Ken Ellis of Kincardine
becomes Honourary Colonel
of 437 Squadron
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Members of 437 (Transport) Squadron, also known as the Huskies, warmly welcomed their new Honourary Colonel, Ken Ellis of Kincardine, during an investiture ceremony at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton Monday, June 17.
Ellis succeeds Honourary Colonel John See who had been the Huskies’ ambassador of goodwill to the local communities since June 2009.
"I am excited to welcome Honourary Colonel Ellis back to the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) as a member of 437 Squadron,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan Eyre, commanding officer of 437 Squadron.
“From early beginnings as an RCAF maintenance engineer, he has provided senior-level strategic mentorship to Ontario's energy sector for more than 30 years and is highly regarded on the world stage for his professionalism and leadership in nuclear energy. An outstanding and proud Canadian, his combined experience in leading both civilian and military personnel makes him an ideal appointment as our incoming Honourary Colonel."
Ellis said that ever since it was re-established in 1961, the Squadron has consistently delivered on its motto "Omnia Passim" (Anything, Anywhere), a true reflection of the dedication and professionalism of the Huskies.
"It is with great pride and honour that I become part of 437 Squadron,” he said. “I look forward to meeting, working with, and being associated with the Huskies."
During the ceremony, Eyre thanked See for his years of valued service.
"It has been an honour to work with Honourary Colonel See at 437 Squadron over the past four years. His commitment and eagerness to represent the Squadron and develop a close relationship with its members was unfaltering. An individual of tremendous intellect, charm and energy, he enthusiastically embraced his responsibilities, acting as a strong advocate of the RCAF and a mentor to the Huskies.
"I offer my sincere thanks to Honourary Colonel See and hope that he and Ms. See take away many happy memories while knowing that they will always remain a part of the Husky Team.”
Ellis was born and raised in Espanola, Ontario, spending his high school years in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering after having spent his first two years at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, B.C.
Following his graduation, he served four years as an aerospace engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During this time, he performed the role of aircraft maintenance officer of 442 Search and Rescue Squadron, Base Avionics Officer at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox, and actively participated in the CF-18 Hornet acquisition program. Following his CF service, he joined the Ontario Hydro nuclear program in 1981.
Ellis has more than 30 years' experience in nuclear power operations and engineering. Following his position with Ontario Hydro, he joined Bruce Power, the world’s largest nuclear complex that provides 25 per cent of Ontario’s energy.
He held several senior positions at Bruce Power including the executive vice-president and chief nuclear officer, Bruce B station vice-president, site chief engineer and vice-president engineering, and site vice-president maintenance.
In April, 2013, he was appointed managing director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), a non-profit association whose membership includes 440 nuclear power plants in more than 30 countries.
Ken Ellis of Kincardine is the new Honourary Colonel of 437 Squadron
Ellis has close ties with the CAF. In addition to his time with the CAF, his family history includes his father who served as a tank driver with the British Columbia Dragoons in the Second World War and his mother who made ammunition in Ottawa as part of the Second World War effort.
Ellis and his Bruce Power colleagues are strong supporters of the Wounded Warriors Fund and together have raised more than $210,000 for the cause. He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters.
responsibilities of honourary appointments include: fostering esprit de
corps, developing, promoting and sustaining strong community support
for the unit, establishing and maintaining liaison with unit
charities and associations, establishing and maintaining a liaison
with the commander as well as with other people with honourary
appointments, participating in parades and official functions in
which the unit takes part, and advising the unit’s commander.
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