CME Family Retirements

The CMEA posts a notice of the retirement of all members of the CME family as soon as we are notified. If there is a function marking the retirement, we will need the time, date, place, cost and the name and contact details for the organizer.  It is expected units will initiate appropriate steps to ensure all members of the CME family are duly recognised on completing their service.

You can search our list of retired members by year or by name. Our current records go back to 2006. If you find any errors or omissions in your retirement details or those of another Engineer, let us know and we will fix them.  If you retired before 2006 and want your retirement details posted, send the details to us.  We need the full name, rank, decorations, date of retirement and if possible, a biography of all retiring or retired members. 

Writing a good retirement narrative is an important task and should not be taken lightly.  We owe our departing comrades an appropriate good-bye, thank you and best wishes for the future when they leave.  A narrative reflecting their service, sacrifices and achievements should be recorded and made available to friends and family. Click here for a short guideline that should prove useful if you are the person who has been assigned the honoured task of writing a comrade's retirement narrative.

Retirement Certificates are distributed by the CME Adjutant.  Members requesting these certificates are to complete, save and email the downloadable form below to the CME Adjt  at CMEAdjtGMC@forces.gc.ca.

If there are errors in any retirement notice or if you do not want your retirement details published on our site please contact the Webmaster

  • 13 Oct 2014

    CWO Russ Vida, MMM, CD
    CWO Russ Vida, MMM, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 13 Oct 2014 after over 25 years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see bio attached). A DwD luncheon will be held on Friday 26th Sept 2014 at the...
  • 08 Oct 2014

    Capt Gary Ryan, CD
    Capt Gary Ryan, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 8 October 2014 after almost 38 years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see bio below). Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the depart with...
  • 17 Sep 2014

    LCol Luc Généreux, CD
    Lieutenant-Colonel Généreux will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 17 September 2014 after over 34 years of dedicated service. Lieutenant-Colonel Luc Généreux enrolled under the Regular Officer Training Program and graduated from...
  • 14 Sep 2014

    CME Badge
    After 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada and the Engineer Corps, CWO Joe Pynn MMM, CD will retire from service effective 14 September 2014.  His last day in uniform will be 29 August 2014.  Both he and his wife Sharon will...
  • 10 Sep 2014

    CWO / Adjuc Keith Jones MMM, CD
    CWO Keith Jones MMM, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 10 Sept 2014 after over 40 years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see bio attached). Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the...
  • 05 Sep 2014

    Capt Karl Ellis, MMM, CD
    Capt Ellis enlisted on 22 Apr 1981 at Halifax, NS. Upon completion of basic and trades training, he was posted to 2 CER as a Sapper. During the next seven years, he was employed as a Sect mbr, driver, Sect 2 I/C and Sect Comd. These...
  • 01 Sep 2014

    MWO Serge Davignon, CD on Retirement
    MWO Serge Davignon will retire from the CF after more than 30 years of service. (Bio attached) A retirement function will be held on Jul 18th 2014 at 13:00hrs at Bldg A-4, CFB Gagetown's SNCO Mess annex. The OPI for this event is MWO A...
  • 30 Aug 2014

    Colonel S.G. LaPlante, CD
    Col Steve G. LaPlante, CD - He is currently serving as Canadian Defence Advisor in New Delhi, India and will be retiring on 30 Aug 2014 after 37 plus years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch. His bio is attached...
  • 24 Aug 2014

    CWO Jean-Paul “JP” Rioux, CD
    Capt (CWO) J.P. Rioux, CD, will retire 25 Aug 2014 (last day in office 30 Apr.) after serving 38+ years of loyal, passionate and dedicated service to the CAF, CME and the NDFS - See attached bio. A DWD will take place Thurs 21 Aug 2014,...
  • 15 Aug 2014

    LCol Mau Arsenault, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 15 Aug 2014 after 26 years of dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see bio attached). Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a social gathering,...
  • 07 Aug 2014

    Major Carol Sawatzky, MSM, CD
    Major Carol Sawatzky will retire on 7 August 2014 after more than 31 years of loyal and dedicated service with the Canadian Military Engineers Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces (1983-2014). Her last day at work will be the 20 March 2014...
  • 05 Aug 2014

    MGen Christian Rousseau, CMM, CD
    MGen Christian Rousseau will retire from on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 after over 35 years of dedicated service. MGen Rousseau is the commander of CFIntCom and CDI since July 2010. Inspired by his experience as a sea cadet in his home town of...
  • 04 Aug 2014

    Maj Tony Ament, CD will retire on 4 August 2014 after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service with the CME Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. See bio attached. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the Depart with Dignity ceremony...
  • 22 Jul 2014

    After 38 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Military Engineer Branch, Capt Garry Morphet will be retiring effective 22 July 14. (please see attached bio) An informal DWD BBQ luncheon...
  • 18 Jul 2014

    CWO André Caron on Retirement
    CWO André Caron, CD will be retiring from the CAF on 18 July 2014 with 37+ Years loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME. (See bio attached). A DwD function will be held at the WOSM 4 Wing Cold Lake on 15 Jul 2014 from 1130 to...
  • 15 Jul 2014

    LCol P.W. Fredenburg, CD
    The Commandant and staff of CFC would like to take this opportunity to announce the retirement of Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Fredenburg after over 39 years of dedicated and loyal service to Canada and the Canadian Forces, both regular and...
  • 06 Jul 2014

    A Trent Doucette, MMM, CD on Retirement
    CWO Trent Doucette, CD will be retiring from the CAF on 6 July 2014 with 30 Years loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME. (See bio attached) A DwD function will be held at the WOSM 4 Wing Cold Lake on 6 Jun 2014 from 13:00 to...
  • 02 Jul 2014

    CWO Gilles Desruisseaux
    CWO Gilles Desruisseaux, CD, will retire, 2 July 2014 after more then 34 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF, CME and the NDFS. CWO Desruisseaux joined the CAF in August 1979 as a firefighter. His years of service have...
  • 27 Jun 2014

    MGen S.P. Noonan, CMM, MSC, CD will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on 27 June 2014 with 36+ years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME. (See bio attached) Retirement ceremony: Fri, 20 June 2014, 1500 hrs at the...
  • 26 Jun 2014

    Capt Ken Toomey, OMM, CD
    Capt Ken Toomey joined the 45 Fd Sqn, RCE, Militia in July 1970, lying about his age to get in at the early age of 15 years. He remained there for over seven years, until he saw the light and joined the Regular Force. He served another 27...
  • 14 Jun 2014

    Major Kevin Billinghurst on Retirement
    Major Kevin Billinghurst was born in Aldershot, England. He joined the British Army (Royal Engineers) in August 1978 completing almost nine years of service prior to enrolling in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in April 1987. He married...
  • 13 May 2014

    Maj Houlgate enrolled in the Canadian Forces in January 1999 to become an infantryman in the Governor General’s Foot Guards in Ottawa. In 2001, after skilfully avoiding ever wearing Scarlets or a bear-skin hat, Cpl Houlgate component...
  • 30 Apr 2014

    Maj Poirier Marc, CD
    Major Marc Poirier will retire on 30 April 2014 after more than 39 years of loyal and dedicated service with the CF Primary Reserve 1974-1990 & 1998-2014) and DND (public servant - 1990 to 1998). Marc’s service to his country began as...
  • 07 Mar 2014

    CME Badge
    LCol Steven (Steve) Gregory, CD will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces on 7 April 2014 with 34+ years of loyal and dedicated regular service to the CF and the Military Engineer Branch.
  • 29 Jan 2014

    MWO Serge Gélinas, CD will be retiring on 29 Jan 2014 after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and CME Branch.  Since his enrolment on 18 Jun 1976, MWO Gélinas has made many outstanding contributions in the service of...
  • 14 Jan 2014

    LCol Bob Martinell, CD (Ret'd)
    After 41 plus years of service LCol Martinell retires from the CAF on 18 January 2014. LCol Bob Martinell joined the CAF in 1972 graduating from Le College Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean (1977). He earned two masters degrees (Kings College...
  • 13 Dec 2013

    Le maj Daniel Michaud est né en 1964 à Rollet, un quartier rural de Rouyn-Noranda. Il a fait ses études secondaires à Rouyn-Noranda. Il a d'abord débuté ses études postsecondaires en génie minier pour ensuite s'orienter vers le génie civil...
  • 05 Dec 2013

    After more than 38 years of service Capt Patterson, former RSM 1 CER and former Base CWO of CFB Kingston has retired. He served in the Canadian Airborne Regiment, 2 CER, 4 CER, CFSME, 1 CER, LFDTS and finally at BCE in Esquimalt. Tomorrow...
  • 03 Aug 2013

    CWO Doug Heath, CD
    CWO Heath will be retiring from the CF on 3 Aug 2013 with 36 years and 8 months of loyal and dedicated service to Canada, the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Military Engineers. CWO Heath was born in Marville, France and grew up in...
  • 01 Aug 2013

    Maj T.G. Whiting, CD
    After more than 35 years of service in the CAF, Major Tim Whiting, a native of Calgary, Alberta, retired on 1 August 2013. Maj Whiting, a graduate of RMCC Kingston first enrolled in the CAF in the RCN as a MARS officer, but after a summer...
  • 23 Mar 2013

    CWO/Adjuc Archie Demeria, CD
    Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1953. CWO Demeria joined the CF in 1970 attending basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia., Started his basic Infantry TQ3 in Petawawa ON, with the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR). During the 1970 October...
  • 05 Mar 2013

    MWO John Browning joined the CF in May 1981 and was posted to CFB Cornwallis for basic training. After completing the TQ3 Infantry Course in Wainwright he was posted to Calgary with the 1st Battalion PPCLI for the next six years. In Apr...
  • 31 Dec 2012

    CANADIAN FORCES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE, CAPT STEPHEN TUCKER WILL RETIRE ON 31 DEC 12. FROM PLACENTIA, NEWFOUNDLAND, STEVE ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN FORCES AS A FIREFIGHTER IN 1976. AFTER BASIC TRAINING AT CFRS CORNWALLIS AND...
  • 04 Dec 2012

    Sergeant Ken Munro enrolled in the Canadian Forces on 12 April 1990 as an Artilleryman and on completion of training was posted to 119th Air Defence Battery, CFB Chatham NB. In 1995 Sgt Munro made a career change to Vehicle Technician and...
  • 24 Nov 2012

    WO Tripp joined the CF in May 1985 completing his basic recruit training at CFB Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, then off to beautiful CFB Chilliwack where he completed his QL 3 Field Engineer Crse (041). WO Tripp was then posted to 2 CER CFB...
  • 19 Nov 2012

    Sgt DeMontmorency joined the Canadian Forces in June 1982. He reported to CFRS Cornwallis 16 June 1982. After basic training he was posted to CFB Borden to begin his career as a military cook. He was employed for over 12 years as a cook....
  • 12 Nov 2012

    Chief Warrant Officer André Boudreau was born in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. He joined the CF on July 3, 1972 as an Artilleryman in the Reserves and transferred to the Regular Force in May 1977. During his time with the Artillery he completed...
  • 01 Nov 2012

    WO Johnston joined the Canadian Forces in April 1986, as a 031 Infmn. After completing basic training at CFB Cornwallis, he was posted to CFB Wainwright were he completed the QL3 basic Infmn training and then was posted to 1 PPCLI at CFB...
  • 07 Oct 2012

    Master Warrant Officer William Shears will be retiring from the Canadian Forces on 7 Oct 2012, after completing 27+ years of loyal and dedicated service to Canada. MWO Shears enrolled in the Canadian Forces in June 1978 as a Poet candidate...
  • 05 Oct 2012

  • 02 Oct 2012

    Capt Rock Labrecque, MMM, CD
    Le Capitaine Rock Labrecque est né à St-Hénédine dans la circonscription de Beauce Nord, le 18 novembre 1958. Le Capitaine Labrecque s’engage avec les Forces canadiennes le 04 décembre 1975. Une fois son entraînement de base terminé, il...
  • 24 Sep 2012

    MWO Marius Leblanc enrolled in the Canadian Forces 9 August 1988 as a direct entry firefighter. Fresh from boot camp, he was posted in October 1988 to CFB Borden and successfully completed his Basic Driver Training at CFSAL. Following his...
  • 18 Sep 2012

    LCol Mike Voith, MSC, CD
    LCol Voith was born in Calgary Alberta. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1979 and attended Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean from 1979 to 1981, and the Royal Military College of Canada from 1981-1983. Upon graduation and...
  • 27 Aug 2012

    CME Badge
    Born in Germany, Sgt Mack came to Canada in 1963 living in Gatineau QC and Toronto. He joined 709 (Toronto) Communications Regt as a Communications Centre Operator in May 1970. After completing his teletype training, he worked either in "...
  • 22 Aug 2012

    MWO Branko (Brian) Felkar will be retiring from the CF on the 28 July 2012, after 36 plus years of dedicated service to the CF, RCR and the CME Branches. He was born in Linz, Austria and immigrated to Canada with his parents as an infant....
  • 07 Aug 2012

    Colonel René Gervais, CD
    Colonel Gervais was born in Quebec City, Quebec, on April 20, 1957. He joined the Canadian Forces (CF) on August 2, 1973. He studied at the Collège militaire royal de Saint Jean, Quebec, from 1973 to 1976, and then at the Royal Military...
  • 03 Aug 2012

    Capt Mario Goupil will be retiring from the Canadian Forces after more than 35 years of dedicated and loyal service to Canada. Capt Mario Goupil enrolled in the Canadian Forces in Sept 1976, Victoriaville Quebec as an Electrical Generating...
  • 29 Jul 2012

    MWO Sandy MacDonald, CD
    MWO A.P. (Sandy) MacDonald will finally leave the Forces on 29 July 2012 after 41 plus years in uniform. Sandy was born in Hamilton Ontario and enrolled in the reserves in March of 1970 as a driver in 133 Coy RCASC. On 01 Nov 1971 he...
  • 13 Jul 2012

    Brigadier General Fred A. Lewis, M.S.M., C.D.
    Brigadier-General Lewis joined the Canadian Forces in 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in civil engineering and was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1980. As a combat engineer...
  • 08 Jul 2012

    After more than 27 years of loyal and dedicated service, LCol Rob Meier will retire from the CF and the CME Branch in June 2012. LCol Meier joined the CF in 1985. A graduate of the RMC of Canada, he has seen many postings within and...

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