LCol Robert Martel (Ret'd) B.Sc., MBA
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Martel (Ret'd) B.Sc., MBA passed away on 17 June 2005 at the age of 49 in a tragic accident while paragliding in the French Alps.
A native of Ottawa, Rob entered Royal Roads Military College in 1974, transferred to College militaire royale de St-Jean in 1976 and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree. His postings as a Canadian Military Engineer officer included his being an instructor at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School Chilliwack, with the Base Technical Services Office, Lahr, Germany, as well as two assignments with the Chief of Construction and Properties at National Defence Headquarters.
Retiring as a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1994, Rob became a program manager at Defence Construction Limited where he was responsible for the environmental clean-up of the Distant Early Warning radar chain in Canada's Arctic. He then assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada's national Inuit organization and graduated from Queen's Executive Masters of Business Administration program in 2004. Rob had recently been appointed Director, Habitat Conservation Branch of the Canadian Wildlife Service. Rob also worked for many years as a volunteer facilitator for the Catholic Family Services New Direction Program.
In lieu of flowers, donations to La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie (http://www.mmfs.qc.ca/) or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.