Units of the Canadian Forces have Honorary Colonels and Honorary Lieutenant Colonels, who are appointed by the Minister of National Defence, serve their units by undertaking several vital functions. These appointees are distinguished Canadians who have contributed to the country through business, or throughprior military service. Honoraries serve in an honourary and advisory capacity to their respective regiments - a role that is very important to the morale and esprit-de-corps within the ceremonial life of the unit. They also serve as patrons to their regiments and develop, promote and sustain the connection to the community.

The Rangers have two additional Honoraries. The first is the Colonel-in-Chief, who as a member of the royal family maintains the Regiment's connection to the monarchy. The second and more unique appointment is that of Colonel of the Regiment. This position is held in perpetuity by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and recognizes the historical connection of the Regiment to the office and the province. The first Lt Governor of Ontario was Lieutenant General John Graves Simcoe, a Commanding Officer of the Rangers in the American Revolutionary War (1776-1783). He brought many of his old regiment to Upper Canada and it was the Queen's Rangers that built Fort York and many of the key streets in Toronto including Yonge Street and Dundas Street. This appointment recognizes the historical connection.


Colonel in Chief

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, K.G., K.C.V.O., C.D., A.D.C(P)

The Duke of York was born on 19th February 1960 at Buckingham Palace, the second son and the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.

After serving for 22 years in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot, The Duke of York became the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

The Queen’s York Rangers reaffirmed their ties to Canada’s monarchy by asking HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, to become their first Colonel-in-Chief – a position held by a royal patron.

Having graciously consented to the request, Prince Andrew was formally installed at Fort York Armouries in Toronto in September 1999.

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Colonel of the Regiment

Her Honour, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, DStJ, O.Ont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.

She cares deeply about the environment, which she considers the fundamental basis for life on earth. She has led provincial, federal, and international institutions, and has served on the boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her years as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations profoundly shaped her worldview and continue to inform her thinking as she undertakes her role as 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Her overarching and ambitious vision is Ontario in the world. She wants to listen to Ontarians and engage them in meaningful dialogue about what they can contribute and learn from others in meeting the common challenges of our interconnected world. Her Honour’s aim is to bring multiple perspectives to the table, encourage innovation, and cultivate new ideas, sparking action and commitment to seeing these ideas move forward.

Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds 11 honorary degrees.

Honorary Colonel

HCol Darrell Bricker PhD

Darrell Bricker is the Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Public Affairs, an organization that conducts corporate reputation and social research around the world. The company is a division of Ipsos, the world's second largest market research firm having offices in 25 countries and a staff of over 700 research professionals.

Dr. Bricker holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa and a BA & MA from Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo. He is a recognized leader in his field and is a prolific author including recent best sellers "The Big Shift" and "We Know What You're Thinking". Prior to joining Ipsos in 1990 Darrell was Director of Public Opinion Research in the Office of the Prime Minister. He also worked as a research consultant for firms in Toronto and Ottawa. He is currently located in Toronto.

Dr Bricker appears frequently in the media as a commentator on political, social and business issue. He is a regular speaker at industry, government and academic conferences.

Darrell is a passionate supporter of Canada's military. In addition to being the Honorary Colonel for the Queen's York Rangers, he is a member of Canada Company, an organization that raises funds to support the families of Canada's soldiers. Darrell is also on the campaign cabinet for Fort York, Toronto's oldest military facility. In recognition of his support to Canada's military he was awarded a commendation by the head of the army.

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

(Col Ret'd) Charles S. Oliviero, CD, PhD

Dr. Charles Oliviero was born in Naples, Italy on April 3, 1954 and immigrated to Canada in 1956. He lives in Kingston, ON.

Dr. Oliviero was educated at Royal Military College of Canada where he earned his B.A. in History in 1976, his M.A. in War Studies 1998, and his PhD in War Studies in 2006.

Joining the Canadian Forces in 1976 as an Armour Officer he served in a variety of command and staff positions including Commanding Officer of his Regiment in Germany from 1991 to 1993. Retiring from the Regular Force in 1998 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Oliviero remained in the Reserves. He retired as a Colonel from his position as an advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Army in 2010 upon being appointed as the HLCol of the Rangers.

Dr. Oliviero is currently employed by Calian Technologies as the National Contract Wide Coordinator for the six simulation centres in the Canadian Army. He is also an Assistant Professor (pro tem) at Royal Military College of Canada and an Adjunct Professor of Military History at Norwich University, America's oldest private military academy. He is married to the former Jane Ann Wyant of Kingston, ON. They have two sons, both of whom are in the CF. The elder is a Captain in the RCAF and the younger is a Captain in the Armoured Corps.