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  • 02/09/2018 9:27 PM | Anonymous member

    2018 CAREER EXPO

    Be Part of the Triple ‘AAA’ Career Expo – Aviation, Aerospace and Air Cadets!

    The Air Cadet League and our partners are pleased to present this Career Expo geared to companies, trainers and educators, industry groups and related associations interested in reaching out to Air Cadets for career and workforce development.

    Join us as sponsor or exhibitor for your opportunity to reach Air Cadets, families and members of the public. The event will be held at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa and will take place on Sunday, April 15 from 10 am to 5 pm.

    Full details and registration form for sponsors and exhibitors can be downloaded here, full instructions for completing and submitting your form are included.

    Keep abreast through this website of the latest news and updates about our sponsors, exhibitors and special activities.

    We are proud to be working in conjunction with our partners who will also be active exhibitors at the event.

  • 01/31/2018 7:38 PM | Anonymous member

    Mark your calendars!!! 

    It is that time of the year again! Come out and support our cadets as they compete in the Provincial Effective Speaking and Debating Competitions that will be taking place on April 28 and 29, 2018 at the i-Wing of Mohawk College, Hamilton. 


    Many cadets are now gearing up for their LHQ’s Effective Speaking Program/Competition.  Winner representatives from the different squadrons will move on to compete in their regional competition where cadets will be awarded with the Bronze Effective Speaking pin that they can proudly display on their uniforms.

    The top-ranked speaker from each of the OPC's 14 Regional Effective Speaking areas will be competing at the Ontario Provincial Effective Speaking Competition on April 28.

    Together with PDO Jackie Villanueva, Squadron Director George Hough is this year’s Provincial-level Volunteer ES Coordinator responsible for the coordination and oversight of OPC's Effective Speaking Program.

    For more information on ES, follow the link: (including the 2017 Effective Speaking videos)


    Debating definitely is not far behind!

    Squadron cadets and debating teams are excited to attend the Debating Workshop and Competitions that will be held on April 29. Top caliber teams will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and the top two speakers will be awarded the Most Outstanding Debater and Speaker of the House Awards.

    Past OPC Chair Fred Hopkinson is the Provincial Chairman of OPC's Debating Program and Mark Thususka is the Provincial Debating Coordinator.

    For more information on Debating, follow the link: (including the 2017 Debating video)

    Contact Details:

    Effective Speaking:

    George Hough – email: / phone: 905-979-5661


    Fred Hopkinson – email: / phone: 905-679-7451

    Mark Thususka – email: / phone: 905-389-1240

    Effective Speaking and Debating:

    Jackie Villanueva- email: / phone: 647-284-0970


  • 01/31/2018 7:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Contact the Regional Coordinator (as per the list below) for details and guidance on the regional program.


    2018 Regional Effective Speaking Coordinators






    Regional ES Coordinator








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    John Evans



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    Karen Foley




    8, 94, 140, 283, 351, 659, 707,778, 883

    York Region, Simcoe

    TBA/ rotates among Region’s SSCs





    2, 151, 172, 173, 534, 598, 608,704, 718, 851,856




    Tehmina Peshimam



    58, 253, 325, 379, 585,

    638, 653, 661, 870, 999

    Kingston East

    Janelle Bucci




    99, 102, 295,714,

    724, 734, 844

    Barrie,Orillia, Parry Sound

    Tammy Hebner

    Craig Hawkins





    85, 164, 167,183, 340, 532,543, 769, 812, 895


    Grey Bruce

    Deb Fletcher






    80, 104, 121, 296,

    530, 822

    Cambridge, Kitchener

    Sharmila Menon Nair




    150, 540, 713,715,

    735, 779, 820,826



    George Hough




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    Maj Dave Leonard

    Kathryn Pye






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    Roberta Foisy





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    Sid Thompson

    Dan McQuillan 





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    355, 547, 696,792








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    900, 906, 908



    North Western


    Rick Mortensen

    1 (807) 877-8056

  • 01/10/2018 9:51 AM | Anonymous member

    >> December 2017 Despatches (online view)

    >> PDF link

  • 12/21/2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Ensure all cadets submitting applications have seen the National Courses Handbooks for Cadets and Parents so that the cadet is knowledgeable on the process and requirements for each course and to have followed all the requirements in order to be successful:

    National Courses Handbook 2018 - Cadets and Parents_V2 Dec 20.pdf

    Volunteers required for:

    A. At the OPC office during regular business hours to do the scoring of the educational transcripts/report cards, and for the narratives.  If you are available and able to assist, please contact Mike Rosenlund at

    B.  National Courses Interviews on February 10 or 11 (for NW-ON).  If you are interested in participating at an interview location, please contact Jackie Villanueva at and advise which interview location you are interested in attending..

    If you require any further information, please feel free to contact Anne Kozich at

  • 12/11/2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member

    Cleared for Take Off is the OPC's podcast aimed at potential, current and former cadets, parents, staff and donors! Why not give it a listen?

    Episode 2 is now LIVE!

  • 11/29/2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous member

    OPC is diversifying the various duties for the National Courses. Jackie Villanueva is coordinating the N/C Coordinators and volunteers for all the interview locations throughout Ontario. Mike Rosenlund is coordinating the volunteers coming to the OPC office during regular business hours to complete the scoring of school transcripts and/or report cards, and narratives.  Anne Kozich will continue as the primary N/C Coordinator, and preparing the interview schedules.




    Scoring - Narratives
    Scoring - Education

    Mike Rosenlund

    N/C Coordinators
    Interview Volunteers

    Jackie Villanueva

    Interview Schedules

    OPC N/C Coordinator

    Anne Kozich

    Again this year, OPC has decided to continue with the 90/10 rule.  Basically, up to 10% of the PPS and GPS billets available will be for any squadron who has not had a cadet attend a PPS or GPS Summer Training in the past two years, and a cadet has qualified with a minimum overall score of 60% will be selected.

    Reminder for the Squadron COs/staff, if a cadet is home-schooled, please advise Anne Kozich ( and Craig Hawkins ( as soon as possible. A home-schooled cadet will need to have an educational assessment with an interview scheduled at a mutually and convenient date and time for the cadet, parent(s), and Craig Hawkins.

    If you are available to volunteer either with the scoring of educational marks and narratives, and/or for interviews, please contact the assigned PDO.

    If you have any questions or require any further information, please feel free to contact me.

  • 11/23/2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous member



    Markham, Ontario, November 23, 2017 – Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee is pleased to announce the addition of Jessie Nguyen to our team as the Financial Services Coordinator to further our endeavor of streamlining communications with squadrons.

    Jessie will be working with Nicky’s guidance to provide the SSCs with the financial assistance required to maintain compliance with OPC requirements.  Jessie will initially review the ACC9s, if you have balancing problems she will be on hand to resolve them for you as well as provide assistance with historical issues.  Jessie will also be billing invoices to squadrons, if you have any inquiries regarding amounts outstanding please contact her.”

    Jessie will be in the OPC office from Monday to Friday from 8am until 4pm.  Please do not hesitate to contact her either by phone, 905-477-4411 or 1-800-513-0952 ext. 228 or by email,

    Jessie comments “I am here to help squadron SSCs meet their financial compliance requirements and accounting duties with ease”.


    The Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee is a civilian, volunteer-led, not for profit organization sanctioned by the National Air Cadet League of Canada and in partnership with the Department of National Defence, to administer and support the Air Cadet Program across Ontario.  

    Michael Hopkins

    T: 1-800-513-0952 Ext. 223


    >>Updated OPC Staff Contacts Sheet<<

  • 10/23/2017 9:50 AM | Anonymous member

    If you need to reach a staff member at the OPC, please contact him or her by email.

    Michael Hopkins, Executive Director (  

    ¨ OPC BOG & EC , Board Committee Support

    ¨ Insurance & Risk Management

    ¨ Financial Management

    ¨ Corporate Partners & Sponsorship

    ¨ Provincial Operational Support

    Silva Chan, Administrative Assistant ( 

    ¨ Air Cadet Service Medal Requests

    ~ Website & Social Media Postings

    ¨ Squadron & Member Information Changes

    ¨ Website Technical Support

    ¨ Registration & Screening Status Updates

    ¨ Despatches article submissions

    Nicky Grantham, Financial Services ( 

    ¨ Accounts Receivables

    ¨ Canada Revenue Agency Enquiries

    ¨ OPC Assessment Fees

    ¨ Accounting Principles & Procedures

    ¨ ACC9 Processing & Support

    ¨ Invoice & Payment Enquiries

    ¨ Expense Claim status

    Anne Kozich, Program Development Officer (

    ¨ Registration & Screening policies & procedures

    ¨ AGM Registration & meeting requirements

    ¨ National Courses information

    ¨ Halenda’s & Nevada fundraising

    Mike Rosenlund, Program Development Officer (

    ¨ Provincial Training Development

    ¨ OPC Office IT

    John Evans, Program Development Officer (

    ¨ Lottery Information

    ¨ Awards & Recognition

    Jackie Villanueva, Program Development Officer ( or 647-284-0970

    ¨ Effective Speaking & Debating Competition  Support

    ¨ Graduation Parade  and Annual Ceremonial Review Coordination

    ¨ Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Coordination

  • 10/18/2017 3:59 PM | Anonymous member

    Col Norm Saulnier

    Colonel Norman Saulnier enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1981 attending le College Militaire Royal de St Jean and the Royal Military College of Canada before training as an Aerospace Engineer.

    With postings to 427 Squadron, 1 Wing Headquarters and 16 Wing, he has held command appointments at the section, flight, unit and wing level. Colonel Saulnier has held staff positions as a Deputy Aircraft Engineering Officer in the National Defence Headquarters, as A4 and A6 in 1 Wing Headquarters, as A4 Maintenance Readiness in 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters, as the Assistant Defence Cooperation Attaché in Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group.

    Colonel Saulnier holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Royal Military College, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the United States National War College. Colonel Saulnier joined the Air Reserve in 2016 and is currently employed the Director of Air Force Professional Development in 2 Canadian Air Division Headquarters.

    LCol Gabriel Doré

    Gabriel Doré was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec in 1977 and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in Sept-Îles, Quebec in 1994 as an officer-cadet in the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP). After completion of basic training in Chilliwack, he attended the Collège Militaire Royal du Canada (CMR) in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu as well as the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

    After graduating from Aerospace Engineering school in Borden in 2000, Gabriel was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and  posted to 14 Wing Greenwood, where he held second and first line aircraft maintenance positions at 14 Air Maintenance Squadron, working primarily on the CP140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft.

    Promoted to Captain in 2002, he was selected for post-graduate education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He graduated from RIT in 2004 with a first class honors Master of Science degree in imaging science with a concentration in remote sensing.

    Gabriel was subsequently posted to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake in 2004 where he held the position of Photonics Support Engineer. During his tour at AETE, he was in charge of the requirements, implementation, coordination, and testing of a program aimed at replacing the theodolite constellation used in AETE’s test range. This procurement experience, along with his knowledge of electro-optics and infrared (EO/IR) technology, led to his selection for an exchange tour with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) as the lead sensors engineer for the AC-130U Gunship and the US Government’s technical lead for the development, procurement and testing of the AN/AAQ-39 EO/IR system.

    Promoted to Major in 2008, Gabriel was posted to the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa where he managed several EO/IR procurement projects for the Royal Canadian Air Force, including the Interoperable Griffon Escort Surveillance System (INGRESS) project that installed state-of-the-art sensors and guns on the CH146 Griffon helicopter. In 2012, he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering where he managed the design and development of the modernized Aerospace Engineering officer basic training. In 2014, he was posted to 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as the Deputy Commanding Officer, a position he occupied until 2016 when he was promoted to his current rank and posted back to Ottawa to manage the Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue project in the Information Management Group.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Doré is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff program of the Canadian Forces College. He is married to his wife Sasha and together have three children: Nathalie, Matthew, and Andrew.

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