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Normand Trépanier was born in St-Tite in Mauricie, QC. He enlisted in
the CAF in September 1975 and completed his Basic Military Training at
CFB St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. After his basic Artilleryman training, he
embarked on a long and prosperous career as a NCM. During his first 15
years, he was posted to various Artillery Units and Schools in Canada
and Germany and held positions such as Gun Detachment member, Gun 2I/C,
Instructor in various Gun and Missile systems and Gun Detachment
commander in Field Arty as well as Air Defense Arty.
He participated in
many Unit, Brigade and NATO Exercises. Normand has participated in
Border security during the Montreal Olympic games, part of the team
securing the Montreal Penitentiary institutions, and participated to
three United Nations Missions.
He was promoted Chief Warrant Officer
after 15 years of service and for the next 22 years he was involved in
many senior positions at the Tactical, Operational and Strategic level,
assisting Commanders at several levels leading the Institution. As a
Formation level CWO, he assisted other Formation CPO1/CWO in the new
Development Period in training and education level, concentrating in
the Development Period 4 and 5 for senior Institutional leadership
education & training. He was deployed in two internationals
missions: Bosnia-Herzegovina and El-Gora Egypt, holding senior level
positions. He later became the second Director of the Non Commission
Member Professional Development Center at the College Militaire Royal
of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Before his retirement in 2012 the Canadian
Forces CWO appointed him the new Quality of Life CWO for military
members and their families.
Governor General of Canada, her Excellency
Michaëlle Jean, appointed Normand Trépanier to the Order of Member
Military Merit in 2006.
MGen (Ret’d) Paul Bury OMM CD, joined the Helmets to Hardhats team in 2019 after his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces after 33 years of dedicated service to Canada. Appointed to predominately Class A Reserve force positions, MGen (Ret’d) Bury commanded at all levels, both domestically and when operationally deployed, retiring after his four-year appointment as Chief Reserves and Employer Support within NDHQ.
As a predominantly Class A Reservist, MGen (Ret’d) Bury also held a civilian position with the Department of the Solicitor General, Government of Alberta, retiring as a senior manager in 2013. Due to the support and engagement of the Government of Alberta for the Reservists within it’s employ, MGen (Ret’d) Bury was able to effectively balance both demanding careers, receiving significant periods of military leave from his civilian employer and completing five operational deployments.
MGen (Ret’d) Bury holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boston University and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College, Advanced Military Studies Program.
Dave Giannou was born in Glace Bay, NS but grew up in Corner Brook, NF. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in June 1982 through the Marine Engineering Technologist Training Program, graduating in 1985 with two diplomas; Mechanical and Marine Engineering Technologist. He served successfully as a marine engineer on ships and submarines for the next 16 years achieving his Engineering Artificer qualification.
In 2000 he was offered and accepted a commission as a Marine Systems Engineering Officer. He worked in a variety of engineering positions including a four-year term overseeing the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)’s unique Victoria class simulators and trainers. In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant-commander and posted to Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) PRESERVER as the Marine Systems Engineering Officer. On completion of his tour, he was posted to Ottawa as part of the Joint Support Ship (JSS) project under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, to help restore shipyards, rebuild the marine industry and create sustainable jobs in Canada.
Dave returned to Halifax in 2013 to work in the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School as the Engineering and Technology Training Officer, overseeing the academic training of the RCN’s technical trades from apprentice to journeyman level. He worked with the staff and students through various training methods including the introduction of technology enhanced learning techniques to better prepare students for on-the-job training and advancement of their careers. His final posting was as Chief of Staff for Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) Safety and Environment, an organization that provided MARLANT with national and international policy interpretation on over 30 different safety and environmental programs.
Retiring after 36+ years of service, he remained with MARLANT Safety and Environment for another 3 years in the civilian role of Chief of Staff prior to joining the Helmets to Hardhats team in May 2021.
During his military career Dave was introduced to competitive marksmanship, competing in military and civilian matches. As Team Captain, supported by an outstanding tri-service team, he led the MARLANT Combat Shooting Team to the CAF Small Arms Competition in Ottawa several times over a ten-year period, successfully competing against some of the best military marksmen in the CAF.
I was born in a little town of Roberts Arm in Green Bay, Newfoundland. At the tender age of three and without my consent my father moved us all to Deer Lake, NL where I lived until I was 20 years of age at which time I joined the Canadian Forces, but not before attending college in Corner Brook and working for one year after that in Deer Lake.
I completed the 11 week basic training course in Cornwallis and continued on to Borden to complete my Administrative Clerk trade training. I only spent I believe 6 or 7 weeks there because at the time if we had had training at a college in the civilian world we didn't have to complete the full course.
My first posting was Ottawa and I still remember the NDHQ address, it was that memorable. I enjoyed my posting there very much.
After spending 3.5 years in Ottawa I was then posted to 440 Search and Rescue Squadron in Edmonton for 1.5 years. I requested and received a posting to the language school and spent the next year on the intensive French course, spending 6 mths in Edmonton and 4 in Saint Jean Sur Richelieu. Enjoyed it immensely. After completing the course I returned to Edmonton for another 1.5 years and worked at the base hospital.
In 1986 I was posted to the recruiting centre in St. John's as well as a posting to at the time 727 Communications Squadron.
My military time was spent in both components, regular and reserve and I feel that having experience in both components served me well. My time was also spent in two elements both Air and Army. While I was with the Reserve I had postings at a Service Battalion as well as being both a clerk and a recruiter at both recruiting centres in Newfoundland.
Some of my other posting were 16 Wing in Borden, ON and 9 Wing Gander where I spent two years working with the Canadian Rangers.
I did my final release in 2012 after spending 32 years in the service and decided it was a good time to travel a little.
Amongst other places I decided to volunteer on a little island in the North West Territories and stayed there for 6 years. A very rewarding experience indeed. Returned to Newfoundland in 2019 and will be settling here for now.
Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.
Through KickAss Careers Jamies travels approximately 30 weeks a year providing engaging keynote presentations and workshops to more than 50,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America. Her efforts have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors.
Over the years Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario.
In 2018 she received the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities. In 2019 Jamie was named a co-chair on a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to create a campaign to promote careers in skilled trades as first choice pathways to youth for the Canadian Federal Government by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Jamie continues to speak professionally across North America, works on various construction sites across the country whenever possible and enjoys helping out at a homeless shelter for women. In her free time she loves to hang out with family, friends, travel, climb mountains and hike with her cat Spud.
Darryl G. Cathcart enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1991 as a private soldier, commissioned from the ranks as a senior non-commissioned member, and retired in 2017 as a senior officer. During his operational service, Darryl held command and staff positions in The Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, where he deployed to Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Notable domestic appointments include serving at the Infantry School and as an instructional staff member at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the United States Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, and the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College, Queen’s University. Darryl holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Western University.
In 2018, Darryl founded Release Point Education to witness the realization of academic excellence by supporting military-connected learners through the provision of specialized, relevant, and credible programming. In addition to being a consultant with Helmets to Hardhats, Release Point Education has been employed by Fanshawe, Georgian, Loyalist, the Nova Scotia Community College, and the University of Windsor to support the inclusion of underrepresented group learners. Darryl has published numerous articles surrounding military-connected students and how this heterogeneous group can have an amplifying effect on the civilian workforce.
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