RMC Foundation Mission
To engage alumni, and Canadians alike, in donorship and sponsorship activities above and beyond the mandate of the Canadian Forces to preserve and enhance the experience, history, traditions and culture of the Canadian Military Colleges as we grow and develop Canada’s future leaders.
Supporting Canada’s Future Leaders
- To provide them as many learning and growth opportunities as possible before they arrive at their first posting.
- To expand, to the extent possible, the character base upon which they will build as they prepare to lead in all aspects of their career, both military and civilian.
As a military university, the Royal Military College of Canada educates, develops, and inspires bilingual, fit, and ethical leaders who serve the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada. The core curriculum and training programs of the Colleges, funded through Government budgets, achieve this mission and, in doing so, the staff and faculty of the Colleges are achieving excellence each and every day.
Regardless of how good a College graduate is, however, there must still have been room for improvement outside of any fixed, prescribed curriculum or training program. Graduates will benefit from other experiences when they leave the College; they will continue to grow in maturity, confidence and wisdom throughout their careers.
We all believe that the graduates of RMC should be the best they can possibly be! We seek to fund development opportunities that are outside of the College curriculum and training programs and hence are not funded through Government budgets.
As they are outside of the Government-funded core curriculum and training programs of the Colleges, these development opportunities can only be provided through private philanthropic financial support.
Role of the Foundation
In the conduct of its activities the Foundation performs a number of distinct roles:
The Foundation is a charity, serving the desires of the alumni and others, both collectively and as individuals, to provide philanthropic financial assistance to the Colleges;
The Foundation acts as a pro-active fundraiser, encouraging the provision of such assistance;
The Foundation acts as a trustee and has a fiduciary responsibility to its donors:
- To ensure that donated funds are applied in accordance with donor directions
- To use its best judgment for the efficient allocation of limited discretionary funds to support the needs of the Royal Military Colleges
- To ensure that entrusted funds are invested prudently and effectively.
Our Areas Of Focus
The intense academic program provided by the Royal Military Colleges ensures that our future leaders can reason effectively and cogently in complex and ambiguous environments. It also ensures that they have a firm ethical foundation on which to base leadership decisions, which will be made in the most complex and stressful environments. Your support can help broaden and complete this knowledge base and ethical foundation.
It has been said that the only real training for leadership, is leadership, and that is where the Military Colleges shine – by providing not only a top-notch education, fitness, language and military training but also practical experience in leadership.
The RMC Foundation is a significant contributor to both RMC Saint-Jean and RMC’s Leadership Components as we help fund many activities in which students can exercise leadership. The Foundation also funds awards recognizing those that distinguish themselves amongst the best. As a result, the leadership component of both Colleges transforms young men and women into mature, self-confident and motivated junior leaders ready to assume real command functions upon commissioning.
The Colleges are rich in history and heritage. Support to the heritage of the Colleges ensures that the preservation of our history, traditions, culture, buildings, artifacts, and historical exhibitions can remain on display for our future leaders to learn who paved the way before them.
Whether it is through representing our institutions at competitions across Canada or simply running alone up Fort Henry Hill, sports and physical activity play a pivotal role in the lives of our future leaders.
For many, the athletics programs at the Colleges are a Cadets first exposure to facilities, expertise and opportunities that will allow them to achieve and maintain personal fitness. The athletic activities that the students engage in on a nearly daily basis not only improve their physical fitness, but also contribute to developing mental toughness, resiliency, teamwork, and unit cohesion.
All of these skills are beneficial to them once they are commissioned, and with the knowledge, skills and experience they gained from their involvement in RMC athletics, the Officer Cadets that graduate are truly “fit to lead”.
Learning a language is more than the study of nouns and verbs or grammar and syntax. When we explore another language, we embark on a voyage of discovery and transformation. We learn the history of a people, examine their beliefs, and try on their behaviours.
When we master another language, we acquire the cultural knowledge, linguistic competencies, and communication skills which enable us to understand, relate to and interact effectively with others. In so doing, we transcend our personal boundaries, and, ultimately, become better leaders.