Speaker Bio:
Brian Budden



Speaking Topics:

Army, Cold War, Peacekeeping, Remembrance, Military History,

CWO (RSM) Brian W. Budden, CD1 was born and raised in the Toronto area. He joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada on 6 July 1970 on the Summer Student Training Program at Moss Park Armoury. He is a graduate of Central Technical High School.

In 1971 CWO Budden served with 3 Mechanized CDO in Germany, participating in NATO Exercises.  In 1972 he qualified as a Junior NCO and was promoted Corporal and was a member of the Regiment when they won the COFFIN Trophy as the most outstanding Regiment at MILCON 72 in Petawawa. He qualified as a Senior NCO in 1973 and was promoted to Sergeant that same year. In 1975 he was promoted Warrant Officer.

He has held various senior positions within the Pioneers and Skirmishers, noticeable as Pioneer Sergeant and obtained the rank of Colour Sergeant.

CWO Budden served as Training NCO, Platoon Warrant, C.Q.M.S., R.Q.M.S., and Company Sergeant-Major in the Support, training and Rifle Companies, before taking over as Drill Sergeant-Major. He qualified Master Warrant Officer at Combat Arms School in CFB Gagetown, N.B. in 1979. He was promoted Master Warrant Officer in 1981.

CWO Budden has held various SNR NCO positions at summer camps and Milcons, and Parade Sergeant-Major at Ceremonial Parades. He qualified as a Demolition Instructor in 1980 at CFB Chilliwack, B.C. He attended the CMA Senior Warrant Officer Course at RMC Kingston in 1984 and was on the winning team of the Pace Stick Competition. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1982.

CWO Budden was appointed Regimental Sergeant-Major on 22 February 1987. After his appointment as RSM he attended the Senior Warrant-Officer Tactical and Training Course in 1987. He served as RSM at Milcon 88 at CFB Borden and was RSM of the 3 Mechanized Infantry Battalion at “ONGUARD 90”, at CFTA Meaford. This was one of the first of Exercise with Regular and Reserve soldiers working together.

CWO Budden conducted numerous Ceremonial Parades within the Regiment, District and Area. After leaving the Regiment as RSM in 1991, he moved to Toronto Militia District Headquarters in the Standard Section and conducted Senior Leaders Courses within the Central Militia Area. In 1992 he was awarded the second clasp to his Canadian Decoration.

In 1995 for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day he led the Ceremonial Guard of Pioneer and Skirmisher’s in Normandy and France.

In 1995 he went on the Sup Reserve list of The Canadian Armed Forces.

He became very involved with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Association and became President in 1995 till 2000. Brian has also conducted numerous tours to Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany for the 50th, 60th. 65th, and 70th Anniversary.

In 2002 he was presented with the HRH Golden Jubilee Medal in recognizing of his significant contribution to the community, to our fellow Canadians and to our country.

In 2004 at the 60th Anniversary of D-Day he conducted and led a tour for 2 weeks of 50 in which 17 were WWII Veteran’s with most of the Veteran’s being D-Day Veteran’s.

Brian co-chaired the 150th Anniversary of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 2010.

In the QOR Association Brian became very involved as The Health and Welfare Chairman and would visit Veteran’s at Sunnybrook, Long Term Care Facilities and homes of WWII and Korean Veteran’s. This included bringing members of the Regiment to delivery XMAS baskets to our Veteran’s.  He also participated in Veteran’s service as doing eulogy, etc.

In 2013 he was presented with the HRH Diamond Jubilee Medal for his continuing work with Veteran’s from The National Council of Veteran’s Association in Canada.

Brian was nominated and received from Veteran’s Affair in 2014, The Minister of Veteran’s Affair Commendation for his outstanding contribution in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans. As an amputee himself, he has been very supportive to other amputees at St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and on occasion, to those injured in Afghanistan.

As a 25 year member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258, he has served on the Executive, participates in “The Living History” at RCL 258, which initiate new Canadian Citizens, and he is actively involved in the annual Poppy Campaign drive.

He serves as The Cadet Liaison for the QOR Association with the QOR – 2881 Army Cadets and also is the Cadet Liaison for 2 Cadet Corps – QOR – 2881 Cadet Corp and RCSCC  Scarborough Navy Cadet for RCL Branch 258.

For the last 10 years he has been very involved and is a committee member of The Warriors Day Parade Council and for the last 5 years has held the position of Chief Parade Marshal at the Annual Warriors Day Parade at the CNE.

This past year he assumed the position of President of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Association (Toronto Branch), again!

Brian was employed with IBM Canada for over 20 years. And currently enjoys his work as employed at an Education firm, delivering educational products to schools, daycares, etc.

He enjoys traveling; Military History and enjoying his family, especially watching the grandchildren grow. He makes his home in Mississauga.


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