Commandant's Biography

Colonel Nicolas Pilon, MSM, CD, Ing.

Colonel Nicolas Pilon joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario in 1996, earning both his Officer's Commission and his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He then completed his professional training as a military engineer and was transferred in 1997 to the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment in Valcartier, Quebec. As an engineer troop commander, he was quickly deployed in the winter of 1998, the ice storm in the Montreal area and in 1999 in East Timor on Operation TOUCAN. Upon his return, he held the positions of Adjutant and Regimental Operations Officer.

In 2002, Colonel Pilon was posted to the Canadian Forces Joint Operational Group in Kingston where he served as Plans Coordinator until the summer of 2004. In 2003, he was promoted to Major and quickly deployed to Kabul. Afghanistan to be part of the mission activation group for Operation ATHENA.

From 2004 to 2006, Colonel Pilon was posted to 2 Combat Engineer Regiment in Petawawa Ontario as Commanding Officer of 23 Field Squadron and then 28th Administration Squadron. In 2005, he returned to Kabul with 23 Field Squadron in support of Canadian Task Force and Multinational Brigade. In the summer of 2006, he was posted to the Canadian Armed Forces School of Military Engineering in Gagetown, New Brunswick, where he held the position of Senior Tactical Instructor responsible for training all future military engineers.

In 2008, he was assigned for one year to Army Headquarters in Ottawa in the G3 Operations Cell as an Engineering Scientist. In the summer of 2010, after completing the Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and transferred to 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa. For two years he held the position of Chief of Brigade Staff. From 2012 to 2014, Colonel Pilon has the privilege of commanding the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment throughout the ramp-up period.

In the summer of 2014, he was again posted to Ottawa as a senior engineer with the Canadian Joint Operations Command. In 2015, he was promoted to his current rank and transferred to Port-au-Prince Haiti for one year as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Military Forces on the MINUSTAH Stabilization Mission.

From September 2016 to July 2018, he held the position of Director of Land Requirements at Army Headquarters where he was responsible for future Army equipment projects. In July 2019, Colonel Pilon completed the Strategic Security and Defense Studies course at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, UK.

Colonel Pilon holds a Master's degree in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and is a member of the College of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

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