Our Honorary Colonel, Colonel J. Paul de B. Taillon, OMM, CD, PhD, hosted, at his residence, an Officer Professional Development Seminar (OPD) that included a comprehensive overview and subsequent discussion on military intelligence provided by Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Gouseinov (a former Canadian Grenadier Guardsman), from NDHQ.
A following talk focused upon Fire Planning and the importance of suppressive fires and the characteristics of artillery/mortars by Captain Trevor Clark, Royal Canadian Regiment.
A fulsome description and provided detailed aide memoire further cemented the requirements on how-to call-in fires.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Bisson, Commanding Officer Regiment de Hull (RCAC), discussed the importance of Professional Conduct and Leadership and the significance in the development and professionalization of junior leaders.
There were numerous side discussions on the employment of combat team/battle group in battle and the importance of professional training and education by Brigadier General Craig Hilton, Regimental Colonel of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).
The Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Wayne Donald Eyre, CMM, MSC, CD was also in attendance and provided a broad-brush strategic overview of the threats facing Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces and then delved into the importance of the Reserves in the defense establishment. The CDS underlined that the Reserves must maintain a high degree of mental and physical fitness, he further emphasized the importance of the personal study of the Profession of Arms in order to be truly effective Officers / NCMs. The CDS opened the floor, and a multitude of questions were forwarded by those attending and were candidly responded to providing a most enriching segment of the day. After a total of two hours Colonel de B. Taillon thanked the CDS for his time and dedication to Canada and his outstanding dedication to the CAF and the Profession of Arms. In discussions with Colonel de B. Taillon he was delighted with the participation of all who attended, and he looks forward to our next OPD in December.
Those present for the OPD were, from left to right:
Front Row. Ensign Alexandra Nicolas, Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG), Ensign Jean Murand, CGG, Lieutenant Christophe Audy, CGG, Guardsman Crispin Champion, Governor General’s Foot Guards (GGFG), Captain Trevor Clark, Royal Canadian Regiment, Brigadier General Craig Hilton, Regimental Colonel of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).
Rear Row. Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bisson, Commanding Officer Regiment de Hull (RCAC), Captain Rowan Porta, The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), Lieutenant Philippe Roseberry, Regiment de Hull (RCAC), General Wayne Donald Eyre, Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant Haseebullah Malik, CGG, Lieutenant Boston Walker, CGG, Doctor Chris P. Champion, author of ‘Relentless Struggle: Saving the Army Reserve 1995-2019’.
Also present absent from photo early departures. Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Gouseinov, NDHQ
The Roving Guardsman