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.
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.”
Colonel Lauchlan Currie
HCol Currie was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.
Lauchlan Currie graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1983. Following this he completed his Master in Business Administration in 1985 from Queen’s University in Ontario. He joined ARC (Advisory Research and Capital) Financial Corporation in 1995 as a junior analyst and today, he is the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ARC is Canada’s leading energy-focused private equity investor with approximately $6 billion of capital across nine ARC Energy Funds.
HCol Currie currently chairs two oil & gas companies’ board of directors and over the span of his professional career has served on boards of over 15 junior oil and gas companies.
HCol Currie was raised with a strong sense of service to his community. As a result of his volunteer efforts, in 2001 he received Fundraiser of the Year for the Calgary Homeless Foundation and in 2016 was appointed as a Fellow of Glenbow Museum. He was appointed the Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders shortly after meeting Her Majesty, our Colonel-in-Chief at Canada House in London April 2015. Since then, due to his dedicated time, effort, fundraising, and financial contributions to the Regimental Foundation, he was awarded the Clan of Gallant Canadians in the rank of Toshach. In December 2017, Lauchlan Currie was officially promoted by the Minister of Defence to Honourary Colonel of the Calgary Highlanders.
Lauchlan Currie previously served as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders.
Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Parker
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Parker was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Calgary, Alberta.
Brian Parker graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and began his career in the investment business. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Acumen Capital Partners, a role he has filled since 2005. Acumen is a full-service brokerage firm that specializes in Canadian growth companies.
Acumen, under HLCol Parker, has consistently contributed at least 1% of all profits to support community initiatives, especially those that support children’s charities. In addition, Acumen periodically donates a day of commissions to support worthy causes, such as the Military Families Fund, or the victims of the Fort MacMurray fires.
He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Calgary Highlanders in June of 2018.
HLCol Parker fills his spare time with family, cycling and travel.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan Palmer, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel Palmer was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1981. In 2001, after four years as an Army Cadet, he joined the Calgary Highlanders as a reserve Infantry Officer. On completion of occupational training, he was employed as a Rifle Platoon Commander and Course Officer.
On September 15, 2018 LCol Palmer assumed command of the Calgary Highlanders taking over from LCol. Cox.
In 2005, 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. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, and was employed as the PSYOPS Officer in the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team and as a duty officer in the Battle Group Tactical Operations Centre. Upon completion of the Information Operations Officer’s course, Major Palmer deployed to Afghanistan again in 2008, this time on Op ATHENA, with 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group as the S7 (Information Operations).
From November 2008 to May 2011, Major Palmer was employed as Production Officer 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. Over this period, he also completed the Infantry Dismounted Company Commander’s Course and the Army Operations Course. From December 2011-July 2015, Major Palmer was employed as Officer Commanding “A” Company of the Calgary Highlanders. In this role, he deployed on three major exercises as the 41 CBG Composite Infantry Company Commander, and served as the commander of a Domestic Response Company on Op LENTUS, the Canadian Armed Forces response to the 2013 Alberta floods.
In civilian life Major Palmer is employed as a project manager at Blatant Media, a company that deploys e-learning solutions. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Calgary and the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. He is married, has an 8 month old son, and is a fan of reading, hiking and cross country skiing.
Deputy Commanding Officer
Major Andrew Beauchamp, CD
Major Beauchamp was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. Following high school Major Beauchamp studied Business Administration at Mount Royal College and in the spring of 2000 he joined The Calgary Highlanders as an Infantry Officer. In September 2004 Major Beauchamp moved to Lethbridge where he studied Human Resources and Labour Relations Management at the University of Lethbridge. While attending school in Lethbridge Major Beauchamp was attached to 18th Air Defence Regiment RCA where he was a Troop Commander and Course Officer. In 2006 Major Beauchamp graduated from the University of Lethbridge and returned to The Calgary Highlanders where he was employed as a Rifle Platoon Commander.
From February to October 2008 Maj Beauchamp deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan as a Force Protection Platoon Commander with the National Support Element. While in Afghanistan Major Beauchamp’s platoon maintained security at Kandahar Air Field’s primary entry point and protected resupply convoys moving in Kandahar Province. Following his deployment Major Beauchamp returned to The Calgary Highlanders where he has served in every staff and command appointment from Operations Officer to Company Commander. In 2013 Major Beauchamp Completed the Army Operations Course.
In his spare time Major Beauchamp enjoys being active in the outdoors and spending time with his family. His hobbies include running, hiking, skiing, swimming, and sailing.
Officer Commanding “A” Company
Major Mike Mackillop, MMV CD
Officer Commanding “B” Company
Captain Mike Ursual
Captain Derwyn Costinak
King’s Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)
Regimental Sergeant Major
Master Warrant Officer Jamie C Moreau
MWO Moreau was born in Quebec City, Quebec in 1971 and moved to Calgary in March of 1981 from Sherbrook Quebec. He enrolled in the Calgary Highlanders on June 6, 1988. He then completed the Driver Wheeled, AVGP, and Small Arms Coaches Courses. In 1991 MWO Moreau was involved in Operation Snow Goose in Cyprus with the 1st Battalion PPCLI, Charlie Company, where he was employed as a rifleman and Grizzly driver in Rural Company. In November of 1991 he was attached to the 3rd Battalion PPCLI to Halls Beach, Northwest Territories for an arctic sovereignty exercise and basic winter warfare training.
In 1993 he deployed again with the 3rd Battalion PPCLI on Operation Harmony in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia as a rifleman in Charlie Company. He returned back to the Balkans in 2002 on Operation Palladium with the 1st Bn PPCLI, Delta Company, and was employed as the OC’s driver. Upon his return, MWO Moreau completed his Basic Mountain Operations course and the army’s Tactical Communication and Information Systems Course. In 2008 MWO Moreau attended his DP2 Infantry Platoon Support Weapons course and the Primary Leadership Qualification MOD 6. In 2009 he deployed on Task Force 309 with the 2nd Battalion PPCLI, A Company, tasked to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar where he was employed as the Weapons Detatchment Commander in the Mobility Platoon.
With the Calgary Highlanders, MWO Moreau has been employed as the Colour Warrant, as well as the Training Warrant, CQMS and CSM of A Company. In 2017 MWO Moreau moved into the Quartermaster Master Sergeant Instructor ‘s position until September of 2020 when he took over as the Regimental Sergeant Major.
He is married. When not working with the military he enjoys golf, shooting and playing hockey.
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