Who We Are
Serving the Guns since 1876
The Royal Canadian Artillery Association (“The RCAA”, “The RCA Association” or simply, “the Association”) was formed in Ottawa in 1876 as the Dominion Artillery Association with the object of developing and distributing gunner skills and conducting competitions. In 1895, it became the Dominion of Canada Artillery Association. It was incorporated by Act of Parliament as a not-for-profit organization in 1904 with the same object. The Act of Incorporation was amended in 1949 to change its purpose to, “The promotion of the efficiency and welfare of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and of all matters pertaining to the defence of Canada” and, to add “Royal” to its name.
It was the first of the Service Associations and was a charter member of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) when the latter was formed in 1932.
Since 1880, it has enjoyed the Distinguished Patronage of the Governor General of Canada.
The RCAA remains today a not-for-profit organization incorporated without share capital. It is also recognized as a registered charity by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The promotion of the effectiveness and welfare of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and of all matters pertaining to the defence of Canada.
The elements of the RCAA’s mission are reflective of the RCA family Strategy and are stated as:
- Monitor, support and promote the effectiveness of the Regiment
- Nurture the Regiment as a National Family and Institution
- Celebrate and safeguard our Regimental heritage
- Connect with Canadians
An organization occupying a central position in the RCA Regimental Family; representative of all Canadian Gunners regardless of rank, whether serving or retired, regular or reserve; and, conducting its business in both official languages for the better good of the Regiment, its members and the defence of Canada.
- The RCAA perceives The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as being greater than the sum of its parts to include its institutions, associations and most important, all Gunners – regular, reserve and retired – as well as their families, friends and supporters.
- The RCAA takes a long-term view, realizing that while units may come and go, The Royal Regiment lives on.
- It believes that the Regiment is a national institution and, as such, requires governance capable of coordinating (and, in some non-operational issues – controlling) regimental affairs of concern to more than one unit, locale or region.
- It cherishes the Regiment’s hard-won reputation for being “on time and on target”.
- It believes that the Regiment’s heritage is worth recording, preserving and displaying.
- It takes pride in the fact that the Regiment provides a wide range of operational capabilities to the Army and the CAF.
- It believes that the integrity of the Regiment should be maintained in both war and peace, including the maintenance of a nation-wide structure of Regular Force and Reserve Gunner units and their capabilities.
The following are the four categories of Membership available within the RCAA.
All serving Artillery members of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
Retired or former serving Artillery members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have paid the annual individual membership fee.
The fee for Ordinary Membership shall be at a rate that may from time to time be determined at an Annual General Meeting.
Serving or retired members of other Canadian Forces occupational classifications or other Artillery Officers of NATO or other Commonwealth forces acceptable to the Association and who have paid the annual individual membership fee.
Civilian persons who have a special interest in the affairs of The Royal Canadian Artillery Association, who have paid the annual individual membership fee, and who are acceptable to the Association.
The fee for Associate Membership shall be at a rate that may from time to time be determined at an Annual General Meeting.
While there are no specific criteria for Life Membership in the RCAA, such membership will normally be granted to those members who have made a career of service to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
Any serving or retired member of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery may make application to become a Life Member of the RCAA. An Ordinary Member may propose any serving or retired member for life membership in the RCAA.
Such application or proposal shall be submitted to the Secretary accompanied by the Life Membership Fee and a service history of the applicant or nominee.
Such properly constituted application shall be examined by the Executive Committee who may grant the application/nomination for Life Membership and so inform the member in writing.
The fee for Life Membership shall be at a rate that may from time to time be determined at an Annual General Meeting.
Elected Honorary Life Members
Any person who is deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the Artillery may be elected an Honorary Life Member of the Association at an Annual General Meeting. His/her record of service in The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will normally be the dominant factor in selection.
Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary 30 days before an Annual General Meeting accompanied by reasons, and where applicable, by a service history. Such nominations will be examined by the Executive Committee who may submit their recommendations to the Annual General Meeting.
Voting will be by all eligible voters present on each name submitted
- Artillery Regiments;
- Independent Artillery Batteries;
- The RCA School;
- The RCA Museum;
- The RCA Band; and
- RHQ RCA
Other Artillery Associations that are local community based or national in scope, may apply to become an Affiliated Association of the RCAA with the approval of the Executive Committee. There are no dues required for an Association to become affiliated.
The purpose for Affiliation is primarily one of information sharing and communication; however Affiliated Associations are expected to encourage their members to become members of the RCAA. Dues for membership in the RCAA may be collected by the Affiliated Association and paid in bulk to the RCAA, but the membership and associated rights belong to the individual and not the Affiliated Association.
Representatives of Affiliated Associations attending the RCAA Annual General Meeting must hold membership in the RCAA.
Rights of Membership
At the Annual General Meeting all members who have paid their dues will have the privilege of full participation in the proceedings to include voting.
All Members may propose a resolution to an Annual General Meeting providing that another Member seconds it.
The RCA Association is governed in accordance with its Constitution and By-laws which in turn are founded on its Act of Incorporation.
The RCAA has a two-tier governance model. The top tier consists of a Board of Directors that is strategic in its outlook and which functions in an oversight capacity. The Board of Directors is headed by a Chair. The second tier consists of an Executive Committee headed by a President. This tier is operational in nature and responsible for the day to day functioning of the Association.
The organization is a registered charity under the income Tax Act and is exempt from Income tax
A general meeting is held annually.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of:
- A Chairman who is elected from the membership of the Board by the Board members for a term of three years.
- Six members who will be elected to serve for one year but may be re-elected annually to serve up to a five-year term.
- Ex-officio members:
- The Colonel Commandant;
- Past Colonels Commandant;
- The Regimental Colonel;
- The Director of Artillery; and
- The RSM RCA.
- An additional three Board members may be appointed by the Chairman with the concurrence of the serving Board members
- The following members of the Executive are non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board:
- The President, who will normally act as Recording Secretary for the Board meetings;
- The Vice President; and
- The Past President who will chair the Nominating Committee.
Officers of the Association
The Officers of the Association shall consist of:
- A President who shall normally be elected to serve for one year but may be re-elected to serve a further one-year term, consecutively;
- A Vice-President who shall normally be elected to serve for one year but may be re-elected to serve a further one-year term, consecutively;
- A Secretary; and
- A Treasurer.
The offices of Secretary and Treasury may be combined.
Currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces with the exception of Honorary appointments may not serve as Officers of the Association.
The Executive Committee
For the administration and the conduct of the business of the Association throughout the year, there will be an Executive Committee consisting of:
- The President and Vice-President of the Association;
- One representative from serving units from each Army Division as follows: 2nd Canadian Divisions, 3rd Canadian Division, 4th Canadian Division and 5th Canadian Division;
- The Past President;
- The Executive Director;
- The Secretary; and
- The Treasurer.
Incumbent Directors, Officers & Staff
Board of Directors
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) David Patterson MSM CD
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) James Selbie OMM CD
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Michael Jeffery CMM CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Murray Beare CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Ralph French CD
Major (Ret’d) Chuck Laroque CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Mike McKay CD AdC
Colonel (Ret’d) Bob Poirier CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Jacques Pellan CD
Colonel (Ret’d) Michel Pronkin CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Scott Wisdahl CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Leon Jensen OMM, CD
Colonel (Ret’d) Craig Dalton CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Robert Elliott OMM CD
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Don Hamilton CD
Colonel (Ret’d) Peter Williams, MSM CD
Mme Catherine Gagnon
2nd Canadian Division
Lieutenant-Colonel Chantel Bérubé
3rd Canadian Division
Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn Fortin
4th Canadian Division
Lieutenant-Colonel David Meehan
5 Canadian Division
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Williams
Other Committee Chairs
Chair AGM and Seminar Committee
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Joe Foote
Chair RCAA Effectiveness Committee
Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) James Brazill
Chair Welfare Committee
Captain Tom Watters
Past Chairs of the Board of Directors
- 2013-18 Colonel G.E. Burton CD
- 2012-13 Lieutenant-General A.B. Leslie CMM MSC MSM CD
- 2016-18 Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Elliott, OMM CD
- 2014-16 Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Dussault, CD
- 2012-2014 Lieutenant-Colonel C.L. Cotter, CD
- 2010-2012 Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Brazill, CD
- 2008-2010 Lieutenant-Colonel André Richard, CD
- 2006-2008 Lieutenant-Colonel J.E.F. Bryce, CD
- 2005-2006 Colonel G.E. Burton, CD
- 2003-2005 Lieutenant-Colonel C.E. Healey, CD
- 2002-2003 Lieutenant-Colonel P.A Sherwin, CD AdeC
- 2001-2002 Lieutenant-Colonel W.H Wallace, CD
- 2000-2001 Lieutenant-Colonel R.G. French, CD
- 1999-2000 Lieutenant-Colonel S.J. Goldberg, CD
- 1998-99 Lieutenant-Colonel M.D. McKay, CD AdeC
- 1997-98 Colonel J.P. Jeffries, CD
- 1996-97 Lieutenant-Colonel R.M. Fitzpatrick, CD
- 1995-96 Lieutenant-Colonel R.M. Fitzpatrick, CD
- 1994-95 Judge R.M. MacFarlane, MBE
- 1993-94 Colonel D.L. Berry, CD
- 1992-93 Lieutenant-Colonel J.D. Gibson, CD
- 1991-92 Lieutenant-Colonel D.A. Wynn, CD
- 1990-91 Colonel R.W. Johnston, CD
- 1989-90 Brigadier-General R.P. Beaudry, CD
- 1988-89 Lieutenant-Colonel G.E. Burton, CD
- 1987-88 Colonel S.T. McDonald, CD
- 1986-87 Colonel M.J. Day, CD
- 1985-86 Colonel E.A. Bauer, CD
- 1984-85 Lieutenant-Colonel J.R.M. Hubel, CD
- 1983-84 Lieutenant-Colonel G.E. Parnell, CD
- 1982-83 Brigadier-General L.M Salmon, CD
- 1981-82 Colonel J.R.G. Saint-Louis, CD
- 1980-81 Colonel R.A. Jacobson, CD
- 1979-80 Brigadier-General W.T. Wickett, CD
- 1978-79 Lieutenant-Colonel J.E. de Hart, MC CD
- 1977-78 Colonel E.H. Rowe, OMM CD
- 1976-77 Lieutenant-Colonel B.G. Brulé, CD
- 1975-76 Lieutenant-Colonel B. S. MacDonald, CD
- 1974-75 Colonel A.E. Sherwin, CD
- 1973-74 Lieutenant-Colonel J.W. Alward, CD QC
- 1972-73 Lieutenant-Colonel J.C. McKenna, CD
- 1971-72 Lieutenant-Colonel A.G. Lynch-Staunton, CD
- 1970-71 Colonel B. Shapiro, CM CD
- 1969-70 Colonel J.H. Turnbull, OMM EM CD
- 1968-69 Lieutenant-Colonel W.D. Elsdon, GM CD
- 1967-68 Lieutenant-Colonel J.D. Cambridge, CD
- 1966-67 Lieutenant-Colonel R.J. Connor, ED
- 1965-66 Lieutenant-Colonel E.R. Clemis, MBE ED CD
- 1964-65 Lieutenant-Colonel W. S. Jackson, CD
- 1963-64 Brigadier R. Normandeau, CD
- 1962-63 Brigadier G.B. Robertson, ED CD QC
- 1961-62 Colonel E.W. Cormack, OBE ED CD
- 1961 Brigadier H.T. Airey, CD
- 1960 Brigadier-General D.C. Campbell, CD
- 1959 Brigadier R.T. DuMoulin, ED CD QC
- 1958 Brigadier J. Bibeau, DSO ED
- 1957 Brigadier W.D. King, OBE ED CD
- 1956 Brigadier J.A. Gillies, OBE ED
- 1955 Brigadier F.D. Lace, DSO OBE ED
- 1954 Brigadier Maurice Archer, MBE
- 1953 Brigadier H.E. Murray, DSO ED
- 1952 Brigadier A.E. McB. Bell-lrving, CBE ED
- 1951 Brigadier E.R. Suttie, CBE DSO ED CD
- 1950 Brigadier H.E. Wright ED
- 1949 Brigadier R.E.G. Roome, DSO ED
- 1948 Brigadier P.A.S. Todd, CBE DSO ED CD
- 1947 Major-General A.B. Matthews, CBE DSO ED CD
- 1940 Colonel J.J. Creelman, DSO
- 1939 Colonel C.G. Beeston, QC 1940-46
- 1938 Brigadier R.A. Fraser, VD
- 1937 Lieutenant-Colonel G.T. Inch, MC VD
- 1936 Lieutenant-Colonel J.R. Sampson, OBE VD
- 1935 Brigadier W.C. Hyde, DSO VD
- 1934 Lieutenant-Colonel R.T. Perry
- 1932-33 Colonel The Honourable G.A. Drew, PC VD CD QC LLD
- 1931 Lieutenant-Colonel N. MacDonald, DSO
- 1930 Colonel Mackenzie Waters, MC
- 1929 Colonel E.G.M. Cape, DSO
- 1928 Lieutenant-Colonel N.P. MacLeod, MC
- 1927 Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. MacDonald, DSO
- 1926 Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Sterns
- 1925 Colonel J.J. Penhale, DSO
- 1924 Brigadier-General W.O. Dodds, CMG DSO VD
- 1923 Lieutenant-Colonel S.B. Anderson, CMG DSO
- 1921 Brigadier-General C.H. Maclaren, CMG DSO
- 1921 Colonel J.J. Creelman, DSO
- 1920 Major-General Sir Edward Morrison, KCMG CB DSO
- 1914 Lieutenant-Colonel W.G. Hurdman, DSO
- 1913 Lieutenant-Colonel Lacey R. Johnson
- 1912 Lieutenant-Colonel E.W. Rathbun
- 1911 Colonel E.M. Renouf
- 1910 Colonel N.F. McNachton, CVO
- 1909 Colonel R Costigan, DSO
- 1908 Lieutenant-Colonel H. McL. Davison
- 1904-05 Colonel Sir John Hendrie, KCMG CVO
- 1902-03 Major-General W.H. Cotton
- 1899-01 Colonel D.T. Irwin, CMG VD
- 1897-98 Lieutenant-Colonel F. Minden Cole, CMG VD
- 1894-96 Colonel The Honourable Edward Gawlor Prior, MP
- 1893 Lieutenant-Colonel J.R. Armstrong
- 1892 Lieutenant-Colonel A.E. Curren
- 1891 Lieutenant-Colonel A.A. Stevenson
- 1890 Major-General F. Middleton, KCMG CB
- 1888-89 The Honourable Colonel A.M. MacDonald
- 1884-87 Lieutenant-Colonel W.R. Oswald
- 1880-83 Major-General R.G.A. Luard
- 1876-79 Major-General Sir Edward Selby Smyth, KCMG