Director Air Simulation
Canadian Armed Forces
Col Saunders enrolled in the Canadian Forces 23
March 1990. Over the span of his somewhat atypical and discontinuous career,
Col Saunders has enjoyed operational postings flying and instructing on his
beloved Sea King Helicopters at 443 (MH) Sqn in Pat Bay, British Columbia;
423 (MH) Sqn, and 12 Wing Operations in Shearwater, Nova Scotia; culminating
in Command of 406 (M) OTS where he had the somewhat ignominous distinction
of being at the helm for the cessation of all Sea King training. Throughout
this period, he has served in HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS
Fredericton and HMCS Toronto and has deployed throughout the Middle East.
Staff postings to date include two stints in the
Career Management shop, the last being a two year sojourn as DMilC4;
responsible for guiding, managing and, at times, cajoling some 300
high-maintenance LCols and overseeing the management of almost 10,000 other
members of the RCAF. He also spent three years on a self-imposed educational
posting (yes, self-posted) to the Chief of Programme office learning the
corporate side of the Department of National Defence and working upon, among
other things, analysing financial risk to the Departmental Investment Plan
and taking a lead in drafting the next iteration of this document for
Col Saunders is a graduate of the Joint Command and
Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a Bachelor's Degree
in Science from Acadia University, a Certificate in Adult Education from
Dalhousie University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from
Heriot Watt University and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the
Royal Military College of Canada.
Col Saunders resides in Westboro, Ontario with his
spouse, Maj Valerie Saunders (who also serves the crown as a Military
Lawyer), and their daughter Rebecca.
When not beavering away in the cube farms of NDHQ,
Col Saunders busies himself renovating their century home, at which he is
adept; creating gourmet meals, at which he is a master; and cycling
throughout the NCR... albeit slowly and often with a grocery cart attached.