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, inaugurated the Royal Military College Saint-Jean on 24 May 2008, and she presented the new college coat of arms to the commandant, Colonel François Pion.

The Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean reports to the Commander, Canadian Defence Academy (CDA). RMC Saint-Jean also has its own board of governors. Cadets at RMC Saint-Jean are issued scarlet uniforms. The first-year program at RMC Saint-Jean is freeing up beds at RMC allowing more Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) cadets to attend RMC rather than civilian universities.

Year Significance

Fort Saint-Jean plaque (Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada 1926) Constructed in 1743 by M. de Léry under orders from Governor la Galissonnière. This post was for all the military expeditions towards Lake Champlain. On 31 August 1760, Commandant de Roquemaure had it blown up in accordance with orders from the Governor de Vaudreuil to prevent its falling into the hands of the English. Rebuilt by Governor Carleton, in 1773. During the same year, under the command of Major Charles Preston of the 26th regiment, it withstood a 45-day siege by the American troops commanded by General Montgomery.

Historic plaque Fort-Saint-Jean 1926.JPG

Fort Saint-Jean plaque (Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada 1926, replaced 1980):

"As a result of the Iroquois wars a first fort was erected at Saint-Jean by the French in 1666. In 1748 a second fort was built to protect the French colony against British military expeditions coming up the Richelieu. Later on, as a result of the American Revolution two redoubts were built to protect the now English colony against an American invasion. Following the 1837 uprising a new military complex was built on the site of its predecessors. It is this complex which has served since 1952 as the core of the new Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean."

Fort Saint-Jean plaque by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.jpg
1948 In the post-war reorganization of the Canadian Forces, the Canadian Military Colleges Circle (CMC) was formed with RMC, Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR), now known as RMC Saint-Jean
1950 The Old Brigade, alumni celebrating 50 or more years since they entered one of the military colleges, are inducted.
1952 The Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) was established 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 the spring of 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 the CMR. Royal Military College Saint Jean 60th anniversary 1952–2012
1968 Pavillon Lahaie was built, featuring laboratory, library and office space
1971 CMR established a formal partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke, after which CMR cadets were able to obtain a bachelor's degree without leaving Saint-Jean.
1972 Publication of "Le Defilé 1952–1972 Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean 20th Anniversary Yearbook"
  • The CMR March (music), "La marche du Richelieu", composed in 1954 by Madame Denise Chabot, the wife of head of French department LCol C.A. Chabot, became the official college march. "La Gaillarde" is the slow march.
  • To honour the academic staff of Canadian Military Colleges, the bands play "March of the Peers: from Iolanthe" (1881) words Sir William S. Gilbert, music Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842–1900), arrangement Bryceson Treharne which opens with a fanfare leading to a swaggering march from Sullivan's ‘Iolanthe’.
1974 Col (Ret'd) André D. Gauthier OMM, CD, then Vice-Commandant and Director of Cadets 1973–1975 presented "CADET" (1974), an 18-inch statuette of an Officer Cadet to CMR, which is currently displayed in the Commandant's Office. The then Cadet Wing Commander, 10055 OCdt Pierre Trahan (CMR 1974) served as the model 'at attention' and in the moment of drawing his sword to bring it to a full salute as on a ceremonial parade ground.
1 October 1977 The College is granted the Freedom of the City.
  • 15th Anniversary celebrations on 8 October 1977.
  • Plaque presented to Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean by the RMC Club 8 October 1977
1983 First Terry-Fox run in Saint-Jean 1983: 2,000 runners attended the 2nd race held Sun 9 September 1984
  • Honour Guard of 114 cadets at the visit of Pope Jean-Paul II on 20 September 1984
  • On Saturday 12 May 1984, the band performed at the CMR graduation for the first time
1985 The Quebec government passed an act granting CMR its own university charter.
1988 CMR was authorized to grant master's and doctorate degrees.
1992 The College is granted the Freedom of the City.
1994 Col (Ret'd) André D. Gauthier OMM, CD, then Vice-Commandant and Director of Cadets 1973–1975, loaned over 30 military-themed statuettes and bas reliefs, which were displayed at the Cadet Mess at CMR until the college's closure. These works now form part of the Gauthier Collection of over 70 items on display at RMC.
  • The College is granted the Freedom of the City.
  • Following the end of the Cold War and massive government cutbacks on defence spending, the Department of National Defence closed Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR).
  • RRMC is no longer a military institution, and is now maintained by the Government of British Columbia as Royal Roads University.
  • The loss of CMR and RRMC along with their many traditions and history as military colleges remains a bitter event for many cadets and alumni.
  • The reopening of CMR was discussed during the Debates of the Senate (Hansard) 1st Session, 39th Parliament, Volume 143, Issue 93 on Thursday, 3 May 2007.
  • The reopening of CMR was announced in July 2007 for the fall term 2007.
  • Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, inaugurated the bilingually named Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR Saint-Jean).
  • On 24 May 2008, she presented the new college coat of arms to the commandant, Colonel François Pion.
  • RMC Saint-Jean now operates as part of ASU Saint-Jean as Campus Saint-Jean where preparatory year ("prep year") cadets acquire the necessary academic standard needed to attend RMC.
Officer Cadet's Le Saint-Maurice mess tables commemorate old & new Coat of Arms of RMC Saint-Jean
  • Royal Military College Saint-Jean celebrates 60th anniversary 1952–2012.
  • On 22 April, the College is granted the Freedom of the City.
Royal Military College Saint Jean 60th anniversary gala, music by 6e Battalion Royal 22e Régiment
2015 Royal Military College Saint-Jean Dutch Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden
2017 *Held Leadersphere Symposium 2017 and hosted International Symposium on the Development of Military Academies (ISoDoMA)
  • Developed the Chief Warrant Officer Robert-Osside Profession of Arms Institute
2018 RMC Saint-Jean once again offers courses to obtain a university degree in International Studies
2020 The Academic year of 2019–2020 is cut short at RMC Saint-Jean and RMCC in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cadets continued their studies through online class.

Features and buildings

Royal Military College St Jean pin
RMC Saint-Jean pin

Richelieu, Jolliet, Tracy and Iberville Squadrons live in the Cartier and Champlain Blocks. The Vanier, DeLéry, Dextraze, Lahaie and Massey Pavillons along with the Old Mess are shared. The campus provides technological support: library, laboratories, learning materials, and Internet access. 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. The Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings lists six recognized Federal Heritage Buildings on the Royal Military College Saint-Jean grounds:

Building Built Recognition Photo
Cartier Pavilion 1955
  • Honours Jacques Cartier, French navigator and explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France
  • Residence for officers, officer cadets and civilian students
Cartier Building RMCSJ
Cartier Building RMCSJ
Champlain Pavilion 1953
  • Residence for officers, officer cadets and civilian students
CWO Couture Building 16 2012
  • Drill hall named after Chief Warrant Officer Couture, who served for 17 years at RMC Saint-Jean from 1962 to 1979, and who died in 2010.
  • Display cabinet features his uniform, photo, sword and pace stick.
DeLery Building 1957
Dextraze Pavilion 1992
  • Dining room named after General J.A. Dextraze H18111 former Chief of the Defence Staff
Dextraze Mess at RMCSJ
Dextraze Mess at RMCSJ
Lahaie Pavilion 1968–74
  • Library laboratories and additional offices for professors and staff named after brigadier general Marcelin L. Lahaie, the first commandant at CMR.
Lahaie Building at RMCSJ
Lahaie Building at RMCSJ
Maisonneuve pavilion 1953
  • Dormitory named after Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal, Quebec used as residence by Officers, Officer Cadets and civilian students.
Massey Building Musée Fort-Saint-Jean Pavillon Les Forges 1937
  • Named after Vincent Massey former Governor General of Canada
  • The old forge building (1839) burned in 1883; The site was transformed into a mess for officer cadets known as the 'old forge'.
  • The current building houses the Corporation du Fort Saint-Jean, a non-profit corporation which manages the site; Fort Saint-Jean Museum and is rented for private functions.
  • The Musée du Fort Saint-Jean located in Les Forges; the tour includes a historic interpretation of the campus’s military facilities, heritage-related and contemporary.
Officer Cadet Mess, Mess Saint-Maurice building 1956
  • Officer Cadet mess at the college known as the Mess Saint-Maurice, named after Saint Maurice a Roman military leader who was killed for not punishing Christians.
Vieux Mess building 1839
  • The Vieux Mess building, it is used for special events and mess dinners.
Parade square 1955
  • 300 by 400 feet (91 by 122 m)
Private Married Quarters (PMQ) bricks (1935), wood (1952)
  • Residence for military personnel and their families
Administration Building No. 24 (1937–38) 1938
  • Recognized Federal Heritage Building (1989), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada, QC
Vanier Pavilion 1957
Former Guardhouse and Museum, Building 26 1885
  • Served as a guardhouse & museum (1972–2006)
Old Guardhouse, Royal Military College of Canada
Old Guardhouse, Royal Military College of Canada
Montcalm Barracks 1839 Named after General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
  • Recognized Federal Heritage Building 1987
  • Originally served as classrooms before being converted to a dormitory for officer cadets, Jacques Cartier Street, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada, QC
Gallisonnière Barracks 1839 Named after General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
  • Recognized Federal Heritage Building 1987
  • Originally served as classrooms before being converted to a dormitory for officer cadets, Jacques Cartier Street, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada, QC


Fort Saint-Jean Museum
Established 1965
Location Massey Building, Old Forge, on campus of Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Quebec

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. Guided tours are offered. The museum contains collections of military memorabilia, military artefacts, maps, models, videos and historical objects. 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 centenary trees enhance the site. The RMC Saint-Jean art collection includes a bronze sculpture of a cadet 'Truth Duty Valour (1976)', by William McElcheran (Canadian 1927–1999) "Presented to ‘Le Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean’ by the commandant, staff & cadets of R.M.C., Canada on the occasion of the sister College's visit, 12–17 May 1976".

The museum club began as a club for cadets in 1972 with the head of the museum club serving as curator. Officer Cadets were part of the team that converted the old guard house into a proper museum. Office Cadets designed diorama(s) used in the museum and the business card from the museum featured a picture of one of the officer cadet's model soldiers on it.

The museum was closed from 1998 to 2003. The Museum Committee of the CMR Ex-Cadet Club Foundation was founded on 22 January 2003. When the museum was accredited a Canadian Forces Museum, the Museum Committee became an independent entity separate from the Foundation.

In 2006, while Hélène Ladouceur served as curator, the museum site moved from the old guardhouse to the entrance of the former Protestant Chapel. LGen (ret.) and Senator Roméo A. Dallaire presided over the official opening, which took place on 29 March 2006.

Eric Ruel became the museum curator in 2006. The museum website was created in June 2007.

In May 2012, while Eric Ruel served as curator, the museum relocated in the historical pavilion "les Forges". The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00, from 24 May until 1 September.

Archaeology digs have taken place on the site from 2009 to 2013 through the Quebec Archaeo Month, an initiative of Archéo-Québec. Funded by the Directorate of History and Heritage of the Canadian Forces as part of a five-year agreement between the Fort Saint-Jean Museum, Laval University and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, the Archaeology Digs are supported by the Corporation du Fort Saint-Jean and archaeologists from Parks Canada. The museum is a member of the Canadian Museums Association, Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), Virtual Museum of Canada 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.


Other Description Photo
25th Anniversary Monument
  • Donated by the Club des Anciens du CMR de Saint-Jean in 1977 to honour 25th anniversary of college
  • Unveiled by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Obelisk Royal Military College Saint Jean.jpg
Second World War Memorial (1 Dec 1945) 24063-009
  • A granite slab erected on 1 December 1945 is dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of No. 48 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training unit who died during the Second World War.
  • Includes the Bible's 2 Timothy 4:7 (King James Version): I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
  • Donated by the Club des Anciens du CMR de Saint-Jean
WW2 Memorial CMRSJ
  • A plaque on a granite slab is dedicated to former Sergeant-Majors of the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean.
  • The stone shaft was erected on 26 September 1964 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Royal 22e Régiment (French-Canadian).
  • The Regiment trained at Fort Saint-Jean in 1914.
  • The monument lists the Regiment's battle honours.
Royal 22e Régiment memorial (1964) at Royal Military College Saint-Jean.jpg
R22R 100th anniversary Plaque 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal 22e Régiment in 1914.
A Century of Service
  • A plaque commemorates the centennial of the Royal Canadian Regiment 1883–1983, Canada's oldest permanent force infantry regiment. Elements of the regiment garrisoned Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu from 1884 to 1908 and in 1924.
Century of Service Plaque The Royal Canadian Regiment 1883-1983.jpg


Plaque Description
  • Built in 1748 during the French régime. During the 1837 rebellion, French-Canadian nationalists of the Parti Patriote planned to attack Fort Saint-Jean, then under British control with British troops.
  • The plan was not executed: "En 1839, des travaux sont entrepris au Fort Saint-Jean dans le but d'y édifier un important camp militaire qui pourrait contrer toute tentative de rébellion ultérieure."
  • 24063-008 Fort Saint-Jean
  • A bronze plaque on a slab commemorating Fort Saint-Jean was erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1926 and replaced in 1980.

Naval, military, and air memorials

Military Vehicles Description Graphic
Air Defense Anti-Tank System (ADATS) Near Dextraze pavilion
Anchor of HMCS Bonaventure
  • HMCS Bonaventure. Royal Military College Saint-Jean. This anchor is one of the two anchors of HMCS Bonaventure, a Majestic-class aircraft carrier. First built for the Royal Navy as HMS Powerful, this aircraft carrier served the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Forces Maritime Command from 1957 to 1970. She was the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada. This starboard side anchor of "The Bonnie" was donated by the Canadian Forces Maritime Command 6 May 1998 and is located at the Massey Building, Musée Fort-Saint-Jean Pavilion Les Forges.
Plaque on stockless anchor of HMCS Bonaventure
  • Plaque on stockless anchor of HMCS Bonaventure at Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. HMCS Bonaventure was a Majestic-class aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy as HMS Powerful. She served in the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Forces Maritime Command from 1957 to 1970 and was the third and the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada. The anchor depicted is the starboard anchor of "The Bonnie" and is located by the Massey Building, Les Forges Musée Fort-Saint-Jean Pavilion. The anchor of "The Bonnie" was donated to the museum by the Canadian Forces Maritime Command on 6 May 1998.
HMCS Bonaventure anchor plaque
HMCS Bonaventure anchor plaque
Admiralty pattern anchors of HMS Fury
  • Commander William Edward Parry, RN, FRS abandoned his beset HMS Fury at "Fury Beach", Somerset Island, Nunavut in 1825. Fury's anchors are on display at RMC Saint-Jean parade field.
Ancres Fury. Anchors of HMS Fury (1814).
Ancres Fury. Anchors of HMS Fury
Plaque at HMS Fury anchors
  • Commander William Edward Parry, RN, FRS abandoned his beset HMS Fury at "Fury Beach", Somerset Island, Nunavut in 1825. Fury's anchors and plaque are on display at RMC Saint-Jean parade field.
HMS Fury (1814) plaque.
HMS Fury plaque.
Ordnance QF 17-pounder
  • These 75mm anti-tank cannons were used during the Second World War.
AVGP M-130 a Canadian armoured personnel carrier borders parade square near Richelieu River
AVGP Grizzly, a Canadian armoured personnel carrier borders parade square near Richelieu River
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck
  • Designed and manufactured in Canada after 1952
  • It could reach a speed of 1046km/h at 16 460m.
Leopard 1 by staff residences
  • English bronze Shell-gun cannon, gun-howitzer was manufactured 1841–1846.
  • This German 77 mm cannon circa 1916 was a Great War prize.
Centurion tank
  • Canada purchased Centurion tanks in 1950 to replace Sherman tanks.
  • Four men were required to operate the 53-ton, 35 km/h tank with a V-12 Rolls-Royce motor, deploying 20-pound ammunition.
Tank @ Royal Military College Saint-Jean
M109 howitzer M109A4 by staff residences
M4 Sherman tank
  • Manufactured in the United States, used by Canada during the Second World War
  • Five men were required to operate the 33 ton, 40 km/h tank deploying 76 mm munition.
Sherman Tank at RMCSJ
Sherman Tank at RMCSJ
Naval signal cannon
  • This six-shot cannon launched projectiles from HMCS Mackenzie to signal the presence of the Navy.
  • It is used at RMC Saint-Jean to celebrate the graduation of officer cadets.


With college numbers and rank held as commandant

Name Year Significance Photo
H11171 Colonel Marcelin L. Lahaie, DSO, CD 1952–1957 First Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
The Lahaie Pavilion, built in 1972, named in his honour.
Marcelin L. Lahaie
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 Brigadier General Armand Ross's DSO was for his actions at Zutphen, Netherlands
Colonel Roland Antoine Reid, C.M., C.V.O., MC, CD, ADC 1966–1968 Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Roland Reid was Founding president of Canadian Battlefields Foundation
H12882 Colonel Jacques Chouinard, CD, ADC (Honorary 1973) 1968–1970
H14129 Colonel Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault CD, ADC (Honorary 1975) 1970–1971 As General, he served as Chief of the Defence Staff from 1983 to 1986. He was President of AEG Canada Inc. 1986–1995.
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
  • In 2012, he was added to the wall of honour at the Royal Military College of Canada
Wall of Honour, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
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
H7860 Brigadier-General (ret`d) Senator Roméo Dallaire (CMR RMC 1969) 1989–1991 Senator, educator, author Roméo DALLAIRE.Général MINUAR.jpg
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) 2007–2010
14154 Col Guy Maillet, CD (CMR/RMC 1983) 2010–2013
17312 Colonel M.A.J. (Jennie) Carignan, OMM MSM, CD

(RMC 1986–1990)

2013–2015 2009–2010 First woman in Canadian Forces history to command a combat arms unit in theater, Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment – Afghanistan

2011 – The Women's Executive Network – Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women – (Xstrata Nickel Trailblazers & Trendsetters Award)

18562 Colonel Simon Bernard (CMR 1993) 2015–2017
  • Developed the Chief Warrant Officer Robert-Osside Profession of Arms Institute
18087 Colonel Gervais Carpentier CD(CMR/RMC 1992) 2017–2019 In the fall of 2018, RMC Saint-Jean started offering the International Studies program, reintroducing university programs at RMC Saint-Jean
20830 Colonel Nicolas Joseph Jean-Louis Pilon, MSM, CD (RMC 1996) 2019-

Hall of Fame

Royal Military College Saint-Jean inaugurated its Hall of Fame on 7 September 2013. Potential candidates must have studied at, been employed as a member of the faculty or staff at, or have had a notable involvement with Royal Military College Saint-Jean over the course of its existence since 1952. The Hall of Fame contributors include the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean Ex-Cadet Foundation, the Class of 1963 and the Fort Saint-Jean Branch of the RMC Club.

Plaque Presented to Royal Military College Saint-Jean by ex cadet club 8 Oct 1977
Plaque Presented to Royal Military College Saint-Jean by ex-cadet club 8 October 1977
Student # Name Induction
H7543 Honourable Joseph A. Day, Senator, 2013
12320 General (retired) Walt Natynczyk 2013
4377 Lieutenant general (retired) Richard J. Evraire 2013
H15198 Professor Jacques Castonguay, former Royal Military College Saint-Jean Principal 2013
H7860 Lieutenant general (retired) the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator 2013


Shown with college numbers.

Student # Name College Year Significance
7861 Lieutenant-General Senator Roméo Dallaire, OC, CMM, GOQ, MSC, BSc CMR RMC Senator, Former Commander of UN Mission to Rwanda, author of Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. Roméo Dallaire
8276 Doctor Marc Garneau CC, CD, PhD, F.C.A.S.I., MP CMR RMC 1970 Canadian astronaut aboard space shuttles Challenger and Endeavour, logged nearly 700 hours in space; NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1997, Marc Garneau
5105 Doctor Jack Granatstein OC, PhD, LL.D., F.R.S.C. CMR RMC 1961 Canadian historian
9573 Steven MacLean CMR 1973 Canadian astronaut Steven MacLean
4393 Doctor Desmond Morton, OC, CD, FRSC, PhD CMR RMC 1959 Canadian historian
12320 General Walter Natynczyk OMM, MSC, CD CMR RRMC 1979 Chief of the Defence Staff; Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom Walter Natynczyk
8356 Guy Saint-Pierre CMR 1970 Businessman, politician
H12878 Colonel(ret) Jean Berthiaume, OBE, CD CMR 1952 First Administrative Director at the CMR, Commandant of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Chief of Staff of the ONUC mission in 1960, Commandant of the Quebec Western District JA Berthiaume CC1-155-1986
18095 Sylvain Charlebois, PhD CMR RMC 1992 Canadian Researcher
2706 cmePANEL 16
17312 Major-general Jennie Carignan OMM MSM CD CMR 1990 Chief of Staff of Army Operations (2016–2018), Commander NATO Mission Iraq (26 November 2019 – Present). First female general from a combat trade.
Sylvain Laporte CMR, RMC 11th President of the Canadian Space Agency


Roch Carrier, recent
Roch Carrier in 2006
  • Roch Carrier, author of Le Chandail de hockey or The Hockey Sweater, and later National Librarian of Canada.
  • Janine Krieber, wife of former Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion.

Coat of arms and flag


  • H15198 Dr. Jacques Castonguay "Pourquoi a-t-on fermé le Collège militaire de Saint-Jean?" Montreal, Art Global, 2005
  • H15198 Dr. Jacques Castonguay "Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean" Meridien 1989
  • H15198 Dr. Jacques Castonguay "Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean: une université à caractère différent" Septentrion, 1992 ISBN: 2-921114-78-X, 9782921114783
  • H15198 Jacques Castonguay "The unknown Fort, Editions du Levrier" 1966
  • H15198 Jacques Castonguay "Le Defile 1952–1972 College Militaire Royal de St Jean 20th Anniversary Yearbook" 1972
  • H15198 Jacques Castonguay "Les defies du Fort Saint-Jean, Editions du Richelieu" 1975
  • Peter J.S. Dunnett, "Royal Roads Military College 1940–1990, A Pictorial Retrospective" (Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, British Columbia, 1990)
  • 4377 Colonel Richard J. Evraire, CD (CMR/RMC 1959) "Chambre 204" (Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu: Editions Mille Roches, 1982)
  • Jean-Yves Gravel. "La fondation du Collège militaire royale de Saint Jean." Revue d'histoire de l'amérique française 27, no. 2 (sept. 1973).
  • H16511 Dr. Richard A. Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College since the Second World War", Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 1991.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard A. Preston, "Canada's Royal Military College: A History of the Royal Military College" Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • 4669 Toivo Roht (CMR RMC 1960) "Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College of Canada 1955–2006" 2007
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember" In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876–1918. Volume II: 1919–1984. Royal Military College of Canada Kingston, Ontario. The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada 1984

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