Army; Canadian Armed Forces; Peacekeeping; Domestic Service
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Boychyn was born and raised in Oshawa, where he attended R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
In 1993 he started Engineering at the Royal Military College in the Reserve Entry Training Plan and joined the Corp of Engineers. In 1997 he completed a B.Engr. in Electrical Engineering. He completed training as a Military Engineer in 1995 and has spent 24 years in the Reserve Force with 2nd Field Engineer Regiment (now 32 Combat Engineer Regiment).
Upon receiving his Degree LCol Boychyn started with Celestica Inc, an electronics manufacturer. He has held a number of positions at Celestica in supply chain management, including Global Manager Supply Chain Environmental Engineering from 2003, senior product data engineer associate from February 2002, senior corporate business process analyst since January 2000, and corporate supplier engineer since August 1997. He was responsible for developing and implementing the supply chain and information technology strategy for green initiatives globally for Celestica and has worked with plant general management and operational staff in the Americas, Europe, Eastern Europe, and South East Asia. In 2010 LCol Boychyn took a position with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group as a Military Career Councillor and Acting Detachment Commander at Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Toronto, Detachment Oshawa. In 2011 LCol Boychyn assisted in the winning of a major road reconstruction project for the family business and was the superintendent for Boychyn Excavating Ltd, an excavation firm operating in the Durham Region. Lieutenant Colonel Boychyn was employed with a visual communications company, as Senior Engineering Manager, and most recently transitioned to National Program Coordinator with Wounded Warriors Canada.
At 32 Combat Engineer Regiment, LCol Boychyn has held staff positions such as Adjutant, Operations Officers, Recruiting officers; has commanded 47 Field Squadron and 2 Field Engineer Squadron and been the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Regiment. He has taken part in various summer concentrations, MAPPLE GUARDIAN 2011 in Wainright AB, Exercises and commanded the Domestic Response Troop in 1998 and 1999 in Toronto ON, as well as participating in the northern response exercises such as Trillium Response. LCol Boychyn deployed on OP KOBOLD from Nov 2013 to May 2014 with NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR) as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Joint Logistic Support Group. While serving on the NATO tour he was awarded a letter of commendation by Commander KFOR Major General FARINA for his exceptional performance of duty. He has been awarded the NATO Non Article 5, Canadian Peace Service Medal, Queens Diamond Jubilee and Canadian Decoration with bar. He was promoted to his present rank in September, 2016.
Lieutenant Colonel Boychyn married Marie-Caroline Wintenberger in 2005 and they live in Whitby Ontario with their son Alexandre and daughter Maïlys. He enjoys skiing, running, marksmanship, woodworking and sailing.