Lieutenant Colonel Collin Edward Rayment, CD was born in Montreal Quebec on March 27 1949. He was educated at Lower Canada College and commanded the cadet corps at his school. He did reserve service with the school’s affiliated regiment the Royal Montreal Regiment as a soldier before transferring to his father’s regiment the Royal Canadian Hussars as a commissioned Officer. He graduated from university with an honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Montreal along with an MBA. He continued his interest in the military under the ROUTP programme and on graduation from University was posted to the 12th RBC as a troop leader. During his regular service he became the squadron second in command.
He joined the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 1977 and served in various positions including adjutant, Company Commander of each of all three current companies, PMC, Unit Training Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer before being promoted to the position of Commanding Officer, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada succeeding LCol Graham Baskerville in April 1989. After command LCol Rayment was transferred to District Headquarters for a short period after which he left the Canadian Forces . He was called back in 1992 to become a founding member of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council chaired by John Eaton. He retired again from the Canadian Armed Forces in April 1996.
Outside the military, he continued his commitment to his community by becoming become a director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute as well as holding a public appointment of Vice President of the Ontario College of Occupational Therapists.He has also served as President of the Royal Niagara Military Institute and as of 2013 became the Regimental Secretary of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and Commander of Regimental Headquarters.In civilian life, he was Manager Advertising for the Royal Bank and later went on to found his own company, The Field House Group Inc. He is also a founding Knight Chevalier with the Priory of St James which is based in Toronto at the St James Cathedral.
Ed lives with his family in Niagara on the lake, Ontario, in one of the oldest surviving homes in Ontario having been built in 1795. The home was involved heavily in the War of 1812, as well as being the last location where General Isaac Brock stayed before meeting his Creator. He is married with two sons Collin and Rhydon. Ironically Collin was born 2 days after the Regimental Birthday and Rhydon was born 2 days before the anniversary of D-Day.
LCol Rayment is actively involved in Battlefield Tours which focus on the tremendous effort made by Canadians in all wars. He has led tours to France, Belgium,Italy, South Africa and Korea.