8 Wing Commander

Colonel C. Keiver, MSM, CD

Colonel C. Keiver, MSM, CD

Col Keiver was born and raised on a farm in Alberta where his love of aviation emerged early.  As an Air Cadet, he was awarded his Glider Pilot wings at the age of 16 but was eclipsed by his wife, who he met in Air Cadets, who was the first to earn a Pilots license.

Colin enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1991 and was awarded his wings in 1994.  His operational tours include six years at 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg, three years on exchange with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in Cherry Point, NC where he was heavily involved in both counter-terrorism operations as well as the introduction of the C-130J to the USMC and an incredibly rewarding tour as Commanding Officer of 436 Transport Squadron (TS) where he introduced the C-130J to service into the RCAF while concurrently supporting operations in Afghanistan and Libya.

As a staff officer, he has served in 1 Canadian Air Division HQ as both A3 Transport Operations as well as A3 Transport, where he was heavily involved in the RCAF transition to the C-17 and C-130J.  On promotion to Colonel, he was appointed Director Air Simulation and Training in Ottawa where he was responsible for all contracted training within the RCAF as well as the development of the RCAF Simulation Strategy.

Col Keiver has over 4000 hours on the C130 family of aircraft and in excess of 6000 hours of PowerPoint presentation time. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Program and has recently graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, UK