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Current Senior Regimental Appointments of The Calgary Highlanders


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Colonel-in-Chief

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. 
 

The Regiment 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."


Honorary Colonel

Colonel Michael Shaw

Colonel 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 Kathryn.

Michael Shaw previously served as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders.


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Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

Currently Vacant


 

 


Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Kyle W. Clapperton, CD

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.


Deputy Commanding Officer

Captain R.M. (Mike) ter Kuile, CD

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 Calgary Highlanders.

 


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.
 

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Officer Commanding "HQ" Company

 

 

Officer Commanding "A" Company

Major Ryan Palmer


Major 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 Reconstruction Team.

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 Operations).

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.


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Regimental Sergeant Major

Master Warrant Officer Chris Tucker, CD


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Drum Major
Captain McAuley

 

 

Pipe Major
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 island. 

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.  He 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.

 



 

 


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