Vince Fagnan is a Senior Associate with Samuel Associates. He has over 35 years of dedicated military service and executive leadership experience in the Canadian Army, the Department of National Defence (DND) and the private sector.
He is a Management Consultant with a wide range of proficiencies ranging from leadership development to working with executives to formulate and implement business strategy. Throughout Vince's career, he has successfully worked in a variety of key sectors, including Government, Defence, Aerospace, Advanced Materials and Composite Manufacturing, Cybersecurity and Fintech. He thrives in highly technical environments and specializes in defence procurement with extensive program, project and operational experience in a variety of areas including armoured vehicles and systems, survivability, training and simulation, command and control, sustainment, cyber resilience, proposals and commercialization of new technologies.
Vince has served in increasingly challenging command and staff positions as an armour officer with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before transitioning to the private sector in 2011. He has deployed operationally on several domestic operations and abroad to Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan on United Nations and NATO Missions. He has been an instructor at the Armour School, and Commander of Reconnaissance and Headquarters Squadrons at the Regiment. He has had three separate postings to Director Land Requirements (DND DLR) where he and his section acted as project directors and represented users on many land equipment and research and development projects, as well as several NATO programs. His private sector career included executive professional development and also coaching to frontline operators. Vince's career also included developing and positioning business strategies for foreign-owned defence companies seeking market entry into Canada.
He is a graduate of the Telfer Executive Master of Business Administration program at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Master of Arts in Military Studies from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has also completed the Joint Command and Staff Course at the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College in Kuwait.
Vince is married and has two adult children. During his personal time, he and his wife are avid supporters of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation and compete in dragon boat races at the national and international levels.