Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Marc Dufour, CD, (Retired)

Biography / November 6, 2014

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Jean-Marc Dufour was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 12 Radar Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville QC, in September 2014.

Honorary Colonel J.M. Dufour was born on 13 March 1952 in Ville de la Baie, Québec. Upon completion of his secondary studies he enrolled in the Canadian Forces in April 1970. Following his occupational training in communications, he served in Valcartier as a non-commissioned officer until 1974, when he was accepted for officer training. Since being commissioned in the Air Weapons Controller classification in 1975, he has held a number of operational appointments within the North American Air Defense System (NORAD). Most of his service has been in the NORAD environment, including North Bay, Ontario; Duluth, Minnesota (U.S.); and Canadian Forces Station Senneterre, in the Abitibi region.

Honorary Colonel Dufour commanded Canadian Forces Station Mont-Apica, Quebec, from 1984 to 1986. From 1986 to 1987, he attended and successfully completed the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College course in Toronto. He was posted to Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA), from 1987 to 1992, where he served as Chief, Air Defence Operations Center, and Assistant Command Director of the NORAD Command Centre.

He was posted to 16 Wing St-Jean as Wing Administration Officer in 1992 and assumed command of 16 Wing and CFB St-Jean on 6 July 1994. He proceeded to Haiti on a United Nations mission on 1 March 1995, where he served as Director of the Civil Affairs Bureau until August 1995, when he was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville as Wing Administration Officer. In July 1997 and for the next 3 years, he was assigned the duties of Chief of Protocol and Foreign Liaison at the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. In 2001, he graduated from the Inter American Defense College in Washington DC. From there he was appointed as the Canadian Defence Attaché for Central America and the Caribbean at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. (H) Col Dufour retired in July 2004 after 34 years of service with the CF. In May 2006, he is appointed director of the Bagotville airport and industrial aeronautic development within Promotion Saguenay.

In December 2011, his Excellency the Governor General in Council appointed him as Director of the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

He is the current chairman of the board of directors of the association of Air Transport in Québec (AQTA).

He is also Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of the Air Defence Museum at 3 Wing Bagotville

Col(H) Dufour is the proud father of two children Patrick and Karine.

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