Colonel T.R. Young, CD

Colonel T.R. Young

Regimental Colonel

Colonel T.R. Young assumed the duties of Regimental Colonel for The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery on 24 June 2015 in Ottawa.

Colonel Tim Young’s interest in the Canadian Forces began in 1976 while serving as an Army Cadet with 2659 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Brantford, Ontario, where he completed the program earning his Canadian Forces parachutist wings.

He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve as a Gunner in the 56th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in 1980, obtaining the rank of Master-Bombardier before he was commissioned from the ranks in 1983. In 1985 at the rank of Lieutenant, Colonel Young transferred to the Regular Force under the Regular Officer Training Plan.

Over the next 18 years, Colonel Young served two tours of duty with the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) and two tours of duty with the Royal Canadian Artillery School (RCAS). With the Second Regiment, he served in each Battery and held staff appointments as the Regimental Command Post Officer and Operations Officer. He completed a number of courses most notably the Locating Troop Commander, Forward Observation Officer and Naval Gunfire Support Officer where he was a Forward Observation Officer with E Battery (para). At the RCAS, Colonel Young attended the Instructor-In-Gunnery (IG) Course in 1992 where he remained employed as an IG for five years. He returned on his second tour in 2001 as the Chief Instructor-In-Gunnery.

Colonel Young’s command experience includes Battery Command of F Battery 2 RCHA, F Battery the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gunnery Training Battery at the RCAS, and Commanding Officer of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse from 2009 until 2011.

His operational experience includes two tours with NATOs Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina and a tour to Afghanistan in 2009 as the Chief Operational Plans in Task Force Kandahar. Domestically, Col Young deployed on Ice Storm of Eastern Ontario in 1998, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 2011 Manitoba floods.

Colonel Young’s extra-regimental employment includes a number of staff appointments within the Canadian Army, including appointments in the Directorate of Land Requirements, and the Director of Land Strategic Plans where he was the Chief Planner for the establishment of the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre. At the national level his staff appointments include; Executive Assistant Chief Military Personnel, Resource Manager Vice Chief of Defence Staff Group, and the Director of Initiative Development with the Defence Renewal Team. Colonel Young is currently the Director of Personnel Management for the Canadian Army.

Colonel Young is a graduate of both the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Programme. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University.

Colonel Young has two children and whenever he has some spare time he is an avid skier and a want-to-be golfer.

Duties of the Regimental Colonel (Regt Col)

The Regt Col’s primary responsibility is to provide stewardship/leadership over Lines of Operation (LO) 3-5 of the RCAs Family Strategy, in the same way that DArty does for LO 1-2, while recognizing that DArty remains primus inter pares, and is the primary interlocutor with the Land Staff.  This will include exercising a degree of oversight over heritage affairs and that of the RCA Executive Board. In exercising his functions, the Regt Col is responsible to Artillery Senate, is responsive to the Colonel Commandant, and coordinates his efforts with those of DArty and the RCAA. Given the nature of LO 3-5 issues, he should also be mindful of the support stakeholders such as Honoraries, retired members and others can bring to bear in advancing these issues. The Regt Col may establish standing committees and sub-committees to be responsible for providing information, material and/or assistance to permit the senior leadership of the RCA to provide the maximum benefit for the Regimental family. The standing committees and/or sub-committees formed may also be responsible for the implementation of instructions as directed by the Regt Col.

Past Regimental Colonel’s

  • February 2011              Colonel P.J. Williams, CD
  • February 2012             Colonel C.G. Simonds, CD
  • June 2013                    Colonel J.M.D. Bouchard, CD
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