Speaker Bio:
Captain (Retired) D. J. Benoit, CD, RCN

Speaks:

English

David Benoit, RCN was raised in Kent Bridge, Ontario. He was an army cadet with 59th Legion Highlanders and served in the Essex and Kent Scottish regiment prior to his acceptance into the regular force in June of 1990. After graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada, he commenced training as a Combat Systems Engineering Officer. He has served on the West and East Coasts and in National Defence Headquarters. Some of his key posts included: Flag Lieutenant to the Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic; Combat Systems Engineer in HMCS ST. JOHN’S; NTO Career Manager; Senior Military Adviser to the Deputy Minister, Chief of Staff Maritime Equipment Program Management, the Naval Engineering and Technical Branch Advisor, Senior Editor of the Maritime Engineering Journal and Director Maritime Management Support. He graduated from Royal College of Defense Studies, in London, UK and the Joint Command and Staff Programme in Toronto. From 2012-2014, he was privileged and delighted to command the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School. This period saw the start of significant strategic change to the Naval Training System. He assumed command of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott in the summer of 2018 and retired in 2020. He was selected as the Senior Executive Director, Strategic Infrastructure Planning in the Department of Health and Wellness for the province of Nova Scotia. Captain (Retired) Benoit has served in Her Majesty's Canadian Ships SASKATCHEWAN, GATINEAU, NIPIGON, TORONTO, CHARLOTTETOWN and ST. JOHN’S. He was awarded the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff Renewal Award, the MEPM Special Award, and the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) Merit Award and was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Ontario and he sponsors two annual RCN awards, HMCS SACKVILLE and HMCS OAKVILLE, which recognize excellence during training among senior technical sailors. Captain (Retired) Benoit’s education includes a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College; as well as a Masters of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University. When not working he has been known to volunteer, chase golf balls, play the bagpipes and enjoy time with friends and family. Captain (Retired) Benoit is married to Jacqueline, an amazingly supportive wife who hails from Newfoundland, and they have two inspiring daughters.

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