Obituary Notice – LCol (Ret’d) Jacques Hamel, OMM, CD


It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the death of LCol Jacques Hamel, OMM, CD, eng. Surrounded by family, he passed away from surgical complications at 02h30 this morning. No words can describe the impact Jacques had as the cornerstone of the C4ISR community for more than a decade. Always putting soldiers first, his inspirational vision, leadership and passion have undoubtedly left their mark on the institution. His legacy will live on through the lives he’s touched and the organizational transformation he forged.

I extend my most profound and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in this difficult time. Details of his memorial service will be shared once available.

F.J. Chagnon

Chief of Staff – Information Management Group
Cyber Force Commander
Communications and Electronics Branch Leader

Department of National Defence / Government of Canada
[email protected] / Tel: 613-992-5420 / CSN: 992-5420 / Fax: 613-995-2189

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4 years ago

My condolences to the Hamel family. He will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you have done for Canada.

Michael March
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to the entire Hamel family. He was not only respected in Canada but all around the world. He has made a mark on this world that only few can appreciate.

Guy Vezina
5 years ago

C’est avec une très grande tristesse que la communauté de R&D du ministère (RDDC-DRDC) a apprit cette nouvelle. Pendant plus de 20 ans, Jacques (Capitaine Hamel à l’époque) a su développer et maintenir de solides liens avec nos scientifiques et nos projets.

Doté d’une capacité intellectuelle hors du commun, d’une vision exceptionnelle et d’une détermination sans limites, Jacques a su établir de fructueuses coopérations pour le bénéfice du MDN/CAF ainsi que de solides amitiés. C’est toute une génération qui a su bénéficier de son apport.

Au nom de RDDC et en mon nom, nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille. Merci mon ami.

Guy Vézina, Directeur général S&T Armée de terre

5 years ago

Sincerest condolences to the Hamel family. I worked with Jacques on many projects, including Weapon Effects Simulation, and Land Forces ISTAR and its myriad sub-projects. Jacques always made time to see me as we navigated the halls of bureaucracy, getting funding and contracting approvals as efficiently as possible. His loss will be felt by many for a long time. RIP my friend.

Theodore Pantazopoulos
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to the Hamel family. I had the privilege to work with Jacques on a military program. He was always highly respected. Rest in peace Colonel Hamel.

Barry Walker
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to the Hamel family. Jacques was great colleague, and I enjoyed our many debates over the years as we wrestled with the thorny technical issues affecting interoperability of naval and land systems.

Jeff Corbin
5 years ago

I wish to extend my condolences to the family of Mr. Hamel. I appreciated everything he did for me.
He will be missed.

John Blythe, CD
5 years ago

My condolences to the Jacques family. I have always said that Jacques was the smartest man I have known. He could explain every technical facet of C4ISR. I was amazed at his technical prowess and his ability to convince seniors of the path that needed to be followed. “Promise low, deliver high”. You will be missed and never replaced.

Ray Dupuis
5 years ago

I worked with Jacques for many years as PD LF ISTAR. I loved his can do attitude and his passion to get as much as done as possible for the soldiers. His intelligence was legendary especially how he could keep track of so many projects and facts. He also spoke a lot about his family and how proud he was of his children. He will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Eric Dorion
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to Jacques’ family. He was a mentor to me and I considered him as a close friend. I will miss him dearly.

David Neasmith
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jacques. I had the honour to work with Jacques, particularly in the early days when he started “breaking trail” for the army C4ISR systems development. Although a Combat Engineer at the time, his vision, knowledge and ability to just get things done in the signals domain was remarkable. He had great passion for supporting the soldiers in the field. His contributions to the Canadian Army and to helping to save lives in operations overseas have been immeasurable. He was a trusted colleague and a friend. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Jacques.

John "Nano" Nankervis
5 years ago

Sad to hear about Jacques. It was my honor and privilege to serve alongside the “force of nature” otherwise known as Jacques Hamel.

Jacques respected the point of view of others and was able to enjoy a warm social relationship with most everyone to include those with professional differences of opinion.

When it is time, it is time. Jacques had a full and interesting life. He will be missed and well-remembered.

G Friedrich
5 years ago

I am sad to hear these terrible news. I first met Jacques when we were both Chief Engineers setting up the first federation in ISAF. Now ten years later, I have lost a good friend and a dear colleague whom I was always able to count on.
Over a decade, we continued fighting for our common believe that working together in a federation makes us all stronger. Jacques was a driving force in NATO’s Federated Mission Networking initiative.

I want to express my deepest condolences to Jacques’ family and the rest of the Canadian team. I will miss him.

Peter Woudsma
5 years ago

Condolences to the Hamel family and to the Canadian C4ISR community.

The FMN Capability Planning Working Group has lost a distinguished engineer, an appreciated colleague and dear friend. We will miss his talents and dedication to our common cause.

JP Bergeron Lcol (ret)
5 years ago

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille. Jacques était un ami de longue date et j’ai eu le grand plaisir de travailler avec lui à maintes reprises au cour de ma carrière. C’est une grande perte pour les vieux du 3R22eR.

Scott M
5 years ago

Our Thoughts and Prayers rest with Jacques family and friends, he will be missed, and remembered always.


Jean-Pierre Bergeron Lcol (ret) R22eR
5 years ago
Reply to  Scott M

Jacques fut un ami depuis plus de 34 ans. J’ai eu le grand plaisir de travailler avec lui à Chypres en 1985 et maintes fois encore durant ma carrière. Il était tout un ingénieur!! J’offre mes plus sincères sympathies à sa famille.

Jose Antonio DIAZ DAMIAN
5 years ago

I Had the opportunity to be working w/ LCOL Jacques Hammel within Federated Mission Networking Community, CIC WG.

I want to express my respect, sincerest condolences, and solidarity through your command chain, family and friends.

We’ll miss him, rest in peace.

Daniel Bergeron
5 years ago

Jacques and the Land Command Support System are synonymous. I have nothing but respect for his vision and the energy and passion that he gave to fielding the best system that could be engineered. He will have a lasting legacy on the Canadian Army and for those who have served with him, he will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. VVV

5 years ago

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Jacques Family may he rest in peace. The Cross Family

R. Hans
5 years ago

God’s peace and comfort to Jacques’ family during this extremely difficult time.

Danny Costello
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to LCol. Hamel’s family. He was a wonderful mentor. He will be missed.

5 years ago

Deepest condolences to Jacques’ family.

Jacques you will be missed by many.

LCol (ret'd) Joe Costello
5 years ago

Deepest condolences to Francine and their family. Jacques was a driving force in the advancement of our C4ISR systems for so long it’s hard to remember the “before-time”. He was also a mentor to many within the engineering community and he guidance, encouragement and advice will be sorely missed.

Steve Bennetts
5 years ago

Very sad to read of Jacques’ passing. LCol Hamel was a loyal soldier and always kept things moving forward for the Army’s IStar and related initiatives. Deepest condolences to his family.

Liette Newman
5 years ago

Mes plus sincères condoléances à Francine, leurs deux enfants et sa famille. Quelle perte pour la communauté militaire. Ce fut un énorme plaisir de vous appuyer dans LF ISTAR de 2003 à 2010. Reposez vous monsieur…vous le méritez bien!

Dominique Emond
5 years ago
Reply to  Liette Newman

Aujourd’hui, je pleure un ami!
Je suis de tout coeur avec vous Francine, Julie et Bruno

Col (ret'd) Dan Bernier
5 years ago

Very saddened by this terrible news. He was a colleague and a friend. My condolences to his family.

Kirk Smith
5 years ago

My heartfelt condolences to the Hamel family.
I am shocked to hear of his untimely passing.
He will be remembered.