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The Essex and Kent Scottish
- His Royal Highness - His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GVCO, CD
- Honorary Colonel - Phil Berthiaume, CD
- Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel - Dave Woodall
- Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodgins, CD
- Deputy Commanding Officer
- Regimental Sergeant Major - Master Warrant Officer Brian Jordan, CD
- Pipe Major - Dave Mercer
- Adjutant - Captain Don Matheson
- Operations Officer
- Officer Commanding A Company - Major Dave Mimnagh
- Regimental Major - Major (Retired) Greg Childs, CD, ESM
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GVCO, CD
Prince Michael of Kent has been our Colonel-in-Chief since 14 November 2001. He visited his Regiment in Canada in March 2002, October 2007 and June 2009; and at Dieppe, France in 2012. On 19 October 2015 in London, UK the CO presented Prince Michael with his Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service in the Canadian Forces. Prince Michael is a member of the Royal Family and a cousin to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. His appointment follows that of his father HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent (1937-1942) and his mother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1942-1968).
HONORARY COLONEL PHIL BERTHIAUME, CD
Honorary Colonel Berthiaume was born in Windsor in 1950. After graduating in 1971 from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, he joined the Armed Forces as an infantry officer. His initial posting was to 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, in London, Ontario as a platoon commander. During that posting, he served on unit deployment to Cyprus (1974/1975) and Op GAMESCAN, the 1976 Summer Olympics. Subsequent postings provided HCol Berthiaume with the challenges and experiences of: instructor at the Infantry School of the Combat Training Centre, CFB Gagetown; infantry company 2IC in Germany; Staff Officer Training with the Special Service Force; Adjutant and Company Commander, 3 RCR, in Winnipeg and Cyprus; Infantry Staff Officer at the Royal Military College of Canada; Chief Instructor and Deputy Commanding Officer of The RCR Battle School; and Base Operations Officer, CFB Petawawa. HCol Berthiaume returned to the Windsor-area in 1998 as the Deputy Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish, the position that he held until promotion to lieutenant-colonel and appointment as Commanding Officer from June 2001 to March 2008. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of The Essex and Kent Scottish on 7 October 2014.
Colonel Berthiaume is a graduate of the British Combat Team Commander Course, Canadian Land Forces Staff College, USAF Academic Instructor School, and various other military qualification courses, including Planning for International Peacekeeping Operations and Basic Parachutist (Canadian and German).
Colonel Berthiaume transferred from the Regular Force to the Primary Reserve in September 2000, after more than twenty-eight years of Regimental service. He began a second career at that time as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Essex. He is a qualified Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Train-the Trainer Instructor for the Basic Emergency Management Course, and Exercise Designer. For his outstanding contributions to community and country, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada in 2012.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Mary (nee Quinlan) these past forty-three years, they are the proud parents of Michelle, Joy and Andrew (an Infantry Sergeant currently serving with the 3RCR in Petawawa), and the exceptionally proud grandparents of Noah, Ryleigh, Alexia, Coleson, Calvin and Cameron.
HONORARY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVE WOODALL
HLCol Woodall has spent his entire 48 year career in the building industry including the heavy construction, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential projects. He has worked in various roles throughout his career including estimator, quantity surveyor, engineer, administrator, project coordinator, company COO and CEO and is currently majority owner of his third generation general contracting firm - Woodall Construction Co. Limited in Windsor.
His education includes a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Windsor as well as specialized post-graduate studies in concrete and accounting. He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.
HLCol Woodall is a past Officer Commanding of Delta Company - the civilian support arm of The Essex and Kent Scottish. He has assisted in the creation of the two Dieppe Memorials, the annual "Trot with the Troops" family fun run, the Delta Company "HIRE" program and is a supporter of local activities to recognize veterans.
He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Melanie and is a father of three and grandfather to four.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN HODGINS, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodgins was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his military career through the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in 1988, attending Royal Roads Military College and The Royal Military College. Upon graduation LCol Hodgins was posted to 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), where he served as a platoon commander and assistant adjutant. In 1994, he deployed with his battalion on Op Harmony as part of the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia. Upon his return, he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment and served as a platoon commander with 2 Commando.
In July 1995, LCol Hodgins was posted to Edmonton, Alberta where he served with the in the 3rd Battalion, PPCLI serving as a platoon commander in a parachute company, and later served as a rifle company second-in-command, Pioneer Platoon Commander, Acting Officer Commanding Combat Support Company, and second-in-command of Administration Company. In 1997 he deployed overseas again with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian) Battle Group on Op Palladium as part of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1999, LCol Hodgins was posted to Windsor as the local detachment commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre. Having set down roots in the community, he completed a component transfer to the primary reserve in 2002. He joined The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed Officer Commanding Alpha Company.
In 2010, LCol Hodgins was appointed to the position of Deputy Commanding Officer of the unit, and appointed Commanding Officer in September 2015.
In his civilian career, LCol Hodgins is highly active in the business world. Having achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce and Commercial Economics) at The Royal Military College in 1992, he went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) in 2010. LCol Hodgins is the Chief Executive Officer of Acrolab Ltd, an advanced thermal engineering and manufacturing company based in Windsor, Ontario.
He is happily married to his wife, Donna Messier-Hodgins, with whom he has three daughters. He enjoys travelling with his family, and is active with a number of charitable organizations in Essex County.
Master Warrant Officer Brian Jordan, CD
Master Warrant Officer Brian Jordan was born in Wallaceburg, ON. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces on 10 January 1985 and became a member of the Essex and Kent Scottish. MWO Jordan took a pause from the military from 1988 to 1996 to attend college and devote time to his family.
In January 1998, he was deployed to eastern Ontario for Op RECUPERATION to support those impacted by a historic ice storm in the smaller communities around Brockville, ON. Upon return, he was identified for his leadership potential and completed his Junior Leadership Course and Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Course. In summer 2001, MWO Jordan was promoted to the rank of Master Corporal while instructing infantry courses at Land Forces Central Area (LFCA) Training Centre Meaford. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in November. In October 2007, he was awarded the LFCA Commander's Commendation for exemplary service to his unit and the community of Chatham-Kent, ON.
In 2009, MWO Jordan completed his Infantry Platoon 2IC course where he was acknowledged as the top candidate and received the CO's Medallion as the top Sergeant in the unit that year. Promoted to Warrant Officer in 2011, he served as the Alpha Company Sergeant-Major for The Essex and Kent Scottish.
In 2013, after completing his Advanced Leadership Programme and Infantry CSM course, MWO Jordan was promoted to his current rank. In 2015, he completed the "Four Days Marches" in Nijmegen, Holland with a team from the Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed as a Guard Sergeant-Major for all ceremonial parades for the Canadian Contingent and was awarded the Canadian Contingent Commander's Coin for his efforts. MWO Jordan also served as the Training Sergeant Major for the unit responsible for the planning, development and delivery of all NCM Professional Development Training.
On 16 October 2016, MWO Jordan was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major for the Essex and Kent Scottish. He is an active member of his community and is the local military representative for the Terry Fox Run, Habitat for Humanity and the GoodFellows Christmas Toy Drive as well as a Team Captain for the annual Big Bike for Heart and Stoke Foundation.
ADJUTANT - CAPTAIN DONALD MATHESON
Captain Donald Matheson was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, and lived the majority of his childhood in Emo, just west of Fort Frances. Upon completion of high school he attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Integrated Sciences, specializing in mechanical engineering and earth sciences.
In June 2007, he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as an Officer Cadet. He completing his Basic Officer Training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and his infantry officer training at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown, New Brunswick. He was then posted to 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) at CFB Shilo as a Garrison Platoon Commander in Administration Company. After representing the Battalion in the Netherlands' Nijmegen March in 2014, Lieutenant Matheson assumed the responsibilities of a combat Platoon Commander in Alpha Company. During this time, he deployed on a number of field training exercises and instructed as a course officer on various courses, including Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ), Advanced Small Arms (ASA) and an array of Primary Combat Functions (PCF). He also participated in Operation LENTUS-2, which involved the CAF supporting the provinces of Saskatchewan and British Colombia during the Forest Fire of July 2015.
After two years as a Platoon Commander, he was promoted to captain and moved to Headquarters Company as Assistant Operations Officer. During this time he deployed on three computer-assisted exercises, two of which he was employed as a battle group duty officer, and the later as a duty officer within the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) tactical operations center (TOC). In the summer of 2016, 2 PPCLI deployed to Wainwright, Alberta, to participate in three months of 2 CMBG road to high readiness' exercises, after which the 2 PPCLI battle group was declared operationally ready. During this time Captain Matheson once again assumed the role of duty officer within the battle group's TOC.
In August 2016, Captain Matheson was posted as Adjutant, The Essex And Kent Scottish in Windsor, Ontario.
Captain Matheson is married to Krysta Matheson (Kathleen Hart), a stay-at-home mother and piano teacher. They have one biological son, William Donald Matheson (4 years old), and are considering the potential of adoption to grow their small family. Captain Matheson enjoys spending his free time pursuing woodcraft, automotive repair and maintenance, and when possible his passion for the outdoors. He is an avid reader of historical novels, and further enjoys tennis and cross country biking in the summer, with hockey and snowboarding taking their place in the winter months.
MAJOR DAVE MIMNAGH
Major David Mimnagh was born in Kincardine, Ontario in 1982. In 2001, he moved to London, Ontario to attend the University of Western Ontario (now called Western University). He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and returned in 2008 where he completed a further four years towards a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical).
In 2002, Major Mimnagh enrolled in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (4 RCR). During his 11 years with 4 RCR he held the positions of Finance Officer, Platoon Commander, Rifle Company Second-in-Command, and Adjutant. From 2004 to 2006 he was employed as staff during Reserve Summer Training at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre (Meaford), both as a Course Officer and Demonstration Platoon Commander. In 2010, Major Mimnagh was once again a platoon commander during Op CADENCE which provided security for the G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario. He has also instructed with the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School on the Infantry Platoon Support Weapons Course, Primary Leadership Qualification, and the Basic Military Officer Qualification.
Major Mimnagh deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 on Op ATTENTION Roto 1 as the S3 Operations for the Kabul Military Training Centre Training Advisory Group. He recently completed the Primary Reserve Army Operations Course at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston. In May of 2013, Major Mimnagh transferred to The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed as Officer Commanding Alpha Company in September 2013.
PIPE MAJOR DAVE MERCER
Biographical information is not available at this time
MAJOR (RETIRED) GREG T. CHILDS, CD, ESM
Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario Major Childs attended the John McGregor Secondary School, joining their Cadet Corps at an early age. On the recommendation of his father, an Essex Scottish WWII veteran, he joined The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment (E&K Scot). As a Master Warrant Officer, he joined the Regular Army with the rank of Lieutenant for a limited engagement, then transferred back into E&K Scot. Major Childs has held the appointments of Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Regimental Major and Deputy Commanding Officer. For many years he was the CO's representative on the Regimental Association Board of Directors. Major Childs has completed 44 years of service with E&K Scot and retired in August 2010.
After 33 years service, he is a retired Detective from London Police Force as a Forensic Identification expert investigating homicides and other major crimes. He was a bomb-disposal Sergeant for 20 years, instructing frequently at the Canadian Police College. Police Sergeant Childs was the protocol officer for London Police.
He is married with two adult children.
news & updates
Battlefield Tour 2017
The Essex and Kent Scottish battlefield tour involves 70 members of the regimental family and friends from 12 to 23 August 2017. The tour will be visiting Salisbury Plain, England where the regiment trained in WWI and WWII; City of Salisbury and Portsmouth Naval Yard; take the ferry from New Haven to Dieppe, France; participate in the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid ceremonies; visit Vimy Ridge, France; and the Hochwald Forest battle site in Germany.
Posted June 12, 2017
SEARCHING FAMILY RECORDS
Almost every week we get an inquiry asking for information, photos or military records of past members of the Regiment. This most often concerns veterans of World War II. ALL personal records of members of the Regiment are sent to National Defence Headquarters then on to Library and Archives Canada immediately after release from the Army. Go to the link LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA below or consult the PowerPoint below on how to access military records of family members. Thanks for your cooperation.
Posted December 23, 2015
REGIMENTAL MANUAL UPDATED
The Regimental Manual (Change 7) linked on this Home Page has been approved by the Senate and is the most up-to-date source for customs, dinners and dress.
Comments or suggested changes are most welcome.
Posted August 19, 2016