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Colonel Robert Edward Kearney, BSc, MDS, MSM, CD


© Photograph of New Westminster College - Senior Fellow - Colonel (R) Robert Edward Kearney, BSc, MDS, MSM, C.D., MSM (U.S.) - Canadian Army (Ret) - 23 NOV 2012

 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Colonel Robert Edward Kearney, BSc, MDS, MSM, CD

Colonel Robert Edward Kearney retired from the Canadian Army in 2012 and is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies in Geophysics from Carleton University, and a Master of Defence Studies and International Security from the Royal Military College at the Kingston and Canadian Forces College.

Colonel Kearney has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and presently serves at CGI Information Systems & Management Consultants Inc. as Director of Business Development, Public Safety Portfolio within the Defence, Public Safety, and Intelligence Division. He holds an active Top Secret security clearance with Special Access Level III (Military and Interagency) and NATO Top Secret Cosmic (granted in 2012). He has over twenty-nine years of diverse experience in military, government and interagency training and operations, including planning, operations and training.  His background includes leadership and staff positions in planning, training, design, and implementation of new products and concepts in both military and whole of government environments.

Colonel Kearney’s professional leadership experience includes:

  • Chief of Joint Domestic Operations for Canada, Canada Command, Ottawa – (July 2011 to May 2012):

He was responsible for coordination and execution of all joint domestic operations within Canada as well as working with security partners in the U.S. and Americas.  This included: tracking and coordination of all search and rescue missions in Canada, coordination counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism security missions in Canada; planning and execution of national security events held in Canada such as summits, heads of state and Royal visits, and sporting events; and the daily reporting and coordination of security concerns which threaten Canada and Canadians.  Planning, execution and response to federal request for assistance to the Canadian Forces for consequence managements events such as floods, forest fires, and pandemics.  This included being the Canada Command point of contact and lead representative for whole-of-government agencies and departments.  Portfolios developed were with the RCMP, Public Safety Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Services, Canadian Coast Guard, and Canadian Border Services Agency.

  • Colonel, Chief of Staff, Anti-Corruption Task Force, ISAF Headquarters, Kabul Afghanistan – (September 2010 to June 2011):

As Chief of Staff, he was responsible for the daily coordination, planning, and execution of all counter-corruption activity in Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  This strategic Task Force reported directly to the Commander ISAF, General David H. Petraeus, and was instrumental in planning and executing a strategic campaign plan to target power brokers, persons of interest, insurgents and terrorists undermining the security and stability of Afghanistan.  In coordination with the International Community, and in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the team worked extensively to develop a common understanding of the threat corruption posed to the viability of the Afghan state.  Responsible to integrate the ISAF anti-corruption activities with those of key Afghan and International Community partners to support the development of an active and honest administration.  Regularly briefed, updated and staffed key policy issues with Presidents, Prime Ministers, senior political officials, ambassadors, and senior military officials visiting Afghanistan to assist with resolution of the extensive corruption problem.  Requested personally by General Petraeus and was the first non-U.S. military officer to join this American-led Task Force and ensure that it was fully integrated into the NATO mission.  For this effort, earned commendations and formal recognition from the Commander ISAF, Commissioner F.B.I., NATO Headquarters, and Ambassadors from the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

  • Chief of Joint Domestic Operations, Joint Task Force Central, Toronto – (July 2009 to August 2010):

Within the Province of Ontario, he was responsible for the planning, execution and response to federal, provincial, and municipal request for assistance to the Canadian Forces for security events, search and rescue, heads of state and Royal visits within the province, and consequence managements events, such as floods, forest fires, and pandemics.  As Chief of joint domestic operations, was the Canadian Forces provincial point of contact and lead representative for whole-of-government agencies and departments such as RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, Public Safety Canada, Emergency Management Ontario, and other provincial and municipal entities.  During the planning, training, and execution of the G8 and G20 Summits 2010, was the lead planner and operator for the Joint Task Force as well as the Canadian Forces.  Responsible as the lead military planner and operator for Ontario to participate in three counter-narcotics missions in the province, five Royal visits to Canada in the Province of Ontario, and collaboration in resolving the H1/N1 pandemic at the municipal and provincial level.

  • January 2009 to July 2009: Deputy Director Plans and Operations, Integrated Security Unit, Barrie, Ontario
  • January 2007 to January 2009: Commanding Officer, Combat Training Centre, Central Area, Meaford, Ontario
  • July 2005 to January 2007: Canadian Liaison Officer to U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth Kansas
  • August 2004 to June 2005: Lieutenant-Colonel, Joint Command and Staff Course, Canadian Forces College, Toronto
  • August 2001 to August 2004: Major, Command and Control Team Lead, Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre, Ottawa
  • June 1999 to August 2001: Squadron Commander, Royal Canadian Dragoons, 2nd Brigade Group, Petawawa, Ontario
  • August 1997 to June 1999: Special Investigations and Boards of Inquiry, Army Staff, Ottawa
  • July 1993 to August 1997: Adjutant and Battle Captain, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Special Service Force, Petawawa Ontario
  • July 1990 to July 1993: Instructor Tactics Squadron, Combat Training Centre, Gagetown, New Brunswick
  • August 1987 to July 1990: Troop Leader, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Special Service Force, Petawawa, Ontario

Colonel Kearney’s professional military education includes:

  • 1991: Graduate of Canadian Forces Staff School – Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993: Graduate of Armour Officer Advanced Course – U.S. Army Armour School, Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • 1996: Graduate of Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College – Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1998: Graduate of Combat Team Commanders Course – Combat Training Centre, C.F.B. Gagetown, New Brunswick
  • 2005: Graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course – Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2011: Executive Second Language Training in French – École de Langues, C.F.B. St. Jean, Québec

Colonel Kearney’s professional military training includes:

  • 1987: Armour Officer Phase Training – Combat Training Centre, C.F.B. Gagetown, New Brunswick
  • 1988: Intelligence Officer Course – Special Service Force, C.F.B. Petawawa, Ontario
  • 1989: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Course – C.F.B. Borden, Ontario
  • 1990: Advanced Winter Warfare Course – Special Service Force, C.F.B. Petawawa, Ontario
  • 1990: Unarmed Combat Instructor Course – Special Service Force, C.F.B. Petawawa, Ontario
  • 2001: Combined Federated Battle Lab Information Assurance Course – Shirley’s Bay, Ottawa
  • 2006: Information Assurance and Counter-Cyberterrorism Course – U.S. Army Combined Arms Centre, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 2006: Counterinsurgency Course – U.S. Army Combined Arms Centre, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 2007: Commanding Officers Course – Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario
  • 2007: Presiding Officers and Commanding Officers Legal Course – C.F.B. Borden, Ontario
  • 2009: Public Relations and Media Awareness Course – Joint Task Force Central, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2010: Counter-Corruption and Counterinsurgency Course – International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan

Colonel Kearney’s operational deployments (international) include:

  • Cyprus 1989: United Nations Forces in Cyprus
  • Bosnia 1994: United Nations Protection Force
  • Croatia 1995: United Nations Protection Force
  • Kosovo 1999: Preparation for NATO Protection Force
  • Afghanistan 2006: U.S. Forces Afghanistan in Support of NATO
  • Kuwait 2006: U.S. Forces Support to Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan 2010: NATO International Security Assistance Force
  • Afghanistan 201: NATO International Security Assistance Force

Colonel Kearney’s operational deployments (domestic) included:

  • 1997: Manitoba Floods
  • 1998: Northeast Ice Storm
  • 1999: Toronto Snow Storm
  • 2009 and 2010: Counter-Narcotics Support
  • 2010: H1/N1 Flu Pandemic
  • – Vancouver 2010 Olympics
  • 2010: Ontario G8 and G20 Summits
  • 2010 and 2011: Royal Visits to Canada

Colonel Kearney’s proactive volunteerism includes service and support to the Wounded Warrior Fundraiser Program, True Patriot Love Fundraiser Program, United Way Campaign Representative, High School and Pee Wee Football Coach, Pee Wee Girls Soccer Coach, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa and Canadian Cancer Society Marathon Fundraiser Program.

Colonel Kearney’s honours, awards and decorations include:

  • Canadian Forces Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal
  • F.B.I. Commissioner’s Commendation
  • Chief of Defence Staff Commendation
  • Senior Fellow, New Westminster College
  • Canadian Order of St. George – Knighthood
  • R.C.M.P. Commissioner’s Commendation
  • Commander International Security Assistance Force Commendation
  • Afghanistan Southwest Asia Campaign Star with Bar
  • Afghanistan Southwest Service Asia Medal
  • U.S. Military Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • NATO Afghanistan Medal
  • United Nations Protection Force Medal – Bosnia
  • United Nations Protection Force Medal – Croatia
  • United Nations Forces in Cyprus Medal
  • Canadian Forces Peacekeeping Medal
  • Canadian Forces Decoration with Clasp

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Colonel Robert Edward Kearney is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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