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Geoff Parker Memorial Award Presented

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The first recipient of the Colonel Geoff Parker Memorial Award is Signals Officer Captain James Lindsay. The award was presented to Captain Lindsay on 17 Nov 2011 at the RMCC Fall Convocation.

The Colonel Geoff Parker Memorial Award is an academic award instituted in the memory of Colonel Parker that recognizes the unique characteristics and enduring leadership traits embodied by the late Colonel Parker who was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan in May 2010. This award serves to inspire the same traits in other military members.

Captain Lindsay displayed outstanding leadership, character, professionalism and perseverance in the pursuit of academic excellence, while completing his sponsored post-graduate studies in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. His MASc thesis (Nonholonomic Consensus in Cooperative Robotics, A Game Theoretical Approach) looked at different ways that teams of autonomously controlled robots could work together, without any robot being a leader. This research could someday be expanded upon to enable teams of robots to look for IEDs without any human involvement. Further, as a post-grad student, Captain Lindsay sought to be an active role model for the Officer Cadets while teaching several Control and Robotics classes to under-graduate students and participating in the Cyber Defence Challenge as the Operations Officer for the RMCC team.
Congratulations to Captain Lindsay, and thanks to all those who made this everlasting tribute to Colonel Parker and his leadership traits possible.


Written by sameo416

November 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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  1. Geoff and I were both on post-grad together, and were the two in the microwave engineering specialty, so we spent most of our time together. He was a fine soldier, and a good friend. We stayed in touch periodically while I was still in uniform (and we could find each other through the military email network). After I left we lost contact, but I continued to follow his career. We started the award to mark his service, and to highlight the unusual infantry officer with two degrees in engineering (well, I just helped word the letter proposing the award – it was Mike’s idea).


    December 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

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