Board News and Reports


2019 – KEEP DECEMBER 10th FREE – for the RHOMA Annual Holiday Reception!
VEUILLEZ RÉSERVER LE 10 DÉCEMBRE – pour la réception annuelle de l’ACMAR!

Dear Colleagues/Chers(chères) collègues,

As we savour the memories of Thanksgiving, the distinct chill in the air reminds us that the holiday season is coming upon us. La saison des Fêtes arrive bientôt et nous offre l’occasion parfaite de nous réunir avec nos anciens collègues et membres associés de l’ACMAR et de célébrer les meilleures traditions de cette belle saison et tous les liens qui nous réunissent.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the traditional RHOMA annual holiday reception will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6 – 8 P.M.
Le sous-ministre d’Affaires mondiales, Marta Morgan, a bien voulu être notre invité spécial pour la soirée, et nous permettre l’utilisation de la salle de réception pour l’occasion.

We have already reserved the 9th floor venue at the Lester B. Pearson Building at 125 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, and we will be extending invitations in the coming weeks.

Nous vous invitons donc à réserver cette date dans vos calendriers respectifs. Please save this date as we very much look forward to welcoming our members to the 2019 annual RHOMA holiday reception. Nous vous tiendrons informés dès que d’autres précisions concernant cette soirée seront disponibles. Further detailed information will be provided in the next few weeks by Penny Reedie, 2019 Reception Coordinator.

With all good wishes et tous mes meilleurs voeux,

Gilles Rivard

Président / President


RHOMA Writers’ Luncheon November 20, 2019

Dear colleagues,

For the fifth consecutive year the annual RHOMA Writers’ luncheon is coming up…Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

The main feature event for this year will of course be the launch of the second RHOMA/ACMAR collection of diplomatic anecdotes and reminiscences: Not Mentioned in Dispatches / Confidences peu diplomatiques. Here you will find almost 50 entries by colleagues and friends of Canada’s foreign service community.

As in the past, all retired foreign service writer-colleagues and spouses (whether RHOMA members or not) are invited to this event and to make a brief presentation on their recently published book or other writing activities. In addition to a description of the substance of the work, we suggest authors also tell us about their experiences preparing the text and working with editors, printers, publishers and marketers.

Remember, the object of the luncheon is twofold: 1. to help publicize and market new books by members of the Canadian foreign service community, and, 2. to inspire those amongst us who may have a latent writing project just waiting to be brought to life.

There will be a table for sale/purchase of those recently published books by colleague authors and other books they have published earlier but that are still available…and still of interest.

So far, we have two or three new books in line for the event plus several less recent volumes. If any members are aware of colleague authors we might have missed, please let me know so we can invite them to participate in the luncheon or if they cannot be with us, at least have copies of their books available on the sales table.

We have timed this luncheon event to coincide with the year-end gift-giving season so that members might use the opportunity to do some pre-season shopping for friends and family. (As a special bonus, the few remaining copies of DECLASSIFIED will be available at a members-only price for those wanting to enjoy or share the complete set!)

In the meantime, please note in your calendars the luncheon date, 12:00, Wednesday November 20 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

We are hoping to welcome many for this popular annual event where there is always lots to talk about and…to read.

Best wishes,

Robin Higham
RHOMA board member


Talking Points for President’s Remarks at NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club  (2019-10-16)

Obituary / Avis de décès
RHOMA members will be saddened to learn of the loss of Sinclair Nutting.

Served in Department of Foreign Affairs 1959/1983 at Ministry and in a number of
posts abroad, retiring as Ambassador to Ecuador

Les membres de l’ACMAR apprendront avec tristesse le décès de Steve
Brereton on le 21 de septembre. .

Note to members on the 3 priorities for next year
Three priorities:
a) Membership/ recruitment (including for the board).
b) Future-oriented organization with marketing/communications. (including
events, partnerships etc.)
c) Dynamic diplomacy. (though enhanced public profile, focus on foreign policy
institutions especially GAC, and through partnerships).

New Board member: Bob Hage

Départ de Rick du CA / Rick’s departure from the Board

Words of thanks and gratitude/Mots de remerciement et de gratitude

Au cours des dernières 9 années notre bon ami Rick a oeuvré au sein de l’ACMAR comme membre actif, vice-président et président de notre organisation. Aujourd’hui nous voulons souligner de façon particulière ce qu’il a représenté pour l’ACMAR, ses membres et les directeurs qui sont succédés au sein du conseil d’administration durant toutes ces années. Inutile de dire qu’il représente beaucoup pour nous tous dans cette salle et pour ses collègues se trouvant partout au Canada et à l’étranger.

Two colleagues from the Board Gary and Robin agreed to prepare the following text that I have the pleasure to read to you today.

If one were to assign him a letter, it would be “D”. Four D’s to be more precise.

DEVOTION: Rick has a deep and abiding love for his profession as a Trade Commissioner, Diplomat and Head of Mission which he manifested throughout his working career and upon his retirement with RHOMA.

DEDICATION: The average time spent as a volunteer on the RHOMA Board of Directors is three years. Rick more than doubled that in his first go around and then when we breach with ideas and personal commitment of another two plus years.

DILIGENCE: Diplomats as we all know are fond of talking, conceptualizing and wordsmithing. Rick is happy to operate in this world with his own stellar vocabulary and schoolmaster’s grasp of grammar but he is known for bundling all this up, laying out plans of action, assigning action agents and following up to ensure the job is done and done well.

DELICIOUS: A man with a big smile and lovely sense of humour always applied at the right time as manifested in many meetings and in his stories in the RHOMA books “Declassified” and the soon to be released ‘Not Mentioned in Dispatches”.

To this very elegant description of Rick’s contribution, our colleague Robin added the following: the only additional notion I might suggest regards Rick’s legendary willingness to take on, self-designate even, any tasks that need careful and urgent attention… I don’t know how he does that, but Rick always seems to have more time than the rest of us when new tasks pop up at the last minute…Rick is the best example I know of to illustrate that truism : “When you want a job done, ask a busy person” And like a great chief of Protocol, it will always be done with sensitivity and good humour. Even in his absence on Wednesday mornings, Rick’s example will long affect the Board as members work down the list of agenda items, will have to ask themselves “What would Rick say/do?” We may have to add a few more members if we are to keep up the momentum he has generated.

Il va s’en dire que tous tes collègues appuis sans réserve cette description de ta contribution.

Rick, tu vas laisser un grand vide autour de la table du conseil d’administration. Par contre nous sommes tous persuadés que tu continueras à nous appuyer où et quand ce sera possible

In recognition of your 9 years of service, and the exceptional contribution you have made to RHOMA-ACMAR we are the Board is happy to award you a lifetime membership.

Merci encore pour tes longs et valeureux services au sein de l’ACMAR, le conseil d’administration et ses membres.


Talking Points for President’s Remarks to the NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club ( 2019-09-17)

Obituary / Avis de décès
MICHAEL SHENSTONE, passed away on September 9, 2019, He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1952. He became one of External Affairs’ foremost experts in Arab and Middle Eastern issues. During his career of 39 years, he was appointed ambassador in Geneva, Helsinki, Saudi Arabia and Vienna. He played a key role in the hostage crisis in Teheran as the key point contact in Ottawa for Ken Taylor. An informal memorial service will be held at a later date.
Beverly Lee widow of Ted Lee, former Amb to Austria, South Africa and Israel. (With many non-res accréditations) Beverley pasted away on Sept 5, 2019.

Gloria Hammond passed away June8, 2019. Wife of our Colleague Tom Hammond

Hilary Warren passed away on August 2, 2019. Widow of Jake Warren who was HC to the United Kingdom and Amb in Washington among many other distinguished appointments.
Relativement au décès de Demontigny Marchand dont je vous ai parlé en juillet dernier, la famille organise un événement commémoratif en son honneur qui aura lieu à Montréal le dimanche 22 septembre au Pavillon de la Jamaïque – Parc Jean-Drapeau.
New members / Nouveaux membres
Doug George

Remind members to reach out to current HOMs moving into retirement to think of joining RHOMA
Recueil d’anecdotes tome II : Not mentionned in dispatches / Conférences peu diplomatiques
Robin va vous donner tous les détails dans quelques minutes.

CCIC conference
On November 27-28, the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership will bring together voices from across all sub-sectors of Canada’s foreign policy to discuss and analyze the gaps, successes and opportunities for a comprehensive Canadian approach to foreign policy. In the Fall 2019 post-election context, this Summit provides an opportunity to understand where Canadian actors stand at the nexus of international trade, security, diplomacy and humanitarian assistance. A first of its kind, the Summit will bring together leaders from all sub-sectors of Canada’s foreign policy and serve as a jumping point towards achieving more integrated approaches to Canada’s global leadership priorities. .

L’ACMAR a été invité à participer à la conférence. Nous allons vous contacter d’ici quelques semaines afin de vous fournir les détails de la conférence. Il s’agit d’un événement qui peut offrir une excellent visibilité à l’association compte tenu de son importance avec plus de 600 participants et des dizaines d’organisations canadiennes qui y seront représentées.

Retraite du CA de l’ACMAR
We’re having our policy retreat at the end of September and items we hope to achieve include modifying membership criteria (more inclusive) and a new name for RHOMA.

CIC mentors
The CIC Mentorship Program pairs students and young professional members with select, accomplished professional CIC members in a one-on-one mentoring partnership. Mentors represent a variety of career trajectories related to international affairs from government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
Les étudiants et jeunes professionnelles sont jumelés auprès de mentors base sur leurs intérêts, leur lieu de résidence, leur cheminement de carrière. Ces mentors servent de coach, de conseillers et/ou de reference afin d’aider ces étudiants et jeunes professionnels à faire du réseautage, faire des choix de carrière ou encore obtenir des conseils pratiques.
Limited Mentee positions will be available, and applications will open following our September 23rd launch event (more information below).

Entente avec le cimetière Beechwood
The board is working on an agreement with Beechwood Cemetary regarding an honour section set aside for deceased HOMs. More to come at our next lunch.

Future events / Événements à venir
Next month’s speaker will be the High Commissioner of the U.K.
En novembre aura lieu notre lunch des écrivains / Writer’s luncheon
En décembre : réception de Noël au ministère. La sous-ministre Mme Morgan a déjà donné son accord à la tenue de l’événement.

ROBIN to speak about the book.


Policy on Public Pronouncements (2019-08-19)

Part A

After consultation with RHOMA members the Board has arrived at a definitive position on making public pronouncements.

First, a pronouncement may represent the view of RHOMA on its own, for example, in support of Canadian citizens detained in China;

Second, a pronouncement may be in support of a member who has sought RHOMA’s support in defense of a principle that is consistent with the Association’s founding objectives;

Third, either of the above must be consistent with the attached policy that sets out the parameters and procedures that are to be used in both proactive and reactive cases.

Note: In the case of proactive pronouncements the Board will adhere to a 2/3 majority of board members.

In the case of reactive pronouncements, the Board will adhere to a 2/3 majority of RHOMA respondents in support, when it is deemed appropriate to consult the membership, i.e. on a
case-by-case basis.

Gilles Rivard



The Board of RHOMA is empowered to take a decision to formulate a position in the name of the Association.
This position can be for public dissemination or addressed privately but it engages the Association.
This decision can be initiated at the request of a member of the Board or be taken in answer to a request made by a RHOMA member to a Board member.
The Board will take a public stand to protect RHOMA in case of a clear abrogation of one of its founding objectives
Once the Board has agreed to act, it informs the membership and proceeds according to the steps outlined above in Part A.

When a request originates from a RHOMA member, all Board members must be made aware of the request normally through the Association’s president

The President ensures that Board members are invited to express themselves on the merits of the case in light of the Association’s interests.

Factors to be considered in evaluating the merit of the request:
• The nature of the request: a case involving a single individual or collective interests, an invitation to take sides in an argument involving third parties
• The impact on the reputation and credibility of the Association
• The precedent-setting consequences of a position taken in a particular case
Guiding principles must be fairness and equity in treating requests and accountability to the membership in justifying the reasons for the Board’s decision

The President will follow up on the request according to the majority view expressed by board members.


Notes for President’s Remarks at NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club (2019-07-17)

L’ACMAR vous annonce avec regret le décès de De Montigny Marchand bien connu de plusieurs d’entre vous qui a occupé les plus hautes fonctions au sein du ministère des Affaires extérieures en plus de représenter notre pays à plusieurs reprises comme ambassadeur.

Je voudrais aussi souligner le décès de la conjointe de notre collègue Jacques Roy, Mme Sylvie Roy. Nous lui présentons nos sincères condoléances

Enfin nous soulignons le décès de Mme Anne-Marie Trahan ancienne juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec. Mme Trahan a travaillé de près avec Affaires mondiales Canada sur des programmes de réforme de la justice en Russie et en Ukraine notamment,

I am pleased to announce that our colleague Chris Greenshields will join RHOMA board. Thank you Chris for your commitment. The addition of new Board members is often associated with departures. In this case, our colleague Susan Gregson will leave her fonctions. She is not here today but we all thank her for the time she spent in supporting our association.

Mise-à-jour sur les plus récentes activités et projets de l’association

1) Second unveiling of Memorial to Fallen:. The ceremony took place on June 10th. Thanks to the good work of our colleague Abbie, 6 new names have been added this year: J. MacLeod Boyer, Dr. Egerton Herbert Norman, Hans Karl Rott, Alfred Sautner, Wayne Hubble, Patricia Harland. The ceremony has been an opportunity to meet with GAC new deputy Mme Marta Morgan.

2) S’agissant de la nouvelle sous-ministre Mme Morgan, nous avons sollicité une rencontre avec elle dans les jours suivants la cérémonie. Son bureau a rapidement indiqué son intérêt à nous rencontrer. Une rencontre devrait avoir lieu vers la fin du mois d’août.

3) Writing award from RHOMA for Bout de Papier: Each year RHOMA awards a prize of $500 to the author of the best article to appear in the foreign service magazine Bout de Paper. This year Gary Luton, who won the prize.

4) Nouvelles bourses d’étude pour des étudiants provenant de l’université d’Ottawa et de l’Université de Victoria : Un des objectifs primordiaux de l’ACMAR consiste à stimuler les études académiques en affaires internationales et en diplomatie Récemment, l’ACMAR a mis en place un nouveau mécanisme de subventions avec deux écoles supérieures en affaires publiques et internationales, soit l’Université d’Ottawa et l’Université de Victoria, dans le cadre de leur programme de stages à l’étranger. Dans chaque cas, l’ACMAR verse 2 000 $ annuellement pendant trois ans pour couvrir les frais de voyage des étudiants choisis comme stagiaires auprès d’une mission canadienne à l’étranger ou d’une autre institution internationale semblable.

5) RHOMA Speakers Bureau initiative: there is a strong interest among Canadians, particularly outside Ottawa, in learning more about the foreign service, diplomacyand exactly what it is that diplomats do for a living and why it matters to their everyday lives. In addition to universities and colleges, there is a variety of service clubs and organizations across the country (Lions, PROBUS, University Women etc.) that have regular monthly meetings and that are always looking for interesting speakers. Il est fort probable que plusieurs d’entre vous participent déjà à ce genre de tribune, mais existe-t-il un intérêt suffisant pour justifier la création d’un « Bureau des conférenciers » qui pourrait faciliter et alimenter la coordination de ces efforts communs? Si quelqu’un parmi vous était intéressé à se porter volontaire pour “gérer” ce projet, nous vous invitons à nous en faire part.

6) Ambassadors of Note project: Thanks to the initiative of our colleague Gary Smith about recognizing the outstanding work of ambassador of notes, we received 79 suggestions coming from more than 30 RHOMA members. We are close to achieving consensus on 20 names. More will come at the end of the summer about this interesting initiative.

7) On June 6, RHOMA co-sponsored with Canadian International Council and Center for International Policy Study an all party PRE-election panel on Foreign Policy. The event was held at University of Ottawa. RHOMA was co-featured in all publicity and our past President Sandelle thanked the panel. Rob Oliphant – Liberal, Erin O’ Toole – Conservative, Guy Caron – NDP and Elizabeth May from the Green party were part of the panel. The panel is the only one until now with all Foreign policy critics. We had 180 persons registered with about 155 turning up. A very successful initiative. CIPS / CIC are interested in principle to do other events with us.

8) RHOMA’s second book, « Not Mentioned in Dispatches” is coming out soon. Probably for November Writer’s luncheon.

9) Lunchs de l’automne : Afin de vous donner un avant-goût de nos conférenciers-invités pour l’automne, nous espérons que Jonathan Fried acceptera de revenir devant nous afin de nous parler du dernier sommet du G20. Nous aimerions bien compter sur la prÉsence du Haut-commissaire de la Grande-Bretagne. In November we plan to hold Writer’s luncheon and our popular book events.

Contribution annuelle / Annual contribution: to remind members that we are still waiting the annual membership contribution from many of them.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Almost all of the information that I report to you today at the luncheon can also be found on the RHOMA-ACMAR the web site: including Board reports and messages, upcoming luncheons, the bout de papier award, the membership directory, links to obituaries (In Memoriam) and links to RHOMA Members Reach Out, including recent CPAC video interviews with Raymond Chrétien ,


RHOMA Media Engagement and Speakers’ Bureau


International events are a significant part of Canadians’ every-day news consumption and our media are keen to bring a Canadian viewpoint to bear when it is knowledgeable and available in a timely fashion.

A number of RHOMA colleagues are active participants in media outreach, both electronically and in written form. When RHOMA is alerted, these contributions are reflected in our monthly publication “RHOMA Members Reach Out” (

We would like to encourage more members to engage in this endeavour.

CPAC, among others, has asked RHOMA for a listing of “Canadian Experts” on global, regional and country-specific issues.

If you wish to participate, not only would that be welcome, but it would greatly assist in raising RHOMA’s profile and that of Canadian diplomats, generally. Here’s all you need to do to join-in the exercise – let us have:

– Your name and contact Information (email and phone)
– Subject matter you would be comfortable discussing
– Hours of your availability (in person, telephone, via Skype or other devices).


Similarly, we are aware that there is a strong interest among Canadians, particularly outside Ottawa, in learning more about the foreign service, diplomacy and exactly what it is that diplomats do for a living and why it matters to their everyday lives.

In addition to universities and colleges, there is a variety of service clubs and organizations across the country (Lions, PROBUS, University Women etc.) that have regular monthly meetings and that are always looking for interesting speakers. (Incidentally, many pay an honorarium).

It is quite likely that many of you may already be engaged in public speaking of this sort, but, is there enough interest out there in setting up and participating in an organized ‘Speakers’ Bureau’ to facilitate coordination and enhancement of our collective efforts?

Indeed, let us know whether any among you might be interested in volunteering to ‘manage’ such an endeavour. While there is no guarantee at this stage, it might be possible to set up a system in such a way that honoraria might include a small “management fee”.

We would welcome hearing from you.

Your RHOMA Board.



Notes from President’s Remarks at NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club (2019-06-19)

1. Bienvenue à notre déjeuner du mois de juin. Dabs quelques minutes je vous présenterai notre conférencier invité. Andrew Griffth;
2. Since our last event we are happy to announce the signing up of new member Sara Hradecky (who is with us here today!
3. And pleased to confirm there are no obituaries to announce;
4. En juin, l’ACMAR a offert à nouveau sa séance annuelle de mentorat dans le cadre de la formation pré-départ offerte par AMC pour les nouveaux chefs de missions. Nous tenons à remercier tous les membres de l’association qui ont participé à l’événement comme mentors bénévoles!
5. We wish to thank Abbie Dann and Penney Reedie for their leg work in organizing the second unveiling of GAC’s Memorial to the Fallen, in coordination with PAFSO, and with opening remarks by GAC’s new Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marta Morgan;
6. RHOMA’s President has written to congratulate Ms. Morgan and to seek a meeting with her soon;
7. RHOMA was involved and participated financially with the Conference on Foreign Policy and the Federal Election with foreign affairs critics at the University of Ottawa;
8. Nous tenons à vous rappeler que vous avez jusqu’au 23 juin pour soumettre vos suggestions de candidats qui pourraient faire partie de la liste de 20 CdM qui se sont distingués durant leur carrière;
9. We will shortly be circulating to members the Talking Points that have been developed under RHOMA’s Dynamic Diplomacy project – we encourage members who speak out in public or interact with decision makers to use these in support of making GAC even better;
10. We will be canvasing members who are interested in speaking with the media on FP subjects or willing to speak to outside audiences – RHOMA’s Speakers’ Bureau as it were; stay tuned;
11. Plusieurs membres de l’ACMAR ont été invités à célébrer le 80ième anniversaire naissance du Très Honorable Joe Clark – les 40 ans depuis son élection comme PM ainsi que les 35 ans depuis sa nomination comme Ministre des Affaires étrangères;
12. I’ll return after the second course to introduce our speaker, Andrew Griffith. Bon Appétit.

Rick Kohler

Letter from RHOMA President to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marta Morgan (2019-06-10)


letter to marta morgan 


New policy on public pronouncements (2019-04-28)


Dear members of RHOMA,

As you may be aware in recent months RHOMA has on occasion made public pronouncements in light of developments of import to our members as a whole, most notably when we issued a news release, supporting the international call by academics and former diplomats, for the release of the two Canadians detained in China. The Board has also been approached by a member seeking a public statement of support on his behalf. As a result, the Board has agreed that a policy should be put in place setting out the draft parameters and procedures which would be used on both a proactive and a reactive basis. A draft policy, in both official languages, is attached. I would be grateful if you could review and forward any comments you may have to myself, copy Rick Kohler (, Anne Leahy ( and Lillian Thomsen ( by May 15, 2019 in order that we may finalize the policy at our next Board meeting. Alternatively, you can voice your views directly in the Forum on the Members Only section of our website, under RHOMA/ACMAR. The adoption of this policy would not, of course, prevent members of RHOMA, either individually or as a group, from expressing their views on a personal basis, but would give the President of RHOMA and its Board the authority to do so on behalf of RHOMA as a whole under the terms of reference laid out in the policy.

With best wishes.

Gilles Rivard


RHOMA policy on public pronouncements ENG

President’s Remarks at NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club (2019-02-20)

Sad to announce the losses of Jean-Yves Grenon, John Harrington, Roger Marsham and finally Michael Wilson.

Nous sommes heureux de compter sur l’arrivée d’un nouveau membre, David Chatterson

Des membres du CA nous quitterons bientôt. Au lunch de mois prochain nous soulignerons leur départ. C’est donc le temps de lancer un appel informel afin de trouver des remplaçants soit en vous présentant ou en recommandant un collègue. Assurer la pérennité du CA et de l’Association avec des collègues prêts à donner d’un peu de leur temps est essentiel.

The governance of our organisation. Indeed the board is reviewing diverse options to possibly inject a more democratic environment to RHOMA’s governance. The recent incident involving a Macdonald Laurier Institute article that besmirched the integrity of one of RHOMA’s esteemed members, Chris Westdal, has again raised the challenge the board faces: namely, as an unelected body, it is not mandated to speak unilaterally on issues without prior consultation with members. Dans le cas de Chris, le CA a fait face à des critiques “bien senties” de la part de certains collègues pour avoir pris une position trop timide dans l’expression de notre mécontentement face à l’article de MLI. Pourquoi l’ACMAR ne prend-elle pas une position plus énergique?Many will recall the Colvin case (2009, 2010) in which a group of 128 RHOMA members signed a joint letter of protest at the unacceptable treatment of one of the foreign service’s finest — as RETIRED HOMS, not as RHOMAns.
And three weeks ago four board members signed a letter to the Globe and Mail’s Editor, as retired HOMs, not RHOMAns, for the same reason — constraint of not having a mandate to speak for the membership. And there are more similar examples.
Y-a-t-il des solutions à ces choix difficiles? Sûrement. Il faut y réfléchir sérieusement surtout à un moment ou cette organisation cherche à s’impliquer davantage sur l’avenir de la diplomatie canadienne. This morning we have started a reflection about it. A message will be send to our members soon.

On the good news side, in keeping with the Dynamic Diplomacy project/ L’avenir de la dipomatie canadienne, RHOMA is planning at least two panel events in Victoria, B.C. and Toronto On. to be organized by Phil Calvert and Jon Allen respectively later this year. Our regional bureaux are active.

Vous avez tous reçu un message récemment vous invitant à renouveler votre membership pour 2019. Nous apprécierions que vous le fassiez le plus tôt possible. Dans le message que vous avez reçu, les différentes options sur la façon de procéder sont expliquées très clairement. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de votre support et engagement. Merci beaucoup.

RHOMA members are reminded to visit our website which provides information about news and events of interest to the membership. It also has a Members Only section that contains ‘restricted’ items like the RHOMA Directory, Annual Report and photos and a video from our Holiday Reception, to name a few. Most importantly, it has a ‘Forum’ where each and any of you can engage your colleagues in discussions about relevant events of international politics and Canadian foreign policy, trade and development. It is easy to use. Make yourself heard.

Finally, don’t miss next month’s luncheon March 20 when CIPS’ Roland Paris will be guest speaker


Notes from President’s Remarks at NCR Monthly Luncheon at Royal Ottawa Golf Club (2019-01-16)

Luncheon held Wednesday January 16 with guest speaker Manon Cornellier, editor, Le Devoir / Lunch du mercredi 16 janvier avec comme conférencière-invitée Manon Cornellier, éditeur, Le Devoir
1. New Year’s Greetings for 2019 / Souhait de nouvelle Année 2019, Gilles Rivard (GR)
2. Respectful mention of recently deceased members since November luncheon: Art Wright, Percy Sherwood, José Herran-Lima, Alan McGill;
3. Nouveaux membres: Nicholas Coghlan, Pierre Guimond, Dennis Horak, Mario Ste-Marie;
4. New board member: Penny Reedie who will fold-in behind Abbie Dann (VP Special Projects) who is stepping behind at the end of March;
5. GR effectue une revue rapide de ce nous offre 2019 incluant des élections au niveau fédéral et provinciales: Ontario et Québec à l’automne 2018 et des élections à venir en Alberta, Colombie Britannique et Manitoba cette année; les différents défis internationaux, nos relations bilatérales avec les États-unis, le Brexit et l’UE, le Moyen-Orient, le populisme et le Brésil, le Congo, etc. etc.
6. GR pointed to the forthcoming fine-tuning of RHOMA Objectives and membership criteria (members will be consulted);
7. Indeed, GR recalled the comprehensive Annual Report that demonstrated the high level of activity undertaken by the board in 2018: Memorial to the Fallen; the project on the future of the foreign service (Dynamic Diplomacy) and proposed plan of attack (work in progress) to be reviewed at RHOMA’s February board meeting;
8. Finally, GR onvite les membres à faire un plus grans usage dun niveau site wen de RHOMA/ACMAR incluant le site exclusif aux membres (Membres seulement/Members only).
Next lunch Februaray 20th /Prochain lunch le 20 février



It is with pleasure that your Board would like to share with you our 2018 ANNUAL REPORT here below. Please take the time to read it and do not hesitate to send us your comments. It will help to make RHOMA to be a better association in 2019.


RHOMA News Update / Dernières nouvelles de l’ACMAR (2018-11-21)

The following bullets are drawn from remarks made at the monthly RHOMA NCR ‘Writers’ luncheon, held November 21, 2018:


  1. New Members: Pierre Guimond, Alan Sullivan (reinstated former member, welcome back).
  2. Désolé de vous annoncer le décès de notre ami et collègue, Reginald Dorrett.
  3. The annual Christmas Party in the NCR took place on December 6, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, hosted by Deputy Minister Ian Shugart.
  4. RHOMA-ACMAR website – complete overhaul thanks to RHOMA Director, Gaston Barban; objective is greater public engagement. There is a Members Only section requiring user name and password (details to be emailed shortly); contains a Forum to stimulate engagement and discussion on international affairs and Canada’s role therein. You can access site here:
  5. En janvier, notre conférencier sera Manon Cornellier, journaliste avec le Devoir – grâce aux efforts de Suzanne Laporte.
  6. The board is in the process of reviewing RHOMA’s ‘Objectives’ under three headings, advocacy, education, and social networking … and also reviewing Membership criteria; we’re thinking of broadening membership of Associates, and, introducing a new category of Honorary Members to reach out to Ministers, DMs, and interested politicians.  Will be consulting with the broad RHOMA membership on proposed changes early in 2019.
  7. The board is also working on coming up with a new name – the words ‘Retired’ in English and ‘à la retraite’ in French are found by many not consistent with an organization that would prefer not to be thought of as ‘passive’.  RHOMA’s board is looking to find a ‘brand’ name qui sera confortable à dire à la fois en anglais qu’en français …  Once a short-list of finalist new-names is compiled, RHOMA members will be consulted.
  8. Très heureux de vous annoncer une nouvelle bourse offerte par l’ACMAR à l’Université de Victoria– similar to the RHOMA scholarship at uOttawa, it will focus on support to students studying international affairs and diplomacy.
  9. The fourth annual RHOMA Writers’ Luncheon took place on November 21stat the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. This increasingly popular event attracted over 60 members and spouses. Eight new publications by RHOMA members were presented: James Bartleman: A Matter of Conscience, Richard Belliveau: From Walk-up to Highrise: Ottawa’s Historic Apartment Buildings, Gilles Duguay: Aventurier et ambassadeur, Michel Dupuy: Accalmies, John Graham: Potholes and Politics: A Cartoon Portrait of Ottawa, Dan Livermore: Detained: Islamic Fundamentalist Extremism and the War on Terror in Canada, Michael Molloy: Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980, Roger Simmons: From Railway Brat to Diplomat.


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