The Communications and Electronics Association Directors and Advisors
President – Kevin O’Keefe
Kevin O’Keefe served 33 years as a Signal Officer retiring in 2004 at the rank of Brigadier-General. Kevin joined the CAF as a Direct Entry Officer after receiving a B.Sc in Mathematics from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S.
Vice President – Ron Holdway
Ron Holdway served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, including his first five years as a student at CMR from where he graduated in 1972. His first posting was as BTelO at CFB St-Hubert, then still an Air Force Base but also the new home of the Army's Mobile Command (FMC) HQ.
Promoted to Major at RMCS, he returned to Canada as a procurement officer in the TCCCS Project Management Office. After several years at the TCCCS PMO, Ron accepted a generous early retirement package offered as part of a CF downsizing plan, that included an un-reduced pension, full benefits, and an extra year’s pay. His decision was made even easier by a lucrative job offer from an up-and-coming Canadian space company called COM DEV International.
Ron joined COM DEV’s marketing department with his primary objective to help the Company sell its space products and services to the Canadian and other government’s around the world. Twenty five years later, when COM DEV was sold to Honeywell, Ron, now age 65 and the company’s Vice President Government Relations, retired for the second time.
Today Ron keeps himself busy as a volunteer member of several Boards, running 1271480 Ontario – his own private investment business, and travelling the world with his wife.
Secretary – Michel Boislard
Treasurer – Gordon Metcalfe
Director – Charlie Cox
Charlie Cox served 22 years in the CF from 1969-1991, as a Tel Tech 223 and then in the CELE (Air) Classification. He also spent three years previously as a member of 3RHC Black Watch (Militia).
Director – Jeff Holt
Jeff Holt served in the Canadian Forces (CF) for 38 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2004. Jeff entered the Royal Military College in 1966.
Director – Paul Rutherford
Paul Rutherford served in the CAF/Canadian Army and CELE Branch for 37 years retiring at the rank of Brigadier-General on 26 June 2017.
Director – Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan graduated from the University of Manitoba under the Regular Officer Training Plan and went on to serve 35 years as a Signal Officer and a member of the Communication and Electronic Branch.
VP Policy and Governance – Bob Martineau
VP Heritage – Jim Holsworth
VP Reserves – Brian McDonnell
VP Veteran Support – Vacant
VP Communications – Vacant
VP Honours and Awards – Natalie DeRoij
Col Comdt – BGen (Ret’d) Bill Richard
Branch Advisor – Col Dave Yarker
Branch CWO – Vacant
Branch Adjutant – Maj Tyler Lavigne