Colonel J.E.N. Roderick, CD (Retired)
Colonel of the Regiment 2006-2010
Col Roderick joined the Canadian Army in September, 1959 and in August 1960 was commissioned and posted to the Fort Garry Horse in Petawawa, Ont. He served with that Regiment in Petawawa, Soest, Germany and Calgary, Alta until August, 1966 when he was posted to the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School in Camp Borden. In August 1969 he was posted to Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa as Military Secretary to the Chief of Personnel and was then selected to attend the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario in 1970-71. On graduation he became Commanding Officer of C Squadron, 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s), an independent tank squadron stationed at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, NB. Following this tour he was posted to the Personnel Branch in National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa as the Career Manager for Armoured Officers. Colonel Roderick joined the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) as Deputy Commanding Officer in August 1976. In August 1978 he left Calgary to become the Staff Officer Cadets and Military Training at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in July, 1979 he was posted to Ottawa as the Deputy Director of Armour. In August, 1981 he had the good fortune to be posted to Calgary as Commanding Officer of the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). At the end of this tour Lieutenant Colonel Roderick returned to Ottawa as the Land Policy Coordinator for the Chief of Land Doctrine and Operations
During the period 1985 to 1994 Colonel Roderick held several appointments abroad commencing with an appointment as the Assistant Army Advisor at the Canadian High Commission in London, England from July 1985 to July 1988. He was then promoted to Colonel and returned to Ottawa for Polish language training. From July 1989 to July 1991 he was employed as the Canadian Forces Attaché (CFA) in Warsaw, Poland. The Rodericks entered a Poland under Communist rule and left an emerging democracy two years later. In his capacity as the CFA Colonel Roderick was responsible for the management of all aspects of the Canadian defence relations programme with Poland as that country's Armed Forces began a period of democratic reform. In August 1991 Colonel Roderick took up new duties at National Defence Headquarters as the Director responsible for defence relations with NATO and European countries including the Eastern European states outside the former USSR. During his final tour of duty, from July, 1992 to August, 1994, Colonel Roderick served as the Canadian Forces Attaché in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There he was responsible to the Canadian Ambassadors in Riyadh and Kuwait for our defence relations programs with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen.
On retirement from the Canadian Forces on 1 September 1994, he commenced employment as the Director of Marketing for MILTECH Military Technologies Inc. in Dartmouth, N.S., a company involved in modernizing and repairing armoured vehicles including the Cougar Direct Fire Support Vehicle and the Leopord tank..
In October 1997, Colonel Roderick assumed the position of Regional General Manager of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society - Nova Scotia (STARS-NS), managing the Province’s Air Medical Transport program. STARS-NS was an operating entity of STARS Canada of Calgary, Alta. He left this position at the end of the STARS contract with the Province of Nova Scotia in February 2001.
In August 2001 he moved to Kingston, ON and established Jerod Consulting, offering his services in the defence and security areas. Since March 2005 Colonel Roderick has been under contract to Correctional Service Canada as the National Project Manager for a “life extension” program to be carried out on the Canadian Army’s 10-ton transport trucks in five correctional institutions across Canada. The aim of this project is to provide training in basic vehicle mechanics and auto body work to inmates in the Federal correctional system.
In addition to enjoying a variety of interesting employment positions since retiring from the Army, Colonel Roderick has been active in the communities in which he has resided. In Nova Scotia he was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia International Air Show from March 1997 to June 2002 and he is the Past President and an Honourary Life Member of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia. In Kingston he has served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Kingston Penitentiary, is a member of the Royal Kingston United Services Institute and, in June, 2005, became a member of the Board of Directors of Providence Continuing Care Centre which comprises of St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, Mental Health Services and Providence Manor.
Colonel Roderick and his wife, May, have two children Ian and Stacey, both of whom live in Toronto. Ian and his wife Natalie have one son, Caelan.