Colonel Cliff Jamieson was born in Chilliwack, BC in 1959 and grew up
in a military family. As the son of a soldier, he lived on a number
of different bases in western Canada. He spent a great deal of his teenage
years with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and was a graduate of its
Master Cadet Program.
Lieutenant Colonel Jamieson joined the Regular Force on the Officer
Candidate Training Program and, after completing Basic Infantry Officer
Training, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s
Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Victoria. His service in the Regular
Force was spent principally as an infantry officer in an operational
environment. He served in all three battalions of his regiment: with
the 1st Battalion in Calgary, which was, at that time, also Canada’s
AMF(L) Battalion; with the 2nd Battalion in Germany; and with the 3rd
Battalion in both Victoria and Edmonton. While on regimental duty, he
served as a company commander, company second-in-command, battalion
training officer, reconnaissance platoon commander and rifle platoon
commander. He is a qualified rappelmaster and parachutist and has served
in a paratrooper position. He has a diverse operational background,
in both mechanized and light infantry units, and includes jungle, desert,
amphibious and arctic environments. Two of his four years as a company
commander were spent seconded to the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria,
where he commanded a mixed company of Regular and Reserve soldiers under
the 10/90 Project.
Outside regimental duty in the Regular
Force, Lieutenant Colonel Jamieson has had military postings as a commanding
officer of a Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre, a general’s aide-de-camp
with the UN Protection Force, a NATO arms control inspector, a strategic-level
staff officer in the Directorate of Army Training, an observer and a
public information officer with the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission
and the Chief of Staff Coord and G3 Plans at Land Force Western Area
Headquarters. While serving in the latter position, he was selected
as the G3 and senior planning officer for the 2002 Pacific Armies Management
Seminar – a 33-nation week-long seminar for senior general officers
of Pacific Rim armies.
In 2003, he transferred to the Reserve
Force and joined the British Columbia Dragoons in Kelowna, BC, where
he served first as a squadron commander, Regimental Second-in-Command
and Commanding Officer (2005 to 2009). Notably, in 2008, he was Task
Force Commander for Exercise Cougar Salvo 08 – a brigade-wide,
all-arms, Level 4, live-fire exercise. From 2009, he has been assigned
as a Provincial Liaison Officer with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.
Most recently, in 2011, he served a tour of duty on Operation Athena,
Task Force Afghanistan where he was Team Leader with the Mentoring and
Liaison Team Division, ISAF Joint Command Headquarters. In this position,
he was assigned to the two most active regions in the mission –
South and Southwest Regional Commands – and spent a vast majority
of his time “outside the wire” leading multi-national teams
who were tasked to validate ISAF mentoring teams while they, in turn,
conducted their duties mentoring Afghan National Security Forces on
active operations against the Insurgency.
During his career he has
served on peacekeeping missions in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Cyprus.
He is a graduate of Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course, the Canadian
Land Force Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces Staff School.
He holds a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science degree from the Royal
Military College of Canada.
In his civilian life, Lieutenant Colonel
Jamieson is a Certified Human Resource Professional, who works for The
Home Depot of Canada as a Human Resource Manager. He enjoys hockey,
skiing and golf; and he is an avid runner, military history buff and
amateur astronomer. His wife, Heather, is an elementary school teacher
and they have two children.