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.
Throughout his career he served in a variety of command and staff positions including the last Commander Canadian Forces Europe Communications Group and CJ6 at SFOR HQ in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. Upon retirement, Kevin joined CFN Consulting retiring in 2016 as a Senior Partner. His work there included a project with the Department of Foreign Affairs assessing the security of our embassies abroad and another with the Canadian Commercial Corporation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently serving as President of the C&E Association.
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.
Soon his most critical task was defining and implementing a facsimile network for the FMC Commander, who wanted just such a new technology tool for transmitting maps and orders to FMC’s brigades. Though he had been originally recruited into the RCAF, Ron soon became deeply immersed in the Army, and never made it back to the Air Force. FMC HQ was followed by a six-month tour in Cyprus with a British Army Signal Squadron, then postings to 1 Canadian Signal Regiment in Kingston, 2 RCR in Gagetown, Army Staff College in Kingston, and staff positions at CF Communications Command and NDHQ, before being sent to the UK Army’s Royal Military College of Science (RMCS) in Shrivenham.
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).
Charlie completed the UTPM program with a BEng (Electrical) from Acadia University / Technical University of Nova Scotia, and later a Master of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa. His postings included HQ AFCENT (Brunssum) and CFBs Cold Lake, Penhold and Shearwater. After retiring from the CF, with the rank of Major, Charlie worked for Ottawa area high-tech sector companies including Lockheed Martin Canada and NORTEL. His last 10 years of employment were back in DND as the Project Engineer on Night Vision and Counter-IED projects. Charlie retired fully in 2014, and remained in Ottawa.
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.
He graduated and was commissioned as a CELE Lt in 1970. In the 1970s he did three army field unit signals postings in Ontario. He completed the Technical Staff Course (1981), Shrivenham, UK and the CF Command and Staff Course (1984/5). He served in various command and staff positions including: CO, UN Disengagement Observer Force Signal Sqn, Syria (6 mo. in 1983/4); CO, 1 CMBG HQ and Signal Sqn, Calgary (1985-88); Section Head, D Sigs Engineering and Maint 2 (1990-92); CF Liaison Officer, US Army Comms and Elec Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ (1992-95); Deputy PM Engineering, TCCCS Project (1995-98); Director, Distributed Computing Integration and Engineering, Ottawa (2001-2); Chief of Combined, Joint Comms and Info Systems (CJ6), NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) HQ, Sarajevo (2002); and, Director J6 Coord, NDHQ Ottawa (2002-4). Upon retirement from the CF Jeff provided consultant services to a variety of industry and DND project management organizations until 2015. Jeff has served as President, Ottawa Chapter C&E Association since 2007 and as member of the Board of Directors, C&E Association since 2016.
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.
Throughout his career he had the distinct privilege to command amazing and dedicated men and women in uniform. Operationally he deployed to the Golan Heights in 1988, Rwanda in 1994, and Afghanistan in 2006-07. He completed his service in uniform as Director General Information Management Operations/Joint Force Cyber Component Commander within the Information Management Group. After transitioning out of the CAF he joined the Chief of Military Personnel organization as a Senior Advisor and advises on the implementation of the Canadian Government’s Defence Policy, “Strong, Secure, Engaged.”
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.
He served the majority of his career in Army positions including having the honour and privilege of commanding 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron including during the unit’s deployment on Rotation 0 of Operation Athena in Kabul Afghanistan in 2003. He was extremely fortunate to have unit command a second time as the Commanding Officer of 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment. He retired from the military in 2017 from the position of the Army G6, Director Land Command Information and Director of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He is currently exploring the work of independent consulting in Ottawa.
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