Speaker Bio:
L Col Al Price

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

Peacekeeping

Lieutenant Colonel Price joined the Canadian Army in 1963 as a vehicle technician. He served as a mechanic until 1974 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, shortly after he was offered his commission in the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers.  During his time as both a NCO and officer he served in a variety of field deploy-able units in both Canada and abroad. In 1981 he was posted to Germany at which time he was also promoted to Major. After serving 3 years in Germany he returned to Canada to command the Base Workshop in Edmonton. While serving in Edmonton he was selected as the military coordinator on the staff of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, The Duke and Duchess of York  (Sara and Andrew) and His Holiness Pope John Paul II during their visits to Alberta. Also while in Edmonton he was awarded the Air Commanders Commendation for Bravery and Leadership following his actions as a result of a major air crash. On leaving Edmonton he was posted to National Defense Headquarters where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after serving a brief time there he was posted to Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg, as the Senior Staff Officer in charge of maintenance of all land force equipment. After serving four years at Air Command Lieutenant Colonel Price was posted back to National Defense Headquarters where he served as the Operations Officer for the Electrical Mechanical Engineering Branch and then as the Senior Combat Service Support Planning Officer for Land Sea and Air operational deployments. Prior to leaving Ottawa he was awarded the Order of Military Merit, Canada’s highest peacetime decoration for extraordinary work and dedication to the Canadian Forces and Canada.    His final posting was to CFB Calgary where he became the Chief of Staff for the Army Reserve Brigade of Alberta. During his tenure as Chief of Staff he was awarded the Army Commanders Commendation for Leadership. Lieutenant Colonel Price retired from the Forces in 2000 after serving 37+ years in Canada’s Forces   Interesting facts: Been across the Atlantic 70 times Involved in the following off shore Operational Missions The Gaza Strip The Suez Canal Cyprus Persian Gulf Bosnia Somalia Central African Republic Haiti Did a two week exchange with the Russian Army

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