Pete Saunders
Director Air Simulation and Training,
Canadian Armed Forces

Col Saunders enrolled in the Canadian Forces 23 March 1990. Over the span of his somewhat atypical and discontinuous career, Col Saunders has enjoyed operational postings flying and instructing on his beloved Sea King Helicopters at 443 (MH) Sqn in Pat Bay, British Columbia; 423 (MH) Sqn, and 12 Wing Operations in Shearwater, Nova Scotia; culminating in Command of 406 (M) OTS where he had the somewhat ignominous distinction of being at the helm for the cessation of all Sea King training. Throughout this period, he has served in HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Fredericton and HMCS Toronto and has deployed throughout the Middle East.

Staff postings to date include two stints in the Career Management shop, the last being a two year sojourn as DMilC4; responsible for guiding, managing and, at times, cajoling some 300 high-maintenance LCols and overseeing the management of almost 10,000 other members of the RCAF. He also spent three years on a self-imposed educational posting (yes, self-posted) to the Chief of Programme office learning the corporate side of the Department of National Defence and working upon, among other things, analysing financial risk to the Departmental Investment Plan and taking a lead in drafting the next iteration of this document for governmental consideration.

Col Saunders is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Acadia University, a Certificate in Adult Education from Dalhousie University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Heriot Watt University and a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Col Saunders resides in Westboro, Ontario with his spouse, Maj Valerie Saunders (who also serves the crown as a Military Lawyer), and their daughter Rebecca.

When not beavering away in the cube farms of NDHQ, Col Saunders busies himself renovating their century home, at which he is adept; creating gourmet meals, at which he is a master; and cycling throughout the NCR... albeit slowly and often with a grocery cart attached.