22 Wing Commander

Colonel Mark Roberts, CD

Colonel Mark Roberts, CD

Colonel Mark Roberts enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in St. John’s, Newfoundland in June 1986 and soon thereafter attended the College militaire royal du Canada (CMR) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. After graduating with a BA in Military and Strategic Studies with Honours and later the Air Traffic Control Officer’s Basic Course in 1992, he received his first posting to Edmonton, Alberta, where he qualified as a Tower Controller. Col Roberts enjoyed follow-on operational postings to Goose Bay, Labrador and Greenwood, Nova Scotia, where he deployed to Croatia for six months as part of a NATO Air Traffic Control unit that provided Enroute Control over Bosnian Airspace.

In 2003, Col Roberts was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO) in Cornwall, Ontario where he served as an instructor, and later was promoted to Major and appointed the school Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2006, he experienced his first exposure to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, Ontario as the Aerospace Control (AEC) Career Manager.

In 2008, he was selected to attend the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, Ontario where he received a Master’s in Defence Studies. Upon graduation in 2009, he moved to the Air Defense side of the AEC occupation with a posting to the Canadian Aerospace Defence Sector (CADS) in North Bay, Ontario, serving as a Mission Crew Commander at 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron. 

In the following years, Col Roberts was fortunate to serve in several command positions such as the Commanding Officer (CO) of 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron at CADS, the HQ Branch CO at the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters (CEFCOM) in Ottawa, and as the Canadian Detachment CO at the Western Air Defence Sector (WADS). While at WADS, in Oct 2014, he was selected to serve as the Air Task Force Commander for NORAD Exercise Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, where he commanded a binational expeditionary force consisting of 500 personnel and over 30 aircraft.  In 2015, he entered the Space Domain as the Section Head for ISR projects at DG Space under the Chief of the Air Force in Ottawa. 

On 13 July 2017, Colonel Roberts returned to North Bay and assumed command of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces North Bay and the Canadian Air Defence Sector.