Speaker Bio:
Major (ret) Delano Tolley



Speaking Topics:

Air Force, Canadian Engineer,

  • Major Delano Tolley ca. 2001

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I am an aerospace Engineer, cattle rancher and licensed blaster, and served 38 years as a commissioned Aerospace Engineering Officer and Flight Test Engineer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, both regular and reserve, including an appointment from the Governor General as an Honourary Colonel. I also served almost ten years as a Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, with equivalent judicial status to a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench. In 1999, I was top Canadian scorer at the Edinburgh Scotland NATO Reserve Officer Shooting Competition. In the early seventies, I was the first Canadian Engineer to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.

I attended Utah State University where I earned a BSc in Aeronautics, and found my wife of forty six years. I did graduate work towards a Msc in Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering, and later gained certification in conflict resolution from NAIT. I provided expertise to the Air Force as a guest lecturer in ethics, a Harassment Complaint Adviser, and a grievance investigator and administrator, as well as almost twenty years as Chief of Bomb Disposal Centres. I hold a number of professional licenses and qualifications and belong to a variety of professional organizations, including more than forty years with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). As a flight test engineer at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, I managed a variety of aircraft and munition test programs and authored a number of technical engineering papers. I have been awarded the Canadian Forces decoration with clasp, and the Alberta Centennial Medal, and in 2006, I was honored with a life membership in the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.

I served one term as elected councillor for the M.D. of Bonnyville and two terms as Chairman of the Lakeland Industry and Community Association of Bonnyville, Alberta. Currently I am a Director and Treasurer of the Foundation of Administrative Justice. My community service has included chair of numerous community organizations such as a school advisory council, North East Alberta Community Health Council, local Recreation and Agricultural Society, and the Regional Environmental Water Monitoring Committee. I have served as a governor of the Lakeland Regional Health Authority, chair of the Beaver River Regional Waste Management Commission, and I am currently chair of the Municipal Taxation Assessment Review Board as well as a chairman of the Municipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

I can speak English and Spanish.

We have one daughter, five grandchildren and one great grandson.

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