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RCAF Association Trust Fund

Registration No. 0451195-51

Business No. 88737 4999 RR0001

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Chairman RCAF Association Trust Fund Board of Trustees


Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) John Murphy was born in Liverpool, England in 1940 and emigrated to Canada in 1953, settling in Toronto. He was an Army cadet for 3 years, Air cadet for 5 years, worked at Garret Aircraft Company. He obtained a private pilot’s license at the Toronto FC, Malton in 1958. His 36-year (1960-1996) RCAF/CF career included four 415 Squadron tours (three Argus in Summerside and one Aurora in Greenwood) plus a flying tour on Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit (Argus) in Summerside. A mini-TechTel (AERE) course preceded a one-year isolated tour as DMCC OpsO, RCAF Station Pagwa, Ont. Staff positions included: MARCOM Staff Officer Evaluations & Requirements (Air) Halifax; Executive Assistant (EA) Commander MAG, Halifax; (COMFAIRKEF) USN exchange tour, Keflavik, Iceland; NAV/ATC/AWC career manager NDHQ; Secretariat NDHQ, Ottawa; and (SACLANT) Air Warfare Programs Officer, Norfolk, Virginia retiring in Victoria, BC. Volunteer work in BC included: Deputy Director of the City of Victoria Emergency Preparedness Program 1995 -2002; British Columbia Building Envelope Committee; and Director Victoria Harbour Residents Association. In Summerside: Canadian Cancer Society; President Summerside Masonic Temple Company and a few plunges into municipal and provincial politics. He has been a Shriner since 1976. In 1996, he joined the RCAF Officers Association, Victoria, BC and joined RCAFA 200 Wing Summerside in 2008. John was appointed Atlantic Group Trustee then elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. In 1964, John married the former Jeanne Steele of Summerside and they reside in Summerside, PE.

RCAF Association Trust Fund Board of Trustees - Trustee Ontario (North)


Robert Bruce Harten B.Sc., CA, CPA, CD, Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario in 1949. Primary and secondary education completed in Sault Ste Marie. Graduated from Lake Superior State College, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan with a B. Sc. (Business Administration) in 1971, admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 1975. Commissioned as a CIC Officer with 155 Squadron RC(Air)C’s in 1970. I was employed by Canada Post Corporation as a Divisional Director of Internal Audit in London, Winnipeg and Ottawa. While in London I served as a CIC Officer with 614 Squadron RC(Air)C’s, completed the Captain Qualification Course and promoted to Captain. During my employment in Ottawa, I served with 632 Squadron RC(Air)C’s, and became Commanding Officer and was promoted to Major. Employed as an Independent Consultant to the DND from 1995- 1997. In 1997 I transferred to the Primary Reserve attached to the Directorate of Air Strategic Planning , and the Directorate of Force Employment. Returned to Sault Ste Marie in 1999, employed as a Senior Manager Internal Audit and Risk Management with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Retired in 2008. Member of 432 (Algoma) Wing since 2010, Treasurer since 2012.




Lieutenant-Colonel Brian W. Darling, CD, was born in England in 1940 and came to Canada with his family in 1953. From 1954 to 1959, he was an air cadet in 592 (Canadair Community) Squadron, attending summer camps at RCAF Stations Clinton and Greenwood. In 1958 was awarded a Flying Scholarship. Mr. Darling served for 32 years in the Air Force Reserves. From 1961 to 1974 he was an officer in the Cadet Instructors List, during which he served as Commanding Officer of 592 and 588 Squadrons. In 1974, Mr. Darling transferred to the Air Reserve as 401 Squadron’s Personnel Administration Officer. (PAdO). In 1978, he was promoted Major and appointed Wing PAdO in 1 Air Reserve Wing. In 1984, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Wing CAdO. In 1991, he completed the National Security Studies Course. He transferred to the Supplementary Reserve in 1993. Mr. Darling has been active with the Air Cadet League of Canada (Québec and Ottawa Valley) since 1974. He served on 588 and 621Canadair Squadrons’ Sponsoring Committee and Chairman of 622 Frontenac Squadron. In 1988, he became a Squadron Advisor and from 1997 to 2005 was the Regional Coordinator for the West Island Region’s eight squadrons. He continues as a Squadron Advisor. Mr. Darling joined the RCAFA in 1976. In 1993, he was appointed Honorary Québec Group President. He is the founding President of 394 (West Island) Wing. In 1995 he was elected Vice-President of Québec Group and became Group President in 1997. He was the National President from October 2009 to October 2011. He is currently a trustee of the RCAFA Trust Fund. He has received several awards including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals; the Air Cadet League Certificate of Merit; and the RCAFA Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Darling has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 21 years. He was elected President of Pointe-Claire Branch 57 in 2014. He is also the Vice-President of the Lakeshore Legion Housing Association, which manages the Seniors’ and Veterans Residence “Manoir Cavagnal” in Hudson, QC. In civilian life, Mr. Darling worked for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for 34 years retiring in 2003.


Daniel J. Miller enrolled in the Canadian Forces on 4 July 1977 as an Administrative Clerk. Upon completion of both recruit and trades training he was posted to the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, BC. In June 1981 he was posted to the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at Lahr, Federal Republic of Germany as a Battery Clerk. In August 1984 he was promoted to Master Corporal and posted to Maintenance Company at Camp Gagetown New Brunswick. Upon promotion to Sergeant in June 1987, he was posted to Canadian Forces Hospital, 4 Wing Cold Lake Alberta as the Chief Clerk. Upon promotion to Warrant Officer in 1993, Dan was posted to the Armoured Battle School at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. In 1997 he was posted as the Chief Clerk of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship NIPIGON at Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1998 he decommissioned NIPIGON and was subsequently transferred to the staff of the Commander Standing Naval Forces Atlantic as the Staff Chief Writer. In March 1999, as part of the CSNFL Staff, Dan Miller deployed to sea until April 2000. The CSNFL staff was the Command Staff responsible for the NATO deployment of up to 15 ships and 3 submarines and was the only permanent immediate operational Naval Force at sea. Upon his return to Halifax in 2000, Dan was posted to the Language Training Center in Shearwater, Nova Scotia in order to attend the French Language Training course. Upon promotion to Master Warrant Officer in June 2001, he was posted to Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters in Halifax Nova Scotia as the Branch Sergeant Major and Deputy Financial Policy Plans within the G8 Branch. In June 2003, Dan was transferred to the G1 Branch and assumed the duties of Area Superintendent Clerk and Branch Sergeant-Major. In January 2006, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer and assumed the duties of the MOC Advisor for the Resource Management Support Clerk occupation and remained in this position until his retirement in July 2007. During his career, CWO Miller was deployed as part of Operation Allied Force, KOSOVO campaign and Operation Palladium, in Sarajevo, BIH as a member of the J3 Operations in the Stabilization Forces. Dan was appointed as Member of the Order of Military Merit in 2005. CWO Miller assumed the post of President, 201 (Confederation) Wing Charlottetown, Air Force Association of Canada in May 2008. Dan Miller resides in Charlottetown, PEI with his wife Phyllis.



Qualified Provincial and Branch Compliance Officer/Manager, Qualified Trading Officer, Partner and Director for Mutual Funds, Associate Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Member – Disciplinary Hearing Panel – FPSC – 2015-17
With a 50th industry anniversary coming on November 1st of 2021, Ian is an acknowledged leader and sought-after presenter. After starting on the administrative side of the house, he moved into the field in 1976 and completed the Life Underwriters Association Training Course in 1979 along with the LUAC Financial Planning Skills Course. Throughout his career, he has attended numerous Schools in Agency Management and Sales Management through the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association. He obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) in 1987 while also completing his Investment Funds Institute of Canada Mutual Fund qualification and Fellowship in the Life Management Institute with a specialty in Financial Services. In 1989, he was awarded the Chartered Financial Consultant designation. In 1992, he qualified as an Associate of the Academy of Home Office Life Underwriters (Head Office underwriter qualification) and in 1993 he completed his Associate, Customer Service designation program through the Life Office Management Association. In 1997, he qualified as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and also completed his courses and exams to obtain the Associate, Insurance Agency Administration designation. In 1999, he completed the study and examinations to qualify as a Trading Officer, Partner and Director for Mutual Funds with the BC Securities Commission and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association. As a result, he is also qualified as a Trading Officer Partner or Director for Mutual Funds, a Branch Compliance Manager and Head Office/Provincial Compliance Officer. Additionally, he is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Earlier in 2016, he successfully completed the ETF Marketing course through the Canadian Securities Institute. He is currently completing course work for the Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designation. Long known as an innovative, creative and forward thinker in the financial services world, Ian enjoys the challenge of learning new material and planning for the future evolution of our profession. As the past-Senior Editor and a Contributing Writer to MONEY MAGAZINE, Ian is recognized throughout the financial services community in Canada. He also teaches a wide range of financial industry qualification and designation courses through Ashton College in Vancouver (HLLQP, CIFC and the CLU, CHS and CFP programs). As a strong supporter of both ADVOCIS and the Financial Planners Standards Council, Ian is active in both, having served as the BC Quarterback for the IAFE for 4 and a half years and was a Member of the Disciplinary Hearing Panel for the FPSC for 2015 through 2017 inclusive. As a Marketing Director and Financial Planner with Customplan Financial Advisors Inc., Ian uses his qualifications to expand advisors’ proficiency in both operating their businesses effectively and serving the needs of their clients. He can be reached by email at or by phone at 604.888.3078. Additionally, he is the Branch Compliance Manager for CFA associates who do business through Monarch Wealth Corporation – an MFDA dealer.



During my sixty-two years I have been an avid volunteer.  I started early at age 16 serving as an assistant scout master.  Two years later, I was elected President of the Peterborough Ontario Scouters Association.  I continued my relationship with scouting after joining the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1978.  My volunteering continued when in 1987 I was appointed President of the Canadian Forces Base Borden Block Parents program which continued until being honorably discharged from the CAF in 1990. In 1990 I volunteered with 102 Air Cadet Squadron in Barrie, Ontario as a civilian instructor.  Two years later I volunteered with 99 Lynx Air Cadet Squadron in Orillia, Ontario when I was appointed an Officer Cadet in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), a sub component of the Canadian Forces Reserves. Due to injuries suffered in the CAF, I retired from the (CIC) at the rank of Captain in 2013.  I went on to volunteer at VETS Canada, The Army Cadet League of Canada and in 2018 was appointed a Squadron Director with the Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee and continue to act in that capacity. I am familiar with budgeting, volunteer recruitment and retention. I was a trained instructor in the CAF from 1983 until my retirement in 2013. I am as comfortable speaking at assemblies as I am speaking with individuals. Now in 2021, I find myself with additional time on my hands and wish to expand my level of volunteering.  I would be happy to serve in any capacity you see fit. With greatest respect, A David Farnsworth


Gilles né le 15 septembre 1945 dans le petit village de St-Émile de Suffolk conté Papineau. A fait sa formation scolaire à Pont-Viau pour terminer à Villemaire de Sainte-Rose en 1962 et Gilles joint les forces armées canadienne au sein du programme d’apprenti – soldat, c’est alors que Gilles perfectionne son anglais et gradue en 1964 en temps que commis – magasinier. De 1957 à 1962 Gilles fut cadet de l’aviation (l’Escadron de district Canadair N° 592 ) pour atteindre le rang de WO 1 (Adjudant Première Classe) ( Cadets de l’Air 710 Ste-Rose) . Le 10 mai 1962 Gilles appose sa signature au document et joint les Forces Armées Canadienne, au dépôt de Longueuil, sa carrière l’a amené à travers le monde et pour nommer quelques endroits: Longue-Pointe, Valcartier, Rivers / Shilo, Werl, Soest, Lahr Allemagne, l’escadron 430 ETAH  BFC Valcartier, Lahr Schwarzwald , Ottawa, après une carrière bien remplie, Gilles finira celle-ci en 1990 en temps que vérificateur contrôleur chez Loockheed Martin. L’expérience acquise lors de ses nombreuses mutations, l’ont amené à travailler pour le système de la santé au sein du service ambulancier pour en assurer une saine gestion, chemin faisant, Il prit goût au bénévolat. L’amour du bénévolat l’amène au sein de mouvement scoutisme, le mouvement 4H, Judo, à la création du Canada Power-Skate Gilles était la, puis vient le hockey, le travail communautaire : membre du conseil de Rockcliffe Park, président du comité de discipline de la ligue de hockey de Ottawa, Boisbriand/Blainville, administrateur à la Coopérative Santé de L’Islet, membre LIONS, fut 1 er Vice Président de L’Escadron 302 de l’Association des Forces aériennes du Canada et (Past Président) de la Filiale 150 Bernatchez Légion Royale Canadienne. Maintenant à sa retraite avec son épouse Denise la femme de sa vie, ils ont trouvé l’endroit idéal pour un repos bien mérité…Rivière Trois-Pistoles pour ne pas dire Tobin. Mais le bénévolat n’est jamais très loin. Présentement Gilles est membre de l’Escadre 302 de l’Association des Forces aérienne du Canada, et Officier d’EntrAide de la Filiale 205 Petite Nation LRC.

Gilles was born September 15 1945 in the Village of Saint-Émile de Sufolk, Papineau Co, Qc, . His junior school was in Pont-Viau to be finish at Villemaire de Sainte-Rose in 1962 at that time Gilles jonit the Canadian Arm Forces as an Aprentice Soldier, that is when Gilles polish up is English and graduated as Storeman Clerk. From 1952 to 1962 Gilles was a member of the Air Cadet Corp (Canadair Squadron No 592) to reach the rank of WO1 (Warrant Officer First Class) (Squadron St-Rose No 710). On Mai 10 1962 Gilles joined the Canadian Forces at the Longueuil Dépôt, his career took him throughout the world and to name some place Longue-Pointe, Valcartier, Rivers / Shilo, Werl, Lahr Allemagne, 430 ETAH Sqn, BFC Valcartier Lahr Schwarzwald, Ottawa, after Gilles will put a term to hi career in 1990 as a stock controller at Lockheed Martin. The acquired experience thru his numerous posting, took him to work for the helt system as manager for Urgence Santé to insure a good management, thru the years He toke a liking for (Bénévolent). That is what took him to the Scouting movement, 4H, Judo, at the start of Skate Canada to become Power-Skate, Gilles was there, and then came Hockey, community work, member of the Rockcliffe Park conseil, president of the disciplinary commitee of the Minor Hockey Ottawa, Boisdriand/Blainville, administrator of/council the Coop Santé de L’Islet, Lions member, was 1st First Vice of the Royal Canadian Air Forces Association and (Past President) of Bernatchez Branch RLC. Now with Denise the woman of his life the fond the place for a well deserved retirement …Rivière Trois-Pistoles not to say Tobin. But call for benevolent is never too far. Gilles is a long-standing member of the 302 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Forces Association & Service Officer at the 205 Branch Petite Nation RCL



Sergeant (Ret) Ira Peters served as President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112 Whitby for six years, filling a number of Executive positions including Membership, Service Officer, and Vice President positions. He was Provincial Chair for the NATO Veterans of Canada Organization and presently works with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command on the Outreach and Visitation Programs. Ira was involved on the Town of Whitby (Ontario) Senior Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, the NATO Veterans of Canada Association, a Master Mason and a member of the David T Campbell group in Whitby, Ontario. Ira supports the Royal Canadian Ontario Regiment Tank Museum, and was a member of 420 Wing Oshawa, for a number of years. He served in the Canadian Forces dating back before 1983, and he served with NATO forces in Afghanistan in 2007-08. Ira’s experiences in logistics, technical services, transportation firms, heavy equipment and vehicle operations is extensive. A full resumé of his qualifications is available on request. Ira looks forward to serving the RCAF Association in any way that might be needed.



Joan Embleton has been the Program Manager of the CHORUS (Consortium for Heavy Oil Research by University Scientists) since 2002 and is an SEG and CSEG member. Joan has a background in gemology and has done lab work with geology core measurements in the mining and gold research projects. Joan is also an Alberta Justice officer and has handled all of the legal, software, data and confidentiality contracts for the CHORUS projects.  Joan coordinated the CHORUS work plan outlines to all of the industry sponsors and assisted in assigning the research project data projects to the grad student thesis projects.  She is a recipient of the University of Calgary’s Presidential U Make a Difference award.   Joan is currently the SEG Global Affairs Coordinator for Canada and also the Western Canada Business Advisory Chair. Joan served as an RCAF Communications specialist in Command Squadron at the CF Baden West Germany Air Force Base for 2 years. Upon completion of her oversees work, Joan was appointed to special posting to Veterans Affairs Canada located in Calgary. During my term at VAC, Joan served in the legal hearings to veterans regarding the effects of PTSD in a war time setting.  Joan has been a member of 264 Legion since 2015 and served as the 264-604 Air Cadet liaison for 2 years. Recently Joan became a Navy League of Canada senior instructor as a band officer and enjoys teaching brass and music theory to the young cadets.   Joan is an active member of the RCAF Association and was elected to be a Wing Director for our 783 Wing.



David is a retired association executive. He was most recently employed by the Air Cadet League of Canada (Ontario) from 2004 until the summer of 2017. He was its first Program Development Officer from 2011-17 and previously served as its Executive Director. Before joining the League, he held senior positions with three major Realtor® organizations and was Director of Alumni Affairs for Seneca College, in Toronto. David was one of a very few individuals who both worked for a civilian Cadet League and served as a CIC Officer. Enrolled in the Cadet Instructor Cadre in 2000, he served with 283 Squadron when it was formed in Vaughan, as well as Army and Sea Cadet Corps before returning to 700 Squadron as Deputy CO. In 2016, he completed a 4-year term as Commanding Officer of 700 Squadron, in which he had been a Cadet from 1965-70. He currently volunteers as Executive Governor of the Royal Canadian Humane Association for Ontario and continues to work with the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League, as chairman of its Recognition & Awards Committee. He and his wife, Chantal Samuel, retired to her home province of Québec, at St-Constant in 2017. David has two children: his daughter Julie is a Detective Constable with the Toronto Police Service, and his son Gregory is in the residential decking and fencing business. David joined the RCAFA with 442 Wing in 1974 and was subsequently a Member-at-Large and member of 427 Wing in London, before joining 394 Wing in Montreal.



Dean is the Executive Director of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Association, Publishing Editor | Graphic Designer for the association’s quarterly Revue Airforce Magazine, and Secretary to the RCAF Association Trust Fund Board of Trustees. He was born in Montréal (Lachine), Québec. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces following graduation from the Goderich District Collegiate Institute High School in 1977, and earned a B.Sc., in Applied Science in 1981, from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada at Kingston, Ontario. He earned his pilot’s wings in November 1982. Dean flew the CH-136 Kiowa Light Observation Helicopter (LOH), the CH-135 Twin Huey Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter (UTTH) and the CH-146 Griffon helicopter, over five operational tours from 1982 to 2002, and an additional tour flying the CH-135 Twin Huey helicopter with the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)  from March to September, 1995. His final flying tour came as Commanding Officer 403 (Helicopter) Operational Training Squadron in Oromocto, New Brunswick. In the years leading up to this penultimate opportunity he successfully completed the year-long Aerospace Systems Engineering Course, 1990-1991 (pasc), the six-month Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff Course (1988) (plsc), and the year-long Canadian Forces College, 1996-1997 (pcsc). He also completed innovation studies with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – “Promoting Innovation: The Dynamics of Technology and Organizations (2006),” and, “Military Innovation: Technology, Strategy and the Security Future (2003).”

In 2002, Dean accepted a position with the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Director General Strategic Planning, Directorate of Defence Analysis (DDA) as the senior staff officer responsible for helping to co-ordinate the Department of National Defence’s corporate strategy. He served as co-Chairperson of the (government-wide) Environmental Scanning Group, involving representatives from more than fifty (50) different departments collaborating on the conduct of an environmental scan informing a government wide “S.W.O.T.” analysis. He also served as a scientific committee member with the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy committee at Carleton University. Additional responsibilities of the DDA-4 portfolio called on Dean to manage the Asia-Pacific file, which led to Dean’s attending the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in Tokyo, Japan, as well as the NATO file, which led to participation in working groups in Belgium, Paris and a number of exercises with Transformation Command near Virginia Beach, VA, USA. In 2005, Dean was appointed Senior Military Advisor to the Director General Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) Ottawa Laboratories, where he also served as a Project Leader on the Capability Development, Engineering & Management (CapDEM) Project.

Dean earned an M.A. in War Studies with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in 2001, and an M.A. in Leading Innovation & Change (MALIC) with the York St. John University-Robert Kennedy College in 2016. In August 2021, Dean earned an M.Sc. in Strategic Planning with the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Dean was formally accredited as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) in 2010, as a Strategic Management Professional (SMP) with the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) in 2018, and a Certified Volunteer Resource Manager (CVRM) with the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – Ontario (PAVRO) in 2021. He successfully completed the “Designing Strategy” course with IDEO U in early November 2021.

Dean joined the RCAF Association in 1986, while serving in the air force, and enjoyed affiliation with a number of RCAF Association Wings including 438 (Pembroke), 252 (Fredericton), 700 (Edmonton), 416 (Kingston) and 433 (Renfrew). He is an active member (4th Degree – Trustee) of the Knights of Columbus, having served as Grand Knight (Council 1916 and Bishop Smith Assembly 0869), along with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), the Strategic Management Society, the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Volunteer Action (ARNOVA), the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), the NATO Veterans’ Organization of Canada (NVOC), the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders – OntarioAmerican Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Association of Association Executives (Europe) and the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP). He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Strategic Planning in June 2021, and volunteered as a Certification Commissioner and social media marketing specialist for several months before he was hired to serve as Certification Director responsible for all aspects of certification, credentialing, accreditation, and related marketing duties. To prepare for his responsibilities Dean completed the Institute for Credentialing Excellence “Certificate Program for the Credentialing Specialist,” in early 2022.


The Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust Fund is served by two non-salaried (VOLUNTEER) personnel – LCol (Ret) Dean C. Black, CD is the Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Wenjun Song serves as the Treasurer. Wenjun joined the association as comptroller in March 2007, bringing her advanced accounting, auditing, investing and budget planning skills much to our benefit. Wendy is a graduate of the Algonquin College (Ottawa) 3-year Accounting program. Monthly reports are provided to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the Chairman produces quarterly reports. If you would like to learn more about the Trust Fund you can find the Fund Constitution here