Part-Time Committee Member
Mr. Fenske brings to the Committee extensive experience in military law and security issues, as well as substantial knowledge of the terms and conditions pertaining to military service.
From 1968 to 1975, Mr. Fenske served as air navigator and completed operational tours on the Argus maritime patrol aircraft, as well as on Sea King ship-borne helicopters.
On completion of his legal training, in 1980, he joined the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). As part of the JAG organization, Mr. Fenske served, for 25 years, in positions of increasing rank and responsibility, in Canada and abroad.
His senior appointments included Deputy JAG Human Resources, Deputy JAG Advisory and Legislation, Team Leader of the National Defence Act Amendment Team and Advisor to the Special Advisory Group on Military Justice chaired by former Chief Justice of Canada, Brian Dickson.
As well, he served, from 1998 to 2000, as Deputy Legal Advisor and General Counsel in the Office of the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces Legal Advisor and, from 2003 to 2005, as Director General Canadian Forces Grievance Authority.
Mr. Fenske holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University. He is a graduate of the NATO Defence College and the Rotman School of Management’s Advanced Program in Human Resource Management.
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