Distinguished Canadian engineer and community leader, Annette Bergeron, is set to carry on a long-standing tradition by becoming the official representative of Fort Henry National Historic Site as the sixth Honorary Commander of the Fort Henry Guard, with a farewell to Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, who has held the position since 2021.
A recognized national leader in the field of engineering, Bergeron has demonstrated an inspirational commitment to public service through leadership in the highest offices of her profession, according to a media release, dated Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. She is a past president of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and Engineers Canada, and a former chair of the board of the Electrical Safety Authority. An active contributor to the greater Kingston community, Bergeron has served as chair of several committees at Kingston General Hospital and is a past General Manager of the Queen’s Alma Mater Society.
“The Honorary Guard Commander plays an important role in inspiring and advocating for the Fort Henry Guard, and we are delighted to see such a strong leader taking on this role,” said Michael Murphy, President of the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada. “On behalf of the former Guard who have worn the uniform during the past eighty-six years, I want to extend a warm welcome and hearty congratulations to Annette Bergeron as she becomes our sixth Honorary Guard Commander.”
According to the release, Bergeron has received numerous honours and awards for her contributions at the community, provincial, and national level. These include the 2023 Office of the Order of Honour for Professional Engineers Ontario, a 2020 Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, a 2018 Fellowship at the Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2018 Ontario Volunteer Service Award, Top 25 Women of Influence-Canada, among many others.
“Fort Henry is proud to have Ms. Bergeron, a two-time Woman of Influence and champion of the city of Kingston join the Fort Henry Guard as its new Honorary Guard Commander,” expressed Geoff Waycik, Director of Historic Sites for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “She brings with her a connection to the community that exemplifies the type of integrated role the Fort can play in this city and we look forward to benefitting from her leadership.”
A Change of Command ceremony will be scheduled early in Fort Henry’s 2024 summer season. Learn more about Fort Henry and the Fort Henry Guard on its website: https://www.forthenry.com/.