Current Senior Regimental
Appointments of The Calgary Highlanders
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been
Canada's monarch since she ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1952, being
crowned on 2 June. In 1981, Her Majesty consented to become Colonel-in-Chief of The
Calgary Highlanders. She receives regular reports from the Regiment on its
activities, and last visited Calgary in June 1990.
received a new Queen's Colour from Her Majesty while parading before her with the King's
Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC). The Calgary Highlanders were one of the last Canadian
infantry regiments to replace the Union Jack with the new flag of Canada. Her
Majesty continues to take a keen interest in all of her Canadian Regiments.
From the Canadian Heritage Site:
"When the regiments of the
British and Canadian Armies were first formed, many had a royal patron who agreed to
become the ceremonial commander of the unit or its “Colonel-in-Chief.” Perhaps
foremost among the reasons for such patronage was the desire to reinforce, within the
ranks of the regiment, a loyalty to the Crown through this personal relationship with a
member of the Royal Family. The Colonel-in-Chief remains in close contact with his/her
regiment and takes a very personal ongoing interest in its well being and that of its
members. One of the most colourful and significant moments in the life of a regiment is
when its Colonel-in-Chief presents new colours: a flag bearing the insignia of the
Colonel-in-Chief, the regiment and, oftentimes, its battle honours). Old colours are
retired and given a place of honour as the new colours are first presented and marched
past the members of the regiment."
Michael Shaw was born in Montreal, Quebec and educated at Queen's
University, graduating with Honours with a degree in Commerce in 1977.
He was a managing director of Global Enterprises, ATCO Group from 1979
to 2009. Semi-retired, he sits on the board of several companies and
institutions, including Aviva Insurance, Great Western Brewery, Cash
Store Financial, ITC Construction Group, Chariot Carriers Ltd, Canadian
Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Calgary Petroleum Club and the
Grief Support Committee of Calgary Health Services. A former Army Cadet
at Lower Canada College and Upper Canada College he currently resides in
Calgary with wife Linda June Sinclair, and his daughters Amanda and
Michael Shaw previously
served as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders.
Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton was born
in Calgary, Alberta in 1975. He completed high school in Airdrie,
Alberta and showed an interest in joining the military at a young age.
He joined The Calgary Highlanders in May 1994 as a Non-Commissioned
Member, and while attending the University of Calgary he was
commissioned and completed his required officers' training. During his
service with the regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton was employed in
every key leadership position, including platoon commander, company
second-in-command, Training Officer, Operations Officer, company
commander, and served as Deputy Commanding Officer prior to assuming
command. He completed the Military Command and Staff course in 2003, and
is currently a student at the Canadian Forces College in the Joint
Command and Staff Program.
Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton deployed to
Afghanistan as part of Task Force 1-07 from February 2007 to September
2007, returning to Kabul in April 2010 to work at the Afghan Command and
Staff College. Domestically, he was the Task Force Deputy Commanding
Officer for the military contribution to the response to the Calgary
Floods in 2013.
In civilian life,
Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton is employed as the Physical Training
Supervisor for the Calgary Police Service, and has a Bachelor of Science
in Kinesiology, and a Master of Kinesiology, both from the University of
Calgary. Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton is marred to Devan Kublik.
Captain R.M. (Mike) ter Kuile,
Captain ter Kuile joined the Canadian
Armed Forces, Regular Force, as a pilot, in January 1982. In January
1984 he re-classified to the Combat Arms and completed Infantry
Officer training in August 1985 and was posted to the 1st Battalion,
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Calgary. Captain ter
Kuile served in 1 PPCLI until completion of his short service
engagement in March 1989 when he transferred to The Calgary
Highlanders as a primary reservist. He served with the Highlanders
until transferring to the Supplementary Reserve List in March 2000.
In May 2006 he transferred back to the Primary Reserve with the
While with the Regular Force, Captain ter Kuile was employed in all
of the requisite positions for his rank and trade including being a
Platoon Commander, Rifle Company Second in Command, Rifle Company
Commander, junior staff officer and Second in Command of the Combat
Support Company of an infantry battalion. Upon transfer to the
Reserve Force he has served as the Rifle Company Second in Command,
Rifle Company Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, Regimental
Adjutant and currently as Deputy Commanding Officer. Secondary
duties have included being a course officer for numerous weapons and
trades related courses, investigating officer for Summary
Investigations, being an Assisting Officer for soldiers charged
under the National Defence Act, President of the Mess Committee,
Ethics Officer, Safety Officer and Liaison Officer.
Captain ter Kuile has taken various trade related courses including:
High Altitude, Land and Sea Survival Training, Basic Pilot Course,
Infantry Officer Phase 2, 3 and 4, Basic Parachutist Course,
Small Arms Instructor Course, Basic Winter Warfare Training, Army
Junior Staff Officer Qualification Course, Combat Team Commanders
Course, Dismounted Company Commander Course, Army tactical
Operations Course, Civil Military Cooperation Operator Course,
Information Operations Staff Officer Course, NATO Staff Officer
Course, Safety Officer Investigation Course, Army Ethics Course, and
the Presiding Officer Course.
During his military career, Captain ter Kuile deployed on Operation
Harmony, Roto 4, in 1994 as part of the 1 PPCLI Battle Group as the
primary police liaison officer for CANBAT 1 in Croatia, in the
former Republic of Yugoslavia. He also served on Task Force 3-09
from January 2009 to June 2010, deploying with the Kandahar
Provincial Reconstruction Team from October 2009 to May 2010 where
he commanded a support platoon in direct support of US Army Task
Force 1-12 from Fort Carson, Colorado. In addition he has deployed
on domestic operations in support of flood relief efforts in
Manitoba in 2012 and Alberta in 2013.
In civilian life, Captain ter Kuile has
served with the Calgary Police Service since 1988. In 1997 he was
promoted from street patrol officer, having worked in Districts 1, 2
and 4, to the rank of Sergeant and command of a team of constables
in District 2. In 1999 he was appointed to head the Air Services
Unit, responsible for the HAWC 1 helicopter and thirteen personnel.
He also served as Tactical Flight Officer. Additional duties have
included membership in the Ceremonial Unit representing the CPS in
the United States and Europe, appointment as 1st Canadian Regional
Director for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, and Chief
Drill Instructor for the Calgary Police Service. As Chief Drill
Instructor, he planned and conducted recruit graduation parades for
fifty recruit classes between May 1991 and August 2006. He has also
served as a Control Tactics Instructor. Posting to the Robbery Unit,
Major Crimes Section as a Detective followed upon return from
Afghanistan, and in May of 2013 a transfer to the Traffic Section as
Team Sergeant, where he leads a group of officers responsible for
investigating serious injury/fatal collisions as well as the
enforcement of traffic regulations in the City of Calgary.
|Officer Commanding "HQ"
Major Ryan Palmer
Palmer was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1981. In January 2001,
after four years as an Army Cadet, he joined the Calgary Highlanders
as a Reserve Entry Scheme Officer Candidate.
Upon completion of his Dismounted Infantry Platoon Commanderís
Course in the summer of 2003, Major Palmer was assigned to A Company
of the Calgary Highlanders where he served as a Rifle Platoon
Commander and as an instructor at the Western Area Training Centre.
In May 2005, Major Palmer was selected for employment in Psychological
Operations (PSYOPS) on Op ARCHER Roto 1. Over the pre-deployment period,
Major Palmer completed the U.S. Army PSYOPS Officer Qualification Course
at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Centre and School in Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, graduating as the Distinguished Allied Honour Graduate.
Major Palmer deployed to Afghanistan on Op ARCHER from February to
August 2006 with the 1st Battalion Princess Patriciaís Canadian Light
Infantry Battle Group as the PSYOPS Officer in the Kandahar Provincial
In April 2007, Major Palmer commenced training for deployment on Task
Force 1-08. Over the pre-deployment training period, he completed the
Army Tactical Operations Course (ATOC) and the Information Operations
Officer Course. From February to September 2008, Major Palmer deployed
to Afghanistan on Op ATHENA with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patriciaís
Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, as the S7 (Information
From November 2008 to May 2011, Major Palmer was employed as Production
Officer and Military Career Counselor at Canadian Forces Recruiting
Centre Calgary. Over this period, he continued to support the Calgary
Highlanders, initially as Second-in-Command A Company, and subsequently
as the Operations Officer. In July 2009, he completed the Infantry
Dismounted Company Commanderís Course, and in July 2010, he completed
the Army Operations Course. In May 2011, Major Palmer deployed on Ex
WESTERN DEFENDER as Officer Commanding C Company, Task Force WARRIOR.
In civilian life Major Palmer is employed as a Project Manager at a
Blatant Media, a company that deploys e-learning solutions. He is a fan
of reading, hiking and cross country skiing.
|Regimental Sergeant Major
Chief Warrant Officer
Robert Besse, CD
Mister Michael Giles
Pipe Major Giles had been piping for over 18 years
before his arrival in Calgary. He began his piping
career as a boy piper in the Canadian Scottish Regiment Cadet Corps in Victoria B.C.
Showing an aptitude for the pipes he progressed quickly and was playing with the
Regimental band by the age of 13 and continued to for 10 years. During this time
Mister Giles also played as Pipe Sergeant with a civilian competition band on Vancouver island
called The Pacific Gael, with Rene Cuson, a well known piper and judge from the
In his early twenties Mr. Giles
moved to Vancouver and took over as Pipe Sergeant of a well known band
called Triumph Street and after a year took over as Pipe Major.
The band then merged with a former Grade 2 band called Sir John A MacDonald.
Work brought Mr. Giles to Calgary in 2004 where he played for fun with the Calgary
Police Pipe Band. In November of 2005 he found his way back to his true
love, military piping, by being appointed Pipe Major of The Calgary Highlanders.
brought a wealth of military and civilian piping experience to the Highlanders and looked
forward to a tremendous growth year with the band.
Pipe Major Giles' first year
resulted in a level of competitive success not enjoyed since Pipe Major Don Maxwell's
tenure; the Pipes and Drums earned the Best Pipe Band award for the Calgary Stampede
Parade, as well as Top Canadian Band overall. In High River in August 2006, the band
placed first in the Grade III Medley Competition of a field of five bands.
The band had many other competitive successes during his tenure. In November 2010,
Michael Giles moved back to British Columbia to pursue civilian career
opportunities, where he continued to play with military pipe bands, and in
the summer of 2013, his
civilian employment brought him back to Calgary, allowing Mister Giles to
return to The Calgary Highlanders.