Director RCEME

Col J.C.H. Spitzig, CD

Colonel Spitzig was born in Hanover, Ontario and enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994.

After graduating from the Royal Military College, his first role as a newly minted Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (RCEME) Officer was as the Artisan Platoon Commander in the Field Workshop, 1 General Support Battalion. This was followed by three years as the Technical Adjutant with the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. In 2004, Captain Spitzig returned to Edmonton to serve in 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters, first as G4 Maintenance and then as G4 Operations.

He was promoted to Major in 2007 and posted as the Equipment Management Team Leader within the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command in Ottawa. Two years later, he changed portfolios to become the G4 Operations. In 2010, Major Spitzig was selected to be the Officer Commanding Support Company within the Canadian Special Operations Regiment in Petawawa. Following this, he worked in 2 Area Support Group Headquarters as the G3.

In 2014, Major Spitzig attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. On graduation he was posted to Ottawa to work within the Director Land Equipment Program Staff (DLEPS) as DLEPS 4-2. Lieutenant-Colonel Spitzig became the Commandant of the RCEME School in Borden in 2018. This was followed by two years as DLEPS 3. Promoted to Colonel in June 2020 he is currently the Director Armament Sustainment Program Management. He was also appointed Director of the Corps of RCEME in July 2020.

Colonel Spitzig served in Bosnia in 2000 and 2002 and in Afghanistan in 2006. Domestically, he deployed to Kananaskis, Alberta for the G8 Summit and to Vancouver, British Columbia for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Defence Studies.

Colonel Spitzig and his wife have four children. In his free time he enjoys running, playing hockey and reading in the in-between moments when he is not serving as a chauffeur, taking his children to and from all of their numerous activities.