Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant-Colonel Eric M. Thorson, CD, BMASc

Lieutenant-Colonel Thorson began his military career as a Rifleman in the Regina Rifle Regiment in 1975. Leaving the unit as a Lieutenant, he was commissioned into the Regular Force and held command appointments in the 1st and 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (as full time support staff) and the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

In addition to his regimental service LCol Thorson has held several staff appointments in a variety of headquarters. These include service in the 1st Canadian Division Headquarters as an exercise and operations planner and National Defence Headquarters where he served initially as an Arms Inspector, travelling extensively in the countries of the former Yugoslavia and the Warsaw Pact to ensure compliance with various arms control treaties. His later service at NDHQ was in the Continental operations section coordinating military support to domestic emergencies in North America, provincial police and the RCMP. In 2006 he was posted to England as an exchange officer in the planning branch of the British Army's 3rd (UK) Division Headquarters. On his return from the UK in 2009 he was posted to the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and served in the Formation Training Group of the College supporting high-readiness staff training for Afghanistan and contingency operations.

His operational experience includes peacekeeping tours with the UN in Cyprus and with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai desert. He has served on domestic operation sin North America, deployed to the conflict in Iraq with the British Army and to Afghanistan with the Canadian Army. He received a Deputy Chief of Defence Staff's Commendation for his role in the Canadian relief efforts to Hurricane Katrina and an Army Commander's Commendation for his work in Army high-readiness training. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the Royal Military College.

He left the Regular Force in 2015 and work for Calian as a civial simulation specialist at the Canadian Army Simulation Center concentrating on high-readiness staff straining for brigade and division headquarters. He is happily married to Suzanne and lives with his three children and a very bad dog (with which he is less happy).


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Regimental Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer - Frank H. Atyeo, CD

CWO Frank Atyeo joined the CF in February, 1992 as a student of the Military Co-op program in which he graduated as the top candidate. He has since filled a variety of positions within the Queen's York Rangers from candidate to instructor and armoured crewman to Squadron Sergeant Major. He also has extensive experience as a member of the unit headquarters, having filled the roles of Transport NCO, Operations NCO and RQMS, excelling in each position and meeting all the challenges presented to him.

CWO Atyeo has had the opportunity to deploy with the United Nations Protection Force to Bosnia Herzegovina as a rifleman with the Royal Canadian Dragoons in 1994 and more recently as a member of Roto 3-08, the NATO mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan serving as the quartermaster for an intelligence unit. CWO Atyeo has received numerous awards for outstanding commitment including recognition in 2006 as the top senior NCO in the brigade, Commanding Officer's Commendations, Top Shot and Top Instructor in the Regiment.

CWO Atyeo was born on Nov 12th, 1974. He grw up in Sutton Ontario with one sister and later three step sisters. Frank and his wife Renee have been married for ten years. Together they enjoy spending time with their two greyhounds, Rupert and Scarlet, visiting family and spending time at the cottage. They also share a strong passion for travelling. CWO Atyeo is currently the Senior Manager of the Scotiabank Global Security Operations Center, where he has found that the experiences and training received in the military have directly contributed to his success in this role.