Back to Biographies main page
Maj Tom Paterson CD,
Major (retd) Thomas James Paterson, CD
As a High School student Major Paterson had been drafted into the school cadet corps. He served five years including a summer at Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp and in his final year was Platoon Sergeant of the Signals Platoon.
Major Paterson was commissioned into the Regular Army in 1964 after
serving in the Reserves as a Rifleman in 3rd Battalion, The Queen's
Own Rifles of Canada and as an Officer Cadet in the Carleton University Contingent of the Canadian Officer Training Corps. Major Paterson joined 2nd Battalion, The Canadian Guards on commissioning and served with that unit and its successor, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from 1964 to 1972 in Petawawa with operations in Cyprus (1965/66) and Quebec (Oct 1970) and various exercises in Denmark, North Norway and Libya (with 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers(UK) 1969).
Major Paterson subsequently served in Canadian Forces Headquarters
(1972/73), National Defence Headquarters (1973/74, 1988/93). The
Combat Arms School (1974/77), 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian
Regiment (1977/80), Headquarters Canadian Forces Europe (1980/81), The Canadian Forces Staff School (1982/84), 4th Panzer Grenadier Division (GE)(1985/86), VII (US) Corps and 1st Armored Division (US) (1986/88), The Canadian Embassy in Bonn (1993/96), and the Land Forces Western Area Detachment BC (1996/98). He was promoted to Major in 1981.
Major Paterson commanded companies of the Royal Canadian Regiment in
Petawawa, Gagetown and London. He is a graduate of the Land Command
and Staff College (1977), the Canadian Forces Staff College (1982) and
the University of Manitoba (BA 1996).
Major Paterson retired from the Regular Force in 1998 and moved to
Whitehorse, Yukon. In Whitehorse he served as a company commander (1998), Standards Officer (2001) and Commanding Officer (2002/04) at Whitehorse Cadet Training Centre. He was President of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Yukon (1999/2004) and a Vice-President of the Tourism Association of Yukon (2003/04). Major Paterson was Executive Director of The Association of Yukon Communities (2004/10).