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AGM & Conference Keynote Speakers Announcement

18 Oct 2017 3:59 PM | Silva Chan (Administrator)

Col Norm Saulnier


Colonel Norman Saulnier enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1981 attending le College Militaire Royal de St Jean and the Royal Military College of Canada before training as an Aerospace Engineer.

With postings to 427 Squadron, 1 Wing Headquarters and 16 Wing, he has held command appointments at the section, flight, unit and wing level. Colonel Saulnier has held staff positions as a Deputy Aircraft Engineering Officer in the National Defence Headquarters, as A4 and A6 in 1 Wing Headquarters, as A4 Maintenance Readiness in 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters, as the Assistant Defence Cooperation Attaché in Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group.

Colonel Saulnier holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Royal Military College, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the United States National War College. Colonel Saulnier joined the Air Reserve in 2016 and is currently employed the Director of Air Force Professional Development in 2 Canadian Air Division Headquarters.

LCol Gabriel Doré


Gabriel Doré was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec in 1977 and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in Sept-Îles, Quebec in 1994 as an officer-cadet in the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP). After completion of basic training in Chilliwack, he attended the Collège Militaire Royal du Canada (CMR) in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu as well as the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

After graduating from Aerospace Engineering school in Borden in 2000, Gabriel was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and  posted to 14 Wing Greenwood, where he held second and first line aircraft maintenance positions at 14 Air Maintenance Squadron, working primarily on the CP140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft.

Promoted to Captain in 2002, he was selected for post-graduate education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He graduated from RIT in 2004 with a first class honors Master of Science degree in imaging science with a concentration in remote sensing.

Gabriel was subsequently posted to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake in 2004 where he held the position of Photonics Support Engineer. During his tour at AETE, he was in charge of the requirements, implementation, coordination, and testing of a program aimed at replacing the theodolite constellation used in AETE’s test range. This procurement experience, along with his knowledge of electro-optics and infrared (EO/IR) technology, led to his selection for an exchange tour with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) as the lead sensors engineer for the AC-130U Gunship and the US Government’s technical lead for the development, procurement and testing of the AN/AAQ-39 EO/IR system.

Promoted to Major in 2008, Gabriel was posted to the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa where he managed several EO/IR procurement projects for the Royal Canadian Air Force, including the Interoperable Griffon Escort Surveillance System (INGRESS) project that installed state-of-the-art sensors and guns on the CH146 Griffon helicopter. In 2012, he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering where he managed the design and development of the modernized Aerospace Engineering officer basic training. In 2014, he was posted to 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron as the Deputy Commanding Officer, a position he occupied until 2016 when he was promoted to his current rank and posted back to Ottawa to manage the Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue project in the Information Management Group.

Lieutenant-Colonel Doré is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff program of the Canadian Forces College. He is married to his wife Sasha and together have three children: Nathalie, Matthew, and Andrew.


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