BIRCHALL LEADERSHIP AWARD 2017
The Royal Military Colleges Foundation
in Partnership with
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
October 28th, Hamilton, ON
Birchall Leadership Award
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Birchall Leadership Award is presented by the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada Foundation Inc. (The "RMC Foundation") to honour the memory of 2364 Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall CM, OBE, DFC, OO, CD [1915-2004], the "Saviour of Ceylon".
The 2017 recipient of this prestigious award is Colonel Chris Hadfield, internationally-known Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station. He exemplifies the qualities of Air Commodore Birchall. Colonel Hadfield will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Birchall Leadership Award Gala in Hamilton.
Birchall was an extraordinary leader, a distinguished RMC ex-cadet, RCAF career officer, former Commandant of RMC, Honorary Colonel of 413 Squadron and until his death on September 10, 2004, the Vice-Patron of the RMC Club, exemplified a unique leadership quality which this award celebrates, and that is the ability to stand up in the face of difficulty or adversity to promote the welfare and safety of those under his command.
Noted CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge will be our emcee for this gala evening! The amazing setting amid the restored aircraft of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will make for a memorable night!
In 1942, RCAF Squadron Leader Leonard Birchall discovered a Japanese fleet poised to attack Ceylon. His signal to the authorities saved Ceylon but he and his crew were shot down and captured. His warning earned him the title Saviour of Ceylon, but it was his demonstration of responsibility, integrity and courage as a Japanese prisoner of war that has made him a symbol of leadership in Canada. The following link is of a interview done by Radio Host Jordi Morgan of News 95.7 FM with Squadron Leader Birchall's Daughter.
Birchall Leadership Award Dinner 2017 Co-Chairs:
Bob Carr: email@example.com 905-525-2254 • Dave Rohrer firstname.lastname@example.org 905 679-4183 ext 220