Former RCAF Commander Yvan Blondin joins Samuel Associates
Ottawa-based government relations firm Samuel Associates continues to grow its team of forward-thinking senior associates to support clients.
Lieutenant-General (Retired) Yvan Blondin CMM, CD, brings 35 years of military leadership experience and knowledge of the international aerospace and defence industries. Yvan has accumulated over 3,000 flying hours in various fighter aircraft, including the CF-18 and the T33. He has held progressive leadership positions at the Canadian Department of National Defence Headquarters, NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs and served as Director of Staff in NATO ISAF Headquarters in Afghanistan.
Yvan was appointed Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 2012, where he served in that position until his retirement in 2015.
Goran Samuel Pesic, President and CEO, Samuel Associates, said:
"Yvan's Air Force track record, international operational experience and professional industry relationships are second to none. The firm is pleased to have him join our already exceptional team. Yvan brings with him an incredibly strong knowledge of Canada's technological and operational aerospace requirements, which will greatly benefit our clients as they look to support the RCAF's modernization programs."
Following his retirement, Yvan has dedicated himself to supporting programs that positively impact veterans' transition to civilian life. Accordingly, he serves as Board President of the Quebec Veterans Foundation.
Yvan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and the United States Air Force War College.