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Captain C. Breede CD Biography
Captain Claus Breede CD is an archaeologist and professional museumologist having worked with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto and has served as Director with the Bruce County Museum in Southampton (ON) and the Huron County Museum in Goderich.
His work with the Royal Ontario Museum took him to the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central America for field projects that range from studies on the architecture of the buildings along the ancient Silk Road in Iran (3,000 BC) to the temples of the Maya in Belize.
Captain Breede was appointed as the first Director of the Bruce County Museum in 1978 and he took the museum from a seasonal operation to a fully staffed vibrant museum that today boasts one of the finest facilities in Ontario. In 1985 Captain Breede was invited to joined the staff of the County of Huron, in Goderich, also here in Ontario, to spearhead the development of a $4.5 million retrofit of this outstanding community museum. Following the completion of the building he was asked to stay on as the Museum Director, a position he held until he assumed the post of Director/Curator of the Royal Canada Regiment museum in London in November 2003.
Captain Breede has had a long interest in the military having joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a young teenager. In 1979 he co-founded a new Air Cadet Squadron in Port Elgin and ten years later re—badges from the Cadet Instructors Cadre to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment a primary reserve unit. While with 4RCR he held the position of Platoon Commander, Company 2nd in Command, Acting Officer Commanding ‘T’ Company and Officer Commanding Armories in Stratford.
Captain Breede returned to the Cadet Instructors Cadre in 1998 and two years ago was appointed as Commanding Officer of No. 9 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps which is housed at Wolseley Barracks in London Ontario. This was Captain Breede’s fifth appointment as a unit’s Commanding Officer. Having commanded 340 Port Elgin Air Cadets Squadron from 1982-1985, 2923 South Huron Army Cadet Corps from 1999-2002, 2944 Central Huron Army Cadet Corps from 2002-2005, 2968 Robert Land Army Cadet Corps from 2005-2007 before taking command of No. 9. Captain Breede has also worked with 532 Goderich Air Cadet Squadron and held the position of Deputy Commanding Office
Captain Breede is also the President of Canadian Cultural Resource Consultants Inc., a firm that specializes in the development of master plans, feasibility studies and business plans for a wide range of cultural clients. The client list of CCRC Inc ranges from Cities and Counties to provincial agencies such as the Ontario Heritage Foundation and various ministries of senior levels of government. CCRC Inc has been in business for over twenty-five years.
Captain Breede has two children. His son Christian has just returned after service with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Afghanistan as a Company 2nd in command, and his daughter Alexandra, a graduate of York University and an aspiring actor lives in Toronto currently working with the Ontario Arts Council.
Claus and his wife Rita, make their home in London, Ontario