Canadian Forces Liaison Council biographies

Scott Sheperd – National Chair

Scott ShepherdA native of Chatham Ontario, Mr. Scott Shepherd was appointed National Chair by the Minister of National Defence in 2013.  As the National Chair, Scott leads a network of dedicated business executives and educational leaders who actively promote the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to employers and educational institutions within communities across Canada.  Prior to his current appointment as National Chair, Scott served as the provincial chair for British Columbia since 2004.

Scott currently serves as Chair of MDS Aerosupport and Patriot1, and maintains a professional network and business interests that span internationally.  He previously served as CEO of NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Inc., a company he founded in 1994.  Scott has held many executive positions in finance in both the private and public sectors.  His previous positions include: President of Dalhousie Financial Corporation of Richmond BC; CFO of the Nexus Group of Companies, Burnaby BC; Treasurer and Finance Manager of Chemetics International Company, Vancouver BC; Export Finance Officer for the Export Development Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario; and Assistant Trade Commissioner for the Department of External Affairs in Manila, Philippines.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA-Honours) and Dalhousie University (MBA).  He is a Fellow of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.  He currently serves on the Vancouver Aquarium Board of Directors.  Scott, proudly holds the appointment of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance unit based in Vancouver.

Major-General R.R.E. Mackenzie, OMM, CD – Chief of Reserves and Employer Support

Major-General R.R.E. MackenzieIn 1985, Major-General MacKenzie joined The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as a Private. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1986. After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1989, Major-General MacKenzie transferred to the Regular Force, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He served in the Second Battalion and later the First Battalion. His service included United Nations peacekeeping operations in Cyprus, and two missions in Central America as a United Nations Military Observer: first in Guatemala, and then in El Salvador. He also completed tours at several Army Training Centres and brigade staff.

In May 2000, Major-General MacKenzie returned to the Army Reserve and The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. Following completion of the company commander’s course he was promoted Major. In May 2005, Major-General MacKenzie was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel, and assumed command of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

After leaving the Regular Army, Major-General MacKenzie began his second career as a Police Constable with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). He served as a member of the Patrol Division in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a police firearms instructor, and recruit field trainer. He also served on the VPD Emergency Response Team where he remained through the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His other assignments include Patrol Sergeant in the Operations Division in East Vancouver, and Sergeant/Investigator in the Professional Standards Section. He is currently back in the Operations Division as a Patrol Sergeant in the downtown core of Vancouver.

Following his command of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Major-General MacKenzie deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 to serve in a key position as Officer Commanding the Operational Coordination Centre – Provincial, as part of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters in Kandahar. On return to Canada he served simultaneously as Assistant Chief of Staff – Operations 39 Canadian Brigade Group and Director of the Regional Liaison Officer Program – Joint Task Force Pacific. Shortly after promotion to Colonel on 7 September 2010, he was selected nationally for a second deployment to Afghanistan, where he served until the end of 2011 with the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Border Police. On 27 May 2012, he was appointed Commander 39 Canadian Brigade Group. He was promoted to Brigadier-General on 11 September 2013 and appointed Deputy Commander 3rd Canadian Division. He was appointment as the Chief of Staff Army Reserve at Canadian Army Headquarters in September 2015. He was promoted to his current rank on 26 April 2019 and appointed Chief of Reserves and Employer Support for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Major-General MacKenzie is a graduate of US Army Ranger School, the Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course – Canadian Forces College, US Reserve Components National Security Course – National Defense University, Washington DC, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Commander’s Course at the US Army War College, Carlisle Pennsylvania and the Public Executive Program at Queen’s University. Major-General MacKenzie’s awards include Officer of the Order of Military Merit, the General Campaign Star – South West Asia with 3 bars, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, United Nations Peacekeeping Medals, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Forces Decoration, and a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation.

Miller H. Ayre, C.M., M.B.A., LLD – National Vice-Chair

Miller AyreMiller H. Ayre is Publisher Emeritus of The Telegram in St. John's, President of Mansbord Incorporated and a Director of Other Ocean Interactive Inc. He is National Vice Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and a Director of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment's Advisory Council, The Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute and The Quebec-Labrador Foundation.

He is former Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Council of Canada, the Newfoundland Medicare Commission, The Advisory Board of Memorial's School of Business and Vice Chairman of The National Theatre School of Canada. He was a National Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Economic Council of Canada and Provincial Chairman of the Task Force on Canadian Unity. He has served as a Director of a number of TSX listed public companies including Aliant and ResourceCan Limited.

He holds an Honours degree in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from McGill. He is a member of the Order of Canada and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University.

Dale Hedges, CMA, CMC, FCMA – National Strategic Planner

Dale HedgesMr. Hedges is a Director of Western Management Consultants, Calgary Office. He has been associated with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council since 1999 as a member of Alberta’s Provincial Council.

Mr. Hedges is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant. In addition he has a Business Administration Diploma, majoring in marketing, from Mount Royal College. He was one of eight Canadians in 2001 to receive his Fellowship with the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA).

In 2013, Dale was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the country through his over 10-year involvement providing strategic planning support to the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

Through his over 30-year management consulting career, Mr. Hedges used his extensive skills in the areas of facilitation, strategic planning, governance, business process improvement, project management, information technology management and system implementation and planning; in both the private, profit and not for profit and governmental sectors, in a variety of industries throughout the world.

He is also an active member of many organizations, including: CMA Alberta (Chairman of Provincial Board 1998/99), Toastmasters, Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta (ICMCA).

Keith Hillier – Prince Edward Island Chair

Keith HillierKeith Hillier was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and joined the Public Service of Canada shortly after graduation from high school.  Subsequently, he acquired the designation of Certified General Accountant.

During his 23 year career with the Canada Revenue Agency, he held various leadership roles, most notably in the areas of Electronic Tax Return Filing and International Taxation.  In 1994, he joined Veterans Affairs Canada as the Director General, Corporate Planning.  Four years later he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer responsible for an annual budget of 3.6 billion and Corporate Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Human Resources and Information Technology.

In 2008, Keith was appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister for Service Delivery and Commemoration with responsibility for the provision of services and benefits to Veterans, their families, and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  He was also responsible for the Canada Remembers program, both in Canada and abroad.  He led the transformation of the Department to online services supported by digital imaging and social media.

Keith participated in many government wide initiatives, and as such, has extensive experience in the areas of financial comptrollership, change management, procurement, employment equity and official languages, to name a few.

Keith’s contribution to the Public Service has been recognized on several occasions.  He is the recipient of the prestigious Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Service Delivery to Canadians; the Minister of Veterans Affairs Award of Excellence; and the Institute of Public Administration’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.

Keith is also the recipient of the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.  The Medallion is awarded by the Chief of Defense Staff, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, to recognize outstanding performance by persons other than active Military personnel.  It is the highest honour that a non-military person may receive from the Canadian Armed Forces, and only a small number of these medallions are presented each year.  Further, he has also received the Chief of Military Personnel Commendation and the Royal Canadian Legion Certificate of Appreciation.

Keith served as ex-officio member of the Juno Beach Foundation, and also served as a board member, treasurer, and chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.  He is past chair of the Veterans Affairs Canada Government of Canada Charitable Campaign.

Keith retired from the Public Service in 2014 after a 42 year career.  Keith and his wife, Cindy, live in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

John A. Young, Q.C. – Nova Scotia Chair

John A. YoungJohn is currently the BOYNECLARKE LLP Firm Chair and practices Business Law. He acts on behalf of a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, institutions and not-for-profit organizations and advises their senior management in the creation, operation and expansion of their activities.

John is currently serving as Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (NS), as Chair of the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, as a Director of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, as a Director of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society, and Trustee of St. Andrews United Church, Halifax. He recently completed a term as Chair for the QEII Health Sciences Centre Charitable Foundation and has served on a wide variety of boards of Canadian corporations. John enjoys golf, politics and community service.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, – Quebec Chair

Yves Desjardins-SicilianoPrior to his appointment as president of VIA Rail, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since 2010. An experienced lawyer and seasoned executive, he is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.

He holds a law degree (LL.B.) from l’Université de Montréal and he completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

With proven experience, he has held several positions in the past in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.

W.D. (Bill) Mahoney, O.M.M., O.N.L., C.D. – Newfoundland and Labrador Chair

W.D. (Bill) MahoneyBill Mahoney is a pioneer in the province's telecommunications industry. He was instrumental in the development and distribution of cable television and high speed internet throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, he is the owner of a group of companies in the Province related to the real estate and tourism sectors.

Bill served for 26 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves, holding a number of staff and command positions, retiring in 2004. However, he remains active in many civic and military related organizations.

He is provincial Chairman of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is former Chair of Commissionaires Newfoundland and Labrador, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Historical Society, the St. John’s International Airport Authority, and the St. John’s Downtown Development Commission. As well, he has served and serves as director of a number of organizations including; the John Howard Society, the Rotary Club of St. John‘s, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, and the St. John’s Board of Trade. Recently, he established the William. D. Mahoney Benevolent Fund to provide financial assistance to military members and their families throughout the province of NL in times of need.

Bill has received many honours and awards for his community and military service. In 1995, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit.  He has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International and has also, received a Certificate of Honour from the Air Cadet League of Canada, the Commissionaire's Distinguished Service Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been appointed an Honorary Inspector with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and formerly, an Honorary Colonel of 9 Wing Gander. He was presented with the St. John's Board of Trade Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. In 2014, he was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame and has also been named to the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was made a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Peter McDougall – New Brunswick Chair

Peter McDougallPeter McDougall is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development at the University of New Brunswick, a position he has held since September 1999.

Peter enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 and attended both Royal Roads Military College Victoria, BC) and the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, ON). He received his Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and was commissioned as a Logistics Officer. He served with 1 Service Battalion, 4 Service Battalion and 4 Combat Engineer Regiment before undertaking graduate studies (Master of Industrial Relations) at the University of Toronto. He completed his service at National Defence Headquarters in 1991. Peter also served for a period of time with HMCS Queen Charlotte when the Naval Reserve unit was being re-commissioned in Prince Edward Island.

In addition to his experience as a senior human resources leader in both the healthcare and post-secondary education sectors and in several different provinces, Peter has been an active volunteer at the local, provincial and national levels with several charitable organizations including United Way/Centraide, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Peter has been an active runner and triathlete, completing numerous marathons and other endurance events over the past decade. He is now proud to be a piper with the Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band.

Peter has worked with the CFLC as a director since 2012.  He was appointed Provincial Chair for New Brunswick in April of 2015.

Jeff Westeinde, P. Eng – Ontario Chair

Jeff WesteindeJeff Westeinde is a dynamic investor and entrepreneur in the environmental and real estate sectors, with active investments in solar energy, technologies that promote the beneficial re-use of waste, and sustainable real estate.

Mr. Westeinde has been distinguished as an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by the Globe and Mail, recognized with the Young Alumni Award from the University of Western Ontario, and has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his distinguished service to Canada.  His companies have been recognized as Canada’s fastest growing companies and the Top 50 Employers in Canada. 

Mr. Westeinde is active on numerous charitable, civic and industry initiatives, including serving as the founding Chairman of Invest Ottawa, sitting on the Community Services Cabinet for the United Way of Ottawa, and is on the Board of the Ottawa Network for Education. He is proud to serve as an Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces. In February 2018, Mr. Westeinde was appointed to the National Council, where he serves as the Ontario Chair.

On his time off, Mr. Westeinde is an avid outdoorsman whose passion for mountain climbing, skiing, golfing and fishing are but a distant second behind his love for his family.

Kelvin Shepherd, P. Eng – Manitoba Chair

Kelvin ShepherdKelvin Shepherd is President & CEO of Manitoba Hydro, a Crown Corporation and Manitoba’s major energy utility serving over 555,000 electrical customers and over 272,000 natural gas customers. Generating nearly all of its electricity from renewable hydro electric power, Manitoba Hydro is also a major electricity exporter to the United States and other Canadian provinces, and one of the lowest cost providers of electricity in Canada. It also is the major distributor of natural gas to Manitobans serving nearly 100 communities. With over 6000 employees and capital assets in service of $15B, it is one of the leading energy utilities in Canada.

Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro in December 2015, Kelvin spent 34 years in telecommunications.  Beginning his career as an Engineer designing microwave and fiber optic systems, during nearly 20 years with Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Kelvin worked in a wide variety of technical and managerial roles, eventually rising to the position of Sr. Vice President & Chief Technology Officer.  Moving to Winnipeg in 2000, Kelvin joined Manitoba Telecom Services as VP Network Services & CTO.  During 15 years at MTS he held a variety of roles including Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and spend nine years as President, first of Consumer Markets and finally as President of MTS.

Kelvin has been an active volunteer in the community. He was Campaign Chair for the 2015 United Way of Winnipeg’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign which raised $20.4M, has been a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet multiple times, is a member of United Way’s Major Donor Cabinet, and currently sits on the United Way of Winnipeg’s Board of Trustees.

Kelvin has been Chair of the Awards Jury for Manitoba Chamber of Commerce annual Business Awards, has been a multi-year participant in Downtown Biz CEO Sleep-out event, increasing awareness and raising funds to support the elimination of homelessness in Winnipeg, and has been a Member of Canadian Forces Liaison Committee (CFLC) assisting with local business community awareness, engagement and employer support for Reservists

Kelvin also served 10 years on the Board of Trustees of Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg including a term as Chair of the Board.

Kelvin is married to Debbie Wolfe and together they are active supporters and/or major donors to several charitable organizations including the United Way of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Humane Society, Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and the Victoria General Hospital Foundation.

Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certificate in Administration from the University of Regina.  He is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.  In 2015 he was presented the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Leadership Award which recognizes outstanding achievement or influence towards major Engineering or Geoscientific works and developments undertaken for society's long-term benefit and/or quality of life.

Carolyn Patton – Alberta Chair

Carolyn PattonFor over 25 years, Carolyn Patton has advanced the creative offerings of multiple corporations and advertising agencies in both Canada and Europe. Today, she is the Owner and Creative Strategist of Patton Communications based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Her expertise in merging creative thinking with strategic communications is sought after in both the private and public sectors.

Carolyn has changed expectations of what is creatively possible from the banking industry by helping to pioneer the internal creative agency for ATB Financial. She was also the Creative Director for Intuit Global Business Division (Canada & UK), the Creative Lead at Calder Bateman Communications, and has been an instructor with the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. She has produced world-class work for Coca Cola, Lacoste, Grand Prix car racing, NHL players and Olympians, garnering national and international awards along the way.

Carolyn has volunteered her leadership with a range of boards including The Vimy Foundation of Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Royal Alberta Museum.  She has created and supported a number of initiatives including joint projects between the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Armed Forces. The granddaughter of a Great War veteran, and the wife of a veteran of more recent conflicts, she is honoured to serve as the Alberta Chair for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

Carolyn is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for the Commonwealth.

Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield – Saskatchewan Chair

Vaughn Solomon SchofieldVaughn Solomon Schofield has had a successful career in business and has provided leadership to international, national, and provincial organizations.

She is a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces; she serves as the Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is currently the Honorary Colonel of 10 Field Artillery Regiment.  In acknowledgement of her many contributions, she was awarded the prestigious Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.

In the 1980s, she was Chair of the Board for a 200,000 member crime prevention organization.  She travelled throughout North and South America to establish Crime Watch groups.  Fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Solomon Schofield worked with the government of Guayaquil, Ecuador to establish their Crime Watch group and acted as an interpreter.  She also hosted a Crime Prevention television talk show in Fort Lauderdale, and was twice voted Florida's Crime Prevention Woman of the Year.

She received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 2009, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  She is the Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and Vice-Prior for the Order of St. John in Saskatchewan.  Her Honour was appointed Lieutenant Government of Saskatchewan on March 21, 2012. 

Her Honour was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus and The Rae-Vogue School in Chicago.  She and her late husband Gordon Schofield have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Derral Moriyama, M.B.A. - British Columbia Chair

Derral MoriyamaMr. Derral Moriyama, MBA, serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development at MNP Corporate Finance Inc. Mr. Moriyama is Senior Vice President of Business Development for Western Canada at the firm. He counsels and connects business leaders within and outside the firm, pursues new opportunities for MNP and helps build MNP Corporate Finance Inc.'s brand. In addition, he consults on bank financing, senior debt structuring and raising capital. Prior to joining MNP, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking for Greater Vancouver at BMO.

Throughout his career with BMO he has held numerous senior positions in commercial and corporate banking, natural resource account management, risk management and retail banking. He also served as Senior Vice President in Business Banking, responsible for national strategy development and sales for the Canadian small business and mid-market areas as well as responsibility for Agriculture and New Canadian Strategy Development for the Canadian market.

His board experience includes serving as Chair of Northstar Trade Finance, Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver Foundation, B.C. Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Forces Liaison Council, National Nikkei Museum, New Car Dealers Association of B.C., RCMP Diversity Council and Co-Chair of the Arts Club / Bard on the Beach Capital Campaign for the West First Theater project. Mr. Moriyama serves as Director of Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. Mr. Moriyama has over 32 years of experience in the banking industry as well as several years in private industry. Mr. Moriyama has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the University of Toronto and completed executive development programs at the Kellogg School of Business in Chicago as well as the Banff School of Management.

John Craig Eaton, KStJ O. Ont D.Com – Chair Emeritus

John Craig EatonAs a well-recognized philanthropist, John Craig Eaton is best known for his personal commitment and contribution of time and resources to any organization with which he is involved.  Where others may lend their name, Mr. Eaton also gives extensively of his time and energy.

In 1986 Mr. Eaton was appointed Ontario Co-Chairman of the National Employer Support Committee.  In 1989 he assumed the position of National Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) and Chair of the Advisory Board.  CFLC came to be recognized globally as an outstanding model for employer support for the reserves.   Mr. Eaton managed to attract many of Canada’s most prominent citizens to also donate their time and energy towards volunteering with CFLC and the support of the reserves.  In 2003, Mr. Eaton was the first Chair, International Employers Support for the Reserves.

Mr. Eaton’s work with the military reserves of the Canadian Forces as Honorary Colonel of 400 Squadron (City of Toronto) and Negaune (Honorary LColonel) 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group helped him to understand the vital role reservists play in Canada’s military and the breadth of skills they bring to civilian employers.

In recognition of his volunteer service to the Canadian Forces he received the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award.

Mr. Eaton is noted for his extensive and active involvement.  He has held a range of other directorships including Board of Trustees, The Timothy Eaton Memorial Church; Founding Honorary Chair, Hearing Foundation of Canada; Member of the Institute of Child Study’s Advisory Board; Honorary Trustee, Upper Canada College Foundation; Honorary Director, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Trustee of The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation.

Other community involvement has included Chancellor of Ryerson University from 1999 to 2006, and at the end of his term given the title Chancellor Emeritus; Chair, Ontario Parks Board of Governors; Founding Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation; Chair and President, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Director, The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club; Honorary Director, Air Cadet League of Canada; Governor, Canadian Olympic Foundation; President, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair; Chair, Upper Canada College; Chair, The Salvation Army Metro Toronto Advisory Council; Governor, York University;  National Chair, The Charlie Conacher Cancer Research Fund; Honorary Chair, The Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre; President, National Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Eaton has been the recipient of many awards including the Order of Ontario; Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Award; Doctor of Commerce, honoris causa, Ryerson University (D.Com.); the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award.

Mr. Eaton is Chairman of the Board, Eaton's of Canada Inc. and Chairman, Sky Blue Marlin Corp.  Mr. Eaton was educated at Upper Canada College and Harvard University.

M. Timothy Syer – Northern Chair

M. Timothy SyerTim grew up hearing stories about his grandfather’s service as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and his great grandfather’s service as a stretcher-bearer in World War I and this fostered a deep respect and reverence for those who have served their country.

In 2003, after completing his studies in maritime security at Dalhousie University, Tim joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Maritime Surface Officer. During his seven years in the Navy, Tim served as a Boarding Party Officer, Diving Officer and Deck Officer in the Navy’s frigates and destroyers. In 2006, Tim went on exchange with the Royal Australian Navy and served for a year there as a bridge watch-keeper on an Australian frigate. While serving in HMCS Algonquin, Tim met his wife, also a Maritime Surface Officer.

Tim left the Navy and in 2010 attended law school at the University of British Columbia. Tim and Melissa now call Yellowknife home and are embracing Canadian northern living. Tim now practices corporate and commercial law in the Yellowknife office of a Western Canadian regional firm.

Since leaving the Navy and throughout his transition to a civilian career, Tim has been grateful for the skills and work ethic that the Navy equipped him with. Tim has stayed involved with the Canadian Armed Forces and continues to give back to his community.

Brigadier-General S.D. Bindon, CD – Deputy Chief of Reserves and Employer Support

Brigadier-General S.D. BindonOriginally from Western Canada, Brigadier General Bindon enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1988, joining as a military engineer with 3rd Field Engineer Squadron in Ottawa. Completing phase training in 1990, he held various appointments in the unit, up to deputy commanding officer. After completing staff college in Kingston, he was promoted Major and appointed Commanding Officer in 2000, serving in that position until 2005. During this time he was the contingent commander for a major Partnership for Peace exercise in the Republic of Georgia and established the first mapping capability in the reserve force. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2003. Following command, he served in 33 Canadian Brigade Group (33 CBG) Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Staff and commanded the brigade battle school.

During 2008-2009, Brigadier General Bindon was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan on Operation ARCHER as a Special Advisor in the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, supporting activities related to the development of the Afghan National Army and was a liaison to the Canadian Embassy, and oversaw the establishment of the new Junior Officer Staff Course and college facility. Promoted to Colonel upon his return, he was appointed Director, Civil-Military Cooperation in the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (CADTC). In 2010, Brigadier General Bindon attended the National Security Programme in Toronto, returning to CADTC in 2011 as the Chief of Staff (Reserve) and then appointed as Commander, 33 CBG in October 2013. In July, 2015, Brigadier General Bindon commenced full time language training in Ottawa in advance of a posting as the Canadian Defence Attaché in Moscow, Russia in August 2016. Promoted to Brigadier General in July 2019, he returned to Canada and is currently Deputy Chief of Reserves and Employer Support at National Defence Headquarters.

Prior to his current assignments, Brigadier General Bindon was a senior manager in Ottawa with Defence Construction Canada, a federal Crown corporation. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from the University of Ottawa. He enjoys a variety of pursuits, including travelling off the beaten path and scuba diving, and holds a pilot’s license.


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