New Year’s Message from the CME Colonel Commandant
2021 was a very challenging year as Branch members completed their tasks, be it at home or abroad, while operating in a risky environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, you succeeded greatly and the Branch leadership is very proud of your accomplishments. 2022 is now underway and I would like to take this opportunity to offer you my best wishes and a very happy New Year. Given the ongoing vaccination efforts, we expected the pandemic to be under control now, but the Omicron variant changed the game plan. Nevertheless, I’m confident that world experts will soon adjust vaccines to better deal with this and future variants, allowing us to work and live in a less risky pandemic environment. Until then, you must continue to focus on your missions and tasks in a world that is more volatile than ever. Societies, including fellow Canadians, are being impacted more and more by natural disasters associated with climate change such as forest fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ice storms. Military Engineers will have an increasingly key role to play in these events. Be ready, continue to make us proud, best of luck, and I look forward to meeting some of you in the near future.
MGen (Ret’d) Daniel Benjamin, CMM, CD
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers