Roy, Michel


Born in Sherbrooke, Québec, on June 23rd, 1959, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces on November 28, 1976. After his Basic and English training in Saint-Jean, Québec, he went to Base Photo in Cold Lake, Alberta, until the start of his photo training in August, 1977 ,taking place at Borden, Ontario. Upon graduation, in February 1978, he was posted to St-Hubert, Quebec.

From 1981-1986, he was assigned to the photo reconnaissance section at 433 e Escadron tactique de chasse, in Bagotville, Québec. In 1986 he was posted to Borden, Ontario as a photographic instructor until 1991.

Posted to the Photo Unit in Rockliffe, Ottawa, he was in charge of the printing lab until his selection to be the Governor General’s Photographer in February 1995.

Promoted Warrant officer in July 1996, he had to leave that position and returned to the Photo Unit as the Testing and Evaluation Lab Supervisor.

In December 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Master warrant officer, and posted to 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Away from his family that stayed in Ottawa, he retired from the CAF in Dec., 2000, to take a civilian position with Imaging Services in Ottawa.

He then took his final retirement in June 2018, after almost 42 years within the Imagery Community. 

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Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale recently retired in September, 2018, after over 36 years with Library & Archives Canada. Dale now works as an independent researcher, with experience in audio visual holdings, video production and more recently doing Archival textual document searches, and photographic scanning.


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