Maj Nicolas Gonthier joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2006 through the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2011. Following his graduation from the Basic Signals Officer Course in 2012, he joi

ned the Quartier général et Escadron des transmissions (QGET) where he was employed in various troop commander and staff positions. In 2014, he was assigned as the Support Team Lead for the first participation of the Canadian Army in the United States Marine Corps Large-Scale Exercise (LSE) in Twenty-Nine Palms, California.

In 2015, Maj Gonthier joined the Canadian Special Operation Forces Command as the Network Operations Troop Commander. He deployed to Iraq on Op IMPACT as the Special Operation Task Force S6 from Nov 2016 to May 2017. Upon his return from tour, he was employed as the Future Capability Integration 2IC and C4ISR program manager where he was responsible for the development and fielding of transformative technologies in support of special operations. Promoted to his current rank in 2019, Maj Gonthier was posted to CANSOFCOM HQ to stand up the Gradient Ascent program, a software factory and data analytics initiative. In 2022, he graduated from the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Maj Gonthier holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering, a Master of Management Analytics from the Smith School of Business, and a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Earlier this summer, he and his spouse Julie were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Olivia. Maj Gonthier enjoys specialty coffee, golf and running. His fields of academic interest are the application of Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and DevSecOps in support of military operations.