IE FOCUS - E-Newsletter 2015 – 24 March 2015

Capt Crane // Le Capv Crain
Major // Le major Douglas Shawn Patrick Groves, M.M.M., C.D.
Chief Warrant Officer  // L’adjudant-chef Raymond Nicholas McEachern, M.M.M., C.D.
Warrant Officer // L’adjudant Erica Oliver, M.M.M., C.D.
Publication Date: 
25 Mar 2015

Calling all “movers and shakers” — join the Change Gang!

At the February 27 ADM (Infrastructure and Environment) town hall, Capt(N) Pete Crain, Director of Portfolio Strategic Planning in DG Portfolio Requirements, explained the creation of a Change Gang to support our organization’s transformation.

“The Change Gang concept is a staff-led approach to identifying and solving issues,” Capt(N) Crain said. “We are looking for natural leaders, the ‘movers and shakers’ of the organization, who are motived to help out with the ADM(IE) transformation.”

The Change Gang will identify and pitch several key problem areas to our Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Jaime Pitfield. Working with a “gang” of colleagues from across ADM(IE), the group will work through the selected issues to find creative solutions.

“This approach empowers employees to help lead organizational change and gives them direct access to management,” Capt(N) Crain said. The group will pitch their proposed solutions to the management team and ADM, and with management’s support, the recommendations will be implemented in ADM(IE).

Capt(N) Crain, whose background is in change management, will act as a facilitator to the Change Gang. “If you have some great ideas on ways to improve our business and want to be a part of the change, please get in touch.”

Capt(N) Crain can be reached at 613-992-1499 or His office is located at 66 Slater Street, 5th floor, station 529.

Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

On February 26, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada, invested 50 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit, among them were four Canadian Forces Military Engineers.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

  • Master Warrant Officer Troy Charles Chiasson, M.M.M., C.D., 4 Engineer Support Regiment, Oromocto, (N.B.), moments after receiving the Order of Military Merit at the level of Member.
  • Major Douglas Shawn Patrick Groves, M.M.M., C.D., 1st Canadian Division Headquarters in Kingston (Ont.), moments after receiving the Order of Military Merit at the level of Member.
  • Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Nicholas McEachern, M.M.M., C.D., Canadian Forces Base Halifax, moments after receiving the Order of Military Merit at the level of Member.
  • Warrant Officer Erica Oliver, M.M.M., C.D., Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, in Oromocto, moments after receiving the Order of Military Merit at the level of Member.


In mid-2014 CFB Suffield (Alta.) firefighters started a new fundraiser project—a firefighter calendar—with all proceeds going to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alta. Members of the fire hall gathered donations and advertisement money to kick start their calendar. After many selfless volunteer hours, they managed to raise $21,459.85 for the charity. When making the donation, Brent Becker, a firefighter from CFB Suffield, was informed by the Children's Hospital that country music star Paul Brandt would be accepting it.

“It was an unforgettable moment for me as Mr. Brandt sat down with my wife, son, and me for about 20 minutes asking many questions about firefighting, our non-profit society for charities, our department, etc. My family and I were honoured to make this donation to an unbelievable charity. Also in 2014, our department helped raise money and toy donations valued at approximately $15,000 for a local charity called the Medicine Hat Santa Claus Fund. We also have a scholarship fund for local high schools in Medicine Hat.”

“I thank everyone for their interest in our charitable work. Our members are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to doing more in the future.”

Sprinkler System and Firefighters Save $100M Building

At approximately 8PM on Feb 17, 2015, the 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown Fire Department received notification and responded to a fire at the Song-Gok Spur Building (Building D56). The building is used by the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment as a vehicle maintenance and storage facility, measuring approximately 7,500 m2. On arrival, firefighters found an 8-ton Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Milcot vehicle on fire inside the building. Due to the cooling effect of the building's fire sprinkler system and quick action of the firefighters, the fire was quickly extinguished. Damage was limited to the engine and passenger compartments of the MSVS vehicle. Four ceiling sprinklers (heads) located directly above the vehicle activated and prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent vehicles and other building content. The sprinkler system contained and controlled the fire to a size that was easily and safely extinguished by the firefighters using a single hose line. The high degree of compliance with the inspection, testing, and maintenance of the fire protection systems at 5 CDSB Gagetown also played an important role by ensuring the continued reliability of the sprinkler system.

The entire building and its content estimated at over $100M could have been lost had it not been for the successful activation of the sprinklers and effective response of the firefighters. Normal operation within the building resumed the next morning, only 12 hours after the fire was detected. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Canadian Forces Fire Marshal’s Office in collaboration with the Directorate Support Vehicles Program Management (DSVPM) and the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE).

To demonstrate the benefits of automatic sprinklers, the Canadian Forces Fire Marshal compared the results of this fire with a fire that destroyed the Quebec City Armoury in 2008:

  MSVS Fire – Gagetown Quebec City Armoury
Estimated Value of Building and Content $100M $125M
Sprinkler Protection Yes No
Water applied to the fire (est) 7,500 litres
+ hose line)
Over 3,500,000 litres
Number of Responding Firefighters 5 Firefighters 100+ Firefighters
Value of Fire Damage $200K $104M

So it’s cold…we can still have a good time

On 26 February all ADM(IE) employees were invited to take part in activities on the Rideau Canal and attend the traditional Chili Cook-Off.

As expected, the National Capital Region was still in the deep freeze, but despite this a number of us just ignored Mother Nature’s inconveniences and laced up our skates to compete in the different organized events.

Afterwards, to recover our strength but mostly to warm up, everyone headed over to the Cartier Armoury where we were greeted with a dozen or so brimming pots of chili, one as appetizing as the other.

After lengthy deliberations, the judges came to a decision and again chose the chili cooked up by Jojo Mansfield, from DCPD, who won top honours and paraded proudly around hoisting the trophy for the overall winner.

National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC) 2014

For the second straight year, thanks to the unstinting efforts of Véronique Renaud, the IE Group mounted a successful fund-raising campaign during the NDWCC and raised over $42,600.

Just before the start of our last general assembly, Mr Pitfield took time to thank everyone who contributed to this great success.

The people are, left to right : Jacquelin Perrin-Comeau, Véronique Renaud, Campaign Team Leader, Jason Solomon, Major René Senneville, MCpl Martine Pellerin, Stéphanie Grenier, Susan Barber (IE Treasurer), Rakhi Radia, Claire Lalonde, Adrian Albon, Amy Herbert (Captain for CFHA) and Adam Crupi.

Thanks to everyone.


On February 25th, 2015 the City of Ottawa council approved the nomination of Murray Gallant (DAES Chief Architect) to the City of Ottawa “Accessibility Advisory Committee” (AAC). As volunteer voting member of the AAC, Murray will use his 25 years’ experience and knowledge of designing for persons with diverse disabilities to: advise council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports and such other matters for which the council may seek its advice; review in a timely manner the site plans and drawings described in Section 41 of the Planning Act that the committee selects; and perform all other functions that are specified in the regulations.

As well as this appointment to the City of Ottawa AAC, Murray will be joined by Corporal (Retired) Chris Klott to present “Integration: Designing and Adapting Housing and Building for the Permanently Injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces” at the Royal Architectural Institute of Architects annual conference June 4th, 2015 in Calgary Alberta. Chris Klott joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001 as a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. In 2006, while on duty in Kandahar (Afghanistan), Chris was shot in the neck leaving him a c6 quadriplegic.

According to Murray, “members of the Canadian Armed Forces are a microcosm of Canadian society with a very strong commitment to Canadian values, sense of duty and willingness to put themselves in harm’s way to protect those values. When a member becomes permanently disabled as a result of an injury either on a mission, training for a mission or just in the normal performance of their duties, there is a requirement for (re)generation of a career and integration into the workplace and home. This session will present case studies of how the Department of National Defence generally has designed and adapted the workplace, and specifically housing, for permanently injured members.”

Murray is proud to share his experience gained through public service to promote “Universal Design” in all projects through his job as Chief Architect and in his volunteer activities.

Date modified: 2015-03-24