Speaker Bio:
Lance Steel



Speaking Topics:

Peacekeeping, Army, Sport

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Resume Synopsis of Lance Steel, CD Born in England in 1942 during an air raid to Canadian parents (Father was serving with the 1st Cdn Div). Grew up in Stony Mountain Manitoba. Was the only child ever to be a mascot of a federal prison where inmates were serving 2 years to life. As a member of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Cadet Corps (Lt. Col) was rated as the top Master Cadet in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps (RCEME) at 16 years of age as a Soldier Apprentice. In the two year program won both the highest military and academic awards. After reaching the rank of Sergeant at a young age relative to peers, was selected for the Commissioning From The Ranks Program (CFRP) becoming an Officer in 1970. As an officer served as a military vehicle fleet manager at National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ). Commanded a Maintenance Platoon in direct support of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. As a Captain commanded I Service Battalion Maintenance Company, a position normally held by a Major. Served as a Staff Officer on all maintenance matters relating to military units in western Canada (Winnipeg to Esquimalt). Served on United Nations Emergency Force II as part of the maintenance component supporting the buffer zone battalions separating the Israeli and Egyptian armies in the Sinai. Commanded the Base Maintenance Workshop in Lahr, Germany, as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Promoted to Major, served in several senior management positions in NDHQ, most notably as the Systems Engineer on a $400 million heavy truck acquisition program for the Army. Boxed for a number of years in the Army culminating in being a silver medalist in the last boxing championships held in 1963.Was active in coaching children sports in ball and hockey (house league and competitive). Have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, raised a family of three and now have six beautiful grandchildren. Is a founding member of the Courtland Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans In United Nations Peacekeeping.

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