Mr. Thomas R. Birchall

Biography / June 1, 2013

Mr. Tom Birchall was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 12 Wing Shearwater, NS, in June 2013.

Honorary Colonel Birchall was born and educated in Halifax, NS and graduated in 1973 from Ryerson University with a diploma in Business Administration.  He immediately joined the banking industry, working for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for 32 years as a corporate and commercial banker where he specialized in financial restructurings and start-up businesses. Since his retirement from the CIBC in 2005, Honorary Colonel Birchall has operated a small consulting practice where he provides financial and management services to a select number of corporate clients primarily in Canada.

Honorary Colonel Birchall had a parallel career in uniform beginning in 1976 when he joined the Cadet Instructor’s List as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. He was commissioned in 1977 and served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada in a number of appointments including Quartermaster and Commander of the Headquarters Company before taking on the duties of Comptroller with 32 Brigade, Downsview, ON. Honorary Colonel Birchall retired in 1997.

He is a sports enthusiast and engaged in a broad range of other activities. Honorary Colonel Birchall is a past President of The Scots: The North British Society and currently serves as Immediate Past President and Director with the Royal United Services Institute (Nova Scotia), Immediate Past President of the Nova Scotia Curling Association, President of his local condominium corporation, Secretary/Treasurer & Parliamentarian on the Board of the Ryerson University Alumni Association and Regional Director on the board of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

Honorary Colonel Birchall enjoys curling in the winter, golf in the summer (both pastimes he freely admits to being “just average”) and travel year round.

Honourary Colonel Birchall and his wife of over 40 years, Christine, reside just outside Halifax in Eastern Passage, NS and have three grown children and four grandchildren living in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Ontario.

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