Artillery Senate2019-01-28T02:30:46+00:00

Artillery Senate


Artillery Senate is the highest governing body of the Royal Regiment and acts its de facto Board of Directors. Its mandate is to promote and preserve the long-term well being of the RCA and ensure its interests are furthered.  While Artillery Council (chaired by the Senior Serving Gunner), concerns itself largely with matters related to operational effectiveness and leadership (Lines of Operation 1 and 2 of the RCA Family Strategy), Artillery Senate (chaired by the Colonel Commandant) focuses on the health of the Regimental Family institution; its place in Canadian society; and heritage (Lines of Operation 3 to 5).  Artillery Senate does not involve itself in matters within the purview of Artillery Council, unless specifically requested to advise or assist. To accomplish its mandate, Artillery Senate works with a variety of stakeholders both within and outside the Royal Regiment, including Artillery Council, the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (RCAA), Honoraries, regional artillery associations and other “Friends of the Royal Regiment.”


Ex Officio

  • Colonel Commandant (Chair)
  • Senior Serving Gunner (Co-Chair)
  • Serving Artillery General Officers
  • Immediate past Colonel Commandant
  • The Chair of the Board and the President of the RCA Association
  • The Chair of the RCA Heritage Campaign

Ex Officio Non-voting

  • Director of Artillery
  • Regimental Colonel (Secretary)
  • Executive Director Heritage Charitable Campaign
  • Executive Director RCA Association


  • Elected members (10-15 to a maximum of 25 Senate members)

Current members of the Artillery Senate:

  • Brigadier-General (Ret’d) J.J. Selbie (Chair)
  • Lieutenant-General M.N. Rouleau (Co-chair)
  • Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) M.K. Jeffery
  • Major-General S.C. Hetherington
  • Major-General J.S.S.D. Fortin
  • Brigadier-General K.R. Cotten
  • Brigadier-General L.P. McGarry
  • Brigadier-General B.W.G. McPherson
  • Brigadier-General (Ret’d) D.A. Patterson
  • Colonel R. Garon
  • Lieutenant-Colonel M.C. Harvey
  • Lieutenant-Colonel S. Heer
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) L. Jensen
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) M.D. McKay
  • Major R. Gratton
  • Major (Ret’d) N.L. Stewart
  • CWO G Hoegi
  • CWO (Mr Gnr) (Ret’d) DH Robinson
  • Honorary Colonel A. Mawji
  • Honorary Colonel M. Clearihue
  • Honorary Colonel S. Gregory
  • Mr.J.K.F. Irving
  • Mr. W.C. Petersen

Honorary Director

  • Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) R.A. Dallaire


  • Set the strategy and direction for The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as an institution or Family
  • Develop and guide, and amend as appropriate the RCA Family Strategy
  • Govern the Royal Regiment in matters related to Lines of Operation 3 to 5 of the RCA Family Strategy
  • Approve and oversee programs, projects and activities in support of Lines of Operation 3-5 of the RCA Family Strategy;
  • Monitor the RCA Regimental and RCA Heritage Funds and approve their annual operating plans
  • Maintain awareness of all nominations for Artillery Honorary Colonels and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonels
  • Advise on and approve major amendments to RCA Standing Orders

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