Mr. William J. Coyle, O.StJ, O.Ont., M.S.M., C.D., Ph.D

Biography / November 18, 2013

Mr. William “Bill” Coyle was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 16 Wing Borden, Ontario in October 2013.

Honorary Colonel Coyle was born in Toronto, Ontario and attended de LaSalle College and the AVRO Aeronautical Engineering Co-op Program.  During a very successful career spanning 50 years, he was an active member of the commercial and military aerospace community. He began at Avro Aircraft Limited, Malton, Ontario in the Experimental Flight Test Engineering Group, where he acquired his early manufacturing/ engineering training. He participated in design, installation and flight testing of experimental aircraft systems for the CF-105 "Arrow", CF-100 "Canuck", C-102 Jetliner and the Avrocar research flying vehicle (Flying Saucer Project).

While Corporate Vice President Government Affairs for AlliedSignal Canada Inc., Honorary Colonel Coyle served the diverse interest of the three AlliedSignal business sectors, Aerospace, Automotive and Engineered Materials. Recognized and respected as an authority on global aerospace affairs and international reputation for leadership, he successfully pioneered and negotiated international cooperative agreements between Canada, the United States and the European community in aerospace. He retired from AlliedSignal in May of 1997, sits on several aerospace boards of directors and now frequently consults, and advises, on issues dealing with global aerospace as well as military and government affairs programs.

His community works involve the establishment and implementation of job shadowing programs in an effort to promote the awareness of opportunities for students in the local school system that may wish to pursue a career in aerospace, commercial or military. Honorary Colonel Coyle has been a guest lecturer, domestically and internationally, with establishments such as the NATO Defence College in Rome, the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and a variety of University MBA programs.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Ph.D) in Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2013 to recognize his dedication and support to “The College.”

Honorary Colonel Coyle served as Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) at 16 Wing Borden from January 1997 to October 2010. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.) and the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) for that period of service, and invested as a member of the 16 Wing Fellowship.

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