2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Queen's Landing, Niagara-On-The-Lake
June 14 - 17, 2020

 

 

 

 

 Brigadier-General C.J.J. Mialkowski

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

COMMANDER 4TH CANADIAN DIVISION AND JOINT TASK FORCE CENTRAL

 

 

 

Conrad Mialkowski joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He was commissioned as an Infantry officer in The Royal Canadian ReCgiment in 1991.

 

Brigadier-General Mialkowski spent the majority of his Regimental service in Petawawa, ON, with First Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel. His service in Petawawa culminated with the honour of commanding 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group from 2015-17. Extra-Regimentally, he has served with Second Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada, in Sudbury, ON, and Land Force Central Area Training Centre, in Meaford, ON. Staff assignments have included positions in both plans and current operations within the Army Headquarters, the Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command Headquarters and the Strategic Joint Staff. He served as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Staff prior to assuming Command of the 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force Central on 22 June 2019.

 

Brigadier-General Mialkowski has benefited from the good fortune of having commanded during operations. First as a Mortar Platoon Commander, Op HARMONY, Croatia (1994-95), next as a Company Commander, Op PALLADIUM, Bosnia (2003-04), as a Battle Group Commander, Op ATHENA, Afghanistan (2010), and finally he deployed as a Brigadier-General as Deputy Coordinator with the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Op PROTEUS) and Commander Task Force Middle East (2017-18)

 

A graduate of the National Security Programme, he holds a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston.

 

He is married and the couple has a daughter. 

 


 

Chief Warrant Officer K.M. Olstad

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

4TH CANADIAN DIVISION SERGEANT-MAJOR

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer Olstad enrolled in the Canadian Forces on the 2nd of August 1986. After completing recruit and basic training at The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle School in Garrison Petawawa, he was posted to Kapyong Barracks, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and assigned to The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.

 

During his 33 years of service, he has served in the 1st and 3rd Regimental Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle School, Land Forces Central Area Training Center, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and most recently 4th Canadian Division.

 

Chief Warrant Officer Olstad has six operational deployments overseas. In 1991, he deployed with The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Mike Company to Doha, Qatar for the first gulf War, while serving in Baden, Germany. In 1994, he deployed to Balkans with The 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Charles Company. In 2003, he deployed again to the Balkans with The 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Bravo Company. He deployed to Afghanistan as part of TF 3-06 and TF 3-08 with The 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in 2006 and 2008. His most recent deployment was to Baghdad, Iraq from May 2015 to July 2016, as part of the Corps HQs CJ7 and Sergeant Major for the Canadian led Ministerial Liaison Team

 

Throughout his career, he has been employed in many positions to include Rifleman, Section Commander, Platoon 2IC, Anti-Armour 2IC, Battalion Training Warrant Officer, Company Quarter Master, Company Sergeant Major, Drill Sergeant Major of The 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Regimental Sergeant Major of The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Brigade Sergeant-Major of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and most recently the 4th Canadian Division Sergeant-Major as of 01 June 2018. 

 

 


 

Michael “Pinball” Clemons

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

 

To Canadians, the name “Pinball” stands for remarkable athletic talent, outstanding sportsmanship and a commitment to the community.

 

As a former all-star running back, Grey Cup winning coach, President and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, Michael “Pinball” Clemons is a man of unquestionable character and spirit. He is equally renowned for his achievements on the football field as he is for his impact as a motivational speaker.

 

Pinball’s presentations are at once captivating and empowering. He inspires audiences by demonstrating what it means to beat the odds and encourages listeners to use teamwork to achieve their goals. Mike Clemons’ football career was characterized by incredible perseverance and great skill. At only 5 feet 6 inches and 170 pounds, he won against all odds. He succeeded while others predicted failure and gave more when less would have been satisfactory. “All Heart” is the story of a young man guided by fierce determination.

 

Born and raised in Florida, the William and Mary economics graduate began his career in the CFL in 1989 after a brief stint in the National Football League with Kansas City and Tampa Bay. As a player, Clemons compiled a brilliant CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,396. On September 15, 2000, Pinball hung up his Argo’s jersey after 12 seasons to take the reigns as Head Coach.

 

As a player he retired a three-time Grey Cup Champion with 12 all-time team records to his credit. He has also won Grey Cup as the head coach of the 2004 Argo’s. Known for a personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefines the meaning of community involvement and has been recognized by many organizations for his tireless work with charities, schools and other community groups.

 

Michael is an athlete with true character, an incredibly generous spirit and a quiet dignity that shines on and off the field. Michael tells how his upbringing has shaped him, how his steadfast faith has always guided him and how his commitment to his team and his community is much more than just a professional veneer – but a deeply held feeling of true spirit and belonging.