Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada

Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn Dumbreck

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Honourary Colonel Jane W. Klugman

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​Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn Dumbreck grew up in Guelph, Ontario, and attended Wilfrid Laurier
University, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in economics. He enrolled in the
Canadian Armed Forces on January 5, 2005, as an infantry officer in the Regular Force. After
completing training, he was posted to the 3 rd  Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, at
Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.


From September 2008 to May 2009, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Platoon
Commander with the 3RCR Battle Group, on Operation ATHENA. However, upon returning to
Canada, he transferred to the Primary Reserves, becoming a member of the Royal Highland
Fusiliers of Canada. It was then that he pursued a career in law enforcement, having been sworn
in as a Police Constable with the Guelph Police Service, in September 2009. 


As a member of the RHFC, he has filled various positions including Buron Company Operations
Officer, Second-in-Command, and Officer Commanding on a multitude of training exercises. In
May 2017, he deployed on Operation LENTUS as the Officer Commanding 31 Domestic
Response Company, where he provided assistance to the flood ravaged areas of Montreal. Then
in August 2017, he deployed to Afghanistan for a second time on Operation ADDENDA, as the
Task Force Commander, and was responsible for the protection of the Canadian Ambassador to
Afghanistan, at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. Most recently, Lieutenant-Colonel Dumbreck
deployed to the high Arctic as the Officer Commanding 4th Canadian Division Arctic Response
Company Group on Operation NUNALIVUT 2019. 


In 2021, Lieutenant-Colonel Dumbreck concluded a three-year term as the Deputy Commanding
Officer of the RHFC while also successfully graduating from the Joint Command and Staff
Programme at the Canadian Forces College. On 7 August, 2021, he was promoted the rank of
Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the RHFC. Outside the army,
Lieutenant-Colonel Dumbreck continues to serve his community as a member of the Guelph
Police Service Tactics and Rescue Unit.

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Honourary Colonel (HCol) Klugman is a Broker and Senior Vice President at Avison Young Commercial Real Estate Services.  For the past 30 years, HCol Klugman has been an entrepreneur, President at Whitney & Company, Vice President Business Development at Deloitte, Vice President of Communitech and Director of Business Development at the City of Kitchener.

As Broker and Senior Vice President at Avison Young, Klugman focuses primarily on the Investment and Office market. With longstanding relationships in the professional services sector as well as the technology sector, HCol Klugman spends a lot of time helping companies secure office space for their growing companies.

In 2012 HCol Klugman founded JNK Solutions Inc., a company that designs and manufactures baby-related gear. HCol Klugman took several design concepts, built products and sold them globally.  In 2016 HCol Klugman sold the company to Smitten Baby Products, a Canadian manufacturer/retailer selling Canadian-made premium baby products in Asia.

From 2005-2012, HCol Klugman was Deloitte’s Director of Business Development for Southwestern Ontario and worked with large-scale public and private companies. From 2000-2005, HCol Klugman was the Vice President at Communitech Corporation in Waterloo Region where she was a key driver for the commercialization of innovation as well as the creation and growth of technology companies.  From 1987 – 1999 HCol Klugman was a valued member of the City of Kitchener Economic Development Department with her final role being that of Director of Economic Development.  

HCol Klugman received an MBA from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business and Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program.

HCol Klugman makes her home in Kitchener, ON with her husband Iain and has been on the board of a number of important community organizations including: International Women’s Forum Incoming Chair; The PGA Canada Fortinet Cup Championship Steering Committee; The Humane Society of KW and Stratford Perth; Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Physician Recruitment Task Force; KW Oktoberfest Inc., Past Board Member and Committee Chair; Chesley Lake Corporation Board Chair and the Institute of Corporate Directors SWO Chapter Executive and founding member.  

HCol Klugman has been an active member of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada’s Regimental Council since 2012 and is honoured to become the first Woman HCol within the history of the Regiment.
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