Colonel Bill Kalogerakis, CD
Colonel Kalogerakis was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1963. After spending three years in the Air Cadets, he joined the 2nd Field Regiment, RCA in 1980 and served in the ranks for three years attaining the rank of MBdr. He subsequently underwent Artillery Officer Training in Gagetown during the summers of 1984 and 1985. In the Fall of 1987, he was sent to West Germany to participate in the annual NATO exercises as an Artillery Umpire. He qualified as a FOO in 1988 and Field Artillery Battery Commander in 1996.
In 1996 he transferred to the 7th Toronto Regiment RCA and was subsequently appointed BC of 9 Battery. During his time as BC 9, Col Kalogerkis led the Battery through the 1997 Army Combat Readiness Evaluation, which saw the unit attain an above average rating by the Regular Force Artillery evaluators. Col Kalogerakis also served as BC 15 Bty, 2I/C of the Regiment, Acting CO of 7th Toronto.
He was appointed CO of the 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA in November 2005. During his tenure, the Regiment grew from an effective strength of 155 to 190, as it deployed 16 members to Afghanistan. He transformed 15 Bty by integrating a mortar fire capability with 81mm mortars. Amongst having led the Regiment through several large scale exercises such as the 2007 Battalion Group Domestic Exercise in Aurora, he led the Regiment in hosting the Garrison Ball that year. Through his excellence in leadership, the Regiment attained its highest IBTS Standings, for three years running with 2009/2010 year’s results among the top in the Brigade.
In June 2009 Col Kalogerakis relinquished command of the 7th Toronto and was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff at 32 CBG Headquarters. In 2010, Col Kalogerakis deployed to the Arctic as the Land Component Commander for OPERATION NANOOK, a multi-agency, multi-national sovereignty operation along the Northwest Passage. On January 1, 2012 he was appointed Deputy Commander 32 CBG and subsequently completed the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Program. In September 2013, he was appointed Reserve Advisor and Senior Staff Officer Artillery at 4 Canadian Division Headquarters and in July 2014 he was appointed to his current position.
In civilian life, Col Kalogerakis began his career in 1987 as an analytical chemist for Noranda’s Canadian Copper Refineries in Montreal East. He moved through roles of increasing responsibility with Noranda’s logistics and sales groups. In 2004 he became Director of Zinc and Lead Metal Sales for Xstrata Zinc responsible for a group that sold approximately $ 1 Billion worth of product. Currently he is an Account Executive with General Electric’s Mining group. In this role he identifies opportunities for GE businesses across the entire GE portfolio, representing the company to ”C” level executives, VPs, and General Managers within key Mining accounts.
Col Kalogerakis has a BSc Specialization in Analytical Chemistry (1987) and a MBA (1995) from Concordia University.
Col Kalogerakis is married to Nikki Tsimiklis and are the proud parents of Alex 18 and Greg 16. They live in Whitby, Ontario. When he has the time Col Kalogerakis enjoys reading military history books and current event magazines.