75th anniversary2019-01-18T18:23:24+00:00

RCEME Corps 75th Anniversary

Visit our facebook page for the 75th at: RCEME Corps 75th Anniversary

Event calendar

See following link for a detailed calendar of the national and main regional events here.


See the following link for a summary of RCEME 75th Anniversary Key Events and Activities here.


In 2019, the Corps of RCEME will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary!  In celebrating this historic occasion, the Corps is conducting a number of projects and activities that will be taking place in RCEME establishments across Canada and around the world.  This page informs you, RCEME members and friends, on how the Corps is moving forward and invites you to become involved in the 75th Anniversary Celebrations and render homage to 75 glorious years of existence!

The 75th Anniversary will be marked by three types of celebrations:

  1. Local Activities.  Each base and workshop are encouraged to conduct its own celebrations to highlight this occasion.  Any members that want to become involved should speak to their local RCEME representative.  Of note, workshops and bases are also encouraged to communicate the details of their celebrations through the Regional Network to de-conflict a very busy calendar in 2019.
  2. National Activities.  In addition to local celebrations, each Region will be conducting an activity that will bring members together from across the country.  This includes such activities as Adventure Training, a Nijmegen march, a Recovery Skills competition, etc.  To become involved, in these activities, speak to your Regional Representative.
  3. Commemorative Products.  A number of enduring projects have been initiated to highlight the historic nature of the occasion.  Various OPIs across the country have begun work publishing a photography book, a 45-minute film, a time capsule, a coin, and other products that will be available for purchase and distribution across the Corps.

What is common to all activities and projects is need for the help of our members…  as volunteers, as contributors, and finally, as participants!  Additional information about the various activities and products can be found here.

National Activities

The Regions are organising the following activities that will take place in 2019:

1. Adventure Training [Atlantic]

5 Div will be conducting an Adventure Training Exercise in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, with participants from across the country.  We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.

2. RCEME Nijmegen March [NCR]

The NCR is putting together a RCEME Team to do the Nijmegen March in 2019, with participants from across the country. The communique is out now, click here to sign up for the march! Also, see the RCEME Communiqué page to see the training plan.

Nominations are due by 25 January 2019.

3. Mobile Repair Team (MRT) Challenge [Central]

RCEME teams from across the country will design, build and compete as MRT in a trade skills challenge course in Petawawa in May 2019. 3 Div is hosting this challenge.  We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your team.

4.  Skill-At-Arms Competition [RCEME School]

As part of the RCEME Corps’ 75th Anniversary (May 2019), the RCEME School will host Exercise UNHORSED RIDER, a skill-at-arms competition based on a 35 km patrol competition where soldier-technicians are challenged on a variety of tactical and technical scenarios. The 75th Anniversary marks an important year for all soldiers who participate. This exercise demonstrates the Corps’ continued commitment to delivering effective training to fellow future technicians and Officers, emphasizing the Corps motto “Arte et Marte” (By Skill and By Fighting). Contributions to the 75th Anniversary donation will greatly help this event.

5.  Recovery and Repair Challenge [Western]

4 Div will be coordinating a recovery and Repair Challenge. RCEME Teams will travel to Wainwright to compete against each other. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.

For historical background on recovery, check here.

6. Scrap Metal Challenge [Québec]

2 Div will be organizing a machine building competition. RCEME teams from five bases will compete against each other to build a working machine. We are putting those teams together right now, so contact your RCEME regional representative to submit your name.

The main objective of this ingenuity challenge will be to build a machine, using only recycled material, propelled exclusively by the participant’s legs!
Your construction will have to go through a series of difficult obstacles in a set timeframe, and to throw projectiles with precision. Knowing all the technical know-how of our technicians, they will have to include welds and other attachments methods plus electrical systems, propulsion systems, visual arts and more. More information will follow, such as evaluation and design criteria.

OPI : Capt Tommy Geoffroy (668-2943).

7.  Army Events

At the 2019 Army Run and the 2019 Army Ball, RCEME will take its place of honour in celebration of its 75 years.  So ensure that you’re marking your calendar to participate in these prestigious events!

8. National Sentry Program

RCEME soldiers will hold the prestigious honour of guarding the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa in 2019.  If you would like to be a part of this event, ensure that you are communicating this to your RCEME representatives.

Commemorative Products

In addition to events, the following projects need a special amount of organisation due to their enduring nature.

1. RCEME Time Capsule

In 2019, in the RCEME Monument in Borden, the Corps of RCEME will set to stone a Time Capsule to records a moment in time, to be opened at its 100th Anniversary in 2044.  We are looking for small objects – a series of articles, photos, or some old spare parts…  Start thinking about your contribution!


2.  “A Week in the Life of RCEME”

Inspired by Rick Smolan’s Book, “A Day in the Life of Canada”, the Corps of RCEME will be capturing a week in the life of RCEME in photography.  Members across the country were encouraged to get out their iPhones and Samsungs and take interesting, dynamic photographs of RCEME in Action! The submission of the photos closed in October 2017.







The 75th RCEME anniversary book, One week in the life of RCEME, is now for sale at CANEX and available for sale online! http://www.canex.ca/rceme-75th-anniversary-book.html

OPI: MWO Drouin and Capt Doucet-Hebert, 2 Div         

3.  A 45-Minute Film “The RCEME Soldiers Story, 1994-2019”

With the aim of highlighting our successes and motivating the future of the RCEME Corps, this film will tell the story of the Corps through the last 25 years from the perspective of those who were fixing kit and leading our soldiers both in Canada and abroad during peacetime, natural disasters and combat.  This success of this project hinges on contributions from across the RCEME Corps family (serving and retired).  We welcome contributions that highlight Corps involvement in expeditionary and domestic operations as well as key events and changes which occurred during this period.  Submit your stories, photos and videos.  Interviews will be conducted with individuals involved in interesting or significant events throughout this period which highlight Corps pride and values.

OPI: RCEME School Adjt

4.  The RCEME Journal, a Special Edition

We will be collecting articles from across the Corps in order to publish a good old-fashioned RCEME Journal in 2019.  This commemorative journal will be distributed to all members that contribute to the RCEME Guild.  Start putting your articles together!

OPI: Capt M. Nabhani

5. The 75th Anniversary Coin

A fine coin will be available for sale at CANEX to mark the celebration of the 75th anniversary. Current members of the RCEME Guild will be given a coin.


6. RCEME 75th Anniversary Scotch

Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey ($80.00 incl tax)

This bottle is the classic Glenfiddich 15 year old single malt with a customized label on the bottle commemorating the RCEME 75th anniversary.  Pre-order your bottle before 1 March 2019 to have it ready for pickup prior to 15 May.   This is a limited time offer and no orders will be accepted after 1 March 2019.  Glenfiddich is a proud supporter of Wounded Warriors Canada and will donate $2.00 for every bottle sold.

To place your order for the Glenfiddich, fill out the electronic form located here:  RCEME 75th Glenfiddich Scotch Ordering Page

Payment of $80.00 is to be made by Interac E-transfer to RCEMEScotch75@gmail.com.  Ensure you send a separate email to that account with the password you selected for the e-transfer.  Orders will not be processed unless payment is received.

Distribution is estimated to take place in April and will only be delivered to the following locations:

  • CFB Borden
  • CFB Edmonton
  • CFB Esquimalt
  • CFB Gagetown
  • CFB Halifax
  • CFB Petawawa
  • CFB Shilo
  • CFB St. John’s
  • CFB Valcartier
  • Dundurn, SK
  • Montreal, QC
  • Ottawa, ON

***Note that bottles will only be available for pickup at the above locations through the local OPI.   If you wish to order and have a friend pickup for you, written authorization needs to be submitted to the local OPI.   Details on your region’s OPI will be available shortly.   Depending on the quantity of orders per area, Glenfiddich may consider additional locations for distribution but this will not be confirmed until March 2019.  Therefore understand that you may need to travel to one of the above locations to retrieve your bottle.

For further information, please contact Maj J.R. Optis at Jonathan.Optis@forces.gc.ca or Sgt JDJE Perron at Eric.Perron4@forces.gc.ca

OPI: Maj J.R. Optis, RCEME School

7.  RCEME 75th Anniversary Ring

The ring is available for ordering via the provider’s website https://www.jostenscanada.com/rceme-gemrc.html. The ring will be available in three sizes. There will be the large format (23.1mm x 20mm), a medium format (20.4mm x 18mm) and a small format (16.4 mmx14.4 mm). The three rings come in many types of materials that are all guaranteed for life. The popular material is Lustrium.

– LUSTRIUM, hypoallergenic material with a double veneer in 23K yellow gold
– LUSTRIUM, hypoallergenic material in silver color

You will also have the option of engraving text inside the ring. The ring is delivered in a free small box and for a few dollars more, you will also have the option to choose a wooden box with personalized plate. It may be delivered to your home address anywhere in Canada, the United States and internationally.

The cost of Lustrium rings depending on the chosen format will be $ 319.75 for the large format, $ 299.75 for the medium format and $ 294.75 for the small format. Transport and tax are not included. This commemorative ring will remain an unforgettable memory.

OPI: Mr. Daniel David (Capt ret’d)

8.  RCEME T-shirt

A t-shirt commemorating the 75th anniversary will be produced and sold to members across the country.

OPI: Capt J. Desmarais

Information for Sponsors

Information for potential sponsors

If you wish to become a sponsor or donator to help fund these many events, more details can be found here.  Please visit the RCEME Sponsorship page and make your donations out to the RCEME 75th Anniversary Fund.