Speaker Bio:
Col (Ret'd) Geordie Elms



Speaking Topics:

Army; Conflict in Afghanistan; Peacekeeping: Operation; Careers

Geordie Elms was born in Toronto.  In 1967 he joined the 48th Highlanders of Canada as a boy- piper. In 1974 he transferred to the Regular Force, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant into 3rd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).  As an RCR officer he served on regimental duty with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions in Petawawa, Germany, Winnipeg and Gagetown. He served on operations/peacekeeping duties in Cyprus (76-77), Lebanon and Israel (83-85), Afghanistan and Pakistan (88-89) and Bosnia (92-93).   His staff appointments included serving in NDHQ as an operational staff officer/planner in the Directorate of Peacekeeping Operations from 1989 to 1992 and as the Infantry career manager from 2000 to 2003.  In 2000 he was appointed as Commanding Officer of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton and was commanding when Her Majesty The Queen presented new Colours to the Regiment in front of 15000 people at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.  In 2003 he was posted as Canadian Defence Advisor (Attaché) to the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan and cross- accredited as Canadian Defence Attaché to the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan.  In 2006 he was selected to open the first resident Canadian Defence Attaché Office in Kabul, Afghanistan. His final appointment was as Canadian Defence Attaché to Israel (2008-2010).  In December 2010 after 43 years in uniform Colonel Elms retired and returned home to Canada where he and his wife Shirley live in Dundas.


Colonel Elms was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for service in South West Asia (2008) and Chief of Defence Staff Commendations for meritorious service in Beirut (1985) and during the Pakistan Earthquake (2005). He has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) with three clasps marking 42 years service in uniform.


Speaking Topics:

The Soviet Withdrawal From Afghanistan 1988-89

Operations in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan 2001 to 2014 and Canadians serving in the Global War on Terror.

Canadian Peacekeeping Operations 1949-Present

Canadian Army Careers

Canadian Army in WW1 -  Any era (Vimy, Passchendaele, Last 100 Days/Hill 70 etc)

Canadian Army in WW2 - in Italy and in NW Europe

Canadians serving in NATO (Cold War)


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