Speaker Bio:
Colonel (ret) Pierre St-Cyr, MSM, CD, MGP


English & French

Speaking Topics:

Air Force, Peacekeeping, Cold War, First World War, Second World War

Colonel St-Cyr enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1978 under the Officer Candidate Training Plan and underwent pilot training graduating in 1981.

Colonel St-Cyr flew Tactical Helicopters throughout his career cumulating more than 5,000 hours on CH 136 Kiowa and CH 146 Griffon. He served in various capacities with "le Glorieux " 430ème Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères (ETAH), Valcartier, Québec and 444 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Lahr, Germany. He had the privilege to command le Glorieux 430 ETAH from 2003 to 2005.

He has held appointments as a staff officer with the 10 Tactical Air Group Headquarters in St-Hubert where he served as member of the project office for the Canadian Forces Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Project (CH 146 – Griffon), and as the Group Flight Safety Officer. He was also appointed Canadian Force Liaison Officer with the Canadian Space Agency.

Colonel St-Cyr has filled numerous international appointments. Starting as Special Advisor to the Canadian Ambassador with the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York in 1993; Deputy Commanding Officer of the Helicopter Detachment for the United Mission in Haiti (UNMIH - OP CONSTABLE) in 1997; Commanding Officer of the Helicopter Detachment with the Stabilizing Force (SFOR – OP PALLADIUM) in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1999; Project Manager (Operational Capabilities Concept Assessment and Feedback (OCCA&F)) of an evaluation program of Partners Nations at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium from 2000 to 2003; and, Commanding Officer of the Helicopter Detachment and Deputy Commander of the Canadian Contingent for the Multi-international Force (MIF / MINUSTAH - OP HALO) in Haiti in 2004, where he was decorated of the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his leadership in mission. Most notable was his tenure as Team Leader with the Canadian Strategic Advisory Team in Afghanistan in Kabul (OP ARGUS) in 2006 where he directly advised the Minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD) and the Chairman of the Afghan Civil Service Commission. He assumed the position of CEFCOM/TF Afgh Canadian Liaison Officer with the Allied Joint Forces Command in Brunssum, The Netherlands, from 2007 to 2009, overseeing the NATO (ISAF) Mission in Afghanistan.  Col St-Cyr attended Russian language training and from 2010 to 2012, and was the Canadian Defence Attaché in Moscow - Russia with accreditation to Armenia, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.  Col St-Cyr returned in Haïti from 2012 to 2013, as the MINUSTAH Chief of Staff, supervising and directing a multicultural staff composed of 120 officers from 19 different nations. Following this last assignment, he was decorated for the second time of the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his leadership in mission.

In response to a specific request from the Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, Colonel St-Cyr had to postpone his retirement to act as the Canadian Defence Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Kiev during the Ukrainian crisis of 2014.  His responsibilities also included accreditation to Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.  The Ukrainian government acknowledged Col St-Cyr’s action in presenting him the Ukrainian Aviation Medal, two commendations from the Ukrainian Minister of Defense and two commendations from the Ukrainian Chief of Defense Staff.

Returning from Kiev, he received a third Meritorious Service Medal for his actions and leadership in support of Canadian commitments in Ukraine. Col St-Cyr is the first Canadian citizen to receive a third MSM.

Col St-Cyr is a graduate of the Command & Staff Course and Advanced Military Studies from the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College.  He holds a Master Degree in Project Management from the Université du Québec (UQAM & UQTR) and a Bachelor Degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Collège militaire royal de St-Jean.

Colonel St-Cyr retired from the Canadian Forces in October 2015 after to 37 years of service. Since retirement, he has held and still holds several positions such as; Chargé de course at the University of Montreal, Mentor on the Canadian Armed Forces Defence Attaché course, Member of the Board of the Commissionaires (Quebec Division), President of the 430 ETAH 75th Anniversary Committee, ‘’Formateur à  l’école d’hiver sur la pratique des relations internationales’’ at the Laval University and corporate helicopter pilot for Groupe Girardin inc.

Colonel St-Cyr (ret) is married to Jeanne d'Arc Mailloux (pht), and they have two sons, both officers in the Canadian Armed Forces.


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