Gilles Guignard joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Direct Entry Officer in 1985 after completing a Civil Engineering degree at Université de Moncton in New-Brunswick and having spent 8 ½ years in the Reserves with the 2nd Royal New-Brunswick Regiment in Bathurst and the 8th Canadian Hussars in Moncton.
Upon graduating from Military Engineering phase training in Chilliwack, British Columbia in 1986, Gille'sfirst posting was to Canadian Forces Station Goose Bay, Labrador as the Planning and Requirements Officer. He was then promoted to Captain in 1989 and posted to Ottawa where he worked on constructing the Forward Operating Locations in Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit as part of the North American Air Defence Modernization Project Management Office.
In 1993, Gilles was posted to North Bay and held the positions of Engineering Officer and Requirements Officer, followed by a posting to St John’s, Newfoundland as the Station Technical Services Officer in 1996.
Gilles returned to Ottawa in 1999 and worked for 4 years as a Project Director and Program Manager for the Air Force under the Directorate of Air Programs. During that time, he also deployed to Aviano, Italy on OP Apollo Roto 5 (2000) and completed the 160km Nijmegen march (2001). He was subsequently selected for a Post-Grad in Engineering Management at Ottawa University, sponsored by ADM(IE) in 2003.
Upon his promotion to Major in January 2005, Gille's next job was as an analyst for the Director of Realty Asset Planning until December of that year when he was quickly transferred to Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) to manage the National Capital Region realty asset portfolio. In July 2007, he was posted to Bagotville as the Wing Construction Engineering Officer and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in June 2009 for a 6 month tour with Regional Command (South) Engineer Staff.
On returning to Canada at the end of 2009, Gilles was again posted to Ottawa, this time as a Project Manager in ADM(IE) under the Director of Construction Project Delivery (DCPD). In September 2010, he moved up internally within DCPD to the role of Team Leader for Air Force, Canadian Forces Housing Agency and Northern projects where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January 2011. When the Director’s position became vacant due to a short notice operational tasking in March 2012, He stepped up a third time within the DCPD organization to serve as Director until July 2014 when he was posted to the Royal Canadian Navy as the Director of Naval Infrastructure Requirements.
Gilles married Susan Tyler in 2009. He has three children Michel (29), Stephane (27) and Julie (26) from a previous marriage and now has two step-daughters Lauren (30) and Christa (29).
On his retirement on 19 January 2015, Gilles started a second career as a public servant in ADM(IE) and will remain in the Ottawa area.