Fernando Martins joined the Canadian Army in 1985 as an Armour Officer, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. His career was diversified, serving in numerous command and staff positions with his Regiment and with other units throughout Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Land Force Command & Staff College (Army Management College), Canadian Forces Staff School (Army Administrative School), and the US Army Armor Officer Advanced Course (US Army Leadership Academy). He also served on operational tours in Mozambique, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Recognized for his professionalism and distinguished actions, he was awarded the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure & Environment) Award, and the Army Commander’s Commendation. He was recently awarded the Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command Commendation for his support to the Medicine Hat flood response Task Force.
His final military position was the G3 (Base Operations Officer) at CFB Suffield, Alberta, the largest Army Base in the Commonwealth. He retired as a Major from the Canadian Forces in 2007, after 22 years for notable service. He continued to support the military as a Public Servant with the Department of National Defence, and remained at CFB Suffield. Here, he was the Base Technical Services Officer (G4) providing logistical support to this large Army Base, the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), and Defence Research Development Canada Suffield (DRDC).
In November 2013, he joined the Strategic Operations team as the Director of Canadian Operations. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership, management, training, contracting and logistical support.