LCol J.R.G. Sauvé, CD, MBE

    • CME Certificate
    • Service Pin
    • Thanking Simone
    • Sauvé Family
    • Parting Gift
    • Simone Sauvé

    LCol J.R.G. Sauvé, CD, MBE will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces on 18 May 2015, with almost 32 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch (please see attached bio).

    A lunch is scheduled for Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 1200hrs in the Astra Lounge of the RCAF Officer's Mess, 158 Gloucester St. Ottawa. Anyone wishing to attend may contact Maj Grégoire Laforce: NLT 30 April 2015. Congratulatory messages, anecdotes, photos, and farewell wishes can also be forwarded to Maj Laforce.

    Mr. Ghislain Sauvé joined the Canadian Forces in June 1983, and spent the next seven years first completing his college diploma, then his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and finally his Master’s degree in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.

    Following all that schooling, Lt Sauvé was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering to complete his officer training. In April 1991 he was posted to 1 Construction Engineering Unit (then located in Winnipeg, Manitoba) as a Project Officer, remaining there until August 1995. It was in Winnipeg that Capt Sauvé met and married his wife Simone.

    In 1998 Capt Sauvé rejoined 1 Construction Engineering Unit, now in Moncton, NB, and since renamed 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU), and immediately deployed to Camp Butmir near Sarajevo, BiH as the 2IC of the Works & Design Company (ROTO 3). His time in theatre was spent conducting technical evaluations on lines of communications, i.e. roads, bridges, rail embankments.

    In 2000 Capt Sauvé and family headed to the UK as a Canadian exchange officer with the British Army. During this time he undertook operational deployments to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, provided engineer support to British Special Forces in Jordan, and took part in engineer evaluations in Gibraltar, Cyprus, and the Falkland Islands. He was nominated as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.

    The Sauvé family returned to Canada in 2004, where Maj Sauvé took up the duties of Base Construction Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces Base Borden in Ontario. After a rewarding three years in that position, Maj Sauvé was posted to Canadian Forces College in Toronto to complete the Joint Command and Staff Programme.

    In 2008, the Sauvé family returned to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where LCol Sauvé became the A4 CE FG (A4 Construction Engineering Force Generation) at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters. After a short but eventful two years in that position, LCol Sauvé was selected to become Commanding Officer of 1 Engineer Support Unit in July 2010. He subsequently supported the Canadian Army as Director Land Infrastructure from 2012 to 2014, completing his military service as D Air Sp 3 (Air Staff). LCol Sauvé will be remaining in Ottawa, where he will be commencing his new employment with Correctional Service Canada.