Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant-Colonel James J. Stocker, CD AdeC

Lieutenant-Colonel James Stocker began his military career in The Queen’s York Rangers, enlisting while in high school in 2000.  Commissioning in 2002, he completed his training in Gagetown, NB, and has since held every Regimental officer appointment.  Concurrently maintaining an active full-time military career, he held both command and staff appointments at a variety of units and headquarters, including the Regiment itself, 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School, 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, 4 Canadian Division Support Group Headquarters, 4 Canadian Division Headquarters, the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, and National Defence Headquarters.

His operational experience includes a deployment with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in 2008-09, where he served in current operations.  More recently, he deployed as Canada’s Senior Liaison Officer to the Coalition Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (the global community’s response to the threat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq) Headquarters in 2017-18.  Domestically, he served as the Task Force Adjutant for the Canadian Armed Forces support the G8/G20 Summits in 2010. 

A Toronto native, he is a graduate of York University, receiving an Honours BA in History, the Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College, and the British Territorial Army Command and Staff College.  He is employed as the Regional Departmental Security Officer, Central Region, as part of the Directorate-General, Defence Security.

Lieutenant-Colonel Stocker’s interests include history, politics, psychology, philosophy, after-dinner raconteurship, running, cross-training, and film.  He enjoys spending time with his lovely partner, Ashley, and torturing his large dog, Lily, with off-key singing.

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Regimental Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer - Chris Duncan, CD

CWO Duncan joined the Queen’s York Rangers in 1980, intending it to be just an interesting summer job. Since then he has served in nearly every position in an armoured reconnaissance squadron. He deployed to Ex Lightning Strike in 1984 as a patrol commander and helped test the Regimental Recce Troop concept with the 8th Canadian Hussars that same year.

In 1998 he helped respond to the ice storm in Brockville and in Bastard Township with the army. In 2010 he deployed to Resolute Bay for Op Nanook as the Land Component Command Ops WO. More recently he has completed five postings to the 32 CMG Battle School including acting RSM.