Captain M.R. Shumka


Captain Matthew Shumka was born in North Vancouver, BC, and enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2009. Upon completion of phase training, he was posted to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in May 2011.

Following his arrival at the Regiment, Captain Shumka was employed as the 1st Troop Leader in Reconnaissance Squadron where he supported multiple exercises including the Combat Team Commander’s Course in Wainwright, AB, and lead the Brigade Reconnaissance Troop during Exercise ARCTIC RAM in Yellowknife, NWT. Following his troop leading time, Captain Shumka moved to Headquarters Squadron where he gained his first Staff Officer experience and was employed as the Regimental Accounts Officer. In this capacity, he led both the Historical Vehicle and Family Support Troops, administered the Regimental Kit Shop, and managed the Regimental Society fundraising and operations.

In July 2013, Captain Shumka was posted to the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. There he first served as a Course Officer on Primary Leadership Qualification and Basic Military Officer Qualifications Courses, and later as a training Company Administration Officer and then Second-in-Command. His extra Regimental employment was highlighted when he was able to refit the widely contested “Warrior Company” in which he became the Officer Commanding of the newly formed Training Reintegration Program, which oversaw the rehabilitation of the injured, comprehensive training of the physically unfit, and reintegration of recruits set to continue training.

Upon returning to the Regiment in July 2016, he was employed as the Battle Captain in B Squadron, before deploying to Erbil, Iraq, in January 2017 as part of Operation IMPACT. There, he was employed as the J35 Operations Officer at the US led Combined Joint Operations Centre where he planned combat operations in Mosul. When he returned to Canada in July 2017 he returned to B Squadron; however, this time briefly as the Acting/Officer Commanding until Unit leadership returned from Operation UNIFIER, and then as the Second-in-Command. In July 2018 he assumed his current staff position as the Adjutant.

Captain Shumka is married to his wonderful wife Christine and they share their home with an energetic and ill-behaved dog, Kona. He spends a great deal of his free time hiking in the summer, travelling in order to peruse his love of photography, or tempting his fate at hockey.