Maj François Tremblay
Maj François Tremblay, CD will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces 19 Jan 2017, after more than 21 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the CME Branch. (please see bio attached).
A retirement ceremony will be held in his honour on Monday 12 Dec 2016 at 1130 hrs at the Métropolitain Brasserie and Restaurant downtown Ottawa.
For planning purposes, please confirm your attendance and/or send congratulatory messages or anecdotes to Mr. Christian Belleau before4 Dec 2016.
Major Francois Tremblay enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995 as a military engineer. He completed his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston in 2000 and completed his occupational training in 2001. Once fully qualified as military engineer, he assumed the position of course officer for basic military engineer course for Non-commissioned members (QL3). He later spent 2 years in 5e Regiment du Génie de Combat in Valcartier were he was troop commander in the 52nd Field Engineer Sqn.
Upon his promotion to captain in 2003, he went back to Royal Military College in Kingston to start a Master in Defense Engineering and Management that he completed in 2004. That master degree ended up being an excellent introduction to the project management world. He spent the following 3 years in a position of equipment project manager for EOD and combat engineer equipment with the Assistant-Deputy Minister (Materiel). To get a taste of another type of project management, he went from 2007 to 2010 to Base Construction Engineering in Valcartier in the position of special project officer followed by 2IC of the Base Construction Engineering Officer. Promoted to Major in 2010, he deployed as Administration Officer of the Engineer Unit in the Task Force in Afghanistan and was later posted to Director Land Requirement from 2010 to 2014 as Project Director for projects such as EOD Equipment suites, Enhanced Counter-IED (including the WOLF), Combat Engineer Metal Detector, Command-Wire Detector and Chemical Identification System. Those projects were quite interesting and challenging as they covered such a wide spectrum of technologies required to detect and neutralize explosives.
Since 2014, he assumed the position of Force Protection Officer for the Department of National Defense in Director General Defence Security (DGDS) working on Threat and Risk Assessments across DND and CAF. Recently, he accepted a job offer in the federal public service as system engineer for the Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle M113 with the Assistant-Deputy Minister (Materiel) in Gatineau. Francois, Isabelle, Louis-Philippe and Marc-Antoine intent to stay in Gatineau for a while and hope to keep in touch with all their military engineer friends.