About the Regiment
7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery has strength of just under 200 part-time soldiers organized into three batteries: 130 Battery, as a headquarters and training battery, 9 Battery, as a gun battery, and 15 Battery as a mortar battery. The day to day operations of the regiment are supported by a full-time cadre that consists of approximately ten officers and non-commissioned members who include several members posted in from the Regular Force (the full-time Army). As full-time staff, they prepare training exercises, conduct the unit’s routine administration and ensure that the unit’s plans and orders conform to the larger needs of the Canadian Army.
The weapon of the artillery is the “projectile”, usually taking the form of a high explosive (HE) 105 millimetre shell. These shells, using the C3 howitzers, are capable of engaging targets over 12 kilometres away, with a damage radius of 50 metres. 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery has four, C3 howitzers that are capable of firing HE, Smoke, Illumination, and High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) rounds to engage different forms of enemy and provide support to the infantry and armoured counterparts. [/one_half]
The Regiment is also equipped with four 81mm mortars that may be used to engage enemies and provide defence support against targets at ranges of up to 4 kilometers.
Each soldier is equipped with the C7A2 service rifle, a 5.56 millimetre automatic rifle standard to the Canadian Armed Forces. 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery also possesses an array of light and medium machine guns along with a handful of portable anti-tank weapons. It is also equipped with lightweight combat radios and several transport trucks. Soldiers of the unit are issued operational uniforms and personal equipment in the Canadian Digital Pattern (CADPAT) camouflage.
Soldiers of 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery augmented the Canadian Forces presence at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, as well as provided protection and security during the G20 and G8 summits, the same year. The unit has also deployed individual soldiers to Afghanistan to augment their Regular Force colleagues from 2002-2012.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan D. Smid, MMM, MB, CD.
Lieutenant-Colonel Smid joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 through the Regular Officer Training Program. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies (Honours) in 1993 and a Master of International Trade in 2010 at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program and the Infantry Dismounted Company Commander’s Course.
Lieutenant-Colonel Smid has served in both the First and Second Regiments Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in virtually every capacity culminating in command of F Battery between 2005 and 2007. In addition to his Regimental service, he completed staff tours at the Joint Headquarters in Kingston, ON, the Strategic Joint Staff in Ottawa, ON, and Land Forces Western Area Headquarters in Edmonton, AB. Over the course of his Regular Force career, he completed operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.
In 2012, Lieutenant-Colonel Smid transferred to the Reserves and was appointed Battery Commander of 61 Field Battery in 20th Field Regiment in Edmonton, AB. In 2013, he transferred to 7 Toronto Regiment and was responsible for standing up 15 Lightfighter Battery which he commanded for two years. He commanded 48th Depot Battery as part of Reserve Summer Training in 2014 and 2015. He most recently filled the position of Second-in-Command, 7th Toronto Regiment until being promoted to his current rank and taking command of the 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA on 29 Nov 2015.
Lieutenant-Colonel Smid is a recipient of the Medal of Bravery and is invested in the Order of Military Merit in the rank of Member. He met his beautiful wife, Lisa, in Shilo, MB where they married in 2000. Together they have two wonderful daughters, Tatyana and Natalya. He is an avid runner (but getting slower), a voracious reader of non-fiction (but appetite waning), and a loyal (but usually disappointed) Roughrider fan.
Chief Warrant Officer Master Gunner David Robinson MMM, CD
Raised in Guelph Ontario, MWO Robinson joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1973 as a Gunner in the 11th Fd Regt RCA. In 1975 he made a component transfer to the Regular Force and was posted to 2 RCHA. Over the next 33 years he was posted to the Royal Canadian Artillery School, 5 RALC and several more times to 2RCHA. He is a Jump Master and Parachute Instructor with over 160 jumps to his credit.
Throughout his career MWO Robinson was employed extra-regimentally at the Canadian Forces Leadership Academy in Borden where he was a platoon commander with the Senior Leader Course and the Department of Applied Military Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston as Directing Staff for the Army Technical Warrant Officer Programme. In 1998 he served in Bosnia Herzegovina on Operation Palladium. MWO Robinson completed his last regimental duty in the Regular Force in the rank of Chief Warrant Officer as RSM 2 RCHA from 2000 to 2003 and has been appointed to the Order Of Military Merit.
He retired in 2008 in Kingston but after only eight weeks he re-enrolled in the Primary Reserve and began working in the Directorate of Army Training at what is now the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center (CADTC). In 2013 he left CADTC to become a Class “A” Reservist with 30th Field Regiment in Ottawa. After a brief time as an Interim RSM, he became the 15th Regimental Sergeant Major of the 7th Toronto Regiment on 13 January 2017. MWO Robinson and his wife of 36 years reside near Kingston Ontario. MWO Robinson has four grown children and three grandchildren.
We are tremendously pleased to have this outstanding soldier as our Regimental Sergeant Major.
Honorary Colonel Brigadier-General (ret’d) Ernest (Ernie) Beno OMM, CD
Brigadier-General Ernest (Ernie) Beno OMM, CD, began his military career when he enrolled as a Gunner with the 42nd Medium Regiment, RCA in 1960. Having served two years as a young reservist, BGen Beno transferred to the Regular Force and was posted to the 2nd Regiment of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Commissioned as an Officer two years later, BGen Beno served six years with the 1st Regiment of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) in Gagetown, New Brunswick and in Germany. His Regimental duties have included; Gun Position Officer, Command Post Officer, Forward Observation Officer and Regimental Command Post Officer. BGen Beno subsequently completed the British Army Instructor-in-Gunnery Course at Larkhill, United Kingdom and was employed as a Gunnery Instructor at the Royal Canadian Artillery School.
BGen Beno has held numerous command appointments throughout his career; they include: Battery Commander of the 1st Airborne Battery of the former Canadian Airborne Regiment, Battery Command of ‘E’ (Para) Battery 2 RCHA, Base Commander and Deputy Commander of the Special Service Force of CFB Petawawa and Commander of Special Service Force at CFB Petawawa.
Other appointments were Directing Staff and Deputy Commandant of the Land Forces Command and Staff College (Kingston), Director General Reserves and Cadets (Ottawa), and Director General Military Personnel (Ottawa). He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997 at the rank of Brigadier-General.
On 15 September, 2007 BGen Beno assumed the appointment of Colonel Commandant, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
General Beno holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of New Brunswick, 1978-80, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University, 1987-90. He has been awarded the Order of Military Merit, and the Canadian Forces Decoration.
General Beno and his wife Mia live in Kingston, Ontario
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Clearihue
HCol Mark Clearihue was born near Owen Sound, grew up in New Jersey and recently retired after a successful career in the banking industry. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment by Ministerial Order in October 2016.
Check back soon for more on HLCol Clearihue.
(title last held by Brigadier H.E. Brown and is currently vacant)
Brigadier General H.E. (Ted) BROWN, OBE OStJ ED CD BA
BGen Brown was born in Brandon, Manitoba. (August 30, 1912 – October 15, 2014)
His 40 year military career began in 1928 when he enlisted at age 16 in the Manitoba Rangers. He excelled in marksmanship and qualified as an instructor at the Canadian Small Arms School at Sarcee Camp. He rose through the non-commissioned ranks and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1932 and Captain in 1935. Further infantry qualifying courses were completed at Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg the next year.
In 1936 the Canadian government decided the Army lacked sufficient artillery units. The Manitoba Rangers was disbanded and the 26th Field Regiment RCA was formed. Capt Brown thereupon re-badged to Artillery. Ceasing employment at Eaton’s in Brandon, he joined the Canadian Army Active Force in January 1940. Reverting to Lieutenant, he received artillery training first at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, then at Camp Petawawa for approximately a year with 17th Field Regiment RCA. The now Major Brown was appointed OC 37 Fd Bty. The Regiment sailed for England in November 1941, underwent further extensive training, and was rated first in overall performance amongst Canadian artillery units. In mid-October 1943 the Regiment sailed to Italy and deployed in the Ortona sector. In February 1943 he was appointed Acting LCol and CO 1 RCHA. Whilst in this appointment he was wounded by shrapnel in the right leg and shoulder necessitating hospitalization for approximately two months. Returning to his Regiment, he took part in operations breaching the Hitler Line including the first William target ever fired by his Regiment. Further operations included the Liri Valley, the shelling of Aquino, the crossing of the Melfa River and finally the breaking the Gothic and Gustav Lines. He subsequently became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his exemplary performance and leadership.
His citation reads in part: “Lt.-Col. Brown went forward to the most advanced posts under heavy mortar, machine gun and rifle fire and carried out the reconnaissance and ranging necessary for the close artillery support of the brigade’s assault. This officer’s unflinching devotion to duty and skill throughout the battle made an important contribution to the successful breaking of two strong enemy defence lines – the Gustav and Adolph Hitler Lines … His skill in drawing up and coordinating fire plans as CRA’s representative at HQ 3 CIB during the attacks across the Foglia River on 30 August … and on 17 September …was largely responsible for the success of the Brigade in these actions”.
A diminished list of BGen Brown’s many postings and commands follows:
1945 Commanded 1st Fd Regt RCHA in NW Europe for 5 months, and after the war A3 – Canadian Army Artillery Training Centre, Shilo, Manitoba.
GSO1, Directorate of Weapons and Development, Army HQ. He completed parachute training at Rivers, Manitoba and still proudly wears his para wings.
Commandant, The Royal Canadian School of Artillery , Shilo,
April – October 1957 Senior Canadian Officer UNEF, Palestine and Egypt.
Feb 1958- Aug 1959 Promoted Brigadier and appointed Commander, 2 CIBG, Petawawa.
Sep 1959 – Jun 1960 Attended National Defence College, Kingston.
Jul 1960 – 1964 Commander, Central Ontario Area.
Sep 1964 – Sep 1965 Senior Military Advisor, Canadian Delegation, Viet Nam and Senior Military Officer, Indo China.
1966 Retired from Canadian Army.
1966 – 1977 General Manager and Secretary, Canadian Urban Transit Association. Appointed to Hall of Fame for contributions to the Canadian transit industry.
1980 – 1985 Consultant, EAC Amy & Son – Paper Recycling Project for Ministry of Environment, Ontario
BGen Brown was a busy man in his retirement. He traveled to many countries with his late wife Julie who sadly passed in 1999. Julie was the former Lieutenant (NS) Julie DeLacey Prindiville; they were married in Horsham, Sussex, England on 23 January 1943.
Ted has served on many committees: St. John Ambulance (32 years service), Membership and Library Committees of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Soldiers’ Tower Committee of the University of Toronto and RCMI Outdoors Club. He is a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion and President of Fort York Branch 165 from 1984-85. Ted was a distinguished HLCol and HCol of 7th Toronto Regiment during the years 1986-89 and 1989-91 respectively.
Ted authored the University of Toronto Memorial Book culminating four years of extensive research. The book records the death, place of burial and faculty of the 557 former students and graduates who gave their lives in the service of Canada during WWII. In recognition he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Studies and the Arbor Award for outstanding voluntary service to the University of Toronto.
From 1991-2000 Ted was an Artillery Veteran Commentators for the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College annual tour of WWII battlefields in Italy. For many years Ted has hosted the annual D-Day luncheon at the RCMI.
Now in his 100th year, Ted leads an active life both physically and mentally. He has an amazing memory and eye for detail. He continues to show a keen interest in all military matters, particularly those which affect The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and 7th Toronto Regiment RCA. He rarely misses a mess dinner and is regularly seen at Legion and RCMI events. He is a supporter, Life Member and Honorary Life Member of RCAA. His entire life and career, both in war and peace, has been a continuous story of generous and outstanding service to the benefit of Canada and the Royal Regiment.
Brigadier General H.E. (Ted) Brown passed on 14 October 2014 peacefully in Toronto.
BGen Brown was named the first Honorary Colonel Emeritus of the Regiment. The position of Honorary Colonel Emeritus has been vacant since his passing.