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Colonel (Retired) Pierre Leblanc, MBA, OStJ, CD

Pierre was born and raised in Montréal, Québec. At 17, he joined the Canadian Forces and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean in 1967. After graduating, he joined the Royal 22 e Régiment (Infantry) and saw service in a number of countries including England, Germany (NATO), Cyprus (peacekeeping) and, India and Nepal (Defence Adviser). He commanded 1Commando and the Infantry School, and held senior staff appointments at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ). In 1994 he was the Director General for Reserves and Cadets where he oversaw the Ranger Program and was involved in the establishment of the Junior Ranger Program. In 1995, he took command of Canadian Forces Northern Area (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories) where he served until his retirement in September of 2000.

After his retirement he continued to be an advocate for increasing security assets in the Canadian Arctic. He has published a number of papers and articles on the Canadian Arctic. He has appeared regularly on national television and radio news. He is also regularly quoted in the printed media.
In September 2000, he joined Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. in Yellowknife, NWT, where he was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs. In May of 2003, he formed Canadian Diamond Consultants Inc. to provide advice in the exciting and emerging Canadian diamond industry. His office was in Yellowknife, Canada, the heart of the Canadian diamond commercial activity. In 2004 he relocated to Ottawa, Ontario, the National Capital of Canada and an important political, regulatory and policy center for the Canadian diamond industry.

Recently, he assisted Raytheon Company to win the contract for the operation and maintenance of the North Warning System consisting of 47 air defence radar sites in the Arctic from the Alaska border to the south tip of Labrador spanning some 4,400 kilometers. He set up a new Raytheon Canada Limited business unit and managed the North Warning System contract for two years from April 1st 2014 to March 2016.

Pierre has a Bachelor degree in Sciences (1973). He holds a Royal Military College of Science (England) Division I diploma (1980), a one year, post graduate course in military project management. He has a Master in Business Administration degree from Queen’s University (1998).

He is an Officer of The Most Venerable Order of Saint-John of Jerusalem and the holder of a Canadian Decoration with two bars.
 

Chronological Work Experience

Advocate for the Canadian Arctic 1995 to Present
President, Canadian Diamond Consultants Inc. 2003 to Present
Program Manager North Warning System April 2014 to March 2016
Vice President, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. September 2000 to May 2003
Commander of Canadian Forces Northern Area August 1995 to September 2000
Director General Reserves and Cadets (NDHQ) July 1994 to July 1995
Canadian Defence Advisor India & Nepal August 1991 to July 1994
Various Command and staff appointments July 1994 to September 1987

 

Gregg Kennedy

Gregg has thirty-five years experience within the personnel and physical security field. He spent most of his career with Canada’s Public Safety Department working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as an investigator, operational trainer and specialized sensitive operations manager.

Gregg is very comfortable in corporate boardrooms, conducting public relations or interacting with all types of people outside of the office.

Most recently he was the Security Manager for the joint United States - Canada Defense program in the Arctic known as the North Warning System. The program, which is contracted under Canada’s Department of National Defense, includes five manned logistic support sites in the Arctic, three operational and administrative offices in Ontario; over two hundred employees and forty seven unmanned remote radar sites located along Canada’s far north region from coast to coast.

Gregg’s diverse contacts and experience with the public, large organizations and in the security field has provided him credibility in working with senior management, various levels of Government, conducting sensitive investigations, assessing personnel screening applications for security and Controlled Goods clearances, conducting Threat Risk Analysis, managing security crisis, developing policy and operating procedures as well as providing security related training and briefings.

He is a certified Wildlife Protection Monitor and has provided security protection from polar bears and other indigenous wildlife for teams working in Canada’s Arctic. While at Raytheon Canada Limited he was responsible for the acquisition of Federal Business Firearms licenses, developing wild life standard operating procedures, facilitating wildlife protection training for personnel, sourcing wildlife protection monitors from local Northern communities, purchasing and delivery of firearms and ammunition, and implementing procedures for the armed Wildlife Protection Monitors on the North Warning System program.

Gregg has contributed to various local community and charity groups as a volunteer and Senior Board of Director as well as being an active sailing instructor with the Canadian and American Sailing programs.

Chronological Work Experience

  • North Warning System, North Warning System Program Security Officer, Raytheon Canada Ltd.; July 2014 –April 2016
  • Retired; sailing instructor, Advantage Boating and active volunteer; January 2012 – July 2014
  • Senior Manager, Communications Security Establishment Canada; January 2006 – December 2011
  • Investigator / Operational Trainer / Sensitive Operations Manager, Canadian Security Intelligence Service; July 1985 – December 2005
  • Uniformed Police Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; July 1979 – June 1985

 

Biography – Ronald J. Kroeker

Ron recently retired from leading the Northern SAR portfolio at the National Search and Rescue Secretariat in Ottawa which included more than year and a half experience as the Acting Director of Policy and Programs. His primary objective was the improvement of Northern SAR in Canada's northern regions in collaboration with federal, provincial, territorial and private sector organizations involved in search and rescue. In so doing, he built on the extensive knowledge and experience that he had gained working with Northern organizations and in his ten previous years of strategic planning in the Department of National Defence and twenty-three years of military service across Canada and the United States.

While at the NSS, he was instrumental in establishing the Northern SAR Roundtable, a forum that is dedicated to improving communications and interoperability between search and rescue partners operating in the North. Active partners include the territorial governments of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the region of Nunavik, along with the six federal departments involved in the federal SAR program which includes the Canadian Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the RCMP as well as volunteer SAR organizations represented by the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA).

Prior to his work with SAR at the NSS, he was a strategic planner with Chief Military Personnel at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Notable activities there included building a team and a process to analyze DND/CF capital acquisition programs from a strategic HR perspective. This was a natural development of expertise gained as a project manager leading the efforts to integrate activity-based costing with performance measurement linked to the development and implementation of CMP strategic/business plans. He was seconded to the Treasury Board of Canada to assist in the development of Planning, Reporting and Accountability Structures (PRAS) Departmental Performance Reports (DPR) and Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPP) for as part of the federal government’s implementation of Results Based Management.

Initially trained as a navigator, Ron’s military career, spanning 23 years, took him across Canada from coast to coast including a tour in the USA. Military service included experience in personnel administration, base management, training and management development.

Ron is a director at the Canadian Safe Boating Council (Volunteer) since May 2016.

Education:
University of Toronto
Rotman School of Management, Executive HR Program, 2003 - 2004
The University of Western Ontario
MBA, Strategic Planning, 1987 - 1989
University of Manitoba
B.Comm. Honours, Business Administration, 1970 – 1974