|Chair||Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau (Ret’d), CMM, MSM, CD|
|Immediate Past Chair||Lieutenant-General Richard Evraire (Ret’d)|
|Vice-Chair||Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard (Ret’d)|
|Vice-Chair||Vice-Admiral Ron Buck (Ret’d)|
|Vice-Chair||Brigadier-General Gaston Côté (Ret’d)|
|Chair of the Board, CDA Institute||Major General Daniel Gosselin (Ret’d)|
Vice-Admiral Denis Rouleau graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Management. After completing his bridge watchkeeping training in Esquimalt, British Columbia, he was assigned to operational ships on the East Coast including positions as Executive Officer of HMCS SKEENA, and in Command of HMCS ATHABASKAN. Following Destroyer Command, he became the first Canadian Naval officer to join NORAD in Colorado Springs, USA, where he served as a Missile Officer in Cheyenne Mountain. He subsequently joined the initial Canadian Military Staff to serve in the United States Space Command, USSPACECOM, at Peterson Air Force Base in 1998.
Vice-Admiral Rouleau completed the Advanced Military Studies Course (AMSC) at the Staff College in Toronto in the fall of 1998. In June 2002 he graduated from the National Security Studies Course (NSSC) and was appointed as Commander of the Fifth Maritime Operational Group and Deputy Fleet Commander (CMOG5) in Halifax. In December 2003, he assumed the responsibilities of Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ Ottawa, and in May 2004, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Director General Maritime Personnel andReadiness
In the fall of 2005, he was selected for the Standing NATO maritime Group One Commander’s position, and Vice-Admiral Rouleau commanded the Multi-National NATO Force at sea for one year, from January 2006 to January 2007. Upon his return to Canada in the spring of 2007 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed as Chief of Programme at NDHQ, in Ottawa. In June 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral and appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.
Vice-Admiral Rouleau was appointed to serve as Canada’s Military Representative to NATO, Brussels in August 2010. He retired in September 2012 after 39 years of service, and currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Libby.
Denis Rouleau took over as Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations on 19 February, 2016.
Vice Admiral Buck (Ret’d) was born and raised in Montréal and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1967 under the auspices of the Regular Officer Training Plan. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 and was commissioned as a Sub-lieutenant.
He served his formative years from 1971 to 1975 in HMC Ships FRASER, SASKATCHEWAN, MARGAREE and PRESERVER. After his Combat Control long course he joined HMCS IROQUOIS as Operations Officer in 1977 seeing her through two tours as Flagship of the Standing NATO Naval Atlantic Force. In 1979 he was appointed on exchange to the Royal Navy returning to Canada in early 1982 after also completing the Royal Naval Staff Course at Greenwich.
He was appointed Executive Officer (second in command) of HMCS ATHABASKAN in 1983 and saw her through refit, operational trials and successful workups returning her to fleet duties. On promotion to Commander he was posted to National Defence Headquarters in 1985 as requirements Section Head responsible for the Canadian Patrol Frigate and IROQUOIS Class modernization.
In 1987 Vice Admiral Buck was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMCS RESTIGOUCHE having a very successful and demanding operational tour in 1989 he was in selected as the Project Manager for the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel Project ($750 Million), which he led from the definition phase to successful award of implementation contract. In 1992 he was appointed as Commander Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron/MARCOM Deputy Chief of Staff New Equipment Trials. During this period he led the operational acceptance of new Frigates and updated Tribal Destroyers to fleet operations.
On promotion to Commodore in 1994 Vice Admiral Buck was appointed as Commander Canadian Forces Training System in Trenton and early in 1995 he was subsequently appointed as Chief of Staff of the Management Command and Control Reengineering Team (MCCRT) in Ottawa which reduced Headquarters numbers and levels very significantly as the CF was downsizing. In this role he led a very major and successful organizational change initiative.
In 1997 he was appointed as the first Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and after a busy year of operations in the Pacific he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific in 1998. Vice Admiral Buck served as MARPAC for three years through June of 2001 during which he was promoted to Vice Admiral and greatly enhanced the MARPAC operational profile.
Shortly after appointment as the Chief of Maritime Staff (head of Canada’s Navy) in June 2001 he led the planning and execution of the Naval component of Operation Apollo, the Canadian contribution to the Global War on Terrorism which saw almost all of Canada’s major warships deployed as Task Groups with significant international operational command responsibilities. It was also at this point that DND/CF Persons with Disabilities asked him to be their Champion, which he was honoured to undertake for the next 5 years.
Vice Admiral Buck relinquished command of Canada’s Navy after over three years in command and was appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff on 3 September 2004 assuming responsibilities as the Chief of Staff to the CDS and Deputy Minister with specific responsibility to lead strategic Business Planning, Force Development and resources assignment. It was during his tenure that the CF won the two largest Budget increases in decades firstly of $12.8B in Budget 2005 and then a further $5.3B in Budget 2006. He also was key in ensuring the detailed arrangements required to implement CDS CF Transformation were coordinated and implemented.
After just short of 40 years of service Vice Admiral Buck retired on 4 July 2006. Based upon his senior positions and experience he is skilled at strategic and operational command, organizational analysis, strategic visioning, strategic planning, organizational change and assisting senior management by providing strategic advice. He also has a detailed knowledge of Federal Government fiscal and procurement processes and has a project management background.
Since 2007 Vice Admiral Buck has provided senior mentorship support to the Canadian Forces College and has worked with several major firms providing strategic advice and in identifying potential government procurement opportunities.
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Gaston Côté was born in Bic, Québec. Upon graduating from Laval University with a B. Sc. (Economics), he was commissioned as an Infantry officer with the Royal 22e Régiment.
He served with all R22eR units; he also served two tours with the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He commanded the 1er Commando (Cdn Ab Regt), l’École de combat du R22eR and Joint Task Force 2 (a Counter-terrorist unit).
As a senior officer, BGen Côté commanded CFB Montréal. He also commanded the Canadian contingent in Haiti. He was Chief of Staff for LFQA during the 1998 Ice Storm.. He served as Chief of Staff Ops and Plans for the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Upon his return from the DRC, he was appointed Director Peacekeeping Policy in NDHQ. Promoted to BGen, he commanded Secteur du Québec de la Force terrestre. He then served as COS J3 in NDHQ until his retirement from the CF. After his retirement, he worked as Vice-President-Organizational Development for a mining company; he is now working as a consultant.
BGen Côté is a graduate from the CF Staff School, CLFCSC, CFC and NSSC.
Bgen Côté is married to Andrée Fleury who hails from Québec and they have three sons: Jean-François, Pierre-Luc and Mathieu.
Lieutenant-General Evraire(Ret’d) joined the Canadian Forces in 1954 through the Regular Officer Training Plan. He attended Le College militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec; the Royal Military College, Kingston, and McGill University, Montréal, where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1960. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, Kingston (1987), and a Bachelor of Science Degree (1994) and an Honourary Doctorate in Military Sciences (1997) from the Royal Military College, Kingston. He currently is a doctoral candidate in political studies at Queen’s University.
Commissioned as an officer of the Royal 22e Regiment in 1959, his tours of duty included the command of the 1st Battalion of his Regiment; 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group; College militaire royal de St. Jean; Canada’s National Defence College; and the NATO Defence College. He completed three tours of duty at NDHQ, Ottawa, the last of which was in the post of Chief-Land Doctrine and Operations.
LGen Evraire completed two United Nations Peacekeeping tours, the first as a military observer in India and Pakistan; the second as the Commander of the Canadian Contingents of the United Nations in the Middle East. LGen Evraire’s served a total of fourteen (14) years in NATO, including more than four years as Canada’s military representative on NATO’s Military Committee in Permanent Session, in Brussels, Belgium.
He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1997, after 42 years of service.
|Chief Executive Officer||Tony Battista|
Col Tony Battista (Ret’d) joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1974, and initially served as a soldier/military police. Upon selection for commissioning under the University Training Plan, he attended collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned Second-Lieutenant as Military Police Officer.
Col Battista’s supervisory and command appointments include Nuclear Security Officer and Deputy Base Military Police Officer (Bagotville Que – 1980–82), Base Military Police Officer (Chatham NB – 1982–84), Commanding Officer and Provost Marshal of the National Capital Region Military Police and Security Force (1992–94), Commandant of the CAF School of Intelligence and Security in Borden Ontario (1995–98), the CAF Military Police Academy (1998–99) and the CAF School of Military Intelligence (1998–99), Air Force Provost Marshal (1999–2000), and Project Director and Deputy Commander of the CAF Experimentation Centre in Ottawa (2001–2002). In January 1998, he commanded and deployed with over 600 personnel from CFB Borden to la Montérégie during the Ice Storm.
Col Battista’s staff appointments include Personal Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS – 1984–86)), senior advisor to the Deputy Commander – Support, 1 Canadian Air Division Winnipeg, (2000–01), and Chief of Staff at the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA – 2010-11).
His international appointments and deployments include Force Protection Officer and Staff Officer Security (CAF Europe in Lahr Germany – 1986–88)), CAF Liaison Officer to the United States Joint Forces Command (Virginia – 2002–2005) – responsible for CAF involvement in US Transformation at the Joint and Combined level, and CAF engagement in the Multi-national Interoperability Council, deputy National Liaison Representative to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk Virginia), and Canadian Defence Attaché to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (2 tours, 2006-09 and 2009-10). Col Battista also deployed on Staff Assistance Visits to Kosovo and completed the Executive Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Course – Level IV in Washington, D.C. He served as the Canadian Defence Attaché to Afghanistan from August 2011 to August 2012. He was subsequently posted to Rome to assume the duties of Canadian Defence Attaché to Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta. Upon completion of his tour in Rome, Col Battista returned to CDA HQ in Kingston Ontario and shortly thereafter began retirement leave. After almost 40 years of military service, Col Battista retired from the CAF in February 2014.
Professional development, academic and training courses include Military Police Officer training up to the Executive level, CAF Staff School, CAF Command and Staff College in Toronto, and MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. As Associate Professor at Royal Roads Military College (Victoria), Col Battista taught Military and Strategic Studies, and Diplomacy during the Cold War. In 1998 and 1999, he was the Chair of the United Way Campaign for Greater Simcoe County. Col Battista is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police since 1995. He is an executive committee member of the Royal Military College Club of Canada and, in February 2014, he assumed the civilian position of Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute. In addition to his abilities in German, he is fluent in English, French, and Italian.
Col Battista is married to Linda Ann Battista; they have two children and two grandchildren.
Pierre joined the Canadian Forces as an Officer Cadet in 1975 under the Regular Officer Training Plan and attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Administration and was commissioned as a Second-lieutenant and served as a Logistics Officer until his retirement in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1997.
Pierre served in several accounting officer positions at Canadian Forces Base Ottawa, as Comptroller at Canadian Forces Station Lowther, and held staff appointments at National Defence Headquarters with to the Director General Personnel Services, with the Director of Pay Services and with the Director General Compensation and Benefits.
After his retirement from the Canadian Forces, Pierre joined the National Capital Commission (NCC) as Chief, Financial Operations, and retired in 2014 from the NCC where he held the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.
Pierre assumed the role of Treasurer of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute in January 2016.
Pierre is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University. He is also a graduate from the Command and Staff Programme from Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is fluent in French, English as has limited ability in Spanish.
Pierre is married to Lee and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Major General Daniel Gosselin
Daniel Gosselin has over 39 years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces, having served in several command and staff assignments.
He enrolled in the CAF as a military engineer. He retired from the CAF as a Major-General in 2011, and his last three tours of service included Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy, Director General International Security Policy in the Policy Group at NDHQ, and Chief of Staff of the CF Transformation Team in 2005-06. He is a former Commandant of the Canadian Forces College. In 2012–2013, he completed a ten-month assignment as the Senior Strategic Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff, a role he continues to perform occasionally.
He holds three post-graduate degrees, in civil engineering, war studies, and public administration. He mentors senior officers and executives of the National Security Programme of the Canadian Forces College, and is a sessional lecturer at both the Canadian Forces College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He also occasionally acts as a consultant on defence governance and accountability, and civil-military relations in Canada. He has written articles and book chapters on command, civil-military relations and defence management.
His most recent article, “Unelected, Unarmed Servants of the State” was published in the Summer 2014 edition of the Canadian Military Journal.