Joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
John Melbourne was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake AB, in December 2010. He served as the Squadron’s Honorary Colonel until June 2015. He retains the Rank as Honorary Colonel (Emeritus)
Born in Lachine QC, Honorary Colonel Melbourne joined the RCAF in 1953 and served for more than a decade in uniform, primarily in Search and Rescue operations at Trenton ON and St. Hubert, QC. After taking his release, Honorary Colonel Melbourne used the skills he had learned in the R.C.A.F. and joined the engineering and construction industry. He was primarily involved with the supply chain management process, first with Bechtel Corporation for 25 years; followed by Delta Catalytic Corporation and State Petroleum; in their Calgary office. He was Procurement Manager for Alliance Pipeline working on Construction of a high-pressure gas transmission pipeline from BC to Illinois. He contracted independently until 2009 to provide procurement services to heavy oil and pipeline projects in Alberta. He has since retired from the business world.
Colonel Melbourne never lost his involvement with the Air Force due to his activity in a number of clubs and associations. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association and for over 40 years and served at all levels from local and provincial to national and was the National President from 2007 – 09. He now serves on the Association National Advisory Council. He has also been a Provincial League representative with the Air Cadet League of Canada and has served on the Cadet annual scholarship boards.
He is a currently a Director of The Hangar Flight Museum and a founding Director of the Air Force Museum Society of Alberta.
He has been a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede for over 20 years as a member of the Promotions Committee and the Stampede Military Steering Committee; He was also President of the Royal Alberta United Services Institute.
He is a member of the Canada Lands Legacy Committee working on Memorial Parks in the old Currie Barracks area in Calgary and was instrumental in obtaining a propeller of a Buffalo Aircraft in 2005 which serves as a Memorial in Buffalo Park in Garrison Greens. This is in honour of the nine members of the Canadian Armed Forces shot down in Syria in August 1974.
In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for Southern Alberta and remained on the Board until 2018.
He was a Vice Chair on a committee to have a commemorative statue erected and unveiled in Calgary in 2004 at McDougall Cente . The statue remembers all Albertans who were members of the R.C.A.F who gave their lives during World War II.
In October 2015 he was inducted by 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (The Snowbirds) as an Honorary Snowbird.
For 20 plus years he has been involved with the Calgary Stampeder Football Club by arranging flyovers of CF-188 Hornets and CT-155 Hawks in Calgary for the Labour Day Classic games.
For 21 years he has been on the organizing Committee of the Annual Calgary Royal Canadian Air Force Mess Dinner held by R.C.A.F. Veterans at The Hangar Flight Museum. He has been the Chairman for the last 13 years.
He has for the past 6 years been on a committee to raise funds for the Military Family Resource Center (MFRC). “Breakfast on the Bridge” is an Annual Event held on the Peace Bridge in Calgary.
In 2008 in his capacity as National President of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association of Canada, John accompanied the 4 Wing Cold Lake Wing Commander to Camp Mirage and in 2009 he accompanied the Chief of the Air Staff to Kandahar Airfield. Both trips were to show support to our airmen and airwomen in theatre.
He received the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Alberta Centennial Medallion in 2005 and was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in March 2012. He also holds the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD). He was awarded a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2009 for his involvement in various veterans’ related projects.
He holds Life Memberships in The Royal Canadian Air Force Association, The Air Force Museum Society and the Royal Alberta United Services Institute.
Honorary Colonel Melbourne and his wife, Beverly, reside in Calgary.