Meet Our New Director: Colonel Maryse Simard

Magazine Article / December 13, 2021

It is a privilege and honour to assume the role of Director Air Reserve. First, as a Personnel Administration Officer, now as a Logistician in Human Resources, I have spent my career in this permanent quest to improve our administrative policy suites and assist our members with their individual issues and concerns so they can better focus on their work.

The pandemic has brought some challenges, but some positive things as well. As we all did our part to respect the public health restrictions, a number of us started working from home. No more commuting to and from work and the ability to work in our slippers, yet still collaborating with the rest of our team as we moved to virtual meetings. We also had to improvise a gym in our own homes to stay mentally and physically fit. It has shown us that remote employment is a possibility, from anywhere in the world.

Our recruiting and training systems were hugely affected. As a remedy, we have stood up Decentralized Basic Military Training in different locations to increase our intake and we are looking at, or have already implemented, ways to dispense occupational training virtually.

We need to do more. For those of us who are looking at following our spouse on an OUTCAN posting, we are currently looking at ways we can remove administrative and diplomatic barriers for a reservist to telework from anywhere in the world, if the nature of the work lends itself to it. We also need to look at the recruiting process and see how we can make it easier and faster. We are also looking at creating a virtual Marketplace where we can match the RCAF’s needs with one’s expertise and employment preferences. Look at this proposal, which we call FARM (Force Augmentation Reserve Marketplace), in the rcafé (accessible only on the National Defence network) and give us your feedback.

I am an eternal optimist. I am totally committed to improving and modernizing the management of our people, increasing the size of the RCAF Reserve, improving our recruiting process, assisting 2 Canadian Air Division in delivering training, and working on reconstitution efforts of the Total Force. Most of all, I look forward to working with you.

Colonel Maryse Simard, Director RCAF Reserve

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