Army, Cadets, Domestic Service, Peacekeeping, Careers, Remembrance
Biography Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher R. Phare, CD LCol Christopher Phare was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He first joined the Black Watch Cadets when he was twelve years old, after seeing the regiment on parade. This set the stage for his future military career as a Reserve infantry officer following six years in the Black Watch Cadet Corps. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1991, he went on to serve in every position in the unit including; Recruiting Officer; Reconnaissance Platoon Commander; Operations Officer; and Company Commander for both the operational and support companies. As the operational company commander, in 2003 he had the opportunity to command a full infantry company composed of platoons from three separate units from within 34 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG). He had the honour of commanding The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada from 2013 to 2016. From 1996 to 2005 he simultaneously fulfilled unit tasks while serving on full time military contracts that included; Chief Instructor 34 Brigade School; several staff positions at HQ 34 CBG and Land Force Quebec Area, (LFQA). After completing the Defence Public Affairs Course, he worked briefly as a communications advisor for the National Defence Public Affairs Office (Quebec). Promoted to the rank of Major in 2003, he continued to work at LFQA HQ on reserve transformation and in 2004 he was tasked as the operations officer and instructor for the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College (CJCSC) in Jamaica. LCol Phare has participated in several expeditionary and domestic operations during his career. The first domestic deployment was as a platoon commander during Ice Storm 98 in Montreal. This was followed by deployments to Bosnia in 1999 and again in 2002. During his first overseas deployment he was employed as a Civil Military Cooperation Officer (CIMIC), where he had the opportunity to work on reconstruction projects with local leaders and humanitarian agencies. His most challenging leadership experience occurred when he led an all reserve platoon through the preparatory training and a six-month deployment to Bosnia with 2R22R. In May 2011 he also led the initial deployment of 130 reserve soldiers from 34 CBG during Operation Lotus, to assist with the floods in St. Jean, Quebec. He completed the Joint Command & Staff Program in 2014. He has been employed as an instructor for the Primary Reserve Army Operations Course since 2016. LCol Phare has successfully balanced his military duties with a civilian career in sales and management that included being the Director of Military Sales for a publishing company between 2005 and 2011. Since that time, he has been employed as Defence Business Development Manager for 3M Canada Company. LCol Phare married Ms. Camille Yip-Hoi in 1999 and they have a young son, Caleb who was born in 2009. His favourite pastimes are playing sports with his son, and reading history and science fiction.