Formed in 1997, the RMC Board of Governors provides advice and recommendations to the Minister of National Defence concerning all matters related to the Royal Military College. It also works at improving lines of communication with both College alumni and the community in order to enhance resources for the operation of the College, as well as ensuring that Officer Professional Military Education remains at the forefront of policy. The Terms of Reference for the Board were approved by the Honourable Arthur Eggleton in 1999. The Board derives its authority from Queen's Regulations and Orders and Orders for the Royal Military College (Annex B). Members of the Board are prominent Canadians, the majority of whom are non-military, appointed by the Minister, who is also the Chancellor of the College. Hence, the Board is an important source of external advice for the Minister on all matters pertaining to the professional education of Canadian Forces Officers. The Chairman of the Board reports directly to the Minister.
The Board is a governance body, separate from the College, to ensure that officer professional military education is sustained in the long-term. One of the Board's initial tasks was to ensure the recommendations from the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia were fully implemented. In order to achieve this, the Board struck a committee, chaired by Gen Ramsey Withers (Ret'd), which undertook a three-year study of the undergraduate review program at RMC.
For further information concerning the RMC Board of Governors please contact the Executive Secretary at 541-5010, ext 6978 or by e-mail at Storey.V@forces.gc.ca.