Speaker Bio:
LCol (retd) Martin Kenneally


English & French

Speaking Topics:

Careers, Peacekeeping, Afghanistan, Community Service, Remembrance

Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Martin Kenneally, CD, BA, MA, plsc. Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Michael Kenneally joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981and graduated from RMC with Honours in 1985. He served as an officer in the Canadian Forces for 32 years, commanding platoon, company and battalion level, including Commanding Officer of Third Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, in Edmonton, Alberta from 2007-2009. He served overseas on peacekeeping operations in Cyprus (1988) as the Unit Intelligence Officer, Croatia (1993) as a Company Second-in-Command and as Liaison Officer for the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in South Korea on the DMZ (2001-2003). In 1998 he participated in the Ice Storm operation in Quebec as a Company Commander. He also served in Haiti in 2004 as lead operations planner in an evacuation mission with Special Forces that led to a new UN mission. He also spent nine months in combat operations in Afghanistan (2009-2010) working closely with Afghan military and police services as Deputy Commander of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team. His final tour was as a Colonel in Israel as Deputy Commander of Operation PROTEUS, a diplomatic mission, working with Palestinian Security Forces from 2012-2013. Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Kenneally retired in 2013 and was immediately appointed Senior Director Security and Accreditation for the successful 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games. He then worked as Director of Events at Exhibition Place and Regional Vice President Compass Group Canada. He currently works as a Security Consultant and planning advisor to the Ontario Emergency Medical Assistance Team. His areas of expertise include leadership, emergency management, security, planning, major events, business continuity, labour relations and stakeholder engagement. He is a passionate veterans’ advocate and volunteer with Wounded Warriors Canada, as a Trustee of the PPCLI Foundation. A successful international Tae KwonDo athlete and official for many years, he was awarded both the Army Athlete and CAF Official of the Year. He is married to Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, P Eng, and they have four adult children and a border terrier.

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