Chair: Douglas Alexander Gardner CD2 (Captain, Retired)
A strong leader with a full military career, Doug Gardner rose through the military ranks, earning new experiences and opportunities. Originally from Owen Sound Ontario, Doug grew up in a military family, with his father being a World War II Canadian Merchant Navy Veteran.
Starting in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, Cadet Corps, Doug received his Officer Commission scroll to rank 2nd Lieutenant as a Cadet Service Officer. He enrolled as a non-commissioned member in the Ottawa Service Battalion (Mobile Support Equipment Operator and Vehicle technician) and completed his first United Nations deployment in the Middle East.
He left the military to pursue policing and was hired by the London (Ontario) City Police Department after graduating from the Ontario Police College. Doug then returned to the army and enlisted in the Regular Forces; he was assigned to the Armour Corps as a direct entry to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), in Calgary, Alberta.
He completed his second United Nations tour in Cyprus as a Section Commander and was qualified as an Advance Armoured Gunnery Instructor and promoted Sergeant.
For the next ten years, Doug worked as a member of many armoured vehicle troops and received multiple awards for leadership, gunnery and soldier skills. His performance as a gunnery instructor was in demand at the Regiment, on posting to the Armoured School and as an exchange instructor at the United States Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
After his tour with the US Army, Doug returned to Regimental duty and became the Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM). As the SSM Headquarter Squadron, he deployed on his third United Nations tour to Camp Visoko, Bosnia Herzegovina.
After 16 years of regimental and gunnery school duty, Doug was posted to Ottawa to attend his second language training. He was promoted Chief Warrant officer and posted back out west to be the Base Regimental Sergeant Major of Canadian Forces Base Suffield.
Doug was commissioned to the rank of Captain and tasked to Land Force Western Area Headquarters (LFWA (HQ)) as the Individual Training Officer. After three years in the LFWA (HQ), he requested a posting to an overseas position.
Duty with North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was different and challenging. After six years working inside the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Complex as part of the Missile Warning Center, Missile and Space Domain and finally with Standards and Evaluations, it was time to head back home.
Doug, father of two (Devon and Ashlinn), retired in 2010 and now enjoys travelling as a Recreational Vehicle enthusiast (RVer) with his wife, Alannah.