RT. WOR. BRO. COLONEL (RETIRED) JOHN M. CODY
Originally from Toronto, Brother Cody joined the RCN in 1963. Graduating from HMCS Venture in Victoria, BC, he then undertook flying training at RCAF Stations Centralia ON, Rivers and Portage MN, and his helicopter conversion at Shearwater, NS. He served four operational tours, twice at Anti-Submarine Squadron 50; 423 and 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadrons; and was a flying instructor at HU 21 Squadron. He served as the Officer’s Training Officer and the Administration Officer at the Fleet School in Halifax, and as the Air Officer in the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron from 1977-1979.
Following Staff College in 1979, his staff jobs were an eclectic mix of US Navy procurement on the LAMPS MK 3 program in Washington, DC; SSO Rotary Wing at Maritime Air Group HQ in Halifax; in the Directorate of Maritime Aviation at NDHQ in Ottawa; Commanding Officer at 423 (MH) Squadron at Shearwater; Chief of Staff Operations at Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt BC; and, as Base Commander and Wing Commander at 12 Wing Shearwater.
Following retirement in 1995, he served in 1997 as the first Executive Director of the Nova Scotia International Air Show. He was the Chair of the Shearwater Action Committee working on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development, and as the Executive Vice President of the Aerospace and Defence Industry Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS) for 5 years. He also served as the Chair of the Human Resources Partnership, a sub-committee of the ADIANS for 4 years.
Brother Cody was then employed as the General Manager at General Dynamics Canada’s Software Support Centre of Excellence from 2003-2013 for the new Cyclone helicopter in Dartmouth, retiring in 2013. He resides in Dartmouth with his wife Jackie.