Colonel John Mckenna, CD

Commanding Officer


Colonel (Ret’d) John Mckenna has held senior positions in both the private sector and in the Reserve Forces of Canada. Over the period spanning 32 years he held a variety of key management positions in large multinational companies specializing in environmental process and industrial controls. Concurrent with his civilian career, John McKenna served as a reservist in the Canadian Army (Militia). In 1957 he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery (Militia). He was elected National President of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (1974). He was elected Vice-Chairman (Ontario) for the Conference of Defence Associations in 1986 and 1987, and served as the Chairman for 1989-1998. In July 1990, he became the Vice-President for Canada and Head of Delegation for the Inter-allied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and relinquished that position in 1993, He was appointed as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, 7th Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (M) and held that position from 1989 to 1992 and was the Honorary Colonel from 1991 to 1999. He is a Board Member and trustee for the Toronto Artillery Foundation. He is a Vice-President and Director of the NATO Association of Canada. He writes on military matters and has been published in the Canadian Defence Policy Review, the Royal Canadian Canadian Military Institute and the NATO Association of Canada’s publications. He has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration with two clasps, the 1967 Canadian Confederation Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

-taken from the NATO/OTAN Assoc website