19 Wing Commander

Colonel Dany J. Poitras, CD

Colonel Dany J. Poitras, CD

Colonel (Col) Dany Poitras was born in Joliette, QC, in 1970. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996 as a direct entry officer and was awarded his pilot’s wings in 1999. He spent the first half of his military career flying the CH-146 Griffon helicopter with 1 Wing, starting at 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron in Petawawa, followed by 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown as an instructor pilot. In 2006, he was posted to 444 Combat Support Squadron (CS Sqn) in Goose Bay where he had the privilege to be the acting Commanding Officer for several months and was later appointed as the 5 Wing Operations Officer. His experience with 1 Wing included two rotations in Bosnia and one deployment with the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan.

In 2009, he made the official transition to the search-and-rescue (SAR) community with a posting to 413 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron in Greenwood, where he took over as Cormorant Flight Commander, qualified on the CH149 Cormorant helicopter and eventually became the Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2012-2013, he completed the Joint Command and Staff Programme in Toronto. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) in 2013 and was posted to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC) as the Concept Development Section Head. One year later, he assumed Command of 424 (T&R) Squadron in Trenton and led the “Tigers” in delivering SAR services for the Trenton SAR region. In 2016, he was posted to the 1st Canadian Division as Senior Air Advisor and as the Designated Commander for Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations, before being promoted to his current rank in 2018 and appointed as Director Western Hemisphere Policy in Ottawa.

Col Poitras has accumulated more than 4,000 flying hours over his career. He has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a certificate in engineering management and a Master of Defence Studies. He enjoys hunting, fishing and getting in trouble with his ATV.

Col Poitras was appointed to his current position as 19 Wing Commander in Comox, BC, in July of 2019.