Current Senior Regimental
Appointments of The Calgary Highlanders
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been
Canada's monarch since she ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1952, being
crowned on 2 June. In 1981, Her Majesty consented to become Colonel-in-Chief of The
Calgary Highlanders. She receives regular reports from the Regiment on its
activities, and last visited Calgary in June 1990.
received a new Queen's Colour from Her Majesty while parading before her with the King's
Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC). The Calgary Highlanders were one of the last Canadian
infantry regiments to replace the Union Jack with the new flag of Canada. Her
Majesty continues to take a keen interest in all of her Canadian Regiments.
From the Canadian Heritage Site:
"When the regiments of the
British and Canadian Armies were first formed, many had a royal patron who agreed to
become the ceremonial commander of the unit or its “Colonel-in-Chief.” Perhaps
foremost among the reasons for such patronage was the desire to reinforce, within the
ranks of the regiment, a loyalty to the Crown through this personal relationship with a
member of the Royal Family. The Colonel-in-Chief remains in close contact with his/her
regiment and takes a very personal ongoing interest in its well being and that of its
members. One of the most colourful and significant moments in the life of a regiment is
when its Colonel-in-Chief presents new colours: a flag bearing the insignia of the
Colonel-in-Chief, the regiment and, oftentimes, its battle honours). Old colours are
retired and given a place of honour as the new colours are first presented and marched
past the members of the regiment."
Michael Shaw was born in Montreal, Quebec and educated at Queen's
University, graduating with Honours with a degree in Commerce in 1977.
He was a managing director of Global Enterprises, ATCO Group from 1979
to 2009. Semi-retired, he sits on the board of several companies and
institutions, including Aviva Insurance, Great Western Brewery, Cash
Store Financial, ITC Construction Group, Chariot Carriers Ltd, Canadian
Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Calgary Petroleum Club and the
Grief Support Committee of Calgary Health Services. A former Army Cadet
at Lower Canada College and Upper Canada College he currently resides in
Calgary with wife Linda June Sinclair, and his daughters Amanda and
Michael Shaw previously
served as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders.
Lieutenant-Colonel George Gosbee
George Gosbee is the Chairman,
President, and Chief Executive Officer at AltaCorp Capital Inc and also
also serves as Advisor to the School of Public Policy at the University
of Calgary and is the co-founder of MASS LBP, a consultation and
advisory firm. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at
Macquarie Tristone, President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive
Officer at Tristone Capital Global Inc and President at P2ES Holdings,
Inc. He founded Macquarie Tristone in September 2000. Mr. Gosbee served
as the President at Tristone Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Gosbee served as
Managing Director at Newcrest Capital Inc. Prior to that, he served as
the Managing Director at Peters & Co. Limited. He serves as Chairman of
Macquarie Tristone and as a Non-Executive Chairman of Remvest Energy
Services Ltd. and as a Vice Chairman of Alberta Investment Management
Corporation as well as a Director of the National Ballet School
Foundation. He has been a Director of TMX Group Inc. since July 19,
2012. He served as a Director of Old Carco LLC since July 5, 2009 and
Chrysler Group LLC from July 2009 to September 2011. He served as a
Director of North West Upgrading Inc. He is on the Board of several
organizations including Alberta Economic Development Authority, Business
Competitiveness & Diversification Committee, Libin Cardiovascular
Institute of Alberta, Edge School, and Chairman of the Alberta College
of Art and Design.
In 2004, the Globe and Mail named George Gosbee
one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 Leaders and was named one of the Top 50 Most
Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture magazine. Mr. Gosbee sits on
numerous corporate and charitable boards. He is on the Canadian Minister of
Finance's Economic Advisory Council formed during the economic crisis in
2008, is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and a former
Director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
Mr. Gosbee served as board member of Chrysler Group LLC in Detroit from
July, 2009 to September 2011, where he served on behalf of both the Canadian
federal and provincial (Ontario) governments to oversee their collective
investment in the company. Mr. Gosbee holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree
from the University of Calgary, where he specialized in Finance and
Petroleum Land Management.
In 2013, George Gosbee was appointed Honorary
Lieutenant Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders. He also garnered attention in
the sports world by putting forward a business case to acquire the Phoenix
Coyotes hockey club. LCol Gosbee serves as Chairman of Ice Arizona, the
investors group that purchased the NHL team.
Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton was born
in Calgary, Alberta in 1975. He completed high school in Airdrie,
Alberta and showed an interest in joining the military at a young age.
He joined The Calgary Highlanders in May 1994 as a Non-Commissioned
Member, and while attending the University of Calgary he was
commissioned and completed his required officers' training. During his
service with the regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton was employed in
every key leadership position, including platoon commander, company
second-in-command, Training Officer, Operations Officer, company
commander, and served as Deputy Commanding Officer prior to assuming
command. He completed the Military Command and Staff course in 2003, and
is currently a student at the Canadian Forces College in the Joint
Command and Staff Program.
Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton deployed to
Afghanistan as part of Task Force 1-07 from February 2007 to September
2007, returning to Kabul in April 2010 to work at the Afghan Command and
Staff College. Domestically, he was the Task Force Deputy Commanding
Officer for the military contribution to the response to the Calgary
Floods in 2013.
In civilian life,
Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton is employed as the Physical Training
Supervisor for the Calgary Police Service, and has a Bachelor of Science
in Kinesiology, and a Master of Kinesiology, both from the University of
Calgary. Lieutenant-Colonel Clapperton is marred to Devan Kublik.
Major Simon Cox,
|Officer Commanding "HQ"
Captain M. Quist
Major Ryan Palmer
Palmer was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1981. In January 2001,
after four years as an Army Cadet, he joined the Calgary Highlanders
as a Reserve Entry Scheme Officer Candidate.
Upon completion of his Dismounted Infantry Platoon Commanderís
Course in the summer of 2003, Major Palmer was assigned to A Company
of the Calgary Highlanders where he served as a Rifle Platoon
Commander and as an instructor at the Western Area Training Centre.
In May 2005, Major Palmer was selected for employment in Psychological
Operations (PSYOPS) on Op ARCHER Roto 1. Over the pre-deployment period,
Major Palmer completed the U.S. Army PSYOPS Officer Qualification Course
at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Centre and School in Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, graduating as the Distinguished Allied Honour Graduate.
Major Palmer deployed to Afghanistan on Op ARCHER from February to
August 2006 with the 1st Battalion Princess Patriciaís Canadian Light
Infantry Battle Group as the PSYOPS Officer in the Kandahar Provincial
In April 2007, Major Palmer commenced training for deployment on Task
Force 1-08. Over the pre-deployment training period, he completed the
Army Tactical Operations Course (ATOC) and the Information Operations
Officer Course. From February to September 2008, Major Palmer deployed
to Afghanistan on Op ATHENA with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patriciaís
Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, as the S7 (Information
From November 2008 to May 2011, Major Palmer was employed as Production
Officer and Military Career Counselor at Canadian Forces Recruiting
Centre Calgary. Over this period, he continued to support the Calgary
Highlanders, initially as Second-in-Command A Company, and subsequently
as the Operations Officer. In July 2009, he completed the Infantry
Dismounted Company Commanderís Course, and in July 2010, he completed
the Army Operations Course. In May 2011, Major Palmer deployed on Ex
WESTERN DEFENDER as Officer Commanding C Company, Task Force WARRIOR.
In civilian life Major Palmer is employed as a Project Manager at a
Blatant Media, a company that deploys e-learning solutions. He is a fan
of reading, hiking and cross country skiing.
|Regimental Sergeant Major
Chief Warrant Officer
Robert Besse, CD
Mister Michael Giles
Pipe Major Giles had been piping for over 18 years
before his arrival in Calgary. He began his piping
career as a boy piper in the Canadian Scottish Regiment Cadet Corps in Victoria B.C.
Showing an aptitude for the pipes he progressed quickly and was playing with the
Regimental band by the age of 13 and continued to for 10 years. During this time
Mister Giles also played as Pipe Sergeant with a civilian competition band on Vancouver island
called The Pacific Gael, with Rene Cuson, a well known piper and judge from the
In his early twenties Mr. Giles
moved to Vancouver and took over as Pipe Sergeant of a well known band
called Triumph Street and after a year took over as Pipe Major.
The band then merged with a former Grade 2 band called Sir John A MacDonald.
Work brought Mr. Giles to Calgary in 2004 where he played for fun with the Calgary
Police Pipe Band. In November of 2005 he found his way back to his true
love, military piping, by being appointed Pipe Major of The Calgary Highlanders.
brought a wealth of military and civilian piping experience to the Highlanders and looked
forward to a tremendous growth year with the band.
Pipe Major Giles' first year
resulted in a level of competitive success not enjoyed since Pipe Major Don Maxwell's
tenure; the Pipes and Drums earned the Best Pipe Band award for the Calgary Stampede
Parade, as well as Top Canadian Band overall. In High River in August 2006, the band
placed first in the Grade III Medley Competition of a field of five bands.
The band had many other competitive successes during his tenure. In November 2010,
Michael Giles moved back to British Columbia to pursue civilian career
opportunities, where he continued to play with military pipe bands, and in
the summer of 2013, his
civilian employment brought him back to Calgary, allowing Mister Giles to
return to The Calgary Highlanders.