College & Community Lecture Series
Speaker: Colonel Levoir
Topic: Operation MEDUSA: Canada Leading and fighting in NATO's first ground offensive at the Battle Group level.
Col Lavoie will discuss Canada's role in the execution of Operation MEDUSA from his perspective as the Battle Group Commander of 1500 combat soldiers in the fall of 2006.
Bio: Col Omer Lavoie, MSC
Colonel Omer Lavoie was born and raised in Marathon, Ontario. He joined the CF in 1983 as a private soldier in the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. Upon high school graduation, he transferred to the Regular Force and attended Royal Roads Military College from 1985-1989. Upon completion of infantry phase training, he was posted to Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.
Col Lavoie’s regimental employment includes service with 2 RCR, 1 RCR and as the Regimental Adjutant. As a member of 2 RCR, he was employed as a platoon commander, officer commanding reconnaissance platoon and as a company second-in command. While posted to 1 RCR, he served as the battle group operations officer, Officer Commanding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Company and Commanding Officer.
Col Lavoie’s extra regimental service has included postings to Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters in Yellowknife, attendance at the CF Command and Staff College in Toronto, and staff officer to Director General Strategic Planning in National Defence Headquarters. Most recently, he has led the Canadian Forces Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force.
Col Lavoie’s operational experience includes employment as a rifle platoon commander during the OKA Crisis, as a company second-in-command in Croatia and Bosnia in 1992/1993, as a battle group operations officer in Kosovo in 1999/2000 and as a Battle Group Commanding Officer of the 1 RCR Battle Group in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006/2007.
Col Lavoie has been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for his role in leading the First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group in Afghanistan and has been awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for leading NATO’s first offensive ground operation at the Battle Group level, OPERATION MEDUSA.
His formal education includes an Honours degree in Military Leadership and Applied Psychology from Royal Roads Military College and a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from Royal Military College. He is married and has three children. His personal interests include hunting, fishing, and driving (but mostly fixing) rusty old trucks.